Friday, January 23, 2009

Old friends.....

During the cold month of January, it seems my needle and thread are old friends. I know many of my stitching and quilting friends feel the same. So I wrap up in a warm afghan that my mother knitted for me in the evenings and stitch each evening. After having spent the day with Carolien which you can read about here, I decided last night to finish the second of my two latest blocks from the Centennial Sampler. I had not quite finished while she was here. I then worked on my ABC sampler and will show you my progress soon.

I am displaying them here with some wonderful gifts that Carolien brought me ~ two wooden spools and two wooden thread winders. I love them and want to once again say a big thank you to Carolien for her thoughtfulness.


I have another Believe ornament finish to share with you. This ornament was stitched and sewn by Letty. Isn't the trim she used for the hanger just so country vintage? You did a wonderful job Letty and thank you for sharing your finish.


17 comments:

Brigitte said...

Heidi, I feel the same about the old friends. Needle and thread either for quilting of for stitching just make me relax and feel good, no matter what happened before.

I love the new blocks you finsihed, particularly the red fabrics you used. And the new Believe ornament looks great.

Pondside said...

Such a cosy post, Heidi.
The blocks are very pretty - but I'm looking forward to seeing he ABC sampler progress - I love samplers!

angelasweby said...

Heidi,
Your new blocks are really lovely. Quilting and stitching are such a lovely hobbies for the days when you just want to snuggle down and relax.

It's ironic isn't it two pastimes which once would have been thought of as tedious hard work involving long hours , namely, quilting, which started off as a vital necessity to keep a family warm and made from any useful scrap that was to be had and cross stitch which a way of learning neat sewing and repairing techniques so poor young girls could find employment have now become wonderful pastimes which we specially buy wonderful fabric and threads for :>)
My thought for the day...haha!
Hugs, Angela

Nancy said...

I am talking to you on Skype, and I said I like the red block. You told me you did that one because of me. It is called Aircraft in the book and because I fly to you, you did it. AHHHHHH, that is so nice. Thank you.
It is great that you and Carolien got together again but, without me, her apple pie, your high tea. Hummmmmmmmmmm.
Love you, Mom

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi,

You finished your block! It looks great.
Have a nice weekend, dear friend!
Groeten aan Jos en hugs for you,

Carolien

Carolien said...

P.S. The girls and André loved your scones too! Thanks again!

Bye, Carolien

mainely stitching said...

Stitching and winter weather certainly do go hand-in-hand. Or perhaps I should say, "hand-in-glove"! Brr!

Wonderful quilting and lovely gifts - and the latest example of your pattern is also a beauty!

Wilma said...

Erg mooie blokken!!!

Elizabethd said...

I loved reading about your tea for two, wish I was nearer!

Linda said...

I like both your blocks and I'm looking forward to sampler pictures. The wooden thread winders are neat...hugs, Linda

Margaret said...

What a lovely warm post Heidi.

Your quilt blocks are so pretty. Love the colors.

The Believe ornaments look great. Isn't it special to see your designs displayed by other stitchers?

anneke said...

Love the quiltblocks you made! And the gifts from Carolien are pretty too. Isn't it great to work together, and wintertime is ideal for these occasions.

DonnaTN said...

Heidi,
Your new squares are lovely as are the wooden spools and tread winders. Stitching is a relaxing pass time for me. One Sunday afternoon was not in a Sunday afternoon frame of mind. I had several Mill Hill kits with the threads and beads that needed sorting out and I spent about an hour separating and organizing the beads. I was amazed how peaceful I began to feel after just a few minutes of "playing." Stitching is a wonderful hobby.

Sonja said...

Heidi, keep on quilting like this! It lookes lovely. And most of all: keep on blogging like you do. It is always fun to see what you are making.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Love it all - always a inspiration when I stop by to visit.

Hugs - karen

Solstitches said...

Both blocks are beautiful - it would be hard to choose a favourite.
I read on Carolien's blog how she enjoyed the special tea you put on for her. What lovely gifts she brought for you.

Lucy said...

love your new blocks Heidi!