Sunday, January 10, 2010

finally!

Something to show!

I worked a bit this weekend on my quilt called Paintbox Stars from Thimbleberries. This is the first of 30 blocks. Only 29 to go! :-) Those flying geese took forever. I think I've mentioned in the past that each year a member of my family makes the rest of us something for Christmas. This year it was my brother Marty's turn and he made us all this - a lovely oak cabinet.
I decorated mine today with all my stitching treasures. Most I've done myself but a half dozen or so were gifts either from stitchy friends or from exchanges. I need some taller pieces to round it all out. It sure felt like I had more around the house. I'll have to look some more. I just remembered - I did forget all my tiny Just Nan pieces. I'll have to gather them up and put them in also.


I was so inspired by the chair finishes that I pulled out the chaise (last year's piece) to work on this week on the way to and from work. :-) I've also been stitching away at House #8 and I'll post a photo of that tomorrow or so. The plan was to make it my only stitching project until it was done. Because of it's size, it's really to hard to work on it while I'm on the train. That's why I pulled out something else to work on. It will slow down the completion but I'm still hoping for a January finish since this house isn't one of the biggest and the last one is all words.

And to leave you today a photo of something that almost never happens. Molly and Aoife sleeping together! It was so odd that when Clancy noticed, he put in head right in to investigate.

18 comments:

Kelly said...

I am impressed with your brothers gift. It is beautiful and it is a nice place to display your work. The kids are adorable. I have not done anything today but stitch since about 1. I am making progress on Safari. I will post later.

corinna said...

hooray for your quilt block

piecing blocks just vexes me at every attempt

your brothers gift is fabulous
what a wonderful idea

love all your treasures arrayed in it

Cole said...

Wow, what a beautiful gift! All your treasures look great in it!

Marjo said...

Your pugs are precious all together. I love the cabinet It is a perfect showpiece for all your stitching treasures. Lovely work.

Jackie said...

Your quilt block is wonderful! You must share how you get your points lined up so well. I always struggle with it.

Your brothers gift is just amazing! What a treasure!

Karen said...

Wow, what an awesome gift! And it looks great with your stitching treasures in it.

Okay, gotta ask -- why don't Molly and Aoife sleep together?

~Judy~ said...

What a sweet picture of your pugs sleeping! Love your gift from your brother. How many did he have to make?? It's beautiful!

Margaret said...

Oh I love your quilt block -- the colors are lovely! And that tradition of your family's -- how special is that? I love the cabinet your brother made -- it must be nice to have a woodworker in the family! Love all your needlework displayed there as well! And of course, I love the picture of the 3 pugs! That's so cute that Clancy had to investigate the strange phenomenon of Molly and Aoife sleeping together! lol!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous cabinet Margie and a great display of treasures. Don't your two 'girls' like each other?

Theresa said...

Wow!!! Your brother made that cabinet?! And everyone in your family has one?! Amazing!!!!! All your stitched pieces look wonderful on it!!!

Your quilt block looks so perfect!!!!!!

LOVE the photo of your pugs~

Sharlotte said...

Love the quilt block! I do so love Thimbleberries, don't you? You talked about the flying geese taking forever. I know what you mean. How do you piece yours? Do you do all one side of them , press , then do the other or work on each one 'til it's done? I piece all one side ,trim, press ,then do the other. A trick I learned from a Lynette Jensen book, and works pretty well.

I love that cabinet that your brother made! How lucky you are! I recognize a few of those pieces you have there. I can't see the top, but I think the Nantucket basket is Lorri Birmingham? I have a few of her patterns , but not that basket.I have basket makings that my father gave me. Just haven't gotten that skilled yet!LOL!

Aww..look at those poor tired pups!

Julie M said...

What a wonderful gift from your brother! It looks great with all your little treasures!

Cute pug pic too! My girls rarely sleep next to each other unless it is on me. They fight over that.

Deb said...

What a wonderful gift to receive for your brother. Perfect for displaying all your wonderful things. I saw your chairs and remember that I have those in my stash (gulp). I guess I should pull those out because yours are beautiful. And your quilt block looks great! Can't wait to see the rest of them.

Kathy said...

OMG. That cabinet is simply fabulous! What a marvelous gift. And perfect for displaying your stitched masterpieces. :)

The last photo of your babies is too precious. Love it.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful cabinet - the perfect place to display all your stitching smalls!

Karoline said...

What a great gift from your brother, it is perfect for displaying your treasures.

Cute photo of the pugs:)

KarenV said...

What a beautiful display chest from your brother, how wonderful! I'm chuffed to see the little piece I stitched you sitting in there :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your stitching treasures look great on the cabinet - What a great gift. Your puggies are as sweet as ever.