But despite all that, I have managed to collect some beautiful house, people and cat blocks! I have laid them out above but need to ask you all some advice.
Meanwhile look at this gorgeous block made for me by Juliana. It is my last block and it is still on it's way to me from Poland.
It has been on it's way for quite a while now and I am just praying it hasn't gone astray (another thing that kept happening to other member of this Bee!). I just love this wonderful Story House. In fact I was so inspired by it that I decided to make a few extra blocks with a bit more detail on.
And here is a house whose occupant loves Babushkas (or maybe one lives here!), and where the toaster dances with the toast every morning. And hedgehogs roam around the garden in vast numbers (but don't like straying from the path and getting their little paws wet).
And lastly I thought I would have a go at a figure. I like the way her handbag turned out but she put on quite a bit of weight while I was making her (must have been the chocolate digestives I was scoffing!). I designed her all willowy but she looked decidedly beefy by the time I had finished piecing her.
Let's look at that top photo again.
As you see I have 11 house/figure blocks and am still waiting for the 12th. I also have the block of squares in the bottom left corner and another pieced block (not pictured). I can't decide whether to make the quilt with just 12 house/figure blocks and sashing, and use the plainer pieced blocks on the back, or make 3 more 'squares' blocks similar to the one here, bottom left, and put these in each 4 corners and make a 16 block quilt with no sashing. I would then use the spare block on the back (which is from Jackie, and beautiful but just doesn't quite fit in to the quilt).
Any suggestions dear, patient readers?