Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ta Da.... please meet "Sweet Pea"


Ta Da is what we say when we have finished the planned part of a project we took to retreat...

As you know I have been stitching Michelles Bear Hugs alphabet series for quite some time now....

I put the corners on the snowball blocks of the last of the letters I had finished, and joined them all to the 9 patch blocks 

Terri hosted a scrappy StitchALong earlier and I chose to place mine according to Cindy's (at Hyacinth Quilt Designs) tutorial HERE but filling in the snowball blocks with the stitcheries (detailed pictures of most of them can be found in THESE posts)



the colour is not showing well in the pictures really..


I had to make a quick trip to the Quilters Angel for some border fabrics...


... I love it when you find the last of a bolt with just enough of the colours that match just perfectly....

I love this quilt top... it is so pretty. I'm really sorty the colours aren't showing up so well - it is much prettier in real

This quilt is called "Sweet Pea" 

(the fabric in the scrappy blocks is full of Sweet Pea's and it sounds like a good name for a Bear)


This is the view from the little porch on the cottage where we sewed... since we had some very cold weather the door wasn't open too much to look out....


there are 3 little cottages in a row... one for sewing, one for eating and one for sleeping

We are very lucky to get these facilities as they are not generally rented out... 


Here is someone some of you may know - Kris from Tag Along Teddies who assists Peg in OPAM...
(that's the naughty corner!!)


One of the ladies has a daughter who is learning cake decorating and she made us this special one..... it was so pretty... and delicious....


... I enjoyed these paper napkins....


Righto, Gotto Go..... I still feel like I am catching up on those house chores after being out for the weekend!

30 comments:

sunny said...

What a well-deserved Ta-Da! I've stitched a couple of Michelle's designs, so I know how much stitching you have done for this. The colors are beautiful!! It looks like a wonderful place for a retreat.

Susie said...

This looks amazing Fiona. Well done. I'm always on the look out for blocks that highlight stitcheries - these are perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona,wow I just love that sweet pea quilt,it's gorgeous and I love it in the purples and Blues,well donee my friend,lol poor Kris sitting in the naughty corner ,so glad you had a lovely time ,it looks such a pretty place xx

Jennifer said...

Sweet Pea is just gorgeous! What a lovely spot for a retreat, would have been even better if the weather had been kinder but at least you weren't snowed in......

Melody said...

This is such a awesome quilt. So very beautiful.

Michelle Ridgway said...

It is just beautiful Fiona....love it!!! Can't wait until it has had it's other "Fiona" treatment! Lovely spot for a retreat and what a surprise to find Kris in the naughty corner hehe! That cake looked to pretty to cut.

Janice said...

Just beautiful. There is so much work in it. How nice to have it finished at retreat.

Dawn said...

What a gorgeous quilt, even though the colours don't come up too well on the blog, I can see that it is very special and much prettier than it appears. Well done and I love the border fabric - just right.

kiwikid said...

Beautiful quilt Fiona, love the blues and purples too! Well done to have finished it at retreat. was Kris talking too much and being a distraction to be put in the corner??? Lol!!What an amazing cake too.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Fiona,
lovely location for such a fun event.
Love your bears, this project looks just so special. Very beautiful.
Greetings,
Sylvia

marina said...

well done your top looks gorgeous!!! the border matches so perfectly too.
can't wait to see how you will quilt it.
looks like a great time at retreat, poor Khris in the naughty corner. Did she have company?

Oddbjørg said...

What a beautiful quilt!!

Yvonne W said...

The quilt looks lovely and the cake is beautifully decorated.
Sounds like a lovely weekend away. Pity to spoil it all with housework!

Cheryl said...

Your quilt looks amazing Fiona - all those cute little alphabet bears sit perfectly amongst that yummy fabric. Sounds like you had fun at the retreat on the weekend too

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

..well done Bubz that is spectacular .... So, our girl was in the naughty corner !!! ....oh dear .... Xxx

Susan said...

Sweet Pea is beautiful, perfect to show off Michelle's stitcheries. Your retreat location looks great, love having a cottage for each activity!

Maria said...

Sweet Pea is just gorgeous. Well done Fiona. Nice cake. Looks like a fabulous place for stitching retreat.

Jane Galley said...

Fiona, it's beautiful. It's been a joy to follow your progress. Someone is going to be very happy to get this one

KERYN B said...

Really is beautiful Fiona.

gracie said...

Absolutely gorgeous....

KaHolly said...

Oh, Fiona, it's beautiful! I am truly impressed with your quilt.

Sheila said...

Fiona , I absolutely love your quilt , what a wonderful combination with Michelle's pretty embroidery designs and your lovely stitching and the nine patches are a perfect choice , it is a WOW ! Glad you enjoyed your retreat , sure sounds like fun . Hugs Sheila

Sue SA said...

What a beautiful quilt, love the stitcheries in the centres of the snowballs, what a lovely pattern combo.

Jeanette said...

Love this quilt. It's absolutely gorgeous. Hugs,xx

Raewyn said...

A great ta-da moment Fiona, love how you put the Bears together in that setting (making me re-think the Country at Heart setting..!) Retreat sounds fun, and very productive :-)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Gorgeous quilt Fiona and that cake looks pretty awesome!

Lin said...

What a stunning top you have made from your embroideries - absolutely gorgeous. xx

Susan said...

What a great place for a retreat. Fabulous cake too. Love the name of the quilt.

Karen S said...

Congratulations on your wonderful finish with your Sweet Pea quilt top. Lovely work with the embroidery blocks and all the gorgeous fabrics that look so wonderful.

Terry said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love how it looks with the stitcheries in the blocks. Well done! :0)

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