Well, maybe he hasn't really lost his head but it looks that way. I am working on a Bonnet Girl block and have not finished the little boy. Some of my quilting friends, including myself, are working on a joint Bonnet Girl quilt. I selected the block called "Karen" because that's my name. It looks like a Fourth of July block. The boy will be holding a flag. He needs his hands & feet appliqued down yet and he gets a straw hat instead of a real head. I sure will be glad to get the block done. This style of applique is not my cup of tea. If you are not familiar with the method, you are supposed to turn under the edges and visably embroider down the edges.
My friend, Karen from Houston (another Karen, huh!), has been visiting for a couple days. If you come to stay at my house, you are going to have to make a wool pincushion. Karen was happy to oblige. In fact, she chose to make a second one. She is holding the finished pincushion in the picture below.
I want to share with you the framed crazy quilt piece that Karen made for me a few years ago. She used a design from a Piecemaker's Calendar. Those designs always involve a lot of embroidery which Karen is very good at doing. We both bought the calendars but I knew I would never make any of the blocks. She surprised me with the fall block. The workmanship is wonderful. It sits on the mantle above the fireplace. Karen asked me to take a picture of it with her to the side so she can forward it to her new friends in Texas. She is part of a crazy quilt group. Crazy quilting is her specialty. Aren't I lucky to have received such a beautiful gift!
I had a tote bag out that I made a couple years ago, so I thought I would share a photo of it also. It was from one of the Australian patchwork magazines. I am sorry that I do not know who the designer is. The bag is big enough to carry a fair sized cutting board in but mostly I use it to tote a new quilt in for Shown n' Tell.
That's all for now. I need to make sure my guest is stitching away. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.