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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Dangers in the Water

I've commented before that I love sidebar surfing. I've met more lovely, talented people that way! But there are dangers in the water when you surf, and surfing the sidebars is no different.

One of my most recent expeditions started when I did a Google search of the terms "embroidery hand primitive" and visited Cinderberry Stitches, Natalie Lymer's site from Australia. I am always struck by the whimsy in many Australian designs. (Of course, they are in a land where they get to claim indigenous animals like kangaroos, kiwis, kookaburras and the duckbill platypus, so one would think whimsy might come naturally.) At Cinderberry Stitches I fell for this free pattern for a needlecase:

Interest piqued, I had to browse the rest of Natalie's designs and coveted "Christmas Mice"

and "Christmas Wishes."

At this point, though, I ran into a serious problem. Natalie doesn't sell patterns from her site. She does, however, have her "Stocklist" posted. Where, you might ask? In her sidebar, of course. I jump on my surfboard and, "Cowabunga!" I am off to Treasured Threads,
where my heart about stopped because there, on their home page, is the new quilt by another Australian designer, Leanne Beasley.

These folks are terrific, and in just a couple of emails my check for the full set was on the way to them! (That's what I get for surfing without a PFD - personal flotation device.)

I'm really hoping to use some of my Robyn Pandolph stash for this quilt, but just look at Treasured Threads fabric board:

Now, you think at this point I would be satisfied with my adventure, but there is always another wave (and another sidebar) to ride, isn't there?


Judith said...

I love those Australian designers too very much. I love the butterfly quilt, but well I have enough on my plate already. I am now doing her Journey of a quilter quilt.

Kathryn said...

Gosh, Debi! Don't I have enough stash from stitchers? I can't start on quilting patterns too. Luckily I am not as attracted to antique patterns, but one day I will get one of the McKenna Ryan patterns. They are amazing!

Shannon said...

Wow, Debi! Thanks for posting about me on your blog! :)

Enjoy the pattern! Send me some pics when you have your version put together and I'll feature it on my blog! :)