I fell in love with big ship sailing on Morning Star. In the context of the Tall Ships Race she’s not actually that tall, but a 62 foot gaff ketch is still a pretty decent size to take surfing down the swell of the Bay of Biscay en route to Lisbon. And if Morning Star was in my thoughts last week as I made the first of the May SugarBlock Club blocks, it’s her tender who inspired the second.
Because what else would it be called but Twinkle, as in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And this block is certainly full of stars.
As is always that way, the second block was easier to construct; I had more of an idea about what goes where, and how best to line things up and that meant I could play around with the fussy cutting with a bit more accuracy.
The yellow stars are fussy cut from a fat quarter which hasn’t featured in the quilt so far because I totally broke my own sort of rule about this being a stash only quilt and added it to the mix when we were shopping in Harrogate on our anniversary trip away. I did only have two yellows and there was starting to be a serious risk of them being overused so I’m utterly unapologetic to myself. They also happen to be the perfect size for the points!
I love the end result, it’s a block that really seems to go well with the other blocks I’ve made so far and it’s just so cheery to look at.
And as for the quilt so far, well it turns out that ten blocks is a really awkward number to try to set out in a quilt layout,
And on a really windy day, you’ll be lucky to get even one photo with them all in it that doesn’t look like this!
Seeing all the blocks together, at the moment the block with the cross of blue elephants feels a little out of kilter with the rest, and possible the dark blue flowery petals too, but we’re far from finished and I seem to remember being a bit unsure about one of the first blocks I made that I now can’t imagine not being in the quilt so we shall see how the year goes on. It is making me think a little more about the art of scrap quilts and how it’s never just a question of grabbing the next bit of blue fabric!
And speaking of blue fabric, I’ve basted up the fishing net quilt and I have every intention of uniting it with the sewing machine again soon – so I may yet finish a quilt this year!