That said, there were some birds that were guaranteed to catch my attention. Owls and Ospreys were two such birds.
The Osprey is a bird of prey which lives on a diet of fish. It was once close to extinction in the UK, but in the 60's, a pair of Scandinavian Ospreys settled at Boat of Gartan in Scotland. There have been breeding Ospreys there ever since and as a result an Osprey centre has been built to monitor and protect these amazing birds and to help keep them accessible to the public in a way that is sustainable to the species.
This block is the reason that there are 24 inch patterns in the quilt-along. Those talons had to be included and making them much smaller would have been silly. I love the way that the Osprey translated into fabric and seeing the amazing blocks that you have all posted in the flickr group I am really proud of how well you guys have all risen to the challenge!I know that I have said this many times during the quilt-along, but this is definitely one of my favourite blocks.
Sorry for the lack of decent photos of my Osprey, but it is off being quilted at the moment and I forgot to take photos before sending the block away- sorry.
I can't wait to see more Ospreys!
As always, you can find the Osprey pattern in my Etsy store and my Payhip store.
Don't forget to link up and of the first 12 blocks to latest Linky Party.