Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The eagle has landed

I got a nice start on my eagle block at Tangled Threads last night. I stitched down his head and also stitched the yellow stripes onto the red shield. Joseph took two LONG naps today, so I finished the block by the time he woke this afternoon. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. It was a challenge because I had to cut the eagle in four parts in order to fussy cut the fabric so it gave the illusion of changing light on feathers. Everything had to be sewn "just so" in order for the shield to touch just where it was supposed to on the wings and tail. This made it pretty bulky in the center - several layers deep in the shield stripes. If I want to hand quilt them it'll have to be a stab stitch!

Tomorrow I'll get back to my Civil War and Dear Jane blocks. I have some catching up to do!

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Gratitudes:
1. Warmer weather and bits of sunshine
2. Blooming dogwoods
3. A nice evening with our kids
4. New flavors of coffee creamer

11 comments:

Carin said...

Your eagle is great!

Kathie said...

Love this block , I may just have to see if I have that fabric for the wings and body
I would love to make one just like this!
perfect!
can you tell me where that brown fabric is from?
Kathie

Karol-Ann said...

Wow! he's gorgeous. love your applique blocks!

Sweet P said...

Your eagle is fantastic!

jane said...

One of my dreams is to live somewhere where I can have blooming dogwoods. I have seen them grow and hours drive from here
but we are a bit too flat and dry, in a rain shadow plus April rain is the lowest in 11 years in Victoria. We are still in drought.

Pieceful Afternoon said...

Lovely block. A trick I learned when doing multiple layers of applique - after the first two layers are in place - turn it over and trim away the first layer of fabric under the appliqued part. I repeat this after every layer is added and it doesn't cut down on the thick seams - but it does give less bulk behind an applique. I made an Ohio Rose appliqued quilt and it had up to 6 layers in some places. It would have been impossible to hand quilt through all the layers if I hadn't cut out the back layers as I went.

Can't wait to see the finished quilt - you get so much done!!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

That is a great eagle pattern! It looks wonderful! Little Joseph must be doing good!

Libby said...

That is one good looking eagle - your fabric choice is just right, making it well worth the extra work *s*

Juliann in WA said...

Your applique is beautiful and how great to have that time to do some handsewing.

Janet said...

Thank you for your Gratitudes! So often we see only the bad and not all the ways Jesus provides for us.

Lynda said...

It was worth all the fussy cutting and fiddling, as the feathers look so realistic. Great work!