Sunday, January 12, 2020

forwards and backwards . . .

Because this post covers a lot of time, current and past!  
I finally finished up Ellie's bicycle embroidery, which was a good thing ... her (8th) birthday was Friday and we celebrated last night! It's a simple finish because I didn't want the fabric or the quilting to take away from the piece it was showcasing.  Mission accomplished!  *smirk*  Ellie had her first slumber party on Friday night, so we did family dinner at a Japanese restaurant called Edo's.  Her choice!
I love the complexity of this sweet girl.  For all that she loves girlie things (check out her new sparkly, dangly earrings).
She's also rocking her "Star Wars" necklace (which is just out of the first picture) and wanted a red velvet Star Wars cake (featuring Darth Vader).  Go Ellie!

I had two fun prizes late in 2019 that I forgot to share.  The first was a giveaway from Jacquelynne Steves's Happy Little Things blog hop.  
The book is filled with all sorts of hidden message possibilities, and aren't those little pins darling??

The second was a birthday giveaway from Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns!
The grunge (*swoon*) was the prize and the pretty Regent Street was a bonus!  Lyndsey had to ship it overseas, so she wasn't sure when it would get to the states.  Her Christmas card of the magi was perfect, because (though it came the day I left for California) I received it just in time for Epiphany!  Thanks, Lyndsey!

Coming a little farther forward, I did want to share my fun haul from the two iconic shops I got to visit whilst in California.  From Temecula Quilt Co. I went a little crazy . . .
Both of her books, a pattern, a kit, some lovely fabrics (including a little cheddar), and some notions.  The sweet little ruler box was gifted to me by Kim (my daughter-in-law)!

From Primitive Gatherings, I got a darling wool kit for ornaments, a wool pattern for a crazy stitched stocking (full sized), some (more) fabric and some more notions . . .
Scissors.  I have a thing for scissors.  And since I had the pussy-cat pair, I decided I needed the owl pair, too!
Tah-dah!  The Owl and the Pussy-Cat! Someday I need to do a post exclusively about that poem and why it's so personal to me! Back to scissors, though . . .
I really do love little scissors.  They are a *needful* thing to me.  *grin* 

Our last trip of that shop-hopping day was a visit to a little tea room called, The Liquid Leaf.  Sweet little place with a marvelous selection of teas *and* freshly baked goodies (in house).
It was Kim's first visit, too, so we ordered and ate/drank (and cheesed around) in the shop.
I came away with two lovely teas (both of which smell as heavenly as they taste).
Vanilla Coconut black tea and Elixir #2 which is a camomile tea.  Yummy!

Now going backwards a LOT (and yet looking to the future, too).  Barbara Brackman is re-introducing Grandmother's Choice BOM, which she did originally in 2012.  I hung with her through almost half the blocks, but then I had my second ankle surgery and it 'crippled' my sewing foot for a while.
So I'm excited to have the nudge to do something with these blocks and get the second half of them finished! I'd purchased Block Base (which has all the blocks in it) to do this BOM, so it's only right that I should complete it.  

Bringing it current . . . 
Slow progress, but progress *is* progress.  This is what I'll be stitching on today, getting in some slow stitching on a Sunday afternoon!  Linking it up with Kathy's Quilts--be sure to check out what the other stitchers are working on.

Happy Sunday!

:)

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Karrin Hurd said...

You went to 2 of my favorite shops I would love to visit in real life! Great haul! Have a happy stitching day!

Kate said...

Lots of holiday and birthday fun (and goodies)! Enjoy your slow stitching today.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Lovely bike block. Happy Birthday to Ellie. A good choice of cake.

gpc said...

So many fun projects! My husband and I are both ham radio operators and I made several 'morse code' pillows a dozen years ago and wanted to post the idea on line. He talked me out of it, because Morse Code is not a visual medium -- but I love the way it looks and am happy to see that others went ahead with the idea! :)

Kim said...

Ellie's little stitched bicycle is beautiful. Love the border fabric you chose. My goodness you received a lot of pretties in the post. You are going to be busy for a little while. I love sweet little scissors, too, but by the looks of it my addiction isn't quite as bad as yours. =)

Jill said...

Such a fun b'day party for your granddaughter. Amazing she likes Japanese! If I ever was to visit Temecula Quilt Co, I'd go more than a little crazy. ;-) Enjoy your stitching projects!

CathieJ said...

What a wonderful post. I am glad that you got to celebrate with Ellie and finished her bicycle piece just in time. That long ago quilt will be so pretty. I really like your embroidery. Hmmm, vanilla and coconut tea sounds heavenly.

Needled Mom said...

They grow up so fast! Happy birthday to her. Her bicycle is fabulous.

Janet O. said...

I like the varied interests of your granddaughter. Certainly you can be a girlie girl and love Star Wars, too. :)
You have acquired many fun things recently, and I get a kick out of your little scissors. I have a thing for scissors, too, but not just little ones. I wonder what my photo would look like if I gathered mine together.
The tea shop sounds like a lot of fun. The tea shop over the mountain has a free "tasting" once a month, and I have gone twice with different friends. I really have fun--need to manage going again soon!
Nice of Barbara Brackman to run the BOM again to help you get it finished! :)

Lyndsey said...

What a lot of lovely sewing items you've got and I love your scissor collection. I also have rather a lot of small scissors but I use them all. I made the Votes for women quilt when it came out before and gifted it to my older daughter. I think I might make it for myself this time around.

Kathy S. said...

I love your scissor collection. Can't wait to hear the story about the Owl and the Pussy Cat. The fabrics are gorgeous that you picked up--especially the cheddar. The ruler box is special. I can't wait to see what stitch along you are doing this year.