Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Can't Wait!

Two months from today, Mom and I will be headed on a road trip!
Headed to Wheaten Woolens!

 where we will be taking a two day wool applique class with Maggie Bonanomi!
Maggie will be teaching three classes - two for wool applique and one for rug hooking.
I have taken many classes with Maggie and am never disappointed - 
I always feel like each class project is the best one yet!
Mom is excited as although she has visited with Maggie many times and created many of her designs, she has never take a class with her. It has been on her bucket list :)

We will both be so happy to return to Wheaten Woolens in Davenport, Iowa.

It is truly a paradise - especially in the summer.

I need to take an inventory of my Rustic Moire Wool threads before I go, 
as Beth Anne has a fabulous inventory.

Who knows what lovely new kits we will find...

I know that we will both go home with some wool...

And I am sure we will find some other treasures as well.

Will we see you there? 
There is still time to sign up.
You can find the information here.
Then you can start counting the days along with us.

It is a place that is hard to leave, but I am so glad that "Garden  Rabbit" hanging on the door is also on my kitchen table as we speak. A wonderful reminder of a wonderful place.

 Later, he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. They were continually in the Temple, blessing God.
Luke 24:50-53

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A Blessed Easter!

Wishing each of you a blessed Easter!

Christ is risen!
He is Risen indeed!

Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
~Luke 24:22-23

Blessings, Patti

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Stitching

"Crispin Sewing Box"
design by Stacy Nash

I have been stitching away on Easter/Spring projects.

"Stoneware Bunny"
design by Priscillas Pocket

Some have stitched up quite quickly.

excerpt from 
"Carrots and Cottontails Farm"
by Hand On Design and Priscilla Blain 

With tax time and all, I have not had time to fully finish any.

Bunnies and Chicks
Book #121
design by Prairie Schooler

I am hoping to find some time to fully finish some this holiday weekend.

"Carrots and Cottontails Farm"
by Hand On Design and Priscilla Blain 

In the meantime, I keep stitching on my daily commute...

I just had to share my new shirt by Elly and Grace!
I love it and it's so comfy too.
I get lots of compliments when I wear it :)

It was already about noon, and the whole land became dark 
until three in the afternoon because the sun had stopped shining, 
and the curtain in the sanctuary was torn in two.
Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, 
“Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.” After he said this, he breathed his last.
~Luke 23:44-46

Blessings, Patti

Monday, April 15, 2019

Anne Marston 1843

When I started Anne Marston 1843, I had planned to only stitch the bottom of the sampler.

But once that was finished, I thought I should add the sweet strawberry band.

 Once the strawberry band was stitched, I thought that it needed to be squared off. 
And besides, that four sided stitch alphabet row was calling to me. 

When that was done, I decided to stop.

I had to as I had run out of fabric LOL!

Here she is - my abbreviated version of 

"Anne Marston 1843"
design by Pineberry Lane

Since she is an antique reproduction, I decided to keep the finish simple 
with a herringbone stitch along the seam.

My final "March" bonus finish - now on to April projects!

I am so glad that I squeezed this last "March" project in!

And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
~Luke 19:35-38

Blessings, Patti

Monday, April 8, 2019

Daffodils in an Old Granite Pan

"Daffies in an Old Granite Pan"
design by Maggie Bonanomi

This was a newly purchased bonus project for March and I enjoyed creating it ever so much!
The design was so lovely and simple that I felt that I could add a cotton print binding without overwhelming or detracting from the design.

On a bright sunny day, it is hard to find the right light for photos.

Hopefully this will give you the idea.

I used my Nikki's Notables notions bag while working on this project.
It was the perfect size for my thread, scissors, ruler and a few other things.

Many of you asked about my staples for prepping this project. 
Staples are my favorite for holding wool in place. No more getting pricked from pins.
I spoke more about using staples in this post here.
I did get a long arm stapler that Christmas and have been using it ever since :)

I also completed a new bonus cross stitch project for March and will share that soon.

I rely on God who is my deliverance and my glory;
    he is my strong rock,
        and my refuge is in God.
People, in every situation put your trust in God;
    pour out your heart before him;
        for God is a refuge for us.
~Psalm 62:7-8

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Quilt Festival Chicago

Happy Birthday Mom!
Mom's Birthday was earlier this week and one of the things that we did to celebrate was to go to 
Quilt Festival Chicago last weekend.

They had a fabulous exhibit of quilts by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.
This one is my favorite.

I would love to do this pattern with wool applique...

Those blues and creams! *sigh*
They were all so lovely!

We also had a chance to visit a few quilts made by the friend of one 
of the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters.

So very talented

And the absolute best in the Primitive Quilts section!

Love the free bag we received from Rainbow fabrics!

I tried so hard to be good and limit my purchases.
( I am after all trying to Stitch from my Stash!)
I think that I was pretty good.

I did buy two new wool patterns. Love the Clipboard Quilt Series!
Mom bought one too.

Lori Smith had a booth and let me just say that these are even more gorgeous in person!

I love Kai scissors so much that I decided to try one of their rotary cutters.
I liked the small size of this one.

Rag Spun Studio had the best buttons!
Can you believe that the buttons on top are made of leather?!
How cool is that?!

I had two favorite booths at the show.
The first was

They go around the world to find the best artisan made notions.
The pins above are blown glass with tiny flowers - made in Japan.
The teeny scissors were made in Italy.

I love Japanese packaging! 
And what was inside?

Traditional Japanese pottery
The spool is a magnetic needle/pin holder.
(And perfect for my new scissors!)
And the little button is also a magnetic needle holder.

I used my hand to show their small size. 

Aren't they sew sweet?
Mom bought a spool as well.

Our other favorite booth was Epicurean Boutique.
I think we could have spent all day in their booth!
I was good and didn't buy anything, just enjoyed the inspiration.
Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of Mom's purchases there.
But let me just say their booth was amazing!

I sure enjoyed Mom's birthday ;) and hope that she did too!

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 62:5-6
Blessings, Patti

Monday, April 1, 2019

Stitch from my Stash Projects ~ April

I'm still working on a few March bonus projects, but I have selected my 
April Stitch from My Stash Projects.

First up is:
Crispin Sewing Box
by Stacy Nash

This was a class at the 2018 From Our Hands Creative Retreat.
I didn't take the class as I had a conflict, but was able to purchase the kit at the Mercantile.

"Stoneware Bunny"
by Priscilla's Pocket
was released and purchased in the Spring of 2017!
Yep, after two years, I am finally going to stitch and finish it.

I am hoping that these two projects will be quick as I have recently bought several new Easter/Spring cross stitch charts that I am really itching to stitch! But I must Stitch from my Stash first!

And there is a new wool project to start as well:

"Rabbit & Hen Wall Quilt"
by Carried Away Designs in Wool

I started this last year - you can read about it here.
And purchased I purchased it back in 2016 - here.
I would so love to finish it, but I am a little daunted by all the embroidery stitches that need to be done...
Well, if I don't complete it this month, I can at least make some progress...

Well, now is the time that you have been waiting for!
Thanks so much to the 37 people that entered my little giveaway.
It was so fun to read all of the comments.You all had very logical ideas of the color that I have 10 skeins of - Carriage Black, Black Crow, Harvest Basket, Dried Thyme, Oatmeal - all common colors that I would have guessed as well. What was the color that I have 10 skeins of???
Don't ask me how that happened - I really have no idea LOL!
Since no one guessed the color, I used to select a random winner. 
The winner is #23 - Simple Pleasure!  
Patricia, please send your mailing address to me at and I will get your skein of Mulberry and a few other treasures on their way to you.

The other question was how many skeins I have of Gentle Arts Sampler Threads in my box.
The guesses ranged from 65 to 262.
I don't really want to divulge how many I have as the number is much larger than any of the guesses...
If you promise not to tell my husband , I'll share - 357 skeins! Oh my!
kcmrugs - you won closest to the number with 262. Please send your mailing address to me at and I will get your skein of Mulberry and a few other treasures on their way to you.

Please respond in the next week so that I can get these sent out to you both.

Mom was here over the weekend. She was kind enough to help me organize my Weeks Dye Works.
I have less of those so it wasn't quite as big of a job ;)
I've also started collecting Classic Colorworks and will keep these organized from the start lol.

Thanks again for joining in my giveaway - I'll have another one again soon.

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