Monday, April 26, 2010

Back From Stitchville, USA

We offered several projects for the retreat. The above picture is of the outside of our Stitcher's Companion. Inside the box are several compartments to hold scissors, a pincushion and floss. The women in the class had time to paint and wax the outside and finish the inside of their wooden boxes. It was amazing to see what each person accomplished in one day!

These two projects were completed by friends. They both made their pincushions reversible. Each stitched her initial on the reverse side of the pincushion. The print fabric used inside the wooden box is from Garden Party and the alphabet print is from Beach House by Blackbird Designs for Moda fabrics. Everyone chose letters from the alphabet print that had special meaning for them.

The wonderful mother-of-pearl strawberry inside the project below was a gift to each attendant from Deb the owner of Stitchville, USA. They fit perfectly inside the box. The strawberry floss keeps are from Kelmscott Designs.

The woman who stitched the above project placed her sachet (also a project from class) inside the box until her piece is completed. She also stitched over the "S" and "T" from alphabet print.

Above is another completed project....I should have gotten everyone's name along with their projects....I wasn't thinking at the time. Look at these cute scissors! Her's is complete too!

Both of the ladies projects pictured above have stitched the letters in the alphabet prints. The extra stitching added dimension and texture to their piece.

The small bird cards each have a shell button stitched in place by Dave...who offered to help me get ready for the event. (He wants to know what union he can join!)

Barb and I loved seeing how everyone took one project and changed it to reflect themselves. Luckily I remembered to take my camera the second day of the event to get these shots.

Sachets finished from class.

If you get a chance to go to an event hosted by Deb, sign up. She puts on a great event. Many thanks to you Deb! We had a great time.

I know everyone would like to find out how to get The Workbasket free chart. (Isn't it wonderful?) Barb and I picked it up from Needle Delights in Pensacola, Florida. It was available with a purchase from the shop. I have e-mailed Candy from The Workbasket to find out how she distributed the chart. Sometimes these are available to shops that make a purchase from the design company at market. This is the design from The Workbasket and Barb and I are not able to distribute it. The pattern from Candy is of the flower. Barb added the words and border. We can give the pattern for the border and words "Sweet Alabama", but not the flower.
Click on the company name in the first sentence and it will take you to their web-site.

Until later,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bad Blogger

Only 2 posts for April. I can't believe it....where did this month go?

It's now official!!! I'm a bad blogger. If I had a rubber band around my wrist I would snap it. (Luckily, I'm not wearing one today!)

When Barb and I go to Gulf Shores, Alabama to "our" beach house we take a day and drive to Pensacola, FL. It's about a 45 mile trip one way but after driving 900 miles to get to the beach what is 45 more? We save this day to visit Needle Delights, the local cross stitch shop.

We pick out linen and patterns to stitch during our stay at the beach. Barb is stitching the above piece. It is a Workbasket pattern...their freebe. Barb is stitching hers on 20ct Cappuccino linen by Weeks Dye Works. She hasn't stitched on this large count linen before and is finding she loves it. She's using 3 strands of floss.

My choice for the week is one by The Sampler Girl. I loved the saying and all of the nautical elements. I'm stitching it on 28ct. Parchment by Weeks Dye Works.

Both samplers have progressed a bit....I will take pictures again so you can see how they are coming along. Great way to remember that special trip.

Kathy, the owner of Needle Delights is on the left. Tonia her right hand gal (and framer) is on the right. Kathy ran home and brought back this piece for us to see. She is stitching the Anniversaries of the Heart on 20ct linen by Weeks Dye Works. This piece took our breath away. Makes me want to do mine on 20ct now too. I can just see it over my fireplace. It will only cost about a million dollars to frame....but great way to spend a million.

I wish we had taken a picture of Tonya's project. (Tonya...if you are reading this send a picture!) She is working on the Christmas Village by Kathy Barrick. Stunning to say the least.

On the quilting front....Barb and I are in the final proofing stage of our newest book Country Inn. It should be going to the printer next week and will be released at Spring Quilt Market.

Barb and I are leaving this weekend for Stitchville USA. We are running around like crazy getting all the details finished for the weekend. Can hardly wait to get there and see everyone.

Until tomorrow.


Friday, April 16, 2010

At the beach

Barb and I are working at the beach. I have lots of pictures to show...but can't figure out how to load them while using Barb's computer. We finally got this one saved on her desktop. But then of course couldn't remember exactly how we did it. AUGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! This is a sign I should get my laptop up to speed.

We bring linens and dishes to decorate the dining table in the screened-in porch. A couple of estate sale table cloths and my favorite pink floral dishes add to the casual beach decor. Food always tastes better outside. The sound of the surf and the light make dining a pleasure. The breeze is a bit cooler at night....but with a sweater, not too bad.

Look for more on Monday when I get back home. Will have more pictures and information and a contest too!

Until Monday.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Two tomatoes

Your ideas have inspired me to get busy with my magazine clippings. I am going to begin working on some kind of notebook. My new mantra is "Cook one new recipe a week." (I'm good with the goals...but the follow through not so much. Remember the writing down 5 things to do each day? That lasted about a week.)

Over the weekend I cooked 3 recipes from my magazine clippings...something I wouldn't have done without ripping out pages from my magazines. Reading the ingredients and looking at the beautiful photography got me inspired. The three I picked were delicious and were a treat visually too. I plan to share them with you soon....but today we're talking tomatoes.

I made the two pictured above this morning. The larger one was made from a 8" x 4" bias rectangle. The smaller one was cut 6" x 3". I filled both with crushed walnut shells. (bird litter from the pet store) I love the weight that the crushed walnut shells give to a pincushion. The walnut shells don't have much "give" to them. Do you think these look like tomatoes or pumpkins? The larger one looks a bit like a pumpkin shape to me. I used pearl cotton and pulled it tightly....still not much definition. I'm going to purchase some wool roving and try using it and compare the results. What do you use?

Until later!