The Sugar Block Club! It’s the block of the month series I’ve been hosting here on my blog since 2012 and it’s a whole lot of fun!
A Little Background
During my 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month series, I really caught block-of-the-month fever, and I think I lot of folks did along with me. We had so much fun stitching up our own versions of classic, historic blocks, 1000s of us, from all around the world, with such varied tastes, motivating one another and sharing in our triumphs and struggles, that I was truly moved. When the end of the year rolled around, I had to find a way to keep the fun going. That’s when I came up with the idea of the Sugar Block Club- a monthly pattern subscription where members receive monthly block patterns by email. Sometimes the block patterns are accompanied by fun extras like special family recipes, stories, or inspirational
As I pondered the “direction” I wanted to go with the style of the blocks….modern? 30s? classic?… I was feeling deeply indecisive when I happened to stumble upon a 1933 quilt block pattern catalog that a friend gifted me a few years back.
The intro, in particular, really struck a chord in me…I feel like it could have been written today, and honestly, it nearly brought me to tears…I can’t deny that despite the modern fabrics and designs that I love, I am a traditionalist at the core.
“To the women of Colonial America we owe a deep debt of gratitude for the advancement in the art of quilt making. When materials were lacking they combed the fibers, spun them into yarn, loomed their own materials, and dyed them over the open hearth to obtain the desired color effect. No task was too great to prevent them from obtaining the materials and colors needed to complete their quilts. Each new design was greeted with a chorus of enthusiastic approval, and gifted hands fell busily to work completing them. To have created a new design was the proudest achievement of the year. Little did they realize that the designs they were creating formed one of the strongest fibers in the fabric that makes up the spirit of America. Just as truth needs no alteration, simplicity is beauty in itself, and the simple designs they created are just as beautiful today as they were in the 17th century….Join the happy throng of women who are finding companionship, peace, contentment, and above all the joy of creating with their own hands a fresh, new quilt of lasting daintiness.”
Reading this intro left me speechless. This is what my heart had been saying all along, and I think is the true intent behind my Craftsy BOM as well. Simplicity is beauty in itself, and simple, classic designs are just as beautiful today as they were 400 years ago.
And so the Sugar Block Club was born….traditionally rooted blocks full of lovely vintage charm, but truly fitting with nearly every aesthetic. In a word: timeless.