Teddy Bears with Friends

When a new member is being welcomed to a family, it is customary that gifts are presented. Our friend Tracy is adopting this summer, and she asked Mom to help create a teddy bear matching the baby blanket Tracy quilted.

This is before the finishing touches of felt!
That blue heart on the pad of the paw was done by yours truly!
The face looks cute doesn't it? But which eye is better? This one...
... or these flowery ones?

Mom also got a chance to use the stuffing skill she learned from Mhairi. Plus, Mom liked this bear pattern; Simplicity 5461. She said it was challenging, but not too hard. I bet anyone could make a bear like this.

Aussie Tea Party

Our quilty friend Mhairi in Australia sent us everything for a down-under tea party.

Australian Afternoon Tea (my favorite) and vegemite! Plus natural history postcards and stamps for Alex - wow!

There was quilty stuff too: Australian Homespun Magazine! Plus my first super-giant print adventure, thanks to Mhairi's gift card share.

Oh Deer! MoMo for Moda
Hmm....what should I make with this beautiful deco 22" repeat?

What a super surprise to find a party packaged in the mail box!
Would you believe, we have never tried vegemite before. Here is Alex, being brave and going first.
 Vegemite with crackers, as Mhairi instructed.  Alex is right, "tastes like soy sauce butter." I like it!

Mhairi also told me about Barossa vineyards. Thanks, Mhairi! I found this import at a local shop. Not too expensive triple blend, ideal with friends or a book, for our warm Summertime evenings. 

Of course, while we are starting Summer here, Mhairi is finishing Fall in Australia. Bet she has some fun wool applique right now. We send you Summertime sunshine and our warm wishes, Mhairi!
a Barossa Valley Vineyard
 Thanks for sharing your homeland with us, Mhairi :)

Quilty Viewfinder

This Tuesday Tech is Jeanine Rivard Malaney's website, Paintings with Fabric by Jeanine.
Here be watercolor paintings, oil paintings, fabric art painting (with many great landscape quilts), plus website consulting. Jeanine does it all! And amazingly well, at that.

But what I wanted you to see is this:

A pop out viewfinder to see all the quilty details of Jeanine's art!
Not just magnifying the page like in a .pdf. You can scroll the pic with cursor, magnifying 1.25" sq. to stitch level detail. Really! I'll say it again --amazing.

Link at the bottom of Jeanine's pages for website consulting. I guess that means Jeanine can make your quiltsite do that too? Cool!
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