I delivered all four of my quilts to my area quilt receiver on Saturday afternoon, I feel quite relieved now that they are done and out of the house, and I also have a sense of freedom as well. Once I have finished off a large project I always experience a huge letdown and often have a feeling of aimlessness where I can't settle on making or finishing anything (even if I do have other projects waiting in the wings).
This time I thought I would try something different, a couple of weeks before I finished the quilting on Flower Garden, I
joined a Kaffe Fassett block swap. I thought it would be a way to do something different and keep motivated to do a bit of stitching as well. There are twelve members, a couple in
Australia, one in Italy, two in New Zealand and the remainder in the
USA (gosh, I hope they don't read this blog, let's hope not anyway*)
The brief for this block swap was to use Kaffe Fassett Collective (KFC) fabrics (Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs fabrics are included in the KFC) and as I seem to have amassed quite a few I thought it would be a way of using some of my scraps up. The blocks are to be 12" finished, and we can make any block using whatever colours we like.
I had another block in mind but I saw some photos of this block on the interweb and thought I might make a couple of them. It is a traditional block by Nancy Cabot (1970 in BlockBase) and is called Spool Block, but I've also seen it referred to as a Japanese X and + block (see the Flick group here) which I think is probably a more apt name.
* if you are a KGB swap member let me know :)