Since April, I have had great intentions to make a pillow from my friend Draggin. There's a running joke about pillows as a safety device based on the fact that he tripped over a stack of pillows in the dark at the cabin we shared on the motorcycle version of the Shop Hop. The block is "Oregon" which I thought was perfect since the incident was in Halfway, OR. I spent 2 evenings last week making this so I could give it to him on a trip we took together to Enterprise, OR last weekend.
I couldn't stand the state blocks being out of order so I did some un-stitching and re-sewing of the SD and WI blocks. The VT block I left in place and the only "tell" is that if you look closely at the block, I write in red ink the name of the state. VT is upside down.
Here's a better pic than I posted before. Amazing what a difference daylight makes. Need to sew some corners on and decide about adding outer borders.
My plan for the afternoon is to get this Mayan Heron ready for quilting. I added the outer border this morning. I wasn't keen on the fabric, but determined to use up stash, put it on anyway. Turns out that I really, really like it now that it's on.
I did the reverse applique years ago. It's a Dover Clip Art pattern blown up. A friend I was working with at the time put forth some really good arguments on why I should give it to her. She saw all kinds of symbolism, including the number "13" which appears on the bird's head. I have been meaning to finish it for her. Her husband passed away having lost a long health battle...on the 13th..."their day".
I'm going to hand quilt this one. With the wool batting I've been hoarding.