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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Slow Stitching

Stitching has been rather slow on the home front. I like to share finishes, but don't have anything that is near completion. Life is busy at work and at home, so my limited stitching time has been curbed even more.

It doesn't help that I have been flitting back and forth between mediums - wool, cross stitch and even an English Paper Piecing project that I haven't touched since last summer.
So instead of sharing finishes, I thought I would share projects in process.

I am so excited that I have signed up for another Rebekah L. Smith class at Wheaten Woolens in Davenport, Iowa! I had such a wonderful time last year that I shared a series of three posts.
You can find them here:
I've decided that I must absolutely finish last year's class project before this year's class in June,
so my progress is what you see above.

On the cross stitch front, I have been working on Stacy Nash's "Ann's Sampler".

36 count is a bit small to work on when traveling by train and bus on my daily commute,
so my stitching is slower than usual. But I think it will be worth it in the end.
As usual, I've made a few of my usual tweaks, but I don't want to share those until the finish ;) 
so these are just a few cropped peeks.

And yes, the English Paper Piecing has been pulled out once again.
"Stars in the Garden" by Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.
The central motifs are all finished and I working on the outer pieces.

Here is my last status picture of the same project taken last summer.
I've gotten so far that I really need to finish it! :)

Last month I had a post that included one of my favorite photo bombers.
I was surprised to receive several comments that people were happy to see Mr. Peanut as he hasn't appeared on my blog in a while. Sometimes I think people might get tired of pet pictures. I take photos of them quite frequently and since some of you asked...
Here are a few:

Peanut and Leia catching a few rays of sun during the dreary winter.

While they have such different personalities like most brothers and sisters,
they still love to snuggle!

Whenever they get a chance!

Since "finishes" still seem a ways away, I guess I'll try to share more progress in another week or so.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
~Colossians 3:12

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Market Night ~ Spring 2017

Tuesday was Market Night at Inspired Needle Ltd.!
I don't know how Cathy does it!
She shops all weekend, travels home on Monday and is all set up and ready for shoppers on Tuesday!
And Tuesday night I was ready to shop ;)

Cathy was also hosting a trunk show from Ink Circles.

Ink Circle designs are mesmerizing to look at.

"Spring Snow" really caught my eye.

I loved the colors and symmetry.

These bees and butterflies were so pretty.

And isn't "Arranging for Orchestra" unique?!

These two Halloween pieces are perfect - I love the hypnotic designs
and the unique hand-dyed linens.

Well, I tried so hard to be good!
But there were so many wonderful things from market.
I did my best to restrain myself, but a bag still came home with me.

Three wonderful charts that I couldn't resist.

Three colors of hand-dyed rick rack.
(You know I love my rick rack :)

And three new kits.

I could have done much more damage, but I am trying to pace myself.
I have a quick trip coming next week for Spring Break.
I can't wait to share...

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessings, Patti