Thursday, September 14, 2006

Great stitch day - little stitching progress

Yesterday was a wonderful stitching day even though I probably only placed 25 new crosses on the handtowel I'm working on for the 'Secret Pal Exchange'. What made it so special? Well, not one but three things.

First of all Felicity is sending me the wonderful Margaret Sherry booklet. She doesn't even know me but saw on Alison's blog that I think it's adorable & rushed out to buy it for me. Thank you so much, I'm so looking forward to seeing my first MS patterns.

Secondly Alison agreed to team up with me for a project for all of 2007. We'll tell you more about it later but are both looking forward to a great stitching experience together.

And then as icing on the cake I attended a stitch morning at a local quilt shop. The mother & daughter who own the shop are wonderful women who make beautiful quilts & give quilting lessons (I attended a few when I started my applique quilting, which by the way I haven't pulled out in months). When I was in their store last week they invited me to their Wednesday morning get-togethers where everyone just works on whatever project they feel needs some work. Now I thought "quilt shop = quilting projects" & I brought my Grandmother's Flower Garden flowers to work on. Great surprise when I discovered that although some ladies were quilting, one lady was crocheting and two were cross-stitching. It was a wonderful morning with lots of stitching & chatting (or should I say CHATTING & stiching) & I thought: "I've found my Wednesday morning home here". I will try to resist the temptation of cross-stitching there & keep that morning for quilting as I have a long way to go.

Better share a few images as I'm always looking for pictures on other blogs. When you see these my theme for the 'Secret Pal Exchange' won't be a secret any longer but that's OK as she doesn't know me or my blog. I finally decided to stitch two things & buy a little kit in the same theme.

The needlebook is now finished except for the insertion of the blue felt page for the needles. I've bleeped out her name 'just in case'.

This handtowel is being stitched with a Victorian Homes pattern designed by Debbie Patrick. These houses are from my favorite city in the world (and I've seen a lot), San Francisco. When we were still living in Northern California I would visit Debbie's wonderful shop on Pier 39 every time we went into the city. Last year I heard that this particular shop has been closed but she still designs & sells both on-line & from another location. Her 'Golden Gate Bridge' is in my stash & often calls to me.

And then finally the little kit to round off the theme. It's an Anne Keenan Higgins design from Plaid Bucilla called 'New Home'. Now it's not that I know my SP has a new home, but I thought the pattern was cute (reminds me a bit of Michael Powell) and she can always leave the word or words off.

If your stitching week has been half as good as my stitching day was yesterday you're having a great week.


Blogger Barbara said...

Oh, wow, what a great discovery (the Wed. project mornings). I'm so envious!!

I can't believe the elaborate pattern you're stitching on your towel! Wow, the recipient is going to love it!

1:50 PM  
Blogger whitecalla said...

How lucky to have found a Wednesday get-together. Wished there such a group near me. Loved the Victoria Homes too, real pretty..had always wanted to stitch something like that too...never got to it yet !! Your secret pal is gonna be one lucky lady..its a lovely chart.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Margaret ~ how wonderful to have found your new Wed. morning home, a place to do quilting and cross stitching! Can I come too?

5:47 AM  
Blogger Ali B said...

Hi Margaret - I wish I could join your Wednes project mornings, but its rather a long way to travel from UK LOL!! But will think of you enjoying yourself doing all lovely craft things.

Really think your Victorian Homes are sooo cute. You mentioned Michael Powell - he is one of my fave designers, I met him at an exhibition last year and he is lovely. Have stitched 3 of his Cottages range and have "the Secret Garden" kit in my stash.

Big hugs, my friend
Alison xxxx

8:01 AM  
Blogger lyssophietje said...

Great that you have a wednesday morning get-together. We don't have such a thing here, but maybe I can start my own:D.

I like the kit, such a cute design and it looks indeed like Michael Powell.

I hope youre weekend is as good as youre wednesday!


1:15 PM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Your day sounds wonderful, and I love the towel. The house pattern is great on the towel banding, she'll love it.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Tracy Baby said...

Hi Margaret ,how lucky are you to find such a great stitching group I wish I could do that!
Your towel is amazing I agree that the person who receives this will be delighted.Take care Tracy

9:53 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Your wednesday mornings sound wonderful! I love the towel. That is so nice! Can't wait to hear your 2007 project ideas!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Stitchingnow said...

I'm totally envious of you. I still have not found any local stitching groups. Hope you have a blast at yours. Lucky you on the MS book I would love to have that myself. Take care

8:52 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Thank you for visiting my site. What a lovely gifts for your secret pal! I am sure she (whoever she may be) will love it all!!! Your new discovery for Wednesday's mornings sound wonderful!!! I wish we had something like that around here!


9:46 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

The towel looks great. Sounds like a nice stitching group. I wish we had one around here. There was one but tragedy struck twice and the group disbanded. I don't know if they've reorganized or not. I enjoyed your blog.

10:19 AM  

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