While beating the heat I have been tackling a couple of projects. I'm so excited to be able to share one with you finally.
"My" quilt guild, OKC MQG, is submitting a quilt to the QuiltCon Show. Members were asked to sign up for 1 or 2 blocks. Being the eager beaver I am I chose 2. Everyone's turned out beautifully, and when it is complete I will certainly link up to the final project so you can see it. :)
Inspiration struck right away for my first block. I wanted to do something that subtly represented OKC, because while I'm not "from" here it is a city that I have quickly come to love. So, when you think of OKC what do you think of? Sadly, I'd have to say it is the Oklahoma City Bombing in my mind. There is a beautiful memorial here for the victims of that tragedy, so I did some image searches.
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We had certain colors to use, so I thought the tangerine color would work for the chair seat and backs, and the off white for the glass bottom. The picture I actually took inspiration from (which I can't find at the moment) was at night in the snow. Haunting. Beautiful.
So, I came up with this:
Simple. Understated. I like it.
Then I had to tackle my second block. A lot of ideas rushed through my mind. I scribbled furiously in my journal for days. I finally settled on a wave block that would show off the two greens that had been chosen.
This is the block from hell. Seriously. It took me 2 weeks to sew this thing together. 3.5 hours to cut the fabric alone. The template I used was drawn up by me and I can't believe my brain came up with this and I decided to torture myself with it. I knew it would be torture. The curves are VERY small and VERY tight. Seams were ripped out 3-4 times. But, in the end I decided to take a page from my inner Tim Gunn and "Make it work!"
I'm so glad I did. I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out. But, you can be certain I will NEVER make this block again. HA!!!
Currently I'm working on my apple core quilt more. I have the blocks done, so I'm trimming them up and getting ready to make the quilt top. I have a top secret project I'm in the midst of as well. And then I have a ton of things to do before we go out of town in October. AAAHHH!!!!
I hope the summer heat it beginning to fade where you are! Next week we dip into the 80s!!! Quick! Break out the parkas! ;)