I used to be active in a Yahoo quilting group that did "Happy Block" exchanges. Each month you would send 5 4" squares of your choice to other quilters. We would keep one, sew borders on the other 4 and return them to each other It was fun to get little squishies in the mail, figure out how to complement different fabrics and build a collection of eclectic blocks. And, they really are Happy don't you think?
The downside is that sometimes the blocks are a little difficult to work with due to the fabrics used. A mix of not pre-washed or washed, some maybe not all cotton, etc. I fought some of these blocks every step of this quilt - they pressed funny & distorted easily. Last night I learned that if they press funny they are going to quilt funny too. Usually I'm worrying about tucks on the backing but on this quilt the front was a challenge. I also learned that if the 1st quilting line has a bad section so will every line that runs the same way. Next time I will rip out the bad one and start over. Oh, and start with a full bobbin. No further explanation needed~!this awesome tutorial. The binding was sewn to the back of the quilt, folded over and machine stitched from the front which is also new to me. I'm really happy with how the front turned out and will get better at making the back line more consistent. I stayed up late to wash it because I was letting those funny blocks get to me (silly I know!) and was glad to see it crinkled up nicely all over.
This really was a learning quilt. Do I love it? Not really. But, will a child love this quilt? Yes!
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