This summer I have been doing some hand work, specifically, a couple of embroidery pieces for Ella’s room at their cabin.  She has this sweet little space that has been outfitted with two antique twin beds, comforters, quilts, pillows and a tiny dresser tucked under the window. The teddybear is outfitted in a sweater I knitted for Ella when she was a baby and grew out of in and instant.   I found two darling designs on in their free design collection and they were perfect for her room.  There isn’t much wall space as you can see so these little framed pieces of stitchery added the right touch.  Most importantly, she was thrilled with them.

Taylor was very interested in what I was doing for Ella’s room so he and I discussed what I could stitch up for his room.  He decided he would like a combination of his favorite animal (tiger) and his favorite sport (football).  So, I turned to my wool felt stash and embroidery floss to whip up this little treasure for him.  He was thrilled.  This might be my last shot of stitching something he will be excited to have.  He displays it on his nightstand by his bed, which obviously makes grandma feel really good.

Recently we entertained a group of friends and thought I would share a couple of the recipes I made for the evening that really work nicely for buffet service and a large group. Best thing is, both could be made ahead of time, which is always an important part of entertaining for me.  It takes all the stress out of that last minute rush that happens when everyone has arrived.

For my table decor, I used my antique McCoy flower vases filled with zinnias I picked up at the farmer’s Market earlier in the day.  Nothing says summer like these brightly colored flowers.  I made the runner from scraps of cotton and linen canvas from the Cotton+Steel collection.  The strips are cut between 4, 5 and 6 inches and randomly pieced together with the same print at each end.  This piecing was the best for the fabric…no need for complicated piecing.  It was also completed in a jiffy…perfect for when you have a few minutes and you want to sew a little and get something done fast. I thought it was a perfect complement to the flowers and vases.

For the main course, I served a salad, garlic bread and baked spaghetti and meatballs.  I found a recipe in a recent Southern Celebrations Autumn magazine (which, by the way, has a lot of great recipes in it as well as fall decorating inspiration…worth picking up), I altered the recipe a bit knowing a few of my guests object to both green peppers and mushrooms. I also doubled the meatball recipe because half the crowd was men. It was very tasty and a hit with everyone.  I made two casseroles for my group and everyone was happy.  I stopped in at our local farmer’s market earlier in the day to pick up all the fresh ingredients for a hearty salad and we were all set.


For dessert, I made a strawberry shortcake trifle.  This should be made at least 8 hours in advance, which is why I always turn to it for a dinner party.  Also, guests can serve themselves which makes it even easier when you are busy with everything else going on.  I do make my own bundt cake for the trifle, but a purchased pound cake also works well.  A tall glass bowl works well for a trifle both for presentation and the height allows for many layers of cream and berries.



10 Comments on LITTLE STITCHES

  1. Dee (Delores)An(7/
    September 10, 2017 at 12:02 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for all the years of lovely patterns; fabrics; and of course, those fun Clubs! I just learned of your “closing” of your “shop” and while sad for us, am happy for you.

    I am one who can continue to make projects from the kits purchased and saved for my own retirement.

    I was recently contacted by a fellow quilter who has a client in need of the stencils for Pansy Park. I own a set with my kit. We can’t locate any more. May I draw them off on paper and copy the additional information for him to use on his client’s quilt top as she wants it quilted “exactly like the book”?
    Thank you.

    • thimbleberries
      September 11, 2017 at 7:58 am (4 years ago)

      By all means, do what you can to help him. Those items are no longer available.

      • De
        September 11, 2017 at 8:19 am (4 years ago)

        You are an angel!

  2. Diane
    September 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm (4 years ago)

    I made the spaghetti and strawberries recipes and everyone really liked them.
    Thank you for the recipes.

  3. Mary
    August 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I love all my Thimbleberries quilt books because of the quilts but also because of the decorating, recipes, and craft ideas. Thank you for blogging so that we can all still enjoy your talents.

  4. Gardener2
    August 24, 2017 at 3:27 am (4 years ago)

    You definitely have a gift for design. Thank you for sharing clear photos The tiger is my favorite.
    Question: what can you tell me about the blanket on Ella’s bed? We found a very long piece in the same color pattern in the home of my mother-in-law. The cloth resembles a blanket, but is much, much too long and narrow for a bed. I use it happily as a tablecloth. My cloth is blanket weight.

    • thimbleberries
      August 24, 2017 at 4:48 am (4 years ago)

      The pink large checked cover is a comforter from Ikea. The two quilts at the bottom of the bed are from my collection made from my fabrics and patterns.

  5. Mary Ann Darby
    August 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love those vases. Where did you get them? Such a pretty table.

    • thimbleberries
      August 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm (4 years ago)

      The vases are antique McCoy pottery. I collected them over the years when I would run into one at an antique shop that I liked. They made many different styles representing various flowers. One of the lilac ones was my mother’s, and of course my favorite. I think they were produced in the late 1940’s and you might be able to find them at antique stores as well as eBay.

  6. Diane Matthews
    August 23, 2017 at 5:55 am (4 years ago)

    I LOVE the pictures you post – and the ideas you come up with. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to keep us up to date on what you are doing. Even though I don’t know you I feel like you are a friend!


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