Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Pictures Galore

Remember all that stitching I was doing a few weeks ago and no pictures to share??? Well, I just received word that two of my exchange gifts were received. Quite a relief too, they had such a long way to travel!

First, here's the needlebook and fob that I stitched for the SBEBB Needlework Smalls exchange. I selected this design because having made one for myself earlier this year, I knew that I could finish it and would not run into any problems. Design is from Cindy Valentine and it's called Apricot Elegance. Katrina in New Zealand was the recipient of this exchange:





Second, and one of my personal favorites, is the Autumn Quaker exchange for the SBEBB. Our theme was pink to recognize breast cancer awareness. I stitched the pink quaker medallion and mounted it to the top of a box that I purchased at Michaels, painted the coordinating stripes and lined it with pink ribbon fabric. This was my first attempt at this type of finish and I'm really happy with how it turned out. BTW, the quaker design is from the Beatrix Potter Sampler. This one went to CathyMK in Australia!



Finally, thanks for all your nice comments about the bookmarks. I don't have the printed pattern, I'm just basing the design off of a bookmark I had purchased at a craft boutique last year.

Our EGA chapter is stitching these bookmarks for adults who are learning English. In many of the literacy programs, the children receive rewards for the progress they make, but the adults don't always receive things. These bookmarks are going to be given to them to encourage them to continue reading and learning English. Many of them are Somali and Hmong immigrants who are trying to adapt to a whole new way of life. I think the bookmarks will acknowledge their progress and help them to feel welcome! Our deadline for submission was extended until January...is anyone out there interested in stitching a bookmark and contributing? If you send me an email at tadten at msn dot com, I will send you my address and would be happy to collect and submit on your behalf! With the date extension I know that I will be able to stitch more.

Well, I've rambled on long enough today. Have a good one. Thanks for stopping by!

22 comments:

Isabelle said...

Goodness, Cathy, your exchanges are both exquisite! What amazing pieces to receive. I am definitely adding the Apricot Elegance set to my list now. You really put a lot of effort and care into those exchanges!

BeckySC said...

My friend, you did an amazing job with both exchanges! They are gorgeous :) Congratulations to you :)

Have a wonderful day :)
hugs :)

bunnyhead said...

I have been drooling over both those pieces on Katrina and Cathy's blogs all morning. They are both so pretty and beautifully finished.

lena-lou said...

I came to you from Katrina's blog as I must say that what you stitched for her is stunning and I just LOVE it, you have done it beautifully!! I also think the pink quaker one is lovely too....but Apricot Elegance has stolen the show for me... :-)) Well done you!!

Barbara said...

Cathy, your exchanges are truly breathtaking!! Your recipients must've been speechless!!! They are gorgeous - and you're so generous!

Thanks for the extra explanation on the bookmarks. I'll see what I can do! :)

Susimac said...

Your excahnges are stunning, really awesome. WOW!! Really eye candy for a stitcher and so useful too.

Jenna said...

You did your usual gorgeous job in stitching and finishing both of those exchanges. VERY well done! I am in awe of your skills. :)

Sue said...

Just lovely needlecase and scissor fob, and that box!! What great stitching AND finishing.

Nicki said...

Both beautiful exchanges! Congratulations! They're both gorgeous but I love the pink quaker box best - it's really special :)

Katrina said...

I agree with all previous comments Cathy, your stitching is just beautiful and once again, thanks for the gorgeouse needlecase and fob. the Quaker exchange piece is also fantastic! Have a great rest of the week :)

AnneS said...

WOW to both of your exchanges - they're exquisite! You really do do the most amazing stitching and finishing ... the pink box is just stunning ... I'll finish how I started ... WOW!!! :D

Anonymous said...

What stunning finishes!

Anonymous said...

Both pieces are just stunning. Your recipients are so lucky!

Cindy said...

Wow, you done such fantastic work on both of those exchanges! I am sure that the ones who received them are thrilled to pieces!!!!!

Sharon said...

Wow, what absolutely beautiful exchanges-my fave by far is the Quaker exhange-it's just fabulous!

Melissa said...

Amazing finishes, Cathy!! I know Katrina and Cathy will treasure them. :-)

Cindy said...

Love all the two exchanges you have done. They are simply beautiful!

Von said...

Cathy, once again you've inspired us all with your marvelous exchange pieces! Such attention to detail - you are talented, that's all there is to it! :D

Anonymous said...

woaw I love everything ... the box is lovely !!
hugs
argone
http://argone.over-blog.com

Lelia said...

FABULOUS! Totally gobsmacked by your talents. The stitching AND finishing are awesome. Job well done GF :D

I would have been stressing their long journey -- delighted they arrived to their new stitching owners.

What an inspiration. WOOT.

pascale b said...

your pink box is very nice !!!! I love it !!!!

Anita said...

wow, I love your exchange pieces.
You have great tastes in selecting the themes and great finishing. I love the box and how it turned out. You are so talented.