I was so happy that all of my little quilts sold for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, that it inspired me to make more. When I saw "The Happy Couple" that Brooke Nolan designed for the Attic Needlework annual breast cancer research auction, I fell in love with it. Just the sweetest celebration of the young, and albeit white-haired, George and Martha. Then when Brooke offered it for free on her site, I grabbed it and started stitching immediately, knowing this was a perfect piece for a little quilt. I loved stitching this on a 32 count hand-dyed evenweave fabric I had in my stash, just DMC, no beads. But there was a reluctance to do the finishing since I really wanted to preserve the circle and do some hand-embroidered seam treatment. I was afraid I would ruin it in trying that! Luckily, that part worked out reasonably well. I used a feather stitch and colonial knot combination for the seam treatment. Circle is a bit wonky, but I never expected perfection on that score.
I had also taken a chance on ordering a walking foot for my ancient Singer sewing machine. It was a third-party generic foot that was at a good price, so I figured I wouldn't be out much money if it didn't work. Turned out to work like a charm and did make the sewing a little easier. Not a perfect finish, but I am pretty happy with the result.
I used the same technique for the label as I did for the "Tortoise and Hare" quilt. Simple and effective. I love having a little touch of embroidery.
The World of Charity Stitching group decided to do an 'Encouraging Words" quilt for a Sandy Hook Survivor. I picked this ornament from the JCS 2011 ornament issue, changing the word from "Joy" to "Hugs". The designer is Little by Little Designs, Inc. I've become quite a fan of that choclate blueberry color combo.
A super surprise package arrived in the mail from Michelle. She spoiled me with an adorable snowman ornament, a sweet pin pillow, a beautiful piece of raspberry-colored fabric, a couple of nice picture-frame insert cards and the most beautiful counting pins ever! Thank you so much, Michelle. I love it all!
Best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy New Year everyone!