Sunday, April 19, 2015

Portable Slow Stitching

Kathy is hosting Slow Stitching Sunday as she so graciously does every Sunday. It is a time to slow down and put in a few slow stitches.  Sometimes we get caught up in life and need  help to unwind and relax.  Slow stitching does that for me and many others.  I will be working on adding some small applique pieces to the wing tips and tail of my appliqued eagle block today.

Slow stitchers often take their projects with them where ever they go. It is amazing how much you can get done if you find a few minutes here and there to stitch.  Kathy has asked that we add some photos of how we pack our scissors, threads and needles to take with us.  For me, I put everything in this box. I have a nice little needle book that Deb made for me that holds needles, thread and scissors. If I am flying the box gets left at home and I will put my block and needle holder in a simple zip lock bag that gets tucked into my purse.

needlebook and my finger pin cushion
I hope you find a few minutes to relax and put in some slow stitches!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tribute to GW

I know I have mentioned that I am working on a quilt called Tribute to GW! I have been reading some books about George Washington and last summer I won some wonderful George fabric from Julierose. My plan is to include blocks that include some aspect of our first president's life.  The first block I finished was an  embroidered block of cherries. I here tell that the story of GW not lying about cutting down the cherry tree is not true, but the story was told to teach us a bit about his character. So I had to include some cherries!

Then I have been wanting to make a tree of life block and must say that Audrey over at Quilty Folk posts on her tree of life block made me give it  a try.  I used the instructions she shared, however I made a decision to trim a piece down and lost a couple of points on the trunk. The important thing is I figured out what I did wrong.   I added a bit of red to make it a cherry tree.

I definitely wanted to use the George fabric that Julierose shared and came up with this little block.  Doesn't it seem fitting?   He is a star in my book, such a man of principle and honor.

I also played around with some scraps to make a "G" and  a "W" block.  I love the blue and brown together.

I definitely wanted to add an eagle block as the eagle is our national bird.  So for the last few weeks I have been working on an appliqued eagle block.  With Spring arriving, I have spent quite a few days this week doing yard work so I am making slow progress but it is nice to have a little applique project going. I am working on his wing this weekend, but he really needs his head, a bit creepy without it.

A few more blocks, and I think I will start drawing up a layout!  Then I can have fun coming up with some filler blocks to bring it all together!