I am kind of feeling naughty for posting these pictures, but chinarockfishakm said it was okay, so proceed at your own risk! I know I love to see what others are doing and it provides creative inspiration for me along the way.
So here is what I have so far! Are you sure you want to proceed? Really, it seems so far that most of my blocks will have slight discrepancies from each other due to the fabric so it will still be a surprise when you receive.
This is where I live now. I was not raised here, but moved here a few years ago-2004. I went rafting down the Colorado River out of Glenwood Springs a few years ago. I think it was 2005. It looked a lot like this fabric which is pretty remarkable. The blocks do look better in person, they are not as grainey as they appear and they are square! I promise. That goes for all of them.
A few close ups...
For Montana I found this great center fabric! I love the pictures of the mountains and the animals. What made it even better, is that it is from the "Big Sky Country" line from SouthSeas Imports. "Big Sky Country" is a nickname for Montana. How perfect is that! The background fabric is Moose Lake from Exclusively Quilters Collection. A couple of summers ago, i was lucky enough to get to go to Yellowstone (which is in Wyoming and a little of Montana) and up into a smidgen of Montana. This fabric reminded me of our trip-which was pretty cool. The sky here does seem huge. It fills one horizon west to the other horizon east- and it seems to go farther up (as into the sky itself) as well. It is absolutely beautiful.
Florida: which is one of the blocks we are doing on our own...
This is my Florida block for the 50 States Quilt. I chose the dolphins because when I was young we would go to my Great Uncle William's cabin in the Bay outside of Fort Walton, FL. He had a really long pier that went out into the bay where you could see dolphins swim by all the time. I liked the orange batik because it reminds me of sun rays, warmth, and oranges.
So hopefully, since I went first you won't all think they stink. I am beginning to have a little anxiety but I would rather it be in the beginning when I can change things than later, so there you go!
It is funny how this swap catches the minds of others, I started posting about it on my blog and how i was stuck for Oregon, Utah, and North Carolina and someone from North Carolina that had this awesome fabric sent it to me! I am going to send her fabric, but she didn't want it before she sent. Isn't that neat?