We had a hard frost this morning and then it went up to 70 degrees later in the day…lots of sunshine and a strong breeze. Well the cat had been snoozing on some of these blocks when they were laid out on my bed prior to me getting them sewn together so hopefully the breeze blew away any stray hairs :)
In the end I decided to use this eagle sampler quilt as a commemorative one…a gift for my son and DIL.
The patriotism part is for my son, a vet, and Remember the Fallen and the three names below it are for three of his friends that did not return home. There were many more, but these are the three that he was closest to, and he has commemorative tattoos for them as well. My grandson is named after one of them.
The sunflowers / sun symbol are for my DIL’s baby, who went to Be With the Light at four months of age several years ago. Her name is embroidered at the top.
I managed to make a complicated star or two quite nicely and yet lost some points on the delectable mountains blocks at the top, but if you don’t tell my son and DIL they’ll never notice. Overall I am doing better but am far from ‘there’ yet :) The delectable mountains blocks arranged this way remind me of sunshine and the light and that is why the baby’s name is embroidered between them.
I am going to stop here…put a thin cream border around it, sandwich and tie it ( if I hand-quilt it, I’ll never get it done by Christmas ) and bind it with a red binding. But I am taking a break from it at this point for a good week or two.
When I’m done all of the gorgeous autumn sun and shadows on my outdoor design wall will be gone and it will be dark by 5 o’clock. Now THERE’s a depressing thought for you! :)