Sunday, August 28, 2011

I'm so Lucky!!


Look at what arrived in my mail box last week...

The world's most beautiful cushion!!! Made specially for me by Melissa P of 100 Billion Stars blog!! She was lucky to get a sneak preview of Sis Boom's latest range West Indies and as soon as she saw the blue toile fabric, Matillda in Brandy, she knew it had my name on it. It is reminiscent of an out of print fabric called Nuala that I Love!! And so I was privileged enough to receive this amazing gift!!

Isn't it fun the way the birds are fussy cut so they're both admiring the perfectly cross stitched R. As I was taking this photo I kept hoping a bird would land in the tree and look like the fabric.

And the back is scrumptious too!! Also from the West Indies range, Chandler in blue. This fabric is just asking to be a border or even a whole cloth quilt. I like the idea of quilting by following the flowing blue pattern.
But wait there's more... A beautiful mug rug!! made of all West Indies fabric. A sampler of yumminess!! I look at it and think "I need that one, and that one and .. oh, I really need all of them!".
Beautiful spiral hand stitching that looks like rays of sunshine. There's something really special about hand stitching, as though thought has been put into every stitch.
The next thing I pulled from the envelope made me laugh! Melissa very kindly made me some piping. There's an irresistible Ruffle Cushion pattern in Jennifer Paganelli's Girls World book that can also be made as a pin cushion. I was keen to make it but I was a bit nervous about making the piping. I mentioned it to Melissa and she made some for me!! Isn't that just the nicest thing ever!! I have no excuses now! :-)

A mixed bunch of yo yos!! Melissa is so good at using yo yos in her projects to add a bit of fun.
Isn't it wonderful when you see fabrics colours reflected in nature!
Gbf said I should post a You Tube video of me dancing around the lounge room with my new cushion. I thought I'd better not because then you'd all think I really Was mad.
I'm just over the moon about my beautiful presents.
Thank you Melissa!!!


Ps West Indies is now in the shops. Quilthome and Sew Mama Sew have the full range.

21 comments:

Sasha said...

You are so lucky!!! They are all very very pretty!!!

Patchwork and Play said...

A very special present for a special girl! The cushion is SO pretty! Lucky, lucky you! Enjoy!

Suzee said...

Look at all those goodies!!Opening that package was like opening a bag a Skittles!! lol Seeing that pillow with the cross stitching makes me want to get my (unfinished) cross stitching projects out again! And Rachael.. I would love to see that vid!! haha

Sew Pretty Dresses said...

Melissa is SUCH a beautiful creative spirit! I am sitting here SO excited with you at all she has made. Her work is AMAZING! LOVE that sweet girl!

Marg said...

So exciting, such a wonderful present. Such beautiful things, lucky you.
Looking forward to seeing your ruffle pin cushion!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Rachael...wow, that blue fabric is simply stunning...What gorgeous gifts you received this week...Aren't blogging friends the best!!! It's an absolutely beautiful day here...have a great one...Dzintraxxxxxo
PS...did you end up having the duck?

Shay said...

It's fun to have such talented friends. The cushion really is so beautiful.

I for one already know you're barking mad and consider it part of your charm so a You Tube video wouldn't have fazed me at all.

Melissa P said...

No, thank you! For always sharing your love of life, color and fabric with the world. Like Dzintra says, blogging friends are the best! I'm looking forward to seeing what great things you get up to with West Indies.

In the meantime, I'm settling for my mental image of your happy dance.

Karen 'n Chris said...

What a wonderful bag of awesome gifies. I too would love to see that vid - lol.
And I do so agree with the "I want that one and that one and that one and ooooh that one too and that, oh and dont forget this one. Have I missed any? A mash of colour that is just so you.

Mary said...

I would say you are well deserving of such a wonderful gift! They are fantastic! Love the bright, vivid colors....so Rachael! Love the handquilting....lucky, lucky you!!!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful present! That cushion is delightful!
I say go the you tube video LOL...

Karen said...

I think you have really hit the jackpot there. All your gifts are lovely but I do agree that the cushion is very special. Gorgeous fabric. I can see why you are so pleased!

circle retreat quilter said...

A great delivery, they all look so good.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

I don't think it gets any better than presents from friends in the mail does it :-) Lovely ones too! xx

Janet said...

What a fabulous lot of goodies, the cushion is gorgeous and I love the mug rug too. Such deliciouis fabrics. Lucky, lucky you.

Deb said...

You are very lucky!!!! Love the colours of the fabrics

Silver Threads of Happiness said...

Such lovely things you've received in the mail and a perfect post for me to mention that Miss Lucy Rabbit is on her way to your house currently. Sorry she spent such a long time at my place, she is bringing you a little present by way of apologies.

melissa said...

I bet you are over the moon, such beautiful pressies and SO you! Blog buddies are the best, enjoy your goodies Rach!

x

Melody said...

I have to agree, that is one of the most beautiful cushions I have ever seen. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Karen said...

What a score! Isn't this crafty world just wonderful.

Jennifer said...

I thought I had commented but guess not that Melissa is full of surprises and I'm in love with her coffee mug mats..Maybe cause you are so genteel and kind that you attracted the same qualities in our Melissa..All of you such lovebugs it makes my heart dizzy with excitement. Happy New Year!

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