Saturday, May 22, 2010

...and a few more things

Last night was May's Friday Night Sew-In (thanks Heidi and Bobbi for this regularly scheduled pyjama party where we hang out and participate in this virtual stitch group with our fellow bloggy peeps!). We started off this Canadian long weekend (thanks Queen V!) with a family dinner out followed by yummy Gelato & coffee here.

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.

Potholder Pass 3 'cooking'

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!

Potholder Pass 3 cake

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).

pin cushion stack2

flower pin cushions

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!

16 comments:

Amy said...

I love your potholders...especially the top one. I love the way that it is a traditional design but slightly wonky. And the pin cushions are great. You know I will have to try making one now! Congratulations on your giveaway win!

paulette said...

Lucky you!! LUcky me!! I just got an email saying I won a pattern!! So there you go...TWO lucky Canadians out of thousands!!
Paulette

Pat said...

Your pot holders are most beautiful, my dear friend. Thank you for sharing. Happy Quilting!

Jamie said...

Awesome potholders and pincushions! They are so fun to look at!

live a colorful life said...

Love the potholders! And the person who won my giveaway was also from Canada. You guys must be on a roll....

Mrs Moen said...

Love the pot holders, and the pincushion tower is adorable! Looks like you got them just perfect!

XUE said...

Always fun to have cute projects like these for car trips! And also while waiting for kids' lessons to be over. Happy Sunday from Tokyo!

Vivian said...

Lucky you!!!!

And those potholders look fantastic.
Enjoy your holiday weekend, "stay thirsty my friend".

(just had to throw that in, it's a phrase that seems to be sticking here in our house!!!)

Micki said...

Your potholders are wonderful! They are so cute!
Micki

Pauline Perh said...

Love the pot holders colour combination. It's great to sew with a group of friends :)

Run Lori Run said...

Nice work, bright colors, cute embroidery. Great!

Krista said...

Awesome stuff! And who knew those pincushions could be such a great road project?

Ariane said...

I love the potholders. They are gorgeous. The pincushions look great too.

trish said...

Love the potholders! LOVE! Congrats on the mag deal...you'll have to share more info. I'd love to post about it on my blog. So excited for you...feels good, doesn't it? Best wishes for much success!

Berene said...

Oooo! Love the pin cushions too! (Think I recognize some of those fabrics from our Tradex trippie) Can I swing by to choose & reserve one to go with my reserved zippy pouch??? I should bring you some red reserved stickers like they use in the galleries... :)

Mari said...

I am the lucky potholder-owner !! They are so good looking in my kitchen. I have lots of comments on them. I have old scruffy ones that I use, and the nice ones only to look at.
So Poppyprint: Thanks again !
Oh, and by the way; I love all your work. Talented girl!