Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Catching Up and Birthday Stash :)

I wanted to post a quick note about a beautiful exchange I received from Michelle. The theme was "Harvest Time" and she stitched this beautiful pattern called "Autumn Blessings" from Imaginating. She made it into a wonderful wallhanging - isn't this just perfect for November? She also sent me loads of goodies including a pattern from Just Nan I'd been craving (Crystal Roses), 3 wonderful hand-dyes from Weeks in autumn colors, cute towels and matching potholders for the kitchen, stickers, and a great scented candle. Thank you so much Michelle - I just love all of it and feel so fortunate to have received it! The wallhanging is hanging in my family room and looks great.

Below is the piece I stitched that went to my exchange partner Terry. It's called Pumpkin Flower Sampler from Bent Creek - an oldie but goodie. I tried to come up with something slightly different so I finished it ornament-style and added a curly wire hanger. One of the things I love about these little projects is the chance to use up some of my quilting stash. Every little bit helps! This stitched up quick and I really enjoyed making it.

I also used my birthday month discounts recently and loaded up on several items from my wish list you can see below. I am so excited to be getting some new stash and to cross so many things off that have been on my list for awhile . I got Rose Sampler & Acorn Hill from LHN, Pumpkin Patch and Birdsong I from Prairie Schooler, Pink Plaid Pear from Casey Buonaugurio, the full sets of Autumn and Summer Snapperlands from Bent Creek, all four of the Bitty Buttons animals from Victoria Sampler, Letters I & J from M Designs (someday I'm making a sampler with DH's and my initials), the new Bianca scissors from Gingher, the Lighthouse Sampler from By the Bay Needlearts, and 4 Mill Hill kits for houses in their Christmas Village series. You get all the specialty buttons and beads along with the pattern and perforated paper. I will be substituting fabric but I think they are so cute, they remind of the Dickens Village houses.

Now I must get back to stitching - I am frantically trying to finish up the pre-stitching for my Merry Cox class this Friday night. As luck would have it, I'm extremely busy at work this week and having to squeeze in work in the evenings as well as the stitching. I can't wait until next week when things hopefully slow down!! Thanks for visiting and as always, it's so fun to read comments that you have taken the time to leave. :-)