Monday, January 12, 2009

A Break for Some Flowers

I took a break from my Cottage CQ bubbles this week-end to make a little floral sample for a class I'll be teaching this spring. I've got lots of work to do to prepare for this teaching debut of mine! So it was good to pull out the bright colors of spring and do some different stitching for a few days....and start thinking about writing up all those hand-outs....

I had some nice sunrises as I worked away....

The fog forms above the river below us...I always love being above the fog (instead of in it, especially in my own head.)

Here is my little sample. It measures 9" X 10".

There are some old friends on here, and a few new ones, too...the primula and the achillea.
That sweet little vintage monogram ribbon in the lower left was a gift from my dear friend Freda. I think I'll be signing all my projects with it from now on. Thanks, Freda!!!

Well, my quiet routine is about to be disrupted by a LOT of traveling. We leave Friday for Mexico, and right after we get home, I turn around and am off again for my annual quilt retreat with 70 other quilters---it is the most wonderful "same time, next year" gathering--at the little YMCA conference center at Point Bonita, California. So my posts are not going to be as regular as they normally are....but I'll pop in a few times between now and the 7th of February.

Meanwhile, I do want to say I am so excited about the interest in the Crazy For Quilts contest being held by the Alliance for American Quilts. I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

12 comments :

Pam Kellogg said...

Oh, how beautiful Allie! I've been wanting to try Brazilwork for 3-D flowers. Just what I need, another technique!

Summerset said...

Pretty! Just the perfect little break from the cottage.

Vicki W said...

Your sampler is really nice! That should be an excellent class. I hope you have two nice breaks. I am sure it will be lovely to be in Mexico away from the winter weather at home.

Judy S. said...

Sunrises, eh? I knew we lived in the wrong part of the state! I love this colorful piece, Allie. Is it really Brazilwork though? Your technique seems to me to achieve a more 3-D look.......very pretty whatever it is!

Anonymous said...

Stunning work! I love the beautiful flowers and while we have not had much snow in downstate Illinois this year, we have had ice-so the flowers are so wonderful to see.

Deb H said...

Such a Sweet piece, Allie. The flowers are a welcome vision this time of year.

It's nice to just think about warm sun & flowers. Have a great time in Mexico!

Thanks for the encouragment on my crazy piece. I am going to have some fun with it. I've been in the mood to go a little crazy lately! Thanks again, Deb

rianammerman said...

What a sweet lil sampler. Have a wonderful time in Mexico (how can you not?). I haven't been south in way too long.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

What a fabulous teaching piece - I wish I were in the class!!

Barbara C said...

What great colors. Your sample really has a Spring feel. It's just lovely.

I'm sure Mexico will give you a good dose of bright colors and flowers. Have a great trip.

Patricia said...

What a nice piece! I love all the flowers as I look out on the snowy fields. Have a wonderful time on your trips, lucky duck! Stay safe,

Pat
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Plays with Needles said...

ooohhhh! So happy and Spring-like. Can't wait...got your check...have a beautiful and safe trip. xoxo Susan

verobirdie said...

I love your little sample very much!
Enjoy yourself as you are away!