Don't you just love the smocking detail on this little darling, not to mention the poet's bow? Something about the silhouette of this little outfit reminds me of costuming from 50's era college movie "Mona Lisa Smile" with Julia Roberts...How's that for an obscure visual reference?
It's by our LakeHouse Fabric Maven...Cheryl Winslow of Starshine Quilting. From what I have witnessed over the last 5 years that I've known Cheryl, if she can't make it in fabric or fiber, chances are no one else can either. She's the gal who knit me the wonderful socks for Xmas last year, with oversized toothpick like needles. She's also our LakeHouse long-armer and piecer...and has made 90% of the quilts that we show at markets and in the magazines...
Locally the New York / New Jersey area, Cheryl teaches lots of quilt classes that are devoted to making specific quilts and demystifying important sewing and piecing techniques at the same time.
Cheryl has some terrific technique tutorials on her blog, so make sure to visit.
Happy New Year Everyone! The other day I was in the car listening to WNYC, They were talking about many of the customs to bring in the New Year, all over the world. A lot were food-related, like in Spain they eat 12 grapes at midnight... what's that about? Some were spirit-related, like opening all of the windows in your house to free the souls held captive in your home from the year before. And in New York, they were activity related...like the yahoos that drink themselves silly (while freezing their buns off & while having their pockets picked) in Time Square.
Paton and I, we took the "path of least resistance". After a picnic in bed complete with some divine desserts from a favorite Japanese bakery, we cranked the mattress pad way, way up...That's when the real fun began as the kitties became heat seeking missiles under the comforter. We all started to watching a video ...and that's pretty much all I remember.
And no hang over this morning...so it's all good (more energy for other things!)
So here's a fun new project to 'whet your whistle' for the new year. (I never tire of pink, and I'm crazy for my new Floating Petal fabric.) It was commissioned by Jill Meade of Quilts & More magazine...
This sneak peak* is actually part of a room ensemble designed for a girl's room, compete with shams, dust ruffle and a really cute window treatment, if I do say so myself, it's a cutie pie!...A prize goes to the person who guesses the name on the pillow.
Today I'm making my second attempt this winter to fly away for a little R&R with some family and friends. I'm crossing my fingers as I look out again at another gray and stormy, winter's day.
Back in two shakes...H2
*Sara, I was just being "kute", peak as in high(light), get it? But thanks for asking!
We chose Maria Fareri Children's Hospital to receive the "12 Bears for Christmas". To find out more about this amazing facility, click here .
Su Bashir, our LHDG "queen of allocations", came along to help out. Her beautiful daughter Aliya was born at this hospital complex.
The day we delivered the bears, also happened to be the day that 5 little girls who had received liver transplants at MFCH all returned for a visit and a photo op...Here they all are...their transplant doctor is holding one of the littlest girls...who was born at the hospital and lived there until recently, when she received her transplant. When I saw those little girl's faces, I really had to hold back the big alligator tears....I imagine that all of the adults in the room had lumps in their throats.
Each of the girls received a bear to take home...and the others were given to the events coordinator, so that they could be given out...Although this hospital looks like it has some pretty wealthy benefactors, they tell me that many of the children are from under privileged backgrounds. So I'm sure that the bears will all find happy and deserving homes.
It's true what they say...'Tis better to give than receive.
Some of you may have noticed that Cheryl Winslow posted a comment that "you should have a 13th bear"...Alas, it's less than a week before Christmas, and "the bears have left the building"...as in, the bears have left Target ("Tar-Jaay"). But wait, what about our wee tiny bears Boo & Honey? Some of you will remember them from front & center at our FQM booth, if not look here...Well, they are ba-ack, and better than ever thanks to Cheryl...Here's a few pics of their antics...
Cheryl nick named them Bear Claw and Bear Paw...Here they are giving each other a "tiny-bear-hug", on their wee Navajo inspired quilts...
Monkey see, Monkey do...
Wherever you'll be, what ever you do, as long as we'll be there together...
Hands are for Holding...
Alas, here they are all ready to go to good homes...Cheryl made her quilts into little sleeping bags...she said "so that the bears will travel well"...
I told her if she kept going, before long she'd have an entire
mobile home made of fabric, and that she'd better stop now (while she
Here's a closer look at Cheryl's two mini-mini quilts...
Tomorrow, we'll announce the new home(s) for all of our new furry friends... Stay there "12 Bears" fans, 'Tis the season, and I guarantee you, it truly is better to give than receive...
It's my 100th blog...(call me "Aunt Blabby"). And we are on our 12th bear, little Bandit...here she is waiting for her hug, in a new bib by "fairy-god-seamstress" Cheryl Winslow, and another loverly quilt made just for "Pooh" in an encore presentation by the "big nut" at Little Acorns...Brenda Riddle, of course!
Brenda said she had lots of scraps leftover from the adorable quilts that she made for our booth at market...If you haven't seen them yet, (hello, where have you been?)...take a peak here, for goodness sakes!
Love the fabric combination again...thanks Brenda, for making LHDG look so good!
Now for the biggest teaser of all...tomorrow, we have a late entry...a surprise to be sure, but I promise you, it will not disappoint!
Madamoiselle "X" (X is for Kisses, get it?) is none other than Pudge...she's all dressed up and ready to celebrate! Her bib is also made by our fabric mistress Cheryl Winslow, and her charming little pink and yellow quilt is made by one of my favorite people: Pretty Penny (Sturges) of QuiltsIllustrated, our queen of tote bags (and our queen of hearts...awwwe!)
Here's another look at Penny's wee quilt: so simple, yet so endearing...just my cup of tea!
So that's a one hug bear, and one kiss bear...(in case you're counting!)
Bearlina is here with a new bib, made just for this "Bearly-Blogging" event! (O is for Hug's, get it?) It's made by none other than our favorite quilting & fabric diva Cheryl Winslow . And beneath B is the cutest little star quilt ever, made by none other than our favorite blogging-quilter... You guessed it, Pam Kitty!
I was tickled pink when I first saw Pam's little quilt...It shows how beautifully the "old" La Belle Rose fabrics (in the stores now) blended with the "new" Cherry Baby fabrics (starting to hit the stores in late January 2008)...I just LOVE how PK put everything together in this quilt...it's as if she read my mind...and aren't star quilts just wonderful?...LOVE IT!
Oh, and I just LOVE PINK with ANYTHING, and I especially love this little darlin'...Am I crazy, or could you see this as a bigger bed sized quilt on a beautiful old white iron bed? Along with the White on White dot as a dust ruffle & shams, and this little kitten would want to stay in her basket all day long!
Emmie is outfitted by Elizabeth Scott of Late Bloomer fame...Isn't she smashing in this sporty coordinate?
The red dotted fabric is from our best selling Antique Dots pattern, it has a subtle, mottled texture in the background, and it looks good with almost any type of modern or traditional fabric palette. It's very striking in this jaunty little quilt, don't you think?