Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Few Exchanges

Where in the world is sweet Heather??? Since the quilting bug bit her, I hardly ever see any of her beautiful cross-stitch work. Well, she did complete this beauty not too long ago but much of her blog these days highlights her gorgeous quilts!  I was so happy to be able to participate in a personal Fall exchange with her and was excited when her package arrived.  Knowing Heather I knew that it would be amazing.

Fall Personal Exchange from Heather
Heather selected a design from My Aunt's Attic website and stitched it on 32ct linen using a pretty fall variegated floss. She selected the most wonderful fabric, one that truly compliments the design and matches the floss perfectly, and she stitched up the gorgeous Project Bag.  How could I not love this one??? I tore through my unfinished projects and selected a Scarlett Letter project to tuck away inside the bag.  Many thanks Heather, you are a dear friend!
I was a bit undecided on what to stitch for Heather; should I stitch a Halloween Design or should I stitch a Thanksgiving design.....Hmm??? Sort of like Heather's Blog title "Quilt or Stitch? how about both.  Okay, Halloween or Thanksgiving? How about both.
I love using Anna Lee dolls to display a cross stitched piece so when I came across this handsome Pilgrim I snatched him up and took him home.  And what do Pilgrims bring to the table to feast on? A Turkey.

Since receiving this really nice glass mason jar from CathyB I have been anxious to make one. Luckily I took her advice and rushed out to locate these cute little canning jars before the stores ran out or packed them away until next season.  It did not take long for me to select a Halloween design: A pumpkin.  

JBW French Country IV Pumpkin

It is hard to believe that it is October 3rd and I only participated in one, yes one Fair and Square exchange this year. I certainly picked a good one....HALLOWEEN!  My partner for this round was Nancy K. who sent me these wonderful blocks:

Fair &Square Halloween

Designer: BBD
Stitched by: Nancy K.

She stitched the design using Tentakulum variegated thread called "Halloween" and WDW "Twilight" floss for the cat.

Thanks Nancy, you did a great job selecting and stitching the perfect design; I just love it!
Here are the blocks that I stitched for her:

Fair & Square Halloween
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Stitched for: Nancy K.

I was recently pulling floss for a project and I realized that I was running low on one of my very favorites: Victorian Motto Sampler Floss. I immediately ordered some and VERY quickly received these:

Nancy offers some of the most beautiful colors. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! I can't wait to thread my needle with them. 

Hop on over to Edgar's blog where he is having his annual Hobbit Birthday Drawing! Better get over there quick, he will be drawing at 7am Monday!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Enjoy your week.

Until next time...


Julianne said...

Hi Marie,

Wow, you've stitched and finished some really lovely pieces recently. That pilgrim holding your turkey ornament is just the cutest picture ever! Thanks for the smiles.

valerie said...

Beautiful exchanges! I think it's so creative how you use the Anna Lee doll as a display. That doll is just too cute! Love the over 1 mason jar cover too.

Margaret said...

Wonderful exchanges all! And congratulations on your double win with your miniature quilt -- it's so pretty! My daughter is a junior in college so I hear you there. You do miss them, don't you? Here's wishing the best for your son's junior year!

Deborah said...

Thanks for all the different ways to display cross stitch. I love the idea of using the Anna Lee dolls.

Vonna said...

Dear Marie, It is never a disappointment to swing by and see all the lovely, lovely creations you have made with your creative thread :) I love what you made for Heather, and my own sweet little Annalee guy just got put away until next Memorial Day where he makes his appearance and stays til fall, until he can sleep again in peace a few months before being brought back out to bedlam :)
And what Heather stitched for you...fantastic! The Fair and Squares are wonderful and VMT is awesome stuff!

Alice said...

How adorable! That little pilgrim of yours is the cutest! Beautiful stitching too.

Katrina said...

Pretty exchanges!!!! Love them all :-).

Melanie said...

Beautiful exchanges!! :)
I'm off to go check out that thread seller now - I've never heard of them but I love the colors of the ones you posted. :)

Carin said...

What a wonderful exchanges !!!

Susan said...

Everything looks beautiful, Marie. I especially love the pumpkin mason jar, and that project bag by Heather is gorgeous!

Your house is lovely - I never decorate for fall - I might have to start doing so.

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