I love winter. It's the best time of year when you live in the tropics. Cool nights, moderate days, early to bed, snuggly wake-ups to the late arrival of dawn.
And the food. Comfort food. Like this dessert I made tonight...
Blackberry Swirls, hot and inviting, oozing blackberries and sweet purple syrup. Best eaten with fresh custard.
Another comfort is sewing the last stitches down on my binding. Once the pattern is written up I can show you the completed quilt!
Other projects are jostling for my attention as well. A pile of dresden fans consumed Saturday night, but you'll have to wait a while to see where they end up...
And then there is a new Shabby Roses design, complete with a classic green velvet ribbon...
On Wednesday and Thursday last week Mr E and I went away for two days. He was attending a training seminar, which allowed me both days to spend with certain friends. Janelle lives close to me, but as she had no work last week we agreed to meet in Townsville on Wednesday morning and spend the day browsing the op-shops.
I love to 'adopt' stitcheries that have been abandoned, and these were the new babies I brought home.
The first is a cross stitch and I will choose some threads that match and work on this when I have only 10-15 minutes spare during the day. The design is a transfer with only a few stitches made, and it came in the hoop. Even though I never use hoops I will do so with this project.
This stitchery was framed, and cost me $2. I love it, and have it sitting across from my sewing table so I can read it daily...
On the Wednesday night Mr E and I met up again for a restaurant dinner and an overnight motel stay. The next morning he was back to the seminar and I drove down to Ayr to catch up with my gorgeous friend Wendy.
Wendy is slowly recuperating from knee surgery in March, and our wonderful friend Dawn sent her this quilt that had blocks made and posted in by those of us who love our kind Wendy! Dawn had sent out a call for blocks with little messages while Wendy was having surgery, and then she patiently stitched it all together for the special gift that arrived in time for Wendy's birthday last week. Dawn did a beautiful job on the quilting, and as you can see by Wendy's smile she was over the moon!
I couldn't wait to see it, and was thrilled to see mine and Blossom's blocks within. A permanent reminder to Wendy how many people love her.
The big news amongst those in Australia who love Denyse Schmidt fabrics is the release of her 'Picnic and Fairgrounds' line through Spotlight stores.
Mr E and I had to return to Townsville on Saturday morning for a bike part so I dropped into Spotlight to see if the fabrics had arrived yet, as I had looked a couple of weeks back and found none. Saturday was Success Day! Mr E helped me choose these eight fresh prints....
I am in DS heaven at the moment, and even though I would have loved to afford more, I am very content with what I have. I don't buy fabric anymore as I am intent on working with what I have on hand, but this was one time when I allowed myself a luxury and my darling husband encouraged me. Bless his heart!
But now to something not so good. When stocks of DS's Flea Market Fancy line were dwindling, there were those who were selling their DS stash for exorbitant amounts. I am concerned this is starting to happen with 'Picnics and Fairgrounds' here in Australia. Already I have discovered fat quarters of this line being sold online for $7 each, when I paid just $14 a metre for the fabric at Spotlight. Ten of the fabrics are an Australian line only so the market for selling overseas appears too hard to resist for some Aussies.
As much as I love Denyse Schmidt fabrics, let's not turn her into a god and elevate the fabric lines to a ludicrous value that simply does not justify the product. I think she would be dismayed at this. I know I would be.
Okay, off my soapbox. ;-)
Another week beckons, so I'd best dish up that dessert while it's still Sunday night.
Have a blessed and joy-filled week,