. . . .I'd always liked forsythia, but became inordinately fond of it one of the years that Andrew was in nursery school. He came home one day bearing a piece of original art. The teacher had had the kids take a large piece of manilla paper and draw a long brown line on it. Then small pieces of cut and pinched up yellow tissue paper had been glued along the line on both sides. "It's FORTHYSIA!" he told me proudly. And hence it has been known in our household evermore. I do like to see the crocus and the snowdrops peer up through the frozen ground. And I'm always happy to see those daffodils, of which we have plenty. But when the FORTHYSIA comes along, then I really believe we'll have a spring.
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My second spring picture is Sharon's lotto block. An on-line quilting group I belong to is running a lotto this year. It isn't really a typical lotto. Instead, each participant is assigned a month and she sends out a FQ or a F8 of her chosen fabric to all of the other participants, along with instructions on what she would like done with the fabric. We make the block desired and send it back. Voila: Instant quilt! In a manner of speaking.
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It's a fun thing to do. We stretch ourselves as we work with fabrics that we wouldn't ordinarily choose. Such is the case for me this month with Sharon's fabric. It's pretty enough, but I don't think I'd ever have chosen it. Sharon, however, is amazingly imaginative and creative, and I'll be eager to see her finished quilt. She asked us to use a white background and a mint green accent. I'd been wanting to make this particular basket block for quite some time, and Sharon's fabric seemed a likely candidate. The thing is, you know, with basket blocks, the directions usually yield two rather than one. Do you think Sharon will mind getting two blocks? I don't.
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It is my turn to send my fabric out. I chose an intense black on black print that I found in Lancaster County last weekend. I'm asking people to use it for the background of the block and use two different batiks to make me an Amish Star block -- you can see it here: http://www.quilterscache.com/A/AmishStarBlock.html -- I think they will be just drop-dead gorgeous.