It is year two for the Pieced Together Quilting Bee and our first block is for Valerie. She sent some lovely mermaid fabric (I think my friend Renee would just love this fabric) and asked for modern quilt blocks with symmetry. I love symmetry so this was right up my alley... but I still struggled with it. I kept looking at the fabrics - for weeks - trying to find a way to make my design ideas come to life with the fabrics provided. See this color way isn't one haven't sewn with before and I struggled to find coordinating fabrics in my stash.
After all the thinking and procrastinating, just diving in and making it work, made it work! I really like what I ended up with. I added the blue solid, the gold dots and some of the light and dark aqua patterned fabric. Hopefully Valerie likes them and the block looks okay with the others. I used almost every little scrap of the fabric Valerie sent accept for the white (sorry Valerie I just realized the extra white didn't make it into the package I mailed).
Favorite part of the block for me are the four little octopus. I can't believe I got it all centered and lined up the way I wanted it.
And by the end of the month I need to be ready for April. April is my month which means putting together twelve packages and getting them in the mail in less than two weeks. Thank goodness I have a plan and just need to get to cutting.