Finally! Here is my new block for the Star of Africa Bee. The queen bee for the month of July wanted a scrapbook style block in pink. Now, I like pink, but I had no idea what a scrapbook style block was. She said to make a block of anything in my country that I would like to take a picture of. Well, that made it somewhat more difficult because, I couldn't think of anything pink that was photo-worthy and represented my country. I had exactly 3 ideas: Barbie (all the rage in my house right now, but not necessarily an interesting block), Elvis in a pink Cadillac (representing our country's rock n' roll heritage), and pink cherry blossoms (the most doable idea).
I actually started on the pink Cadillac. I sketched out a car and tried to figure out how to paper piece it. It wasn't looking like I wanted, so I scrapped it. It was a little too much work for the amount of time I had. I think it could be done, but I wasn't willing to give it all I had right now. So I started thinking about the cherry blossoms.
My best friends family has a place in Northern Michigan that we visited this summer. We fly into Traverse City when we go, and they have a huge "Cherry Festival" in the summer to celebrate the areas cherry crops. I haven't been there during cherry blossom time, so I went online to do a little research. Funny, the Cherry Festival website only showed people eating various cherry products, no actual cherry pictures or cherry blossom pictures. I guess they have their priorities.
In the end, this block was inspired by a postage stamp commemorating the Centennial of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. and it certainly was very picturesque! I have actually never been to D.C., but I immediately adopted the idea of creating my block based on the picture in the stamp and this is what resulted. I really like how it turned out, and I hope the queen bee does too.
I also caught up on a few QAL blocks:
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