The year 2010, another year when the Texas Department of Agriculture sponsors a Quilt block contest. Blocks are made by Texas Quilters who decide to participate. For a fee of $12.00, you purchase a packet that includes the fabric and guidelines to follow. This years theme is Texas Wildlife.
The fabrics are batiks ~~~~~~~~~
a piece of green wool and one of brown leather.
If you will remember I was successfull in 2006, but my block did not make it into the quilt for 2008. BUT, the three friends that I talked into joining me in entering DID! Very disappointing, I must say, but I have tried to be Big about it~~~LOL. See my post about previous years and all our blocks HERE. See the TDA Quilt on their website HERE. You can see each winning quilt block and read about the makers inspiration.
This Wildlife thing is going to be tough, I think. I can't draw and I really don't want to use someone else's pattern. I want it to be completely original. I decided to surf a little and see if I could come up with some coloring book images that might give me some ideas. I certainly did! They are abundant. The Texas Parks and Wildlife provides some wonderful drawings in PDF for kids. If you haven't discovered these, you have really missed out! You can find one of them HERE and where I found the drawing that I used for my pattern HERE.
I chose the Red-tailed Hawk for my focus. We have them here on the ranch and I watch them almost daily as they sit patiently on tree limbs and fence posts waiting to swoop down for a field mouse or other small creature.
These proved to be a very good choice, I think. I did not use all the above.