Well, the Scraps to Treasure challenge for 2012 has officially come to an end, so I'm free to post about my entry, Flying High. As you recall, everyone was given the same sets of 6" squares, and we were allowed to add a certain number of squares and fat quarters from our stash, with the challenge to create a quilt.
It all started last winter as I was trying to come up with ideas for the 2012 challenge. I thought about a few options, and this one evolved from thinking about things that fly. Flags, birds, planes...those were the obvious. I wanted to take a bit of a whimsical turn, and came up with flying turtles, getting a chance to look down on their surroundings. I thought, even if they could only be 12" off the ground, it would be high for them. :) Here's the first sketch.
Since we were able to add a designated number of extra squares from our
own stash (only 1 6" square of any given print), I pulled out an eagle
and fussy cut him for the corner. As it was coming together, I thought
it still needed something. My bathroom rug caught my eye, and in an aha moment,
the idea for a row of houses came together.
A square of dragonflies made its way into the bottom left corner. Those
dragonflies eventually were used for the backing and binding.
Of course there was a bit of frog stitching going on (rip it, rip it), but by the end of the weekend the top was pretty well stitched together, and by the next weekend I had it sandwiched and ready to quilt.
Flying High didn't come out in the top ten this year, there was some pretty strong competition. Yes, I admit I'm a tad disappointed, but in the end its all about enjoying the process and being happy with the result. So in that regard, yes, it's a winner. :)