As I work my way through the Block A Day Calendar I am finding that some blocks tell me “Make me and forget me.”
Others say “Hmmm I’m interesting but not interesting enough for you to start pulling fabrics from your stash.”
Yet others say “Maybe later when you have more time you will make me.”
While others again say “MAKE ME……..RIGHT NOW!”
“Illinois” is one of those blocks yet when I first looked at the picture and diagram in the calendar I put it into the “Make me and forget me” category however when it was made up in fabric it really spoke to me.
It’s a big block – a really big block – 18 inches to be precise.
Fast to cut out (providing I remember to cut out all the half square triangles) and even faster to sew.
It does take quite a bit of fabric – nearly two whole fat quarters to make one block – now to me that’s a big block. Yet it appeals. Maybe it’s the triangles.
Can you see where I had to piece some strips together to cut enough triangles? Silly me thought I had counted right but I was two side triangles short. Meanwhile I had cut the left over fat quarter into 2.5 inch strips to go in my 2.5 inch box. Nothing like a quick bit of seaming fabrics together and recutting the extra triangles I needed. Hey I never said I was perfect…roflmol at the thought.
Maybe it’s the layout, maybe it’s just the block.
I can see this as one of those blocks that a busy housewife and mother might make as winter looms closer and her family needs to be kept warm. The log cabin is good – but only so good. Hubby is frantically cutting wood for the long winter, the children are bringing in the harvest of the vegetable garden and in Mum’s spare moments – what few moments she has – she sits by the fire, needle flashing in the fire light, busy sewing this block and it’s brothers and sisters to make a new quilt for someones bed. A quilt made with love and scraps and perhaps frantic haste as the leaves fall from the trees.
Then I fast forward to my time and I can see myself making this block in scrappy colours. Tone on tone creams or whites where the green is (in the calender photo) and scrappy fabrics for the triangles. A glorious mix of colours and textures, florals and stripes, spots and plains. Ahh the dreams I have – now to find time…vbg.