To Quilters Connection Guild, Greenwood, Indiana and beyond!

I finished up my latest stitcheries before I set off to Greenwood to meet the members of the Quilt Connection Guild

A pink chameleon showcasing both Mola Barbara and double-sided interweaving,


and an orangey-brownish creature with silk ribbon couched down behind singly stitched cross stitches.


You might notice the chain stitch, fly stitch, stem stitch and running stitches, not to mention the lazy daisies and french knots!! It was all good practice for what was to come.


Thursday evening saw a happy crowd of quilters gathered to complete some business before my Safari Through African Folklore Embroidery talk.

Here’s a small portion of the group listening intently to the announcements…


The talk went well, questions were answered, prizes awarded and the rules of AFLE outlined ready for class the next morning. The ladies set to work…

DSC05379Rules were broken (did you notice that hoop?) but all was well and stitching continued!

DSC05382I managed to catch most of the stitchers for a picture before they left. Some were in a bigger hurry than others.

Here is a turtle off to a good start.

DSC05383This one’s a flowerpot beginning to blossom.

DSC05384Two baskets and an owl…

DSC05385Another owl and the topiary design.

DSC05386A snail begins to emerge on its black background.

DSC05387And three happy ladies with a lizard, a rose and a peacock!

DSC05388 Some of the group were experienced needle women and some were new to handwork but we all had a good time and we certainly paid close attention to rule 5 which is… Have fun!!


The fun continued into the evening with a trip to Crimson Tate in downtown Indianapolis. Agnes drove, Suzie navigated and I sat in comfort!!

Even with the GPS I think I might have had problem with the I-65 being shut down and all, but the locals knew their way and here is the store, set in an up and coming area of the city,

DSC05392complete with welcome banner on the pink bicycle out front.

DSC05393Suzie was obviously well known in the store and we received a very warm welcome… she says she hasn’t made many purchases?


There was a lot to examine, all sorts, including the latest Japanese linens and double gauzes.

DSC05390It was very difficult but I managed to make a choice and completed my purchase from business owner Heather.

DSC05389I already want to go back, if I lived in Indianapolis I know this would be my new local quilt store… but I don’t so here’s what I bought, displayed at home. It’s the new Koi collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 fabrics.


Time to get back to some sewing…

but first there is some preparation to be done before a trip to Cleveland next week…