....and Embellish! I'm very excited about my upcoming embellishment class with Sue Spargo next week at Amitie. My base sampler is ready, although I did change the given design a little!
Instead of flowers on a green wool background that I initially chose, I've gone with a beautiful linen/cotton fabric I purchased from the lovely Emma, and a text fabric for stems. Then I drew up some flowers and leaves and cut them out in the beautiful hand dyed wool fabrics I got from gorgeous Jen, these will be embellished in class (by the way, have you spied the Green Tea and Sweet Beans starter kits have arrived).
I loved the selvedge on this fabric so much I've decided to keep it as part of the design. More pics next week after the class.
I had a lovely surprise package in the mail today...Maree (On my Verandah) sent me some gorgeous fabrics she wasn't using, thank you so much Maree, these will definitely be put to good use!
Of course I had to take a photo of them in front of the plum tree just bursting with spring blossom. It has been a long gloomy winter here so I'm madly excited about spring on its way! So are the bees. The tree was swarming and this bee almost got me after it decided I was getting too close with my camera, yikes!
Also in the mail this week were these beauties...
I found these books in Megumi's wonderful little ebay shop Pomadour24, she has all sorts of new and seconds books (amongst other things) and she is so helpful and delightful! Also found her on etsy here. Check out this block, I love it!!
The books are all written in Japanese and two of them are 'back to front' reading from right to left instead of the left to right we are used to. But it doesn't matter that I cannot read the language, the illustrations are so clear and beautiful, it won't be hard to draw up these blocks for myself. Do you have any Japanese quilt books you love? Must say, I adore all of Yoko Saito's books (2 of the above are hers), what a talent! xo