Friday, March 29, 2013

Another block done

Well, block #5 is mostly done. I am still thinking of what to use for the setting star points.

Marlene suggested the Arkansas traveler block and I found about seven different ones by that name, but I found this in several books and thought it might work..  I think the green leaf print as representing the trees surrounding her lake, blue for the water with the mist rising. I know Marlene loves embroidery and red work. Well, I sure could use a bit more practice. For thread I just used regular sewing thread because this in only a four inch block.
Marlene has been my blogging friend for as long as I have had my blog. Each of her comments is a blessing.
Marlene is a great example to us all, not only talking her faith but walking the talk, serving others through mission work and putting other's needs first.
How interesting it was to be sewing these little pieces together in church, while waiting for choir practice and the Good Friday service to begin. It seems there is more than stitching that connects us and I am ever blessed by her friendship.

And, if this tiny bit of embroidery was a challenge, I am going to have to practice a bit more, because the next person on my list is the "Queen" of stitchery.
 Eeek! What have I gotten myself into???

Meanwhile, Tomorrow will be a super-busy day. There are three services to sing and I'm sure they will run overtime. Then my Cub Pack is running their Pinewood derby ... the only afternoon we could book at the American Club ... and that will be followed by Easter dinner back at home with family (and extended family).

My car is almost done but still needs to add a bit of weight. I wish that were as simple as feeding it!

I was thinking of adding nylon fish line hairs to his back but probably that would be more effort than it is worth.

The block of wood was chipped at the axle slots when it came out of the box and it did not do well when I added the feet in that location. I'm rather glad that a little cub did not get that block of wood to deal with.
I remember the days when I used to look forward to the weekends to recover and re-group after a busy week. Now I am beginning to look forward to mid-week when I can recover from the busy weekends!

A very Happy Easter to you all!


  1. Julie, when we were younger, did a week's work in a day, now the day's work takes a week,!!! well, not quite, but much longer. you are so busy, enjoy the mid-week recovery, Lovely block, and woodwork is super.

  2. I had a look at Marlene's blog and the fabric you have selected is perfect, as is the text. Redwork is not easy, nor is doing joined-up handwriting with needle and thread, and you have certainly challenged yourself working it in that tiny scale. There is love in every stitch, Julie! Well done!
    I wish you and your Hungry Caterpillar the best of luck tomorrow.
    Happy Easter, and make sure you have a day off next week!

  3. I love getting up in the morning to see what your new follower block looks like. They are each so unique to reflect the person. And I love your Hungry Caterpillar car for the pinewood derby. I read that book so many times to my boys that I still think I have it memorized after all these years! I hope you and your extended family have a wonderful Easter!

  4. What a cute derby car! Love your idea of the followers blocks, too.

  5. Pretty block! I love your derby car. It's so cute!!

  6. What a lovely block for a lovely lady!! I think your Hungry Caterpillar derby car is adorable - I hope he's hungry for a win and that he gets fed - ;)) For extra weight - could you add more "feet" to his mid-section?? - ;))

    Have a Very Happy Easter!! - ;))

  7. Great block, and, love the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Hubby showed the picture of the unfinished car to other Scout friends of ours. They also thought it was cool. Our Venturing Crew helped run a local Derby earlier this month.

  8. What a great block and it really is indicative of her blog! Love your Pinewood Derby car too. You make the most creative cars I've seen!

  9. It looks like you had a lot planned for the Easter weekend. I hope it all went well. Happy Easter.

  10. Oh my goodness the block is just perfect! I love every facet of it from the blue of the water to the green of the trees and the red of the embroidery. Thank you so much for including me in this quilt Julie; I'm very honored. And I love your caterpillar car. :) blessings, marlene

  11. love the stitching on block 5 Julie, great looking car, hope you win

  12. Block #5 looks great, but my favorite is your caterpillar car! It is so cute!

  13. I love your caterpillar car too!