Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Finishes...

Buttermilk Basin's
"Year in Stitches Collection - July"

Stitching time has been rare this month. Two trips and then catching up at home and work has curtailed my treasured creative time.

To me, nothing says summer like red geraniums.
This classic is always a must for me.

I was thrilled to find my favorite variegated geraniums this year.

"Wilhelm Langguth Pelagonium"

I realized as I was taking photos, that a Red Admiral Butterfly was having a snack.

A quick (and blurry) glimpse of his beautiful side before he fluttered away...

Buttermilk Basin's
"Live Simply - July"

Buttermilk Basin's
Basin Banner - July

I hope to pull out the August kits on Saturday.
Right on time :)

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
~Hebrews 11:1

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stitch Camp 2015 ~ The Shopping

Another great thing about Stitch Camp is the shopping!
Here is the view of Jefferson Street in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
On the right you see Nina's, a wonderful old fashioned department store. Next is Country Sampler, my stitching mecca :) 
Then you can see the trees where there is a little park right next to the shop.
In all, a wonderful homey small town.


Country Sampler is only a three hour drive from my home.
My husband can't understand how it could possibly take me nine hours to get there?!
Well, I like to shop my way there...
Favorite stops like J.J. Stitches in Sun Prairie, WI,
A variety of antique shops and malls

And Lynn's in Madison, WI.

I was quite successful in my shopping throughout camp.

A variety of my favorite Weeks Dye Works linens...

Lovely fabrics for finishing...

some wool ~ of course, Jeanne's Settlement Collection for some English paper piecing,
and some wonderful hand-dyed osnaberg fabric that Country Sampler is now carrying...

and my favorite new find:


Wonderful yardage with finished edges for table mats and table runners!
I think this would be perfect for adding wool applique or even a little English paper piecing.
Ideas are whirling through my head, but the best part is that they would look so pretty on the table just as is until I add my embellishments! :)

I found some antique treasures along the way as well...

This tiny little spinning wheel - the tiny pedal really makes the wheel turn 
~ on the bottom it is marked: WM Nelson, Auburn, W.

I collect little tin document boxes, this one was in really great shape. 
The best part was when I turned it over:

Loved the advertisement. Next I opened it up:

Yep, I knew that it was coming home with me :)

One of the dealers at the Odana Antique Mall had just acquired a large collection of pine needle baskets and trays. Each more lovely that the next. The intricate design of this one called to me.
I think it would be perfect for displaying antique pincushions and emeries. 

When traveling with my stitching I love to use antique baskets.
The two in the back have traveled with me to many classes.
The one in front is my newest addition.

The hinge and the clasp caught my eye.

I saw a few bigger ticket items on my way up to camp.
I thought about them a lot and knew that if they were still there on my way home,
 they would have to go home with me.

I love tramp art and thought that this old spice cabinet would be great for threads. 
It needs some work and I will share it again when all cleaned up.
It is made entirely of cigar boxes.

This piece is a true "Wisconsin" piece as that is where the cigars originated.

And the tax stamps on the boxes are from 1880 - 1883. I'm not sure that the cabinet itself is that old or just made from old boxes, but I love it just the same.

The other bigger ticket item that I wanted as even older,
 and lucky for me it was still there:

A beautiful reversible coverlet.

Dated 1846, its even older than the tramp art cabinet.
I loved all the flowers, but even more...

I loved those little birds.

So many new treasures and even better - so many new memories!

Thanks for joining me for 2015 Stitch Camp!

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
~Psalm 112:5

Blessings, Patti

Friday, July 24, 2015

Stitch Camp 2015 ~ Field Trips and Food

While at Stitch Camp, Jeanne arranged for us to visit her friend, Ruth's house. 
Ruth had a lovely booth of antiques for sale.

Beautiful primitive antiques.

So many temptations!

Ruth's home is lovely and inviting - both inside and out.

You don't want to leave :)

Gorgeous vignettes everywhere you look.

Don't you just want to cozy up with one of those old books for a while?

So much to take in...

The stories that these treasures can tell...

If only they could...

We returned for my favorite ~ Mexican Night!

Mexican and margueritas
a fun night for sure!

Although our opening breakfast was a close second ;)

Who can resist sugary confections!

"Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice."
~Psalm 112:5

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stitch Camp 2015 - The Campers

I'm back from another adventure, but find that I need to blog in order or I will forget :)
so that will be another story for another day...
One of the best parts of stitch camp is spending time with other stitchers.
I was so blessed to sit at the "Rock Star" table with these lovely ladies:

From left to right:
Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me
Lisa from Maryland,
 (who I sat with at The Inspired Needle retreat with Plum Street Samplers last summer)
Pam from Illinois, who I've been taking classes with for years :)
Linda Danielson of Samplers Remembered
Tanya Brockmeyer of The Scarlett House
Wasn't I lucky to sit and visit with these Rock Stars for several days?!
And if that weren't enough...
I also was able to meet and visit with Theresa, Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives
and Pat.  I felt like I already knew these three buddies through Prim Stitchers Society on Facebook. Nan had been an online friend for years, but it is always so much nicer to meet someone in person :)

Now they aren't just online friends :)
And of course, Stacy Nash was there too, always fun to visit with.
Be sure to stop by Nan's blog here. She was smart and took table pictures of everyone there :)
Another fun part is show and tell.

Pam wore this lovely scarf that we all coveted - a gift from her pen pal in the UK.
Sherri wore her beautiful Stacy Nash necklace complete with darling charms.
(I need to dig mine out of my unfinished stash...)

Theresa's lovely finish of a Threadwork Primitives design -
both front and back - joining friends from Canada and the USA

Linda Danielson's finish of a lovely Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farms design.
A beautiful bracelet

with precious details.

Even the backside is gorgeous!

Linda also shared her wonderful antique needle threader helper!
I need to see if my Dad could create something similar :)

Here is a lovely finish of a Rebekah L. Smith design published in Early American Life magazine.

Isn't it sweet?!

The inside is gorgeous and useful!

I need to pull that magazine out ;)

And even more stunning finishes!

So much talent in one schoolroom!

We spent a lot of time oohing and aaahing!

And purchasing more patterns :)

Linda's beautiful sewing box.

And a stunning sampler designed by Tanya of The Scarlett House.
And yes there is still more fun to share...
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.
~Psalm 119:30
Blessings, Patti