Well, little blocks and big ones is all relative, I suppose. The big blocks are 5″, the small ones 2.5″. I think I’ve got the beginnings of a setting idea for these that may look something like this. The quilt may end up a bit larger than I originally anticipated as each time I start to stitch one block, I can’t stop until I’ve stitched at least 2 or 3.
Then we get to the biggest blocks of the post. These will finish at 9″, which seems enormous in comparison to the little cake stand blocks. Another amazingly quick block to stitch. I’ve had some ideas regarding a setting for these blocks and, as soon as I get another 3 of them done, I will start playing with layouts.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about why I quilt. For me, it’s not about making bed coverings although if there’s a new baby or a friend in need of comfort I’ll definitely make a quilt for them. Generally speaking though, for me making blocks and tops is all about playing with fabric and ideas and just the sheer joy of stitching and watching fabric that I’ve cut into small pieces and sewn back together again start to form patterns that I find endlessly fascinating.
It makes me think of the quilters of the past and wonder what motivated them to create their quilts. Was it mostly for practical purposes so that their families would have warm quilts under which to sleep? Was it because they too were fascinated by the patterns? Or was it a combination of both? It’s impossible to think that they were motivated solely by practical considerations when one sees the beautiful quilts they created.
Smudge was lounging in his kitty bed. The paw draped over the edge makes me smile.