Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Wonderful Weekend!

Hello Stitching Friends! Yes, it's too bad that the weekend is coming to a close because it was a terrific weekend.

Stitching friends are the best friends! On Saturday morning, I met my friend Judy at our not so local LNS. Judy and I first met about five years ago at a Nordic Needle retreat. We met again two years later when I attended my second Nordic Needle retreat. I'm not as faithful as Judy is in attending the retreats, so we haven't seen each other for about three years, but we stay connected via email. Judy was making a trip down to the Twin Cities and it worked out that my morning was free, so, we met at Stitchville! It's a little over two hour drive for her and about a 45 minute drive for me. We had a great time checking out all the market designs and other goodies. About 90 minutes later, with purchases in hand, we then went out for lunch and had a nice visit. It was great to see Judy again (thanks Judy!)

Since it has been a little more than a week since I last posted, we have some catching up to do! Let's start with the Mary Garry design "Peace" that I was working on. It's now finished! This was a relaxing design to stitch. I really like the Belle Soie silks!



"Peace"
Mary Garry
36ct PTP Shale
Belle Soie Plush Plum


Last weekend I whipped up this hardanger beauty! It's a gift for someone (who I don't think follows my blog.) This actually was one of the classes at a Nordic Needle retreat that I attended. I didn't take this class, but the kit included the coordinating mat and I thought it was a good buy. I believe this was designed by Roz Watnemo of the Nordic Needle.



Design by Roz Watnemo
Nordic Needle Retreat/Class Kit
22 ct Jobelan
Watercolours/Wildflowers Fibers


Finally, today I had time for some finishing. I stitched these ornaments two years ago and attempted to finish them last year, but alas they never got finished. This year they are going to be finished and given as gifts. Here are the first five (although I think I actually finished six today!) and I have six more that are stitched that need to be finished yet. What do you think? Cute?



"Joy" by Lilybet Designs
Misc fabric from stash
ST Grape Leaf and DMC fibers


Other than stitching, it's been a busy weekend here in the Twin Cities for sports. The UofM Gophers played arch rival Wisconsin Badgers in football yesterday. Unfortunately the Gophers lost but it was a great game. Every game is great this year in their new outdoor, on-campus stadium! Today, the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals to force a game with Detroit on Tuesday night to determine who the American League Central champion will be. Tomorrow night, the MN Vikings play the Green Bay Packers on Monday night football. If you've been following football at all then you will understand the significance of this game! Long time, Packer quarterback Brett Favre plays for the Vikings now! And finally if you haven't had enough sports yet, the UofM Men's Gopher hockey team kicked off their season today with an exhibition game; the home opener for the NHL MN Wild is on Tuesday night. Whew!

Well, if you are still with me -- hope you have a great week filled with lots of stitching. Thanks for stopping by!

23 comments:

❦TattingChic said...

OMGoodness! I ❤❤❤ that hardanger framed gift you made! It's beautiful! Your little Christmas tree tag/ornies are darling! All your projects are lovely!

Marie-P said...

Your MG Peace design is so pretty, nice job!
Wow, I wish I were talented enough to "whipped up a hardanger beauty"~ that is beautiful.
As for all that sports stuff...I don't pay much attention, unless it happens to be soccer. :)

Melissa said...

Wow, you've been busy stitching Cathy! Beautiful work as usual!

mainely stitching said...

How wonderful to read such a cheery, newsy blog post from you! :D Glad you could meet up with a friend and enjoy some stitchy time together. :D And I just love your finishes! !!!

Vonna said...

My goodness...that certainly was a wonderful weekend! Your trip and meet with friend sounds lovely...the Mary Gary Is GORGEOUS! The little turvy tree ornaments are divine and that Hardanger...simply beautiful!
:)

Margaret said...

I hope you got some lovelies from market at Stitchville! I love all your finishes! Gorgeous1 Those ornament presents are wonderful!

tangerinedream73 said...

Cathy,

Do you know where I might find the pattern for your "Joy" ornaments? Too cute !


Amy Varnell-Miller
tangerinedream73@gmail.com

Brigitte said...

Meeting with our stitching friends is among the most joyful things for us stitchers, isn't it?
Peace looks so great, and so does your retreat piece. Just beautiful.

Deb said...

What great finishes! I love your Mary Garry piece and the color you chose for it! And that hardanger piece - I can't believe you just whipped it up! I'm sure that the recipient is going to absolutely love it!

Andrea said...

Great finishes, you have been very busy.

Irma said...

Your finishes are lovely. I really am partial to the Peace.

Heather said...

Wow, you’ve been busy! I love your finishes, and the hardanger piece is so pretty, the red looks nice. I like the ornaments you made, very cute! I stitched that one too, but only once :)

Elizabeth said...

As a Mothers' Day present one year my husband sent me to shop at the Mall of America. As we live in Massachusetts, this was quite a present! And although I enjoyed seeing that huge mall, I must admit I spent most of my money at Stitchville! Would just love to get back there someday....

JOLENE said...

Love your "Peace" by MG! I have to agree there is something fabulous about stitching with silk thread!! It's so soft, and smooth. I really like how you finished off your ornaments, I can't believe how close Christmas is and also the beginning of a NEW year!! I still have so much to do before the close of 2009! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

Gabi said...

The Marry Garry piece looks great. So do the ornaments and your hardanger piece. Congrats on all your finishes.

Pen Pen said...

Wow, your little fingers have been busy! Beautiful work!

staci said...

Wow, where to begin? Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Love your MG and your hardanger finish...both are beautiful! And those Joy ornies are ADORABLE! And you have even more of them to finish up??? Wow! Send me some stitching mojo girl!!!

Sharon said...

What a fun week-end - having a stitcher for a real friend, what a treat!!!! I love your finishes (that hardanger is amazing!!) and those ornaments are just tooooo cute!!!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

So much to comment on! I love the MG Peace finish - really pretty and that hardanger - well, what's not to love about that? Your ornaments are darling - what sweet gifts!

I"ll have to go see who won the game tonight - I'm a Tiger's fan, of course.....

CindyMae said...

Wow, everything is just fantastic!! Gorgeous work on every single thing!

Kathy A. said...

Very nice finish. Love the color of the thread. Your hardanger is just gorgeous and will make a great gift.
Nice work on those ornaments. They look wonderful all done up.

Cindy's Stitching said...

These are just adorable. They will make great gifts.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Cathy, your stitching is awesome. I'm not a hardanger stitcher, so I'm in awe of your beautiful piece. MG is fantastic. I never know where people get her charts! But, I really love them when I see them stitched up. Great work, Cathy! Hugs, Deb