June Junie June.  Can you believe it’s June already?  My spring has just disappeared in the mist and it feels like we just jumped from winter to summer.  It feels that way weather-wise too — it was cold for so long and now it’s pretty darn warm.  We’ll take it though, won’t we?  It’s been beautiful out there!

I had a busy weekend.  SweetiePie dropped in for a short visit.  We went shopping for CuteNiece1’s upcoming birthday but I forgot to buy wrapping paper.  Pinterest to the rescue  !  I found a cute gift wrap that would use the little flower loom that I’ve saved since I was a little girl.

Thimbleanna: Yarn Flowers

SweetiePie and I played with the loom and I was surprised that I remembered how to make these little flowers.  I used leftover yarn from this fun bag.  It pays to be a hoarder!

Thimbleanna: Yarn Flowers

I also managed to do a teeny bit of applique this weekend.  I’m working on the center block from Phebe in the book Primarily Quilts by Di Ford.  I love using that green and white stripe for flower stems — but you already know that from my last post.  I had some of the green stripe from Bonnie and Camille’s Scrumptious line in my stash and I figured I’d use that because the stripe that I ordered at market wasn’t scheduled to be here until the end of summer.

Thimbleanna: Phebe

But yesterday, the vendor called and said the stripe I ordered is no longer available.  I’m distraught!  I REALLY wanted that stripe to use on The Aunt’s Quilt!!!  What are WE going to DO???

If it’s any consolation (I don’t think it is?) guess who’s here????

Thimbleanna: Ghastlies

The Ghastlies* arrived on Friday and they’ve already found a friend among my fabric bolts. That’s the 1/8″ black and white stripe from Timeless Treasures. If you’re a fan of Red Pepper Quilts, you recognize this stripe as one of her favorites for quilt bindings. If you need some of either fabric, they’re in my little shop. ;-D

Have a Good Week!

*As I mentioned when I returned from market, this is rumored to be the last of the Ghastlies line!

26 Thoughts on “June?

  1. Oh those flowers are lovely – the colours are great!

  2. I love the Phoebe quilt!! It’s going to be wonderful to see your version. Your colourful flowers are so springy and zingy and look wonderful on that parcel.

  3. The birthday parcel looks fun! Somehow it’s even better because it’s “just” wrapped in brown paper with a fancy homemade flower on it. I bet CuteNiece1 loves it! :o)

  4. I have thought to do a quilt from Di Ford’s book and of course have not gotten to it yet – still trying to get a few things finished before I jump into yet another quilt.

  5. Just love that gift wrap. What a clever idea.

  6. Well, how cute is that flower wrap idea?!!! (Very..)
    I love your applique stems. I’ve been quite taken with Di Ford’s (and other of the Australian quilters’) beautiful interpretations of antique quilts. I look forward to seeing your version develop!
    Okay ~ off to catch up on your recent posts! I’ve been away and then returned, sick as a dog, so I’m waaaaay behind.

  7. Cute parcel! It seems I’m not the only one with ambitious plans doing two big quilts. Great start with your Phebe quilt. What a shame about the striped fabric. Hopefully you’ll find a substitute you like as well.

  8. jenny on June 2, 2014 at 11:53 am said:

    sorry the green stripe is a no go Anna, i know you were jazzed about that one…the bonnie and camille looks lovely…last day of school for the kiddos…how is the world did that sneak up on me?

  9. Oh no – what will we do without the green stripe!!??
    I love the gift wrap – I think I have a flower loom somewhere!

  10. Love your start of Phebe…. Great fabric choices…sorry about the green stripe though!!!

  11. Send me the stripe info. You know we have a quilt store here that has so much fabric it may be possible they still have it. I’ll check.

  12. Happy birthday wrapping! I wouldn’t want to open it. Clever and I’ll have to remember to do something like that for my own gift giving purposes. I’m sorry your green stripe it out of stock forever. That is just such a letdown. :(

  13. Hope that you manage to work out your stripey dilemma, it is horrible when you are planning something only to have your plans whipped away from you. The parcel flowers are lovely and such a great finishing touch to a present for someone and so lovely that they can be kept and used too, like an extra gift really! xx

  14. Mary ann on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm said:

    Still not looking…lol. I have moved on from Swoon…its done but of course now I have decided I need a neutral Sketch for the backing so have to wait on that to arrive. And I am almost done cutting out Jaybirds “Delight” using the lovely Beauty Queen for the hexagons and then lots of the low contrast pieces I have been buying this year. Hoping I love it!

  15. brigita on June 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm said:

    :runs to the Thimbleanna shop and scoops some up before it’s too late.
    My friend made some Ghastlies pillowcases a couple of years ago for all of her grandchildren and gave them each a copy of Gashliecrumb Tinies to go with it. She said the parents could decide when they were old enough to get the book, but that she was giving it all to them at the same time. Our neighbor popped by the other night and she has a 10 yo boy and he got a kick out of that book. He was roaring with laughter. I asked him, “Hunter, would you like to see my favorite ABC book?”. And a little uncertainly he replied “Uh, uh, suuuuure”.
    oh sheesh. pays to be a hoarder??? i KNEW the very SECOND i saw that yarn, and that flower, that somehow you were going to put in a plug for saving things for a million years, but it got WORSE… you saved the flower loom since you were a LITTLE GIRL!!!!!! i gave my yarn to a knitter friend who has it with HER yarn hoard now, got rid of it as soon as i finished the last stitch. now that i’m working on my hoarding problem, lol, we have to get me quilting!!!!
    Okay, well…. i’m not the first commenter, but i’m probably the only one who wrote a chapter to a book.
    have a great night Anna Banana!!!
    :waves madly

  16. what a sweet package! love the yarn flowers.
    that new ghastlies fabrics is so great. reminds me of the cat in the hat

  17. Only you, Anna, would make complicated little flowers instead of popping to the nearest shop to buy wrapping paper. You’re a wonder.

  18. Oh what a gorgeous way to wrap a present. I love the flower loom, so cute. They could be back in trend right now. The ghastly fabric always looks fantastic and I love the black and white striped fabric too. Enjoy your summer weather. We are still having warm days of around 20 degrees with only 1 day of rain in May so it seems autumn weather will be staying with us a bit longer until winter arrives. I am waiting for cooler days already!

  19. Gotta love a striped binding! I love the ghastille print, so full of personality. Beautiful gift wrapping! A lovely little present heralding summer.

  20. You are a clever girl!! That parcel looks too good to open. Enjoy your appliqué.

  21. Those package flowers are so pretty. What great colors! You’ve had that since you were a little girl, that’s so sweet.
    Oh the Ghastlies, what would we do without them?

  22. Jody on June 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm said:

    Groovy flowers.

  23. Such a lovely parcel, those candy coloured flowers are gorgeous! So sorry to hear you can’t get the green stripe….I have had that kind of thing happen to me…….really disappointing when you set your heart on a certain ‘look’!! Maybe you will be able to track some down somewhere?!
    Happy week.
    Helen xox

  24. Can’t wait to see more of your Phebe quilt! I’ve seen lpts of photo’s of that quilt on Dutch blogs but they are all very traditional and I’m sure you will make one I love!

  25. What a fabulous wrap idea. Methinks, reading all the comments, that you may have started a trend!

  26. YES I LOVE the stripes, both the green ones and the black ones, you’re tempting me Anna!! :)

    What a beautiful center you’re starting to make, I browsed this book, hadn’t heard of it. Wish I wasn’t in a self-commanded-ordering-BAN!!! LOL

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