Next up is block No.27 "Sewing Machine" by Pat Sloan. Absolutely love this block! When I was little, I had a toy sewing machine that could actually sew. It was silvery blue with a red base and a red wheel. Unfortunately, it got lost when we moved house. This block reminded me so much of quiet winter evenings when we would sit with my Mum and she would teach me how to sew or I would be playing next to her while she made me a new dress or a dress-up costume. Mum taught me a blanket stitch one day and I was so happy that I could sew more clothes for my dolls all by myself. But with time passing by, I practically forgot about the blanket stitch, it looked to me almost like something childish and not neat enough. Silly, I know. This block returned me to my childhood and reminded me of the joy of my first sewing steps and my love for the blanket stitch.
Phew! Block No.28 "Stitching Fashion" designed by Charise Randell. I have to say that I love Charise's designs. They are simply amazing! This block was not that easy to execute, quite a few people found it fiddly, but it was fun to make and the result is beautiful. This block is very sentimental to me. It brought back so many memories of my Mum, of things she sewed for me, the way she used to put together the smallest scraps of fabric to make an outfit, trying on warm woollen socks on my tiny feet while I was half asleep late at night. I had to make this dress pink. When I was little a dress that was not pink was not a good dress to me. And just like my Mum, I tried mixing up a few different prints, just tiny scraps that I had. Such a sweet block!
Block No.33 "Selvage Saver" by Pat Sloan. Oh! It was hard to part with some of the pretty selvages from my collection. I know it's silly to simply hold onto these pieces of fabric, but they are so cute. I had a little "talk" in my head trying to convince myself that it was ok to use them. It's much better to to use the selvages in such a nice way instead of keeping them packed away in a tin. Love this block!
I mentioned before that every block comes with a short story, with some precious memories that inspired the designs of these blocks. By making each and every block, I am reminded on my own stories, precious memories, small dear things and slowly slowly this quilt (if I ever finish it) is becoming my own. So special and sweet! Hope you are having a lovely week everybody! Larisa xox