Friday, March 19, 2010

Friends Stitching Through the Seasons Exchange Received

I was invited to participate with the amazing ladies of the Friends Stitching Through the Seasons exchange and of course I couldn't say no! Exchanging is just too much fun! I will be stitching for Karen of Karen's Handiwork this year. Karen emailed me yesterday to let me know she got the spring exchange I stitched for her. I am so happy she likes it! Exchanging can be a little nerve-wracking hoping your partner likes what you put together for them.

Here's what I made for Karen.

Bird in Hand by Blackbird Designs
32 count coffee dyed Belfast linen
Tyler Boy Blue CC

Personalized with Karen's and my initials


I knew when I saw this new release from BBD that this would be the perfect thing to stitch for Karen. She loves BBD and a bird is so beautifully springy! LadyBug (who is miserable with teething) gnawed on this chart the whole time we were at my LNS so it was a good thing I intended to take it home with me. Cuddle Bug picked out the thread. It was a family affair!

I went with a little more primitive finishing for this in keeping with Karen's tastes. I pieced the backing fabric so it looked like whoever finished it was scrounging up scraps. And I added a little patch with a haphazard blanket stitch to cover a (make-believe) hole from wear. Then I stuffed it loose and lumpy for added effect. I was very happy with how this turned out. And Karen is pleased as well, so it's hard to beat that!


I sent along some other goodies too. A LK chart, some beautiful Hyacinth GAST, a little pad of paper, ribbon, and (since Karen does paper crafting too) I included some springy stickers. The Hershey kisses sheep was thrown in by Cuddle Bug. I can't tell who enjoys packing up exchange packages more: me or him? I love his enthusiasm!


I hope everyone had a great week. Happy weekend and happy stitchy wishes!

15 comments:

KarenV said...

Lovely exchange! The colour you picked for the design is really pretty.

I always piece my backing fabric and love using up my scraps that way. I love the little patch you added, very cute.

Sally said...

What a lovely exchange! I love this design, it's so pretty.

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely exchange you put together. And your scappy pillow is wonderful. The exchange group sounds like such fun.

valerie said...

Beautiful exchange! I love the blue Cuddlebug picked out. It all came out darling.

Julianne said...

Beautiful! Your work is a joy to look at.

Catherine said...

Great exchange!

Harmien said...

Whata wonderful package, and such a pretty pillow. Lucky Karen!

staci said...

That is a really fantastic exchange Kim!

We never decided about the blogiversary exchange...wanna do it next year?

Brigitte said...

You were doing some great exchnage stitching.

Renee said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!

Michele B. said...

You are really becoming a fabric artist, Kim. Wonderful exchange. Tell Cuddle Bug he has good taste in floss!

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful exchange! I really love how you finished the backing of this pillow. The Cuddle Bug chose a very lovely colour.

Ranae said...

What a pretty exchange pillow, love the little patch you added on the back

Vonna said...

VERY nice ;) I love it a lot and I sure do bet Karen does too! Congrats on it Kim you did beautiful work ;)

Sharon said...

It's gorgeous Kim! Great job!