Thursday, March 15, 2018

Our "new" old treasures

You know that Mom and I couldn't go to those wonderful primitive antique shows and not come home with some treasures! :)

Mom bought this darling strawberry emery atop an antique spool from our friend,
folk artist Ginny Henson.

Mom also found a gorgeous braid / spool cabinet in wonderful condition.
The gold stenciling on the back is in great condition and she found the perfect place for it to live! 

I found this sweet little berry basket with a lining of wonderful antique berry print fabric stitched inside. I'm thinking it might be sweet filled with antique strawberry emeries... 

This sweet little leather shoe pincushion in fabulous condition - I love how the velvet has worn away. The beadwork is stunning. And the leather sole and wood heel - oh my!

This folk art frame and old marbled paper will be a great background for some cross stitch or wee wool applique. I have ideas on how I might finish this single quilt top star...

I've had this wall of calligraphy birds for some time, but had a bird water color in the upper right corner that was bothering me. Now it has been replaced by my latest calligraphy bird.

Love the old frame and old glass to set off the artwork.

I also couldn't pass up these two works of art from the same dealer.

A beautifully done Amish stumpwork (plushwork) embroidery on a velvet pincushion.
It is so well done - I really appreciate the hours of work and artistry that went into its creation.

And this caught my eye immediately.
I love it on so many levels ~
The tiny perforated paper cross stitch - they don't make paper in this small of a count any more 
The declaration of "Sweet Home" stitched under the house
The white washed folk art frame with so many details 
It all makes my heart sing!

And finally:

My "new" old sewing box that opens on both sides with a wire hinge.
I can't wait to set it up for my stitching and put it to continued good use...

Before dawn breaks in the morning, I'll be heading on a long weekend trip.
I'm going to a city and state that I haven't visited for about 30 years.
I am anxious to return and visit again...
Any ideas where I am headed? I hope to let you know when I return early next week. :)

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
~1 John 5:1-2

Blessings, Patti 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Central Illinois Antiques Week ~ March 2018

Last weekend were the Primitive Shows in Central Illinois.
Mom and I stopped at a few of our favorites.
We had a busy weekend, but definitely had fun.

There were some truly stunning works of needle art there.
All of these were beyond my budget, but I just had to share their beauty.

 So many incredible needle artists years ago. 

You would love to know more about the artists and their lives.

Too bad I didn't win the lottery,
They would have all come home with me!

The graphics on some look like modern art

And the combination of colors - oh my!

Such beauty!

Will someone look at any of my work 100 years from now and sigh or exclaim?
I could only hope...

Don't you just love those early blues?!

To have a stack to enjoy... Ahhh

And here is some work from one of my favorite current needle artists, Ginny Henson

A stunning combination of needlework and antique frame.

And some sweet kitties that could easily be mistaken for antiques.
Lovely work with early materials.

I know that this photo doesn't really "belong", but who can resist the sweet piggies?!

Where does the time go?! Has it really been a week already?
I do need to take more time for my blog as I always feel that I have so much to share...

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
~1 John 4:19-21

 Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hand & Heart

"Heart's Content" Armchair Pinpoke

I'm so excited about this piece!

I love the sentiment and I love the motifs.

But most of all, I love the unique finish 
and having a pincushion nearby on the arm of my chair or couch.

Now I just need to finish up my Valentine EPP project.

Thursday I will be heading down to Mom's.
I bet she will have some amazing finishes for me to share!

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
~ 1 John 4:16-18

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, February 24, 2018


I finished my Valentine Wool Project!
I'm still working on the cross stitch and the EPP.

I'm thinking that I am going to try to make a mat each month for this table.

Buttermilk Basin's
"Sweetheart Mat"

Since I used so many different colors of wool, I decided to keep the embroidery simple in an oatmeal color to match the background.

I'm hoping to finish my Valentine cross stitch project this weekend.
I'll enjoy my valentines until the end of February, then pack them away for next year...

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
~1 John 4:13-16

Blessings, Patti

Monday, February 19, 2018


Mom and I are so excited!
All during chemotherapy and radiation, Mom's goal has been to recover to attend 
From Our Hands & Hearts ~ Creative
in Yellow Springs, Ohio in April 2018

Mom is in remission and we are registered!
Now our big decision:

Which Sewing Book to make in Rebekah's Sewing Book Class?

That's a fun decision to make! :)
Will we see you there?

You can find more information here.

Now we are crossing off the days until we leave...

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, 
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
~1 John 4:11-12 

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Leia wishes you a Happy Valentines Day!

And Peanut wishes you a Happy Valentines Day too!

Sweet Peanut in his bowtie.

I started a few Valentine projects. 
Maybe they will be finished before the end of the month.
One in wool:

One in English Paper Piecing:

And one in Cross Stitch:

I hope that each of you has a lovely day!

Love is always patient;
    love is always kind;
love is never envious
    or arrogant with pride.

Nor is she conceited,
 and she is never rude;
she never thinks just of herself
    or ever gets annoyed.

She never is resentful;
is never glad with sin;
she’s always glad to side with truth,
    and pleased that truth will win.

She bears up under everything;
    believes the best in all;
there is no limit to her hope,
    and never will she fall.
~1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Blessings, Patti

Monday, February 12, 2018

Holly's Debut

By Lori Brechlin for Notforgotten Farm

I was going to add many more antique mother of pearl buttons, 
but I think more butons would have taken away from the design.

I am so happy that she is completed
and I think that she is too!
I will keep her out as long as winter continues here on Winding Vine.

I had a wool winter finish as well:

"Snowflake Catcher"
Designed and kitted by Primitive Gatherings

I just love the wool for the wood paneled car :)

These finishes are so appropriate right now as this is the view of my back yard:

Nine consecutive days of measurable snow here in Chicago for a total of 18 inches.
Although no snow days for me. The commuter train line was right on time.

February isn't even half over, so I think that I'll work on some Valentine designs next...

 If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, 
I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal. 
If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, 
and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing. 
Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing.
~1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Decisions, decisions...

I've been itching to do some Valentine's Day stitching.
But then Miss Holly asked me oh so nicely...
Could I please keep stitching her as she really didn't want to go back 
into the unfinished bin yet again.

Who can refuse sweet Miss Holly?

And so I keep stitching.
I can work on Valentines anytime during the month of February...

And since I'm still working on Winter stitching,
I may as well finish some winter wool...

The snow continues to fall outside, so I'll stitch up some snowflakes...

How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor’s crown of life that God has promised to those who keep on loving him.
~James 1:12

Blessings, Patti