Last Friday I packed some sewing and headed out of town to spend the day at Heather's.
It had been about 7 or 8 weeks since we'd last caught up face to face due to puppies, spring colds, school holiday child-minding and work...but once we're face to face over a hot cuppa it's as though our last catch up was only yesterday. Isn't it a blessing to have a friend like that?
Heather's daughter (and another of my close and treasured handful of friends) is Barb, and as it was her day off work she was visiting too so all three of us spent the day laughing, chatting, sewing and eating - Heather is an awesome cook!
I can't show you what were stitching at the time because Heather is working on a design of her own for Christmas which you'll see soon (check her blog HERE regularly) and I was working on a new Club pattern for November - but I can show you what Heather made using four of my blocks from The Christmas Wreath!
It's gobsmackingly gorgeous...
I'm so glad she used the blocks completely different to my wreath because it shows how versatile they are.
Has Heather's table runner given you a fresh idea on how to use/display The Christmas Wreath blocks?
(the first five blocks are HERE as free downloads until October 31st - final block next Monday)
Yesterday Heather dropped by my house for a few hours between errands in town, and I showed her a new design I'm working on as a freebie to share later this week.
"Free To Be Me" will become a stitchery you can make as a gift for those you know and love who have been through, or are currently facing, breast cancer. Heather was keen to get stitching on this too so she chose a skein of thread and needle while I traced it up for her on hanky linen.
As we stitched through the morning we chatted about how very blessed we are.
We realised that the trials we both face in life may seem big to us, yet in reality some of them can be let go of and others can be calmly accepted and walked through over the course of life.
This means when we come up against the true biggies we will have a greater internal and emotional strength to draw from.
I'm going to ponder this more in coming months because I sense there's a wonderful unburdening waiting to happen by examining the depth of what a true trial is, and what's simply a bump in the road.
Here's a couple of sneak peeks of "Free To Be Me" in variegated pink on cream hanky linen as I was stitching yesterday...
The plan is to finish it today and have the pattern ready for you late Thursday.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the idea to offer a free stitchery to support this cause was prompted by a slightly different request over the weekend from Kerry Smith and her sewing group here in Townsville.
I thank the Lord for all these design 'nudges' because they allow me to use the gift of creativity He gave me as a blessing for others.
Drop by late Thursday to grab the pattern, ok?