Monday, July 21, 2014

Stitch Camp Finale & a Giveaway

All too soon, the final day arrived. 
I had to show you that Faye of Carolina Stitcher was with me in spirit at the camp - I used the wonderful project bags that I won in her giveaway and received many compliments :) I thought it was so appropriate as Faye had used a Stacy Nash design :)

One of the best parts is time spent with kindred spirits - both new friends and old.
I had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful stitchers (& designers) from places as far away as California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and New York!

It is also so inspiring to see the wonderful finishes and works in progress that people bring with

Fran brought with this incredible hardangar runner that she is working on. 

 At the end of the camp, Jeanne and Stacy had a drawing of the "overachievers" - those that finished their book construction and tray sides - there were several of us. I was so thrilled when they drew my name!
This is what I won:

A lovely pinkeep made by Stacy herself!

What a treasure that I will cherish!
Thank you Jeanne and Stacy for such an incredible camp!
If you ever have the opportunity to attend an event at Country Sampler, Go! You won't be dissappointed, and will create memories to last a lifetime.

You can't be at Country Sampler for four days without doing some shopping.
Here are my purchases:

I bought a few wool kits for Maggie's last book and couldn't resist a great deal on "The Maine Project"
by Blackberry Primitives. I have been thinking about it for a while and it was on sale so I couldn't pass up the kit. I think there are a few left here in case you can't live with out it as well. :)

On my way home, I took my time and did a bit of antiquing. 
Thought I would share a few things that caught my eye, but that I didn't buy...

Love the textures

and the patinas.

This is what did come home with me - a tramp art frame (to be used for some stitching), antique velvet, a flower frog to hold antique thimbles and my favorite find! An incredible rughooking - the wool strips so fine that they are almost as narrow as yarn. The colors and detail are wonderful. It is framed in wood and can go right on my wall.

Isn't it fantastic? And the best part:

On the back is its history along with...

a newspaper article from Maine on Ethel Fitzgerald, the woman who created it.
I am just thrilled with this find.
I think it will be pretty hung with a find from a few years ago.

A watercolor of a similar mill found at an Estate Sale.
You have been so kind with your comments while I rattle on and on, so I would like to have a little giveaway.

Since I now have the kit - I have an extra pattern for the Maine Project along with three pieces of different vintage wool army blankets. 
This giveaway is open to everyone. Simply leave a comment on this post or send me an email to with Maine Project in the subject line and tell me - what are you looking for at antique stores these days?
I will pick a winner on Sunday.

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."
~1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Blessings, Patti


April said...

I so enjoyed your post Patti! I love all designs Maggie! I also hope to one day travel to Country Sampler! Glad you won the Stacy Nash pillow! Please throw my name in the hat!!

Barb said...

Thanks so much for sharing. Lucky for you to have won....a great memento of a special weekend. Love antiques that can be repurposed, especially for organization.

marie said...

That rug with the history is a fabulous find, lucky you.

cucki said...

My dear the rug is so beautiful and it made me smile :)
You so lucky that you have won the super cute goodies..
You bought very cute stuff too..
Please count me in the giveaway ..I am off to email to you now.
Big hugs x

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to go to one of their camps. I am a teacher so I dont have a lot of flexability with my time. I teach second grade and rug hooking in my own studio. Maybe next summer I will be able to go.

Farmhouse prims said...

How awesome to be able to attend a wonderful stitching camp like you did! Love your creations. Congratulations on your winning also, wonderful finds on your trip. hugs, Lecia

ronda at simple thyme prims said...

I would so love to go to Country Sampler, thanks for sharing! ~ronda

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love reading your posts on this camp; I am living the dream through you. lol One of these days I hope to go and maybe meet you as well.

~Backroad Treasures~ said...

Never too much rattling on your blog ;-) love hearing about your trip all the friends and projects made and wonderful treasures found....sounds like a wonderful get away! All of us girls could use at one time or another...thank you for sharing love your blog.....

BumbleBeeLane said...

Always love traveling along on your little I never know what I'm looking for when out antiquing, always have grand ideas but in reality it's the surprise stumble upons that are so wonderful. I'm going to sit this one out since I was lucky last Amy

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Oh, I wish I could to go camp at Country Sampler! It looks like you had a splendid time and what a haul you brought home!

It's been a while since I went antiquing, but when I do get out I look for ironstone. I love old, age-cracked ironstone :)

I would love to win the Maine Project pattern!

Raymond Homestead said...

So much fun! How neat is that to have that history on the back of that frame!

Kellie from Indiana said...

I look for buttons and findings, and sewing notions. You always find the greatest things! Looks like you had fun at the retreat and congrats on your win!

Kathy F said...

I too have been eying the Maine Project for a hike! Don't you just love it when you r self-control is rewarded with a SALE??!! Bonus round!! I search for old cutting boards.....the more worn the better!! How mant loaves of homemade bread have they held!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!

bayrayschild said...

Patti, thank you for taking us along on your wonderful get-away!
I really enjoyed it and all of the finishes plus new found treasures!


Kim said...

Patti!!! It was great meeting you and sitting with you at Stacy's Boot Camp!!! LOVE the pillow you won from Stacy!! Ella and I hope to see you next year at Boot Camp, it was just the best time ever, all your pictures look awesome!!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy reading your blog. Love all of found treasurers. Traveling to shop at Country Sampler is on my to do list. How fun it must have been!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful experience, enjoy your blog - Debra

Kathy L. said...

Love living camp through you,
. I might have to go next year. I am actually planning to stop by Country Sampler this weekend. Can't wait.
I love antiques in wood. Especially things I can use for stitching finishing( or at least plan to.)

I would love to win the pattern. I have quite a stash of wool I could use.

Thank you for sharing!


Mary A said...

Country Sampler is definitely on my bucket list! I am a great fan of Maggie. Her designs are very sophisticated and yet very simple and liveable. Thank you for the give away.

oldecrow said...

Really enjoyed reading about your class at Country Sampler. I have the pattern for the tray and now I am really itching to get started on it! Thanks for sharing, I would love to attend one of their classes one day.

jan c. said...

I love reading about "stitch camp", I hope someday to attend one!! When I go antiquing I look for " items that can be made into "one-of-a-kind" pincushions and vintage sewing items. Thanks so much for having the giveaway!!

Judy said...

Congrats for your win of a Stacy created pin cushion..what a treasure. I visited Country Sampler this past weekend..I was very overwhelmed..I need 4 days to see everything! I also love antiquing and usually look for anything stitch/sewing related and I love tiny metal lower frogs. I would love a chance to win the pattern. Thank you for the opportunity.
Judy Heartland stitcher

Glenda said...

I would love to enter the giveaway. I had been saving my mad cash(antique money) for a trip to Kansas on Labor Day weekend but the conference we were attending was canceled. I live in Georgia and love going to antique stores in different parts of the country . It's amazing how different the merchandise is. I am always looking for crocks or wooden howls.

barb pfister said...

It sounds like you had a great time at your retreat. I love to go antiquing and garage saling with my sister. I am always looking for old brooms and things to repurpose. I especially love old wooden boxes.

Faye said...

Girl..... I was right there in spirit with you!!! And how sweet that you took your Stacy project bag!!!! If I couldn't go, at least mine if my bags was there!! Lol.... One day I will be there though!! The winning from Stacy us just beautiful and with her autograph~swoon~ I am so glad you got to go.....

Kay Sciullo said...

I have enjoyed your camp postings and hope one day to be able to attend a camp. What fun finds you had on your way home as well!

Jan said...

I love your blog. Oh how you tempt me to start cross stitching. Right now I rug hook, quilt, knit, stitch wool, garden ....just not enough hours in a day. I love to look for sewing things in antique shops. Then it's also fun to find things that you use in your home currently, see its costs and wonder if you still be using it. How far was camp from Chicago? I live an hour and half east of the beautiful city.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Vicki Jo said...

Thanks for the giveaway -- love those things you bought recently! As far as what I am looking for at antique shops -- Well this week I happened to stop at two thrift shops and found: a wooden "slice" of watermelon to add to my bowlful at home; 3 turquoise mason jars; a round wooden box; an Atlas canning jar; a small pewter plate; a small brown crock; and a red pipberry wreath. Those are the types of things that I love to use in decorating my home. Thanks for your lovely blog!

Lynn said...

I so much love reading your blog. You like the same things that I do...cross stitch, wool, antiques and primitives.
You inspire me each time I read your blog.
I love the flower frog you found..another thing I collect.
Keep up the good work.

Carrie P. said...

It was fun following you while you went to stitch camp. When I go to antique stores I like to look for vintage buttons especially ones on the cards.

Jean Bee said...

Loved all your Stitch Camp postings...and so glad I was lucky enough to be there! I had not seen the Maine Project before...I'd love to win that pattern!
Lucky you to win the prize at Stitch Camp!

C Reeder PhxAz said...

I would love to have this as my family comes from Maine. Just was antiquing the other day in search of old wood bobbins.

Kurt Schindler said...

I love your rug find. Really beautiful! What a nice match for your painting.

I just returned from vacation and happened upon an antique show while in Truckee, CA. I found a vintage doll trunk at a booth where the dealer specialized in vintage/antique children's toys. The outside is faded red with black trim. I have plans to place some doll quilts in it. Red and green ones at xmas time. I am a quilter so I am always on the look out for quilts or containers to place them in.

Always enjoy your blog. My friends and I stayed at the Country Sampler retreat apt. 2 years ago. So enjoyed the retreat as well as the shop.

Charlotte S.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Patti,
I have loved reading about your time at Country Sampler and would sooo love to go there sometime! Thanks for taking me along, via blogging!
How wonderful for you to win and then to want to share with someone! I would be so happy and honored to be the fortunate winner! Fingers crossed!!
As to what I look for when I visit an antique store, anything sewing related, unique old cookie cutters, treen, baby shoes, and good deals!!! lol
Thank you again for this generous Giveaway!
Warm Hugs~

terry a said...

I loved reading about and seeing pictures of your adventures over the last few posts. It is also a nice surprise to see such a wonderful give-a-way!!

Thanks Patti!!!!

Terry A

kelley said...

I'm always looking for wooden apple core type spools...with or without thread and crocks...thanks for sharing your Country Sampler time with us and the giveaway...

Donna Platt said...

Thank you for sharing your workshop with us. So much fun, how I wished to have gone. Living in Colorado we rarely have the opportunity to have workshops.
Maggie B is also one of my favorite designers I love all her patterns that you have created.
I would love to be entered in your drawing. Keep up the postings they inspire me.
Thank you.

Gloria Galiana said...

Thank you for the delightful journey. I love to look for sewing related items and also love wooden crates. Things from the past are fascinating to look at. I often wonder what modern things we have today will be considered antiques in the far future. Thanks for the giveway.

Nancy said...

I try not to go to Antique stores. We downsized and I don't have room for all my collection over the years. But I do love to look. Love the rug. I love working with wool. Nancy P.

Kathy H said...

Looks like you had a great time and such good luck to win that beautiful pin keep. I look for sewing needle books and pretty glasses.

PAM said...

I always hunt for Torquay Pottery, old baskets, wood bowls and anything unique that no one else has!

PAM said...

forgot to add my email. sorry