Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fabulous Exchange

I must give myself a pat on the back for maintaining self control when it comes to signing up for stitching exchanges. This does not mean that I have gone “cold turkey” but rather that I have been very good about picking and choosing which to participate in. How happy am I that I did not pass on the FFT LHN Exchange, let me show you:

Design: Liberty and Justice
Stitched by: CathyB

Yahoo, I am one lucky stitcher. CathyB stitched for me (that in itself is a bonus!) and she managed to put a huge smile on my face with the beautiful pillow ornament and glass mason jar. Yes, Cathy stitched both designs in the LHN Liberty and Justice pattern and she stitched them on teeny tiny count (40?) over two. I love the tiny count and can truly appreciate the work that goes into stitching on it. Both are so beautifully stitched and finished.

Thank you so much Cathy for these beautiful exchange pieces. You are a dear friend who never ceases to amaze me with your stitching talent.

I was glad to hear that my partner for this exchange was Suzanne. She stitched a gorgeous Ornament for me in an Ornament Exchange last year so this gave me the opportunity to stitch for her. I decided that I would stitch an ornament for her tree and selected a design from the LHN Monthly Ornament series titled, The Merry Skater. Given she has two adorable little girls I thought that this would be perfect. For the trim, I tried my hand at ruching; I like how it turned out but it is rather labor intense.

FTT LHN Exchange
Design: Merry Skater
Stitched for Suzanne

Just a few days ago, Carol S. celebrated her birthday. She does so much, through her HOE exchanges, to keep me happily stitching that I wanted to send her a little something. This is what I shipped her way:

Designer: Drawn Thread
Design: Caron Keeper
Finish: Floss Fob

I am so glad that you liked it Carol and I do hope that your birthday was extra special!

Did you see the new Cross Stitcher T-Shirt posted on Amy's blog? Cute! She also just added a bunch of items to her Down Sunshine Lane sale page...gotta go shopping!
As always thank you for taking the time to stop by for a visit, do come again!

Until next time...


natalyK said...

What a beautiful gift from Cathy B. I have to say your ornament is quite spectacular. I did ribbon ruching on a scissor fob and I know how much work it is. But, doesn't it look FINE!

Jan said...

What beautiful work, on these exchanges, Marie! Lovely exchange from Cathy and what you did was fantastic!! I love the small floss key fob that you made for Carol...that was sweet of you!

Barb said...

Very!nice exchange pieces ther Marie, I have just found your blog and bookmarked it so I can visit again if I may.
Your finishes are just so neat I am now off to look at your older posts and I can see lots of blogs I have not visited yet in your side bar so I may be gone a while lol. Take care sweetie and thanks for the letting me share your day.

Annie said...

Fabulous exchange pieces. I can see why you are thankful that you signed up!

Catherine said...

What lovely things!

Alice said...

Very nice exchange pieces! I love that floss fob.

staci said...

Fabulous exchanges, both sent and received Marie!

Your ruched ribbon trim is lovely, and you're right, it IS labor intensive :)

valerie said...

Wow, what a beautiful LHN exchange from CathyB! I love the Mason jar top!

I saw your ornie on Suzanne's is so cute! That's one of my favorite designs from the ornie series. Nice floss tag for Carol as well!

Looks like you've been busy stitching!

Susan said...

Wow! All exchanges sent and received are beautiful!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous! I love it and Cathy does the sweetest exchanges :-). Cute fob too!!!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! What an awesome exchange you received!!!

Brigitte said...

You're really choosing your exchanges wisely, Marie. What you received from Cathy is just beautiful, the stitching and the finishing. And what you chose to stitch for Suzanne is just as beautiful. The ruched edges go so nicely with the design. So far I have never tried ruching but seeing it on various blog I think I must give it a try one day.

trillium said...

The jar lid is a good idea. I have never made one, but think it would be something nice for Christmas (a jar filled with goodies).

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous exchange you received from Cathy. Thank you again for the beautiful ornament, I really love it and appreciate all the work that went into the ruched edging. Very cute thread keeper.

Sonda in OR said...

All your exchange work has been beautiful. Love the sampler wall.

Heather said...

Wow these are really beautiful. I pulled out the pretty tin you made me for the 4th of July, with your tiny over one stitching, you make the most beautiful things, I am so lucky to have some of them.

Ruched ribbon is intensive but it looks so cool!