It took almost a full week, mostly in bed, but I am finally back and feeling well enough to get into the studio. Thank you so much for all your warm get well wishes. I am sorry I didn't answer each one personally.
Today, I made some bee blocks, but I am only going to share one of them here.
This is the March block for Hive 2 over at Stash Bee. I love looking through my batiks for tree fabric. This one is a deep blue ginkgo leaf pattern over the browns and tans. When I drew the tree, I wanted to capture the gnarls and some darks and lights to make it more alive. Then, I found some fern like patterns on another green/gray batik and used that as leaves. The nest is yet another batik with heavy thread play.
I used a machine buttonhole stitch for the tree and leaves. The background is Kona Azure. The block is 12.5" x 12.5". I have really enjoyed making the two trees I have made for Stash Bee Hives.
I have been trying to keep up with what is going on in the blog world. One important thing to take note of is the upcoming sign-up for 2012 Hands 2 Help charity quilting event. Sign-ups begin tomorrow over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. There are two charities to select from, or you can make one for each. You can even ask for a partner to select a palette for you from Design Seeds if you like a challenge. I would love to see all of you sign up for this great event. There are loads of prizes. I am even a sponsor this year, with a great prize from Intrepid Thread.
Speaking of Intrepid Thread. If you have not shopped there, you should. Julie has a new shop up online now, and she has some great sales. I haven't been able to beat her prices anywhere on her regular priced fabric. I also love the different lines she carries. No, she is not a sponsor of mine. No, she has not bribed me to say this. In fact, I doubt she will even know I have been talking about her. Her service is just that great, and so is her shop.
I guess that is all for now. It is great to be back. Joyful quilting, everyone.