I know that some of you have participated before in block swaps, I participate in one every year with a group of Friends that gather together in Shipshewana . Every year is a different theme, the blocks are 3 inch blocks, at one retreat in the spring, we choose the type of blocks we are going to make, then in the fall we bring our blocks finished, the next spring we bring our finished top. I love participating, it is so much fun. I just am not the greatest at setting blocks together.
This year the theme was Christmas blocks, I had 60 blocks to assemble in a quilt.I just recently finished my top setting the blocks into 12 inch blocks. I also used fabrics that I had in my stash instead of buying new fabrics. A lot of the fabrics that I used were leftovers from the World War II quilt that I just finished.
Here is our swap from last year, the blocks were just darling, 3 inch blocks using 1930s fabrics, I thought this was going to be really neat setting, I continued to work on the blocks and after putting the quilt together realized that I lost all the blocks the way that I set it. For some reason I think when I get those small blocks, I want to make a really large quilt with them. I always try to set them in a much larger block.
One year we chose Civil War fabrics,
this one was my favorite. I just really liked the setting and I can see the blocks, I don’t feel like they are lost in the design.
Participating in a block swap is a lot of fun, they are very easy to start, just start asking friends and pick a theme. Our theme for next year is red and white blocks, I think the red and white blocks will be easy to set together. Maybe I have to realize that it’s okay if I don’t make a king-size quilt every time I make a quilt.
If you participated in the blog hop, the following quilters are winners, can you please contact me with your address and I will ship off your prize after the holiday season. Cindy/quilt doodles, Jeanne/luv to stitch, Lynelle, Ruth and Regina.
Enjoys some time to just relax this week, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season