I flew to Knoxville, Tennessee on Labor Day, to attend my friend Cindy Blackberg’s seminar ‘Handwork in the Smokies’. This is Cindy’s last year to offer seminars, she has a website, you will be able to order her stamps for hand piecing, patterns, books, notions and stay tuned for a mysterious surprise in 2014! Cindy also has a Blog and a Yahoo Group to keep in touch.
Since I’ve known Cindy for 20 years, I really had to go to her seminar and stitch with her and visit. I got to brush up on embroidery with Cindy, it has been years and years. The name of her quilt design for the seminar is Poke Berry Baskets. See it here: http://cindyblackberg.com/teaching/seminars/
Below is my completed block. Isn’t it pretty! The basket portion is hand pieced.
Poke Berry Basket block from Cindy Blackberg’s seminar.
I also completed the embroidery for two more blocks. 🙂
It was a good week because I read two books, one flying to Knoxville, the second one flying back to Omaha. I was able to finish them due to 3 hour layovers between flights.
Read these two books – I like mysteries and light reading
It was a good stitching week for me, I was able to stitch some more hexi flowers together, I now have 30 of the hexi flowers with added path completed and stacked below. I have 14 more hexi flowers covered and ready to stitch together, need to cover some more path hexis to complete. I will be cutting out some more hexi flowers, this will end up being a larger project than a doll quilt for a change. The perfect take along project for me.
stack of 30 hexi flowers with path, the 14 little bundles of flowers waiting to be sewn, need to cut out and cover more path hexis, I don’t have enough as you can see.
On another note – I’ve been gifted with some beautiful pincushions over the years. I really ‘love’ having a pincushion collection. I do rotate them out, and I do use them, I get to think of the lovely ladies who made them for me.
You can see one of my newest gifts, a hexi flower pincushion in a zink lid, in fall colors – perfect! Life is good in Nebraska.
these are some of my pincushion collection
Hope you have been able to get some stitching in too!
Now, back to work. My Fall handwork retreat is in less than three weeks!