Block 8 – The Glorious Eagle

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.

The leaves came next…..

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!

Kerry

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Points….and a new label for an old quilt!

Have you ever wondered how I tackle those pesky points that stick out of my prepped pieces?  Well, go make a cup of tea or coffee because there are lots (I mean lots!) of photos.  Hopefully you can stay awake!  Oh!  Before, I forget, almost all of the products I use are available for purchase on my website!

I am going to start right at the beginning.  I use two layers of freezer paper to make my templates.  I iron the template on to the wrong side of the fabric and cut the template out, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.  Next, I use starch and a paintbrush to apply starch to the seam allowance.

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Then I use my Petite Press Mini Iron and my Stiletto and press the seam allowance over  the freezer paper.  Once the whole shape is prepped, I pop the freezer paper out.

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These are the pesky points I am talking about!

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Next, I use just a few dots of Roxanne’s Glue and place the prepped piece on the background that I have marked with a Clover Water Soluble Marker.  Sometimes, I place all the pieces on the background and then start stitching.  Other times I just place a few and stitch.  If it is a really complicated design with lots of layered pieces, I just do a few at a time.

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I thread my applique needle with matching thread.  I use 60 weight Mettler thread.  It is the one with the green lettering on the spool.

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Still awake? Good!   Ok, next I scrunch the background in my left hand and start stitching.  The very first stitch I take is in the very tip of the point.  Notice the pesky point is at the bottom, and I am stitching on top of the piece.

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I start stitching, from right to left, until I get to the other point.  I take my last stitch in the very tip of that point.

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So now we are going to trim that point a little.  I hold my scissors parallel to the folded edge and trim off just a tiny bit.  Keep your thread out of the way!

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Then I turn the angle of my scissors and trim off that other little point.  The tip of the scissors should be underneath the piece.

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It should look something like this!

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Next, I take my Perfect Scissors and tuck the trimmed point under the piece.  These scissors work perfectly for this because they are blunt at the end.

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So, I just continue on my merry way, until I get to the point at the other end.

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I trim the point and tuck the point under in the same way as before.

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Finally, I just stitch to the end.  Voila!

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Today is my daughters 27th birthday.  Yikes!  Where did the time go?  I made this quilt for her and gave it to her on her 10th birthday.  The inspiration for the appliqued circles on the border came from the opening credits of my favorite TV show, “3rd Rock from the Sun”!

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For some reason, I still have the quilt, but I think it’s time to give it back to her.   I noticed the writing on the old label has faded over time.

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So, I had a new label made for the back of the quilt. Happy Birthday, Kelly!

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Til next time…

Kerry