block number 11
from tula pink's
City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.
This week's block was inspired by a "Druid cross".
We have loved and nurtured a mountain ash tree out by our front door since we bought this beautiful place. Alas, over the years the tree has aged, and not so gracefully. It had succumbed to insects, woodpeckers and finally, rot. We made the difficult decision to cut it down a few weekends ago. I got teary eyed as I pitched sections of the trunk and many branches into the back of the pickup truck and headed down to the brush pile.
Mountain ash trees are also known as rowan trees, much revered by several cultures. I did some online research and ended up atdruidry.org and found some really fascinating information here (check it out, it's really interesting!) After reading the article I realized that my attachment to that beautiful tree may have been (forgive me, skeptics) just a tad spiritual.
I took a bunch of clippings of smaller branches and have them tucked away for future projects.
But today, in honor of the lovely rowan tree, and all the folklore attached to her, I am offering this "Druid cross" as a giveaway. There don't seem to be too many blog readers left in the world, so we'll see what happens...
Please leave a comment below or send me an email if you would like a chance to find this Druid cross in your mailbox. I'll post the winner's name on Saturday evening.