All the way back in August 2004, I made my friend Helen a small quilt for her birthday, and I fell in love with the framed square block that I used to make it. It's such a versatile block - you can use your precious fabric in the centre, as it certainly draws your eye in. And the beauty of the block is it allows you to make some really unique quilts, using the fabric as the show piece.
Also - no points to match. I like that.
A year later I made a quilt, this time with a mix of batiks and shibori fabrics, for my friend Susan's birthday. She gave it back to me last month so I could sew sleeves on it so she could hang it on the wall in her brand new house. I also gave it a wash. Can I say that colour catchers are the best invention EVER? I was so worried about the batiks running into the paler Japanese fabrics, but three colour catchers in the wash was all it took and the quilt was undamaged. Last night I got to see it finally hung at her housewarming.
A couple of years later I made another framed square quilt with different sized blocks, this time for me.
And I thought I was done with this block. But I was on the Oakshott website one day earlier this year, and they had this lovely kit called City Lights, all framed squares in the wonderful Oakshott shot cottons.
I love this fabric very much, and I am enjoying the repetition involved in making this quilt. And no - I don't think I'm done with this block after all. It's a keeper.