Monday, November 23, 2015

Prim Paradise Purchases

I found some fun treasures on our trip.
A pair of tiny German paper mache candy containers with metal feet. 
They don't stand very well, so I just give them something to lean on :)

A wonderfully old papercutting mounted on a marbled book cover under bubbly old glass in a wonderful folk art frame purchased from Joe Cardetti of Kracker Barrel Antiques.
Don't mind Peanut who was trying to help me :)

This precious little hooked rug that mirrors the current conditions outside.

Finally a sewing bird of my very own!
I've wanted one for as long as I can remember.

This one is in fabulous shape with all pincushions intact.

When I held it, I knew that this was the one to come home with me :)

And finally this fabulous treasure!
Each and every side features a different 1930's fabric.

What really struck me was the size!
Each diamond measures 1 by 1.5 inches and the entire Moravian star is 3.5 inches tall!
Can you imagine working on something so tiny?!

Mom bought two tomato pincushions (I wonder if a new collection is starting?)
I love the velvet one on the right from Jacque Bradford.

And it's been a while since I shared a pic of the pups.

Poor Leia on the right had surgery and 20+ stitches. 
She's been working on recuperating.

Good thing she has her brother Peanut to take good care of her :)

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations."
~Psalm 100:4-5

Blessings, Patti 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Prim Paradise ~ Autumn 2015

A week ago today, I was off on another adventure ~ a visit with my parents and the seven primitive shows of central Illinois. We made it to four of the seven before I ran out of time and money :)

The first booth that we visited was that of Maggie Bonanomi at the Rural Life Show.

Of course everything was beautiful!
And every vignette was stunning!

Inspiration throughout!

At the other Rural Life location, I saw this beautiful penny rug. I loved how it was mounted and hung.
Beautiful handwork with a story all its own, but it also reminds me of modern art hung in this manner.

Just loved all the tiny Noah's Ark animals.

And these tiny houses - oh my!

At the Homesteaders Show we saw this unique roller washboard - I have never seen anything like it.

Some beautiful hooked winter scenes...

Each prettier than the next...

I loved this simple scene - the flickering electric candles on the tree were amazing!

Some neat architectural wall art and the display rack reminds me of a Christmas Tree that could be really fun to decorate with old wooden spools of sewing thread.

Next it was on to Gathering on the Prairie.
A wonderful selection of antique pincushions

And another favorite booth - that of Jacque Bradford

She always has incredible sewing items.
The roll on the left still has a nib of its original waxer!

Always so hard to choose!

I want it all lol!

There's something about these lace up shoes... I'm still thinking about them!

There are so many other fabulous booths at these shows!
I've realized now that I didn't take any photos of  my other favorite booths
 including Ginny Henson and Joe Cardetti :( 
Sometimes I get so excited, I forget to take pictures.

I still have to share my purchases and my Mom's latest finishes.
But this weekend I am heading out once again ~ my sister and I are headed to Wisconsin to visit her daughter (my niece). That is if the weather cooperates. We are in the midst of our first winter snowstorm. Fingers crossed we will get to go!

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
~Psalm 95:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thrilled to Share!

I am so thrilled to share that I have a project in the Winter 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine!
I can't tell you how much it means to me to be in the same issue as some of my all time favorite designers:
Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm
Rebekah L. Smith
and Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin
And when I visited Fat Quarters Quilt Shop, I discovered that Michelle Joyner, the owner of the shop designed the gorgeous quilt on the cover! How wonderful!
It was such fun to see the "behind the scenes process".
When photos started appearing from quilt market in Houston, it was such a pleasure to see my project was there :) You can see it in the upper left hand corner.
I may never get to Houston, but my project did :)
If you would like to purchase a copy of this issue (or better yet, subscribe), you can do so here.
You can also find it at your local quilt shop.
And yes, you can even find it at...
Barnes & Noble.
Yes, I was a dork and had my son take my picture there. :) I guess you can tell I'm a bit excited lol.
I will be hosting another giveaway soon (maybe related to the magazine ;)
I've been out of town yet again, visiting my parents.
So I'll have some more of my mom's lovely work to share soon.
Thanks for letting me share my joyous news!
I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
~Psalm 119:10-11
Blessings, Patti

Saturday, November 14, 2015

One Day Shop Hop~My Purchases

So many of you have asked to see what I purchased on my one day shop hop in California :)
It was a quick trip, so my husband and I only had carry on bags. I had to keep this in mind as I shopped...

I love Quilts By Cheri and have followed her website and blog.
It was such a joy to see so many of her designs completed as models at the shops.
So of course many of her patterns came home with me!
From Country Loft above - these will be ready for next autumn I hope :)


And these were purchased at Country Loft too! So stunning in person!

And a few more that I picked up at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop.

Also from Country Loft, French General ribbon, a few mini charm packs, and two of their new Christmas kits - A Quilts by Cheri penny rug and a wonderful wool applique towel kit (the design is the latest craze - a red pick-up truck with a Christmas Tree).

More patterns and English Paper Piecing from  Country Loft

and I was so happy to find a few patterns by JoAnn Mullaly.
The Fall Branch model was gorgeous!!!

Of course I purchased the Buttermilk Basin pattern after seeing it in progress and Briar Root Primitives is a new designer to me - loved the fireflies in the mason jar!

At Temecula Quilt Co. I had to purchase their wonderful ruler boxes! 
And a few other notions as well.

At Grand Country Quilters, I found the wonderful "sherbet" pack of pastel wool. And at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop I found the great chenille rickrack and wonderful blown glass snowman scissor fob :)

Of course I had to bring home a few souvenirs for my mom too ;)
And I still managed to zip my carry on closed!

"May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light."
~Colossians 1:11-12

Blessings, Patti 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

One Day Shop Hop~Final Stop and more...

I was getting tired and my shop hop was coming to a close.
My final stop was Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, California.
I can tell you that I perked up pretty quick the moment I walked into this lovely shop!

This beautiful display greeted me as I walked in the door.

The shop seemed to go on and on from room to room!
Each one holding glorious treasures!
And the hallways were filled with gorgeous models as well.

You had to be sure to look up and down in every corner or you might miss something extra special!

Even a trip to the restroom brings beautiful, inspiring models to view.

And such a wonderful selection of fabrics!
Michelle Joyner, the sweet proprietor and quilt designer and all the shop gals made my visit so fun!

They made sure to point out this sign ;)

You can find Fat Quarters Quilt Shop's
website here
and their Facebook page here.

Wow! It was such an incredible day and created so many wonderful memories for me!
I just realized that I haven't taken any photos of my purchases. I will have to do that soon...

I did get to see more of San Diego that just the quilt shops. :)
The night we arrived we headed over to Coronado Island for dinner at Hotel del Coronado.
A historic hotel built in 1887, it is one of the largest wooden buildings in the country.
Guests over the years have included dignitaries, royalty and celebrities, too.

I just love the history of it and the fact that they have preserved the building and its beauty.

The next night we had dinner at Coasterra on Harbor Island and enjoyed the San Diego skyline.

That's the mile long bridge to Coronado Island.

We enjoyed the sights of Harbor Island where we stayed.

Stopped to visit the sea lions in La Jolla.

They reminded me of our pups at home.

We spent some time in Old Town San Diego - I loved the cacti.

And since Dia de los Muertos was just a few days away, we were lucky to see the altars and my favorites:

The calaveras or paper-mache skeletons.

I've always loved the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and had several childrens books about it that I read with my boys...

While at Old Town we stopped for a rootbeer float. 
Look at the selection of root beers!

Of course I liked this one :)

On our last night, we went to Little Italy. 
(At the suggestion of the gals from The Country Loft. Thanks Ladies!)
What a fun and lively neighborhood!

We decided to eat at Filippi's Pizza Grotto (the original) - voted most popular Italian restaurant by the locals. It's been there for 65 years so you know that they are doing something right!

We weren't disappointed! I loved the chianti bottles with messages hanging for the ceiling!
The worst part was not being able to take our leftovers with us as we were leaving at 5:00 am the next morning :(

It was truly a wonderful and memorable trip!
I do hope to return again one day...

God thunders wondrously with his voice;
    he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
~Job 37:5

Blessings, Patti