Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bittersweet Sisters 2019 ~ Part 3

Time is flying by and I haven't finished posting about the Bittersweet Sisters adventure!
Not only is Osage, Iowa home to so many wonderful shops, it is also home to Jacquelyn aka Waxing Moon Designs! We were so thankful to our Bittersweet Sister, Nicki and to Liz & Shari of The Stitchery Nook for arranging for us to spend an afternoon with Jacquelyn!

It was great fun to get to know her and to hear about how Waxing Moon Designs came to be and the stories behind the designs. 

 The Stitchery Nook has an amazing selection of her patterns and most of her models as well.

Her house trio series is my favorite!
Summer House Trio

Spring House Trio

Autumn House Trio

Christmas House Trio

The new Turkey Trio

and my personal favorite the Winter House Trio!
I love everything about this especially the amazing finishing that Liz keeps coming up with!

You know that I had to come home with several of her patterns ;)
And do you see the neat charms next to the Halloween House Trio?! They are so great with lots of detail on the front and the back.

If you are interested in any Waxing Moon Designs, be sure to contact the Stitchery Nook and visit Jacquelyn's Etsy shop here.

I still have one more post for the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters and then I'll move on to Christmas...

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. 
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, 
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
~John 6:35

Blessings, Patti 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Blessed Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with blessings!

I have two new finishes to share:

"Gobble Gob"
by Plum Street Samplers

These turkeys just make me smile!

by Pineberry Lane
2018 Quaint Country Ladies Club
for Dyeing to Stitch

Here are some vignettes that I shared on Instagram & Facebook:

a collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers

vintage Gurley candles

a favorite over one Cross Eyed Cricket piece from 1999

Another oldie but goodie over one

and a Maggie Bonanomi class project from years ago...

and I finished this sweet freebie from Stone Street Stitchworks!
It was charted for DMC, but I converted it to fancy floss.
I guess it will have to be fully finished for next Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving from here on Winding Vine to each of you!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
~Psalm 100:4-5

Blessings, Patti 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Bittersweet Sisters 2019 ~ Part 2

The Bittersweet Stitching Sisters spent a lot of time... well, stitching.
We worked on many projects and brought other projects to share.
This is the beginnings of an amazing project that Carla has been putting together for us - a history of the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters.
We met in 2010 which means that next year we will celebrate our 10th year together!

The Bittersweet Sisters worked on a quilting project of love for Nicki's family.
Here is the amazing quilt that Linda made.

Linda finished these lovely smalls for the Animal Crackers series 
by Stacy Nash while we were together.

She also completed this project by Maggie Bonanomi.

Linda received a refresher course from Nicki on lacing and framed this piece during our week together.

It was so appropriate as this was a Boxwood & Berries class that we all took together. 
Hmmmm I should unearth my unfinished piece...

Wendy created this quilting project of love.

And worked on this project for a round robin group that she is in.

Wendy and Carla both brought this quilt kit with and they worked on them both together as a team.

Carla created this quilt project of love.

And she put together these lovely eggs by Prairie Schooler.

Carla shared this fabulous finish from a Dyeing to Stitch retreat with Blackbird Designs.

And she made progress on this sweet design by Notforgotten Farm.

Nicki shared this amazing red sampler that she has been working on

and I love the linen on this new start!

Nicki framed this while giving Linda the refresher class on lacing.

and she still found time to knit on this pretty sock - the yarn has such a pretty subtle sparkle. 

Kim finished this masterpiece quilt project of love!

It's a whopping 108 inches square!

And she also made this neat Tim Holtz quilt top.

Unfortunately I don't have a quilt project of love to share since I don't quilt :(

I worked on this Hands On Design on the right.
Shari, co-owner of The Stitching Niche, was working on the same piece.
She is doing hers on black perforated paper!
I thought that was genius - much easier to see the holes on the black perforated paper. 
It never occurred to me!

I made good progress on mine that week.

I also worked on my Trip Around the World by Primitive Gatherings.

and I made some progress on "Thistles Table Runner" class kit by Rebekah L. Smith.

It is so inspiring to spend a week with the Bitterweet Stitching Sisters - so much talent to enjoy!

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.
~Psalm 95:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Bittersweet Sisters 2019 ~ Part 1

The Bittersweet Stitching Sisters returned to Osage, Iowa for a week in October.
Home of the amazing Stitchery Nook.

It is definitely not just a "nook" ;)
It is a large shop with an excellent assortment of threads


and patterns.

It is amazing that this town of about 3,600 people 
has not just a great cross stitch shop, but a quilt shop and 

an amazing wool shop too!
What more could a needleworker ask for?!

We spent an amazing morning at Ewe & Eye
and were so happy that our friend Barb met us there too. :)

It's become a Bittersweet Sisters tradition to have our picture taken 
in front of this lovely wall of wool. 

Ewe & Eye also has a wonderful selection of Stacy Nash patterns 
with many models by the talented Barb.

There is a sweet new coffee shop at the seminary
and so many great restaurants too.

It snowed for the first two days,
but then it cleared up.

This trip was just want I needed

rest and relaxation
peace and fellowship
and plenty of inspiration.

and there is so much more to share.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
~Matthew 5:9-10

Blessings, Patti