Monday, October 18, 2010

Decorating for Retreat

Rebecca brought the most hilarious pumpkin to retreat last Saturday. Look!

notion pumpkin by Rebecca

Isn't it fantastic?? Rebecca's got some time on her hands, so she didn't stop there. Once on the Better Homes & Gardens Hallowe'en crafting pages online, she spied these little kitties. They would go perfectly with my dead cat on a stick wall hanging.

Kittysticks2 by Rebecca

Adorable pencil toppers made from some recycled wool coats and all displayed in a vase of orange lentils. Genius! Here's a closer look. She did such a great job on these and everyone got a big kick out of her table display.

kitty sticks by Rebecca
Thanks RJ!!

I had a great day on Saturday and got to make a big ol' checkmark against a longstanding item on my TO DO list. Finally complete is the quilt I've been working on sporadically on behalf of a neighbour. Sadly, Kim lost a long battle with ovarian cancer a year ago before she could complete this quilt for her friend. When her parents came to my door with the top, border fabric, black sheet for a backing and asked if I could finish it, I wanted so badly to help out. However, it has taken me way too long to attach two borders and quilt it. I had a really hard time with tension and thread breakage which I think may have been due to the sheet. Much unpicking and re-quilting, a machine tune-up and several tears of frustration later, I'm very happy that I can now return it to them bound and washed. I thought of Kim a lot as I stitched on Saturday....she was only a few years older than me. I will try and get a photo this week because the log cabin setting she chose is really cool and would like you to see it, too.

And now onto the baby quilt commission. Sewing room here I come!


Maggey and Jim said...

Love it all.

Tracey Jacobsen said...

very clever decorations. Good luck on that quilt!

And thank you for finishing that quilt for your friend. :(

felicity said...

Awesome, awesome d├ęcor! Dead Cat on a Stick is...interesting to say the least.

I'm so sorry that you weren't finishing your friend's quilt under better circumstances. :(

Anonymous said...

That is one awesome pumpkin :)
That is so sad about your friend but really wonderful for the family that they now have something lovely of hers thanks to your help xxx

Krista said...

You have such fun guild friends! And fun retreats.

Tiffany said...

The trio of cats is awesome. They look like they've just seen a ghost!

Krista, you finishing your friend's quilt is a beautiful, loving gesture. Her family is sure to cherish it.