Saturday, November 30, 2013

Star Party ~ Final Installment

All too soon, it was time for our final Star Party Class with Blackbird Designs.

When they presented our class project, my first thought was "absolutely stunning!"
My second thought was "absolute terror!"

As you know I am a cross stitcher and wool appliquer (and this project incorporates both).
I am definitely not a quilter.

As I looked at those little hexagons, I thought that there is no way that I will be able to make this.

Lucky for me Barb and Alma were extremely patient, especially when they saw the terror in my eyes. :)
They sat right beside me and walked me through English paper piecing.
Can you believe that I actually got this far:

And you know what?! I actually had fun with it! 
Who knew! I never would have attempted anything like this if it weren't for Country Sampler's Star Party and Blackbird Designs! Thank you both so much for expanding my horizons!
Hopefully I will find some time in the near future to continue working on the project and to have a finish to share with you.

These were some of the treasures that I purchase from Country Sampler while at the Star Party.
I also purchased a wonderful ribbon to include in the giveaway gift bag.
Hopefully it will be sunny tomorrow and I can photograph the complete giveaway!

It was so much fun to see friends old and new at the Star Party. It was especially nice to meet a few online friends in person! I have corresponded with Rita and Susan online for some time and it was oh so special to meet them in person and now have faces to put with the names :)

When class was over, I had to stop briefly at my favorite spot along the Wisconsin River to take in the views.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitors Center is so pretty across the river.

The sand bars were so inviting, but it was time to head home.
On my way, I received one final gift...

A flock of Sandhill Cranes migrating south for the winter. 
There were hundreds of them. 
Endangered in the 1940's, what an incredibly special sight to see them thriving now.

I pulled over to the side of the highway to take it all in and to savor the moment.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share and relive this special time.
The giveaway is coming soon, so please stay tuned.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
~Psalm 95:1-2

Blessings, Patti


Three Sheep Studio said...

You did remarkably well with the hexagons !!
What a beautiful project.
Your pictures of the countryside are lovely.

denise said...

sounds like it was so much fun!

Kathy L. said...

I love the look of hexagons and yours are turning out beautiful. Wisconsin in the fall is so special. I have lived here all my life and never grow tired of the beauty.
I will have to make it to one of these events Country Sampler holds. They look so fun.


moosecraft said...

Wow! The hexie pinkeep drum is awesome! It's fun to learn something new! Beautiful autumn pics of Wisconsin... one day I will get out that way!

linda said...

So glad you got to learn something new out of your comfort zone!! It is beautiful work just like all that you do. Thank you for sharing the gift of the cranes. What a magnificent sight.

BumbleBeeLane said...

I think you did a wonderful job.Always nice to have someone available for hands on help so you can get it. Loved the pretty scenery along the way.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Nancy in MT said...

Love the look of hexagons, maybe I need to give it a try, also. When we lived in Texas, use to go birding and visit the
winter refuge for the crane's along the coast. Very interesting and wonderful about their come back.

Carrie P. said...

You did a great job on your hexagons.

Linda said...

What pretty hexies my dear! I like the way you embellished the stitched hexie with your initial.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I've also spent time in your archives looking at your Boxwood and Berries entries. Very inspiring to see! Country Sampler is pretty special. (I'm a member of 2 of its Girl Clubs,) Mouse