My local guild’s Applique Club has been working on the Songs of Spring pattern by Lori Smith at From My Heart to Your Hands. The pattern is on a small scale with 6-inch finished blocks. I had forgotten this when I suggested the pattern for the group, but the group has found unique ways to create their quilts.
One club member chose to enlarge the pattern and machine applique the blocks. She quickly finished the quilt top and showed it at our last guild meeting.
I still only have four blocks completed. Our club meets for a half hour prior to the regular guild meeting, and we missed three meeting opportunities this year due to weather an alternate meeting location. I only prepared blocks for teaching a technique. Everyone works at their own pace, so some members move along more quickly than others. After one member showed off her wool applique blocks, I chose to teach this technique. Now, I have two blocks that use the needleturn technique and two blocks made of wool with a blanket stitch technique.
I had another club member ask if I planned to put all the blocks together in my quilt. I said that I did. I think that they look good together, even though they use different fabrics. The flower blocks are made with cottons and the bird blocks are made with wools, so I plan to continue with this idea. There are six of each design, so the math works out and the layout has them alternating, as well. Not that I couldn’t do my own layout.
It’s time to prepare another block. I like to have a project to take along with me wherever I go. Then, I can pull it out and work on it whether I’m sitting in a doctor’s waiting room or a guild meeting, riding along on a car trip, or visiting my in-laws. I just have to keep my hands busy.