Saturday, April 16, 2011

Catch up again.....

Before I start my catch-up post, it it really April 15th? This is what we woke up to this morning. REALLY!!!!! Have to love Minnesota.

Now that I have the weather out of the way I will try to catch-up with what I have been doing. I really hate having to play catch-up but that seems to be how I roll:)

Last weekend was the Stitchville retreat. Stitchville is our LNS here in Minnesota. The teacher for the weekend was Jeannette Douglas. Here she is last Saturday starting our class. As you can see the name of the Sampler she designed for us is "Three Pines Sampler". Jeannette was so down to earth.

Here is the sampler itself. It really is a cute sampler with a lot of specialty stitches. We learned a new and better way to do Queen stitches.

Along with the sampler Jeannette also designed these smalls to go with the sampler. How cute are these smalls!!!

Here is our table of girls. From left to right are: Joyce, Cathy B, LaVonne, myself and Chris.
I knew all the girls before the retreat except Joyce. Now I have another new stitching friend. Be sure to check out Cathy's blog for more of the retreat.

This is the project we stitched on Friday night. It is called Sweet Tulip. Everyone at our table finished this project and here they all are.

This is a picture of some of the designs stitched by some of the retreat girls.

I stitched up Jeannette's new design "Quaker Stitches" I stitched it on 32 count fabric with Belle Soie--Babbling Brook.
We had a very good time at retreat and I really enjoyed listening and talking to Jeannette. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Jeannette you won't be disappointed.

Yesterday one of my stitching buds Jackie and I got together and did a little finishing. We both stitched this Lizzie Kate "Peep" and finished them as stand up boxes. The background fabric is what we used on the sides and back of the box. I think these turned out quite cute.

Then I framed my "Sweet Land of Liberty". I stitched this at the beginning of the year and had to order a frame at Joann's. I am also happy with this finish. With a 50% plus $20 off coupon I managed to get this frame for $18. I just couldn't find the right frame at any of my thrift shops. So I had to order one.

I had these two LK Halloween stitches done for a month or so and finished them off as pinkeeps. I want to stitch and finish them all this way and put them in a basket. Only 10 more to go!!!!

This was a 2010 stitched piece by LHN that I finally totally finished. I think I am all caught up with finishing for now:) After all of that finishing then Jackie, Chris and I got together and stitched. We had a really great time. Thanks for the fun Girls:)

And lastly here is a model stitch for a shop called Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI. It is a design by With My Needle and Thread called " Proverbs 31:13. It was a fun stitch.

Now you can never have enough stitching lights---just ask my stitching buddies! So a couple of weeks ago I bought these two Ott lights. I couldn't pass up a deal. They were on sale for $99 and then I had a coupon for another 25% off, so that made them $75 for both!!! Now they have a new home and I have some new lights.

Sorry for such a long post, thanks for hanging on to the end, but I think I am all caught up now. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Happy Stitching!!!!


Barbi said...

Gee it looks like you woke up in Calgary, cause that's what it looks like here at the moment too!
The stitching is just wonderful!!!

Lesleyanne said...

Just got to love the mother nature. Your stitching is lovely some great finishes. Nice to see the pictures from the retreat.

Karen said...

Sorry but the snow just makes me laugh!!!

You have certainly been busy but have such wonderful finishes! Love the idea of the LK designs made into pinkeeps. Too cute.

Can't wait to see what's next... happy stitching.

CathyR said...

Joan, it looks like a great retreat! I agree that Jeannette is just a delight to be around! Beautiful class projects and lots of great finishes, too!

It snowed in Lemont, too!

Yvon (jioya) said...

that's a suprise, i'm sure happy that it really is Spring in the Netherlands.
I love all your finishes and the sampler from Jeannette looks GREAT.

I hope that you will see some sunshine today!!

Hugs Yvon.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a fun event! It looks like you were all having a good time.

You've finished some great projects - love your framed quaker!

diamondc said...

O.K. Joan: I love all your finishes but the snow has to go, ow and more ows with the darn stuff that will not go away maybe someone should make a movie about snow haunting Minnesota.
I like the Lizzie Kate Peep so cute, the Lizzie Kate pin keeps are adorable, lots of lovely stitching thank-you for sharing.
By the way it was good to see you all at the Spring Retreat.

TeresaB said...

Snow! And some beautiful finishes. I just love both of your Quakers. So pretty.

Lee said...

I seriously need to move to Minnesota! What a wonderful retreat, what a wonderful shop and what talented stitchers you all are! Loved the recap and all your photos.

WendyJo said...

I love your finishes!! I now have my eye out for that Sweet so pretty!

You have some wonderful new lights too!!!! {{love them}}