Here we are in April and I have some fun things to show you that were happily worked on in...March. I had a great few days with Sue Spargo in the beginning of March. She came to our guild and showed her lovely wool folk art quilts. Then it was a great two days with her learning stitches I had admired but way shy to try out. Sue is a patient and fun teacher. It is a bit mesmerizing to watch her work her magic on wool with wool thread and lovely cotton threads. She even stitched left handed for me and others that needed that essential information. I was so happy the weather in Chico was perfect for her visit. Lovely camellias and blooming trees and shrubs were bursting with color.
|My homework for Leaf Play|
|Sue tells us about Robin Runs the Hedge|
|Lots of thread to choose from!|
|Love this background composition too|
|Sue shows us patiently how to make a bullion stitch|
Look at all of these lovely motifs and stitches. I have been working along on mine as time allows. It is truly a quiet and soothing activity to sew on wool. I have like appliqué as I have gotten a bit better at it, but wool is very forgiving and amazingly appealing.
|Learning how to make those stitches|
|Sue's trademark bird|
|Pam and Sue stitched left and right|
Lovely place to quilt, huh?
|Sue Debbie Pam and Lesa had a little vino|
|Debbie's Owls with the help of Sugar Pine Quilt Shop!|
|Another block exchange of old...done!|
|A "vintage" HRQ Block of the Month done!|
|A couple more pieces of Soul Searching done|
|Finished Peels top with an unexpected border|
An unexpected treat came on a walk down to the Nevada City businesses that line the picturesque townscape. I saw the words "Glitter Girl" and that was it. My Favorite Things was calling and In we went and stayed and stayed. Tina Haller was so welcoming and fun.
Come on in to My Favorite Things in Nevada City!
|The talented and sweet Tina Haller|
Her little shop is a must for anyone that loves paper and vintage paper and well, glitter. She has a good selection of gift items that are just as endearing as the supplies of shiny girl stuff she stocks. One of the even more exciting aspects of My Favorite Things is the workshop space in the back. A tiny building with glorious examples of little creations of houses, nests, and every imaginable holiday theme. For a modest fee you can sit to your heart's content and craft with all of her tools.
|My Favorite Things Shop and Glitter Girl Studio|
|A little project in the making|
|Darling displays at My Favorite Things|
As a library gal, I noticed a book I had purchased years ago for my own daughter when she was about 13. "Pretty Good for a Girl" was prominently displayed in the shop. I mentioned that I had given the book to my daughter a long time ago..."Did I sign it?" I was so surprised to find that this friendly and creative wife and mom was one of the very first snowboarding gals and was very successful in the "new sport" that was fun, edgy and pretty wild.