Eyes or no eyes

I had really looked forward to a judge’s comments regarding my quilting techniques on a quilt I had entered in a show a couple of years ago.

With great anticipation when I picked up the quilt, I didn’t wait to tear open the envelope to see what was written as soon as my grubby hands got a hold of the envelope containing the comment sheet. I wanted to improve and do better next time!!!! Instead, all she wrote was “cats need eyes”. I wanted to know what she thought of my piecing, my quilting, and where I could improve overall in quilting techniques…

Over the years, I have made a few quilts with appliqued animals. And I still haven’t added eyes to them:

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I am leaning toward the “no eyes” approach for my latest endeavor appearing in the May Issue of “The Quilter“. I will embroider the legs though. I will reveal how the entire quilt looks sometime in March when it officially comes out in the magazine:

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What do you think? Eyes or no eyes?!

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Needlework “addiction” and Soothing Sweetness

Remember these?

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The end product is one of the quilts shipping out later this week to “The Quilter“. As you can see, I am under a bit of a deadline rush here, but what else is new? :)

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My favorite part is putting the blue and the cream floral prints together. They just look so soothing and sweet placed side by side:

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Switching gear to needlework… I couldn’t pass up needlework patterns that were marked down 75% – especially if they are from “Long Dog Samplers“. Here are my latest acquired patterns:

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I don’t really worry about how I can carve out some extra time to stitch out these beautiful patterns with historical motifs ..because I keep a running list of 150 and more patterns I would like to stitch out before I die! Crazy, yes! A goal destined to fail, yes! But, I sure I hope I am not the only idiosyncratic one out there!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you have a terrific Tuesday! Till next time!

Pleasant Surprise during “Site-seeing” and MORE fabrics

I was doing some “site-seeing”, and decided to check out Quilter’s World‘s website, and guess what I found? They have already featured their February 2009 Issue online, and my dolphin wallhanging is in it! Normally, I get my complimentary magazine copies before the magazines are featured online. But not this time. So, I had no idea the magazines are already on their way out to subscribers!!! So, that was a really nice surprise! Click on the picture to view all the projects featured in the latest issue. I will do a more detailed post on my dolphin wallhanging later when I get the magazine and my quilt back from the editor.

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Meanwhile, guess what came in the mail this morning? More fabrics. That’s right – MORE FABRICS!!! These are from Red Rooster’s Tea Rose Garden Collection. I am having a really fun and cute project featured in The Quilter‘s May 2009 Issue with these fabrics. The May 2009 issue hits the newsstand in March 2009. Stay tuned!

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I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!