Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Visit to Black Cat Stitchery

Last month I decided to take a ride and went to visit 
The Black Cat Stitchery in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.

I was happy as soon as I walked in the door and saw the large display of threads!
This was just what I needed.

They have several rooms

and large displays of charts by many of my favorite designers.

where to look first?

So many charts to choose from!

I was so lucky as I happened to be there while Lori Markovic, of La D Da  was there teaching a class!

I've been lucky enough to take a few classes with Lori over the years :)

Oh and to see her trunk show in person! How wonderful!

"Virtue" really caught my eye! I love so much about it - from the bricks to the border and from the heart in hand to the wisp of smoke from the chimney...

And those sweet sampler bunnies! Who knew how precious and tiny they were! 

My plan was to come for some threads only, 
but now I needed to buy a chart or two.
Oh how to narrow it down?

Eventually I decided that these two needed to come home with me.

And I found all the threads I needed along with a pretty piece of linen.

and how could I resist this sweet set of pins?

I think this won't be my last visit ;)

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.
~Romans 15:13

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

More of My Week in the North Woods Unplugged

Of course our week up north had to include stitching at the cabin

and stitching on the golf course.

We had to do some antiquing as well.

I saw some lovely things,

but I tried to be good.

This display just looks like vacation.

I had to visit River's Edge Antiques and Quilt Loft once or maybe twice... lol
I was thrilled that this lovely shop was featured in the
Congratulations Gail!

Gail was busy kitting on one of my visits.

Aren't these fabrics lovely?!

Here is Gail's gorgeous quilt that was featured in the magazine.

Beautiful calming colors.

I made a little progress while on vacation:

working on a Maggie Bonanomi design

and a Primitive Gatherings English Paper Piecing project.

Unfortunately, I haven't picked up either project since I've been home, 
but I so enjoyed them while up north.

By the way, several people asked about the beautiful lodge that we visited. 

It is Garmisch Inn in Cable, Wisconsin.

so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
~Romans 15:6-7

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My week in the North Woods unplugged

Our week in the Northwoods may be my favorite week of the year.
A week to unplug, relax and recharge.

It was fairly cool the week that we were up there.

But we were still able to spend a lot of time in the kayaks.

Enjoying the peace, sounds of nature and the scenery.

Do you see the eagle nest in the bottom right corner with the young eagle?
Hard to zoom in while in a swaying, drifting kayak...

I rode along at some lovely golf courses.

This course was so hilly, that the golf cart felt like a rollercoaster at times.

so peaceful

on a lovely day

Of course I did some stitching while riding along, but I'll save that for my next post :)

We went to an old resort that we haven't visited before.
The lodge was gorgeous and in pristine shape.

 I'd love to curl up by that fireplace and stitch all day long...

The details in this newel post were amazing.

Such love and care put into this building.

quiet corners outside as well

And lovely views.

At the other end of the spectrum...

Our trip isn't complete without a visit here!

I think that they have every candy known to man lol!

But their home made chocolates are what I come for!

On a rainy day, you can't even get in the store.
But we found the secret is to be there on a sunny day early in the morning 
when they first open the doors ;)

And lastly, you can't imagine the surprise when we were eating dinner at a local pub and these two sauntered in!

Two dachshunds! Just when I was missing Peanut and Leia oh so much!
They made their rounds quietly, pleading with their eyes for a handout or two at each and every table.
They weren't very successful while we were there, but judging from their looks 
there are plenty of generous people happy to share :)

For whatsoever things were written in times past, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus,
~Roman 15:4-5

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Farmyard Parade Finish!

"Farmyard Parade"

Sometimes you see a pattern and you just need to stitch it immediately!
That's what happened when I saw this sweet pattern.
I dropped all that I was creating and focused on these.

I've admired Brenda Gervais' "Patriotic Poppies", "Sweet Violet" and "Boo & Baa-ble" patterns, where she adds wool to her cross stitch and so I thought I would try her technique on this pattern.

I'm so happy with how it turned out!
I also love working with ric rac and decided to try the technique that Brenda included in this pattern. I love the ruffled edge that it creates.
I already had some linen ricrac to use. I didn't think much about it, until I got to the second pillow. Then I realized that I just barely had enough, not even a half inch to spare. Phew!!

I had to share the backing fabric as well.

I thought that it was just perfect for these pillows!
I enjoyed them for about a week and then packed them away with my patriotic decorations for next year.

Here you can see the original design with the stitched poppies.

I hope that Brenda Gervais creates more patterns with Ole and Ora!
They are such a joy to stitch :)

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
~2 Corinthians 3:4-11

Blessings, Patti