Compass Quilters is in its third month (yes, already!), and Diana from Red Delicious Life is our queen bee in October. Diana asked us to make 11½-inch string blocks, broken by a solid white stripe, and she explained her method on her blog. Even though the block as amazingly simple, I found her method a bit tricky, so I made up my own foundation paper template using her measurements. I must confess that if I were making this block, I would make each block 12 inches square and not 11½ inches, but that is my quirky neat-freak side showing again. For that reason, I have marked two cutting lines on my template. Diana did not specify colours, but she said she found herself drawn to blues, greens and pinks in her scraps. I upended my box of scrap strings and went to work. I put a bit of everything in, but I made sure I included her three colours, and I edited out anything too pastel or dowdy and a lot of the Kaffe Fassett strings I had. A little Kaffe is OK, but too much would have altered the look of the block. I hope I interpreted the scrappy and colourful brief correctly. It is too late now as the parcel is probably somewhere over the Pacific Ocean today!
When I made the first of the Compass Quilters bee blocks for Rebecca, I also made a pincushion out of scraps. Then, it did not seem fair to not send a pincushion to Nesta too. So, of course, Diana has a scrappy pincushion in her parcel as well.
Diana is a redhead from Florida. I have always envied red hair as I think it is the most beautiful colour and far more exciting than my dull brown. Her blog, Red Delicious Life, conveys her sense of fun in a way that I cannot precisely pin down; perhaps it was her description of her cat’s misbehaviour or perhaps it is her professional background in theatre. I get the sense that if we ever met in person, it would be a laugh. She can tackle just about any craft – from free-motion quilting to knitting. Check out her blog!