Have you been following along with the Quilter's Book Club? If you don't have any idea what I am talking about, check it out over at http://starwoodquilter.blogspot.com .
Each month we read a book and make a quilt block to represent that story.
May's book was Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas. This is the second of her books we have read, the first being The Persian Pickle Club. At that time I picked out a scrap of "pickle" fabric (paisley) from my stash and thought I would try to put some in each block I make. It is a rather dark fabric with only a small selection of colors within the print so it is a bit of a challenge to brighten each block.
There are two variations here, both in the red tulips. Susan found a number of suggested blocks and I decided to take the "Tulip Nine-patch", make four and turn it into a 12 inch block.
I had to have at least one yellow tulip, as that is what Alice loved most, but in Japan, there is a well-known children's song, one of the first songs a child learns to sing. It says,"They are blooming, they are blooming! Chuurippu flowers are in a row, aka (red), shiro (white), kiiro (yellow), whichever you look at they are beautiful". I guess this is a Japanese tulip block. (with a bent row).
Two long train rides into town and back today, Church in the morning and Scouts in the evening, neither time was the train crowded so I could get this done. The owl, looking down from the door behind me. is wishing for his feet and tail but I have stalled while looking for fabric to make the branch he is to sit on. I stopped at Yuzawaya Thursday on my way to choir practice but, though they are having many fabrics on sale, there was nothing that would work. I will probably need to make a run out to "fabric town" (The wholesale area) one of these days.
It is all ready past my bed time and tomorrow begins early with rice delivery. So off I go with the tulip song, echoing in my brain . Nighty night!