Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Overdue retreat post and more.....

Ok as promised two weeks ago, here is the last update on retreat. I meant to post much sooner but as usual just been busy. First I wanted to post what I had did for the girls for retreat. I stitched these floss tags and made some marking pins with crystals. Also made a long stick pin. The crystals are in the colors each of us have. This design is part of Country Cottage Needleworks called Mermaids. Cathy B also used this designs for a fob for each of us. Great minds think alike!

Here is a photo of the rest of the goodies I gave. Each year I try to make a pillow case, plus we now have a small retreat pillow and I make a cover for that pillow too. Then I also gave a small piece of fish fabric.

This fob is from Lori. She didn't have time to finish it, so I did get this finished off into a fob.

Now I am revisiting last years retreat. The theme was snowmen. I wanted to make these quilts for last years retreat but had other life events going on. So this summer I got on a quilting frenzy and sewed up these five quilts. Next year's theme is Pink Flamingo's!!!!

I also had this quilt kit and finally got around to putting it together. I just love the colors in this quilt.
Then I made these two quilts with fabric I have had for a couple of years. I always wanted to use the fabric for something and when our daughter was home from TN she had this pattern and I just got busy and did a lot of cutting and sewing.
I tried my hand at making a carrot pincushion. There is a tutorial on eHandcrafts blog. Not to bad for my first attempt.
This is Blackbird Designs Rose Garden. I stitched it during retreat and finished it into this pin pillow. I stitched my dad's initials and year of his birth on this pillow. I thought it would be a nice remembrance of him. He has been gone many years. I was six years old when he died.
I have wanted to stitch this piece for a while now. It's LHN's Traveling Stitcher. I finally finished the stitching this week. With that being said I then made the needle case and pouch for this piece.
Instead of using a tie and buttons to close these pieces I used snaps and then just sewed on a button. I got these buttons from an antique shop and thought they were just right for this project.
Last but not least I finished this LHN ornament. I have them all stitched up to date but have the 3 previous ones that need to be finished.

I have also been doing some model stitching which I can not share right now. Thanks for taking time to read this long post.

Happy Stitching!!!


Karen said...

you have been a very busy girl! great finishes all around!

Berit said...

Everything looks good, but my favorite are the snowman quilts. :)

Christine said...

Wow! What an accomplishment! You should feel very proud.

Karen said...

What wonderful goodies! I just love your snowmen quilts...too cute. Great stitchy goodies and finishes too.

Blu said...

Someone's been crazy busy! Gorgeous finishes!

Brigitte said...

I'm speechless, lol. So many wonderful projects - and all of them finished. I mean finish-finished! Wonderful! I wish I were a bit more like you as I'm just the opposite. But no such chance in sight, lol.

Peggy Lee said...

Very beautiful finishes. You have inspired me to get busy.
I'm sure I missed it but I went to the link for the carrot pin cushion and couldn't find a tutorial.
Love that little fish!

BrendaS said...

Wow! You've been one busy woman. I love all the finishes especially the LHN ornament.

Thanks for sharing

Patti said...

Thank you so much for sharing. And I thought I was hard done by - my dad passed away when I was 14! At least I knew him and remember him well.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Patty C. said...

Everything looks beautiful - I haven't done my traveling stitcher yet - but I do have the pattern - Bravo

Teri said...

Amazing finishes!

Suzanne said...

Wow, such wonderful finishes! I love the snowmen quilts.