I am absolutely loving checking both the blog and the mailbox this week! I'm amazed at how much thought you've all put into your fabric choices and what a great job everyone has done on the construction, especially the people who are out of their comfort zone with diagonal seams and triangles.
Since I sent the email, I've received blocks from Amy from Illinois -- and so funny! She anticipated something that I wanted to try but didn't have time for -- very tiny geese. They are so cute and perfect. I only hope I have the patience necessary to reproduce them, because I like them so much that I know I'm going to need at least two or three more 'chunks' of them. She also used batik fabrics, which I always admire but haven't really delved into yet.
Chris' block with the gray background is stunning! I have a block pattern from a friend in Australia with the geese flying in a circle, and I thought to try it on my own. I'd already chosen a white background with gray dots, so I was thrilled to see Chris' block and know that it would have a friend:)
Finally, just loving the blocks from Amy from Canada, especially the clever use of the foliage print in the background of the strip of flying geese. I can't tell from the photo if she fussy cut it or it was a lucky accident but the way it seems a tree is growing on one side of the strip is just so unique and pretty.
I think I've already raved about Linsay and Jennifer's blocks in my email, but they're beautiful and of course, quiet special to me since I know them in person!
Sewing like a fiend this week -- Jennifer has already posted photos of our school quilts and my job is to assemble the 'birthday party' quilt. I've got the top together -- a bit of black and white sashing went a long way toward calming it down and creating a pattern out of a lot of child-friendly, vibrant fabric. One of Jennifer's students told her last week that she would not put her raffle money toward it and explained (in a shocked tone): "Mrs. Harper, that quilt is full of fabric with very unhealthy food printed on it!"
I'm also finishing a quilt for my son Jake. For about a year, he's been asking for a "quilt with red squares", and wouldn't elaborate. Finally, just before Christmas, I found a bright red Kaffe Fassett plaid and I used it as inspiration for the rest of the fabric choices and the design. As I was finishing the top, I really worried that it was looking too girly -- in love with a few color combinations, I'd used a couple of florals, and there is some pink and purple in small bits. Well I gave the completed top to him on Christmas and he LOVED it! Yes, I do know that's it's late March now:( But I promise, it is within hours of completion. Here is the top, 75% finished, but you get an idea:
Thanks again everyone for all of your hard work on my blocks this month! I just can't wait to show you all the finished quilt! xo Meg