Friday, March 31, 2017

Bucket List Stop #2~Attic Needlework

My fun didn't stop when I left The Olde World Quilt Shoppe as I drove directly to Attic Needlework!
The last time I was in Arizona, I was four blocks from the shop, but just couldn't make it there.
This trip I was absolutely going to get there!
Oh My! Was it worth it! I have never seen a cross stitch store this large and well stocked in my life!!!

I walked in the door and had no idea where to look first!

Should I go right, left, or straight ahead?!
So much to see and take in, it was best to stand in place and move very slowly lol!

This beautiful table caught my eye very quickly!

Isn't everything stunning?!
Attic Needlework is blessed with many local designers.
And their work and models appear throughout the store. 

Each sampler is an incredible work of art

That are appreciated even better in person.

I recently purchased this Stoneware Rabbit kit and it is also so pretty in the variety of spring colors.

While Attic Needlework is the go to place for samplers,
they also carry many other themes and this Christmas wall was stunning!

Could I please have one of each? ;)

Many of the models are stitched over one, which make them even more exquisite.
It brought back my years of stitching over one. But as I aged and my eyes did too, it's not practical for stitching on the train/bus/water taxi anymore. Hopefully I will go back to stitching over one someday when I am retired and stitching at home.

A bowlful of beauties

A tin of treasures

A case of museum quality masterpieces

How can one make any decisions when surrounded by such loveliness?!

This tray with a design by Threadwork Primitives is stunning - the colors so subtle and the velvet pincushion perfectly matched!

An entire display of lovelies by The Primitive Jewel

Stunning in progress samplers done on 40 - 50 count linen.

I simply can't tell you how wonderful my time was at Attic Needlework. It was a pleasure to be there with many other equally smitten stitchers. And it was an honor to meet kind Jean Lea the owner of this phenomenal stitching mecca.

Attic Needlework has a website here and be sure to sign up for their newsletters - they are wonderful! You can find past issues here. They also have a Facebook page here.

Thanks for letting me share this wonderful trip! In my next post, I'll share my shopping at Attic Needlework and have a little giveaway for joining me on this trip.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
~Psalm 62:5-6

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shopping at The Olde World Quilt Shoppe

Can I just tell you how hard it was to make a decision while shopping at The Olde World Quilt Shoppe!!! I wanted one of everything ;) So, of course, I had to call Mom while shopping and tell her how awesome it was. and I had to text a few friends too!

These were a no brainers and immediately went in my basket. Some wonderful trim and these awesome little easel clip boards with darling wool kits!

Here is a closer pic. They also had prim white clipboards as well.
The designer is My Red Door Designs - so sweet! There were more, but I thought I should just start with two...

Two more pretty designs!
These are by Heart to Hand.
The Garden flags were hanging in the shop above the fireplace and I was so happy to see a kit available. The best part is it contains everything including rick rack and buttons. I can just dig right in.

And my final purchase by 1894 Cottonwood House. The kit contains all wool for both designs and even all the little beads, buttons and bells! I know that I have a huge wool stash at home, but it is so nice to be able to grab and go... And the wool colors were so perfect!

I *may* have already placed another phone order with The Olde World Quilt Shoppe and I *may* have already received it lol. I also *might* have done a little birthday and Mother's Day shopping for a rather special Mom. ;) Just saying...

I'm really hoping that the boys will want to go back to Spring Training again next year,
or even better take a road trip back with my stitching buddies!

I'm just realizing now that all my purchases were about wool! I never even made it to the beautiful quilt fabrics! Now I have to go back!!!

I have more to share from my Arizona Trip
Next up Bucket List Stop #2
Be sure to stay tuned as I will have my usual little giveaway at the end of my trip posts...

Truly my soul finds rest in God;    my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
~Psalm 62:1-2

Blessings, Patti 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bucket List Stop #1~The Olde World Quilt Shoppe

My first bucket list stop was The Olde World Quilt Shoppe in Cave Creek, Arizona.
I guess I was a little antsy to get there as I arrived 45 minutes before they opened :)
I didn't mind reveling in the anticipation. Especially when this was the view from my parking spot:

 So pretty! I enjoyed the view, the sounds of the birds and a bit of stitching.
Before you knew it the doors were opened - right on time!

The moment I walked in the door, I knew that I would never want to leave!
The fixtures, the fabric, the wool, the patterns, the models!
Oh be still my pounding heart! I felt like I would hyperventilate!
The shop ladies were so kind and welcoming, they told me to take my time and enjoy...

So many cozy corners to just stand and try to take everything in...

A comfy couch for perusing your purchases.
(Or for your husband to sit and relax while you shop lol!)

Wool and more beautiful wool!

So many sweet vignettes!

So many of my favorite designers - Buttermilk Basin, 1894 Cottonwood House, Cottage at Cardiff Farms, just to name a few.
Then there were new discoveries - My Red Door Designs and Red Button Quilt Company.

Sometimes it was hard to focus, the beauty inside or  

The beauty outside.

I don't know how many times I walked around the store, just trying to take it all in.
I know that I couldn't see it all even if I stayed the entire day.

So many fun and unique finishes.

They even have a class room. I would have loved to have stayed to stitch and shop all day long,
but it was a family vacation and my allotted hour was up before I knew it.
Hey Bittersweet Stitching Sisters, I think we need to plan a road trip ;)
The Olde World Quilt Shoppe has a website here, and a Facebook page here.
They even have a closed Facebook group called The Olde World Woolies that you can ask to join.

I'll be back soon with my purchases.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel
~Ephesians 6:18-19

Blessings, Patti

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Break in Arizona


My family just enjoyed a quick trip to Arizona for spring break.

It was fun to leave the snow and cold behind and warm up for a bit.

We enjoyed hiking at Piestewa Peak.

The beautiful views

A topography that we flatlanders certainly weren't used to!

Such a different ecology

So good to be outside enjoying God's creations.

And definitely good exercise!
(I am so out of shape!)

We also enjoyed hiking Papago Park.

With its amazing rock formations

Those last 20+ feet were too steep for me!
I left that to the boys!

So lovely!

We stayed at a resort that we have been to before and thoroughly enjoy.

I so love all of the Native American artwork! 

Beauty and peace abounds!

And the real reason for our trip:

Cubs Fever!

We needed to support our team ;)

Although they didn't win every game, these games don't count lol!

And we were able to see our favorite players.

I also was able to make two stops on my bucket list!
And oh my goodness gracious, they surpassed all expectations!
Wait until you see!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
~Ephesians 6:10-11

Blessings, Patti