Two blocks finished and eighteen to go! As you can see, I am not piecing them in order. Just selecting them by what catches my eye at the time. And, what caught my eye were the beautiful feathers on this bird. The pattern suggests sewing the eighteen feathers together, then appliqueing them on as one piece. I decided to applique each feather separately. I think it gives it more dimension. Isn't she beautiful! Her feet are pretty small, but I think, twice as large as the bird's feet I stitched on a Red Delicious block.
Suminagashi Japanese Maple
The long storm was followed by a north-west gale, and when it was over, the hills took on their first umber tints, the sky grew more densely blue, and the big white clouds lay against the hills like snow-banks. The first crisp maple-leaves began to spin across Miss Hatchard's lawn, and the Virginia creeper on the Memorial splashed the white porch with scarlet. It was a golden triumphant September. Day by day the flame of the Virginia creeper spread to the hillsides in wider waves of carmine and crimson, the larches glowed like the thin yellow halo about a fire, the maples blazed and smouldered, and the black hemlocks turned to indigo against the incandescence of the forest.
~ Edith Wharton's Summer
I hope to see some of what Edith Wharton described above, in the next couple of days. Early Monday morning, my sister and I are heading off on a road trip. It will take us seven hours to drive to Pennsylvania. This will be a second visit and yes, quilt related. My little black book is updated and in my purse. We plan to return to our favourite shops and visit a few new ones. To keep my hands busy, when not driving, I will work on basting about 400 hexagons for Karen's Flower Garden.
Until next week.....happy quilting!