This project has been on my "to do" list for well over a year. I was inspired by a small wallhanging at my local quilt shop, The Quilted Owl. A customer gifted the store owner with a small, postage stamp type quilt with an embroidered owl in the center. I wanted to make my own version with a bluework embroidered eagle and in a red, white and blue fabric colorway. The Quilt Like an Eagle QAL was the perfect excuse to finally get this project started!
Using a small scrap of Kona Snow, I traced the eagle using a water-soluble quilt marking pencil. I started embroidering with two strands of DMC floss (blue, although it looks much darker in the picture), but after finishing the first wing I wasn't happy with the result. I switched to one strand of floss for part of the head and was much happier. Instead of ripping out the earlier stitches, I'm just going to start over. This time I'll get a decent-sized piece of fabric so I can use an embroidery hoop!
Red, white and blue scraps are no problem. These are left-overs from a Minick and Simpson project.
When finished, the quilt will measure approximately 12 inches x 12 inches.
Just the little bit of work I did on this project last night really helped me focus my thoughts on the big eagle quilt project that will be unfolding over the next year. I'm really tickled to have this amuse bouche to get me ready for the fun to come!