Recently I attended a family get-together. Eight sisters/cousins/daughters/nieces gathered for a week. We live in far-flung places around the globe so this opportunity to be together was a special treat. We spent time sharing family stories, especially about the set of grand-parents we have in common. We took walks, gathered pebbles on the shore, ate wonderful meals, laughed a lot, and spent time sharing textile-related activities – exploring with wool and with cotton, stitching, weaving, experimenting with colours.
We found a surprising range of colour and value in “ordinary” beach pebbles.
For the occasion I made a series of quilt blocks, one for each participant. I used a common set of fabrics for all of them. I wanted to finish the blocks separately, but rather than handle them individually – borders, batting, backing, quilting – I saved a few steps by joining the blocks with wide sashings, then I quilted the resulting larger pieces. After quilting I cut them apart and the sashing strips became borders.
Completed block. Bound with the feature fabric.