Welcome to Melva Loves Scraps and The Welcome to My House Hop (hosted by Carol Swift at Just Let Me Quilt. This hop is certain to be a fun filled and inspiring event!
There will be a list of participants at the end of this post. I have a pattern to give away as well! Details at the end...
When I signed up for this hop my idea was to create a wall hanging of only house blocks, all different colors and sizes and styles and call it "Won't You Be My Neighbor." I loved watching Mr. Rogers with my children. It was a favorite! I was certain that the houses would be super cute too!
I started pulling patterns and found that I couldn't find the blocks in the sized I desired... mostly 12", 6" and 9". What I found were 5", 8" and 10". So much for my idea...
I was determined that I could make my idea work... somehow!
I made up a few of the different blocks in their original size and pushed through...
And then I had two commissioned t-shirt quilts show up and I had to set aside the house patterns and blocks. I'll be honest... I was disappointed that my plan didn't come together easily.
I considered using my August block from the "It's A Wild Life" BOM...
Did you see it??? It is super cute and looks like our house and the mountains you can see from the top of the hill behind us!
I had to keep repeating to myself... "I am not a quitter." "I am not a quitter." I had to make something work!
Maybe I was avoiding my house project, but Save The Bees block caught my attention.
So I "played" with it...
You have to answer the call when something captures your attention! Otherwise your focus is distracted and you don't give it your all...
Am I right???
And... (warning - rabbit trail ahead!) if you have been reading and following along this summer at all, you should know that I am not a fan of applique. I have whined and moaned about the amount of appliqued blocks that have been included in the monthly Wild Life blocks...
I am beginning to feel as though there is a conspiracy or something to force me to begin to love applique, because I caught a sneak peek of the September block... and it would appear that there is more applique. What???
Learn to love applique? **record scratching sound** NOT going to happen, but I am loving the look of the blocks... and the Save the Bees block is no exception.
My original idea with the Bee blocks was to machine embroidery or stitch the design on the blocks in hopes of giving it a hand embroidered look... kind of like the trail of bee. (I may still sneak back into the studio this weekend to try that. Stay tuned!)
But then I discovered that the block looked good with the houses... (rejoining the trail again soon...)
I pulled out some letters that were left over from a project several years ago...
I discovered that I could form the word "Welcome" if I combined an "N" and a "U" for the "W" and the "M".
Yep... signed myself up for another applique! Heck, let's throw in some sunflowers that had fusing on them from someone else's stash while were at it!
What is going on here???
Do I love applique??? No, but I am not whining about it anymore!
My finished project is 23" x 27" and has corner pockets to insert a dowel rod for easy hanging.
Wow... that was a bit of round about way to getting to my finished project! I generally am not quite so all over the place with my projects and my thoughts... something strange is going on. While it is not all that my mind's eye envisioned, it is a cute little hanging.
What do you do when a project (or life) just isn't quite going the way that you would expect?
Do you refuse to give up and stay on the main trail?
Do you abort the project and turn around to head home?
Do you modify your plans, sometimes following rabbit trails, discovering that the trails meet up again?
As I stated... I am not a quitter. I refuse to give up! Things may not turn out the way I thought... most of the time it is for the best! God's little blessings.
I have a pattern to give away. It is "Settler's Trail". It is a wonderful pattern for a super scrappy quilt!
Entry for the give away is easy. Simply leave a comment before Saturday, September 15th.
Be sure to leave your email address if you are a no-reply blogger so that I can contact you should be picked as the winner.
Thanks for stopping by and traveling down the winding trail with me.
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