Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday Stitching at Inspired Needle

Being able to share a passionate love of one's hobby with others is one of life's most satisfying and exciting pastimes. I am blessed to have a group of friends who live and breathe stitching! Don't get me wrong; they are all well-balanced women who have very active lives with work and family; but we are able to share time together when we can just think about and talk about stitching and how much joy it brings to our lives.

During our recent Sunday Stitch-In at Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL we had another meeting of the minds and hearts which was magical as always.

Here are some of our projects. Above is a finished piece that Barb did. It is a Drawn Thread piece. (I don't know its name; but if anyone wants to know the names of anything in the post that I don't identify, just email me and I will find out.)
Above is a chart I have been obsessing over and wishing for! It is very hard to find and is from Italy. Barb ran across it in her travels and picked it for me!!!! Can't wait to start stitching these dear little pieces!
Here are Barb's selections for our group piece, Quaker Aux Clefs by Jardin Prive. Wow!!!!! The thread and fabric with that frame combines for a total masterpiece. She has exquisite taste! The rest of us our waiting for our charts to be sent to the shop from France and then we can begin. So far, I have picked out my thread, Belle Soie Puritan Blue. But maybe I need to pick out something more out of my comfort zone as this shade of blue is what I always pick.
Here is Barb's finished Quaker a' l'oiseau by Jardin Prive. Jayne and Karin also stitched it; but with different thread color choices. Love it!
The "two Linda's" are doing a stitch a long of Blackbird Designs Birds of a Feather. I think this is a very unique piece with really great colors. Had to get the chart myself.
Okay, here is a first!!! I bought this new BBD Reward of Merit chart on Tuesday and had it done by Saturday!!!!!!!! That is a world record for me. I loved every stitch! What I really fell in love with was the fabric that chart called for Apple Brown Bindy by R & R Reproductions. I need a lot more of this fabric in my stash! The called for thread was Aged Pewter by Sampler Threads. Love those two together!! I am going to have it finished into a pin cushion as it is on the chart.
Pat is doing so well on her Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow!!!!! Her most recent finish was the ice skating block which is so adorable! I really have to get out my CHRH; I am still on block one. For shame!
Here is the lovely and talented Ms. Pat with her entire work to date.
We had a special guest appearance!!! Ranae from Stitch by Stitch drove down to join us! She lives about an hour and a half away so it was really nice for her to come all this way (although if you are a fellow stitcher I imagine you saying, "Hey, I would drive for 3 hours for an afternoon of stitching with fellow crazy people!")
Above and below are some projects Renae recently finished; both of them are by Birds of a Feather. Love!!!
I wish I could find a store that had the entire Birds of a Feather inventory for sale. Who are these Birds of a Feather designers and where are they now? They need to get back out there and design or reprint their charts or something!!!!!! They are too wonderful to not be in my grasp!!! My iron-fisted grasp!!!
Teresa made her pics for our group Jardin Prive Quaker stitch along. I love this combination very dearly!!!
My friend Linda is working on one of the new BBD Reward of Merit projects! It is so adorable (and please note that she has a brand new needle minder fresh from market!)
Please note the complete perfection of her stitches. Gorgeous.
My other friend Linda had a framed piece to pick up. It is stunning!!!!!!! It is by Chessie & Me. I didn't know that each of these charts has a darling little kitty somewhere in the design. I love this kitty! Linda did a beautiful stitching job and the frame is just fabulous!!!!!

Thanks again gals for reminding me that life is so good and friendships are so valuable; and that getting crazy about fabric and thread is one of life's most beautiful joys!!!!


Margaret said...

You ladies are so lucky to have such a group that gets together to have fun. Love all the projects -- just wonderful stuff! So enjoyable to see! It's nice to see some market stuff getting stitched too. :D

Anonymous said...

You are too kind!
Linda C.

Ranae said...

Laura! Thanks so much for the warm welcome. And know that I know how fun and inspiring it is to stitch with others, I would drive 3 hours too, lol So now you are stuck with me every month, lol
The ladies are so nice and they are doing some awesome pieces.
I have been blog hopping today, so I hope I can get a post in before work tonight.
Take care! my dear friend!

valerie said...

Sounds like a fun Sunday! Such wonderful projects to oooh and aaah over. They are all fabulous!

Karen said...

Such great pics! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you surround yourself with some very talented stitchers including yourself!

Happy stitching......

teresa said...

What a nice post - I feel like I was there!

Deborah said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! Beautiful stitching.

Sally said...

I am so envious of your wonderful stitching group. It sounds like you had lots of fun and everyone's stitching is wonderful!

Patti said...

Yes- it was a very fun afternoon! It was super fun to meet Ranae as well. Like Teresa said- I feel like I was there as well. Everyone is so prolific- I feel like such a slacker. See you tonight

woolwoman said...

So many wonderful things going on here and so nice to share with good friends - our sampler guild is rather like this group - we are informal and meet once a month. thanks for showing all the great projects. Melody

Giovanna said...

Wow, what lovely stuff - you ladies look like a great group. I love that little BBD design you stitched, it's on the way to me and I can't wait to stitch it too.

Jeanie said...

HOnestly, Laura, you and your group totally freak me out with such beautiful and elaborate work. And all the more fun because you can share in the passion together! What a treat to visit and see this!

Michelle said...

So many lovely things! How fun that you all get together and stitch.

Tanya said...

Thanks for sharing all the photos. I think I need to make a trip to Inspired Needle and House of Stitches.

Siobhan said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you that you have this talented group of friends to spend time with--and I'm super envious, too. ;) I love it, though--because the end result is that we get to share in the eye candy. Thanks SO much for sharing the pictures. I drool over each one.

sana said...

Beautiful stitches!!
I love [Nikyscreations~A Primitive Calendar],too.