Saturday, 3 May 2008

Fair and Square and A Special Quilt

We are all in. The house is unpacked and all my stitching supplies have disappeared into their appropriate spots. This is to spare DH's comments when he sees the amount of stash that has been accumulated. The dust is off the furniture and the mice have been given their eviction notices. The fridge and cupboards are full and the welcome mat is out.

First order of stitching is a thank you. When I am in Arizona I frequent this lovely quilt shop called Log Cabin Quilts. Kim, the owner, called me the day before I left to come and get something she had for me. She made me this lovely door knocker that says. "Do Not Disturb - I'm Sewing". This was the result of a conversation she and I had had. I was touched by her thoughtful gesture. In return, I have made her this little scissor fob since I am a better stitcher than quilter. It was a freebie I saw elswhere on a blog. Since she is not a blog reader, I am able to show it while it is still in transit.Next up is the past Fair and Square exchange. Here are the squares I did for Clare and a photo of the entire package. The pattern is Wisteria Cottage a freebie from Maryse.Below is the package I received in return from Clare. The squares were taken from a Lizzie Kate design. I love the little birdhouse on the signature square. Included were the neatest accessories - a lovely fat quarter of fabric, some varigated floss, a really cool wooden star shaped key ring, a kit for a lighthouse bookmark and some really awesome Harry Potter postcards. It is obvious to me that Clare took the time to find out my likes and to include them in her package. Thank you so much Clare. You can check out her blog from the Fair and Square Exchange.

And a tear jerker to finish it off. Our 11 year old granddaughter Drew made this quilt for her Poppa - my DH. She started in November with the help of her other grandmother and worked until this past weekend to finish it. Since her Poppa is a Frenchman and they are often referred to as "frogs" she wanted a frog fabric. Her grandmother helped her pick the fabrics and colors and then let her work away at it. She was just beaming as she gave it to her Poppa and he had tears in his eyes when she gave it to him!!! We are so very proud of her.
Blog entries I am afraid will be hit and miss again. Computers and anything to do with them have been major issues for me these last few months. This time it is my dialup access. We live in the country and the only option available at this time in dialup. My service is so incredibly slow this year. I have time to stitch an entire piece of needlework by the time some things are downloaded. LOL I am looking into a new provider. In the meantime, I may have to take my computer into town to upload information. Please bear with me as I work this out!!



















11 comments:

Kathy A. said...

For those of you who asked for the name of the threads purchased in Kingston - there is no name on the tag and the three of us who purchased them have no recollection of the name of the dealer that sold them. Sorry!

Kim B said...

What a wonderful little fob! And that quilt is exceptional - such a sweet story to go along with it!!

AnnMcD said...

Great work on your grand daughter's part. No wonder you guys were so touched!

Rowyn said...

Lovely gifts and exchanges. I am so impressed by your grandaughter's quilt - what a sweet thing for her to do. I'm sure it will be treasured.

Barbara said...

Oh my goodness, your granddaughter is a treasure!! I cannot imagine my parents' reactions if one of my kids did something like this!

The Do Not Disturb project from your friend is gorgeous. And I love the fob you made in return. In case anyone is interested, the bird is a freebie found at this site
http://digilander.libero.it/nacabe/

Enjoy a wonderful weekend, and thanks for sharing such lovely pictures and stories!

tkdchick said...

Wow that's too cool what Drew did for Leo!!!

Carol said...

Nice squares for Clare - gotta love those Maryse houses :-)

Suzanne said...

What beautiful gifts and exchange items. What a wonderful gift from your granddaughter. I remember when I crocheted a blanket for my grandfather and how happy he was. I felt very satisfied and pleased with myself that I was able to make him so happy.

staci said...

What a treasure from your granddaughter!!! All of you must be so proud!

Beatrice said...

Well knowing Drew, that project was done with a LOT of love and thought.
She is an amazing girl.
Tell her it is a Gorgeous Quilt!!
N'm so glad you're back!

Cheryl said...

She's 11? Wow, that is impressive! Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift to treasure!
Just emailed you :)