One of the perpetual "I'm gonna do/finish this someday" things on the cross stitch list is the state flower afghan. Recap: using special evenweave material for the afghan, stitch in each block a flower from each state Toly and/or I have visited or lived in. (Passing through an airport doesn't count.) There were 20 or 30 of these, last I checked.
Mom and I were discussing what to do about next year's spring break (gotta plan early) and New Mexico came up and I've never been to New Mexico, which would be another state on the list. Well, since my xstitching has dropped to almost nothing, I have to anticipate that this project won't happen anytime soon. But there ought to be some kind of quilting project for that, right? Somewhere, someone must have quilt blocks for sale (probably the national parks) that you can accumulate for your own project.
Except, of course, the "quilt blocks of the states" patterns are vague and generic. I understand that not all of them are as easy to represent as Texas' state flag
, but surely a representation of Florida would involve, I don't know, something besides triangles and squares. I don't know if there is a market for this (or how much work I want to put into it) but a series like this
seems bland and doesn't make me think of the states when I look at it. (also - why are the blocks in that set not all the same size?) This
looks super pretty, but also a little out of my league, since I haven't been doing this for long and haven't even begun applique work yet.
I looked at using the xstitch patterns as templates, but even assuming 1" square (of quilting) per stitch (of cross stitching), some of these are 72 stitches across, which means a six-foot quilt block. Plus soooo many little squares to sew together. So that wouldn't work either.
Really, it's just as well this isn't an easy thing to find, because then I would want to start it, and goodness knows I have so much free time already. /sarcasm