This is still tagged "state flower afghan" but now I'm switching it to "state quilt" (not flower-specific). I'm not likely to ever take up the cross-stitched afghan in any meaningful way again. However, I did find Quilt Blocks Across America
on Amazon at a very reasonable price, and this is what I want to do for the concept.
The book/CD is really nicely laid out. Each state's quilt pattern is made up of individual elements, which you can mix and match to customize your design. Ohio's design has a cardinal, a lighthouse, and a lake on it; but as the author relates, when she was testing this, someone said "I grew up in farm country in Ohio, none of this works for me!" The solution: take the farmland background from the Wisconsin block, the stalk of maize corn from the Nebraska block, etc., and you now have a customized Ohio block to use.
You pick your own fabrics and it's all applique, which will be exciting for me to try, but I want to finish some of these other quilt ideas first. For the record, I have Pixie's Hole in the Wall quilt, the denim log cabin, Scrappy Love, and everyone's Christmas presents (yes!) and some mother's day presents already in the "things I need to finish/want to do" pipeline, so this has to find a space in there somewhere.
I can already see how I'll customize some blocks myself. Florida has a flamingo and a lighthouse, which I'd get rid of, and put in a sandpiper and a sand shovel & bucket on the beach.
The author recommends enlarging the patterns on the disk, because the default is about 7" square and that makes for tiny blocks - but how many blocks will I need, if it's "every state Toly or I have lived in or significantly visited"? (airport layovers don't count)( States listCollapse )