I cannot tell you how much I'm enjoying the crazy quilting course!! Monday night I finished up my sample stitch exercise . . .
I had to incorporate a total of fourteen different stitches. Whew! But once that was finished, I was able to go to work on my block. Oh how fun!
I'm not nearly finished, but I got a good start with it.
One of my favorite elements is where I took the yellow daisy flower from the center and extended it over the seam, into the next patch, using a satin stitch. I didn't notice the black pencil dot until I saw the picture!! I've subsequently taken care of that!
And I love this little row of double-feather stitch, with the fly-stitch leaves and French knot buds. I'm also going to love that little row of French knot hyacinths!
I spent some great time with June and Sawyer last night! They are so darling ... June is growing like no one's business and so full of giggle and charm!
What fun they are together! Sawyer is a terrific big brother ... very loving and protective of his "Baby June" and June adores her big brother--if he's talking or nearby, she's only got eyes for him!
While I was there, Kim presented me a final Christmas present! (Now that's really making Christmas s-t-r-etch!)
Yay!! I'm so excited--I've wanted this little wire quilt stand forever!! I felt bad for Kim, though. She ordered it on November 29, 2012 -- and it just arrived on February 11. I was the one who provided her with the link ... and she kept getting the run around about it being back-ordered and different shipping dates. They weren't very communicative with her--and I felt badly about it. It was ordered from Nancy's Notions, so I was very surprised that the customer service (not to mention the overall ordering experience) was far less than satisfactory. But I LOVE the stand and am so happy to have a little quilt all ready to go in it! Yay!!
I had a little visitor in the platform feeder yesterday . . .
He's such a dapper fellow! But when he's on the feeder, it spins so -- it's hard to get a decent shot of him!
I've always wondered why he's called a red-bellied woodpecker, when there's not a speck of red on his belly! I guess red-headed was already taken?
I'll wrap this up with a plug for an upcoming online event I'm helping with . . .
This online conference will be held tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, from noon to 4 p.m. (central time). It will feature a terrific selection of very gifted women speakers, all dealing with marriage topics. What a perfect day for it, too! Marnie Swedburg is the hostess, and I've followed Marnie for a long time - she's a tremendous women's ministry mentor. The event is free ... and you can check out the site (and the line up of speakers) on the S.O.S. Training Extravaganza website! You may not be able to be a part for the whole thing -- but you may see a speaker/topic that particularly interests you and you can check in just for that! The Facebook and Twitter hostesses (which I'm doing) generate conversation and answer questions on those venues during the expo. It's pretty cool and definitely worth checking out ... it could be the best gift you give your spouse!! Plus, if you register and participate, there are some great prizes!
Happy Valentine's Day in advance!!