This block was so fun that I couldn't make just one -- I made two! BUT you will see them in a minute.
First, meet our block designer for today, April Mazzoleni! April is a friend of mine. She is also a quiltmaker with a great eye for design. Check out her blog, you will see what I mean. Here's April. . . .
Once all of my kids were school aged, I had found myself at home with a lot of time on my hands. Too long to just sit around and wait for everyone to get home and not long enough to get a real job...plus I had already done the real job thing for 15 years and just couldn't go back. I dusted off the sewing machine that my parents gave me when I turned 18 and started sewing. With my mom two states away and no one around to help, I jumped right in. Sewing has changed my life in sew many ways. It's given me a creative outlet, provided me with an income and has helped me to make many friends along the way.
For me blogging, sewing and friends have gone hand in hand. I started blogging about 2 years ago now and love it. It's not about the number of visitors or the number of comments (although comments are always fun to read) it's more of being part of a community, keeping connected and sharing that part of myself with family and friends.
While I've made a lot of original quilts, I haven't published many patterns. With the encouragement of friends, I'm throwing my hat in the ring. My first pattern for a quilted version of a Quiet Book is now available for purchase at woodchesters.etsy.com.
Besides my love of quilts, my other passion in sewing is my cloth mama pads. While my initial reaction to cloth pads was - Yuck! - something about them kept tugging at me. I finally made up a few, fell in love with them and wanted to share them with the world :) Besides selling them at my etsy shop aprilmdesigns.etsy.com, I also want to help make people aware of the health benefits associated with them. You can find all of that info at my website http://www.clothmamapads.com/. I'm saving my scraps to make a cloth mama pad quilt one day. The best of both worlds!
My blog. . . http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/
Thanks April! And CLICK HERE for the pdf of Block 2 designed by April!
Here are the two blocks I made using April's pattern. First, I made the design in my Attitude Girls jelly roll. It turned out, of course, very high contrast because Attitude Girls has, well, attitude.
So I had to make one with low contrast. I found over half a Swanky jelly roll sitting around with nothing to do. I decided to let my Swanky jelly roll join in the fun. We will see how far she makes it. The center square is a pink with white dot print that is going to be my background fabric for this one.
My apologies for these blocks. They have not received their final pressing yet. I know I shouldn't let them be seen this way. Sorry. Are the quilt police going to call me in for questioning?
Okay, so a couple other items of business. I type these up Saturday night so they will post before I can get to the computer Monday morning. The link will be on the main page shortly.
Second, the drawing. Yeah!!!! Here's the deal:
Sew, sew, sew, you have today to finish block 1!
Late tonight (Mountain Daylight Savings Time -- I do not like daylight savings time by the way -- too much information -- oops!) I will post my two new blocks on Flickr. When these two blocks are posted, every block before my blocks are entered into the random drawing for two fabulous prizes that will be announced tomorrow.
Here's the Flickr link again: (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1343277@N20/)
Question: What about the speed demons who finish Block 2 before I get my Block 2 posted?
Answer: Speed Demons, you have a choice to make. If you post your block, you will have two chances in tomorrows drawing because you will have two blocks posted. Or you can wait until after I post mine to be entered into the next drawing. I will leave the decision to each of you.