I was introduced to Utility Stitching by my friend Ethel Snow. She taught me to use Perle 8 cotton and a large Tapestry needle to do the stitching. In 2000 I had surgery on my ankle and was non weight bearing for 12 weeks, so I line up various projects such as English Paper Piecing, needlework and Utility Quilting this friendship block exchange quilt. 5 friends got together and we each made the equivalent of on 12 inch block, which could be subdivided or whole and four 4 inch blocks. Settings were determined by the maker. I made several extra blocks and decided to do no sashing on mine. I've seen a bit of a discussion of this style of quilting on a couple of blogs and my Instagram feed so I thought I'd share my process.