Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Catching Up - Long Post - Sorry!

I'm back! I was gone for a couple of days. Was fortunate to spend time in historic Red Wing, MN at the beautiful St. James Hotel located on the Mississippi River. Had a relaxing two days even though it was for work-related business.

While I was away, I received the Patriotic Exchange from Vonna! Vonna really spoiled me. Here's a picture of the whole exchange:

This basket will come in handy for displaying smalls. See the two fabric firecrackers that she made? Ribbon for finishing and a flag for decoration (Vonna antiqued it). Vonna included two lovely stitched pieces - the pillow is a design from Brightneedle (I've always wanted to stitch this, now I won't have to!) and the pinkeep is a freebie from Prairie Grove Peddler (cute, don't you think?) Both pieces were stitched on some of Vonna's hand-dyed fabric (the picture doesn't do it justice - the fabric color is really pretty!) Thanks much Vonna - I will enjoy displaying these pieces!

There were nine of us that participated in the Patriotic Exchange - here are pics of all of the designs that were sent out:

Cathy for Becky(page down to June 18 post)
Laurie for Vonna
Carol for Jill
Marie for Joan
Becky for Marie
Joan for Laurie
Jill for Nancy
One more exchange is enroute and should arrive in Carol's mailbox tomorrow! Thanks friends for participating; patriotic designs are some of my favorites!

Okay, on to our next exchange - two of my exchange packages were received while I was away:

Fair and Square #7 for Vonna. I'm sure many of you will recognize this Lizze Kate design!

Finally, Alison C posted that she received the SBEBB ABC exchange that I sent to her. The design is from Carriage House Samplings, it was in a 2005 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Whew! I think that's everything for now! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great evening!


Anonymous said...

Your stitching is gorgeous Cathy! I just wanted to thank you again for the ABC exchange. Sorry that I didn't email you to say I'd received it....I was so excited to post my pics that I plain forgot! Thanks again.

Natasha said...

Lovely items. The squares you recieved are so cute. ANd the items Vonna stitched for you are wonderful!!


Sharon said...

Such gorgeous exchanges!

Hazel said...

Wow gorgeous exchanges. Vonna's stitching is perfect. Love the squares too. xx

Anonymous said...

WOW- neat exchange from Vonna and I love the squares you stitched!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Everything is just lovely Cathy...your squares and your exchange for Alison!
And I'm super happy that you liked my exchange pieces for you...I thought they'd be "you" :)

mainely stitching said...

Oh my gosh, Cathy, I just love it! This was such a neat exchange that you all did - everyone's so creative!! :D

staci said...

A gorgeous exchange from Vonna! And love the squares you sent her as well.

I have that sampler piece bookmarked to start sometime soon ;)

DaisyGirl said...

When is Vonna's birthday? I heard it was close, do you know when it is?

Carol R said...

Gorgeous stitching and finishing

Ruth said...

Welcome home from your adventure. Congrats on those beautiful exhcanges and on all your stunning stitching!

Annemarie said...

Wow, what a lovely picture-filled post! I love the exchange Vonna stitched for you, esp that wee pillow.
Gorgeous squares!

Andrea said...

Some wonderful exchange pieces.

Lelia said...

Very awesome gifts!!! Such a marvelous exchange, Go Vonna : )

Cathy, your F&S exchange + ABC exchange pieces are beautiful!!!

Now, I'll enjoy heading over to see the other exchange projects from links in your post : )

Enjoy the week-end

CJ in OK ;-) said...

All of this was great both the received and the gifted items. Vonna's Brightneedle design is one I will have to track down. Happy Stitching, CJ

Kathy said...

Awesome exchanges. You girls sure get a lot of stitching done.