Saturday, July 23, 2022

Joy

 


Life has been hectic at work and at home and unfortunately my blog has fallen to the side.

I did want to take a moment to share for those that have read my blog over the years.

My dear sister in law, Joy, who has battled stage four cancer for the last five years has gone home to be with the Lord. She fought long and hard and stayed with us as long as she could. I know from my faith that this is not good bye, but “until we meet again” and that we will see each other again one day. 
Until then, I will miss her terribly.


Joy was the second of seven children and the oldest daughter.
She was a born caregiver and nurturer her entire life and even until her final days. She helped with her younger siblings and continued on with a career in early childhood education. Her specialty was children with special needs. She knew how to get down to a child’s level, engage them and listen to them. Joy interacted with adults in the same wonderful way. She was a wonderful example and role model as to how to parent and I hoped I could do the same when I became a parent. 


Joy was also a gifted artist - painting, quilting, sewing, cross-stitch, doll making, crafting - she excelled in it all. We had so much fun years ago doing craft shows together and more recently Joy would open her home to craft events. These were more than just craft shows, but time to visit, connect and indulge in snacks and baked goods with those that attended.

You can see some of her home shows here and here.


Joy was also a great letter writer. She preferred letters to text messages or talking on the phone and had many pen pals. She spent her extensive hours in chemotherapy writing to others including those battling cancer like my mom and Nicki, our Bittersweet Stitching Sister that passed away in July 2020. 

Joy and Nicki were never able to meet each other in person, but it gives me comfort knowing that they are together now.


Joy left behind her devoted husband, two children and two grandchildren that she adored and adored her along with her mother and six siblings and her large extended family. 

She will be greatly missed until we meet again.

All photos are from Joy’s garden - a truly beautiful and peaceful oasis.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
My God is my rock, I. Whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
~Psalm 18:2

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Wild & Wooly Escape



This past weekend Mom and I attended the Wild & Wooly Escape 
in Shipshewana, Indiana.
This retreat has been going on for a few years, but this was the first year we attended.

Mary Blythe of Blythe Girl Designs was one of the featured teachers!

This was part of her display of current designs in her classroom.
So much eye candy! 😍

Mom and I each took a class with Mary.


Mom took this class


And I took this one.


Mary is a wonderful teacher and I highly recommend taking a class if you ever have the opportunity!


She is so generous in sharing her knowledge and in all the little extras.


Of course I couldn’t leave class without a few more of her delightful patterns


And her amazing book filled with great designs 
And a few of her favorite notions.


The retreat also featured “destash” tables.
I didn’t think to take pictures when they were chock full, but here is a pic from the last day.

Mom and I brought three large tote bags of items to sell and just about everything found new homes -
Providing lots of funds to restash LOL!


I was delighted to find this sweet kit on the destash tables 


Along with this darling pattern


And this amazing project bag made with Blackbird Designs fabrics 
Made by fellow attendee Monica.
Love it! ❤️


The Blue Gate Garden Inn had lovely areas for stitching both inside and out 
when you wanted to move around a bit.


This was my view when stitching outside one afternoon.


The retreat also had a show and tell one evening where each attendee could present a finish. 
Mine is on the left - Rebekah L. Smith’s Thistle Runner and Mom’s Koi Pond by Crane Designs. 

The finishes were all stunning! To see them all, be sure to visit 


There were vendors on site as well. 
I promised myself not to buy any wool as I have enough to vend myself lol,
But who could resist these tonal packs?!


Each and every attendee also received a door prize and mine could not have been more perfect!
A quilt book and kit based on Christmas at Marshall Field’s on State Street in Chicago. 

So many family memories have been made there starting with my grandparents taking me and your sister to The Walnut Room as children and my husband and I doing the same with our boys…


Of course you have to shop when in Shipshewana!
A visit to Yoder’s Department Store is required!
They have an amazing selection of cookie cutters and a few went home with me.


Along with this great fabric collection and two pairs of shoes - 
LOL they have it all!


I did a little antiquing and those water spout handles caught my eye.


Here are my tiny treasures.


The tiny red tin box was special and the ruler says “for the ladies work basket”.


I made some good progress on my class piece while there.

I had some delayed surgery on my foot two days after returning, but it’s given me an opportunity to slow down and think about how wonderful this retreat was! 
Mary and Lisa did a phenomenal job putting everything together - from the classes, to the vendors, to all the activities - it was just perfect! 

And Mom and I are signed up to return next year!
We can’t wait!

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Special Meet and Greet



Earlier this spring I was fortunate to attend a Meet & Greet with Priscilla Blain and Chelsea Carter at Tomorrow’s Heirlooms in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.


Priscilla and Chelsea are the mother daughter duo, Stitching with the Housewives 
and they havea fun and addictive floss tube channel on YouTube.


They are prolific designers and brought an amazing trunk show with them


It was so much fun to see so many models in one place in person.
They were displayed beautifully by season along with lovely quilts that Priscilla has made.


I’ve collected many of their charts already and have several more that I need to collect 
after seeing them in person 😉


It was such a joy to meet them in person!


And this is the exclusive chart that was created just for the meet and greet.


Tomorrow’s Heirlooms did a fabulous job, 
And we each received a wonderful goodie bag


With the exclusive chart


Another Stitching with the Housewives chart, little travel scissors, 
and a sweet thread ring from Sampling of Memories.


While I was there I did a little shopping


Adding to my collection


It had been a bit since I had been in a cross stitch shop and it was a lot of fun.


It was hard to be good ;)

There is a favorite antique mall near by, so I stopped there as well.


I found these neat garden stakes.


And the tiniest sewing scissors and a thimble for my collection.

I have one more catch up post that I would like to share and then I’ll be up to date.
Stay tuned!

“God is our refuge and strength,
An ever-present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1

Blessings, Patti

Monday, May 24, 2021

The results of a wonderful weekend


 When we took our trip, we stopped at Cottage House Primitives in Lodi, Wisconsin.
I hadn’t been there in ages and the store was as wonderful as I remembered.

I bought a piece of SJ Pottery to add to my collection.


I tried to be good at Country Sampler,
But these two patterns had to come home with me. 
There was a model of the sampler in a Country Sampler color conversion and it was amazing!


I bought some fat quarters of linen that I needed 
And this ribbon was too beautiful to leave behind.


We stopped at Lynn’s of Madison and I found some more linen on my list.
We shopped at Odana Antique Mall, but I behaved myself.

We happened to be there when Jeanne Horton, the owner of Country Sampler
was having a garage sale at her home.
That’s where I made my big purchases 😉
  

I fell in love with this beautiful quilt.
The lighting wasn’t very good when I took this photo.


I just love this dense quilting!

And I found a second quilt too...


Here’s a close up


And here is the full quilt with my helper, Leia.


As I was checking out I happened to see this amazing box, so it came home with me too.
A local man, Bill does a fabulous job on antique boxes. I have several of his.
I was so sorry to hear that he passed away at the beginning of the pandemic,
 making this final treasure even more special.


It will be perfect for storing threads


My sister found two wonderful quilt runners at Jeanne’s


And she had the perfect spot for each of them.

It was such a special weekend spent with Mom and my sister and our treasures will remind us of our time together. 

I hope to share a few other special things that happened while I was away.
I’ll be back soon.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
~Romans 12:12

Blessings, Patti