Thursday, February 19, 2009

Holy Post!

My mailbox has been quite full the past couple days! In no particular order...

First, a delayed-but-worth-the-wait swap quilt from Cheryl in Florida. The work is gorgeous and she used two of my very favorite colors, green and orange. I need to find a special place for this quilt!

Next, my triptych for the 6-12" mini quilt swap from Chelsea in Washington State. I just love the combination of knitted and quilted textiles. Another work that deserves a special place! I really hope I can get mine out to her before the end of the month!

And finally, a totally unexpected and incredibly generous package from a friend, including hand-painted yarns from Dancing Leaf Farm in Maryland and several knitting, quilting, and news magazines!


I'm heading south tomorrow, then north on Sunday for a short trip. I hope to have some nice photos to share when I'm back!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ystävänpäivä - Vänsdag

Happy Valentine's Day!! Just a little glimpse of marzipan hearts and paper cards from sunny, snowy Vaasa today.

And a beautiful scarf I received as a gift recently...

The Unikko fabric underneath was on sale and too tempting to pass up yesterday. I think my kitchen chairs need to be recovered!

Sunday, February 08, 2009


After a quiet, snowy weekend, I think this little quilt is nearly finished, but it might get a few more buttons and definitely needs a label. (I'm starting to think everything looks better with buttons....) I think it will live in my newly renovated office next to VOTE.

I also finished up these coasters. They're a very belated birthday gift. I'm not sure I know how to make a timely birthday gift! The two color schemes are flag-inspired (this one and this one). I like flags, as you can see here and here and here!

There was a handicraft fair here in Vaasa this weekend and I went a little crazy at the Titityy booth. This Danish yarn is going to become some sort of shawl for my mom later this year. I also started a pair of socks (twice) this weekend, but the intended recipient reads this blog, so no sneak peeks!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Are you sitting down?

I actually sewed today! After a serious post-Christmas (too-early-to-call-it-spring) cleaning this weekend, I sat down at the sewing machine and actually sewed! Back in November, I visited Clare in France while visiting my brother there for his birthday and she was kind enough to share some scraps with me. Here's the work in progress (a late inauguration-inspired piece):

The letters are finished and I think I'll surround them with some of these lovely plaids. Thanks, Clare! Hope the cleaning and organizing is a sign of change in my sewing and posting habits in the month ahead!