Monday, April 17, 2006

My Quaker Exchange for Becky

First of all, thank you for your comments to my "dilemma". I appreciate your honesty. Knowing that others have experienced this too makes me feel better. I think I've decided to start over - I'd like to do it on 36 count with one strand of floss over two - I'm going to check my fabric stash first.

Last week you saw that I received my Quaker Exchange from Becky. Coincidentally, I also had Becky's name and so I was stitching my gift for her! I was a tad bit nervous - not only was the first time I had ever stitched a Quaker motif, but it would also be the first time I had tried one of the required finishes. My motif was taken from the Beatrix Potter Sampler (which I had purchased a few weeks ago after seeing it on several blogs). This particular motif had "bees" incorporated in the design (appropriate for Becky - don't you think?)

We were to use purple fabric - I chose lavender bliss (32 ct Belfast) and use purple or yellow threads. I broke the rules a little bit - when I saw this Needle Necessities overdyed it was perfect for the fabric, so you'll see some pink, green and blue too. (Hopefully Becky will get a better picture of it - the fabric looks pink in my photos!)

We could finish as a scissors fob, needle book or a pinkeep. The design was too big for a scissors fob, so I decided to take a shot at the pinkeep. I followed Karen's directions posted on the SBEBB and they were quite easy to follow. I was quite pleased with my final project and Becky indicated that she was delighted with it!





(Becky- there's one pattern in this photo that you didn't receive because it didn't fit in the box. It's coming to you later this month!)

13 comments:

~Harsha~ said...

That is lovely.. Becky will treasure it always!

Barbara said...

What a beautiful exchange gift for Becky, and so appropriate for her, too!! Love that overdyed floss!

Isabelle said...

How lovely! You really did a great job :)

Kiwi Jo said...

WOW!!!!!!!

Lili said...

How lovely and thoughtful! Well done, Cathy!
One thread of floss over two threads of fabric will be so delicate! Great idea!
Hugs!

Lelia said...

Cathy - how excellent : ) I'm sure Becky is thrilled with the exchange.

Nice 'extras' too. Job well done.

laurie said...

What a lovely pinkeep. Becky is one lucky gal.

Von said...

Just a gorgeous gift for our Becky!! With lots of other great stuff too - good job Cathy!
I think you're going to be much happier in the long run redoing the project.

KarenV said...

Cathy, I was admiring your pinkeep on Becky's blog earlier. You did a beautiful job, it's really pretty. Glad my instructions were helpful :)

Bine said...

Your pinkeep looks lovely!!!! I wish I could do such a wonderful finish.

Stitching the sampler gameboard with one over two will be fantastic. I wish I had decided to do it that way as well. But I'm not brave enough to restart mine :-(

Chelle said...

The exchange is beautiful! You did a great job.

BeckySC said...

Hello friend!
It is one of my most favorite exchanges! Thank you so much-I LOVE it!

hugs :)

Jenna said...

You did a really beautiful job on the pinkeep, Cathy! It turned out truly lovely.

As far as your dilemma, I think most of us hit that kind of wall sooner or later, especially on larger projects. In fact, I was just thinking today of scrapping one project entirely! It wasn't my style and it was an impulse mystery SAL I started a while ago. There's no point in stitching something you won't enjoy! :)