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

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hello stranger ;)


Can it really be six months since my last post?!

I’m not sure where the time has gone

Life, work and the pandemic just got in the way.

Posting on Instagram is fun and easy, but I miss my blog.

And I am having trouble with blogger on my desktop computer,
So I am posting from my iPad

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to figure out a way to reorder my photographs, 
so I am sorry that these are all out of order.

If anyone has any tips, please share as I would love to hear them!

My mom, sister and I were blessed to be able to get away for a quick overnight trip for Mother’s Day weekend. The perfect thing for us - spending precious time together 😊

Have you guessed where we went?

Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin 
With all my favorite stops on the way there and the way home.
And meals in my favorite restaurants, too ;)

And as luck would have it, 
Jeanne, the owner of the Country Sampler, was having a garage sale!!!

So glad that we are fully vaccinated and that we were able to do it all safely too.

This spool cabinet was amazing, but it did not come home with me.

I’ll save my purchases for another post

It felt so good to be in my happy place and to be inspired by all the beauty

Doesn’t it make you want to stitch as fast as you can to stitch all the things?

I apologize for the mishmash of photos,
but hope that you enjoyed them nonetheless.

I promise I’ll be back soon with my purchases 
And to catch you up with a few other fun things that I did while I was away.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 4:6-7

Stay safe and be well!
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Until We Meet Again...

As you have probably guessed,
the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters will not be gathering in 2020
due to to the pandemic. 

We have been together for over 10 years now and look forward to spending time together each autumn.

We've been on many adventures each year

Throughout the Midwest

We've taken classes with our favorite teachers

at some of our favorite places

Although we hope and pray to be together again in 2021,
it won't be the same

We lost one of our dear Bittersweet Stitching Sisters this summer.

Our dearest Nicki passed away

We were blessed by her amazing faith, her endless generosity, 
her boundless support and constant positive attitude.

Nicki was always thoughtful and inclusive

She was talented in all of the various mediums that she worked in

from cross stitch and quilting to rug hooking and wool applique and knitting too

We are blessed for having known her

She is greatly missed!

Until we meet again...

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
~Psalm 91: 1-4

Blessings, Patti