Monday, August 22, 2016

A Prairie Schooler Year ~ August


I am always so happy to pull out my August Prairie Schooler finishes from over the years! 


This one was stitched way back in 1999 and I still love it!
I wish that I could still stitch "over one"...
I love how her designs pack so much in - so much to see in each and every detail!


Another tiny "over one" finish - the stork scissors give you some proportion as to how small it is. 


For this one, I pulled out my favorite motifs from a much larger piece. 


 Her designs never age.


Such a way with the shading of colors!
 So many wonderful garden themed designs - perfect for August!


I stitched this one 21 years ago! I always display it with this little birdhouse. 


I just love those sunflowers and especially the red winged blackbirds!
I don't want to rush time, but I can't wait to share my absolute favorite Prairie Schooler piece in September!

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord.
So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
~Romans 14:7-8

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Winner & Vacation Stitching


 Chippewa Flowage, Hayward, Wisconsin

Do not read this post if you are hungry!

Wow! You readers really like your pie ;) I had 81 entries and lots of favorite types of pies:
fruit filled - blueberry, lemon, blackberry, huckleberry, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, peach
meringue - chocolate, lemon
cream - chocolate, coconut, banana, 
pecan and shoofly and too many more to mention,
but the most popular were apple and pumpkin! Of course all pies taste better with ice cream!
And I loved Vicki Jo's comment: 
"Or as my Daddy used to say, he had 4 kinds of pie as his favorites: hot, cold, one crust and two crust!"

The random winner of the little giveaway is OhioLori (who likes Cherry and Peach btw)!
Congratulations OhioLori! Send your mailing address to me at pgagliardi9@hotmail.com and I will send your package on its way...


 In my vacation posts, I shared my stitching as it progressed.


 It was a fun project 


And I thought it was very appropriate for my location.


 Cee Rafuse of Early Style Penny Rugs based this rug on the antique above.


This is Cee's design.
I bought her kit of hand dyed vintage wool and her wonderful hand dyed string for stitching.
And here is my rendition:


I decided to omit the year and substitute two flowers. Then in each corner I added familiar creatures that live around the cabin - song birds, ducks / loons, squirrels / chipmunks and a beaver that swims up the channel by our cabin and then crosses the road each night at 9:00.

It's my favorite souvenir of our time at the cabin.

 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~Luke 12:32-34

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Woolkeeper & Oswego ~ The End

 
 While at Woolkeeper, Kathleen mentioned that there was a quilt shop just down the street.
So of course I had to take a peek ;) 
 
 
Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe was a wonderful large store filled with fabrics of all styles. 
 
 
 I was amazed by the number of models that covered walls, beds, tables, etc.

 
 So much to see!


So much to inspire!
Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe has a website here.
 
So are you wondering, after seeing all this eye candy, what came home with me?

 
 The first thing that jumped in my arms was this wonderful Woolkeeper kit.
I've been admiring it online for ages and I can tell you that it is even more beautiful in person.

 
 I was so enthralled by the model of this table runner that I had to buy the pattern.

 
 I also had a tough time narrowing down which Horse and Buggy Country patterns to purchase as well. These two won a ride home ;)

 
 Woolkeeper also carries Eleganza Perle Cotton - a highly variegated thread. Kathleen pointed out that the colors change more rapidly than others - every few stitches. I can't wait to try it out!
She also carries bobbins of the more expensive wool thread. I love this! Now I can try out a few colors and see if I like them before making the investment!
 
 
While at Prairie Stitches I found a few older Woolkeeper patterns that I couldn't live without, along with JoAnn Mullaly's Folk Branches at a price I couldn't pass up! And "Little Butterflies" by Laundry Basket Quilts was a must purchase too!
It was a lovely afternoon and I am sure that I will be heading back for a visit again!
 
There is still time to enter my little giveaway here. I'll be picking a winner later tonight.
 
"And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."
Luke 12:29-31
 
Blessings, Patti

Monday, August 15, 2016

~Woolkeeper~Part 2



Another thrilling find at Woolkeeper was the trunk show of Horse and Buggy Country designs by Karen Hahn! Wow! Like Kathleen Wall's "Woolkeeper" designs - they are very unique!


Some seem inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch motifs.
All have a wonderful use of color!


Each one was more beautiful than the next.


So hard to pick which designs might come home with me.


I love Karen's unique style.


And of course I adore flowers and nature.


Her crock box was so unique and blew me away! (pattern available)
These photos give you an idea of her stunning style, but what you can't see is...


Her phenomenal stitching! You have to be up close and personal to see the detail!

Woolkeeper carries Horse and Buggy Country patterns and has kitted a few as well. 
Woolkeeper's website is here
Horse and Buggy Country also has an Etsy shop that you can find here.
I have one more post of my afternoon in Oswego and I'll share what came home with me...

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
~Luke 12:27-28

Blessings, Patti

Friday, August 12, 2016

~Woolkeeper ~ Part 1

 
Are you familiar with Woolkeeper?
Woolkeeper is a wool design company and a wool shop in Oswego, Illinois.
I've been wanting to go there for ages!
Last Saturday I finally did!
 
 
Kathleen Wall is Woolkeeper and a very kind and welcoming soul!

 
When you walk in the door you are greeted by her beautiful original designs!


 
I loved this fun monthly series and the wonderful stands made by a blacksmith.
Woolkeeper carries designs and kits by other designers as well, such as Jan Mott of Crane Designs and Wooly Lady.


She also carries a nice selection of punch needle.

 
Isn't this Woolkeeper design wonderful?! I love the use of color and patterned wool. It's a generous sized table runner with the same design at both ends, but I wanted you to see a close up.

 
I was so struck by this wonderful Winter design, that it took me a while to realize that it was part of a seasonal series of patterns:

 
Each one so pretty and unique!
 
 
Are you familiar with Eweniversity egg patterns?
Woolkeeper carries those too. 
 
 
Kathleen has offered classes for these in the past
and I am really hoping that she will offer them again.
My fingers are crossed ;)

 
Kathleen also has offered classes on penny rugs and variations on that theme.

 
I loved these flower examples and a wool kit for one of the flower pennies is included in my giveaway that is still going on now. You can read about it here.
 
There is more to come on Woolkeeper! Simply too much put in one post!
You can visit Woolkeeper's website here and her blog is here.
 
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
~Luke 12:24-25
 
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Northwoods, antiques and a little giveaway

 
We did some antiquing on our vacation this year.
( A rainy day and a really cold day helped.)
 
 
I loved this old barn and the treasures that it held.
 

Loved the collection of old bottles

 
and outboard motors

 
and license plates, too.
 
 
This old house sits at the top of a hill in the town of Spooner.
What a grand house it must have been back in the day...

 
Here are the treasures that came home with me.
(And yes, that is Peanut on the right.
He always needs to help when he sees that I am going to take a picture.)
 
I already have ideas for future creations with some of these items.

 
I loved the hexagon shaped sewing basket and the little treasures found inside - including an old hair pin, a Cracker Jack ring with a green heart shaped stone, a calendar reminder of Flag Day (the day we adopted our pups) with a USO flag pin and a Sunday School attendance pin.
Can you believe that the little sewing basket and its treasures was $1?!?
My mom, sister and I always used to say we can't pass up anything for a dollar! 
 
 
It was such a lovely vacation and I like to share that in some small way with you.
 So here is a little giveaway:
 
 
This giveaway is for a fat quarter of pretty butterfly fabric from the quilt show, a fat quarter of the Wisconsin shop hop fabric that I picked up at River's Edge, a little square of plaid wool from  Willow Wood Market, a spool and button hook picked up while antiquing and a little flower penny kit picked up at Woolkeeper - an adventure that I haven't shared yet ;)
Simply leave a comment on this post or send me an email to pgagliardi9@hotmail.com with "Giveaway" in the subject line. Since the most comments that I received from my vacation posts were about the pie in the first post, tell me... What is your favorite kind of pie???
I will pick a random winner on Wednesday, August 17th.
 
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
~Luke 12:22-23
 
Blessings, Patti