A Gift for A Friend

This is a little gift that I made for my friend, Joan, for her birthday. She has two cats whom she calls “Inside Ollie” and “Outside Ollie”.   Inside Ollie came first….then she adopted “Outside Ollie” from her yard.   They both live inside now and fight like crazy.   So…two cats…Inside Ollie and Outside Ollie.   Joan loves it!!!

The pattern is from Chessie and Me and you can find it here at the House of Stitches…I modified it a bit to suit my needs.

The wonderful little black scissors are Italian made and very sharp.  I adore these scissors and have bought them as gifts for friends several times.  You can find them here at Anitas Little Stitches.  Because they are so sharp, I created a pocket on the back to hold the scissors when they are not in use.    It was such fun to make.

Joan and I have been friends for a long time….I am blessed by her friendship as she is one of those people I can always count on.     We all need people like this in our lives and I am so grateful.

This is not the surprise that I mentioned in my last post.   That gift is still making it’s way across the ocean.   As soon as she receives it, I can show you the photos.

On Friday this past week I attended the huge International Quilt Show here in Chicago.   There were hundreds of vendors from everywhere and thousands of women shopping just like me.    I confess though that I really didn’t see very many new things at the vendor booths.   So much I have seen years before.  However, the quilts were exquisite and it was inspiring to see such beautiful work.   I did not take photos because most of the quilts could not be photographed.    Unfortunately, this was the last year for this particular show here in Chicago.   From now on it will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio.   I probably won’t be attending every year like I have for so many years as it is too far and will be cost prohibitive.    But it will be wonderful for all of those women who live in that area of the country!    Put it on your calendar if you live anywhere near Cincinnati!!!

Note:    Haven’t finished my Eiffel Tower yet.

Amities,   Averyclaire


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Apr 18, 2010 @ 22:51:07

    So cute and I love the scissors!


  2. Sue McB
    Apr 18, 2010 @ 23:17:50

    Clever cross stitch – not surprised your friend loves it.
    Checked out those scissors – what a great selection available, we certainly don’t have such a wide range easily available here.
    All the best.


  3. Margaret
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 05:40:37

    What a beautiful gift! I love the cats’ names! lol! I’m glad you enjoyed the quilt show. Probably better for the pocketbook if you didn’t see much new a the vendors. lol! Such a bummer that the show is moving!


  4. Jackie
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 05:58:00

    A very thoughtful gift and I’m sure it’s very much appreciated! I loved reading the story behind it all.


  5. Siobhan
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 04:29:15

    What a neat gift!! I love that, Inside Ollie & Outside Ollie. Very cute. 😉 I can imagine how amazing the quilt show was! I used to go to one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and oh my gosh. Walking around would be like setting my nerves on fire. I just wanted to create create create.


  6. anne prunet
    Apr 21, 2010 @ 01:48:02

    Your cross stitching is absolutely lovely, whatever season it shows!
    I am so fortunate to have the most beautiful biscornu you embroidered. It is displayed in our living room.


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