Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stitch Camp 2018 ~ Day 2

On to Day Two of Stitch Camp at Country Sampler 
with Vickie Jennet of Needlework Press.

Waiting for us at our place setting.

Vickie created a pattern for this wonderful antique Huswife from her collection.

This huswife contains six pockets for holding all the necessities of sewing - needles, scissors, threads, etc. that then rolls up and ties with a ribbon.Some of the fabrics on the antique date back prior to the Civil War.

And here is Vickie's wonderful reproduction.
She even included a cross stitch design for the sweet star on the bottom pocket.

And here is another lovely example.

Don't you just love this wonderful writing box filled with sewing treasures!

On Day 2 we also worked on antiquing paper mache including wonderful antique images

both outside and inside.
My box isn't done yet as I have some ideas for the lid...
But I did finish my huswife on Day 2 of camp (although it was rather late at night when I finished...

We had a fun fabric swap to find our fabrics for this project, but I decided to bring some fabric from home. Since this is all hand sewn, I felt in my element. I really liked the scrappy binding on the antique and so I decided to use a scrappy binding as well.

And here is the back. I carefully placed the bird near the top so that it would still be visible when I rolled it up.

There may only be one day left of camp to share, but I still have several posts to go as there is still so much to share!

And so, our God, we are giving you thanks,
    and we are praising your wonderful name!
~ 1 Chronicles 29:13

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stitch Camp 2018 ~ Day 1

I'm back and you didn't even know that I was gone lol!
It was only for a long weekend, but it was a grand time!

Day 1 was with Camp Counselor, Stacy Nash.
Our name tags, a fun little clipboard and our kit awaited us in our spot.

I was seated with some old friends and right next to the popcorn ;)

Everyone settling in and getting ready to start.

So much fun to see old friends again and meet some new ones as well.
So what was the project, you ask?

Isn't this Hanging Sewing Pocket and Chatelaine absolutely marvelous?! 

I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get started!
I worked diligently through the day and managed to finish:

this teeny tiny pin disk stitched on 40 count linen with a little tulip stitched on the other side.

Stacy had a helper with her ~ her daughter Taylor who makes such lovely waxers.

Before I returned home, I was able to finish the strawberry pinkeep and the scissor pouch as well.

Here you can see the side of the tiny pin disk - finished with ribbon, stitched x's, and Stacy's hand-dyed pins.

I have so much more to share - wait until you see the projects on day 2 ;)

Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
~ 1 Chronicles 29:12

Blessings, Patti

Monday, June 4, 2018

Finally a winner! (and a finish or two)

Oh dear, I know that I am late in selecting a winner.
Time has a way of slipping away from me.

It was so fun to read all of your responses! And there were a lot of them!
85 entries in all!
So many things that you all are working on from crocheting and knitting, to cross stitch and punch needle to quilting and wool applique and even making bears. 

Using, the winner is Mary Goode! 
Mary, I have sent you an email. Send me your mailing address and your prize will be on its way.

I wish that I had prizes for every one of the 85 ladies that entered.
I will be having another giveaway this month, so you still have a chance!
It's a special giveaway for a special anniversary. Stay tuned...

Mom and I spent time together over Memorial Day weekend and we did last year as well.
Last year we made sweet pinkeeps designed and kitted by Lori Ann Corelis. You can read about last year's project here.

This year Mom and I made "Strawberry Fields" 
from Maggie Bonanomi's new book "Pure & Simple".

We also worked on our special extra kits from From Our Hands ~ Creative.
Lori Ann Corelis was kind enough to gift them to all the participants.

"From the Heart"
~A Pin Cushion
designed and kitted by Lori Ann Corelis

We stuffed ours together and I stitched mine when I returned home.
I'll need to include Mom's with the next volume of Pennies from Heaven.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, 
for everything in heaven and earth is yours. 
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
~1 Chronicles 29:11

Blessings, Patti 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

*Garden Rabbit*

When Mom and I were at Wheaten Woolens last year, I spied this sweet rabbit on the back of the shop door. I didn't buy it and I have been thinking about it ever since...
Luckily Beth Anne's Wheaten Woolens has a website and I was able to order it this spring. :)
I recently finished it, so here it is: 

"Garden Rabbit"
design and kitted by Wheaten Woolens

I am thrilled with how it turned out!
Beth Anne has a kit with all the lovely wools and I also ordered Rustic Wool Moire Thread to match.

I had a little fun adding X's on the vines and a few little added stitches on the buds and berries.

It was a joy to stitch while enjoying the bright spring colors.

And this sweet face urged me along to finish :)

I'm so glad that this sweet rabbit is now here to stay at my home. :)

There is one more day until I randomly select the winner for my little giveaway.
Don't forget to enter here.

But now I am always with you,
    for you keep holding my right hand.
You will guide me with your wise advice,
    and later you will receive me with honor.
~Psalm 73:23-24

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Quick Trip to Galena, Illinois

Just four days after returning from From Our Hands ~ Creative in Ohio, 
I was on another quick trip.
Our Stitch Club went for a long weekend to Galena, Illinois.
I think that the last time we went as a group was 2011 - way too long!

We rented a house in Eagle Ridge Territory and were able to enjoy these lovely views.

The weather was so nice, that I was even able to stitch outside for a while.

We all worked in a variety of mediums
from wool applique and penny rugs to English Paper Piecing and knitting.
I loved the feedsack print Lucy Boston squares!

I even had a finish or two.

"Rabbit Warren"
complete with her little bunny thread board

I started this a few years back and am happy to have it finished to enjoy this spring.

I also finished this:
Spring Robin Sewing Kit

I bought this kit many years ago.

It has several needle pages.
On one page I added a heart pocket for my scissors.

And on the back cover is a blue robin egg pin keep.

We stopped to shop at Lucky Quilt Company in Pecatonica, Illinois on the way.
Aren't these so sweet? Do you see the tiny angel zipper pull? And the pretty flowered tape measure?

And we stopped at Yellow Creek Quilt Designs where I had fun spending a gift certificate that I won last fall. I love the leather and aluminum cross bracelet. And who can have too many scissors?! Mom and I tried out the Tim Holtz scissors this past weekend and they are fabulous!

On the way home I thought I would stop at a favorite antique mall. My memory did not remember too clearly and it was 15 miles out of the way. What's 15 miles (actually 30 miles there and back) when antiquing. At least I found something after that drive ;)

Oops a favorite photo bomber of mine - Hi Peanut!

I found this fabulous carved wood pin cushion and some wonderful needle packs.
The large package of crewel needles says "War economy pack".
I did some online research and found this exact pincushion - antique treen 19th century pair of walnut miniature pin cushion bellows - English circa 1870.
The tip is broken off, but I don't mind. 

Here you can see where the pins are stored.

Ladies, we must go back again next year!

There is still time to enter my little giveaway. You can find it here.

planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
~Psalms 92:13-15

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, May 24, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative ~ 2018 ~ The Giveaway

Finally! The time has come for my little giveaway ~
accumulated on my trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio for the From Our Hands ~ Creative retreat.
Some yummy wool, a Rebekah L. Smith ruler and waxer, a pretty note card from Lori Ann Corelis, some hand-dyed pins from Stacy Nash, a mini-charm pack from Fabric Shack and a sweet little bee plant poke picked up on my travels.

In order to enter, simply leave a comment on this post or send an email to me at with Ohio giveaway in the subject line and tell me what needlework project you are working on this holiday weekend. Or maybe you aren't with parades, memorials, gardening and graduations keeping many busy ~ that's ok too!

I'll pick a random winner on Friday, June 1st.

Thank you Lori Ann Corelis, Kelsey Smith and Rebekah L. Smith for another fabulous retreat!
We enjoyed every minute and appreciate all the effort in putting this together.
And thanks to Stacy Nash and Donna Bennett for increasing the fun!

Finally, thanks to you for letting me share the journey.

How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
~Psalms 92:5

Blessings, Patti