Have you ever had one of those weeks? A week where everything and everyone else demands your undivided attention? A week where you just cannot get to your quilting? Yikes! Well, that is the week that I have been having. Actually, it’s been more like 3 weeks, but who is counting?
Before I forget, I am thrilled to announce that I have been invited to teach at The Academy of Applique again. Pinch me!!
This is block 8 in the BOM I launched 8 months ago. This is the third time I have made this block and I do love it. It is not exactly finished, but the Easter long weekend is coming up and we are going away. So, at least I have something to stitch while I am away and that is what is important!
I started this block like every other block. I traced the pattern onto the background with a water soluble marker.
First, I started with the flag. So the off-white part of the flag is one entire piece. I prepped the end of the flag. Notice that I trimmed about 1/4″ inch off the sides.
Next, I traced the stripes and other details onto the this piece.
I prepped the red stripes and glued them in place along with the dark blue piece. I’m going to embroider little white stars on the blue part…just not right now!
Then I added the pole and the star.
Then the eagle….he really is glorious, isn’t he? Of course, I forgot his feet. I got a little excited! Thank goodness everything is just glued in place at this point:)
The top section looks very overwhelming, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. Just remember, one piece at a time.
And here is the not-exactly-finished block.
As I mentioned, this is the third time I have made this block. Here is the original block from my Friends of Baltimore quilt. I think I will leave off the Victory Hat, but I will add the arrows, and of course the tassels.
Here are all eight blocks. So far, so good!
So, we have only(!) one block to go. I have started it already….
Til next time…..and Happy Easter!