Monday, March 22, 2010

Projects Revealed

I've mentioned recently that I've been working on some secret projects and now I can reveal a few of them! It's been really nice to take a break now and then from Squash House projects and work on these, and between Miss Sophie and the handwork, my lap is never empty in the evenings!

Below is a table runner I made for my friend,
Stephanie. Since I forgot to take a picture before sending it off, Stephanie was kind enough to do that for me! I am amazed at how nicely it coordinates with her refurbished kitchen queen in her brand new workspace!

In the package I also included a little Easter treat! I found the pattern here while ordering some of Sherri's patterns. If you decide to make it, let me know as there are a couple of "adjustments" that need to be made as I discovered while making it. You can get two bags out of two fat quarters and they go really fast - lots of time to make one or two or more before Easter! I also included an embroidered tea towel, and again forgot to get a photo, but I'm sure you can hop on over to Loft Creations today and see it all.
Saturday was my friend, Ulla's birthday! I began making the runner below as part of Stephanie's "No Strings Attached" challenge. As it evolved, I knew who it would be perfect for - Ulla! She and Mr. K. live through very long and harsh winters in Finland, and I knew the bright, cheery colors in this would help lift their spirits as the days get longer and warmer! I also tried a new way of quilting - little freehad swirls! For never having done this and not having a defined plan when I started, I must say it turned out really well!


I also included this embroidered tea towel in Ulla's package! It's from a Crabapple Hill pattern by Meg Hawkey. One year at the Sew Expo I purchased quite a few tea towels and lots of trim knowing that when we retired they would make great hand-embroidery projects! And I love nothing more than working on this sort of thing in the evenings, while watching tv with Mr. Squash!
Would you believe I'm working on more secret projects? They are a lot of fun and I enjoy sharing with my wonderful blog friends all over the world!

Mr. Squash and I have also just completed a major project. Stay tuned as I will reveal it in a day or two!

25 comments:

Stephanie said...

My new runner is beautiful with the cabinet. :o) I know Ulla loved her runner too. Your stitching pattern is perfect. I know these were gifts from the heart.

Kay said...

Beautiful quilting on those runners, Candace.

Cindy said...

I had visited Stephanie this morning and already commented on wonderful the taberunner is. Candace, you are too kind. Such a beautiful tablerunner for such a dear, kind person.

And I'm sure Ulla is just as pleased and overjoyed at her thoughtful gift.

Treasures.........from a treasure.

Linda said...

Love love love the runner you made for Stephanie, and the string runner is adorable as is the tea towel and little bag. Terrific secrets well kept.

Carrie P. said...

Wow, Candace, you have been making some fabulous secret projects. I just came from Stephanie's blog. The table runner is so her.
I really like the quilting you did on Ulla's runner. Great job.
The towels are so sweet too. I know they will both treasure them for years to come.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hey, me too! Secret secrets. It is fun to have a reveal. Your projects are darling. Love them. Good good work.

Darlene said...

The runner is wonderful - it's perfect with Stephanie's cabinet. Giving is so much fun - way to go, Candace.

Ulla said...

I've just come back from Stephanie's blog, and I'm sure she loved her gifts as much as I loved mine. I can hardly believe you had never done the freehand stitching swirls before; they are just perfect.
Thank you and Mr. Squash once again from both of us!

onlymehere said...

You're teasing us about the new project but I'm loving it! I'm excited to see what you've done. Love the table runner and the bag is too dang cute too.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I was just on Stephanies's blog. I love your runner, love the colors and the half flowers. You are right it fits so well in her home. I know how happy we feel when we do and give something to someone for no other reason than to say "thought of you"
You have wonderful taste in color and fabrics, love the no strings project and the quilting, stunning!!

Carol said...

Love that swirly quilting on the runner. I clicked and enlarged the picture to follow the design as I want to try it. Also have printed off the little bag instructions to make. Would appreciate the little hints you mentioned that would help in construction.

Linda B said...

The runners are beautiful. And your swirling quilting is very nice! I don't know if I will ever get beyond geometric quilting.

Beth said...

I love that table runner, was it a kit or is there a pattern? I love that fabric!

Libby said...

What delicious treats - you've made some mailboxes (and people, too) very happy *s*

pratima said...

The table runner is so gorgeous!I love your color and fabric choices... very subtle yet very stunning!
The string runner is very pretty...
Such a thoughtful and sweet present! The strawberries and cherries on the tea towels are adorable :)

Karen said...

The table runner is very pretty. And so is the embroidered tea towel. Embroidery seems to have made a comeback. I am doing a little myself.

Kim said...

Lovely gifts received by friends and more to come ~ whew! Yes I can believe that you are working on more secret projects. :-D Now that you've settled in your new home you area a whirlwind of creativity. Plenty of baking and fun outings with friends, too. This is what retirement is supposed to be like. Wonderful!

Quilt Hollow said...

Superb job Candice! I love your swirls!! True treasures!!

Jackie said...

Both projects are just wonderful! I LOVE your swirls and they're perfect to offset the straight lines of the table runner. Can't wait to see what you and Mr. Squash have been working on.

Barb said...

Love it all....!!

PamKittyMorning said...

Love all the projects. That secret stuff is fun isn't it?

Melanie said...

What lovely things you made for 2 very special ladies. Yor twirley quilting is gorgeous. One day I will be more adventurous. :-)

Sherri said...

Love everything! And Candace, I appreciate your kindness each and every day ...I can always find my rulers now, thanks to your thoughtful gift!

Suzie said...

What lovely gifts you have made for your friends! All the kindness you give will come back to you!

Mary said...

Such pretty tablerunners. There are some lucky receipients out there!