Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Fun...

I didn't post very much this month because I was so busy with the holiday season! I thought I would show you some pictures of the things that kept me busy. The picture above is a silk corsage that I made to send to Miss Carole. I didn't want to post the picture until I was sure she had opened her gift!

Here is a picture of Noah, my youngest child at his preschool program. I was a little bit happy and some sad. This is my last child in preschool! Last year his teacher would tell him to sing "Loud and Proud" and that is exactly what he did.

Within the space of about 4 days, we went to four music programs, celebrated our anniversary and celebrated a proud 7 year old birthday! He waits all year to get presents since his birthday is so close to Christmas.
We made Christmas cards that were our gifts to Jesus. Here is Noah, he had a great time!

My brother and his family came on Christmas day and we always do Dirty Santa. My nephew is the proud owner of a lovely elf hat! I don't think he reads my blog or even knows I have one! Ha!

Here is Eli with the other half of my nephew's gift. It was a lovely Reindeer tie that Eli stole from him. He thought that was pretty funny!

All in all it was a very nice Christmas and I promise, my next post will be back to crazy quilting!



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and the line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

May you have a Merry Christmas,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Some more Retreat Pictures!

I am not much of a picture taker, but this year at the retreat, I really tried to make an effort to take more pictures! I would sneak into the classrooms and take pictures of things people were working on. This is a cute little bumble bee that J. Marsha Michler taught. I can't remember who stitched this (or the following spider) so if you read this, please let me know who you are!

Here is a cute little spider that J. Marsha Michler also taught. He is almost a little too real!


Here is a beautiful paisley from the paisley class that Carole Samples taught. Again, could you leave me a comment if you are the one who stitched this?



Now, I do know who this is! This is Jane and she was very excited to be at the retreat this year! She was always in the first seat next to Carole Samples! I'll post more pictures as I get to it!
Talk to you later,





Thursday, November 18, 2010

Victorian Stitchery Retreat Contest Winners!


For the retreat, I had a contest. The only rules were that it be a six inch square and of course it had to be crazy quilted! The picture above is of Karen Guthrie who won first place. Her little mini crazy quilt square was just to die for! Congratulations Karen!



Here is a close up, it is just too cute and she started and finished it just a few days before the retreat.


Avis Nelson won second place with a crazy quilt teacup. I have to say I was grinning a little on this one because Avis took this as a class from me! Just so you know, I wasn't the judge for the contest! Congratulations Avis!



Here is Nark Royer with her little crazy quilt doll that doubled as a pin. She won third prize and look at that big grin! Congratulations Nark!

I'll post more pictures of the retreat as I have time, so keep checking back. It really was a week to remember.
Talk to you later,



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Victorian Stitchery Retreat is Over!


The Victorian Stitchery Retreat is over! It was a wonderful week filled with many talented students and some outstanding teachers! Here is a picture of a flower I made in Candace Kling's Fabric Flowers class. This flower is made out of silk fabric and I just love it! I am still cleaning up around here from the retreat, but as I have time, I will post more pictures from the retreat.

Talk to you later,

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This is one of the many flowers that Candace Kling taught today at the Victorian Stitchery Retreat. She is an awesome teacher and I can hardly wait for her class tomorrow on Ribbon Trims! As I get my other flowers done, I'll post them. This one is made totally out of silk fabric.

Talk to you later,

Monday, November 8, 2010

Paisley's and Butterflies!

I had a busy day, but I was so excited with what was done in the classes today that I had to share! This is the illuminated butterfly that J. Marsha Michler taught today. This paticular butterfly was stitched by Georgia McVicar and I thought she did an outstanding job!

Here is a lovely paisley that was made in Carole Samples class today! Tomorrow Candace Kling will be coming and I will be teaching, so I am positive you won't hear from me!
Talk to you later,



Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Start of a Busy Week!


Here is a picture of another little crazy quilt pin I made recently. I love making these short quick projects! The Victorian Stitchery Retreat starts tomorrow, so you won't be hearing from me all week, but I'll take lots of pictures to show you later on.

Have a great week and be sure to check in with our sponsor of Pink Saturday, Bev. Just click on the icon on the top left.

Talk to you later,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Pink Saturday!

On my blog, I very rarely venture away from crazy quilting. So read this post at your own risk because it isn't really a post on crazy quilting. I am not a big Halloween person, but I thought maybe it would be fun if a person could dress up as Marie Antoinette. She wore the most beautiful dresses!
Even Barbie has dressed up as Marie Antoinette! Most of the costumes that I found online were not really anything I would wear....so I guess it was just fun to think about. Who know's maybe I will make a crazy quilt Marie Antoinette something or other, that would be more my style!

Have a Happy Pink Saturday and remember to check in with our sponsor Beverly. Just click on the icon at the top right.
Talk to you later,



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More MCC Blocks, a much needed Update!






Here are blocks 8, 9 and 10 for the MCC Pansy Crazy Quilt. I only have 4 more blocks to piece! The other ladies involved in the making of this quilt have been doing an awesome job embellishing and stitching, I'll keep you posted as I recieve more finished squares!
Talk to you later,



Saturday, October 23, 2010


Yesterday it was raining and it felt a little bit like fall. I don't like winter, cold weather etc. I am a summer/beach girl. It was getting me down, but I stitched up some flowers and it felt like spring!

Have a happy Pink Saturday and don't forget to visit our sponsor Beverly. You can click her icon at the top right.

Talk to you later,



Friday, October 15, 2010

Candace Kling is Coming to Wichita!(and Happy Pink Saturday!)

Candace Kling will be coming to Wichita for the Victorian Stitchery Retreat! Aren't the pictures of her classes amazing? The picture above is some examples for her Vintage Ruching class.

This picture has some examples of flowers you would learn in her fabric flowers class. I think they are beautiful and they look just like the flowers that everyone is wearing this fall!


Here is a picture of her ribbon flower class, and again, they are amazing! If you would be interested in any of these classes and can come to Wichita, you may email me at pinkbunny@valeriebothell.com for more info.
Sorry I didn't post for Pink Saturday last week, my browser wouldn't let me log into my blogger account. Remember to check in with our wonderful sponsor, Beverly. Just click on the Pink Saturday icon on the top right of your screen and she will list other wonderful blogs you can visit.
Talk to you later,



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Judith Baker Montano is coming to Wichita!

Judith Baker Montano will be one of the teacher's for the Victorian Stitchery Retreat in November. She just sent me the most amazing pictures of her classes! Pictured above is her Cottage Garden class. She will be teaching this on Thursday, November 11th.

This is a picture of her Fuchsia Pouch that she will be teaching Friday, November 12th. Pictured below is her cute Chicken Bumble which she will be teaching Saturday, November 13th. If you have a chance to come to Wichita and take a class from Judith it really is a treat!


The entire retreat runs from November 8-13 in Wichita, KS and other teachers are J. Marsha Michler, Carole Samples and Candace Kling. It really is a wonderful variety of teachers and I hope you can make it to the retreat! You may email me at pinkbunny@valeriebothell.com for more information.

Talk to you later,



Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Pink Saturday!

Happy Pink Saturday! I have really had a good week, but it has kept me so busy that I didn't blog all week. If you follow my blog, you know that every year myself and 6 other very talented ladies make a quilt for the MCC sale in Hutchinson, KS. MCC stands for Mennonite Central Committee and they do a lot of wonderful things! They are known for helping with disaster relief and often are one of the first to arrive at the scene. This last year, we made a Valentine Crazy Quilt made from a pattern designed by Carole Samples. As I pieced the quilt, I made some changes from the original pattern but really I do love how it turned out.

Our group has met the wonderful person who bought the quilt. She is also a crazy quilter and we know it went to a really good home! She sent me the picture above and doesn't it just look perfect in her house!

I will be offering this quilt as a block of the month/online class starting this month. For more information on enrolling in this class you may go to my website, http://www.valeriebothell.com
I hope you have a good Pink Saturday and remember to visit Beverly our sponsor at www.howsweetthesound.typepad.com.

Talk to you later,

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Happy Pink Saturday!

Hi everyone! Once again, I have taken an unintentional break from blogging. Well I am back and once again grateful for Pink Saturday because it makes me blog. I have been really busy getting ready for the Victorian Stitchery Retreat and a few other projects that I have going. The picture above is something I did 7 or 8 years ago. It is done in all hand dyed ribbon.

Well, I hope you have a great day and remember to visit our wonderful sponsor of Pink Saturday, Beverly. You click on the Pink Saturday button on the top right to visit her blog.

Talk to you later,