Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snow Day

     It's a major snow day here in the midwest. The only time I've been out of the house was to feed the birds. Since there has been lots of time to work on the computer today, it felt like a good time to update the blog. I've been very remiss and haven't shown the latest two Loose Feather patterns. So, here they are:


     Barb designed "The Country Life," and it was the Loose Feather pattern for Jan. I love all of the animals in the yard. When my kids were home for Christmas they saw a pair of foxes in our hedgerow. I think I might have to stitch this one! It should be in the shops now.


     My Friend's House is at the printers now. It's the pattern for Feb. and will be at the distributors soon.

I have to show some pictures sent to me by Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler.



She writes:
I stitched this for my friend, Jennifer, for Christmas this year. I thought you might like to see it! :)  On one of the pictures, you can see my pliers -- I had just finished framing it!  I stitched it on a 30 count R&R Reproductions hand-dyed linen with the Sampler Threads. Jennifer is a professor of Anatomy and Physiology, so I really liked that there was a quote on there about education. She was tickled pink to get it.
 
     Many thanks Theresa for sending your pictures. What a lucky friend!!! This sampler is from our booklet Maria Selby Humphrey - 1831.

Moda Blog Hop begins Feb. 17th.

This one will be fun. Look for details soon!

Keep warm!

Alma



26 comments:

  1. What beautiful pieces! I'm just starting back cross stitching after years away from it. I retired and now I get to do what I want and cross stitch is one of them. Although I feel I need to take a class in it as I've forgotten how to do it all. Are there any books you could recommend to learn the proper way. I'd like to stitch all those projects you pictured. They're all gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am in total love with the January piece! Love the February one too. This series has been so beautiful to me! We are getting the snow and ice tomorrow. Fingers crossed we keep our power!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good to hear from you, Alma. I really like the latest Loose Feathers, especially the one with the big front yard. So far behind in my stitching.

    Stay warm and safe. We're supposed to get 6-12" overnight!!

    Bobbi

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am going to be watching for the
    friends House chart for sure, love it and I have a friend who will be moving into her new home this spring so it will make a great house warming gift. Perfect timing.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm looking forward to My Friend's House coming out as I'm itching to stitch a sampler. Thank you for a lovely blog and stay safe and snug.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Beautiful, beautiful! Love My Friend's House, must get it when it comes out. I have sure missed you posting - looking forward also to some quilting news.
    Take care, L. xo

    ReplyDelete
  7. Just beautiful work .....your talent overflows might have to do both of them having a hard time deciding on one!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Gorgeous, as usual!! I love to see the soft use of colour in your designs.

    ReplyDelete
  9. First, I just love your designs. I have stitched several and have lots of patterns in my stash. I am the lucky Jennifer that received that beautiful sampler stitched by Theresa. I was so overwhelmed by her kindness. Thank you for designing such a pretty piece.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Well, your friend Jennifer must have been absolutely delighted with this charming sampler... is is soooOooo lovely, beautiful workmanship (can you say workmanship, shouldn't it be workwomanship???) well done you, many thanks for letting us have a peek at it!
    Best wishes, Jay X

    ReplyDelete
  11. Alma, I would like your email to get permission to show a quilt in the Charlotte, NC, AQS quilt show. They want permission from the designer of the pattern. Will you email me?? Thanks, in advance. DJ dojohnson@sc.rr.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi,

      I just sent an e-mail to you. Please check to make sure you got it. My address is
      alma@blackbird-designs.com

      Delete
  12. What happened to the blog hop??

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am having a difficult time with V & Co. there is so much advertising on that site that my computer freezes and I cannot print the letter V .....please pass along. From Diane H.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love the plum fabrics and it will make a beautiful alphabet quilt. Looking forward to making this quilt.
    Carolyn B

    ReplyDelete
  15. If I were the lucky winner, I would make a banner for my daughter's jewelry shop (show tent) to spell out her shop name. She also graduated from TCU, so the colors are more than perfect! Love your quilts and fabrics! I've made 3 so far!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Sharon gritsgirlsc@sbcglobal.netFebruary 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    I just love the fabric colors! I have an idea for a sampler
    quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I drool when I look at all of the samplers! I haven't cross stitched since I was a young child. I'm wondering how hard it would be for me to tackle one of your projects? :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. With talented designers like yourself, I can choose fabrics bundles that make my quilts turn out just beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love all the samplers, they look great :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I often stop on your site I really appreciate it allows me to escape and think of other things .... What happiness ! thank you .

    ReplyDelete
  21. Please could you tell me how I can find the pattern for a red cardinal bird, it was one of your Christmas designs I think but I can't remember in which book? My email is: mcgee.eb@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete