Thursday, May 15, 2008

Seasonal Stitchers Exchange

I sent off my last exchange for the 2007-2008 Seasonal Stitchers Exchange. Leena posted that it arrived so I am free to share pictures.

Designer: Workbasket

Our final exchange was suppose to be a “Spring” exchange but knowing how much Leena loves cats, I wanted to stitch her this design. I did ask her in advance if she would mind if I stitched something without a “spring” theme and was glad that she did not object. I love this design but once I completed the stitching I had no idea how to finish it. I had already sent Leena a pinkeep, flat fold, and stitcher’s caddy. I visited quite a few blogs in hopes of seeing a picture that would help me with a finishing idea. To my surprise I saw this same design finished as a tote bag (sorry, I can't remember the blog) and I loved it. Being a quilter I have done quite a bit of sewing, and have a huge stash of fabric! Although I have made tote bags before, I have never used the fancy tote bag handles and was lucky to find a pair that coordinated so well.

Seasonal Stitchers Exchange
For Leena

The ’07-08 rotation of the Seasonal Stitchers Exchange is over and I must say that stitching for Leena has been a true pleasure! Leena, I am glad that I have had the opportunity to get to know you and I am so happy to have you as an online friend, you are very sweet!

Fortunately, Becky has been kind enough to run this exchange again and I am truly excited. I have been paired with Vonna who I consider my very 1st blogging friend! I am thrilled and honored to stitch for you Vonna and look forward to mailing out a Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer exchange to you!


I have been saving my coffee grounds and sprinkling them on my plants. Surprisingly the plants are looking good however saving my coffee grounds makes me realize that I drink much too much coffee! Oh well the plants need it! I was surprised at how many people commented that they too feed their plants coffee grounds, tea bags, even eggshells…I am a stitcher, quilter, crafter, but not a very good gardener so this is all new to me. Here are a few pictures of my plants, remember now I do NOT have a green thumb!

I would list the plants in this container but I can't remember what they are! When I went to the local garden center I had a worker pick out the plants for me...I think she did a great job! :)

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, I enjoy and appreciate each and every comment!

Until next time...


Lennu said...

Thank you once again dear Marie, this was such a wonderful exchange, like all the others you've sent me this year. Thank you for your kind words, it has been such a joy to get to know you too and I'm so happy to have you as an online stitching friend :) I'm also looking forward to another year of Seasonal exchangers, it will be fun!

Your flowers look very pretty, I'm not a gardener at all.

Oh I just tried to send you an e-mail, but it bounced back for some reason, I'll try to send it again later today, hopefully you'll receive it!

Becky K in OK said...

I love your exchange piece. Your flowers are beautiful. I believe I see some daises and a sweet potato plant in your planter.

~V said...

Oh Marie that is just adorable!!!!!!!!!!

Vonna said...

What an ADORABLE sachtel bag that is! I love it! And I know the lovely Leena had to have loved it too!

You betcha buddy I'm excited that we've been paired! WHOO HOO!
I've already been looking at fall things...hmmm....And we met in the USEBB, right? All I remember is that one day I thought...golly I like this lady, I think I want her to be my friend ;) And there ya go!

Barbara said...

Oh, that is so cute! I love the newer Quaker animals (that mouse is so cute!) and this bag finish is so perfect!

Carol said...

What a beautiful exchange for Leena - I am sure she does not mind that it is not a spring theme :-) Too cute and very thoughtful of you.

Stephanie said...

I love your exchange for Leena - it is so perfect for her. Beautifully finished as well - congrats!

Jen said...

What a cute tote. I love this pattern and think the finish is perfect. You are amazing.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful bag, I am stitching the same cat in a ginger color and when I see it in the colors you chose I know I have to stitch it again. Its beautiful. Love your flowers too, so pretty.

Kathy said...

What a cute little tote bag. I love it. Would never have thought of finishing it that way. Everything matches so well.

Nice plants too. I like to look at them, but am not into spending much time messing with them to grow them. The fuss-free ones are the best.

Cathy B said...

Marie, your tote for Leena is fabulous! I thought the handle was perfect for the design and the fabric that you selected! You are an amazing finisher!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Tanya said...

That cat is delightful!!! Interesting tidbit of info on coffee grounds for plants - might have to try it.


Paula C. said...

What a wonderful exchange! I will be stitching a Quaker Animal for an exchange I am in but haven't decided if I will stitch it over one and make a pin keep, or over two and then find another way to finish it. I find that the exchanges are a great way to challenge myself, though it can be both a blessing and a curse, lol!