Sunbonnet and Quilt Wall Hanging

My oldest daughter made two beautiful cross-stitch pictures for me.  One shows a back-to-school scene with a quilt, lunch pail, slate and books.  I placed this piece in a rustic wooden frame.

The second piece shows a quilt, and a sunbonnet on an old wooden chair.

I decided to make this into a  wall hanging, using a 3-½ inch Dresden Plate as the center and half Dresden plates along the edge.

The quilting is also done in a half-Dresden Plate design.

The finished hanging measures 18 x 23 inches.

It’s nice to have two new end-of-summer pieces to display.

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Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

For Mother’s Day, each of my daughters gave me something homemade and each had my favorite scottie motif.  My youngest daughter crocheted an afghan, using a cross-stitch pattern which she adapted.

It’s perfect with the black and red against a white background.  This is a large afghan – 54×68 inches.

My oldest daughter made up a wall hanging that included a page from an old cloth book, a miniature dress and a tin scottie plate.

There is a panel of a scottie purse stitched on even weave linen in the tiniest stitches imaginable.

A great Mother’s Day made even better by scotties!

A Biscornu Pincushion from Darlene

Today, I found in my mailbox an Easter gift from my blogger friend, Darlene.  She sent me a pretty card and a biscornu pincushion she had made.  I was familiar with this type of work only because Darlene had blogged about it with this web site as reference:

http://www.prettyimpressivestuff.com/biscornu.htm

I learned from this web site that a biscornu is an interesting 8-sided little pincushion.  The word “biscornu” (sometimes written “biscournu”) is derived from the French adjective meaning skewed, quirky or irregular.

Darlene’s tiny cross-stitch work is so beautiful.  What a nice surprise!