In September, we began the journey west for the autumn/winter season. We stopped to visit friends, Allura and Lynn in Kansas, joined friends Bernice (also a CQJP and TAST participator) and Hoyt in Oklahoma, and then Bernice and Hoyt traveled with us to join friends, Rusty and Lovetta in New Mexico. It was a great way to end our summer of travel, so I decided to dedicate the block to the idea, “The Best Roads Traveled Are Those Leading Back to Friends”.
I hadn’t really done a traditional Crazy Quilt block for the project, so that became my pattern. Here’s a pictorial record of the block construction:
I chose royal blue and cranberry as my colors for the block.
I folded the patches and played with them until I liked the layout.
Bernice has a sewing machine with an embroidery feature, so she offered to stitch the names for me.
I printed the phrase on Tailor Sew-In Colorfast Sheets. It was to be my focal point. I added a border to it, and started with it in the center of the muslin backing.
Using a stitch and flip method, I began adding the patches. Most of the edges could be stitched by machine, but a few angled sides had to be blindstitched down after sewing the block.
After the block was stitched and trimmed, it was time to add the tatting and TAST stitches. In keeping with the floral design of the patches, I used one of the embroidery stitches of the month, the Drizzle stitch to form a flower with a button center. This was an unusual stitch, and not one I’m likely to use again.
The remaining stitches, sheaf, pistil and knotted buttonhole, I stitched as highlights for the names.
For the tatting accents, I created hearts and flowers from different patterns.
All that was left was to add the highway running through the block.
While in Oklahoma and New Mexico, we hiked in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Reserve and in the El Morro National Monument. To read the posts about those locations, see our travel blog, Wichita Mountains and El Morro.