Finished the April block on the road trip that started here in California, May 1. Not much to see along I-10 on the way to San Antonio, so I was able to stitch in the car. However after that not much stitching. After San Antonio we headed north to Iowa, east to Chicago, north to Milwaukee and then west to Yellowstone. Of course we stopped along the way to visit Mt. Rushmore and Devil’s Monument. On the way home we drove through the Grand Tetons, but didn’t see them, because of the thick cloud cover and heavy rain. Along the way I took lots of pictures of scenery, animals and flowers, of course! Plan to share those with you as we go through the year.
I “planned” to get the May and June blocks done, what was I thinking?? Should have known better, there was so much to see, that I barely got the May block started. Naturally I take all my applique tools along, so I did grab a few minutes to at least get the May block basted.This month, the block of the month flower is inspired by the flax plant. They grow wild in my back yard, but also found them on the prairies of our North Western states. We also found them at the Antelope Island State Park in Salt Lake, Utah, there was a picture with the name Prairie Flax.These flowers were much larger than mine, but maybe the drought has something to do with it. Those growing in my yard are slightly larger than 1/2″ across, whereas the ones on the island were about 1″ in size. Here is a view of the mainland from the island.These are the fabrics that I am planning to use. My thinking is that subtle stripe in the fabric will be perfect for those petals. Although the pattern shows a deeper yellow for the centers, I thought that the softer yellow would be more like the flower as shown in the photo.Here are the links to the instructions for making the base block and the block design itself. If you missed any blocks, click on that month, and the link will take you to the Craftsy page. Remember the blocks are free for two months and then go to Craftsy for a small fee.
February Block of the Month on Craftsy