Thursday, October 10, 2019

"Exploring Folk Art With Wool Applique And More"


We were so thrilled that Rebekah's latest book was released while we were together at 
Country at Heart in Rock Falls, Illinois.
This is a  special book for mom and I, as Rebekah and Kelsey asked us to be a part of it!


Mom and I had the opportunity to make one of the projects in the new book 
"All-in-one Basket" before the book came out!
Mom and I were both thrilled with each of the colorways we received - Rebekah and Kelsey know us well. :) And we were featured in the Gallery of Projects in the book!


It was truly a family affair


We weren't able to get together with Rebekah and Kelsey for a photo shoot


so my youngest son took the pictures and received a photo credit in the book :)


Here is Mom's finished basket cover - she used 
Valdani threads and a few beads.


and here is mine. I used Rustic Wool Moire Thread.


We are both thrilled with our baskets!
You can find the amazing basket for purchase here. It's wonderful!

I know that I have only focused on one project from the book, but this book is chock full with many wonderful projects and each project featured is done in wool applique and another needlework medium.
We saw all the models at the class at Country at Heart and there are so many that I want to create!


Thank you ever so much Rebekah and Kelsey from the bottom of our hearts!
It has meant so much to Mom and me to be able to share in this special book with you!
From one mother/daughter team to another Thank You! :)

I am off to spend some time with the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters, 
so you know that I will have a lot to share when I return :)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, 
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
~Romans 15:13

Blessings, Patti

Friday, October 4, 2019

Country at Heart


This summer Mom and I went on a trip to
in Rock Falls, Illinois
 to shop and to take a class with...


We were so lucky as it was the day after her new book came out and we got to see all the models!
But that is another post for another day ;)

Mom and I stayed for two days and took two different classes


Our first class was 
Sungold Sewing Caddy


and our second class was
Partridge Purse


Of course we shopped at Country at Heart


I loved it before I even walked in the door!


And its name is so appropriate with this peaceful view across the road.


Mom and I both found "must have" items as we walked in the door!


one wing of the large shop is a gift shop and the other wing is a quilt shop.


I loved this great wagon full of wool


and the great wooly models


plenty of quilt fabics


and these lovely antique half dolls with vintage hankie bodies - so sweet!


the complete collection of DMC too


I loved their unique colorways for some of Rebekah's patterns.


and the great selection of Valdani


They offer some lovely large projects and block of the month projects


Including this amazing fall quilt BOM that Jan unveiled at our class! WOW!


We enjoyed dinner with Rebekah at this local landmark.
If you get to visit Country at Heart, be sure to have dinner at Candlelight Inn 
and have their signature dish, Chicken George - YUM!
They've been serving it for over 50 years :)


And stop to enjoy the tranquil koi pond in front of the restaurant.


If you find yourself on I-88 driving through Illinois - be sure to stop at Country at Heart!

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, 
in order to bring praise to God.
~Romans 15:7

Blessings, Patti

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Old Red Barn


We interrupt the catch up summer posts to bring you a finish...


The Old Red Barn
by Little House Needleworks

I finished stitching this just about a year ago. 
I was inspired by the finish of Priscilla and Chelsea that I found here.


I switched mine up a bit - I switched out the pumpkins for apples and changed the colors to those shown.
Then I was stuck. I really loved the antique barnwood that Priscilla and Chelsea used and was searching for some red barn wood.


Earlier this month, my husband and I took a ride to Lake County Barnwood.
It is only 20 minutes from my Mother-in-law's home.


Even my husband was intrigued and wanted to go in...


I was thrilled with the barnwood that I found.


And my husband found this great tray. 
They even include an informational postcard detailing where the wood came from and the barn's history!

And now for the unveiling...


I am thrilled with my finish! 


It has been "Priscillafied"!


Thank you so much Priscilla and Chelsea for the inspiration!
Be sure to follow them on Floss Tube - The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch!

You would think that it is easy to take still life photos,
but this is what I encounter every time I try to take a picture...



My favorite little photo bomber - Peanut!


He  is so hard to resist and push away...


If only he could just back up a few inches... ;)

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~Romans 15:5-6

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Views from Pebble Beach


Our final stop on our California trip was Pebble Beach.


While sitting in the lobby, I saw my husband on the nearest green and had to take pictures. 
The caddy told him after his shot that someone was taking pictures of him. 
He said, "Oh that's my wife, she's always taking pictures" :)


Each evening, a bag piper closed the course.
We could hear the lovely music in our room.


This is the Lodge at Pebble Beach


and the iconic 18th green.


I took pictures of him there too ;)


This friend kept me company while I waited for him to come in.


While he golfed, I went on many long hikes to enjoy the scenery.


The vegetation here is so different than the Midwest.


I really enjoyed taking the time to take it all in


so lovely




I loved the boardwalks that preserved the seascapes


and the art left behind by others


and the sound of the crashing waves as I walked


so peaceful


a new view at every bend







I made a few friends


along the way


that kept me company as I walked


can you see the sea lion at the peak of the rock?
and others playing in the ocean?


a few hermit crabs brought in with the tides


this tree has seen better days, but it is still beautiful.


the iconic lone cypress is still barely holding on,
but is amazing that it does from its precarious perch


I also met these new friends along the way


The community brings in goats for vegetation management


A much cuter and I would imagine more economical and environmentally friendly method than mowing.
Every day or two, they were moved to a new location and I would go hunt for my friends ;)


It was a lovely trip,
but I was oh so happy to see this sight from the plane


Sweet Home Chicago!

Thank you so much for letting me share my trip.
I promise that I will share some stitching in my next post...

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
~Romans 15:4

Blessings, Patti