We know where good intentions are said to lead, but I really had hoped to have a follow-up to my last post written much sooner. Time has a way of getting away from me…it stands still for no man or woman. (Historically it did stand still one time. Does anyone know when?) April swept past without a single post, and May is half over with only one. It was my good intention to post pictures of the crazy quilting things of interest from April and pictures of the beautiful blessings of spring around our home very soon after my last post. I’m crossing my fingers the fruition of this post comes to be quickly.
One thing I wanted to share is the beautiful hearts I received in the past Crazy Quilting for Newbies heart swap. To say I love them is an understatement. The first one pictured was created by Beryl. I adore butterflies and bumblebees. Beryl’s stitching is lovely. Her heart won a spot in mine, and I am so glad it’s mine.
The next heart I’m showcasing was created by Stephanie. I had the pleasure of seeing it in stages as it was created. It was my heart’s desire for it to be mine, but there was no was I was going to ask Lesa to make it so. I did ask God. He even cares about little things like heart swaps. Yes, He does! What a wonderful surprise it was when I opened the envelope the day my hearts arrived to find one of the two hearts Stephanie created. I felt blessed beyond words. Because Stephanie does not have a blog I want to share the other heart she made. (I’m sharing without permission with hopes she won’t mind. Sometimes forgiveness is easier to get than permission…so I will take a chance. I don’t remember who received Stephanie’s second, but I know they were as wowed as I was with mine.
Stephanie’s butterfly heart…it’s mine, mine, mine. :) Is it not beyond gorgeous?
Stephanie’s fan heart…Wow! I understand the fan was constructed of very vintage silk. Exquisite is the word that comes to mind.
Snowballs in Southeast Mississippi are rare any time of the year, but I made two in April. These were crazy quilt snowballs from the snowball fight at Crazy Quilting International. I exchanged snowballs with Kristie and Nicki Lee. Snowballs are a bit of a challenge for me, because the palette is so small. Still I take the challenge when it is issued.
I shared the snowball Nicki Lee sent to me in a past post. It was, as is with all of Nicki’s work, gorgeous. She requested an under the sea theme (UTS). What I did turned out okay, but I didn’t feel like it was anything spectacular. My stash is not very UTS heavy, but I plan on working on that just a bit.
Kristie requested a snowball made from oranges, pinks, turquoise, golds and/or browns. She left the theme up to the stitcher. I guess it goes without saying, I went with pinks and a dragonfly.
The April TAT RR I worked on belonged to Linda. Linda requested a “religious” theme.
Full block with all stitcher’s work to date…
I added a row of sheaf stitch representing wheat, a row of abstract angels, JOY (which should be in every Christian’s heart) and a row of little church houses.
I also added a pretty floral Venice lace motif and stitching.
Last but not least, I worked on Thearica’s block in the ALL THINGS PRETTY RR at World Wide Crazy Quilting. After four block rotations I am finally getting into the swing of working on six-inch blocks. Initially they were a challenge because of the smaller size and the fact that each stitcher in the round robin did one block alone. Thearica’s blocks are all really sweet.
I think that is a wrap. Currently I am working on the last block I will work on in the TAT RR. It belongs to Sue S., and my work should be completed in the next few days. I am trying a technique new to me and am finding it pretty tough on my fingertips. (No, I don’t use a thimble. I lost the only thimble I was able to get used to and have never seen another one like it. All thimbles are not created equally.) I’ve had to give them a rest in between stitching sessions. I’ve also got a couple of World Wide Crazy Quilting Encrusted RR blocks to do angel work on. My May CQJP block is still unconstructed. I’ve selected the fabrics, but finding the time to sit at the machine to put the block together hasn’t happened. In addition, I am mentoring the Color Theory Class at Stitchmap for the first time. Mentoring is a great way to give back what has been given to you.
Speaking of time and it not happening…my time has been consumed with a new puppy. Because our other dogs are older, mature dogs, I had forgotten what an enormous demander of time and energy a puppy is. I do crate train her, so I get a break in between the time she is socializing and exercising to rejuvenate. Meet Bella the newest member of our family…she is an almost ten week old German Shepherd. This picture was taken last Thursday shortly before we left the breeder’s house. Look at the feet on this puppy! Today her ears are much more erect than they were when the picture was taken…and there is no doubt she is bigger. The little stinker weighed 17 1/2 pounds yesterday. Bella is very smart and though she is quite absent of manners, she is learning quickly. I believe she will make a fine dog/companion when she’s settled down and has a bit of training under her belt. AND I plan on surviving the puppy stage.
Okay, that’s a wrap. The pretty spring flowers will have to wait until next time. I might even manage another post before May has slipped past.
Until next time…
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you. Mark 13:5
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