When my Mom’s friend Val passed away, Mom went to her estate sale and bought her spatula. It was a pretty nice spatula, with a little lip on it that you can hook onto the side of the bowl so the spatula doesn’t slip down inside the bowl.
But the greater purpose of this particular spatula is that it is a reminder of Mom’s friend Val. We all refer to this kitchen utensil as Val’s Spatula, and Mom thinks of her friend every time she uses it.
When my retreat friend Beth passed away a couple of years ago, I was hoping to find a “spatula” of my own to remind me of her. So, I headed out to her estate sale on a Saturday morning this April – and lo and behold, I found a set of wedge rulers (and everyone knows rulers are the “kitchen utensils” of quilting!).
Beth’s taste in fabric was a lot brighter and more modern than mine, so I didn’t really expect to find any fabric, but she must have bought a few pieces of fabric that she later decided were too drab and never used. I even got a few olive greens that I think might work for Dear Jane blocks. I’m pleased at the prospect of putting a little piece of Beth into my quilt.
Here is a photo of the wedge rulers and the green fabrics with potential:
At the same time the sale was going on, I was working on this triangle block. Despite the two tiny triangles and the melon appliqué, the block wasn’t super complicated. It went together as smoothly as a silicone spatula.
The trick was realizing it should be assembled diagonally. First, you put together several small sections:
Then you sew the top section to that one piece on the right side. There are four sections going diagonally down the middle that you sew together all in a row. And the bottom left section stays on its own. Then you just have three diagonal rows to sew to each other.
Note: it looks like when I printed out the pattern pieces, I forgot to mirror them, but that is okay. Unlike a spatula, this block is symmetrical. Just know that your diagonal sections might be the opposite diagonal of mine. The process is still the same.
This was my sole Dear Jane block in April, but I did meet my monthly UFO Challenge goal, including 18 triangle motifs on the rainbow quilt, plus I got two more blocks sashed and sewn to the six I’d already assembled, so it feels like the Dear Jane quilt is really coming along:
As I was stitching on the pieces at the top of this triangle block, I decided that the light green triangle and super thin rectangle pieces at the top of the block even look kind of like a spatula if you squint just right.
So, in addition to some fabrics that might make their way into the quilt, I’ve also got this spatula block to remind me of Beth … and of Mom’s friend Val.