Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Osage 2017 ~ Part 2

Whenever we visit Osage, we always look forward to our day at Ewe and Eye.

The happiness begins as we pull in the driveway.

You feel at home immediately.

Especially when you are greeted by this fella on the door.
He made me smile :)

Then the inspiration really begins.

Where to look first?

Maybe the wool

And there's even more wool on this wall.

Or the rug hooking designs

Or finally the cross stitch

Can I just say that the large sampler bag stitched with wool thread was absolutely stunning!
How many times did I look at that kit trying to decide...

And the fellowship was wonderful! Catching up and sharing what we are working on... 

I think Marge and Beth liked the little boxes that we gave them.

All too soon our wonderful day was over, but first the garden beckoned...

I just had to say hello to the scarecrow lady and her ginormous pet crow who never bothers her garden.

Thank you Marge & Beth for a treasured visit.
I'll have to settle for following you on Facebook until we meet again.

It is impossible to leave their shop without any wool lol!

And the hand dyed velvets - oh my!

They had Rebekah's Merry Mittens kitted so that was a must have.

And I loved these patterns too.
I couldn't decide between the two wools for the bunnies, so I bought them both ;) I'll decide later...

Next I need to share a new adventure that we took one day...

My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.
~Psalm 62:7-8

Blessings, Patti

Monday, October 16, 2017

Osage 2017 ~ Part 1

The Bittersweet Stitching Sisters returned to our beloved Osage, Iowa this year.

Such a beautiful time of the year to visit.

And look at this beauty! Kim brings a delicious chocolate cake each year from her local bakery for us to enjoy and this one was just gorgeous! Hard to cut into it was so pretty, but we managed lol!

We are so lucky, we just walk down the stairs and we are in The Stitchery Nook!
 I *may* have shopped there every day and still I forgot to take pictures!
You'll have to stop by their website or Facebook page to take a peek. 

Here are a few of my purchases ~ I had to restock on my favorite needles and couldn't resist some Murky linen and another unusual color.

I think that each of the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters couldn't resist this pattern and I just had to kit it up with such a wonderful selection of fabrics and fibers to choose from.

A few more new designs all kitted up and ready to go.
As much as I tried to work only on UFO's while we were there, 
I couldn't resist starting one new project once kitted:

I better hurry if I want to enjoy it this year!

We were so excited to see some new restaurants in Osage:

We had a delicious dinner at Taste one night.

I loved this great artwork in the bathroom

And Piggy Back Smoke Shack was also awesome!

Our trip journal has just begun :)
Next I'll be back with a favorite pilgrimage of ours...

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
~Psalm 62:2

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'm back from a lovely week!

Well, to be honest, I have been back for almost a week.
Where does the time go?!

On my way to meet my Bittersweet Stitching Sisters, I was driving by Galena, IL and just had to take a peek at the lovely town.

I also had to stop at a few antique shops along the way.
This was my favorite booth.

My most exciting stop was in Pearl City, IL:

Below is a glimpse of the treasures found inside:

Once you walk in the door, it is hard to decide where to look first!

Of course I was drawn to the fun Halloween / Autumn display.

And their very own fabric line.

Eventhough the owners were at the Des Moines Quilt Show,
there was still a lot remaining to be seen.

I took more time than I  planned as it was hard to make decisions.

Not only is there a great selection of quilt fabrics,

But wool applique

And lovely frames

Wool and the entire antique cabinet on the left was filled with Valdani.

I bought two backing fabrics on the left for wool table mats,
some blue and cream fabric sticks calling my name,
and the cutest Halloween fabrics!
I want to drop everything and start a Halloween EPP table runner, but I am trying to hurriedly finish up my current EPP project first...
We will see if I can stick to it.

You know that I could not leave the store without some wool:

The Plays With Wool candle mat was finished at the shop and oh so sweet!
As was the White Pumpkin Patchwork. I loved that the kit contains all the original materials used in the Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine. 
A Jill Shaulis original design and a great souvenir of my visit to her shop.
Yellow Creek Quilt Designs has a website here.

And the best news... I happened to be there during their 25th anniversary sale and I won a gift certificate!!! I can't wait to go back for another visit to spend it.

I'll be back shortly with so much more to share!

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
~Psalm 62:1

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Finish, A Start and A Getaway

"Flowers for the Table"
designed by Rebekah L. Smith
kitted by Wheaten Woolens
using Rustic Moire Wool Threads

I am so excited about this finish! 
I am thrilled with how it turned out. (Although now I see that I should have made sure all the tongues were laying nice before I snapped the picture.)

Beth Anne did a lovely job kitting it. My favorite part? She used hand dyed velvet for the tan background! I love the combination of textures, it adds so much.

And I continue to enjoy using the Rustic Moire Wool Threads. 
Another wonderful rememberance of Rebekah, Beth Anne, and the wonderful times at Wheaten Woolens. You can find this kit and more here

So you know that I had to immediately start something new:

"Autumn's Choice"
design by Maggie Bonanomi
What a perfect design for September as Summer turns to Autumn.
I don't think that I will finish it in September with only two days left...

I've finished a few more diamonds for my Temecula Quilt Co Insta-sew-along.
They are going quickly!

And I don't think that I will be able to sleep at all tonight!
Tomorrow morning it is time to hit the road and meet the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters!
It has been an entire year since we have been together. 

I am sure that I will be back with much to share about our adventures.
Several of the sisters have already started their adventure and I can't wait to hear all about it!

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
~1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Blessings, Patti