Getting Closer

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I am getting so close to dividing up blocks and it really is quite exciting. I received 3 more exchange participants blocks in the last 2 days. I expect to mail by Friday latest. I do still need to organize and divide. Here are Sandi's marvelous blocks from A Legacy of Stitches. They really are so cute. I love the brick fabric. Her embellishments are darling. The one with the Santa on top is for me! Sandi is a special friend.These are Michele's blocks at Calico Daisy. They are very sweet and made with such care. Michele is very talented and does great work. I've purchased from her Etsy shop and love her work.
Look what Michele sent me. She had a little giveaway on her blog a bit ago and she made me some things. I am definitely going to redo our blog header. I have several ideas and they will include one of her great embroideries.
She sent me these cute gifts above, too. Two are quilt labels and then some bees!! for me to make buttons with. I love the pink ones she made for me too. Thank you Michele!
And here are Karen's blocks. Karen lives about 25 minutes from me and I haven't met her but that could change sometime. Her blocks are darling. She did some applique on the doors and they are all really cute. I love the starry fabric in the background. It almost seems to sparkle with soft snow.
Look at the sweet gifts Karen enclosed. She sent buttons, a candle, beads, ribbon, fabric and earrings! How thoughtful Karen. Thank you. I get a little embarrassed at gifts. But I will enjoy them. The candle smells like a creamsicle. It is heavenly. My sewing room smells so sweet.My Artful Blogging magazine came in the mail. I will save it to enjoy when the blocks are mailed out.

-nanette

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31 comments

Nan said...

I am the first to comment!!! How exciting! I never cease to marvel at the differences in each cottage - they're all wonderful.
I love the embroidery - it is too cute! I haven't seen "Artful Blogging" - I think I NEED that magazine, too!

Sandi said...

I love Karen's blocks and seeing her blocks reminded me that I had a door sign I was planning to applique on the door of the Santa block for you. I'll figure out how to applique it to a little piece of fabric and then get it to you to sew on the door. Trust me, it will work. :-) Can hardly wait to get my blocks in the mail! I am still trying to figure out just what I'll do for a layout but it'll come to me when I see them. :-) Sandi

Catherine said...

What wonderful quilts you all will have with those wonderful cottages!
Ooh -- I've got to look for that magazine to! :-)

Mimi Sue said...

You've been a busy bee. Can't wait to see them all put together. Mimi

Simply This and That said...

love seeing all the cottage blocks! Love the Santa waving out of the chimney! How cute! The front of that magazine has cherries on it! hee. hee. The towels with the embroid. beehive. So very cute. And yes, I could see that as a banner! Way fun! I've not been slurfing for a bit now and it feels good to check in and get caught up! Lots has been going on, that I've been missing out on. ooxx`jodi

Purple and Paisley said...

nice gifts from nice people...=)...and what's the artful blogging magazine? i haven't seen that before...i hope i can find it! p.s. you did a wonderful job on the exchange...

Fiesta said...

Lovely things on your blog as usual. Always so visually appealing. I just started reading that magazine. It is a feast for the eyes.

Jackie said...

The blocks are great, but wow what beautiful embroideries!! How wonderful was that??

Stephanie said...

Such terrific and different cottages. That santa on the chimney with the brick house is a darn cute and clever. I'm going to be like a little kid checking my mail next week.

Lurline's Place said...

So much for the wonderful blocks ... Artful Blogging ... I don't think we have that mag in Oz ... will check at the newsagent!
Hugs ... Lurline!

Valerie said...

Oh I love the santa too. These are so cute. I can't wait to make some cottage blocks.

Nedra said...

I didn't know there was an artful blogging magazine. You introduce so many new ideas to me! Now I'm going to have to hunt it down.

Living on the Spit said...

Thanks for showing these blocks...but now I have to go make some more...I may be addicted to Christmas Cottages.

Has a support group formed yet?

I really do LOVE them.

Marlene

Sherri said...

Next week will be like Christmas when I receive my cottages! I'm going on a shop hop at the end of the week...hopefully I'll find some fun fabrics to put with them!

em's scrapbag said...

This has been so much fun. I can barely wait to get my cottages. Thanks for all your hard work!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

It is so nice to see the cottages, but even better to see how much people care for and know you. How sweet are the girfts for you., and i must get that magazine!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Nanette -- you've been SO busy while I've been gone -- my head is spinning! (Just keeping up with all your fun birthdays would do that LOL!) I've had great fun catching up with you -- it looks like the house swap is coming along beautifully. Super, Super Fun!

Eileen said...

Those new labels are wonderful. I can't wait to see how you work them into your header. :-)

beth at aunties said...

Nanette,

Each and everyone of the blocks are so beautiful and sewn with love. I can't believe all you accomplish with your busy family.
The labels Michelle sent to you look so nice for your quilts and I really liked the 'Freda's Hive gift' you recieved. Your beautiful talents are becoming well known in the quilting world.
I was talking to mom when I read your comment this morning. She said, "I am so glad you have found one of Marie's kids. I love her so much." Even if it through marriage...Please pass this on to Marie, for mom.
Have a Wonderful day.
Beth

Carrie P. said...

I would love to be at your house and see all those things you are getting in the mail. They are all fantastic.

Candace said...

Oh, Nanette, that Santa block with Snoopy in the window is such a treasure...and so many wonderful goodies coming your way - you certainly deserve it! Cheers!

Caesar Beezer The Wonder Dog said...

I always learn something new from your blog...Artful Blogging? Had no idea there was such a thing and I'm sure I need it! I love all the Christmas blocks and can hardly wait for mine to arrive! Your stitched houses are so fun! I've loved seeing all the wonderful gifts you've received too...and I'm SO ashamed that I didn't think to send you something when I mailed my blocks! But...I'm fixing that today! A thank you is on it's way...thanks for doing the exchange and thanks for sharing your great ideas and talents! The Other Nanette

amandajean said...

the little snoopy peeking out of the cottage is soooo cute!

Karen said...

Hey Nanette, this has been just too much fun. They're all the same, but different...Wondering if anyone would be interested in a seasonal cottage exchange???
Thanks again for doing including all of us;) Artful Blogging????? Where did you find that magazine...I have a feeling their sales are about to go up;)

Karen said...

That was supposed to be...Thanks again for doing this and including all of us;)

Melissa said...

Nanette, it was me who won the Sarah Smith first prize! I got it in the mail today!! So fun! I'll post a picture of it on my blog in the next few days!

Pam said...

Wow, these cottage blocks are so cute! Makes me wish I had gotten in on the fun, although I didn't really have time to this year...maybe you will do this next year, too?

yellowfarmhouse said...

It's been so much fun to see everyone's different way of doing the same block. Sweet gifties have come your way because your a sweetie - enjoy them :)

Hugs - karen

Nermal and Kitty said...

Nanette, I go away a couple of days and look at you! when do you ever sleep? Busy girl. I love all the different cottages. so original. But an applique teapot quilt-I think you've lost it! Better get some rest, sweetie. LOL
Nerm

Mel said...

Fun, fun stuff!

Happy Zombie said...

So envious you have the copy of Artful Blogger! My good friend Kathleen is profiled in that issue!