It’s a sign of quilt addiction I know, but I’ll admit that when I saw the February newsletter from Stitchery Dickory Dock in my inbox and knew that the new block pattern was here it felt just a little bit like Christmas morning. It’s the same feeling as seeing a bulging stocking and knowing that it’s full of lovely treats that you just can’t quite see yet.
And oh what a treat it is. This is another stunningly clever block, taking the log cabin block (which I always found a bit boring) and tweaking it into something lovely and I’m beginning to see how easy it would be to make a quilt of the month rather than a block, I finished my two blocks and thought how easy it would be to just keep going, and the “aida” pattern this month would be such a lovely connection to all the cross stitch I used to do with my mum.
But I want to finish the year and so just two blocks it is. And here they are:
I love how this project is letting me use up even the tiniest scraps; the bees fabric has appeared in so many projects over the years and all I had left were six four inch squares, just enough for two of them to make the corners, and the birds and vines in the other square have again used up every last useable inch of a fabric that started life as a blouse for a baby Kitty.
Only after I’d finished the blocks did I hear that a lot of people were finding the final length of white “log” was coming up a bit short. It did for me too, though I thought I’d just mucked up my seam allowance somewhere and somehow it’s more of a problem on the elephant block than the leaf block. I think the latter is OK but I might unpick the elephant block and use new strips to help it finish up at 12.5″, it’s a bit on the small size right now.
And it would be silly to short change myself on one block for the sake of a little unpicking, no matter how much I really don’t like unpicking, because when I put all four blocks together, I can start to see how the colours are coming together exactly as I imagined them. It, or they, is/are going to be wonderfully springlike, just when we need it in the middle of next winter and I can’t wait to see what March brings.