It's my birthday today, and it was Keryn's yesterday- remember we wrote about it here, and here, and also here. If you haven't read those posts, it's worth it as the story seems to be pretty unusual.
When I moved to Crystal Brook I was friendly with a lady in her eighties who I discovered had been a midwife around that time-(late 1950's). I told her the story of our birth and she seemed very doubtful. "I've only heard of one case like that," she said and mentioned Mum. I cried "That was US!" I'm very glad the story had a happy ending, or I wouldn't be writing this. To put it in perspective, Keryn was born at ten in the morning after an eight hour labour and I wasn't born till the following day at ten that night. Apart from having to spend time in a humidity crib, I seemed none the worse for my experience. And if we hadn't each had our own placenta it might have been a different ending too.
I think the block itself was from a Pat Speth nickel pattern and it's a delight to sew. Very easy and the pressing makes it fit together beautifully. I wanted something very soft, with almost no contrast, but I think perhaps these might be too subtle....read boring.
I was playing with the idea of them set on point, but now I just want them done without fiddling with setting triangles. My new revised plan will explore that possibility and for now I'm concentrating on finishing all the cut out pieces and getting the blocks in one piece. It will be quite large, which tends to happen when you sew without specific measurements in mind.
I googled it out of interest and while I couldn't find an acceptable scientific explanation (but lots of references to doctors dismissing the idea) I just know it works. My Gran did it, my mum did it, now I've taught my kids to do it. It's a wonder someone hasn't tried to market it!