I still managed to pull off some finishes when we got home. Namely, my swap commitment for Potholder Pass 3. I went with some wonky piecing (which my partner likes), some modern prints (also likes) and some wee embroidery. The binding went on and the grommets went in last night after we got home.
Notice Ayumi's silkscreened fabric in there, too? Love it. It was hard to start cutting into my precious sheets of her fun words, but a swap partner deserves a little somethin' special, right?
For this next one, Sandi kindly donated her little cake stitchery....I started these on retreat last week and she happened to have it along in her stash. It goes perfectly with the theme!
Friday was a double-stitch-whammy because the Gathered Threads gathered in the morning and I was able to finish these off (more items for my guild's quilt show boutique).
I've admired these flower pin cushions on Flickr and on various blogs and figured I could probably figure them out. I just sewed a bunch of circles RST on the last night of retreat. Then on the way home in the van, I turned them. Employing a Starbucks straw, I stuffed as much polyfil in there as humanly possible, then stuffed some more! I used 8 wt perle cotton or 6 strands of DMC (depending on the colour) to wrap around and pull taught, creating the petal shapes. I'm sure there several ways to accomplish this...I just sort of wung it and it seemed to work!
Finally, I have BIG news!!! Remember my little feeling sorry for myself moment yesterday? Well, I didn't have to pout for long, because Trish commented on that post to let me know that I WON HER GIVEAWAY!!!! Yippee! Trish has several sweet patterns, visit her lovely Two Peas in a Pod blog and check them out!
I hope you have a fantastic weekend...the sun is trying to come out...there are faint shadows out there for sure. Tomorrow is supposed to be a beaut!