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.
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.
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.
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.
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!