Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Pretty Brat Button & A surprise CQ

Don't you just love surprises? I do and boy was I certainly surprised by an unexpected package I just received in the mail. I received a little white package postmarked from Washington - Hmmm??? Who could be sending me something from there? It was a tiny little package, barely weighing anything so I wasn't even sure there was something in it. OMG! Look what my friend Gerry made for me!

It's a cute little hand painted button of my darlin' Brat. You MUST check out Gerry's beautiful work - everything she touches turns to gold. You can see some of her other gorgeous button creations in her Etsy shop Olderrose .

Needless to say my heart skipped a beat and the tears started to flow - I miss her so much. She's been gone 4 months yesterday and I still cry when I think of her. Thank you Gerry, I love it!

Of course Brat had some company. Gerry also created these buttons for a few of my other CQ friends ... the top picture is of Pat's cutie pie Angell and the middle picture is of Cathy's adorable Boomer.

I've been busy working on finishing up some of my CQ projects. One in particular was just mailed today. Since I wanted mine to be a surprise with it's arrival, I am only going to post a few sneak peeks of the block and not the whole block.

A few months ago my friend Alice and I decided that we would like to do a One on One block swap. We both created a naked block and sent it to each other with the idea that there was no time frame. Alice told be she was of Dutch heritage and wanted hers to reflect a Dutch theme. Hopefully I've done her block justice.

The doily was made by my Greek grandmother many years ago. I found a cute little Dutch girl and used some Transfer Eze to stitch her to the middle of the doily. If you've never used Transfer Eze before - it is the best for transferring any design you want to fabric.

I want to give a shout out to a couple of CA chicks who work with my son Jason - I understand you two have been reading my blog instead of working LOL! Thank you Judy and Doreen for following along with me. Next time I'm in CA we'll have to set up a date to meet so you can learn how to Crazy Quilt! Can you do me a favor? Please go give Jason a hug for me and tell him his mommy loves and misses him.


  1. Beautiful work, NickiLee! Your friend is sure to love her block. And what a wonderful surprise receiving your special button!

  2. Your button is precious! and beautiful! and so are the others.

    LOVE Alice's block! You have really stitched that one up a storm!! and I love those clogs!!

    Have you decided if you want to send my piggies back and let me make a different block? That would be ok if you want to.

  3. I love this block. It is very beautiful. I love you silk ribbon embroidery. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing all the oics.

  4. I'm a new subscriber and this was the first post of yours that I saw. I'm so sorry for your loss. In case no one sent this to you before:

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...


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