a sneak peek
Just when you thought I had taken ENOUGH photos of the baby penny rugs, there’s more!   Sorry ;-) I just love the timid white wool and the gentle, pretty colours! The back of the quilts look like softly folding meringue …

meringue back
And besides, I had to let you know, they were both ready to go, 4 hours before the shower started.  That’s a record for me.  I’m usually still stitching 5 minutes after we are supposed to have left!

I bought some beautiful Mi-teint pastel card at the art shop – palest blue and palest green – to enclose the penny rugs …

ready for giving
… and I found the most perfect bee buttons at a sweet new shop here in Brisbane – Peppermint Stitches.

baby bees
They sell beautiful embroidery threads, embroidery linens, Weeks Wools, the prettiest patchwork fabric, heaps of Moda, lovely cross stitch patterns and a range of all the patchwork and sewing books I would choose if asked.  All elegantly laid out in a little old shop that you can just imagine served as corner store to the established neighbourhood for at least one hundred years.  My kind of shop.

Oh, and whilst I was there, the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric arrived.  Hee! hee! hee! Oh my have I been coveting this fabric for ages!  Stacy is going to call me as soon as the rest of the fabric arrives (only one box of two was delivered) and I’m going to make a bee-yoo-ti-ful quilt with it.

But I digress, back to the bees.  These wee twin boys, expected to arrive in the next 5 weeks, are Bee Babies (Bee being their family name) so these buttons finished off the rugs perfectly.

blue colourway
Ahhhhh ….. this has been such a lovely project – I can’t wait until Lucia pops out those babies so that I can embroider their names on and finish!

green colourway
Lucia just loved the rugs – and that was really nice.  Isn’t it lovely making things for people! And the baby shower was lovely.  She received so many wonderfully thoughtful gifts – another teacher made a fabulous quilt with some lovely Japanese fabrics – white with little coloured cars – and on the back she had machine embroidered “Bee Boys Baby Blanket” for Four Bees!  There were boxes of treats to read before, use during and help out after, a lovely yellow knitted sweater, and the P.E. department gave two of the most high tech baby bouncers I have ever seen – they massage the babys’ backs!  Lucia was quite overwhelmed – as if having twin boys wasn’t overwhelming enough!

Now on a slightly bizarre note, our rubbish is collected on a Tuesday morning – which would be yesterday, and I place our rubbish – of which I try to accumulate little – in tied bags, placed in the big wheelie bin which this week, was topped by a deep pile of leaves I had swept up from under the back stairs (pathetic I know, it should have gone into the compost but that’s another story).  So Julian arrived home from the gym this morning – Wednesday – with a funny little handful of bits he had picked up from further up the road …

a bit strange
yeeeeess, that’s right, Saturday morning’s offcuts and one discarded yellow penny – and the receipt from the deposit I placed on my new spectacles last week with my name and all. Bit disconcerting!  How ever did these bits find their way out of a tied bag, from under 1 metre of leaves?!?!

p.s. on a more creative note – left over wool, we’re talking little tote bag for little people, we’re talking pennies, we’re talking tic-tac-toe, we’re talking wee play in red and blue, we’re talking super peachy!   Check back tomorrow to see!

baby bees and penny showers

7 thoughts on “baby bees and penny showers

  • June 18, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I was sure you would complete these on time (with time to spare? impressive!). I’m glad they were well-received!!!!

  • June 18, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful penny rugs. It has been wonderful watching them evolve. Such pretty photos – don’t apologise for them, we are loving them.

  • June 18, 2008 at 11:39 pm


    That is the most charming and darling penny rug quilt I have ever seen!!! I absolutely love it.
    I hope to learn how to make one some day…

    Hmmm – it is a bit disturbing to see the little “penny” ended up by the road…

  • June 18, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    I love the orange little pennies on top…they are so cute. I have been watching these come along and they are so cute, I think that I might me coveting them. Yikes! I would have loved to find that kind of garbage in the streets–that face is too cute!

  • June 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Lily,
    These are just divine! What a special gift. They look like such fun to make and I love how neat the back of your work is – clever girl. Perhaps you could add this to your collection of patterns to write and sell? And your colour selection is wonderful :)

  • July 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    absolutely adorable!!! They are something that will certainly be cherished.

  • July 15, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Hello, I just found you, via Sew Mama Sew. And wow, what a find! Such inspiration and colour and wonderful stories you have to share.
    I’ll be back for more looking.
    And thanks for the link to Peppermint Shop. I, too, live in Brisbane and love to find new places for fabric dreaming (spending).
    I especially like these little penny rugs.

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