The first challenge this year, appropriately, is EIGHT.
My first inspiration for eight was eight LEGS - a spider. I know a LOT of people are terrified of spiders, but I am truly fond of them, and appreciate all they do for the world.
My first idea was to have a pieced background with an appliqued spider. While pulling green fabric for the background, I found this small piece of batik that was absolutely perfect - shades of green for leaves, pops of orange and yellow for flowers.
Next step is to quilt the background with a spider web. Just winging it, like my arachnid friends.
But that web is so plain...what it needs is some dew, in the form of beads. And boy do I have beads.