Friday, July 24, 2015

Plum Street Samplers & Jeannette Douglas Designs Retreat by Tomorrow's Heirlooms

I was the happiest gal last weekend!  Tomorrow's Heirlooms put on a retreat with the wonderful designers Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers and Jeannette Douglas.  The retreat was held at a lovely hotel near my house and was from Friday night through Sunday noon.  I really can't accurately describe how wonderful it was.  I got to hang out with these great designers, Kim and Pam who own Tomorrow's Heirlooms, my stitching peeps, and many new friends!!!!!!!   The only downside was that I did not take enough pictures.  I am going to cobble together pictures that my peeps took and give you a peek at the fun.  

So, above are Paulette and Jeannette.  They are both fabulous designers...that really goes without saying, but the most special thing about them is that they are both so kind and friendly!!!!  They make everyone feel so special.  I just think the world of them both!!!!

First up was Paulette's Sampler designed for the weekend.   The theme of the weekend was Autumn.  I love this sampler! Especially the deer!!!  And the sentiment is perfect.  

In the afternoon we received Jeannette's project.  It came with all the ingredients to make these stitched pieces to fit this wonderful box.  Talk about Autumn gorgeousness!

This is a picture of one of the highlights of the week!  Dinner with friends old and new at Santa Fe Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL.  Great Mexican food.  Okay, what is so super great about this picture is the mix of great people at the table!!!!  We were so lucky to meet new friends from Massachusetts and Colorado.  We met Nataly and Deborah from Massachusetts.  We were reacquainted with Katrina and Natalya from Colorado.  We were like immediate peas in a pod.  So much in common and it was so much fun to talk stitching with each other.  Love Fest!!!!

Here we are back at the hotel spending the evening stitching and looking over each other's Instagram feeds.  We sure wish we all lived closer to each other.  I often dream about all  my stitching friends living  in the same town.  Can you imagine how wonderful weekly stitching evenings would be???  This picture is of Nataly, Deborah, myself, Kellie and Patti's leg!

I met another long-time internet buddy!!!!!  This is Sharon from Sharon Cross-Stitch Obsession!   
It was just wonderful to meet in person and give each other a hug.  We have been cross-enabling each other!!!

Paulette and Jeanette collaborated on the design for Sunday.  It is a very dear two-sided pin cushion.  Here is the side that Paulette designed.

Here is the side that Jeanette designed.  This is one adorable project!

It was a beyond wonderful weekend!!!!!  Thanks to all my friends for making it so special!!!!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Stanley Cup SAL - Go Hawks!

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Finals!!!!  As we have been watching the games in our own homes, we have been stitching and texting with each other.  It sure makes the last two losses easier to take when you have your stitching buddies to commiserate with!!!! Last night's loss was difficult to poor husband!!!!  Patti's husband was lucky enough to go to the game!!!  The game pictures are courtesy of his friend's phone.  I just love the Blackhawks, their uniforms, and their never give up attitude.  My favorite player is Duncan Keith.  Please follow this link to see what a great guy he is and what a wonderful little girl Cammy is!!!  I also love this video with another player, Patrick Sharp, giving a blind fan a really great experience. 

Hockey games are intense and nerve wracking to watch.  I cannot watch without stitching.  So, as we watch and text with each other....we stitch too!  Here are some of the projects we are working on.  We each picked something to keep on stitching on during the finals.  

Brenda is working on this beauty.  It is from the Dying to Stitch Colonial Gatherings club.  This is a piece by one of our favorite designers, Tanya from The Scarlett House. 

Pat is working on the first design in the Serial Bowl Collection from another of our favorite people, Paulettte from Plum Street Sampler.  This was where Pat was on Saturday night and below was her progress as of last night.  She is flying through this one!

Patti is working on the June word play from With Thy Needle and Thread.  She has done many of the months in this collection and should be entering the home stretch pretty soon.  These are adorable!

Linda is working on this fabulous new design from La D Da.  Peace on Earth.  I have this one kitted up and ready to go too.  Love it!

I am working on this design from BBD.  I have loved it for years.  I saw Brenda's finish of this one and had to do it.  I am finally working on it.  See picture of the model below. 

Thanks to my stitching peeps for making the tension of these games bearable!!!!

Monday, June 01, 2015


My friend Pat finished her Mary Peacock sampler!!!!  Isn't it gorgeous!!!!!???  What a labor of love this was.  These photographs were taken by Pat yesterday upon completion of this massive work.  We also have the extra added treat of seeing her beautiful collection of smalls.  Pat's home is just gorgeous and Mary Peacock is going to look perfect there!
This is what Pat said on her Instagram post about stitching Mary Peacock:  "For some reason I am drawn to these Quaker samplers.  The original was stitched at the Ackworth School, a Quaker School in England.  I don't know much about Quakers but I find their needlework to be very peaceful."

Peaceful needlework.  That is such a wonderful image.  Congratulations Pat.  What a wonderful finish!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Framing Day

 Here are some updates on finishes on the pick 5 projects.  Linda and Brenda finished their Red Deer Samplers by Gigi R!!!!!  This is a total masterpiece!  Wow.  I am just so blown away by the beauty of these samplers.  Above is Linda's completed sampler and below is a close up of that magnificent red deer.

 We gathered at Welcome Stitchery in Crystal Lake, IL for their annual framing sale.  It has worked as a "deadline" of sorts for people to finish stitching projects and take advantage of the sale.  Welcome has very unique frames too so it is fun to look through tons of choices.  Above you can see Linda and Brenda with their masterpieces.  I confess, I am totally green with envy of these finishes!!!!
Above and below are two more of Linda's finishes.  Again, I am totally in love with both of these.  I don't know how many times I have told myself to just stitch whatever Linda is stitching.  She has impeccable taste.  Above is an old chart by Carriage House Samplings, Birds and Bees.  It is so funky and fun and just so totally cool!!!!!  Below is an OOP Blackbird Design chart.  I am currently diving in my stash to find and kit up my copy of this one.  I mean, really!  Is it not just the best???

Pat is almost done with the masterpiece also known as Mary Peacock.  She picked out a frame for it.  I am in love with this sampler.  I think I have one motif stitched on mine.  And that frame!!!!!!!  It is the favorite frame that we picked out yesterday.  I need to use it for something.  When Pat finishes this and has it framed we need to have a viewing party!!!

 Pat and I both stitched Adeline Ogier.  We are working on having a grouping of red and white samplers.  In the picture above, Pat's is the one that is pressed and looking lovely!  Mine is the wrinkled one.   By the way, I used a new to me fabric for mine.  It is 32 count Weeks Linen.  I love that fabric.  Thanks to Karin for introducing me to it. 
 Above and below is the Hannah Wells sampler by Brenda Keyes.  I bought this chart last August at The Attic.  It was a really fun stitch.  Below is the frame that I chose.  I am in love with it. 

I stitched this a long time ago.  It is Feed the Birds by Merrily A. Beams.  It is definitely an OOP chart.  I never stitched the border on it.  I was always going to, but then I decided that it was fine the way it is and I should take it with me to get framed.  Glad I did.  I think the border made it look a little too "country" for my tastes.  I added the year 1913.  That is the year my Grandma Jacobs was born.  My friends totally picked out this frame for it and I think it is going to be really cool.  

Now, I said I was not going to buy anything.  Well, maybe I would buy a chart, but definitely I was not going to kit anything up.  I have so many wonderful things to stitch already, but then I saw a model of the chart below and it was all over. 

Models do really sell charts, that is for sure!  So this came home with me.  I also bought another needle minder for my collection.  This one  has been on my wish list for a long time.

 Another perfect day with my stitching friends.  I wish we all lived on the same block in the same town!!!!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happiness Part Three

 Here is my progress after one week of stitching on Heartland Sampler. 
 Here is a close up of the barn.  Love that barn!!!!!!!
This is the retreat bag, scissors and scissor fob that we received from Tomorrow's Heirlooms at the retreat.  Isn't it just the best????  Love it!!!!  Thanks Pam and Kim. 
Here are the charts that I bought at the retreat.  Now, mind you, I have many, many other Scarlett House charts at home......I love Tanya's designs.  These are all new ones.  Once you see models all stitched up and charted.....well...that really increases the stash!!!!  Henrietta Binns 1837 is a chart that my friend Teresa bought at market.  When I saw her copy a few days before the retreat I was obsessed with it.....then when I saw the model at the retreat boutique...well, it was all over.  I love this one!!!!!!!  Tanya said that Henrietta Binns is the quintessential name for a sampler and I think she is right!

I have been OBSESSING over the next three samplers for months and months!!!!!!!  They are huge.  They are masterpieces.  I have seen them all done as models and some in my friend Brenda's home.  They are beyond amazing.  I  had to have them in my collection to dream on and to stitch someday soon!!!!!!!

My plan is to keep going on Heartland Sampler until it is finished.  That will be a huge achievement for me because I am know to flit around from project to project and hardly finish anything.  But I love this sampler so much and I want to stitch these big ones too.  I need to prove to myself that I can do away I go!!!!

I know I have said it before, but I have to say it stitching friends just mean the world to me.  They enrich my life.  My stitching/blogging, IG and FB friends too!!!  You all make the world a better place!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happiness Part Two

Look at this table of fun!!!!!!!  Tomorrow's Heirlooms had a boutique filled with Tanya's models of The Scarlett House designs.  This post will feature all of the pin keeps and samplers and fabulous things that caught my fancy.  My next post will show my stash haul. 

 Mary Betchell 1810
 Seven Sheep Sampler
 Harriet Taylor 1842
 Mary Ann Farmer 1834
 Rachel Howells 1856
 In the Pines
Hannah's Brownstone - 2014 special limited edition kit
 This is Tanya's artful train case.   She carries her stitching supplies in this beauty!!!  She made this.
 Penny Pumpkin and Pumpkins & Bittersweet
 Henrietta Binns 1837
 Coverlet Houses
 Coverlet Houses - you can stitch this chart two ways!
 Coverlet Birds
 Margaret Lillie 1812 - please note that this is presented in a special way.  It is on a handmade box.  Gorgeous!
Jingle All the Way,  A Sampler Grows, 1871 Schoolhouse Sampler, and Strawberry House.

As you can imagine, I added a lot of charts to my Scarlett House collection.  I am in love with Tanya's designs and will be stitching them all through the next few years!!!  So excited!