Most importantly, and most entertaining, has been my obsessive monitoring & participation of the DQS8 Flickr pool. I have to work very hard to make sure this doesn't become a massive time sink! The quality of work coming out of this group of quilters is incredible and I am really in awe of the original ideas, beautiful colours and just plain fun that everyone is having. I've met some great new online friends, too! I have done some work on my partner's quilt using my own drawing as a template for an applique. The peanut gallery (B, T, D, sister in law, Gathered Threads) have all heartily approved of my design, so now I just need to get on with it. Here's a wee peek ~
On Friday, the Gathered Threads were over for our regular morning stitch followed by lunch, a visit a rug-hooking show AND turbo shopping at local stitchery shop Dick & Jane in West Vancouver. It was lovely to have one of our "Snowbirds"* back home for a few days...Barbara returned from rainy California and was able to join us. Sharon brought the most beautiful little wool project along to stitch - this is the outside of a needle case.
Sharon does beautiful handwork - check out all of the sweet embellishments: beads, yarn couching, embroidery stitches....this is a pattern from the Oct.2009 American Patchwork & Quilting mag.
*for my Euro-visitors...are you familiar with the term Snowbirds? We use it when referring to Canadians who spend their winter months in the south...do you also have a word for people who flock to Spain, Portugal or Greece in wintertime?