Show and Tell....finally

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Margaret Chess sent her "Margaret Harris" piece for us to see. (click on her name to visit her blog) She writes,

"I stitched Margaret on 30ct WDW Straw over one. Since I did the piece over one, I had to change the placement of name and date. I put my maternal grandmother's name in place of "Walnut, Iowa," and I put my maternal grandmother's birthdate in place of Margaret's name. My grandmother was the perfect grandmother to me, so to be able to put her name on this piece was special. Thanks for the idea. And thanks for such wonderful designs as always! I can't wait for your new quilt book."

Sara Hochstein writes, "First, let me tell you how much I enjoy your blog. It's a much needed bright spot after a long day at the office. I've completed the Souvenir of Paris stocking from Joyeux Noel. However, instead of finishing into a stocking (I'm not the greatest "finisher"), I stitched it over one on 25ct and mounted it in a beautiful gold frame I found at Pier 1 Imports. I'm sorry I didn't place a coin or ruler beside the picture to give an idea of the true size. The picture itself is about 2-1/2" x 3". Just adorable!"

Karen V writes, "I thought you might like to see a recent finish of mine of one of your designs, Sweet Heart from Joyeux Noel. I stitched it on 28ct Celery/White checked Graziano linen with a mixture of the recommended GAST and DMC: I dyed some white chenille braid with coffee and walnut ink stain for the edge and used a pretty floral fabric on the back. This was also my first time using freezer paper, thanks to your instructions and I was pleased with how easy it was to make the template this way. This was such a cute and fun stitch."

Kind regards,

Karen V

Catherine writes, "I hope everything is ok for you and you are not under the snow. For us, it is quite different since it is snowing constantly !!!! So in order to cheer up, I have finished and sew the pattern c'est la saison pour être joyeux !!!!"

This one is from Catherine too...."It was holiday time, here in France for two weeks, so I had and took time to stitch !!
Here is the last but not least project. I am waiting for your last book that I have ordered to add some more projects to my "To do list" The tin box comes from a shop called "Maisons du Monde" "Houses of the World", maybe you have this kind of shop next to you . I like the text: Box for ideas, what every stitcher needs!"

Pat in Bedford, Texas writes, "Alma, I thought you might like to see my Birds of A Feather quilt top. I have enjoyed making it and I have not decided about the date at the bottom as yet."

(Click on Pat's name to visit her blog....looks like she has finished the small basket quilt from When The Cold Wind Blows too.)

Fred writes, "bonjour, Hello,

merci pour la joie procurée lors de la broderie des modèles BBD.
Thanks for the good moment with "Marie Higdon" .
ici, j'ai changé les couleurs de Marie Higton, et j'ai rajouté des
perles ! I've changed colours and I sewed little pearls .

qu'en pensez-vous ? what du you think of it ?"

Debbie Wick sent in her wonderful quilt picture and she writes, "I hope this finds you getting a little rest from your very busy weekend. I want you to see my picture that I took today at the library of my Old Glory quilt. I sure wish the quilting would show up, this one has 40 plus wreaths in all the white blocks. I just love this quilt!!! I made matching pillowcases with large red ric rac on the sides. It is a very large quilt, took up most of the brick wall and is going up their staircase at the library. I am so proud of it and the message it sends. P.S. The white block in the flag has small starts printed in them."

Cindy Whitlow sent in a picture of her Souvenir of France. She writes, "Attached you will find a picture of my finish that was completed yesterday of your free gift design, Souvenir de France. It was stitched on 14 count rose stripe aida with DMC #310 Blackest Black floss. I would like to thank you for designing the chart and offering it for free. It was a nice way to pass time in the DMV waiting to do a simple address change. :)

(Cindy...they must have made you wait quite a while!!!)

Mercedes Jiménez from Madrid ( Spain ) writes, "I wanted to share with you how I have used your last freebie "Now I know my ABC". It came just in the moment I was looking for an alphabet for my sewing case. I changed the colors. I love antique needlework and lace like you. I collect them from Brocantes and Old Markets in France and Spain. I wanted to use them after getting this lovely Yuwa linen. I started with this design just some days ago. I have done a video where you can see all together. I hope you like it. I enjoy all your designs, both cross stitch and patchwork." Click on the word video to go to her youtube video.

Gigi on the left and Barb Adams on the right.

Melanie Russell writes, "I noticed the gorgeous sheet that you pictured in your blog of Gigi's Ackworth samplers, and you mentioned that she has stitched one of Blackbird designs. Attached you will find pictures I took at last year's market (2009) of you and Gigi, and her lovely BBD "sheet" as she calls them. It was backed with a print, and tied with satin ribbons, which coordinated with the designs. She transports them rolled and tied with the ribbons. The pictures are not the best, but they do show what a lovely collage she made of your designs.
I enjoy your blog, and I'm looking forward to your newest book. You were sold out this year by the time I was able to visit your room, but it is "in the mail". I help Monique Oz by being the "American connection" for Dessins DHC. Gigi stays in our room with Monique during market, and is a total delight! She is a talented lady, who shares her interests and knowledge with the stitching world.
I am copying Gigi on this email, and I hope it is okay with her to share these pictures with you. I just wish they were better of you two well as the BBD "sheet"! Maybe I need some of your photography lessons!

Pam A from NY writes, "Thank you Alma (and Barb too) for this great little sampler. I was able to stitch it in no time and it just looks great in my home.

And I have to tell you that you ladies have totally out done yourselves with the new book, "Honeysuckle Manor". I am just waiting for my copy. I guess my shop ran out, so I will have to wait another 2 weeks for a copy. Not like I don't have other things to do. LOL.
Thanks again for the freebie. I am sending you a picture of how it came out. Sorry, but I had to make a few color changes to fit in with my color scheme. All the best! (We are always glad for you to make color changes! We want the projects to fit your home and style.)

Christelle Taquet writes, "I'm French. In 2004 my husband was assigned in Montgomery, AL for one year. I often visited the quilt shop there where the shop owner was very kind. She told me that I had to go to Paducah and took me there with her.(What a treat) So it's where I bought the book Home sweet home. I've been looking at it for one year before I decided to quilt it. Meanwhile, and lucky me, my husband has been assigned for 3 more years in Norfolk,VA.
I started a blog there (the little house in Virginia) and with some virtuals friends I met on the web, we started to quilt all by hand, one house a month. Anyway, we were writting to each others and cheering and supporting one another. It's how I met "my Barb".
She finished hers last year. She did it with japanese fabrics and divided all dimensions by 2 (imagine the small applique)
I came back from the United States last year, and it's one of the first person I called: 3 hours later we were still on the phone! I went to visit her and her familly 3 weeks later, and she is coming in Paris at the end of the month.
I finished my HSH a few weeks a go (02/03 on the blog) and I did a tag behind with our 9 previous adresses. It has been really fun and full of meanings to finish it. Everybody at "What's in your stitch and stuff", and Bendy at "Dyeing to stitch" were all very nice helping me quilting (I also did the cat on the roof by hand) and cross stitch some of your patterns. I really want to thank you for all the friendships I found around Blackbird."

Thank you all for taking the time to send pictures of your work to me. Barb and I enjoy and are inspired by your work.

Until later!



  1. What an awesome and inspiring collection of work. Thanks for posting it and for your lovely blog.

  2. Oh wow! It's so inspiring to see all the lovely works. You and Barb are so amazingly talented -- look at what you've enabled so many of us to do!

  3. What awesome finishes everyone has done. I love seeing how so many put their own spin on your designs to make them their own!

  4. I loved seeing everyone's beautiful stitching and quilting. Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of this with your faithful readers. You and Barb are the best!

  5. What beautiful work from fellow bloggers. It is fun to see how everyone interprets the designs.


  6. Hi, Alma--thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm a huge fan of yours, of course! And I love all the projects you posted!

    Yes, Catharine McNeal with all the interesting thistles in the border(there are 20, and each one is different) came from In Stitches, so Ellen can definitely send it to you. Enjoy--and I know what you mean--everyone else's blog costs me money! Just when I think I've got enough to stitch, someone posts another tempting photo...

  7. Everything is so beautiful! Seeing how others finish the designs can give some good ideas.

  8. What a wonderful show! I'm glad stitchers send pic in and you put them on the blog for all to see. Thank you! I'm glad you show the quilt pics also and a lot of us do both - stitch and quilt.

    Did Blackbird Designs have a quilt pattern of the month with angels?

    Happy Day!

  9. What a wonderful blog entry to read and pictures to admire as I had my morning coffee. Very inspiring!

  10. What a treat to see such a lot of beautiful finishes. Makes me want to go off and stitch straight fact, I think I will :)

  11. Lovely to see all these wonderful finishes and so original. The needlecase is fantastic, so inspiring.

  12. Awesome! This was so nice to read this morning. I was looking forward to it from your teaser post. Still working away on my baskets from Trick or treat

  13. Love your blog, and love to visit!
    Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog to pick up your sunshine award!


  14. It's always so nice to see all the pretty things that everyone has completed! Thanks for sharing!

  15. It is so great to get new ideas thanks to the worldwide community of stitchers !!!
    The quilts frome Home Sweet Home are so beautiful, I am waiting for the Summer holidays to have time to sew it !!

  16. Thank you Alma for sharing all that wonderful work with us. You and Barb are so creative and I think we all draw inspiration from each other. thankfully thru the wonders of the internet we are all closer and our company of "friends" has expanded by hundreds - really enjoyed it ! Mel

  17. I caught up with your blog today, and everything I saw makes me want to run home and get busy!

    Alma, you're welcome to come on over and slide on my floor anytime. I'll even lend you some socks!

  18. Hi Alma!

    Could you please advise me where I could purchase the pattern (or book) for a pattern of this beautiful quilt? It is absolutely gorgeous!!!

    I've spent this afternoon reading your blog... full of eye candy and inspiration! THank you!!!! :-)

    Hugs! Vikki :-)

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