This past week I received a very special parcel! A while back I had joined Helen’s Stitcher’s Angel swap. I made and sent my gift but for some reason never received one back. My Angel (according to her blog) had some personal issues that prevented her from following through. My name was put on a list on Helen’s blog and a very gracious lady became my new Angel! I do not think she has a blog but I know she reads them. Her name is Cristina and she lives in Milan Italy. She sent me the most awesome stitching portfolio (personalized- how cool is that!). Complete with matching button bag and pin cushion. Oh ya and, that’s right I said and, she included an Italian stitching magazine, some gorgeous buttons and rick rack and the cutest little zippers in wonderful spring colors!
Close-up of the portfolio
…and the inside-too cute!
I have already moved my applique and stitchery projects to the portfolio! Thanks so much Cristina! You truly are an angel and made my week with your wonderful gifts!
On Thursday, we had our Guild meeting and since it was the month of February tonight was the judging night for our guilds heart challenge. Unfortunately I had not been to a meeting in a while (life just got in the way) so I only found out about it last month and could not get a finish in time. I will however show it as one of my pattern line once it is finished!
Back to the guild meeting- below are the pics of some wonderfully beautiful show and tells and also some of the heart challenge entries. Our guild has some very truly talented ladies in it!!
This is Barbara’s paper pieced quilt- stunning!
Sue’s Beautiful hand appliqued Baltimore Album- WOW!
Then here some of the heart challenge entries…
…the picture may not reflect it, but this quilt had a lot of texture to it that made you want to touch it to see if it was real or just the fabric- cool!
oh and this quilt is smaller than it looks- about 15 inches probably- such tiny applique and hand quilted! Fabulous!
This quilt was hand quilted and I know for a fact that it was their first quilt! Wow!
…and last but certainly not least…the winner voted by our members
again not bigger than about 15 inches but very intricate hand work- those bullion’s were perfect! The hand quilting- just stunning!
Well I am going to go now but I wanted to leave you with the coolest link that I found while searching through some blog sites. Apparently this guild decided to create a unique exhibit for Breast Cancer Awareness and made a bunch of OOAK quilted bras! Yep, you read it correctly Quilted bras! It is so cool! Some of my faves: the political bra, the nurse bra and being a military wife I loved the support our troops bra. Go and check it out! http://www.quiltersofsc.org/artfullbras/artfullbras.htm%20make-make sure you are doing your self breast examinations!
Hi Cara,>Thanks so much for commenting on my blog about quilt backings. Love all your pictures from your guild, beautiful quilts. That was such a nice thing for your swap angel to do for you, great gifts.>Have a nice night,>~Karen~
Oh I love all of the pictures of the quilts. I found your blog through the siggy block swap. I love your blog.
Oh no Cara, not you too. You had a bad swapper?? Can I ask who it was?? Did you see the list last week on my blog? Seems like many are just accepting pkgs but not sending theirs out. Lucky you had a secret special angel out there. How very nice. >The quilts were so pretty from your guild. Lots of work went into those.
Hey Cara! I too was spoiled by Cristina!! How lucky are we! My Angel swap partner sent a giftie, but the Hungarian postal service lost it – DOH! Isn’t it lovely to find such wonderful, generous people in blogland as our Cristina!! Enjoy your goodies! Bear Hugs! KRIS
a lot of nice quilts, have a great day