Yesterday was a glorious Saturday. A few of my friends gathered and we were off to House of Stitches in La Porte, Indiana. Karin was in from New York so we wanted to do something special with our day. We all met at Pat's house where first there was the unveiling of some new framing!
First up was Pat's masterpiece finish of the Quaker sampler, Mary Peacock. Behold the extreme beauty of the piece and the frame she picked!!!!!!!!!
As you can imagine there was a riot of excitement in the room when this was unveiled. Karin finished and framed this piece years ago. Linda, Brenda and I had this piece all kitted up years ago......and now we are on it!!!! Let the stitching of Quaker motifs commence. We want this in our homes too!!!!! I pulled mine out last night to find that I have two motifs started. I will be turning my attention to this very soon.
Pat, that overachiever!, is going to stitch Ann Trump as a companion piece. So exciting!!!
Linda stopped by to pick up her very own masterpiece of this CHS piece. It is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! She could not go with us due to a family party...her mother-in-law's 90th birthday party!!! How wonderful!
Karin gave us a peek at her up to date progress on the By the Bay 12 part sampler. I am extremely in love with this wonderful piece! This is already a masterpiece and is only going to get better and better until when it is done we will all faint upon seeing it! She is using the called for DMC threads and they look perfect.
Then we were off to House of Stitches (after a pit stop at a Starbucks along the way.....doesn't that make any trip more fun??). Here is the hallowed entrance to one of the happiest places on Earth!!!! The shop is fabulous and the women running it are just the nicest!!!! Love those gals!!!!A beautiful sign!
These are the first models we saw upon entering!!! Lovely all!
Above and below are samplers from C Street Samplerworks. Love them both!
Ever since seeing Deborah stitching on a Barbara Ana design at the Tomorrow's Heirlooms retreat a couple of weeks ago I have been obsessing over her designs and this one in particular. I found it at the shop and kitted it up. Very excited about this one!!!!!
Saw this model of an OOP Prairie Schooler and thought it was so very dear!!!!! I am hoping I have this chart in my stash. Not sure I do though, because if I did why would I have not already stitched it??? It is adorable!
Here we are standing in front of the famous wall of fabric at House of Stitches!!!! There is Brenda, myself, Karin and Pat. I made them all hold something that they bought that day. Cheesy!!!
No trip to La Porte is complete without lunch at this most fabulous restaurant!!!! Great food and lots of fun.
This is a needle keep that I have been wanting!!!!! It is by Paula of Whimsical Edge Designs. I love this queen so much!!!!!!!! So happy to have her by my side as I stitch.
Here is my start last night on the new Barbara Ana design Love Never Fails. I am using 32 count Winter's Brew. Love this fabric.
Love stitching and love my friends and love needlework shops!!!!!!! Happy happy!