I have finally decided what I'll be doing. Aside from looking around at eagle quilts myself, the Pinterest boards and links provided here kept me thinking about what I'd like to make for days. There's so much inspiration on this site alone! :)
In the end, I downloaded a very simple prim / folk art pattern from Leisure Arts. It is a Pat Sloan pattern, just 2.99, and while I could have drawn it myself since it was simple, for 2.99 I purchased it. Having said that, I am not going to make her wall hanging quilt, but will use that eagle as a base for some sort of red, white and blue table runner.
Lori Smith has a four eagle applique pattern as well as a medallion with an eagle in the middle, called "Elizabeth's Pride." I really liked that pattern but talked myself out of it since it would be a big project. How would I get it done in a year along with the other things that I am working on? I couldn't get it out of my mind, though. I just kept going back to it ...so I have ordered it. I love the color scheme and everything about it. She has free shipping if you order via the Postal Service, which I did, so I expect that it will arrive within a week or so.
That pattern can be viewed HERE if you'd like to see it.
I have various fabrics in these shades and colors so aside from the pattern, I don't think that I'll need to purchase anything else, for awhile at least.
I am excited to be part of this project with all of you :) Since I am pretty new to applique I can see some grief in store for me down the line as I work on Elizabeth's Pride but there will be enjoyment as well.