Block 8 is done! So much for doing them in any kind of order. This block seemed empty and easy after the first three that I did. They seemed so busy. I was watching the birds pick the cold, dried up crabapples off the tree outside my window when I picked fabrics for this block - I decided to make the cherries into crabapples, hence the pink!
Now, for my moment of immaturity...I'm keeping a childish tally of shapes as I applique them down. After 4 blocks done, here are the totals:
leaves - 114
pieces of fruit - 34
flowers/buds - 23
I think I am doing my groom next...he's been on my mind (don't tell my husband!). I sketched it out tonight. One of my grandfathers was a farmer and taught vocational agriculture and living off the land, so I designed the block around things that reminded me of him. Besides, my daughter Riley is named after him and this quilt will be hers some day. Now I just need to dig in.
I've also been thinking about the peacock block. When I was a kid, we actually sort of had a "pet" peacock. We lived in Birmingham, Alabama and our property backed up to the woods that surrounded the Birmingham Zoo. One day he just wandered up and started roosting on my little sisters' swingset...happy to eat leftovers (he especially loved scrambled eggs - isn't that cannibalism?) and put on a "feather show" for us. My Dad caught him, put him in the back of the station wagon and drove him back to the zoo. He beat my Dad back to our house again! So, he stayed and ruled the neighborhood.
He HAS to be in the quilt!