I can’t be the only person who back in the day had a Livejournal account can I? I was active there back over about 12 – 13 years go and participated in the quilting group on that platform.
I must have gotten into an ambitious mood because I particated 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 recieve blocks in both countries (each person sent in 16 identical blocks), sort them so that each person recieved 16 difffernt blocks back, and then mail them out avoiding 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 (including my own – *blush*) actually measured 12.5″ with most being smaller, a couple by over an inch. All the blocks had black backgrounds so I was able to border them with more black and made all the squares 14″ inches unfinished. Here are all the blocks I recieved with borders.
I first contemplated making a lap quilt with the 16 blocks but the size just seemed odd to me, so I decided to make four more blocks to make the quilt rectangular rather than square. I made the additional 4 blocks 12.5″ unfinished and then added a black border all around each so that they’d fit in with the orginal blocks.
Unfortunately the day was breezy when took this and the top right corner of the 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. However 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. I’ve ordered them 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. I’m also 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.