What fun we had, even if it was a small class! More attention for everyone that way. So the past few times I’ve taught this workshop, I decided I really needed to come up with a couple simpler “test drive” blocks in the 6 inch size that aren’t so fiddly. I had Taro and Turtle blocks. Everyone loves the turtle, but it really is pretty challenging. So I thought I needed more options that were easier than the turtle. I tried a whole bunch of ideas, but not much fits into a block as small as 6 inches (most students like to try one small before committing to one of the larger class patterns from my Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul pattern, here) and still makes an interesting design while also being simple. I thought about what is Hawaiian and would also be Florida? I ended up with two new blocks:
The second block is adorable, not as fiddly as the turtle, but not exactly easy-peasy:
The students in both workshops (how lucky that I had the same workshop in both venues, which were–I did not realize this for a goodly while–HOURS apart) did such a great job with the blocks. I’m honestly not sure which of these photos were taken which day:
So as you might gather, it was a FUN class! The trip home was relatively uneventful compared to the trip down, although my suitcase got soaked in Boston where it was raining not snowing, and a few things inside were soaked. Luckily, the quilts in the suitcase were inside a ginormous Ziploc Bag (I swear you could fit the contents of a stuffed laundry basket in one they are so big) and protected! I’ve already ordered a hard-sided suitcase since the zipper pull also got trashed. Mo bettah!