So…what is a block drive?

A block drive is a brilliant idea for members to participate in making just one block (or as many as they like) and send it to a Block Host to assemble. This is usually done on a monthly change of hosts.

This year (2022) I was privileged to be the January Block Host for Q4CL ( Quilts for Care Leavers which is a group making ‘Hugs’ for young adults (18-25yrs) in the UK who have recently left the child care system).

It’s the host’s job to choose/write up a pattern and announce the details to the Block Drive Group on the first day of the month. This is always greeted with anticipation and excitement as it’s kept a secret until then. Then the members of the group set to and make them in their own time at home during that month.

They are asked to post them off to the Block Host to assemble the blocks into tops of a certain ‘Hug’ size.

I started to plan mine early. I was fascinated with the ‘Twisted Pole’ pattern and devised a quick way of making 4 blocks at a time with scrappy stripes. Members are always pleased to use up their scrappy stash so thought this would bring in plenty of blocks.

I forewarned the Postie of pending deliveries as hoped for plenty of blocks to arrive.

The first few days obviously  nothing arrived but after a few days they started rolling in.

It was like Christmas all over again as I unwrapped the parcels and logged each sender on the Spreadsheet and sorted them into colours.

I didn’t have long to wait before the daily piles started to arrive.

I soon had enough to start planning the tops…this is the first one…my version of Twisted Pole…

The members absolutely went overboard with this speedy design and the first week alone  I received over 200 blocks…this was going well as this would make up 4 tops to start with and I knew this was only the beginning.

This was quite time consuming to arrange them on my design board so decided to draw them out onto card so I could make some more designs.

The second week was even better as I received another unbelievable 480 blocks!

I needed to crack on or I’d still be making them by the summer…this is no.2 off the press..

I soon realised that HSTs are very versatile so each morning with my first cuppa I sat and designed my little cards into a pattern to make up that day…I challenged myself to making up one each day during the weekdays.. this is number 3…

Now I was having fun… number 4…

The 3rd week brought in another 550 blocks…oh my goodness…panic started to set in!

But with great determination I ploughed on with number 5…

 

Number 6…one of my favourites as these were from just one member using the same fabrics…

No 7 up next…loved this too…

No 8..up next…it’s quite surprising how many different designs HSTs can make…

No.9 up next…

And no.10…there just had to be pinwheels…

The third week the Postie dragged himself up the drive with so many parcels he couldn’t get them in our post box!…yep nearly another 800!!!

Undeterred I carried on with number 11…

And number 12…

Number 13…

Number 14..

Number 15…back to the Twisted Pole…

The third week brought in an astonishing 1,100 blocks…oh wow!!

No.16…

No.17…

No.18…

No.19…had to be a Flying Geese…

No.20…

No.21…

No.22…a bit different…

No.23…love this one, too…

No.24…

No.25…

No.26…

No.27…

No.28…

No.29…say “Hi”…

No.30…

The last week brought in over 760 blocks..oh my goodness…will it ever stop?

No.31…

No.32…

No.33…

no.34…

Finally no.35…

To say this month’s block drive was a complete success is an understatement as I received over 4,500 blocks from over 200 members. This is enough for nearly 100 tops to be quilted.

If you would like to find out more information on Q4CL please click here …

www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltsforCareLeavers/?ref=share

If you would like this pattern similar to the Twisted Pole please click here…

ukqu.co.uk/shops/lyn-butler

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