New Orleans House Project

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stitchin', Reminiscin' and Daydreamin'

I'm enjoying some porch time and hand applique again this Sunday.  This morning's temperature was a lovely 62 º F (16.7 C), definitely porch-sitting weather in this part of the world!

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.


  1. It does sound like a wonderful day to do stitchin', reminiscin' and daydreamin'. A Caribbean Soul quilt sounds like some fun.

  2. Your weather sounds magnificent! I'm slow stitching inside due to rain and an occasional gust of wind.

    I looked up the eagle quilt and all I can say is WOW! The circular crowns look like quite a task. I hope to see more of your quilt as you work on it.

  3. We had a few cool days as well...back to the high temps now. Lovely stitching...enjoy :)

  4. Handwork is a perfect time to reminisce and what better thoughts than of a happy wedding.

  5. Love that circular "crown:--such nice neat points you've appliqued!! i am envious of your skill ;--))) hugs, Julierose

  6. Hand applique is good for thinking...and I like using freezer paper, it does give it a good result. Enjoy the weather!

  7. Love that french general fabric!
    Enjoy your stitching now that the weather is perfect for it!