Here's my thinking. I originally wanted to do a strict interpretation of the license plate because it really sums up the state well - it has our motto "Show Me State" and it has our two big symbols - the bluebird and the dogwood tree. And it has some quilty things I love - blue(!), duh, and gradations. Every one knows I have an unnatural love affair with gradations! The darkish to pale blue ending in white at the bottom is very yummy to me!
But as I let that percolate in the creative part of my mind, it occurred to me that the good folks at AMB sent me tons of beautiful, solid fabrics to use so why would I limit myself to just blues and white? So that's when I decided to improv piece the background for the block. I chose about 10 colors to start with and just chopped and sewed them until I got a piece roughly 6 1/2" x 12 1/2". Then I used fusible web to cut out the license (personalized for us of course!) and then embroidered a modified version of the real thing around that. (I'm not a great embroiderer, so don't look too close!) What is August 1821? That's when Missouri became a state!
So there you have it - that's my Missouri License Plate! (Bet you thought there would be an arch!)
But that's not all! AMB is giving away this fabulous bundle of solids. Now that I've worked with them, I can tell you they have a really nice hand and a good weight. Over all, they feel fabulous - which is how I judge fabric! And the colors are really fun and modern! You'll be sold on them from your first touch. (The fact that they are made in the USA is also a great bonus!)
6/9: Contest is now over!
To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite solid color is to work with! I'll draw the winner June 6 so enter soon. And if you're new to my blog, head over to my FB page and like me there for tons of tips, jokes and all kinds of quilty fun! (For another chance to win, head to Maine to see what their plate looks like! And go to AMB for a list of the other participants and even more chances to win!)