Monday, April 21, 2014

A Busy Start To Spring

We spent Easter weekend with relatives where we enjoyed the beautiful spring weather, chatted endlessly, and ate way too much.  I stitched up this little treasure for my cousin who hosted the holiday get together...

Designer: Midsummer Night Designs
Design: Gentle Thoughts 2
Stitched for: Lynda

Last month I decided to participate in the 2014 VT Shop Hop. My DH and I spent the weekend traveling hundreds of miles stopping at 12 Vermont quilt shops.  It took three days but was well worth the trip.  We enjoyed traveling this beautiful State discovering some very nice shops.  You cannot imagine my surprise when I learned that I won gift baskets from 2 of the shops: 




Wow, so much new quilt stash!

With the onset of Spring comes the start of many Guild Quilt Shows.  A few weeks ago I attend a local show where I saw this wall quilt:

There's No Place Like Home
Quilt Show: Maple Leaf Quilters 

Apparently, the guild had a quilt challenge with a "Home" theme and this quilter was clever enough to come up with Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, an original design...loved it!

Amy, who I stitched for in the HOE Christmas Ornament Exchange, contact me to let me know that she received my ornament.  Here is what I sent...

2014 HOE Christmas
Designer: A Stitcher's Hands
Design: Let It Snow
Stitched for: Amy V-M

I usually do flat finishing but after seeing Carol's (Stitching Dreams) pillow finish I had to duplicate it...thanks, Carol!  Her talent is evident in her truly beautiful stitching and finishing. 

Most of my stitching time, what little I manage to find these days, has been spent on my HAED.  The detail of HAED makes the finished pieces amazingly beautiful but that same detail can make the stitching quite boring. Will this sky ever end??? 

Heaven and Earth Design
A Moment To Cherish

Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

"Spring is when life is alive in everything"
Christina Rosetti


Jennifer said...

That is a stunning box - your cousin must have gone crazy for it! What a sweet gift.

Two wins? Lucky girl! And did they pat you down for that Dorothy quilt before you left with it? LOL That is really quite clever, and I bet you were imagining where you'd put it in your craft room.

Shirlee said...

Beautiful stitching & finishing on that box my friend! Congratulations on your wins!

Melissa said...

Lovely stitching, as always, Marie!

Two wins? You are on a lucky streak! Congratulations! Have fun with your new goodies!

ps I like that Dorothy quilt too!

Carol said...

Sounds like you had a delightful Easter, Marie--and boy, do I understand the part about eating way too much! I'll be doubling my treadmill workouts this month! Love the little box you made for the hostess--I'm sure she appreciated it...

How lucky you were to win two baskets--they both look like they have plenty of goodies to keep you busy for awhile :)

Aww...your little snowman ornament turned out great! How did you like doing the pillow finish? And thank you for your very kind words :)

Hope things are warming up for you in VT! Happy Spring!

Andrea said...

Two wins, luck was on your side. Wonderful stitching.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

You are going GANGBUSTERS on the sky girl! YAY!!!! I think I can, I think I can....keep the chanting going :)
All your sweet little treasures stitched and given are gorgeous as usual! You are a perfectly wonderful stitcher, beautiful finisher and a great and valued friend to all :)

Carol said...

Lovely gift :-)