Two Ideas for Patriotic Wool Eagle Applique
Patriotic Ideas For Wool Applique
Do you feel the intense emotion in July that our Patriots would have felt for the many past years of our history? Personally, I feel patriotic every day, but the feelings peak stronger during the holidays while celebrating our history.
My family has a long history of military duty keeping the emotion of patriotism strong and the memories of the past that made the United States what it is today.
I need to get on a little soapbox for a moment, I sometimes worry about how our next generation will feel towards patriotism. My children went through basic training in one of our armed forces, and I was shocked at how people didn’t know to stand in respect to our flag when it passed by or to stand and put their hand over their heart in respect during our nations song.
There were patriotic songs played during the service that were songs I grew up with that children didn’t even know like America, God Bless the USA, The Star Spangled Banner and Take Me Home Country Roads. I looked around during the Pledge of Allegiance to see who was reciting it, sad to say not many. It is crucial for us to remember our heritage. Many people fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we know today. Honor them! Now I have that off my chest and can put the soap down.
Patriotic Idea number one
This applique design came from the book Simple Friendships by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton. I love Kim Diehl’s style of wool applique, but I found this pattern to have too many pieces for my taste. The next time I make it I am going to make the part that is red all one piece and just add the smaller contrasting pieces on top. This eagle is a piece from a larger quilt pattern, but that is what I love about wool applique, the patterns are made up of elements that can be reused and rearranged for totally different looks and uses.
Patriotic Wool Mini Quilt
This patriotic quilt was created to remember the service that my children gave to our country. I wanted something that would be around for years to come to remember all the sacrifices that our family was making together to help better and serve our country.
Patriot Idea number two
The pattern came from the book Wool Applique Folk Art by Rebekah Smith. The name alone spoke to me because wool and folk art are right up my alley.
I only took out some of her elements from the original design and added some stitching to personalize it for me. I changed the background to a lighter color because I wanted my children’s name to stand out better. I felt like her background and her elements all blended together, and I wanted the details to stand out more because they were the reason for the quilt in the first place.
The quilt is not complete yet because I haven’t decided what I want to go into the center. My children’s journey in the armed forces is not finished yet, and I thought something else might come along that would guide me as to what I may need to put there. In the end, I want to have two large shadow boxes one for each child that will have their uniform and other memorabilia displayed and this quilt hung in the middle.
Stitching Details on Patriotic Mini Quilt
The folk art eagle has contrasting bullion knots stitched down the tail giving a striped effect that I liked because it reminded me of our flag. On the wings, in an oval element, I added the fly stitch running down lengthwise to give movement to the wing. To add a little whimsey to the project, I added the scroll stitch around the eagles head and three long cast on stitches for feathers coming out from the top.
The main focus of today is celebrating the Independence of the great USA and remembering all thoughs that are protecting it.