I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Update on Wool Project Plus a Little Quilting and Cartonnage

Here is my progress on the Everyday Crazy Table,at from Primitive Gatherings.  Most of the blanket stitching is done and I've started adding some of the decorative stitches.  I needed to order some more threads in order to complete the blanket stitching and my order came today...yay!  

Saturday is my Second Saturday meeting at Quilts Plus so I needed to get the most recent block pieced.  I was on vacation during the last meeting so I was a little behind.  I took advantage of the sewing time and pieced together four other blocks that I had already cut the pieces for.  This months block is top center.  The other two on the top are extra blocks I made from a prior month, and the bottom two blocks are from the Second Saturday patterns from 2013.  

Last weekend was a class with Lauren Sauer for the Book of Beries.  I don't have any pictures to show right now except for the Cartonnage box we made on Friday to store our finished piece.  

...til later...Happy Stitching!



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Everyday Crazy Tablemat Class

I have always wanted to learn Lisa Bongean's process for wool appliqué so when I needed to take additional vacation time this summer I decided to sign up for her class.  While the class was for intermediate students and I had never done wool appliqué, I felt that my experience with needework and quilting would serve me well and hopefully I wouldn't be overwhelmed.  Lisa was such a good teacher and went through all of the steps so it was easy for us to follow.  The class was held at her studio/warehouse so we we led on a tour of the areas where she dyes her wools, warehouses supplies, cuts all the parts for kits, prints her books and spends her days designing and creating her beautiful quilts.  We were also the first to here that her article for American Pathwork and Quilting magazine was about to be published.  

Here is my piece after two days of class.  I still have a lot of work to do, but feel it is coming along nicely and can't wait to get it finished!  

I love working with the Valdani per level cottons and acquired a nice little stash on my trip.  Here is how I decided to organize them.

This weekend I have a class with Lauren Sauer for her "Book of Berries".  

Best Stitches,


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July Wisconsin Trip

I had the opportunity last month to drive to Menasha, WI to take a 2 day class from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  Lisa is a fabulous designer, teacher and great business woman.  Her shop Primitive Gatherings is located in the heart of Menasha, WI and a close drive to her studio/warehouse and retreat house.

My first stop was the shop which was in the middle of road construction.  I made it after a title guidance from one of the ladies at the shop who provided directions to me over the phone.  

I had the pleasure of staying at the retreat house for the three nights I was in town.  It was the prettiest, most comfortable place I could have imagined staying.  It was decorated in primitive style with a vast array of quilts.  I took a lot of pictures inside and outside...here is a peek.

I'll post more later about the class I took there...the real reason for the trip.

Best stitches,