Blue tortoise

I was playing with these pretty blocks late one night (see below) and before I knew it this wonderful blue sea tortoise began to emerge. 


Here are a couple of the blocks in progress... 
I love the sea green and aqua colors and wanted to get the impression of light from the sun filtering down into the water.


However... the longer I worked, the more my turtle seemed to pull back into his shell. Like a true turtle, he was s-l-o-w!!! Everything that could go wrong, did. I ran out of the shade of bright blue fabric I was using, my thread snarled and broke, and I stitched the wrong sides together.

After an entire afternoon and evening of trying to force this reluctant fellow to become the gorgeous creature I knew he could be, I realized it was not happening. So I let him swim away to hibernate a little longer. Perhaps this summer he will stick his head out and join me in the studio again...