The quilt group I belong to re-convened for the autumn term this morning. It was lovely to catch up again with all the other ladies and exchange summer stories.
The last meeting we had was about a month ago, the day after our show in August.
At this meeting one of the ladies brought in a box of precut 3.5" squares in two types of dark brown patterned cotton - you can see examples of them in one of the photos. Very 70's and not the prettiest fabrics you'd see.
They had been given to her along with a pile of stuff donated for fundraising in aid of the local hospice. The box was quite large and there were lots and lots of pieces in there.
We spent a little time deliberating what should be done with them as it was felt they would probably languish unselected in the Hospice's thrift shop and eventually get thrown away.
So as everyone was looking but not suggesting I took the bull by the horns and challenged everyone to take some home and come back with a block which would eventually be joined together into a quilt for the Hospice to use for fundraising or whatever. Everyone who took some squares put in £1 towards the Hospice and took them home to work their own particular magic
The block requirements were - any type of block; 12.5" unfinished; must use both brown patterned fabrics somewhere; one other colour plus cream fabric allowed within the block
The picture of four blocks shows you a selection of the blocks returned - isn't it funny how people given squares can often only see squares - but they are returned and fit the criteria (we may have to do a little adjustment on size but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it).
Ultimately we'll probably sash them with cream 1.5 - 2" sashings and cornerstones in one of the patterned browns
The one with the hexagons is my first contribution - it looks a little odd as it's all appliqued on but not actually cut to size yet as I can't get near the cutting mat.
I quite fancy having a go at a foundation pieced block and maybe a dresden plate too - we'll see! What would you do with 3.5" squares of ugly brown 70's patterned fabric? It'll certainly be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.