Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Stitching Update

Happy Belated 4th of July!
We had a quiet night here.  And spent the long weekend working outside.  My garden is going great guns.  I'm not getting as many strawberries as usual.  So it's probably time to move the bed. The pea pods, lettuce, and green beans are already coming on and I am busy canning. Here is yesterday's results.

As many of you know I have been working on Crabapple Hill's Gardener's Alphabet quilt.  Here is a photo of what it will look like resemble someday :)

Here is an old photo of what some of the blocks looked like after I finished coloring them with crayons and before I stitched them.

Here is what I have finished so far.  Please forgive the wrinkles-

The following three blocks are the ones I finished recently-

 And I have traced the next four letters I-L-

I also finished the Spring Crabapple Hill retreat project-

And I finished the Summer Crabapple Hill retreat project-

Here is new start #1-Wooden Spool Designs Pear Medley.  It was a class at my LQS and Debbie Busby came to teach it.  She is a good teacher and her classes are very enjoyable.  I think she is coming back for another class in November.

Here is how far I got during the class-

Here is new start #2-Crabapple Hill Sunflower Stitchery Holder

Here is what it should resemble when I finish it-

Then it folds up into a holder with a pocket inside.
That's it for now.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Crabapple Hill Summer Retreat

I'm just back from the Summer 2014 Retreat at Crabapple Hill!  The weather was perfect and Meg is a fabulous hostess!  This is the 3rd retreat I have attended there.  And I think it was my favorite.
Here is the exterior of Meg's workshop-

Here is our group-

Here are some pics of different parts of the room-

Meg and her son cooked for us all weekend.  Here is an example of one meal-beef kabobs, couscous, melons and sweet Thai sauce.  Absolutely yummy!

And here is dessert-ice cream floats and cookies.  Yes, Meg made and decorated the cookies!


Here is the weekend's project.  It is one of four parts to a new quilt by Meg.  The measuring tape pin cushion and the needlebook were in our project bag-that green polka dot one on the left upper corner.

Here is another project-a velour needlebook.  This one is the example.  I didn't even start mine.......yet  :)

The instructions to this needlebook are in the picture below-

 We also made a beaded thread separator.  The rectangular charm is from a vintage hankie.  We also made a bracelet (also using measuring tape trim) and some counting pins.

Here is the stash I brought home. A new quilt pattern called Deck the Halls.  And the thread pack.
Now for some stitching news,  I have 3 finishes!

Finish #1- Bearly Tracking in Alaska wool wallhanging.  This is the kit I bought in Alaska and it was a gift to DH for his birthday.  He hung it in the bedroom.

Finish #2-American Patchwork by Debbie Stiehler

Finish #3-Scissor Fob to American Patchwork
I also have 3 new starts-

Start #1-American Pin Cushion by Debbie Stiehler
Small that goes with American Patchwork
Start #2-Blackbird Designs Land of the Free

Start #3-Cherrywood Designs Cherrywood Acorn Pincushion

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Retreat with Northwest Sampler Guild (Picture Heavy)

I just returned from the summer retreat in Goldbar, WA with the Northwest Sampler Guild.
Oh, the weather was lovely!  And the church camp that we stayed at is located right next to the Wallace Falls state park.  So walking trails were easily accessible.
There were 60 ladies from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Hawaii, and several from Canada who gathered from Thursday-Sunday and admired each other's stitching projects.  And got some stitching of our own done, too :)
Some of the highlights-show and share-

Look at the fabric on the one above!  It is a pattern called Surrey (I forget the maker)


Acorns & Threads from Portland set up a traveling mini-shop and brought along trunk shows from Rosewood Manor and Erica Michaels

Anne Frazier from Gloriana Threads also joined us and brought seconds of her silk threads!

 These photos were after the locusts descended and snapped up a ton of items!

I was able to buy the silk threads to kit up two new projects-
Elizabeth Pin Cushion Doll and Trunk
Rosewood Manor
Cornwall Cottage Sampler

I set up and took down the Trash to Treasure room.
Here is what I stitched all weekend on -
 American Patchwork  by Debbie Stiehler


I'm starting to feel a finish coming on! This will be a boxtop to a Sudberry House shaker box.  There is a scissor fob and a biscornu that goes with this piece.  I haven't started either of them.

We had a pincushion exchange and this was the one I received (I forgot to take a photo of the one I made-it was a little 3-D chicken with wool felt comb and beak)

Some new stash-I bought the patterns to make both items below at my LQS-

  Now it's back to normal until the next Crabapple Hill retreat :)  Have a great week everyone!