I needed to make time for this project before the holidays, but that sure didn't happen. In a way, I'm glad.
As part of a holiday gift exchange with the Austin bee I belong to I received a box of delightful goodies from my friend and fellow Alliance Board member, Frances Holliday Alford. I received yoyos, small hand-embroidered squares, among other delights.
My 16-inch (still unfinished at the edges) quilt is called, "My Kind of Candy Store", which is a collaboration of sorts between myself and the queen of all bower birds, my friend Frances. Frances has a collection of embellishments that would put any bead and embellishment store to shame. Her new studio space in Vermont, aptly named "Embellishments" is a sort of wonderland that would bring any beading enthusiast to tears. I was on hand to watch Mark Lipinski perform a sort of "self-baptism" into the bead religion at the altar of Frances' bead studio. You think I'm making this up? I have photos:
Mark's expression of amazement as he enters the "bead and embellishment" room
Mark immerses himself in the riches of Frances'
color-separated bead drawers. A separate drawer for every color.
Here is an image of the stacked jars of smaller beads and spools.
Here is the quilt I created with my Spoonflower cloth, beads, and Frances' yoyos: