Monday, April 29, 2019

Easter Finishes

"Stoneware Bunny"
design and kit by Priscilla's Pocket

Over the Easter holiday weekend I did manage to complete a few  FFO's (fully finished objects)

I love how it looks with my stoneware.

This cabinet greets me as I walk down the hallway towards our kitchen.

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

I did the same finish for their Winter Wonderland Farm design in January
 and now I want to change it out for all of the seasons.

I'll continue to enjoy this one until the next one is finished. :)

Book #121 Bunnies + Chicks
by The Prairie Schooler

I channeled my inner Priscilla for this finish and am so happy with it.
I found the wooden rabbit plaque at JoAnn's. 

A little bit of grey lace seemed to set it off. 

I am still hopeful that I can fully finish another project or two before the end of the month, 
but we will see.

My sister hosted Easter this year and I had to share the newest addition - my nephew and his girlfriend's cat, Jack. He is a super social cat - very friendly, but I think that we all wore him out. :)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” 
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, 
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
~Roman 10:9-10

Blessings, Patti

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