Friday, April 17, 2009

More of State Flower Blocks

I don't have a lot to show for almost a month away from blogging, but I have been working hard on my state flower blocks. Each block takes about 3 hours on the embroidery machine, and a little time to finish the borders and some computer work, so it has been time consuming. I am caught up again though, yeah! I am making two quilts, so I have double everything. I added a little extra to Iowa and Nebraska, as my mother was born in Iowa and my father in Nebraska. I just wanted to make mine scrappy, but as I was adding sea shell material to Illinois, I thought that it would have been nice to use fabric with the state flower from each state as it's border, or maybe even fabric with the state birds. Oh well, I don't think that I'll be making a third one. I have 24 of the 56 blocks done, so I have a long way to go, but I'm getting there.

DH and I haven't been doing so well on our walking, as my daughter has had the flu, and DH has had some sickness also, but we did see this fellow on one of our walks. I don't know why, but he seemed to be fearless and let us get within about 2 feet. Mockingbirds are our state bird, and I'm rather partial to them, so I found it very exciting.


Anita said...

Beautiful job on your state blocks. I'm saving them so that once all my embroidery supplies are unpacked I'll be able to get them done. What size are your blocks after you add the borders?

Susan said...

That is quite an undertaking you have there. But you are approaching the half way mark.

Glad to know I am not the only one that does things in twos

Aussie Nanna said...

Hi Candace....welcome back!
You are making great progress on your State Flower Blocks.....looking good.
The mocking bird is very cute.....think it is the first time I have seen one!
Hope your daughter and your DH are feeling much better now.
I am having a break from my cleaning and checking out a few blogs. Time to get back to my cleaning now. Enjoy your weekend!

Amanda said...

Welcome back Candace. Your blocks are looking terrific - I think scrappy is going to work really well, Theming the borders might have looked just too contrived. Sorry to hear that you've not been able to get out as much as you would have liked - my best wishes to your DH for a speedy recovery. Your mocking bird looks very like our cuckoo - I wonder if they're the same family?

Margo in Maine said... ambitious....Maine

KyQuiltlady said...

Your blocks are just Beautiful! I am colecting these but not started them yet. I am not sure what size I will be making. The mocking bird is so pretty! That was a good close up. I love nature pictures.

Anonymous said...

Hello Candace, lovely State Flower blocks...quite an undertaking...I wish a quick recovery for DH....Regards Lyn

Karen said...

I see you visited my blog this evening. I think I have been to your blog in the past but not for quite some time.
I don't have an embroidery machine. Your state blocks are really great!

Marie said...

Miss you friend, hope your fine.Love to see your pictures and posts. Hugs, Marie