With all the fun of finishing up my Fishing Net quilt top, and choosing backing and binding (now sat in a big squishy pile by the side of my desk), I think this month’s Sugar Blocks got a little bit pushed to one side. I picked out the fabric combinations and then tucked them back into the fabric bag, and there they sat until this week. And I’m glad I pulled them out again and started sewing because I think this could easily be my favourite block so far. I know we’re only in April but I love the Ohio Star, and I love any method of construction that does not involve trying to accurately cut and piece lots of really teeny tiny triangles.
I’ve gone for quite different colour combinations for both blocks; in sorting through all the fabric options I just kept coming up with blue, blue and more blue; it’s easily my biggest collection of scraps, both in terms of what made the cut for this quilt and the overall scraps pile, but I don’t want this to be a quilt dominated by blue. So one yellow and one green it is.
The yellow is pure sunshine; golden and warm, with even the floral print in the corners picking up the bests of the reds and oranges, perfect sewing at the end of a glorious long day.
The green I think has also picked up a little of our weather over the last couple of days, trees coming into leaf against the deepest of deep blue skies. It’s still such a surprise and pleasure to me to see how different the blocks look when you change the colours and the contrast around and I’d be hard pushed to choose between them.
Then comes the really fun part; putting them all together and starting to see the quilt take shape. A funny shape right now I grant you, and it will probably be June before it looks vaguely quilt sized, but I love how with each additional pair the colours all balance out just a little bit, and even the blocks that I wasn’t completely sure about at the time, seem perfectly matched and very much in tune with the whole.
I look at all of these blocks together and I can’t quite decide whether to be amazed or slightly concerned about the state of my half of the studio because I can look at these blocks and know that I haven’t bought any new fabric; every inch is something that would otherwise be considered a leftover. I think I’m just glad that they’re all getting to come out into the light of day!
And thank goodness for a dry day and sunshine in which to take pictures – you know a quilt is growing when you can’t quite manage to get it all in an overhead shot – I had to stand on a garden chair to get these pictures, and I know it won’t be too long before I’ll be laying them out on the lawn and then sprinting upstairs to take a picture out of the upstairs window. I’m sure there must be a better way to photograph quilts in progress – I just haven’t found it yet!