Had I finished my SugarClub Blocks in December, Sugar Plum Forest, the final block, would have been gently seasonal, a hint to the Christmas decorations brightening up dark corners, adn perhaps I would have needed to find the darkest greens and blues to make them frosty and brilliant.
But this is definitely a Spring sort of a quilt, and as it turns out, these threes are perfect for the month in which I finished the blocks. They may be tall and pointy like a Christmas tree, but they’re covered in spring blooms and set on a carpet of tiny flowers and fresh new leaves breaking through into the sunshine.
I love that some of my favourite fabrics managed to sneak in again right at the end. The blue elephants that starts the year as a fat quarter is all but gone now, and the daisy tree trunks are the very very end of one of the first lengths of fabric that ever came to live in my stash. Over the years it’s appeared in several quilts and other little projects and I’m both a little sad to see it go and glad that it’s in something we’re keeping.
The tree blocks are all paper pieced, and with such skinny little bits as the tree trunks you really need it to stop the block skewing off to one side. If I’ve got to grips with anything this year it’s the foundation paper piecing, and it does let you do some amazingly intricate work without too much hassle. It’s also an amazing eater of fabric; I’m not sure I could ever make an entirely foundation pieced full size quilt but for a component part ….!
I think I’m going to say “never ever” and then I see things like the Forest Abstractions quilt and “never” becomes “quite possibly maybe”.
For now though, I’m finished. Well sort of finished.
24 blocks sit in a stack on the back of my desk. A year and three months after I jumped into the SugarBlock Club on a whim, I’m finished. That’s not a bad result for me, I’ve still got sock of the month clubs from before Kitty was born where I haven’t even wound the wool.
The next step will be to divide them into their two quilts, one block of each month in each, and then lay out their diamond shape. What’s missing at the moment, aside from a lot of plain white blocks, are the blocks that will make up some pattern of little squares to break up the white. I think I’ve got an idea in my mind as to how I want it to look but then I need to start cutting and sewing again and audition a few options. I’m giving myself until Christmas to have these quilts wrapped up under the tree for the girls, which sounds like it’s a long way away but that’s two quilts, if I’m being fair then I really need to make three and do something for Pip too, and somewhere in all of this we’ve got to move house.
Which is why the first thing I did once I’d finished these blocks was crack on with the rest pull out a box of Liberty print scraps and start playing around with an idea for the central block of a very delicate little lap quilt.
It’s going to be a busy year.