The next package to arrive was from another Sue. She signs her name Quilt Sue and her blog is titled Quilt Times. A while back, Sue had admired a quilt top I made and asked about the pattern. I e-mailed her the book name but she was unable to find it. I was done with my book, so I popped it in the mail and sent it to her. I was not expecting anything in return. Much to my surprise, she sent me a table runner, coasters, and a little chicken. The table runner has thread spools as the design and she found the block pattern in the book I sent to her. She used my kind of colors. Browns, rust, & gold for the main colors. All the items co-ordinate. I had visited Sue's blog several days ago and saw that she was sending out some parcels to bloggers with secret items inside. I had no idea that one was for me. I e-mailed Sue earlier today telling her that I was going to send her a Baltimore Album quilt pattern book and maybe she would make me a king size Baltimore Album quilt in return. She says she isn't falling for that. LOL! I have been trying to get someone to make me one for years and I haven't found anyone to take me up on it.
I made another needle/sewing kit following Kaaren's tutorial from her blog. If you remember back a bit, I purchased seven yards of fabric to make the first one. I got a little carried away. This time, I just used stash. I took my completed cross stitch design and framed it with fabric. I adjusted the measurements because this made my outer piece larger than the directions called for.
For the inside, I used some fabric from the Williamsburg line. I thought the blue alphabet sampler fabric was appropriate to use with the cross stitch design from the front of the kit. The rust color fabric and the top blue pocket print are also from that line. I don't know about the blue fabric I used for the lower pocket or for the outside of the kit. I had blue & rust colored wool in my stash that worked for the needle case part and little pin cushion. I found the cross stitch chart as a free pattern here.
I did a little shopping today. My first stop was to the pet store for crushed walnut shells. This is the third bag I have purchased. When I bought the first one, I wondered what I would do with all of it. I bought the smallest bag they had. Well, I made several pin wool pin cushions using this for the stuffing. I gave some to friends for them to make their own cushions. Then I was running low and went back for a second bag. That got used up so I went back for the third. I hope to make some more pin cushions some time soon. I have a little pin cushion collection and also like to give them for gifts.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend and getting lots of sewing done.