I left a comment on Gerry's blog, which was I thought wishful thinking on my part. It was along the lines of "what a great idea, I really wish I could do that too.....................(I have listed and linked everybody's blogs at the end)
Then, like a dream come true " I was in a round robin" entitled "Fools Gold" with 2 of my crazy patchwork heroes.....once I got over the shock.....panic set in. I kept on panic mode for a few days and then sorted myself out. Research was going to be my saving grace. So I hit the engine and kept on looking.
Finally I started making my blocks because I had an "idea" I used the "the year of the Dragon" as my basic starting point, and then found out that 2012 was also the 6 year cycle of " the water Dragon" which will tone done the nastier side effects of the fire dragon! I chose mainly batiks because I thought that they would allow alot of blending effects. I did 3 hot coloured blocks and 3 cool coloured blocks.
Arlene's blocks arrived early. Thank you Arlene, because of her I worked out how to do the notebook that accompanies the blocks. Unfortunately , Madeline, my darling daughter, ( I have to remind myself!) emptied the black and most of the coloured ink in my printer. I was left with handwriting my notebook and was able to use my draft computer copy for the front cover. I think every one will know that this is definitely my first round robin! Out of the 6 blocks I chose this one to DYOB ( do your own block)
I was very grateful that I had Pat Winter's magazine "Crazy Quilt Gatherings" issue 2 2011 for the articles by Cathy Kizerian and Gerry Kruger on round robins, as well as Pats " Embellishing - where to begin".
So I have spent some time looking at Arlene's blog to get a 'feel' for her and her work, but I have kept in mind Gerry's advice for the first person in a RR to be conservative. So my individual element is the military cuff. I will stick to the flower vine. I am thinking that as the other blocks have a fabric with perfume bottles and 2 of the blocks are fan shaped, that they are screaming Paris to me. So I hope to include a fan, the Eiffel tower, a perfume bottle and a bow.....maybe! I know Gerry loves to add a bird and I love embroidering peacocks, so I will try to sneak in a peacock. However this is all subject to change!!!! See what I have done below!
Here are everybody's blogs as promised, you will enjoy visiting.