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Friday, October 02, 2015

As promised

This morning we woke up to the realization that summer is over.  It was definitely a 'brrrrr' morning.  I'm in mourning for summer. 

However, in the spirit of the season (at least in this hemisphere) here's a photo of some more progress on my fall pillow cover...

I have added another vine (to the right of the wheat) - just a simple line of whipped backstitch, with bullion & lazy daisy leaves and bead flowers.  There's a new cross-stitched maple leaf, a new seam treatment and some silk ribbon bulrushes.  

And, to continue with the journal series (which, btw, is a re-show of something I created a number of years ago, so isn't new)....

 And, I find myself in possession of a second copy of a book I already have, 

"The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery"
by Judith Baker Montano,
c. 1993

Today your quote is from William Penn... "I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again"    I think, perhaps, we should all make this our personal mantra, especially in light of the horrible loss of life once again in the US.  God bless those who lost their lives and those who are now grieving.  


  1. Love how your pillow is progressing Mary Anne! The bulrushes are beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

  2. Just in the mood for a little present! And thank-you for an always interesting read!

  3. As always your blog is entertaining and thought provoking. Thank you. Blessings

  4. I am in awe of your journal. Each page reveals a more beautiful page than the last!! As for your Fall pillow it is fantastic....can't wait for the final reveal. May we take this lovely quote to heart and see if each day we can extend a little kindness to all whom cross our path. Have a lovely weekend Mary Anne.

  5. I just love your new additions to your pillow. Those beaded flowers are fantastic. Beautiful work.

  6. Autumn is my favourite season as it's full of changing colour, as is your block. There is so much of interest there.
    The bead flowers are just right,the leaf lovely.
    I like the pages of your journal too.
    Judith Montano has done some lovely silk ribbon work over the years.

  7. It will be fun to see this beautiful gardenng journal you created and the journal you are now creating with Suzy's class. Every stitch and element you add to your Fall Pillow is stunning. What a lovely and generous book you are offering to give away. Thank You Dear...

  8. Elizabeth Streeter5:01 AM

    Can understand why you ended up with two of Judith's books theyy are a visual delight as is your journal the pages are lovely and a joy to see thank you for sharing

  9. Don't add me to the give a way...I have decided I don't enjoy ribbon embroidery.
    But I couldn't go away without leaving a comment on your beautiful work. It is so colorful it brought a smile on an early morning.
    xx, Carol

  10. Your project is looking rich with the textures and colors.

  11. Your Fall Pillow will be a wonderful heirloom piece.So much care and thought has gone into this piece.
    Haven't made a gardening journal like this one.Have seen some tutorials for Junk Journals and maybe over the long hot Summer we have here- might be a nice project.

  12. It's sad! Summer has definitely gone.

    Your fall pillow cover is beautiful!

    Lovely journals, too, Mary Anne, so pretty.

    Thank you for the chance to win your lovely book!

    Have a great week!

    Barbara xx

  13. Fall is my favorite season! Your pillow will be beautiful as everything else you make! Thanks for this chance to win this book! I would be thrilled to be the lucky one!

    Anne-Marie (anne.marie.binet at gmail dot com)

  14. It's that time of year to drag out the heavy blankets. I'm loving your fall pillow. The beaded vine is such a beautiful idea.

  15. I love all the Autumn symbols in your pillow: the leaf, the rose hips; they're lovely. Thanks for offering the giveaway book; I've just learnt ribbon embroidery and would like to learn more. Fingers crossed!

  16. Gosh, the fall pillow is looking so wonderful!

  17. you should definitely make more of these journals...


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