On Saturday Patti and I went to lunch at this fabulous Coffee House. It was nicely quiet and off the beaten path by one block. Totally fabulous! I will be going back here every time I come to Shipshewana. I loved this coffee lady statue in the window!!!!!!
I tried to put these pictures in order....but you know how that goes....so, here, following, is a potpourri of images of the retreat.
Anna and Ranae had these cute cups of pop from across the street from the hotel.
Anna was working on this beauty from Ink Circles.
Barb H. was working on this beauty. Falling Snow Sampler by Threadwork Primitives. This became a priority on a lot of people's to do list.
Barb R. was working on this gorgeous work by Jeanette Douglas. This was especially nice of her because it is a piece her husband requested that she do and it is not an easy stitch!
And now a word about new friends........this was Kellie's (on the left) first retreat. We are lucky that she lives near to us and can hang out with us all the time. Kellie and I roomed together and we had so much fun. She also took good care of me because I was not feeling well for most of the retreat. Booo! Kellie is a trained chef and a very lovely person who is just the best! On the right is the world famous, Vonna!!!!! She drove up from Bloomington, IN (which is about four hours away from Shipshewana). Her blog is The Twisted Stitcher (but you probably already know that!). Vonna is a dear person who is also extremely hilarious. We had a great time and we all wish we lived closer!
Here is Brenda's scimshaw whale needleminder. We have all swooned over this for the past couple of years. It is laying atop a gorgeous stitch wallet made by Natalia from Stitch 4 Joy.
One of the trunk shows that Cathy had at the show was By the Bay. I love this piece and I especially loved the way it was framed.
Oh, and I also really love this little whale!!!!! He looks like he would swim by you, wave, and blow a spout of water in a friendly greeting!
Another trunk show was Cherrywood Designs. She finishes her delightful projects in such unique ways. Gorgeous.
Here are Ranae and Diane. Ranae was the lucky person who received Diane's small in the smalls exchange on Friday night. The pattern is by La D Da.
Diane was working on Thomas Turkey by Notforgotten Farm. Love!!!
Here is the totally fabulous retreat gift from Cathy. Dovo scissors! Darling scissor fob and fabulous wooden scissor stand. Love!!!!
Another shot of Jane Pattison wool fibers I am still obsessing over these.
Here are some shots of the smalls! Yum Yum!!!
Here are Kellie, Vonna, Jayne and Brenda......gorgeous girls! Note that Kellie is trying to run away with the whale needleminder!
Here are the gals of our table.
We had many fiber/fabric conferences at the table in front of the shop goods.
Here are two girls that always help me out in so many ways!!! Patti and Karin.
Here are Katrina and Karin showing off their new Dovo scissors!!
My roomie and me!!
Hugs were the order of the day!
Okay, I hate this picture of me....but....it sure is a good one of Cathy of Inspired Needle and Vonna of The Twisted Stitcher.
I was working on the top left design on this chart all weekend. Did not get very far needless to say!
Here is Nancy with her Kentucky Wildcats piece that she is working on for a family member.
Here are Pat and Linda. They are holding the retreat gift in its very cute pre-unwrapped status. Please note that we are still loving and using our Vera Bradley Kiss and Make Up cosmetic kits for our stitching needfuls. I think Vera needs to bring those back into production.
Oh, back to Saturday lunch that Patti and I had. I loved these two diet Cokes that we received.
Anna, Ranae and Patti.
Ranae and Barb R. Barb received Ranae's most gorgeous small.
Ranae was working on Old Glory by Rosewood Manor.
The smalls table before picking. Cutely wrapped!
This is Kellie's Thistle needleminder. I am putting this one on my list.
This is my treenware bowl!!!! I have wanted one since last year when a bunch of my friends purchased one in Shipshewana. I am going to put my smalls in it!!!!! Love!!! The bowls are handmade in North Carolina.
You know that this has to be the Grand Finale picture!!!!!! Vonna standing on a chair and being crazy!!! We had tons of fun and this pretty much illustrates all of the craziness that went on!!!!!! I love all of my stitching friends so much!!!!
Thanks Cathy and thanks to all of my great friends!!!