I can’t be the only person who back in the day had a LiveJournal account, can I? It was about 12 – 13 years go I was active there and while active I participated in the quilting group on that platform.
I must have gotten into an ambitious mood because I participated in a 12.5″ block swap on LiveJournal with people from all over Canada and the US. I know I acted as hostess for the swap as I was back and forth between Toronto and Pittsburgh at that time. That allowed me to receive blocks in both countries (each person sent in 16 identical blocks). They were sorted so that each person received 16 different blocks. This way were were able to avoid international postage rates. If you think domestic mail charges are crazy, take a look at international rates and you’ll feel that domestic rates are downright reasonable in comparison. Scary stuff.
Anyway the blocks sat in a pile for years waiting for me to make a quilt out of them. Well, I quickly realised why they had been sitting there that long. Not one block actually measured 12.5″ with most being smaller, a couple by over an inch. As all the blocks had black backgrounds so I was able to border them with more black to make all the squares 14″ inches unfinished. Here are all the blocks I received with borders.
I first contemplated making a lap quilt with the 16 blocks but the size just seemed odd to me. So instead I decided to make four more blocks to make the quilt rectangular rather than square. The 4 additional blocks were each made 12.5″ unfinished. A black border as made around each one so that they’d fit in with the original blocks.
Unfortunately the day was breezy when took this and the top right corner of the block swap quilt had been caught by the wind.
My initial thought was to do three small borders, one black, one alternating colourful and black squares and the lastly one solid black. After putting on the first border I realised that would be too busy for the quilt and called it done
I’m stuck at this stage waiting for new walking and free motion feet to arrive. They were ordered from a local quilt shop over a week ago but they weren’t in stock and I’m having to wait for them to arrive. Also I’m waiting for a roll of Hobbs 80/20 batting to arrive from another quilt shop – the tracking information says I’ll have it Monday.
In the meantime I’ve started sewing the two patches I had made for the border into a small baby quilt.