Welcome to Melva Loves Scraps and the Show Me Your Wings blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. If this happens to be your first time visiting, welcome! I hope that you will take a few minutes to look around my blog. You can get a peek into my studio, learn a little more about what makes me tick, as well as check out my Gallery and the Quilters Through The Generations stories I have featured by following the links on the high-lighted words or by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.
Details for the give away and the full list of hop participants will be at the end of this post.
I really didn't think that coming up with a quilt for this hop would prove to be so challenging! My first idea was a Birds In The Air quilt... or something with flying geese units.
I asked my fb followers what came to mind when they heard "Show Me Your Wings"... Responses included angels, butterflies, "Take off and fly" referring to children growing up and fleeing the nest, as it is intended, and "I believe I can fly".
I considered angels... I also considered butterflies... and normally I would have been excited about the butterflies. But I kept landing back at Flying Geese. Jumbo size, big block size
I pulled a few patterns.
This one was a real possibility... I have made it a few times before as baby quilts. it is always a fun one to make...
I also considered the Dutchman's Puzzle with jumbo sized blocks...
It would make a nice sized baby quilt...
I pulled fabric that would work with either of these quilts. While definitely not a baby print, the brightly colored lizards on a green leafy background that had been in my stash for a few years would be a fun quilt for a baby boy... I had located some coordinating solids to go along with them.
And then I started looking through the Civil War Quilt book that I bought when I made a quilt to commemorate our vacation to Gettysburg and the DC area in 2005. Each block has a diary entry that highlights the events of the day or letters or new received.
That was when I found Confusion and Turmoil! As I reflect, it seemed rather ironic that I use this block pattern since I had been completely undecided about what sort of quilt I make... LOL
So, a few details... Each flying geese unit is 6 inches by 12 inches with an over all finished size of 39 inches square.
With this quilt completed and a few days remaining before the publish date for this hop, I started playing with a few angel ideas that I had...
Because February plays host to Valentines Day and all things hearts... I wanted to make an angel with hearts.
I may have used a similar project (from construction paper) as a Girl Scout leader or gotten the idea from some school project that one of the girls brought home from elementary school, or maybe a Christmas ornament...
It doesn't really matter... I have learned that when an idea comes to me in the middle of the night, I must follow the inspiration...
I had the opportunity to practice my free-motion quilting with the writing of the scripture from Hebrews 2:2 in the background.
My other idea was to use prairie points as angel wings, a triangle as the body and a snowball block as the head.
<<< The final result... a cute little mug rug!
When I first looked at it, it reminded me of some paintings by DeGrazia at the chapel in Arizona.
I had a painting in my childhood bedroom that was done by my Grandma Teegarden with a similar feel and look of this one...
Give away time! This sweet little angel with Prairie Point Wings is the prize. Leave a comment before February 22nd letting me know...
which one of my winged quilt projects is your favorite?
The Flying Geese baby quilt, the Angel of Hearts or the Prairie Point Angel?
Be sure to leave your email address with your comment if you are a no-reply blogger... It would be terrible if you were selected as the winner and I had no way of contacting you!
Be sure to visit all of the other quilters that are participating!