Friday I got a visit from Kim and Nedra - both very dear friends. We chatted and had a sweet time together talking quilts and life.Nedra came bearing gifts. These needles are from Superior Thread. They are titanium needles and Kim and I were both really happy to get them. Nedra is an educator for Superior Thread and it was exciting to hear her plans. The needles are on top of fabric. But staged this way it makes the fabric look like packets of seeds or labels. They all look like pieces on top of each other. But no, the red cherry stuff is fabric. Cute huh. Fussy cutting for the future. Thanks Nedra.
I showed them my finished quilt from Jane's Rainbow Swap. It is back from the quilter and all bound now.
No label yet. But that is coming. Really. I haven't washed it yet either. But I'm very happy with it. My kids were surprised to see me with a more traditional quilt and I had to explain to them that I only made one of the 9 blocks.
The border is cheater fabric. Nedra and Kim had thought I pieced it. NO WAY.
I finished my swap blocks for Jane's Halloween Swap, complete with Freda's Hive label on the front of the Halloween Cottages. All that is left is a trip to the post office. I wanted to get them done before I go on vacation.I had plans to try to get some shop hopping done but it just didn't happen. For really great reports and pictures of shop hop see Kim and Nedra's blogs. Kim even had a giveaway. They were troopers and went to most of the 15+ stores. I'm so pitifully behind on things (like email and blog hopping) that I couldn't begin to think about shopping. But! I did get to Broadbent's. It was fun to see my friends that work there dressed up and in vintage hats. They were an "antique store" complete with antique quilt displays and 20% off the reproduction fabrics. Flora has a new quilt displayed inspired from Fiesta Ware colors that is absolutely a knock out. And their Shop Hop Quilt was amazing. I got this pattern above to make dish towels while I'm on vacation in a couple weeks.
I also got some fat quarters for 2 projects. Heaven knows when I'll get to them but they are on my list!
I had also been meaning to get these perfect circle templates. I am excited to have them as they would have come in handy on many past projects so I know I'll use them the next time I need a circle.
I am very organized with posts for the week. I have my photos all loaded on Blogger for the coming week. So I feel like I'm ahead of the game in that department. Lets see if I can get caught up on what many of you are doing and get to my overloaded in-box.