Thursday, February 16, 2012

Plenty of preparation and not so much stitching here during the last few days.

I have prepared the leaves for the first 2 branches of the first panel of Trailing Vines. The leaves are sewn down on the first branch.

All the pieces for the next Roseville Album block have been prepared and I have started stitching them down.

Here are the fabrics for the next Friends of Baltimore block. The next step will be to prepare the freezer paper pieces and make the overlay.

I did make 4 more little houses, bringing my total to 27.

You may have noticed a new button on my sidebar.  Susan is a talented embroiderer and this will be her first E-course. I can't wait to start!  If you would like to read more about the Festival of Needles there is a short post with more information here. It is a fascinating tradition.

In finishing, just a few photos from my garden this morning.

The bromeliad is finally flowering again..

Buds are appearing on the wattle tree.

This little fellow looked like he was doing his best chameleon act.

Have a great week, everyone. :)


  1. Hi--just wanted to say I love your background fabric on the vines quilt. I know you showed it before, but it was nice to see with the actual appliques on it. Gives it a nice garden feel. Thanks for the heads up on the embroidery class--I just signed up for it!! I am also doing the houses, but lent my pattern to a friend and have to get it back soon. Thanks for the pictures of the neat projects you are working on.

  2. Your vine is coming along beautifully - I like the background too. That first pink flower in your garden pictures is fabulous - we only see that type of thing in a pot for indoor growing over here.

  3. Ooh Miriam, your trailing vines block is divine! Wow, a lot of work there already. And I adore those teeny houses. xo

  4. Oh my gosh this is an amazing post filled with so much goodness. First off I was looking at your trailing vines and thinking to myself (actually I said this quietly out loud) "gosh that's such beautiful work" and then i moved onto everything else. Aren't you just really enjoying those houses? They sure look like it. And Miriam, I love all your flowers. Shucks, I just love everything here. Thank you for taking the time to put together this wonderful post!!!

  5. Trailing Vines is an awesome quilt and your version is already amazing! LOVE your fabrics - especially the stems and background - just perfect. It's comforting to know others are busy with many projects, too. Such cute houses!

  6. Oh you've been so busy. I should start my trailing vines. I've been downloading the patterns. Yours is turning out so pretty!

  7. Looks like you have lots of fun stuff on the go Miriam. As always, I love love those little houses!

  8. I didn't know you were doing the vine. It is very pretty.
    Oh, I love seeing your garden photos even the praying mantis.

  9. Such a pretty post from the garden to your blocks ;-)
    Love the vine background. FOB fabrics are great.
    The little houses are oh so perfect.
    Lots of eye candy!!

  10. The vine and leaves look great!! The hard part (the prep)is done - now you can enjoy the stitching :0) Your flowers are incredible - I wish I could grow plants like those. I love your little houses!

  11. Miriam, your comments really keep up my spirits. Thank you so much!
    I was working on a 3 1/2 inch version of Pearl Pereira's mystery block, but guess that will have to wait,

  12. Oh! How I love all those colored leaves!!! I just might have to use that idea some day! Oh! You make the most beautiful applique! And all the changes you've made to the blog are wonderful. SOOO glad you turned off word verification! It's been driving ME mad!!

  13. The trailing vines look wonderful & in such colourful fabric too. Your houses look great as well!!