Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ The Place


In addition to the Wheaton Woolens store,
it was a pleasure to return to Barry and Beth Anne's homestead.
Truly an oasis of peace and beauty. 
This is the Severin Miller Home built in 1860.


I love the hilly property so unlike the Illinois flatland.


And such beauty in the gardens as well.
I hear that folk artist Ginny Henson is a wonderful garden planner. ;)


These white roses, variegated tree and rusty iron hearts really caught my eye!


A beautiful vignette right at the entry.


Can't you imagine summer afternoons whiled away on this swing ~ stitching or hooking?!


Barry and Beth Anne collect many of the same things that I do ~ 
stone fruit, treen,


painted toleware. But they have an amazing knack for display!


This is a house worthy of a magazine cover,


Yet at the same time a very comfortable home that you don't want to leave.
(This year, they probably were wondering if Mom and I would ever leave lol! We were the first to arrive and the last to leave ~ we just couldn't help ourselves :) Sorry!)


Oh what stories these object could tell...


The details of the home such a wonderful backdrop of beauty to the amazing collections.


Up these stairs more beauty awaits...


Loved these wooly worms of all my favorite colors looking like artwork in this beautiful cupboard.


Hooked rugs everywhere - so hard to tell if they are antiques or Beth Anne's creations.


A quiet little corner with one of Ginny's sweet birds.



Isn't this chair pad so perfect for this chair?

I will have one more post ~ The Shopping!
And will have a little giveaway for you for joining me on this trip.

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
~Isaiah 40:28

Blessings, Patti

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ Class with Rebekah L. Smith


These were the two projects that Rebekah offered at Wheaten Woolens.
Mom and I chose the Wooly Thistles Table Rug and Bittersweet Stitching Sister, Kim chose the Wooly Basket.


In person the runner was even more beautiful!
In class we were able to get all of our wool pieces cut out, the linen prepped and started stitching to the linen.


This is how far I got on my project. I haven't been able to pick it up since class, but hope to this weekend.

Kim and tablemate Cyndy, the basket maker, got much farther on their wooly baskets, but of course I forgot to take pictures ~ too distracted by all the fun and shopping!


Me, Mom (Jill Zartler), Kim and Rebekah

There is still more to share from Wheaten Woolens.

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.
~Isaiah 40:11

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ The Shop


It was such a pleasure to return to Wheaten Woolens and to be able to share the day with Mom.


The inspiration starts before you even walk in the door!


I loved the sign: "Welcome all Wool Loving Folks"!
That's us! 


Isn't the sign just perfect?


And look at the Summer line-up :)
Very inspirational!

But wait until you see what Beth Anne has done with the shop!
And I thought it was great last year ;)


The antiques are perfect settings for all the wool!


And here are the oh so sweet store namesakes ~
Murphy and Abby the resident Wheaten Terriers.


Are you hyperventilating yet?
I know that Mom and I were!
We were so glad that we arrived early, 
a little shopping before, during and after class lol!


Where to even start?
Beth Anne started designing for wool applique this year 
and her models are even more sweet in person.


Last year I regretted not buying one of the beautiful baskets at the shop.
What a thrill it was when I found out that we were sitting next to the basketmaker in our class, Cyndy Simmons!
It was such a pleasure to get to know the woman behind the baskets.


It wasn't just the wool and the baskets that had me so excited ~ 
there were the stools from Rebekah's new book, aprons made from feedsacks,
and yes, my new favorite Rustic Wool Moire Thread!


I was thrilled to see this big selection, when Beth Anne showed my this...


Oh my stars! Can I go home with a spool of each ;)


It makes you never want to leave...

There is so much more to share.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
~Psalm 91:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Friday, June 16, 2017

Heading back to Wheaten Woolens!


A year ago I visited Wheaten Woolens in Davenport, Iowa for the first time
and took a class with Rebekah L. Smith. You can read about it here, here and here

I decided that I had to finish last year's project before I returned, and here it is!


"Wooly Star Table Rug" designed and kitted by Rebekah L. Smith

I am just thrilled with the result!

Tomorrow Mom and I are headed to Davenport.
Wheaten Woolens and another class with Rebekah!
We can't wait - this will be a perfect getaway before Mom starts her chemo.

Since I was able to finish the class project, I decided to work on another...


"Flowers for the Table"
design by Rebekah L. Smith 
kitted by Wheaten Woolens

The tan background is hand dyed velvet! I love it and must get a better picture for you to see as I make more progress.
Mom and I will be back with a full report!
In the meantime, you can find the Wheaten Woolen website here and their Facebook page here.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
~Psalm 19:7-8

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Sue Daley Workshop



The Sue Daley workshop was held at Thimbles in historic downtown Lockport, Illinois.


Thimbles is housed in an incredible 1870's building.


All of the details amazed me!


From the stone walls to the back stairs.


To the high punched tin ceilings.


I love how they embraced and enhanced the history!
A beautiful backdrop to their beautiful quilt shop!


This original store ladder enthralled me, not to mention the lovely fabrics!


And the old shop shelves offer perfect areas for display.


It's a large shop even more spacious with its high ceilings.


Such inspiration - old and new


Love these bins of quilts by the check out counter.


And then there was Sue Daley's workshop upstairs!
I didn't take many photos as I was busy taking notes and stitching.
This little camera and large screen tv was so clever! It allowed the entire class to see the same thing at once.
We were focused on fussy cutting and let me say that Sue has such wonderful tools to make it so much easier!
The rotating cutting mat, fussy cutting mirror, acrylic templates and stickit glue dots were all must haves to make the process so much easier!

Would you like to see our project?


Here it is! Wow! I got a little nervous, but if you take it step by step it is definitely doable.


And can you believe that this is the exact same pattern?! 
Fabric and placement make it look so different!


And believe it or not, the center medallion here is also the same design!


And this is how far I got in our workshop. 
I was pleased and have the confidence I need to keep going!
Unfortunately I have put it aside for the business of life and also for prepping for two more workshops that I will be attending this month and next...
But I hope to pick it back up soon and will share my progress!

So as someone once told me, I will now pass it on ~ if you ever have the chance to take a class with Sue Daley, be sure to do so!

Thank you ever so much for your prayers and positive thoughts for Mom and my sister-in-law as they each battle cancer. Your prayers mean ever so much to us! Please continue to keep them in your prayers as we progress on this journey.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
Psalm 19:1-2

Blessings, Patti