OK! I confess! I can't HELP myself. I'm enjoying doing these blocks SO much and I already HAD this one started when I pieced the CQ block.
There are 13 more to go! I'll be doing Scotland next! Did I ever tell you my Dad's family is from Scotland and we actually have a family castle in Stirling? I've never been, but my cousin went and snitched some pebbles from the fireplace & from the garden for me! Shhhh! Don't tell!
I really AM going to take a Redwork pause now and embellish the crazy quilted block for the TX cancer hospital wallhanging.
Recently I was asked to become involved in a project with several friends for Breast Cancer Advocacy. As you may know, for the past few years many needle artists have been creating bras for a Bra Calendar and Exhibition.
This project, called the Way to Women's Wellness Foundation, has raised over $50,000 for Breast Cancer Research. It was founded by Victoria Adams Brown who is the owner of www.ribbonsmyth.com. She has personal experience with breast cancer by way of family members.
This is an additional project where several needle artists are creating crazyquilt blocks which will be put together for a quilt to be displayed at a cancer hospital in Texas.
This block is MY unembellished effort for this project. The areas that may appear gray in the picture are actually sage and light green. I apparently have a camera that loves peach and doesn't recognize certain shades of green! Who knew?
I will be taking some time off from my current Redwork embroidery project to embellish this block and will post another photo when the block is completed.
Well, here's block #6. Lots of straight lines in this one. Isn't he cute in his little Uncle Sam costume?
The next one I'm working on now is Portugal and he's a little bullfighter!
As I'm finishing these I am pressing them from the back over a terrycloth towel to make the stitching stand out. My Mum taught me that when I learned to embroider as a child.
In fact, I think I knew that even before I learned to embroider because ironing the pillowcases each week was my first household chore. We never had plain pillowcases in our home. She did beautiful embroidery on pillowcases and towels.
I only have sadly worn pillowcases with her embroidery on them now - none are usable for pillows. One day I'm going to make a quilted wallhanging with pieces of the embroidery in the center of crazyquilted blocks.
Perhaps I'll use 30's repros OR the real ones I've collected. I saw something similar in the recent issue of McCall's Quick Quilts.
We had a little get-away-from-the-rain for a week! We drove to sunny Arizona to visit family and friends and to check out the new Sun City that Del Webb is planning out in the desert west of Phoenix, AZ. We were intrigued with the Sun City Lifestyle which we hadn't sampled before.
Evenings while we were gone I worked on this block and now it's back to reality (rain) and....
I'm on to the next one in the series - England - Coming Soon!
A lot of you know me as a fiber artist of sorts. I have been teaching crazy quilting and embroidery for years now, but I also love good food. I have collected and experimented with recipes for over 45 years. I have even edited a cookbook for our local garden club. I also am happy to say that I own my Mum's handwritten recipe book which contains recipes from my grandmother and recipes Mum collected since she and my Dad wed in 1925. When I was searching for a name for my recipe blog where I will be sharing a lot of Mum's recipes this blog name just popped into my head. When I was a child I used to hear ladies at church functions like weddings, potlucks & picnics ask "who is that little girl sitting over there all by herself?" Someone else would always answer "Oh, that's Lulu's Girl; she is very shy!" Some of you know that I've overcome the shyness, but, believe me, it took a very long time!