I should have been making Christmas presents or writing Christmas cards on the weekend. Instead, I decided to follow Wendy’s lead and sew some blocks to send to Alison in Guernsey for her Soy Amado project. Christmas is all about giving, right?
I was going to make stars, but I am easily distracted by pretty pictures in block books. The next thing I knew, I had drawn up an aeroplane pattern.
I made a prototype and then cut enough fabric to make four more blocks, but I made an oopsie with the prototype block and cut the wing too big. This simple error threw out the size of the finished block, and I did not spot my mistake until after I had quilted it. (I blame the first of the season’s Christmas party hangovers for my tired brain. After just three glasses of wine, I am unable to function for 24 hours.) Even so, I have four good blocks to send.
This morning, I realised that parcel postage up to 500 grams is a fixed price. Four blocks weigh a little more than 200 grams. If I make another four blocks, I can stuff that parcel as full as it can be. We all use the same logic when online fabric shopping – what else can I buy to fill that satchel and spread the shipping costs? – so why not when posting!
I thought it would be good to make blocks to coordinate with Wendy’s blue blocks so Alison receives something like a set. My blue fabrics are not quite the right match for Wendy’s, so I will not mind if Alison decides to use them separately. I am almost out of royal blue fabric, so the next four blocks will have to be green or teal or some other colour. And maybe not aeroplanes. Maybe … boats?