I continue to stitch away at these fun little blocks. Just can't seem to stop! I have around 18 finished now (not including the dozen or so I made before discovering Marti Michell's templates). I like to start sewing in the morning, and finish up in the early afternoon. My studio isn't air conditioned yet, so by about 2:00 it is beginning to get hotter than I like it.
Here are the blocks I made yesterday. From left to right: Country Farm, Hovering Hawks, Economy, Flock, Bow Tie, Practical Orchard, and Prairie Queen. I had to remake a couple of them (like the Bow Tie block in the middle) because my originals came out too small. I can tell already that a fat quarter of the seed packet print fabric is not going to be enough. Ordering more of that in the black and the yellow is on my agenda.
Sara's mother in law has come to visit her for a few days, so I am trying to not be greedy about horning in on her Evangeline time. I can spend my afternoons doing hand applique or reading the new book I started, that everyone is talking about.
"Unbroken", the true story of Louie Zamperini, a 1936 Olympic athlete and WW2 bombadier. His plane crashes into the ocean, where he is adrift for 47 days, relying on catching rain water to slake his thirst, and catching a fish once in awhile so he doesn't starve. If that wasn't bad enough, his rescuers are Japanese, who put him in a POW camp where he was tortured for years. Sounds terrible, but the story is all about the resilience and courage and determination we all have within us to help us get through an impossible situation. Amazing guy. He became an inspirational speaker, who is still alive today I believe. I read somewhere that after he finally got back home from the war, he had post traumatic stress syndrome and became an alcoholic, but Billy Graham and his Christian faith led him to a full recovery. He went on to inspire thousands of people. He even went back to Japan, met with some of his former tormentors from the prison camp, and *completely forgave them*. Astounding story. The author is the same person who wrote "Sea Biscuit", another inspirational story.