Friday, April 30, 2010

The Colors of Spring

These are the photos from the post shown below.  Love all the colors...

BlackBird Night - Spring

Last night was BlackBird night at Rose's.  It was the first time in the past four months that we didn't have a snow storm on BBD night!  Felt good.  I brought photos taken from Alma's blog showing the boxes they made at a recent class, and everybody wants to try their hand in creating one.  Carol had boxes to share. 
I brought a bunch of BBD fabrics from my quilt stash.  We're going to think on it and see what happens!  Rose and Carol have made similar boxes before, so we'll have some expert advice available.

Carol started June Berries, a design from a 2002 BBD book, last night.  Lenore continued work on her Valentine sampler that I have shown on here before.  She only has four more letters to do.  I'll post another picture once it is completed.  Toni worked on Winter Wonderland; she only has a couple of windows stitched, so I'll wait a little before posting a photo.  Rose worked on the Quaker Loose Feathers project that she started last year.  She's closing in on a finish on that.  I worked on the February block from Anniversaries of the Heart.

I have two colorful photos to share from last night...neither one has anything to do with stitching.  One is the white bean and spinach soup that Rose was so colorful and healthy looking that I took a picture of it!  The second is of a sweet little spring bouquet she picked from her beautiful yard.  Happy Spring!

Well, it's not letting me post the photos right now, so I'll try to upload those separately.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Link to Beautiful Photos

I just came across some beautiful photos of BBD's June Berries.  I am going to take part in a BBD SAL in the Yahoo BBD group, and I have chosen this as my piece to stitch for the summer stitch along.  This can also be used as part of my contract piece for WRSG.

Take a look at Marti's photos.  They are beautiful.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Anniversaries of the Heart on BBD Blog

Be sure to check out the photo of an Anniversaries of the Heart grouping being stitched on 20 count linen...whatever that is!  It is huge.  This is shown on Alma's BBD blog (link in the left margin).  I wonder how many people are stitching this village all on one piece of fabric.  I'll have to post an updated photo of mine soon.  Right now I am working on a birth sampler...Isabella was born yesterday!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Happy April !

This is a photo taken today of a crab apple branch on the tree in my front yard.
It is a nice little reminder to look around and be grateful
even though it is cold and dreary today.

On a different subject, check out Mary Kathryn's DMC chart.
(see eHandcrafts blog at the bottom of the screen)
Where do these women get the time???

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Anniversaries of the Heart

Here is my start to the Anniversaries of the Heart series. 
I have barely started February...hope to catch up by the time the April design is released. 

I am stitching all designs on one piece of 40 count bisque from Lakeside Linens.
I hope the fabric color ends up being a good choice.
It's hard to know what to choose when just a fraction of the designs
are available, but I'm sure it will work out.
I am using thread colors of my own choosing...
some as specified, some my preference.

I am dedicating my first month to my grandmother, Anna Bach Gross,
who taught me to embroider and to love fabric and fibers
when I was about eight years old.
I still have to look up the year she was born,
so I can include this in the January block.

Love these little designs.  I can hardly wait to see my BBD village as it takes shape.

BBD Strawberries

We've been talking about making some strawberries...and there are so many patterns and materials from which to choose.  This morning Mary Kathryn (eHandcrafts) has posted some beautiful photos of the BBD strawberries from the Noel book.  Be sure to check out the photos...the link is in the blogs that I follow at the bottom of the screen.

They look good enough to eat...or make.  Now to find the time!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

BlackBird's Winter Delivery

Lenore finished the stitching on Loose Feathers No. 5 - BlackBird's Winter Delivery - yesterday.
I think it is way nicer than shown on the flyer.  Really cute finish, Lenore.  Can't wait to see it framed.