In between golf, swimming, and biking here in the desert, I've managed to do a little stitching.
First, practice with the barred chain stitch:
I thought I was doing them incorrectly, but after looking at examples from others, I feel better about them. I will definitely try this stitch in a future block.
I took Debra's advice and added a couple of whipped wheels to my family block. They're tiny, but they're there!
I also added a ribbon motif to the upper corner:
And here's the whole block so far:
I really enjoyed and appreciated all of your responses to Nancy's question about planning the embellishment on a block. Perhaps there's a way to move those comments into actual blog posts, so they are searchable? Or expand on them and add pictures as examples? I think those would make wonderful teaching devices!