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08/07/2016

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Maple Leaves – The Sugarblock Club in June

08/07/2016

If I promise faithfully that I didn’t look at the July block until I’d finished these two, can I still claim that I made the June Sugarblock Club blocks in June? Truth be told just about all my making time in June was caught up in finishing the Fishing Net quilt (now happily ensconced on the top of the pile on the play frame) and by the time I’d finished that it was the end of the month and I’d not even had the time to pick fabric for June’s blocks.

But I don’t want to get behind because then I’ll never catch up, and just be left with some random orphan blocks that look like they should be a quilt if only I’d finished it, so first on the list for July were June’s maple leaves.

Space for the Butterflies - the Sugarblock club for June

Compared to May’s paper piecing, these whizzed together in no time.  In fact I made both in one evening having only really intended to choose the fabric and maybe do the cutting out.  Before I knew it I’d started just one seam and then suddenly it was nearly bedtime and H and I were sat on the floor playing layouts with half a year’s worth of blocks.

Space for the Butterflies - the Sugarblock club for June

I thought about doing an ombré effect for the maple leaves and I’ve seen some beautiful ones popping up across the internet along those lines; they look stunning and the whole idea would be amazing as a big quilt made out of rainbow ombre leaves, but the multicolour called to me more this time. I think I’ve been quite heavily influenced by our trip to Devon last weekend; I woke up before the children on the Saturday morning and wrapped myself up in the quilt that I made my Mum to sit and look out of the window and knit and drink in the view.  The leftovers from that quilt have ended up in so many projects, especially the blue polka dots, and so it seemed only right to pair them with the blue and orange flowers from the original.

Space for the Butterflies - the Sugarblock club for June

And in the other leaf that blue check printed with tiny white flowers is from Mum’s fabric stash.  It’s the first time I’ve used it in a project, and as there was a plastic tag still on it it might be the first time it’s ever made it to any project but it works beautifully here and if I can manage to keep my cutting straight it might make an appearance in a few more blocks.

Space for the Butterflies - the Sugarblock club for June

And with these two finished I’m now officially half way through. Twelve blocks done and twelve to go, and we’re almost at the stage where I have to lay the blocks on the lawn and take pictures from the bedroom window to fit them all in.

Space for the Butterflies - the Sugarblock club for June

I love laying them all out nicely to start to get a feeling for what they’d look like as a quilt together, though whether I’m making once quilt or two is still up in the air. Amy’s Starlight Sampler quilt is such a great example of what you can do with a block of the month quilt that doesn’t involve just setting them up in a 3×4 rectangle so I’m looking forward to seeing any suggestions she might have for a layout, and I have to admit after my recent quilting workout, two littler quilts do sound ever so slightly more appealing than one completely giant one.  Plus at some stage we’re going to be getting bunkbeds for the girls and can you imagine the cuteness of bunkbeds with matching but not matching quilts.  I think we all know where this is headed don’t we!

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On