This was a great mail week!
First, I received this lovely, handmade card from Kristyn for no reason at all. It was so nice to open the mailbox and find a beautifully written personal note full of kind thoughts. Thank you Kristyn for making my day!
Next, I received this gorgeous, impeccably made bag from Beki at artsy-crafty babe. I had been spying this bag for a while thinking I really don't need another bag - there was a time (pre-blog) when I used to make bags myself - and I have many to show for it. But then it went on sale and I knew had to have it.
This bag it so beautifully pieced and quilted, it's the perfect size, and the linen and cottons match my clothes so well. Yesterday I wore this bag to taikwondo practice and all the moms assumed I had made it -- but, Beki I promise that I quickly explained that I purchased it from an extremely talented blog friend. Thank you so much Beki - i love it.
Finally, I want to share with you the fabrics that I received on the mail for this month's 12 Squared Quilting Bee. I learned something important about color from this fabric combination and I would like to share it with you. When I first opened this package the red and white fabrics were grouped together and with all the blue and white fabrics my first impression was this will be a red, white and blue quilt. But then I realized that three of the fabrics contained just enough olive and tan to make a huge difference in the overall feel of the color scheme. Isn't it amazing how just one other color added to the traditional red, white and blue can transform the whole look into one very modern and contemporary quilt. I almost forgot - the gorgeous and modern color combo was sent by Sarah of Hip to Piece Squares. Thanks for the lesson Sarah!
On the home front, the kiddos picked basil, cilantro and thyme from the herb garden.
We used the herbs - along with olive oil, garlic, and lime juice - to marinade chicken breasts.
In knitting news, I'm still working on the cavern cardi but it may take a bit longer before I can share it with you because I'm thinking I may need to knit a belt with which to fasten it. I'll make that decision tonight when I get a bit of free time.
Have a Happy Fourth of July!!