Sunday, 8 August 2010

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

My parcel has landed, in Florida, and now Clare has seen what I sent her I can show you too! Mum and Dad gave me some gorgeous draw liners for my birthday which came in this fantastic rococo box. It just seemed perfect to pack the bird themed goodies in here.
Clare used to live in the U.K so I made sure there was some Cadbury's treasure in the box, and as Clare is a paper crafter I found some rubber stamp with birds and some little printed tags. I thought long and hard about what bird themed item to make and lay in bed one Sunday morning flicking through my memories of what I had seen on Clare's blog. There had been bright colours and reference to a collection of crosses on her wall.

By the time I had had my shower I was ready to draft my first ever mini-quilt. I used some 2" squares of fabric to build a cross and background, then I appliqued flowers, leaves and birds and did a little light embellishment. I quilted with very big stitches and a thread with some metallic to represent light shining from the cross. I loved working to this scale and really loved playing Sherlock to find clues as to what might appeal to Clare.

On another issue if anyone has any recommendations as to what a foot loose young couple might get up to in Amsterdam I'd be glad for any advice.....otherwise it might be all books, galleries, beer and .........well, we can't have that now can we? ;)

8 comments:

Lyn said...

The quilt is gorgeous and I have never been so can't help but hope you have a great time.
love
Lyn
xxx

Griffin said...

What a footloose couple might get up to... oh I dread to think! Has Amsterdam been warned?

Nothing wrong with galleries and beer, tho' I am more of a wine and spirits person myself. Holland is famous for genever/gin tho', so you could look for a couple of bottles of the good stuff.

Also, just go around and look at the city. It has a fine old history and some interesting and beautiful architecture... such as, 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind living there!' kind of architecture. Also look for Dutch cake shops... I didn't need to tell you that, did I?!

Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) said...

Guauuu!!!!

NoodleBubble said...

WOW and double WOW !

These are two FAB FAB Fab swaps...glad you both enjoyed it...

wonderwoman said...

i love your mini quilt - its gorgeous!! Hope you have a great weekend whatever you get up to!!

xx

WendyCarole said...

Brilliant quilt I love it.

karen said...

the quilt is absolutely amazing Jenny, as for Amsterdam, I went once, fantastic architecture and the canal trips are definitely worth it. I am reluctant to say this but consider going to Anne Franks house. It is quite harrowing and heartbreaking but I somehow felt I owed it to her.....

Gone to Earth said...

That's a beautiful quilt... really very pretty, I can't advise you about Amsterdam but I hope you both enjoy it.