Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Humble Stitcher

Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I have become enamored with the designs of Sandy Whitlow of The Humble Stitcher. Her designs are a joy to stitch. I love that her patterns are pdf's that can be printed the same day without leaving your home. And since they are all charted for DMC, you can probably start stitching that night!

I decided to convert the DMC to fancy floss.
On "The Garden Shed" I tweaked the bottom row just a bit. 
It stitched up quickly and I was a bit sad that it was done.

I finished it simply with hand-dyed rick rack.

I enjoyed this one so much, that I immediately started another Humble Stitcher pattern:

Again I decided to convert it to fancy floss.

I decided to leave the words off.
I love that white picket fence!

Another very enjoyable stitch...

I also finished this one simply with hand-dyed rick rack.
I am so happy with this one as well.

And I backed this one with a pretty French General fabric.

I have my eye on more Humble Stitcher patterns that would be perfect for late summer / early autumn. I think "Harvest Home" and "Indian Corn" are calling my name...
You can find Sandy's blog here and her Etsy shop here.

Thanks Sandy for creating such inspiring patterns!

“You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~Matthew 5:14-16

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Patriotic July

"A Grand Olde Flag"
Stitching Small by Rebekah L. Smith

I really enjoyed stitching this up on the 4th of July.
I like to celebrate patriotism for the entire month of July so I can enjoy this for a few more weeks.

I've been enjoying my time stitching on this:
"Star Spangled Swine Farm"

I've also been enjoying stitching
"Star Spangled"

I collected a few pieces of patriotic Rae Dunn pottery this summer

And I have been simply amazed by these tie dyed red, white and blue roses from my local  flower shop.

I am trying to keep them alive as long as I can!

I hope that you are enjoying a patriotic July too!

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
~Joshua 24:15

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wheaten Woolens 2019 ~ Part 3

Well you  know that some shopping had to occur on our trip ;)
And Wheaten Woolens is the place to do it!

The second I saw this kit, it was in my hands lol.
I have been contemplating this pattern for quite some time, but to have it kitted up and ready to go -
 I was all in :) 

I feel in love with this pattern too, so in my basket it went.

Have you ever tried these freezer paper sheets? 
They are wonderful! Simply put them in the copier and copy your pattern right on to it. No more spending lots of time tracing patterns. I only had a few sheets left at home, so I have been contemplating whether patterns are worthy of the sheet lol! 
Now that I am restocked, all patterns are worthy!

I saw my next purchase at Wheaten Woolens on our last visit.
I've thought about it ever since and knew that if she had any left, one would be going home with me.
She did have them in stock!

It's an apron made out of antique feed sack!
Isn't it great?!

Here is a close up of the fabric.
It was hard to choose one as they are each one of a kind. Some had the Bemis logo on the apron, but this one spoke to me. I thought it would be great in the garden with those great big pockets!
And for baking too. It is intended for rug hookers. 
I know it could be used while cleaning, but I rather not think about that ;)

Wheaten Woolens also had a lovely selection of hand-dyed trims. 
You know that I love my rick rack.

This fringe trim really intrigued me as well.
Hmmm, I'll have to find a little project to try it out on. 

Wheaten Woolens has a fabulous selection of necklaces and scissor fobs by Me and My Stitches.
Mom bought me the lovely necklace on the right. Thanks Mom!
And I splurged on the tree necklace - it reminds me of the Northwoods...

Since we made it to The Little Red Hen, we did some shopping there as well.
We only had 40 minutes until closing, so we had to work fast!

I picked up these great fat quarters of patriotic fabrics by Diamond Textiles.

And I found these sweet fabrics in the Christmas room.

Mom and I picked up some flannels - one of these will back our Maggie class project.

I even found these tiny antique quilt squares.

I  so enjoyed the bunny kit that my BFF, Kim, brought me back from this shop, 
that I decided to get another.
This cardinal called my name.

I've been contemplating this cross stitch pattern for some time and decided today was the day to buy it. The ticking that I found here will be perfect for finishing it!

(oops! It's upside down!)

And this magnetic pin bowl by Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage was too cute to pass up!

It was a fabulous trip with Mom and we both enjoyed our time thoroughly!
Good thing we have another trip together in August to look forward to!

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.

   For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.
~Psalm 33:8-9

Blessings, Patti

Monday, July 8, 2019

Wheaten Woolens 2019 ~ Part 2

"Pomegranates & More"
by Maggie Bonanomi
Class project at Wheaten Woolens

Mom and I were so thrilled with our class project with Maggie!

And look at the darling name tags that Beth Anne made for each of us!
Sew sweet!

We were so lucky to have nice weather.

Time to enjoy the lovely grounds of the shop and Beth Anne's home.

Lovely sights at every turn

and the flowers all abloom.

Mom and I were so glad that it was a two day class.
More time to visit with Maggie

and make progress on our class project.
And more time to shop :)

And we got to meet my friend Pam for dinner!
So much fun to catch up on Country Sampler's Stitch Camp which I missed this year.

And we made an extra stop on the way home.
The Little Red Hen must be seen to be believed!
Wheaten Woolens, a class with Maggie and The Little Red Hen - a perfect road trip!

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made;
    all the heavenly bodies by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the oceans into a single place;
    he put the deep water into storehouses.
~Psalm 33:6-7

Blessings, Patti

Friday, July 5, 2019

Wheaten Woolens 2019 ~ Part 1

Mom and I were so happy to return to Wheaten Woolens!

The store is a paradise for all wool lovers!

A great selection of Valdani threads

a large assortment of wool

and wonderful models, patterns and books.

It's hard to decide where to look first!

Although this wonderful corner of Maggie Bonanomi designs pulled me in.

So many great designs and kits

Designs by Rebekah L. Smith were well represented as well.

so much to see!

I was so sorry to hear that both of Beth Anne's dogs had passed away.
But I was so excited to meet her new additions:

This is Max - doesn't he look comfortable?

Such a sweetheart! Who can resist this face!

And this is sweet Tasha!
A puppy full of energy :)

But after meeting everyone that had come to class, she settled down.

All that shopping at Wheaten Woolens can be exhausting :)

For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.
~Psalm 33:4-5

Blessings, Patti