Holly and I
About a month after returning home, I received an invitation to participate in a "Block Swap" with a group of quilters who each had a connection to the quilt festival. Nervous...as I had never participated in one before...I still said yes. In the beginning, there were 12 of us, each receiving the same one yard cuts of three different fabrics. Tweedy, by P&B Textiles were chosen in a shade of blue, green and gray.
There rules were simple. Using at least two of the three fabrics chosen, we were to create a block twelve times over so that we each ended up with one of every one's blocks. Of course, I wanted to create something that would represent my experience in Ireland. So I chose a "heart" block. I decided on using the small Twister template and drew out my pattern.
I titled my block "Ireland Captured My Heart"
By the end of December I had received all of my other blocks for the project....now eleven in total including mine, as someone had to drop out due to time constraints. These were the blocks I received.
created by Pam Hotle of Wisconsin
created by Kim Caskey of Canada
created by Nikki Foley of Ireland
created by Carol Moellers of Iowa
created by Karen Farrell of Ireland
created by Cecille Flagg of Ireland
created by Michelle Banton of Massachusetts
created by Dana Lynch of Mississippi
created by Chris and Rebecca Palmer of Ireland
created by Peggy Bass of Kansas
A few of us were fortunate enough to meet up in Houston during Quilt Festival to "swap" our blocks.
So now to create a quilt using these eleven blocks. I will admit freely...I felt stumped. These blocks were pinned on my design wall for quite awhile. I kept waiting for that "light bulb" moment to happen. Occasionally I would move them around a bit in hopes that act would spark some idea. Then one day I was looking through some photos from another quilting event and saw a quilt made with a panel that caught my eye. I did a search and discovered it was called The Healing Tree by Melissa Marie Collins at Frond Designs...and I knew that somehow this panel had to be a part of my quilt.
So now, you've seen all the of the "pieces" that I would be working with to create my quilt. Later this week I will be sharing my creation with you.