Queen Marie asked for Bear's Paws in plaids. I have always loved Bear's Paws but had never made one, so I was excited.
I struggled with this block! I'm not sure why. I got the "claw" part sewed backwards many, many times and did a whole lot of ripping and re-sewing. But I did end up with a finished block, plus one extra paw. The extra paw is a tiny bit short, so you may not be able to use it; I won't be offended.
I didn't have much in the way of plaids so I did buy some thrift store shirts, as Marie did for hers. I cut up the most usable parts of the shirts remaining and will send that along, Marie. I hope you can use it for more blocks or in some other way.
Marie asked about our first job: I did a lot of babysitting as a teenager and through college. I started at 13 and got to be pretty well-known as a sitter in my greater neighborhood. If that doesn't qualify as my first job, I started working at the local public library when I was a junior in high school. I was a page in the reference/nonfiction area and mostly shelved books and fetched back issues of magazines. I am now a librarian, so the job clearly served me well :)
Emily, Hive 3