Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lots to blog about.....

First I need to talk about the private exchange I received from Margit. She stitched and finished a wonderful sachet. I just love the smell of it. Then she stitched up a very cute valentine square that I can't wait to finish. Plus she sent a french design: Au Fil des Reves called La Maison Bleue. Can't wait to stitch it. Thank you so much Margit. I truly enjoy our exchanges. I meant to post this sooner, but I have had a very busy week.

This is what I sent to Margit. I stitched the Valentine Bird by Heart in Hand as my square for her and then finished the February Even from The Workbasket into a biscornu.

Here is the whole exchange. I made a small bag for Margit and sent some other goodies.


Then yesterday Cathy B and I went to Stitchers Crossing in Madison Wisconsin to attend a class by Lori Markovic of La D Da. She taught us how to finish a needle book. The class was called Spring Pins and Needles. We did the stitching before the class and then did the finishing in class. This is the finished product. We had a really great time. Weather was terrible on our way to Madison, trip took us 5 1/2 hours to get there and when we arrived the whole class was waiting for us. They asked if we were the girls from Minnesota, and when we said yes they all clapped and cheered. It was funny. We added to our stash and headed back for home. The trip home was so much better, took us a little over 4 hours to get home.

Here is the inside of the needle book.
Here is a picture of Diana, someone Cathy met at a previous stitching class they took Lori, Cathy and myself.

Finally, here is the finish of my Valentine. A little late, but finished!!!

Thanks for visiting.

15 comments:

Katrina said...

Love the exchanges and the Valentine piece, they are all so nice!

The class piece is so neat too. What fun.

Daffycat said...

Shame on you for such enabling! lol Wonderful exchange & wonderful stitching, Joan. That needlebook is so lovely.

Irene said...

Lovely exchange and great finishes.
I love the biscornu.

Laurie said...

Love your finishes! You are so lucky to have classes (sort of) close to you. Great private exchange too-lucky girl!

Suzanne said...

Great exchanges. I love the needlebook, it's a great finish. The Valentines's piece is really cute.

Margit said...

Your stitching and finishes are always beautiful and sooo professional. And lucky me, to have you for a private exchange partner. Thank you very much!!!
Hugs, Margit

Nic said...

There's some wonderful pieces there - you have been busy!

Sherry said...

Everything is lovely and I love the needlebook and design!

Ellen said...

Lovely exchanges. I love your needlebook, beautiful stitching and finishing.

Hugs

StitchinManiac said...

Love the exchange pieces. They're beautiful. And, I'm glad that you and Cathy made it safely to and from your class!

Cindy F. said...

Incredible exchanges! Everything is beautiful!
and wow! you are so lucky to have been in a class with Lori M.!!
Your needlebook is gorgeous!

Brigitte said...

I had already admired your priveta exchange with Margit on her blog. This was certainly a fun exchange for both sides.
I love the little La-D-Da class piece and I perfectly understand that you had to go there no matter what. I would have done the same, lol. Unfortunately there is nothing like that here.
And I love your Valentine finish. It looks gorgeous.

Linen Stitcher said...

I took a class from Lori Markovic before and enjoyed every minute of it! Looks like yours was wonderful as well. Love that needlebook.

Barbeeque4 said...

What super finishes!!!!

Melissa G said...

I love the valentine one...I want the design...in my spare time, I'll stitch it! :)