All the blocks for Soy Amado number 18 came from just one person in Australia who sent her contribution to my sister's house and then I brought them home with me in our suitcases.
Several Aussies sent blocks to my sister's house and I apologise as I packed all the blocks in one suitcase and the notes that came with them in another and then here we are, several weeks later, and I am not sure who to thank for their generosity. I do remember opening up the box at the time and thinking 'wow' when I saw all the blocks.
They even included pre-cut sashing pieces too and enough fabric to do the binding, so really, I had very little to do with this one.
If it's you, please stick your hand up and let me know so I can thank you!
(Edited to add: It's Wendy - thank you Wendy...see comments section)
I love it.
Digressing slightly; I was in a bee a few years ago and when it was my month I sent out black, white and red fabric only and asked for blocks made with the half-square triangle only - so I know how striking a limited colour palette can be.
Anyway, getting back to No. 18.
The blocks were a complete array of patterns and all just beautiful.
And even the backing fabrics continued the colour theme.
Couple of things while I remember. Some people are straight stitching right around the edge (or as close to) of each block and I've found that really helpful. It's not a deal breaker but if you do fancy doing it (and it really helps me if you are using quite a high loft batting) that would be great.
Some other people have mentioned that when they are quilting their blocks, it does shrink the end measurement a little. If you're starting out from scratch maybe start with a 12 3/4" block and then trim to 12 1/2" once you've finished quilting it. If you can't, again it's not a deal breaker.
Big thanks too, to everyone who is sending me extras - I didn't realise how grateful I would be for pre-cut binding ( 2 1/2") and pre-cut sashing strips (1" and 1 3/4") but having had it to hand, it's really speeded the process up. A couple of people even enclosed money which, although very kind, is not necessary. I've donated your money to the home in Mexico City so thank you.
And so I continue.
Onwards and upwards to No. 19.