It’s time for a bit of catch up on my Elephant Parade QAL blocks!
Once again I asked my husband to help me pick out the fabrics for the turtle block. He was in a mood to represent a box turtle, and the brown fabric with swirls really captures the turtle shell texture quite well!
Working on this cute turtle block brought back many memories of snorkeling off the coast of Maui and Oahu with my husband and green sea turtles. My husband has been working to refine his underwater photography, and I just love how he captured the moment just prior to a deep dive of this green sea turtle in Maui!
The bird blocks are bright and fun! I used Kona Lipstick and Kona Citrus for the birds, and I just stitched yellow thread legs for the birds. I think it will all smooth out in the final piecing, quilting, and wash, so it’s good enough for me right now.
I have some fond memories of a cardinal couple that lived near our home in Virginia. The bright red male cardinal was very dedicated to his mate. She had some kind of accident and had injured a leg; she could barely support herself to be upright. He would come to our bird feeder and take her back some tasty morsels on whatever perch she could prop herself. Over the course of a week, his care allowed her to nurse her leg back into shape. Thankfully it was something that healed; and I just love the memory of how carefully he would select what seed to take back to feed her.
The flower blocks were a bit more tricky; there were a few cut typos in the pattern I was following for the red flower, but after a quick adjustment or two, they came together just fine.
For anyone who is interested, it took me 30 minutes to make the turtle block, 35 minutes to make the bird blocks, and 1 hour 15 minutes to make the flower blocks.
Stash Bee March Blocks – Paper Pieced Economy Blocks
I really love paper piecing when pre-cut information is given for the pattern! Yanick had great instructions and offered a delightful opportunity to play with the bright colors in my stash. One thing I noticed is that my most of my bright, fun prints have flowers in them, or a lot of my fun prints are darker gray or really light colors. So that left me with my bright geometric prints and the fun owl print. I think it is awesome to get such fast and immediate feedback on fabric selection through Instagram.
The question for this month is if we have a favorite fabric line and/or designer?
I love Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric designs and I love Kona solids.