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Friday, May 12, 2017

A surprise and seams

This weekend is Mother's Day weekend here (I know it isn't celebrated the same time world-wide).  We are hoping to see #1 son, daughter-in-love and our grandson on Monday but of course our #2 son and his family live way out in British Columbia and seeing them in person won't happen.  The post office just delivered a joint Mother/Father's day gift to our door from our west coast family and when we opened it we discovered a wonderful photo album filled with amazing pictures of our grandson.  I cried and DH was perilously close to it too.  What an amazing gift!  I love flowers as much as anybody but once they're dead you have nothing but the memory, whereas this wonderful photo album is something we can treasure for a lifetime.  Thank you Shawn, Winnie and Theo!!!  I love you!

Isn't he cute?!!!



Now, for a couple more seam treatments for you to play with...


  The above seam looks more complicated than it really is.  Begin with a cretan stitch base (black);  add lazy daisies (green); and then beads (blue).  The flowers in the centre of the design can be done using beads, buttons, or French knots.



This one is done with cross stitches (black) and the rest of the treatment uses simple straight stitches. 

I do hope you find these seam treatments of use for your own creations.  If you do use them, I'd love to see photos!!

- Many of you have probably heard of the current rage - fidget spinners - and HERE is a make-your-own version that would be such fun to make if you happen to like Lego or know someone who does.

- HERE's a cute blanket for a little one.  Or you could make pillows from the different animal patterns.  

- I love the look of stained glass, whether it be real glass or in quilts so I searched out some links to share with you in case you like them too!  Go HERE,  HERE, HERE  and HERE.  

Today your quote is from an anonymous source..."Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you've gained from having one"
Happy Mother's Day!



10 comments:

Kim said...

I would cry too. Such a beautiful gift of your gorgeous Theo. He is so darn adorable! You are a blessed lady, lovely Mary Anne!

Baa. xxx said...

Love the lions, tigers and bears blanket. What a lovely present - a book to treasure - how wonderful!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Happy Mother's Day!! Bet we'll see some of those pics in a future quilt!I can't imagine living across the country from my grands/kids. So glad for you to have one of you kids living near you.

I love stained glass quilts and know that I will make one for sure. I have recently been drooling over Allie Aller's new book ever since I got it.

Have a great weekend.
xx, Carol

Renee said...

What an amazing Mother's/Father's Day gift! I hope you enjoy your visit, too. :) Happy Mother's Day!

Your seam treatments are gorgeous! I hope to find time to stitch soon. I would love to try this one with the Cretan stitch and the flowers out.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Such lovely mail and appreciative grandma! Thanks for the embroidery information. Yes, there are some of us still hand embroidering. Thanks also for the links...lego fidgit and stained glass quilts. I'm also grateful for such.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

What a wonderful present! The album is a treasure for ever! I do enjoy your seam treatments.
Thanks for the links, too.
Happy Mother's Day

Janie said...

What a beautiful gift and yes he's cute!
Great seam embellishments.
Sounds like you had a good Morher's Day.

Createology said...

Such a loving and thoughtful gift for you and hubby. Now you can have them visit every time you pick up this wonderful book. Love the Lego finger spinner. Great links and such a great quote. Happy Mother's Day and beyond...<3

Quinn said...

What a lovely gift! Happy Mother's Day - just a bit late, but you're a mother every day, right?

karen said...

that is such a precious gift and yes...too cute!! I bet you notice a change in him, bless him.