Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Birthday June!

It's June T's birthday on Saturday.  A cross stitched pin cushion with a complimentary design by 4 My Boys called Celebrate Life.  Threads are DMC and linen is 28ct Cashel Sand.  I thought is was quite apt for her birthday!  The backing is an orphan block that I made during Cheryl's SAL last year.  That was the only block I made :(

Izra's shirt all done and given to him.  It fits him well.  I lengthen it by 2 1/2".  I did a better job this time round.

Two simple calico aprons with zakka fabric for the pockets in front.  The pink one is for a friend, the blue is mine.

A simple mug rug resembling the US flag, sans binding for my cousin's husband Michael who is an American. We had lunch at Coliseum Cafe which is one of the oldest restaurant in KL. He was there over 30 years ago when he was with the Peace Corps.  So you can imagine the nostalgia this place had for him.  Some pics of the place.

A blue and white table topper in progress.  It's designed by Ann Hermes and the instructions can be found online at APQ.  Love the colour combo, sooo classy! I need 76 flying geese blocks for the borders! And to think this centre block is just 12" square!!  Madness ...

 Another small red & white quilt in progress also.  I need to get the borders on and then the top is done. 

Block 23 Illinois Roads by Barbara Brackman
I am starting to feel the love for these blocks again.  Mostly inspired by Merilyn. Don't know if I can even come close to her perseverance and her top notch piecing skills.  I figure if there is ever a sampler quilt that I will do, the Civil War Blocks quilt will be it.  Here's to Block 22 Blockade:


  1. Anonymous8:42 pm

    The there's a blast from the past, used to go as a child whenever the parents needed a steak. Lovely aprons.

  2. A wonderful birthday gift for your friend! The back is as lovely as the front!!!

  3. A blog post with so much loveliness! How fun for your cousin's hubby. Did he like the mug rug? I am falling madly for the two color quilts!! So classy!

  4. Wow! Barbara you have been a busy sewer, love the pincushion! very dainty, and the mug rug is nicely put together too!!
    I'm glad you are revisiting Barbara Brackman's CW blocks, I have the latest one half done, will finish it off tomorrow. Have to work this afternoon!
    The Coliseum looks great, I love old traditional eating places like that, love the interiors!
    Have a great weekend Barbara!!

  5. You have been busy doing lots of different things. The shirt looks great and I hope Izra appreciates your efforts.
    Your gifts are made with love and care and are very thoughtful.
    I agree with Lori, those two colour quilts are very classy.
    Those CW blocks are hard to resist. I am lacking time at the moment but I do intend to make a few more. Yes Merilyn's work is inspiring and it is contagious.

  6. Love the little cross stitch cushion! Happy sewing, hugs, Daniëlle

  7. What a lovely gift for your friend!

  8. This birthday gal who's the recipient of all those wonderful items is ever so lucky. Lol! Thanks, Bj, once more.

  9. Oh, how neat!! I love the birthday gift. The mug rug is adorable!