Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Bit of Magic Came in the Mail Today.....

Isn't it pretty?
It's the Friendship Inspired Crazy Quilt Block.
It came in the mail today from Melissa over at HoneyBeesBliss.

Let me take you on a little tour of this beautifully
stitched square of pure magic
Look at the beautiful detail;
the lovely tatting with beads stitched inside of
the rings of the Hens and Chicks edging
that Melissa tatted herself.

and the beautiful Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitched on the
cloverleaves of vintage tatted lace.

The crystal teardrop beads hang sweetly nestled
twixt the hanging flowerbells with peals of pearl.

The simple row of tatted lace
from a vintage hankie she acquired from somehwere.
The simple, yet very sweet, touch of handmade lace lends
an unknown story of whence it came.

The pearly heart...a sweet symbol of friendship

floats atop a soft sea of velveteen.

Let me take you to the "heart" of the square

lest we forget our angel in the center, because,

after all,

tatting is The Lace of Angels !

The glass beads stitched so sweetly atop the

silk ribbon roses embroidered on the

beaded lace swag

Can you see them?


A lacy flower peeks out

'neath golden threads of beaded stitching


Golden flowers with glass pearls afloat

in a sea of pearls, tiny silk roses, and vintage wedding lace.

And last, but not least,

Melissa's signature,

The Honey Bee...

Melissa means "Honey Bee"

A printed label marks the occasion of a
Friendship Inspired Exchange

of handmade goodies

accompanied by an uplifting card

with sweet sentiments of

a friendship inside

Thank You, Melissa!

I couldn't be happier.

I hope you get your package soon.

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, this concludes our tour of the Friendship Inspired CQ Square handmade by Melissa. I hope you enjoyed your stay and comments can be left in the comment box.... always thank you for visiting. Stop in again, soon.

45 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Thank you for the tour of your very special CQ friendship block! Melissa's work is stunning, but it's been made even more special through your very descriptive tour!

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Lace Lovin Diane, it was a pleasure to give you the tour...would have been funner to do it in person, but this will have to do for now... :)

Bonnie said...

I agree with Diane, I thought the CQ friendship block was beautiful when I saw it on HoneyBeesBliss' blog, your highlighted tour made it even more stunning!

TattingChic said...

Oh, thank you, Bonnie. I tried to do it justice. A photo just doesn't show it's true beauty and I really wanted to share how lovely it really is with everyone.

Melissa said...

LOL I LOVE your tour! You are so sweet! It is hard to photograph huh!?! I'm glad you love it and it makes me giddy that you notice all the little details! Now I need to check my mail again and see if your wonderful tatting is HERE YET!!!!!! I can't Wait!

TattingChic said...

Oh, good, I'm glad you like the tour, Melissa. You are right a photograph just doesn't do it justice. I'm still noticing things that just don't "show" in the photos even tho' I think the "tour" for sure gives a better idea of what it really looks like. There is sooooo much amazing detail.
I hope you get your tatting from me today!!!

Melissa said...

Still not here! So weird because there is no mail at all! LOL Maybe tomorrow! Hey did you ever click on the photos of the block on my blog? You can see more detail that way since it is way enlarged.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

You must be in heaven with that incredible designed piece! It is so beautiful, I think I'm drooling!
Hugs, Sherry

Donna Lynn said...

What a beautiful piece of artwork, and a lovely blog post to introduce us to the beauty of each area! This is destined to become a much treasured heirloom for future generations...

Thanks for sharing this with me!
Donna Lynn

Sandra Evertson said...

Just too Gorgeous!
Sandra Evertson

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Oh that's soooo pretty!! And the little Cherubs are precious. Loved it! ~ xoxo Joy

Wendy said...

Wow!!! It even looks more amazing with your detailed tour of the angelic beauty of this block. Thanks for the very inspiring tour.

Anonymous said...

I can understand the excitment, it's just amazing, you have an original Melissa. Glad to see you already got it.

Cami said...


Kathy said...

Thank you for the tour of your CQ friendship block. Love the close up pictures to see all the beautiful details. Wonderful embellishments with all the great tatting, lace and beads.

Trish said...

wow!!! oh my goodness, that is soo beautiful, what a wonderful item to receive (item seems the wrong word, but I can't think of another to give it justice)

Beverly said...

Oh my gosh! It is absolutely a work of art. Breathtaking.

TattingChic said...

Sorry, it didn't get there, yet, Melissa...I'm sure it will come today.

Yes, Sherry, I am in heaven, it is beautiful, thanks for the comment.

Donna Lynn, thanks for stopping by.
I think you're right, an heirloom, indeed.

Sandra Evertson, can you see your photo essay style rubbing off on me?

Joy, thank you for your nice comment, the angel is really sweet, isn't it?

Wendy, thanks for stopping by for the tour,today...LOL...I understand you got a personal tour of the block from Melissa, herself.

Verito, YES! "An Original Melissa" I like that. I'm glad you came by.

Thank you, Cami, good choice of 'word'.

Kathy, I'm glad you came by for the tour. Melissa is a very talented needle artist, isn't she?

Thank you, Trish, I think you put it IS a wonderful item to receive, you are absolutely right!

Thank you, Beverly. It is a work of art...and now to find a suitable frame.

Dantatter aka Susanne said...

It is stunning. Melissa is doing lovly work and you are a lucky girl.

Clyde said...

Thank you for sharing your friendship CQ Bloc. While it is beautiful to see the whole picture it is truly appreciated when a tour is given to point out all the details. The tour was a wonderful idea and I really enjoyed it.

TattingChic said...

Hi Susanne, thanks for stopping by and making such nice comments. I happen to agree with you wholeheartedly.

Clyde, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour...notice at the end I put "Ladies and Gentlemen" expressly for your benefit maybe it should say "gentleman" but you never know when another male tatter is lurking around the corner...LOL. Just kidding, thanks for coming to the tour and for your nice comment.

Tattycat said...

Thank you so much for the close up tour. It makes me see so much more! There are no words to explain how beautiful this is or how precious! I'm sure it will be treasured from years to come.

TattingChic said...

You nailed it, Tattycat. It is a treasure.

Rosemary said...

Really pretty!! Love the angel!
I guess tours our in this week.

TattingChic said...

Thank you for coming over to my tour, Rosemary. I enjoyed yours.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Truly a work of art!
Thanks for the tour!

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Becky. I'm glad you came on the tour!

Sharon said...

What a lovely gift! It is so vintage and antique looking! What will you do with it? Will you frame it?

:0) Sharon

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Sharon. Absolutely I plan to have it maatted and framed.

Carol Lawecki said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Melissa's quilt work is awesome. Your post is so eloquent, you do have a way with words and I enjoy all of your posts.

TattingChic said...

Carol, thank you for all your kind compliments! I am so glad you stopped by. I agree that Melissa's work IS awesome.

***Jon**** said...

You are one lucky girl to be the recipient of this beautiful masterpiece. I have been following Melissa's blog and have admired her beautiful quilt blocks. I don't have the eye to mix-and-match the way she does, so I'll continue to be an admirer.

OmonSan said...

Hi I'm flabbergasted! Both at Melissas work as well as the photos taken of it. You are both so talented! I really can't say more because I can't find the words...!

Tracy said...

There are not enough words to say how very beautiful this's breathtaking...a silken dream! Melissa did extraordinary work on this. I'm in awe...Happy Weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

TattingChic said...

Hi Jon, thank you for your comment. Yes, I agree, I am very lucky and Melissa is amazingly talented. I love her blog, too.

Thanks for stopping by, Omon. I'm sure Melissa apppreciates your compliment. I thank you for your kind words about my photography. I really can't take ALL the credit for it...It's my CAMERA...It's the BEST!!

Hi, Tracy! (((Hugs))) back to you! I like your choice of words..."a silken dream"...that's a good one. I like it.

Melissa, are you reading all these wonderful complements about your beautiful work?

Melissa said...

HAHAHAHHAAAAAAA I got to the end and I saw you talk to me to ask if I'm reading them...well I just stopped by and did! LOL
Thank you to everyone, you all are so sweet!

TattingChic said...

Well, of course!!! Why wouldn't you? I would...hee hee. I'm glad you can read all the great things people are saying about your block. It's so pretty!

Linda S Davies said...

You are one lucky lady, the CQ friendship block is delightful. I am so glad that I have so many American friends as I had never heard of crazy quilting before!

TattingChic said...

Hi Linda, yes, I consider myself very fortunate to have a talented friend like Melissa to exchange with. Thank you for visiting my blog today. Hope you come again, soon.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

O.K. so I left a really super awesome and funny comment here awhile ago and it vanished...probaly went to the place where my lost socks are...


ANYWAY, Lovely, terrific and beautiful. Lucky girl. What a fun thing for you and Melissa to do!

TattingChic said...

Your lost socks went to the mysterious world of zeroes and ones? WOW!!! How did you manage that?

But seriously folks, I'm glad one of your comments finally made it here. Thanks for visiting, Sherry :)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

This is so gorgeous. I have always wanted to learn how to tat. It's the Scandinavian in me! We have a wonderful celebration called Hostfest in the fall in my town. So many wonderful crafters and lots of gorgeous lace!

TattingChic said...

Elle, thank you for visiting and for your comment. Your town festival sounds like a wonderful event. I love going to festivals that are like that. How fun!
If you are ever serious about learning to tat let me know if I can help...point you in the right direction, so to speak.

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! I'd be honored to get such a gift. Make sure you post more pictures of it once you get it framed. Beautiful job, Melissa!

TattingChic said...

Hi Steph, thanks for coming by. Melissa does do beautiful work, doesn't she? Yes, I absolutely plan on posting more pics when I get it framed...might be a while, but it will get done.