Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Stitchery for a Friend!

My dear friend, Carrie, of A Passion for Applique and I have both had issues on and off with elbow pain over the past year or more. Carrie has purposely stayed off the computer for a few weeks now hoping to ease the situation and she's most definitely been missed. We've chatted back and forth across the internet about this for some time now and I most certainly "feel her pain". I decided to make her a little pillow to rest her sore elbow on - something that helped me immensely at my worst. For a while now, I'd been working on a wonderful little stitchery from designer Catherine Baynes in Australia. When I was first buying the embroidery floss for it, I couldn't find one of the variegated threads she had listed. I emailed her and wouldn't you know - she was kind enough to send me some leftover she had - which was just enough!

As I was deciding what to make for Carrie, I thought, why not make this stitchery into a pillow - it's just the right size! Also, Carrie and I are both bird lovers, so I knew she would like this. I looked through my stash and found some coordinating fabrics and went to work! It had been a while since I made my own piping, but with some determination I remembered how - and here is the result!

Here's a peek at the back.


Yesterday we had some friends over for a Memorial Day barbeque! Old fashioned homemade potato salad, homemade baked beans and grilled hamburgers! What a way to begin our first summer in the Squash House! At first the weather was supposed to be beautiful, but the skies kept "weeping" so I prepared for eating both inside and out. I wandered around the yard and picked a few flowers for a little table arrangement - peony, rose, rhododendron, Rose of Sharon, and some little white wisps of something as yet unknown to me!
Then wouldn't you know it - the sun came out! I was so happy to have our first outdoor "soiree"!! Everything was quickly moved outside and it turned out to be a lovely evening and a very nice gathering of friends!


I continue to have wireless and computer problems, so if I don't get back to you right away about anything, please be patient! I've made some more blocks for Winter Wonderland - only 7 more to go and it will be on the design wall! Next post I'll preview some of the blocks.

18 comments:

Stephanie said...

Absolutely beautiful pillow. A lovely gift from one sweet person to another. You have the perfect backyard for summer soirees.

Mary said...

The pillow is wonderful. What a nice gift!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a perfect pillow for Carrie! She will love it Candance.

Sherri said...

Candace...the pillow is absolutely gorgeous...and so perfect for Carrie! I hope you'll make another for yourself too!

Ulla said...

Well done with the pillow piping and embroidery. I like the fisherman next to it, too!
You have the perfect outdoor dinner table, so nice you had good luck with the weather after all.

Karen said...

You certainly did very nice work on the bird stitchery. I like it very much.

Carrie P. said...

And I just love my pillow. You are so thoughtful.
Great patio and such a nice tree to shade the table. Glad your day turned out great.

Mel said...

Such a sweet gift for dear Carrie!

Quilt Hollow said...

Wow...loving the tree shade above the beautiful set table...and ah..an evening outdoors with friends entertaining sounds so wonderful!
Your so thoughtful with the gift to Carrie...well done you!!

Jackie said...

I'm totally loving your backyard!

You did a great job on the pillow. The piping is fantastic and I just adore your fabric selection. I'm sure Carrie will love it!

AnnieO said...

Adorable little stitchery--what a complex and charming design! Lucky friend indeed.

Oh! First patio entertainment event--wonderful that it worked out. I'm sure you'll enjoy many more meals out there.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Candace, the pillow was such a thoughtful and cute gift.
I want to come to your beautiful backyard...

Kaaren said...

I saw the pillow on Carrie's blog and it's just perfect, Candace! What a thoughtful gift.

And your backyard? A veritable oasis for outdoor get-togethers. Just wait til you start harvesting the fruits of your labors from your garden. It'll be even better!

pratima said...

What a sweet and thoughtful gift for your friend, Candace... your stitchery is so so pretty and cheerful!
The flowers from your garden are pretty and perfect for your first garden party :)

Nanna said...

that pillow is absolutly stunning! lot of love went into that! you did a fantastic job! congrats on your 1st garden party!
Helen

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love that pillow. I also love Catherine and all her designs. She's such a sweet gal.
I hope both of you gals and your elbows feel better soon.
Pretty flowers and congrats on your first outdoor party in your new home.
We had two huge Rose Of Sharon trees and we took them both out. They were sprouting new trees all over our yard. Pretty but man ours were a mess. I hope you have better luck.

Stephanie D. said...

Beautiful little pillow! It looks so comfy.

Nice yard for a soiree--and the little bouquet is gorgeous!

ferne said...

That pillow is so precious! What a thoughtful friend you are. I love your yard too, must have been a nice get together. I can't believe it has already been 6 months for you and 8 for me in our new homes. Glad to see we are both happy with our choices and hope we all many more happy memories in our new homes!