Saturday, March 20, 2010

PINK SATURDAY & SPRING IS IN THE AIR!


Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly of How Sweet the Sound. If you go to viist her you can get a list of all the other participants. Thank you Beverly for hosting this fun event.



Today I'm so happy to tell you that spring has finally hit West Virginia. I'm really loving it. Hopefully it is here to stay. If we don't get a late frost then just maybe I'll have some wisteria blooms this year.



Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my post last week. Your kind words mean so much to me.



I had the most wonderful time at my quilt retreat last weekend. It was so nice to get away, relax, stitch with friends and we had some really fabulous meals (and I did not have to cook LOL).

I came home and ended up getting a cold so I did not get on the computer much at all this week.

I'm so sorry I did not get to visit any blogs but I'll be sure to visit you all this week and I'll take a peak at your lasts weeks post too.



Today I have to share with you the projects I did at the retreat. The pic below is the little sample project from my emboridery class.

I still have to quilt the oval's around the outside of it, then I have a vintage oval frame to put it in. I'll be sure to post another pic when it's done.




After the small project I started this larger one. The blue lines here have to be stitiched on yet. This will be a little mini quilt. I finally have the boullion rose stitch down. It was really hard to get it just right.




The pic below is what it will look like finished but of couse I'm doing mine in pinks and pastel colors.

Next I have two patterns that I purchased to work on after this one is complete.


I was thrilled fo finally meet the artist/designer,Martha Offut, of these patterns. She is the most beautiful and interesting person. She has taught classes all over the world. She loved that I did redwork embroidery and she is going to send me a vintage redwork pattern. Can't wait to get that!

Here's a close up of the pattern above.


I love how she adds the quilting with her embroidery.



For my mini workshop on Friday afternoon I took this class where we made a little handbag from a placemat. I used a country look placemat for mine. The handle was made from oxygen tubing with ribbon run through it. I embellished it with a vintage petite point earing and some ribbon. It was fun and took no time at all to make.



I love how the side has the red plaids. I wear alot of plaids in the winter. Love that look!



Spring is starting to show it's face around the farm. Look how pretty my crocus's are! You can see the lemon balm peeking through the ground below it.






Spring has also brought a new critter to the farm. This little beaver has decided to take up residency in the stream out front of our house. Like all critters we welcome him or her!


No problem if he damns up the water, we use this water source to water the veggie garden when we have a dry summer.





Well that is it for my post this week! Thank you so much for stopping by and it was so nice to visit with you.

Blessings to ya! Shirl

26 comments:

Maggie said...

The quilt work is just beautiful!

And though they're not pink, I still LOVE the crocus!

Happy Pinks!

In Shoes We Trust,
Maggie Mae
"Do these shoes Match This Purse?"

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

You are so talented! I cannot imagine the hours and patience you put into your work. I really admire your work. Its so professional looking. There's no price you could even put on those pieces.

Sandra said...

Your embroidery is just beautiful. Would love to see what they look like when you have them completed.

Julie said...

Cute Cute Cute ...Love all your pink...
Happy Pink Saturday
xoxo
Julie

Sherry from Alabama said...

Such a pretty pink Springy post! Hope you are feeling better. Happy Pink Saturday!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

someplace in thyme said...

Good morning Shirley, I can't begin to tell you how gorgeous and beautiful your work is. I don't think I have ever seen a quilt with as much hand work in it, as the one you are showcasing. That is over the top. I think you are a very talented person and can't wait to see your quilt done. It will be priceless.
Of course the critter is too cute for words. How can you not love a beaver? Good idea with the water. I hope he builds a great dam for you to use. Crocus are the first of the year aren't they? We don't have them here, but spring is there, good for you. We will be in summer before we know it and so we have to be grateful for everyday that is gorgeous and warm, not too hot. Take care my friend, I am not doing Pink Saturday this week, too much on my plate to visit so many wonderful bloggers. I do however want to wish you a very Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Mari said...

HELLO AND HAPPY PINKY SATURDAY!!! WOW LOVE ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL ITEMS, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW IT ALL TURNS OUT!!! :p

Tami said...

Hi Shirl..Loved your post today..wow the quilts are fantastic. I love the little purse you made too.
Happy Spring!!
xo Tami

Kelee said...

Hi Shirl!

I love your handwork! This kind of embroidery is a fav for me.

Your little beaver is adorable! i am so happy you welcome her! Have you named her yet?

Happy Pink Day!

love, kelee

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Shirl; I hope you get over your cold quick,,no fun being sick with Spring in the air.. I love all the gorgeous projects you are making... the purse is really pretty...you do such lovely work,, wish I had that talent... Happy Pink Saturday...

Pink Hugs;
Alaura

She'sSewPretty said...

Happy Pink Saturday Shirl!! Your stitcherys are gorgeous! I love making those little bouillon roses too.

Jenny S said...

What a fun post! Happy Pink Saturday! We have a family of beavers down the road and love seeing the little ones almost every spring!

Joyce said...

Love the hand embrodiery. I can't quilt but I admire anyone who can. Beautiful job.
Joyce

Mary said...

You have all kinds of wonderful wildlife around you where you live, Shirl. Love the beaver. You crocus is beautiful and so are all the pretty stitchwork you shared. Happy PS~

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

You do such beautiful work! I used to do this in my high school years but i don't have the time or patience for it anymore, unfortunately!
Debbie

debbie said...

DEAR SHIRL,
HAPPY PINK SATURDAY AND HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING.
FOR OUR FIRST DAY OF SPRING WE RECEIVED 3.5 INCHES OF SNOW, ICE, AND HIGH WINDS BUT ON FRIDAY THE TREE POLLEN WAS 100% AND PEOPLE WERE SNEEZING EVERY WHERE.
I LOVE YOUR WORK SO MUCH...IT IS GORGEOUS AND I LOVE THE PURSE YOU MADE. HOW AWESOME...WE CERTAINLY HAVE LEFT OVER 02 TUBING FROM MY DAUGHTER'S TRACH.
BOY I HOPE ONE DAY I CAN STITCH LIKE YOU.....I USE TO CROSS STITCH VERY COMPLICATED PATTERNS BUT THE DIABETES HAS AFFECTED MY EYES.
I DON'T THINK I TOLD YOU I HAVE STARTED ANOTHER NEW BLOG CALLED SIMPLY DEBBIE. IT IS MY JOURNEY WITH AMY WATCHING OVER ME FROM HEAVEN.
JUST GO TO MY PROFILE PAGE AND YOU WILL FIND IT. I WOULD LOVE YOU TO JOIN WITH ME IN FRIENDSHIP.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello Shirl :) Thank you so much for stopping at my little blog, and for your lovely comment. I so appreciate it! I just love "blogland" I get to me some of the sweetest & nicest ladies, like yourself. You have quite the lovely blog. I'll be sure to come back often to see what wonderful things you have to post :) I've also become a follower too!. Hope your weekend is being a wonderful one! Warmest, Brenda

Lemondrop Marie said...

What lovely spring images, my favorite has to be the beaver! I wear plaid all of the time, especially in winter. Your little bag is so cute!
Happy PS,
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
Spring into Spring giveaway

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Shirl, you are such a gifted gal! I love the new things you are working on!! Adorable tote, too. I hope Bobby is feeling better. I pray for a speedy recovery for him and always for his safety. Give Jen a big hug for me. I miss her!

Love you,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Candi said...

Your work is just beautiful!! The crocus blooming is such a welcome sight. My Amaryllis are starting to shoot up and that excites me.
hugz:)
Candi

Lisa said...

Oh pink and spring! How awesome! I love your sweet purse!
Hugs, Lisa

Marydon Ford said...

G'day Shirl ~

Here are the details for our April gathering ~ RSVP by March 28th, if you please.
Sherry & I am so looking forward to meeting you. I have available (1) bed & the couch if you wish to spend the night ... let me know as soon as possible.

TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

http://www.themtairytavern.com/

April 17th, 12:30PM
Lunch ~ my gift to each of you
Followed by social gathering at my home

Mt. Airy Tavern Restaurant
1001 Twin Arch Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
301-829-3212

Directions to restaurant ~ Rt. 70E from Frederick, Rt. 70W from Baltimore TO Rt. 27N ... approx. 1 1/2 miles north of Rt. 70, @ stop light turn right into the Twin Ridge Shopping Center (Weis grocery & TJ Maxx within)

email me for my address & phone #

Hugs, Marydon

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shirl,

What beautiful embroidery! You are doing a great job! Love that sweet little chick in the top picture.
Happy PS!

Debbie

Charlotte said...

Love your work! My mother would love to meet you. Where in West Vitginia are you located? My husband is from West Hamlin. I am now a follower. Hope to hear from you. Happy Pink Saturday!

A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful quilts! I love your blog banner too!

Gail said...

Beautiful stitchery. I do crazy quilting so I really do appreciate this work and the quilting is beautiful. I love, that pink oil lamp, too.

Happy PS