My local modern quilt groups, like many others, does a block lotto at each meeting. A block is chosen, and anyone who wants to participate brings it to the next meeting. This month, the block was an 18″ bear paw, to be done all in solids on a white background. I nearly didn’t bother, as it’s not my favorite style block. But it IS pretty easy to put together and I needed something simple to get to know my new sewing machine. (More on that later). I dug out a couple of fat quarters and came up with this:
Yep, that’s my milk glass, holding it up again. And boy, do I need to pick my raspberries.
Anyway, I took the block off to the meeting, and didn’t think too much more about it. And then, lo and behold… I won the blocks. Yay?
I have to say, I’m not quite sure what to do with them.
This may involve an atypical setting. One of the other group members had finished piecing the blocks that she’d won, several months ago. It’s an interesting take, and I might end up following in her footsteps a bit.
So, lots of white space, I think. And I may make some itty bitty bear paws and space them out like tracks. Since there is that one black block, I’m thinking of backing it in black, with a couple “eyeball” blocks pieced into the backing. Think, “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt,” if you will. What do you think?
In the meantime, the block for next month is Lee of Freshly Pieced’s Hexing Around. I was going to try to buy a more modern fat quarter bundle for this block, that would appeal to the other group members and still blend in with my more vintage stash aesthetic. Which meant a trip to my “local” quilt shop – 30 minutes away. I poked around for a while, couldn’t find anything that spoke to me – and then realized that this block will only take a few bits and pieces. I opted to use some of the Daysail bundle I already had at home. I’ve got it about half done.
I kinda sorta fussy cut the center hexie, to the degree to which it is possible to fussy cut the boats on the Daysail feature print. The next round will be i navy, and the final in aqua. I think that works out.
Of course, I never CAN leave a quilt shop empty handed. So I picked out a couple more fat quarters that work into my Strawberry Farmer’s Wife selection. The grey has small white dots, if you can’t make them out. It’s a holiday weekend, and I live in a beach town. So there will be swimming, barbeque, and reading. My youngest child is being excessively tempermental this week, so there is a limit to how much we’ll be out and about. One of the little joys of Autism is that the wee one has veto power over plans for things that involve much time in public. That’s OK. I have enough to keep me busy:
I hope you all enjoy your holiday. I’ll be here doing a little reading, a little piecing, a little embroidery – and planning the groups NEXT block – since I’ve taken on that task.