Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wool Fix

Greetings to All!

Yesterday I went with a very dear friend to a wonderful quilt shop in Louisville, Ohio. It is called AnnaLouisas Needlearts and is a delightful shop! Barb Stevens is the owner and she has the shop full of irrestible items. There is a Civil War room, complete with reproduction fabrics as well as a Civil War uniform and pictures.

Then you can travel into the wool room - actually the needlearts room - as it has oodles of wool - both hand dyed (gorgeous!) and on the bolt as well as wool for knitting and also items for embroidery. She has a wonderful 1930's era display and so much more - great pattern selection and extensive wall of notions.

So you are probably wondering - what did Kelli buy? Well........... wool of course! The great thing about this shop is that they bowls and baskets of wool scraps you can sort through and they sell it by the ounce. I plopped down on the floor and went at it. I'm still gathering wool for my Wool Crazy block so it was fun to sort through the scraps and then I purchased pieces of hand dyed wool as well. The pictures don't do it justice! Go online and view them for yourself!

Do click on AnnaLouisa's link above and take a tour of the store. And if you are ever in the area - make sure you stop in as Barb and her staff are so warm and welcoming - you'll feel like you are in your own home! Thanks Barb and Staff for making it such a special place to come and "let your hair down!"

Happy Sewing!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Special Find!

Greetings to All!

I hope your weekend was a relaxing one and that you had sometime to stitch! A dear friend of mine sent me a link to a stitching blog that is delightful. Val Laird, an Australian designer, has generously designed a free BOM called Gifts of Grace. You can see all of her beautiful work on her blog as well as her patterns. Hand work is so relaxing so take time to stop over to see all that she has to offer. If you click on the "Gifts of Grace" button on my left side bar, you can see the BOM's.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Block of the Month

Hi Everyone -

Don't faint - I actually cut out and pieced the first BOM that I'm doing with my friend Joy! It is the Kansas Troubles "Pinwheels in My Garden" (you can see it on the previous posting). Our quilts will be different so I'm looking forward to watching mine as well as hers "grow." I'm only a few months behind :) but I was pleased with the results.

I'm still plugging along on the Wool Crazy block - I have been pretty picky with my stitches - taking some out since I didn't like how they looked from a distance - too bright for me. SO I'll probably be working on this for months to come but the handwork is relaxing.

Whatever you are doing, take a break, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and pick up your stitching - even for a short while - it will relax your soul. Happy Sewing!