Monday, February 19, 2018


Mom and I are so excited!
All during chemotherapy and radiation, Mom's goal has been to recover to attend 
From Our Hands & Hearts ~ Creative
in Yellow Springs, Ohio in April 2018

Mom is in remission and we are registered!
Now our big decision:

Which Sewing Book to make in Rebekah's Sewing Book Class?

That's a fun decision to make! :)
Will we see you there?

You can find more information here.

Now we are crossing off the days until we leave...

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, 
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
~1 John 4:11-12 

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Leia wishes you a Happy Valentines Day!

And Peanut wishes you a Happy Valentines Day too!

Sweet Peanut in his bowtie.

I started a few Valentine projects. 
Maybe they will be finished before the end of the month.
One in wool:

One in English Paper Piecing:

And one in Cross Stitch:

I hope that each of you has a lovely day!

Love is always patient;
    love is always kind;
love is never envious
    or arrogant with pride.

Nor is she conceited,
 and she is never rude;
she never thinks just of herself
    or ever gets annoyed.

She never is resentful;
is never glad with sin;
she’s always glad to side with truth,
    and pleased that truth will win.

She bears up under everything;
    believes the best in all;
there is no limit to her hope,
    and never will she fall.
~1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Blessings, Patti

Monday, February 12, 2018

Holly's Debut

By Lori Brechlin for Notforgotten Farm

I was going to add many more antique mother of pearl buttons, 
but I think more butons would have taken away from the design.

I am so happy that she is completed
and I think that she is too!
I will keep her out as long as winter continues here on Winding Vine.

I had a wool winter finish as well:

"Snowflake Catcher"
Designed and kitted by Primitive Gatherings

I just love the wool for the wood paneled car :)

These finishes are so appropriate right now as this is the view of my back yard:

Nine consecutive days of measurable snow here in Chicago for a total of 18 inches.
Although no snow days for me. The commuter train line was right on time.

February isn't even half over, so I think that I'll work on some Valentine designs next...

 If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, 
I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal. 
If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, 
and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing. 
Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing.
~1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Decisions, decisions...

I've been itching to do some Valentine's Day stitching.
But then Miss Holly asked me oh so nicely...
Could I please keep stitching her as she really didn't want to go back 
into the unfinished bin yet again.

Who can refuse sweet Miss Holly?

And so I keep stitching.
I can work on Valentines anytime during the month of February...

And since I'm still working on Winter stitching,
I may as well finish some winter wool...

The snow continues to fall outside, so I'll stitch up some snowflakes...

How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor’s crown of life that God has promised to those who keep on loving him.
~James 1:12

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

This and That

It's been a few months since I have had any offerings for sale.
2017 brought some health issues for me.
And with the health issues brought medication that caused many side effects.
And then outpatient surgery.
So my focus has been to get healthy and really increase my sleep.
This unfortunately cuts into my stitching/creating time.
I still have lots of ideas, and hope to get back to creating monthly offerings 
once I have a bit more energy and time.

In the meantime, I'm trying to do a little early spring cleaning.

*~Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

I'm also offering this kit "Spring" by Lynda Hall.

Kit includes pattern, wool, and cotton backing. 

Price includes shipping in the continental US. PayPal only.
If interested, contact me at
*~Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

I have also put a few rather special kits on Ebay:

You can find this kit here.

and this kit here.

I'm sure that I will be adding more items to my Early Spring Cleaning Sale.

I have been doing a little bit of slow stitching and hope to share that this weekend.
And I really hope to get a lot of stitching done during the Super Bowl!
(I know I won't be able to stitch during "This is Us"!)

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, January 27, 2018

My first finish of 2018

Stitching has been slow going in 2018.
I've been having some vision issues since Christmas
(not that I would let that slow me down lol)
Then some outpatient surgery that took more out of me than I thought
Guess I'm getting older...
Because of both, I've been trying to get more than my standard 5 - 6 hours of sleep 
and that is definitely slowing my stitching down!
And finally it's busy season at work.

But I did have a finish and I am pleased with it.
I think it looks so nice on this table in the bay window with my Russian lacquer boxes.

"Winter Cabin"
designed and kitted by Primitive Gatherings

I used my favorite Rustic Moire Wool threads.

I've now moved on to another winter Primitive Gatherings design...
Any ideas which?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, 
because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
~James 1:2-3

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A final Christmas 2017 post

Well, our oldest son is back from Japan and we finally celebrated Christmas. 
Since our Christmas celebrations weren't over, 
I kept stitching Christmas working on these Pineberry Lane designs...
I'd like to finish them as companion pieces, although I haven't quite figured it out exactly yet.

It has been so much fun hearing all about his trip and seeing all of his beautiful pictures.

He loved everything about Japan,
the food, the gardens, the shrines and temples
and the mutual respect that everyone shows one another. 

This is a castle that he visited in Osaka

And it is surrounded by a moat.

And a special New Year's treat that he said was absolutely delicious.

One thing he was mezmerized by was their love of KitKats!
They come in so many different flavors!

From all different fruit flavors to green tea to cheesecake.
His favorite is purple sweet potato! It's yummy!

And I just had to share a few special Christmas gifts from my boys:

Can't wait to read through these two great books!

And a butterfly puddler for our butterfly garden - can't wait for Spring!

And treasures from Japan! A wonderful neutral batik fabric - I think it would make a great "path" in an English Paper Piecing Project and/or a background for a wool applique project.

When he was in Kyoto, he found a shop on Google maps that said they sold needles, pins and pincushions. He was following the map, but almost gave up when it took him down a tiny alley. Once through the alley it opened into a tiny courtyard and a tiny shop where a father and son made needles.
He bought me this tiny pincushion!
And did you see the little green paper holder in the first picture?
Inside was this:

A straight pin with a teeny tiny long-haired dachshund just like my beloved Peanut!
Also pictured above was a brochure from the shop written in entirely Japanese with a few pictures.
Thanks for letting me share!

“All human life is like grass,
    and all its glory is like a flower in the grass.
The grass dries up and the flower drops off,
 but the word of the Lord lasts forever.”
~1 Peter 1:24

Blessings, Patti