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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Still Quilting & Show & Tell.

Good morning everyone. It is simply a stunning morning here with beautiful sunshine. The sunshine looked so beautiful on my variegated hibiscus. If you could see the state of this garden (still on the list) but this little beauty just shone this morning.

I trust that if you had a long weekend that you enjoyed it. Mr R. was on call and so we were restricted somewhat to what we could do. It was quiet and relaxing with no calls. By yesterday though we had had enough and cabin fever was setting in so escaped up to the Park for an early morning walk.
It was cool and quiet....just lovely! Until we were besieged by the hoard of "bootcampers" noisily pounding around the tracks and expecting us oldies to get out of their way. It didn't lesson our mood though. We came home feeling much revived.
I am afraid I am becoming a very boring place to visit stitching wise as I am still quilting my little fingers to the bone with not much worth showing......
For some unknown reason this quilt seems to be taking me forever. I do however have some lovely show and tell for you but first I thought I would give you a laugh. I am being very brave and sharing my first ever drawing for a stitchery. I wanted a gift for a friend and decided to draw it myself. I stitched it in redwork first to see what it looked like and then stitched hers in blue....want to see??? Are you sure? well here it is.
It still sits in a chair off my kitchen. In fact I thought I was so darn clever I put it in a redwork quilt I was stitching at the time. LOL!...FYI my friend still has her version too!
I think it is lovely to have early projects which document your progress and as they say "From little things big things grow" Later a much more refined version was featured in Handmade magazine.
Which brings me to the promised Show & Tell and my dear friend Cheryl from Cheryl's Stitchings Cheryl has been working on my pattern "Down Reindeer Lane" in fact I would go so far as to say these little reindeers bought us together as friends. That and our mutual obsession about all things Christmas. This design is like "Christmas Bakeshop" and has a special place in my heart. Well maybe Reindeers, Christmas and Gingies could be why!
Cheryl has stitched DRL so beautifully. I love their family portrait...such cute fabric.
All the other blocks....
Cheryl got the quilt top all together just recently and it looks wonderful!
I love it! It made my heart happy to see it. Thanks Cheryl for giving me permisssion to share your lovely work. Cheryl has a  blog too and if you click on her name above you can visit her.
Well folks! Back to my quilting hoop for me! Have a lovely day.
Blessings Michelle xxx

19 comments:

  1. Enjoyed accompanying you to the park and along memory lane. Those reindeers are mighty cute. Do we have to start thinking about Christmas?

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  2. Love your little cushion. So cute. Cheryl's quilt is beautiful. Hugs, xx

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  3. Your first design was - and still is - lovely Michelle - and oh my gosh, I love your reindeer too!

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  4. Your projects are all so amazing Michelle....wow....

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  5. What a pretty first project! No, I'm not ready to think about Christmas yet....there's too much to do between now and then! I believe some councils are thinking of banning 'bootcampers' because they take over parks and use them as a free outdoor gym, to the detriment of other users.

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  6. I love your first design - simple but says it all. Quilting is a slow process so we cant expect it to be done in a day...

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  7. Your first design is lovely as has been said. You are very clever. Love the reindeers.

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  8. No, your quilting will never be boring.
    It is great to see some early designs to see the beginnings and also to see how far you have come.
    Cheryl's work is lovely!

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  9. Your first little design is lovely, anything with pretty china has lasting appeal!! Cheryl is doing a fantastic job with the Christmas quilt. xx

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  10. lovely walk... and keep on with your quilting... it's going to be lovely... I love your 'first ever'... so fun to have it... Cheryl's reindeer are just gorgoues... such fun expressions...
    Hugz

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  11. The reindeers are sweet. The whole quilt looks really lovely.
    And so does your walk in the park. It has been cold and dreary with lots of rain for what seems like forever, but is really only a few days. So I am a bit jealous of your sunny day!

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  12. Loved the walk in the park. The reindeers are so cute and Cheryl's quilt looks fabulous !

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  13. As much as I love hand quilting, it is a long labour of love. I'm sure your quilt will be even more lovely when it's finished. Cheryll has done amazing work with your design.

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  14. I just love those little reindeers and that goegeous neutral tones quilt.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your first design , I love it and it is obvious you had plenty of talent then as you do now . Cheryll did a fantastic job on your design , lovely quilt .

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  16. Have a wonderful day too, my sweet friend

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  17. Some projects do seem to take an extraordinarily long time to finish don't they? Your hand quilting is going to be lovely on that quilt and is going to make it ultra special.

    Like you, I enjoy looking back at my old projects - it shows me how far Ive come and how many skills I've mastered . Some of my early work was woeful but at the time I thought I was a quilting genius!

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  18. Loved seeing your first design Michelle and yes, you've refined things but you can still see "you" in that design. Thankyou for sharing my DRL - I am so happy with it - it's a wonderful design, and couldn't have done it without you dear friend

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  19. Loved seeing your first design Michelle and yes, you've refined things but you can still see "you" in that design. Thankyou for sharing my DRL - I am so happy with it - it's a wonderful design, and couldn't have done it without you dear friend

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