Saturday, February 28, 2009


This is one of my "stitching buddies", Pearl. We rescued Pearl in January in freezing ice and snow from an Industrial Park where Pearl and her litter mates had been abandoned. Pearl was the only survivor. Had her vet-checked and off to our farm, for a new life of love and warmth. Three days after bringing her home, Pearl became ill. At the animal hospital, we were told Pearl would not survive the night. But she did! We made several trips a day to the animal hospital to sit in the quarantine unit, and hold this tiny kitten with ivs, laying on a heating pad; letting her know that she was not abandoned again.
Ten days later, we were able to bring our 1 1/2 pound girl home from the hospital. Pearl was named after all the beautiful black pearls we saw in Tahiti. We are smitten by our fuzzy black Pearl! If you would like to offer help for rescued animals, please visit Your daily click only takes seconds and provides bowls of food to animal shelters all over the US.

Rose Block for 2009 Wall-hanging

This is a 9" square block I designed for the 2009 ArtBra Project Wall-hanging. This year's theme, thanks to Barbara Blankenship, incorporates roses and deep rose silk doupioni mixed with other rose-color fabrics. Please visit the ArtBra Ladies Flickr to see all the blocks. This year promises another outstanding wall-hanging which will be donated to a Breast Cancer Center in the US.

The center patch is a Scalamandre silk embroidered Lampas inspired by 19th Century French embroidery. It is accented with a vintage rose lace motif. In the bottom right corner, the rose damask patch is embellished with hand-dyed pale pink and soft yellow 3/4" silk satin rolled roses accented with variegated silk ribbon, white rice pearls, a brass perfume bottle charm and a French glass flower bead.

Three Spider Web Roses at the bottom of the block were created with Sorbet RibbonRuffles with a glitter edge and accented with Marigold Rococo Lace buds.