Why? Because like all good plans, this great life we live with it's opportunities, events, and circumstances, converge, seemingly at once, to shake things up and keep us on our toes.
|Faye's practice block.|
The plan, hatched during our November meeting and election, was to have a Block Lottery Committee (Volunteers! Thank you very much ladies!!) work together to have ideas, samples, tutorials, etc. for each meeting as well as the blog.
They chose months. They had a schedule. We were off to a great start until opportunity knocked and Yvonne had to withdraw. Exciting times for Pensacola and the modern quilting community!
|A block from Laraine.|
Our remaining committee members, Susan and Elaine, had a plan. There's that word again. Ha!
As Susan told us during our impromptu meeting/lunch break at A&E, she had the block idea, only she needed sleep (That's what staying up sewing the EOD Silent Auction quilt the night before with Mandy will do to you - make you sleep deprived.) and requested a little grace period to make a sample and post the tutorial information. Not a problem.
However, when your dream house suddenly reappears on the market, after you've been looking awhile and after being outbid several times, you act quickly, hoping all of the stars align favorably. They did. Susan (and husband Chris) became homeowners - yay! - with a big beautiful new sewing space.
The next part of the plan, meant Elaine would run with Susan's idea, make the sample block, write the blog post, etc. All good and well with the exception of discovering your attic is infested with endangered honeybees, you have a good-sized tree that's ready to topple onto your fence (or worse), and horribly strong thunderstorms tear through the area leaving you without power.
|Honeybee removal at Elaine's.|
Elaine made phone calls. Cindy agreed to help sew, write, and post. That was the new and final plan. Once again, ha!
|Friends, fabric, & caffeine.|
|Cricket's April (top) and May (bottom) lottery blocks.|
We chose the classic Dutchman's Puzzle for the lottery block, made from flying geese, which tie in perfectly with our planned (there's that word again!) May program and Fisher House 2015 Charity Quilt.
To participate in the block lottery, please review these guidelines.
There are many, many ways to make flying geese. Becky's round-up of methods can be found here; you can see Elaine's inspiration from Caroline of SewCanShe here; and the link Cricket used to figure the quilty math is here. Choose a method that works for you. Natalie decided to draft a paper pieced flying goose!
The color palette is scrappy and low volume. Please use low volume fabrics for sky - all one print or mixed prints, again based on the method chosen - and two colors for the geese.
|Second block from Bobbi.|
The pictures in this post were made from the Connecting Threads tutorial Cricket found. Her quilty math requires two 9" x 9" sky fabrics, and two 7.5" x 7.5" geese fabrics for each Dutchman's Puzzle block.
Your Block Lottery Committee (and friends) -
Elaine and Susan, Becky, Bobbi, Cindy, Cricket, Faye, Laraine, and Natalie
***All persons/guild members have approved the information in this blog post - ECMQG President Kira Bell***