Saturday, June 21, 2014

Inspired Summer Seminar with Plum Street Samplers


What a special day!!!!!  June 21, 2014.  My LNS hosted a Summer Seminar with Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers!!!!!!!  That means that Paulette came to town with a special project designed just for us!!!!  Liberty Inn!  Isn't it just the best?  So excited to stitch on this exclusively until it is done!!!!  (a total change of pace for this stitcher!).





Cathy of Inspired Needle had some special gifts for all the participants.  This thread holder was designed so it matched the American flag in the star on the piece.



It also had 8 holes; one for each of the thread color choices.  Very cool indeed!







Paulette's attention to detail is so great!  She packages everything we would need in this beautiful little box.  I am keeping that box forever!  Love it!



Along with the sampler piece there were the ingredients and extras to make these darling strawberries.




Here is another shot of the sampler.




We also received this lovely project bag.  I am addicted to project bags.



Great patriotic centerpiece!



Here is little 'ole me with the star of the day!  Paulette!  I can't say enough how wonderfully friendly and kind Paulette is.  She is a gem.  She is also a most fabulous designer.  I love everything she does!!!!  I need to go on a PSS stitching kick for sure.  She is a genius!!!!!





Plus, her sense of humor shines through in all she does.  See above.  Darling little graphics and jokes in her directions.  Love!!!


Aside from basking in the glory of Paulette and all that she does I was able to spend the day with other stitchers!!!  What a treat.  Here are some pics that tell part of the story of the day.  Above, what looks like a pretty dull picture is actually pretty earth shaking!!!  My friend Linda usually takes about 2 hours to start a project.  She has to iron it.  She has to figure out what side is the best side of the fabric to stitch on.  She has to really really really figure all this out.  At home.  In peace and quiet.  

Well, she took a really big step at the seminar.  She started the class piece!!!!!  You can see it up in the upper left hand corner....the first stitch!!!!!  Personal growth people!!!



I finally met Pam H.!!!!!!!  We have been corresponding via email through the years and now we are actually meeting in the flesh!!!  What a dear she is!!!  I learned that Pam does not have 500 WIPS as I do!  She has some self control!!!!



My friends Pat and Linda are both working on Paulette's reproduction sampler Esther Syer.  Needles to say it is super gorgeous!!!!!  Here they are showing Paulette their progress thus far. 



A challenge was issued to have it finished by October when they attend the Shepard's Bush retreat so that they can show the finished samplers to Paulette there in Utah.......I also decided that I need to jump on this bandwagon.  What a gorgeous sampler!



I must say that my pictures do not capture all of the fun that was going on.  It was so great to meet so many people who love stitching!!!  I wish I could have sat at each table for an hour and just listened to people talking.  However, I was so overwhelmed with the glory of my new project I could barely move!  I should have taken pictures of my friends Ranae and Anna!!  It was so good to see them!  

I met the bloggers behind The Southpaw Stitcher and Winding Vine Wanderings!!!  It was just a whirlwind of a day.  It went too fast.  I want a do over!!!



Before the seminar actually started we did a little show and tell.  Teresa is almost done with Threadwork Primitives Civil War Needlebook.
Pat was working on Sweet Land.  Another one in the "want" category.
Brenda showed of her fab finish of Patriotic Poppies!!!  Love, love, love.

As always, the best part of the day was hanging with my stitching peeps.  Words cannot express what they mean to me.  Your girls are just the best and you keep me sane!!!!

30 comments:

Beth said...

Thanks for 'taking me along'. What fun you must have had! I am super ultra jealous/envious!

Paulette said...

Wow, what a fun blog post!!! I've been sitting here reliving yesterday, and having the best time!! I did need a spew alert for the "personal growth" part, bc I died laughing!! You are so much fun to be around, and I can't tell you how great it was to meet you. I sure hope there's another day to spend with you some time!!

Vickie said...

So cool. So very awesome. :)

Margaret said...

Looks like so much fun! Love the project too!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Loved spending the day with you, Paulette, and the rest of our friends. It was so much fun and went way too fast. The pictures are beautiful and really captured all the fun and excitement!!!

teresa said...

What a fun day it was indeed! Thanks for capturing it all -

Giovanna said...

What a cool retreat this must have been - I do hope Paulette hops over the pond sometime where I can meet her :-)

Jackie said...

It looks like a grand time!

Too funny about your friend LInda! I hope she got more than 1 stitch in before the day was over!

Robin said...

Oh my goodness, Laura! What a fabulous time you all had and thank you for taking us on the photo recap of it. Lucky you! What a fabulous piece Paulette created for you all!

Robin in Virginia

Ali said...

Thank you for sharing your day I thoroughly enjoyed reading about everyone's progress the special sampler is lovely.

woolwoman said...

I wish I could have gone to Cathy's seminar with Paulette - however if I couldn't - you did a great job making us feel like we were there. Thanks for that !!!!
Love your post. Take care Mel

Barb said...

Sounds like a fun day. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures and projects of the day.

Kathy F said...

Oh you lucky duck!!!!!! Thanks so much for the details!! Glad to hear from you...I was getting worried!!

Barb said...

Thanks so much for sharing those wonderful pictures. Some of us are just not able to go to such wonderful classes!!So it is fun to see all the pictures! Liberty Inn is fabulous!!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

What a fun blog post! It was a great seminar, and I was glad to finally meet Paulette (and YOU!) in person!

Patti said...

Oh my! You are a fast blogger :) What a joy it was to meet you and to spend the day with so many lovely women sharing our stitching passion. You captured the day so well! I hope that we get to meet again!
Blessings, Patti

Deborah said...

Looks like it was a great day! I've taken a class with Paulette. She's so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I love posts like this! So much to see and hear about. Looks like lots of fun was had by all. Thanks for sharing with us today.

pj said...

What a great post! Laura, you captured it all! It was such a fun day and I was so happy to meet you and your stitching friends! Paulette was a class act! Thanks for sharing the pictures and so glad Linda did not have an anxiety attack over her start! Whew!!!!

Hope to see you again soon!

Ranae said...

Fabulous post
It was so nice to see you again
I hope it's not that long this time
Take care

valerie said...

Sounds and looks like an amazing time. Thanks for sharing. One day I'd like to get our there for an Inspired Needle event and meet everyone. :)

laceystitcher said...

What a great post! I live in KS and can't attend nearly enough stitching events, so it is really great to get a glimpse of what all of you did. I can only imagine what fun you had. I truly love PSS designs; I have a lot of them in my stash to be stitched. Thanks again for sharing the fun that you had.

Pam in KS

Carol said...

What a great experience, Laura--I almost felt as if I was there with everyone :)

Jennifer said...

What a fabulous gathering - that's an inspiration for sure!

Melody said...

Thanks for sharing the special day with us! It was next best thing to being there. *sigh, wish I would have been there. The design Paulette created is so pretty. I love the look of it. But then I'm a sucker for things with a patriotic theme.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I would love a LNS in my area and the opportunity to go to a retreat. Thanks for sharing; for me, it's as good as being there.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

If I wouldn't have been on vacation, I would have loved to come and join in on the fun! Looks like a fabu time :)

Parsley said...

Oh how I love this post and this blog.

Found you via the prim stitchers facebook group. HELLO!

Maggee said...

What a great post about your retreat! And Paulette has even commented above--pretty cool! I love that PSS project, and maybe by the time it is released I will have stitched enough from stash to warrant buying it! Great fun!

Yuko said...

What a super day you had!
It's so wonderful to meet people who you haven't met in person!
Yes, Paulette is so lovely lady who could reply and give me her beautiful chart to modify the year in her sweet chart!
She looks gorgeous, too!
And I'm happy to "meet" you on this post! :D