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July 08, 2009

Sea trip, an exchange and quilting

Yesterday DH and I went on a trip to the western coast of The Netherlands. Friends were having a vacation there and we promised to come over for a day. Luckily we had sunny, warm weather, so we could enjoy a walk by the seaside.

When we came home in the evening who was waiting for us? Our neighbour! While we were away, he answered the door for the postman, bringing in a package from Pam. In it a most gorgeous ornament.

Pam chose to stitch me this because of my patio garden. She also has a garden and enjoys, like me, the birds and butterflies. The cardinal is her favorite.
The designer is Diane Graebner, stitched on 32 ct. Crystal Aerial by Picture This Plus.Pam really did a lovely job, it is a perfectly stitched ornament and perfectly finished too.

She also sent me a lot of goodies, I sure can use! Among them a set of notecards marked with a "J", two cards of Splendor silk floss, a cute little star (Mill Hill), fine blue ribbon and a package of cute lamps, from the Holiday Collection Jack Frost (Dress It Up).

I also promised to take pictures of quilting, so here they are. I decided to quilt it with a darker colour, so I can really see what I'm doing, being the first time I quilt. Next time I will opt for a lighter colour, I think it looks better. The pink lines in between are going to fade in a few days.


Annie said...

That beach looks so inviting! Wish I was there.

And what a lovely package to return to!

Margaret said...

Sure looks gorgeous where you went to the sea! Nice present -- and great quilting!

gio162 said...

Ah yes, the Dutch beaches... and the dunes...

Pam's gift is just lovely, and our quilting is gorgeous!

Carolyn NC said...

Great photos - lovely beach! And what a nice gift to come home to - lovely ornament. Love the quilting, too!

CindyMae said...

Looks like you had a lovely day out! What a gorgeous package you received. The quilt is looking fantastic!!

Cindy F. said...

I wish we were at the beach with you!! It looks so relaxing! Great pics:)
Beautiful ornie from Pam and she included so many goodies!
This quilt is so pretty and look at you doing the hand quilting! On my next quilt, I think I will try that too!! Beautiful work Joke!
You always get me so inspired!!!

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