Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Graduate

Barb and I were not able to go to Spring Quilt Market.....and pictured above is the reason why! My youngest graduated from college. Look at his joyous face! Congratulations Greg!

Barb and I are very sorry we missed seeing everyone at market. Thank goodness Edie McGinnis, our editor, presented our newest book, Country Inn during schoolhouse at market. It should be in shops very soon.

I finished the new Anniversary of the Heart pattern while riding in the car. (A bit hard to keep the threads counted right...but great time to work as Dave drove us to the graduation.) It was stitched in memory of my grandfather. I was surprised how much I enjoyed thinking about him as I stitched this piece. Usually I pick a grandmother to remember in my samplers....but as I stitched the year of his birth and his initials into the linen I was so glad that I had chosen him. During the quiet stitching moments I thought of him and our time spent together. It felt so right. This pattern should be in shops in about 2 1/2 weeks. (And....we will include the first bonus pattern with next month's pattern. My son after reading the blog told me, "You have to fill the space.")


The above picture showcases our final Loose Feather project for the years 2009/2010. This is the front of the project bag....the reverse side is stitched with another design. It too should be in the shops in about 2 1/2 weeks. This was stitched on 20ct Straw linen by Weeks Dye Works. It was an easy fun stitch. I had Barb's mom, Leona put the button holes in for me. I just couldn't take a chance of doing them wrong. After all of the stitching!!! I'm a whimp.

Until later!

Alma

44 comments:

  1. What a wonderful reason for not going to Market - Congratulations Greg.

    Hugs,

    Fee XX

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  2. Congratulations Greg. That was definitely one good reason for missing the quilt market. I love the new charts or what I can see of the house one anyway but then again I am a total Blackbird addict.
    Lots of Love
    Patti xxx

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  3. The latest Anniversaries of the Heart pattern looks to be gorgeous, just like all the others! And, I can't wait to see the bonus pattern. I love the Loose Feathers design too!

    Congratulations to your son on his great achievement!

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  4. I bet the face on the person taking the picture was just as joyous. Congratulations to your son.

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  5. Alma: congratulations on your sons graduation.
    I love the fact that you incorporated your Grandfathers Memory into your dampler.
    I look forward to buying the new charts.
    Peace to you and your family.
    Catherine

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  6. Alma: so sorry I ment Sampler a little slip of the fingers on the keyboard.
    Catherine

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  7. What a very special reason for missing market. How proud you must be. Your son has a very nice face and smile. What a wonderful weekend with your son and also thoughts of your grand father.
    Congratulations all around! Louise

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  8. Congratulations, to you both - it takes not only your son doing well, but family support....enjoy this moment!

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  9. Congratulations!

    And what beautiful new patterns. Can't wait to see the new book!

    Jennifer
    Feathers in the Nest

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  10. Congratulations to all! What a great accomplishment. I love the snippet of the new Anniversaries of the heart and the last installment of the loose feathers. I simply cannot wait to get either. Just love all of your designs. I received my Country Inn quilt book in the mail yesterday. Love it!

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  11. Congratulations to Greg!!! I don't blame you for not going to Market...these wonderful events don't come along often! Family is always first!!!
    Love the new pattern and can't wait to buy the book!
    Kathy in MA

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  12. Congrats to your DS and you and Barb on these new releases. I COMPLETELY understand about being too timid to "rip" in a buttonhole after all of that careful stitching I know a lot of people who just balk at finishing even though they have more than enough skill. That's me, too, even though I'm not sure I earn the "more than enough skill" designation.

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  13. Congratulations to your son! It is a wonderful feeling to walk across that stage - the big finale. I know, as I just graduated last weekend.

    Love your new patterns!

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  14. Congratulations to Greg. He looks happy. The best reason to miss market.

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  15. I read that you weren't at quilt market this year, and now I know why! Congratulations to Greg! What a big day! And your new designs! What a surprise -- I love them both! Can't wait to get them in my hot little hands! :D

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  16. Felicitaciones por los logros obtenidos por tu hijo Greg y éxitos en su futuro profesional.
    Felicitaciones también por todos los proyectos tan hermosos que realizas.

    Abrazos desde Colombia!
    CARELI

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  17. Market is fun, but your son's graduation is a once in a lifetime event. What a wonderful piece, love the motifs and bag.

    Debbie

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  18. What a wonderful day for you. Congradulations Greg, Hugs Mary

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  19. Congratulations on your graduate!! BIG hugs are in order. And your new designs....just yummy as usual. Thanks for all the wonderful and heartfelt designs.

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  20. Congratulations to your son! What an exciting time. And speaking of excitement, I went to the mailbox this afternoon.....and I found your new book, Country Inn, waiting for me and well, what can I say.....when can I check in? It is absolutely beautiful! Alma, you and Barb have certainly created a book to inspire us. Thank you.

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  21. Congratulations Mum for getting Greg through to his graduation - job done and done well I'd say. Can't wait to see the new book.
    hugs, Miche'le

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  22. Your Greg resembles your dad! A big congratulations to him for graduating and you must be so proud.

    The new designs look great, they will be coming my way soon :-))

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  23. Congratulations on your boy! It is allowed to be proud ;-).
    Wanted to let you know my fabrics have arrived! Thank you so much for the beautiful fabrics and the little diary, I still can't believe I just won them!

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  24. At the risk of sounding like a stalker (or, confirming your suspicions...), I was worried when I didn't see pics of the Blackbird booth at Market. I am so glad that it was for a happy reason. Congratulations to Greg!! Best of luck to him. Love the new designs--my mind is whirling with what to do on both.

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  25. Congratulations to you both!!! What a beautiful new designs!

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  26. Congratulations to your son -- that's a great accomplishment, and the new designs, as always, look fabulous. Can't wait to get both in my hands. And thanks for giving us the bonus early. I can't wait to see you and Barb at Old Mill in June! I'm also signed up for Silver Needle in July. It will be a fun, stitching summer for me.

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  27. Congratulations to your son - what a wonderful smile! I love the new designs, and the new AotH does look very "grandfatherly".

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  28. Congratulations to your son!!!

    It looks like you have some fantastic patterns coming!!

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  29. Congratulations to your son! What an awesome achievement. The patterns are beautiful, though I thought this would #40 in the Loose Feather's series?

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  30. Congratulations to your son Greg!! I remember graduating from college & was tooo thrilled. Love the new patterns & I cannot wait to get my hands on them!! Thanks Greg for voting to fill in the empty spaces! :-)

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  31. Your son looks so happy - and so much like your father from the picture before! Congratulations to all of you!

    Julie

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  32. Congrats to Greg on his Graduation! I can understand not going, as graduating from College is a big deal!

    I've been surfing all of the blogs to catch a glimps of your quilts in KCS booth. My book shipped out today and I am so anxious to see what the quilts look like. The new cross stitch charts look so wonderful! I can't wait til they arrive. It's so fun to see progress pics of the Anniversary Series too. Now if the mail man would get them here yesterday! *S* Yes, I think I'm a Blackbird Designs Addict.

    Hugs

    Chelle

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  33. Congrats to Greg!!!!

    Love the new pieces. I think AotH is one of my favorite designs. I can't wait each month to see what's next. I am excited the bonus pattern will be available in June :-).

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  34. Congratulations to your son! Both of my sons graduate college last year and it was truly one of the happiest days of my life.

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  35. What a good looking guy! Congratulations Greg! Nancy in WI

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  36. Congratulations to your family on the graduation of the last one. YIPPEE !!!!! I bet that was a grand celebration. Love the new Loose Feathers - must have! I have resisted those AotH but I think I have to jump in.

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  37. Congrats to you and your son! What a great accomplishment. I missed you at market. I did see your lovely book! I look forward to that one.
    Hopefully you will be attending in the Houston.

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  38. Congrats to Greg, my Jacob is graduating high school on Friday. Your son looks like your Dad! How cool is that!
    Love all your designs!
    DaisyGirl

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  39. Congratulations to your recent graduate! I love graduations, and I remember how thrilled I was when my kiddos graduated. Hooray!

    Can't wait to get my hands on those new projects!

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  40. Hi Alma & Barb, I just got the Country Inn book and it's lovely. Those recipes look scrumptious. Just wondering if in the Batchelor Buttons quilt what line(s) of fabric you used. I HAVE to do that quilt NOW! LOL

    Thanks!!

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  41. Congrats to Greg. I love the silver buttons on the new piece and am looking forward to the bonus - early.

    Would you mind answering a question? What type and brand of camera do you use? TIA

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  42. Son's graduation trumps Market!!!! Am having so much fun working on Anniversaries of the Heart AND just received Country Inn -- there aren't enough superlatives. It is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

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  43. I did miss seeing your beautiful booth at Market, but I guess you had a good reason to stay home! Hopefully you will be able to go in the fall- I always love your booth.

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  44. Congratulations, that must have been a beautiful day. A good reason not to go to the market! I find your blog very beautiful and I will follow it with great pleasure. Have a nice day.
    Hubertine

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