I can't believe that my October Bee Block has arrived - where's this year gone?!
Bernadette is the October Queen Bee and her block inspiration is a lined landscape painting. She's asked us to fussy cut the 2 striped fabrics into a pattern, geometric, wonky or whatever 12.5" block.
For my inspiration I started going through holiday photos that I've taken of rocks - we have many as I studied rock formations a few years ago for my ceramic collection 'Earth's Abstraction'. I settled on this image taken on a walk through Kentmere in the Lake District, England. I then photoshoped it using a Coloured Pencil Artistic Filter which gave it the pink colour and made the surface planes more obvious. I printed this out, outlined the shapes and then drew stripes over each rock plane to represent the striped fabrics.
I cut the initial pieces of fabric according to the lines I'd sketched on my image but quickly I started to move away from the image and add fabrics in the colour/direction that instinctively felt right and I also started to use the reverse of each fabric to create more depth by creating shade and shadow in the tones.
And here is the final block
This will certainly be a quilt to watch - I can't begin to imagine what the finished top will look like and I'm wondering how others will interpret the brief - if I'm honest I'm really quite nervous that this won't be in keeping with everyone else's blocks. I'll keep you posted but for now I've posted the block to the NYC Mod Guild Blog.