Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Today the last little sweetheart finished her block and I cut and sewed the blue bubble sashing, so the quilt top is done!
I'm featuring these two squares because the girls in question chose such detailed patterns. They sewed inside with me for a couple of recesses to finish up. Darlings! You've got to look up close at these to see the fantastic hand stitching--such variety! I love the wavy stripes they yielded. Figuring out the pieces for the diagonal block seemed like too much work, so I just had her stitch a larger straight-striped block, then cut it to size. Of course, carefully clipping threads so I could re-knot was just as much work as the original figuring would have been...
Audrey chose a classic four square, knowing that her sewing attention span is pretty limited. True to character, it's nicely symmetrical and matching and neat.
This young man had an ambitious design, but about died of boredom in completing it. I don't think he'll be taking on any sewing projects without duress in the near future!
My favorite part of the day was watching my most interested groupies arranging and rearranging their blocks to look "just right." I was rather proud of my restraint in giving them the power!
Proud & finished, the class showed off their blocks to one another, calling out their own name when the teacher pointed to their block.
Next week: binding & quilting! I'm planning on letting them do some large stitches with black pearl cotton around their own blocks. My sister will be here to help :).
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
My little etsy experiment this spring has gone fairly well & I'm happy to report that today I sold my 100th wee creation, either this lovely little vase or hedgehog (99 & 100 to the same customer). To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway. Since my blog has maybe 3 readers, your odds are awesome. To enter to win this lovely blue leaf teacupI know, blue's a little quirky for a leaf, but it tickled my fancy. And is a very nice, smooth, lightly speckled glaze. To enter, just comment on this post before the month is up. On June 1st, I'll take the entries before midnight on May 31st (see how official I am?), and draw one randomly to choose the winner. Come back and read the blog on that day to see who won, and to send me your shipping address if it was lucky you! Thank you for your support!
And am supposed to be working on it right now. One before pic at the top of this post, and more below, showing the stack of drawers and a detail of the scuffed side.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Lovely sister visit and overnight camp w/ Audrey and.... have kept me from updating.
Here's a couple of pics:
*my first fleece, washed and piled to dry:
*making mother's day fairies with Marian's class. Chenille stem fairy tutorial coming this weekend, and I think kits in the shop.
Clamoring for flowerswith this quote/card:
for the first time, the laugh
broke into a thousand pieces
and they all went skipping about,
and that was the beginning of fairies.
And now when every new baby is born
its first laugh becomes a fairy.
So there ought to be one fairy
for every boy or girl.
James Matthew Barrie
happy mother's day
a reminder of spring and new beginnings
to the one who enjoyed my first laughs