Do you remember I won Jodie's giveaway at her Ric Rac blog when she posted that amazing selvedge dress a few weeks ago? Well, the prize arrived over the weekend. Look how cute Jodie had it wrapped up.
Well, here is my prize! A beautiful selvedge scarf. It is so pretty and it is lined in velvet. I can't imagine anything it wouldn't go with. I was very excited when I opened the package. Jodie kept it a secret what the actual prize would be but I knew it would be made with selvedge.
It is just in time for cooler weather. And speaking of Jodie, go see that sweet fabric teacup she has made. It is so cute. I love the shape of a teacup. Thank you so much Jodie for the darling scarf. I can't wait to wear it.
The very same day Jodie's prize arrived from Australia I got another package from Australia with Lily, Carolann and Cate's Christmas Cottage blocks. Lily's blog Block-a-Day is one of my favorites. She makes such great things.
Look at the cute pincushion and Christmas tags she included in her package. Thank you so much Lily! They are darling.
Here are Lily's blocks. Look at the gnome and the curtains in the windows. They are really fun.
Here are Cate's blocks. Her fabric and trim are fabulous.
Here are Carolann's blocks. I love the big big dots and she's appliqued a cute heart on the roof! Thank you girls. I love all of them. It is so fun to have more international cottages in our exchange.
Here are Tara's blocks. Tara lives in my area. Her blocks turned out so great. I wish this picture were better. I'm so glad she joined our exchange. The little snowman in the window is so sweet.
Mel's blocks arrived as well. We all know what her blocks look like from her wonderful cottage open house on her blog. They are sewn perfectly and her fabric and trim are adorable. Mel has made a Dear Jane quilt so you know what her technique is like.
I've been working on gifts and fun things this weekend in addition to working on my strawberry quilt. I fussy cut matryoshkas and filled them with lavender to make sachets with a little rick rack or green trim loop on which to hang them. My family thought I was making Christmas ornaments. They would look cute on a tree but I think I would want to fill them with pine scent of some sort. I've also been making kitchen towels from some of my linen/cotton blend Japanese fabrics. I love how they turned out with the fabric binding. I machine stitched the binding instead of hand stitching the back like I would for a quilt and it turned out pretty well. I stitched in the ditch on the front and it caught the binding on the back. And now that you can click my pictures for a close-up you can see it was a success.
You'd think I wouldn't be still making Christmas cottages wouldn't you? Here are my latest above. I think I've made more than 40 now. Some of them are trimmed in this green cotton Christmas braid. It has bees on it (you've got to click the picture - I got the trim on Etsy and I love it). This week Terri and I will mail the cottages off to our exchange participants. There are only a few left to arrive and then we can divide them up and send them out. I've think I've decided how I'm going to arrange my cottage blocks for my quilt. When I get started on it I'll show you, of course.