The other sewing project I worked on recently was making the backgrounds for my little group's swap blocks. I told you a bit about it before, but in case you missed that post, I belong to a group of about eight quilters from my quilt guild who got together a few months ago with the idea of participating in a block swap. We agreed our theme would be "winter," and the colors we agreed to use are primarily blue, white, silver, and gold. When I last talked about it, I showed you the first block I'd made to test out my idea. After I decided I liked the way it looked, I cut strips to make the rest of the blocks:
It seemed like I cut an endless number of blue and white strips while I watched the Olympics. I suspect whenever I see this block, for years to come it will remind me of the Olympics, but how funny it is that I watched the Summer Olympics while making winter blocks!
Here are the first five blocks I completed:
I made a total of ten blocks and I thought I had a photo of them, but I can't find it. Still, I can tell you that the other five blocks look pretty much like the first five.
Now I need to decide what I want to applique in the centers of the blocks. First I was thinking of either a pine tree or a bird. THEN I thought about an ice skate. I really like the ice skate idea, but to make it look good, I think I'd have to add a fair amount of applique to each block, and I'm trying to keep it simpler than that. Now I'm thinking about the bird again. But what color? Not blue--I have enough blue. I was considering red, but I was also thinking about adding a couple holly leaves and berries, so maybe not red. (Or is adding leaves and berries getting too fussy again?) Brown?
Or maybe it's a snowman in a snow storm?! THAT's easy enough!
What would you do? Do you have any suggestions?