Friday, October 24, 2014

Boxwood & Berries 2014 ~ The Journey Begins...

This year the Bittersweet Sisters returned to Boxwood & Berries at the Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin where we met several years ago.

Before class started, we had to make a few stops:

JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie.
Don't you love the antique cheddar quilt with the matching antique children's chairs?!

And Cottage House Primitives in Lodi, WI where we had to visit the ducks.
We had a delicious lunch at Coffee Grounds right on Main Street and I definitely recommend it.

That evening Jeanne hosted a meet and greet for the class.

As always the Schoolroom was lovely

With inspiration all around.

We had a great time. Jeanne's friend Ruth had an antiques booth filled with treasures (as you can see behind us) and there were many quilt shop samples for sale.

The next morning we were all excited to get started.

I had my supplies all ready in an old wood box I bought a few months back. 
An old velvet pincushion fit perfectly in one of the sections.

At each of our seats, we found this:

A fabulous vintage brazing dish / tray with the date stamped in the bottom - mine is dated 1952.
A sweet little journal for taking notes
Boxwood and berries in a paper cone
A Country Sampler corner gauge and needle minder
and Our first Maggie project!

It was hard to get a photo of the entire piece.
I just love this design and couldn't wait to get started!

Later in the day, Maggie gave a trunk show of all the wonderful items in her new book, "Thistle Down Moon". All of the projects in the book are wonderful, but seeing them in person I soon realized that they were even more divine! How is that possible? :)

We were all struck by this wonderful project and Maggie's unique framing.
The best news was that Country Sampler has it kitted!

I made some good progress during my time at Boxwood & Berries and this is how far I got before heading home.

Well, this is just the beginning... I'll be sharing more in the next several posts.
Stay tuned until the end, when I will have a giveaway of some little treasures accumulated along the way...

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ."
~Ephesians 1:3 

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My happy place

Was at my happy place this week

Enjoyed every minute! Had to leave a few days early :( but don't feel too bad for me.

 Now I am enjoying a warmer climate down in Florida. 

Will share a detailed report of Boxwood and Berries upon my return. (When I don't have to blog from my phone :)

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Garden's Last Gift & Away I Go...

My Indian Corn is dried and ready to hang.
I love how the colors come out as it dries.

Late in the summer we replaced a clematis that didn't make it this year. 
I thought I would have to wait a full year to see the flower on this new variety.
But I was pleasantly surprised one recent morning to see this:

I love it!
What a lovely surprise.

Well, my homework is done, I'm just about packed and I will soon be on my way.

Boxwood & Berries, here I come!
I'll be back with a full report as soon as I can...

"Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands alone.
Standing side by side,
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide."
~Mark Miller

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Amish Country ~The End

On our last day, Aileen went out for her morning coffee run and found that a lot of Amish people were heading in the same direction - on their way to a flea market.
She picked us all up and away we went. 
What a wonderful experience! The flea market was half Amish and half English.
I was mezmerized by all the animals for sale.

My oldest son loves ducks, so I texted him this photo and asked if he would like a souvenir.
His response ~ "Yes, please!"
He was a little disappointed when I brought home cinnamon rolls and peanut butter instead of a duckling... :)

My favorites were the turkeys and the peacock.

Look at that face :)

There were lots of puppies and bunnies too. 
I chose not to think if those bunnies were for pets or for dinner...

 A bit out of town we stopped at a Mennonnite fabric shop.

I've never seen a cleaner and more organized fabric shop!
It was immaculate!

I tried to be good, but did end up buying a few things from the fabric shops that we visited.

On our way out of town, we couldn't resist taking this photo (while still trying to respect their culture.)

A mom and her 9 children.
We did get caught, when the little girl tried to see where her dropped juice box had gone...

And in a few short hours it was back to home sweet home.

"And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God."
~Micah 6:8

Blessings, Patti

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amish Country Part 2

Shipshewana is filled with shops. One of my favorites - A Thankful Heart.
I love the name and this sweet shop is filled with primitives and handmades.

There are also several nice antique shops

Rebecca Haarer Arts & Antiques

and Fisher's Antiques

Don't you just love their sign?!

This item caught my eye in a glass case. I wasn't sure what it was, but knew that I had to find out.

So glad that I asked to see it!
It's a needle case! The outside is a super soft leather that you see at the top.

There is a little place for your thimble and the two ends are velvet pincushions.

I'm so pleased with my treasure and found a bone stiletto and crochet hook as well.

I also bought this 1858 Mason jar - I love the bubbly, wavy blue glass.

And this Bennington, Vermont jug. It's been cracked and glued in many, many places, but the price was definitely right. The painted crocks like this are usually out of my price range and I really appreciate the effort that someone took to save it...
Soon after we were married, my husband and I took a long road trip to Bennington :)

My final purchase has a story...

Last year at a primitives show, I found this incredible piece. I was mezmerized as I had never seen anything like it. It was out of my price range, but I admired it for quite some time. 
They called it stumpwork. It reminded me of punch needle, except that the loops are sheared off and sculpted.
Fast forward to Shipshewana, where I found this:

Here is some of the detail.

All done with wool thread.

The edges have three layers of tongues and the backing is solid red.

I am so happy with all of my treasures, especially my stumpwork coverlet!

I'll have one more post of Amish Country Fun...

"Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal."
 ~Isaiah 26:4

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Offerings...


          We have officially arrived at my favorite season of the year ~ Autumn!
My offerings this month reflect my favorite bounty of the season.

My first offering this month is a lovely autumn table runner that can take you from September right through Thanksgiving. I’m so sorry to say that I have misplaced my pattern and therefore can’t give the designer her proper due… once located, I will mention it here on my blog. This 12 inch by 31.5 inch runner has some lovely unique components.


A penny border on the two ends, loose sunflower petals that add a bit of movement, and a bit of embroidery on the petals, pumpkin and leaves. This runner is made of hand-dyed wools and is backed with a coordinating tweed flannel. As with all my creations, it is completely hand stitched.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~


Vintage Velvet Pumpkins are created from unique vintage hand dyed velvet ~ they have a wonderful sheen and feel! They are hand stitched and stuffed and feature a real pumpkin stem. They measure approximately 4 inches across by 3 inches tall including the stem. “Vintage Velvet Pumpkins” are offered at $20 each plus shipping.
Please specify: Peach or Gold.
~*Deep Orange is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

My final offering is “Harvest Moon Pocket Watch Necklace” This unique necklace is based on several Stacy Nash motifs including a black cat, lantern, the harvest moon and several stars. The Pocket Watch case measures approximately 2 inches across and hangs from a 30 inch vintage look ribbon. If you prefer, the ribbon can be shortened and you can use it as a scissor fob. The wee stitches were done “over one” for a very detailed petite design. “Harvest Moon Pocket Watch Necklace” is offered at $24 plus shipping.

 If you are interested in purchasing anything, just send me an email at 
I can send a paypal invoice or I also accept checks and money orders.

Enjoy the splendor of autumn…
Blessings, Patti


Monday, September 29, 2014

A trip to Amish Country

My stitching girlfriends and I spent last weekend in Amish country ~ Shipshewana, Indiana.
I think it has been almost 20 years since I was there last. I had an Amish friend, Leanne, who lived outside this town that I would visit frequently. Unfortunately, after the birth of her fourth child, we lost touch as life became too busy.

Not much has changed in all those years, thankfully. 

On our way, we stopped at House of Stitches in LaPorte, Indiana.
A very nice large shop with a great inventory and a very helpful staff.
Here is our group, except that we are missing two - Gladys was in Japan and Kim was in Louisville.
You were both missed and thought of often!

Here are the treasures that I found there.
Linen for Heartstring Samplery's newest projects and some great linen scraps for small pinkeeps. I stocked up on magazines and that sweet little mother of pearl rabbit floss winder.

Our next stop was this fun quilt shop - the fabrics were inspiring and the staff so friendly and helpful.

We finally reached Shipshewana where we visited a store like no other.
A store that you can spend an entire day in with interesting sights down every aisle.

Clearly a shop that has both Amish and English customers.

Beautiful oil lamps and replacement shades

A huge selection of cookie cutters

Have you ever seen so many?!
As a frequent baker of cutout cookies, I had to quickly leave this aisle, before temptation hit as I already have dozens of cutters...

Where else can you shop and go home with such a variety of purchases from just one store???

In a household of men, it was such fun to shop with my girlfriends. 
Susan is especially talented at helping me step out of my fashion comfort zone :)
A hounds tooth cape and red shoes?! Oh my! 
I love them and hope that I will be brave enough to wear them soon :)  

And a wool applique pattern and hand dyed wools from the same store?!
What fun!

 I have much more to share and will return soon...

"Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus."
~Phillipians 4:21

Blessings, Patti