I'm working on hand appliqueing one of the circular "crowns" on my 4 block eagle quilt. Despite my new-found appreciation for the back-basting applique technique, I used a freezer paper template and starch to prep the crown. The stitching is going remarkably fast, so I may be finished with this crown before the day is over!
Hand-stitching time is perfect for listening to one's inner thoughts, and I've been indulging in that this morning. We attended a wedding in Tampa, Florida last weekend, and I have been going through my catalog of memories from the occasion. It was wonderful to see old friends and reminisce about past adventures. It was also delightful to see children grown to young adulthood and now with children of their own!
Many of the wedding activities took place in Ybor City, an area of the city once famous for cigar-making. The area is also home to the Columbia Restaurant, the longest continually operating restaurant in Florida. What I found inspiring about the restaurant were the fabulous tile images adorning the outside of the building. I snapped pictures of my favorites, all the while day-dreaming about creating an applique quilt to reflect my Caribbean Soul!
I'm linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, so if you're a fan of hand stitching, check out the links for some inspiration.