|Drawing of the block|
I've participated in the contest six of the last seven years. I'm always impressed to see the creativity of the members when the blocks are displayed at the guild's quilt show. Attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite block and the top block wins a cash award and the block is made into a pin for the following year. Second and third place also win a cash award. I've been pleased that my block plays well with the others!
This year, I noticed that I was able to design a block without as much trepidation as in past years. Drawing is difficult for me. I often don't achieve the depth perception on paper like I see in my head! Inspiration for this block came from three places in our yard.
We have a clematis that the birds build a nest in each spring. The clematis is outside the front door so once the eggs hatch, the mama is protective of the space. Sometimes, we can't use the front door because the mama dive bombs anyone around the nest! The clematis inspired the nest in my block.
I drew the egg oversized and oriented it vertically. I drew in a few "cracked" lines on the egg. I even added a vein for my leaves. I was attempting a whimsical feel to the block! I wanted the design to be simple and I was absolutely shocked that my results were close to what was in my head!
|Fabrics for the block|
I was thinking about the beautiful blue that is a robin's egg and I arranged my fabrics around the egg! In the photo, I used the "wrong" side of the blue fabric that doesn't show the sea shell design for the egg.
|Block in process|
|Nice leaf . . .just too blah for the block|
|Finished block 9 1/2" square|
My applique stitches have improved!
At the quilt show, I took several photos of the submitted blocks.
The creativity of the members' who made these blocks is amazing.
I had a difficult time voting for my favorite!
|Some repeats in this photo; but, I wanted to "capture" them all!|