News, notes & thoughts from the owner of one of NJ's finest quilt shops, Quilting Possibilities located in Forked River. www.quiltingpossibilities.net
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Monday, February 15, 2010
With this "lovely" weather we're having, I've been sitting in my new recliner stitching away. I found these really nice vintage ornments and ordered all 18 for the shop . . . I was going to do a trunk show and then had the wild and crazy thought that I'd just make them and then I'd have my own samples done. Yes, sometimes I am absolutely, positively out of my ever lovin mind. I have one completely finished, the second one stitched but it needs to be sewn into the ornament and today I totally switched gears and stitched a towel with a baby chick and some flowers on it for spring.
I'm beading my ornaments along with stitching them. I like the glitz that beads add. My friend Sandy gave me a button at quilt market one year that says "Easily Distracted By Bright Shiny Objects" - describes me to a "T"! I love the flash & shine of glitz. But as another friend Lauren, says, there's a fine line between flashy and trashy!
I like to stitch. I've done embroidery since I was small. Both my grandmothers did embroidery, my mom's mom switched over to liquid embroidery when her arthritis got too bad - remember liquid embroidery? They stitched table cloths, bureau scarves, doilies and all kinds of linens. I was probably the only freshmen who went to Unity College in the fall of 75' with an embroidered bureau scarf - there's no probably about it, I definitely was. I still have it some thirty years later. It's a little worse for wear but I remember how proud my Nana was of me when I went off to college that year and I think of her every time I use it. This is a picture of Grammy, me (look at that hair!) and Nana at my college graduation. Both were pleased as punch that day and this picture always makes me smile.
I'm hoping that whoever I give these ornaments to, they'll think of me & smile every time they put them on their Christmas tree. They'll make nice memories I hope and isn't that one of the reasons we stitch?