Sunday, July 29, 2012

CQJP2012 - MAY BLOCK (Block 7)

Here is another of my "Keys to the Past" blocks, this one completed in July (block 7) which is the May block.  Now is that confusing enough for you?  I won't even try to explain and hope that you will trust me on this ~ lol.  Actually, you can see them all together by either clicking on the CQJP 2012 tab near the top of this blog.  I also have a link to the CQJP on my sidebar so you can see a multitude of fabulous entries and one link on the sidebar that will take you to my page on the CQJP site.  The birthstone for May is Emerald, so I was wondering how I could pull of an all green block.  I decided to use a contrasting green that would stay visually in the back and let the emerald be the focus with a splash of creamy white.  Did it work? 

Another challenge with this block was that three generations lived in the home I will be showing you next month.  Lots of pictures to place.  I positioned the photos to give a 'flow' to the block, with the first family at the top.  When I was finally satisfied with the arrangement, I began to add the focal details.

The dragonfly was a lucky find.  It was on a small cloth jewelry bag I found at a garage sale for 25 cents a couple of years ago.  It carries the eye from the second generation over to the third generation.  I love the photo with the kids all lined up, don't you?

I added the antique brass buttons to lead you back up to the top.  The fabric in the upper right hand corner appears to be from an old wedding dress.  I added it to give a bit of a bridal feel to the block.  The 'couples' photos signify marriage.  The first generation couple is the happy couple on their 50th wedding anniversary.  The other two are wedding photos.  Along side each are their respective family photos.

As you can see, a lot of children were connected to the home.  The first generation alone had nine children, one being my grandfather.  Only two boys!  Can you imagine.  His father was probably wondering who on earth was going to help him with the farm and who is going to pay for all the weddings!

Next month (August) I will be sharing the block with their family home.  It will be a block for June which is Pearls and a traditionally favored month for weddings.  I hope you enjoyed meeting more of my family.

Now, go make some memories!


shawkl said...

Another gorgeous block Connie! I love the photos, the old key, and especially the spray of flowers and stitching around the group photo.

Monica said...

You are doing such an amazing job with these, Connie! I am very interested to know what the final plan for them will be. Will they all be assembled into one piece? They are each individually so interesting that they could easily stand alone as well.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I really love these blocks Connie - each one is a treasure. I also enjoy reading your thought process as you go along.