I love when I find stitcher-tunities to do feminine, pretty designs. The last couple of weeks presented me with just the right occasions to use some. The World of Charity Stitching group is doing a Fruits and Berries quilt (not sure why berries are different from fruits, but whatever). Of course most people did a standard apple, pear, etc. But I remembered this lovely Strawberry House design, "Maisonnette aux Fraise", from Le Chalet des Pérelles. I added the top strawberry and roses to increase the size a little. This was so much fun to stitch. It's on 25-ct bone lugana over two. So relaxing to work on lower count fabric and the design shows up nicely for a quilt square.
I have been invited to an engagement party for a cousin of mine. Trying to figure out what kind of gift is appropriate to bring. Not sure what the etiquette is for this. But meanwhile, I made this card to go along with whatever gift I pick out. This is one of the free Gift Of Stitching heart designs. This is done on linen and I used a little interfacing to stiffen it. I think Aida really makes better cards. I used DMC Ruby Red color variations and I think that worked out pretty well. The color scheme might be a bit too patriotic for an engagement card, but so what.