Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I "shoulda" done the laundry.
I "shoulda" finished my TDIPT creations.
I "shoulda" posted to my blog.
I "shoulda" updated my etsy shop.
Instead I found an intriguing contest on Blackbird Designs blog, and I just couldn't resist.
Alma had purchased a little antique sampler on her last trip to France, "Petites Lettres Rouges".
The idea of the contest is for people to stitch the design while Alma and Barb are in France again, and they will have a drawing for a French souvenir from their trip. How fun! I love a challenge!
Here is my adaptation:
I was inspired by the arrival of the spring robins for color. I changed the name to "Faith"
signifying my renewed focus on my faith this spring and added a sweet spring rabbit, a few little birds and a Victorian symbol of faith, hope and love. It's stitched on 25 count dirty Dublin over one and finished into a little sewing book.
Here is the back:
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I have to say that I am partial to traditional quilts, but there were a few more unconventional quilts that appealed to me as well...
Who can resist this sweet face?! It looks like a photo - isn't it amazing that it is a quilt?
I have to say that I was pretty good with my purchases and came in under budget. That being said, I have quite a list and plan on doing some internet ordering soon from my favorite shops to spread the purchases out :)
I was deighted to buy "Autumn Gatherings" directly from Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles and they were kind enough to sign my book. (Some of the kits from this book are at the top of my list for purchasing!) I bought "Fit to Frame: Set Ten" from Lori Smith and we talked about how I plan to do these in wool applique.
My favorite purchases of the day:
The old tomato and strawberry pincushion is made of velvet and stuffed with sawdust and emery - I've been acquiring a bit of a collection lately...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
My dear friend, Claralie, sent me an email. She had a bit of fabric that she thought I might like and she was going to send it to me. I assumed a small envelope would come and must admit that I forgot about it in the business of life. A few days later, my husband asked what I had ordered as a big box had been delivered. I didn't remember ordering anything as I have tried to be good lately. I looked at the return address and saw that it was from my friend, Claralie! This was not a small envelope, but a treasure chest of unknown delights! I promptly tore into the box and found....
All these lovely treasures! My heart was pounding as I pulled out delight after delight!
Yardage of a great small cotton print that I will put to good use.
I loved working with the vintage rayon and vintage cotton thread. This little token can't possbily thank Claralie for being so thoughtful and generous in sharing her treasures with me! Unexpected surprises are always wonderful - and this treasure chest is the best!
This weekend is the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. My sister-in-law, Joy and I will be attending. This show is absolutely mammoth. Aisle after aisle after aisle of vendors from across the country. And hundreds of quilts from all over the world. I'll share it all with you as soon as I get a chance!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The flowers and branches are cut.
I'm off to go finish our taxes. Then I can really enjoy Easter tomorrow :)
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Palm Sunday is my favorite Sunday of the year. I love the parade of palms and fronds - children parading around the church while we all joyfully sing and wave our palms! When we get home we add the palms to our little scene above and make crosses from the individual fronds... What a lovely day!
Isn't it sweet?! The moment I saw the pattern, I knew that I must make it. With Thy Needle and Thread / Country Stitches creates such lovely designs. I must admit that I don't always pay close attention to instructions and was shocked and delighted at how tiny this piece is...
I usually don't cut my daffodils or many other outside flowers. But the news was forecasting yet another snowstorm, so I thought I would cut a few and bring them in just in case.