I tried to start a blog ages ago, but Ms. Technology couldn't figure it out. And, besides there's the time issue thingie, plus, who wants to read about what someone else is doing? Well, I do - I can get lost for hours reading someone else's blog!
So my first post is about the Heart Swap for Crazy Quilting for Newbies, the Yahoo group I just joined (more about that later). The swap hostess, Sue, posted that the swap was at the deadline, but she would hold the swap open for a day or so if anyone else wanted to join. Well, I don't have enough to do, so I joined the swap, and got busy sewing. Here is my heart:
This is an Ermine stitch and French knots at the top left of the block. Don't ask me how long this took...for-freaking-evah! The Ermine stitch is just a straight stitch with two side cross stitches, but the challenge is in making those cross stitches even.
My very first stitches on a block!
And here she is with a Herringbone stitch and pretty red beads at the top of each stitch. You can barely see it, but I'm very pleased with this so far. This block is begging for some pretty silk ribbon roses, which I just didn't have time to do, but when I get it back, I'll put some on. Off this goes in the post tomorrow to Sue and she will swap it out for someone else's block for me to work on. How fun is this?
And before I go to bed, here's the current postcard for a swap for another Yahoo group, Artsnthemail. We make fabric postcards, little pieces of art that go through the mail like a postcard. We're doing an alphabet series, and this is "F is for Folded Fabric." I got the idea from the book "Folded Fabric Elegance" by Rami Kim. The fabric is pearlized with metallic paint and it is just so pretty - I almost didn't want to use it! This is my favorite card so far, but I have a fabulous idea for G and I 'spect that one is going to be my new favorite.