I managed to get nine projects in my suitcase [out of ten] so that was a good plan. Patchwork of the Crosses is missing from the suitcase but that was to make room for all the Love Entwined fabrics. I couldn’t decide on my color choices for Part 2 of LE so I brought them all with me.

I wanted to get a little bit further on America, America before working on Part 2 of LE. I took pictures of the block backgrounds I have done so far and pasted them together in photo editing software.

America, America block backgrounds July update :: Erin Klein @

America, America block backgrounds


For some reason block two seems to be problematic. In the first three rows those are the blocks that are only partially done.

[I am really not happy with my current watermark plugin. But searching through them all to find a better one?? Ugh.]

In row four, that middle section is one large block so I only have three more to do. The first block in row 4 is completely done and kind of boring looking but when the borders go on, there is a large tree with a boy and birds sitting in it that goes over that block and up into the block above.

Row 1 Block 2

Row 1 Block 2




I got stalled on this block when I decided that I didn’t like the white fabric for the snowy white hill. The darker fabrics from behind were shadowing through too much. That meant that I had to go back and change the white fabric in block 1 also. I haven’t gotten back to basting the rest of this background and will probably hold off until I am ready to finish the block. The new white is a tone-on-tone which is a little harder to needle but I like it better for depicting snow.



Row 1 Block 3

Row 1 Block 3

My next problem fabric was this purple-blue mountain fabric. It looks more like clouds reflected on a deep blue lake than a mountain. Doesn’t it? Yes, it does.

The pattern said I needed 1.25 yards of a lavender/blue mottled. Every time I went to substitute something else, I thought I did not have enough in my stash. Now that I have all the background pieces cut out, I have a lot of this fabric left. I could have used something else after all. But I decided I was done making myself crazy switching fabrics and I am leaving it as it is. When the block is done, little deer will look like they are walking on water. Or not. I imagine I will adding a lot of embroidery to fool the eye into thinking it’s land and not water. In the row below it looks like sky so the fabric has redeemed itself somewhat there.


My focus in 2017:

Sewing in 2017

  • 1 Year of Stitches embroidery project
  • Hexiflowers (aka Grace's Garden)
  • Death Star pillow
  • Tonopah Nevada topographical map
  • 1855 Wales Center map
  • Winnie the Pooh map
  • Ethan's Quilt
  • Thea's Quilt
  • Rachelle Fae CQ block
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot

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