Day two of the retreat starts with a delicious breakfast! Why didn't I take pictures of the food? Next year...
On Saturday morning we received the kits for our project. Jeanette had designed a sampler just for this retreat. The theme of the sampler was very appropriate for our Minnesota retreat - Three Pines.
Here's a picture of Jeanette telling us about the sampler:
And a picture of the completed sampler:
I love the northwoods look! Of course the moose, the bear, the loon (our Minnesota state bird), the pine trees, the pine cones, and the log cabin are all very fitting!
Let the stitching begin! Those of you who stitch Jeanette's designs know that she likes to include lots of specialty stitches. Those three pinecones in the top left of the sampler are done in queen stitches; that's where we started; let's just say we had to do quite a lot of queen stitches to create those pine cones! But learning how to do the queen stitch Jeanette's way was worth the price of admission!
Jeanette said that she was having so much fun designing this piece that she couldn't stop with just the sampler. She also designed a set of needlework smalls that coordinated with the northwoods theme. Check out these little pretties:
Blogger is misbehaving! Sorry, used a flash on that one, they are a little washed out, but you get the idea!
We stitched and stitched and then we ate, and then we stitched and stitched, and then we ate more!
In the back of the classroom there was a table filled with Jeanette Douglas pieces that had been stitched by the retreat attendees. Look at all of these beautiful finishes:
And then we had a Jeanette Douglas trunk show to boot!
Do you recognize that quaker piece in the third photo? It was so gorgeous and it inspired me to finish the stitching on mine after I returned home.
Our day of stitching flew by. Saturday evening we had the opportunity to shop at Stitchville - those of us who live in Minnesota are very lucky to have this shop; it's a needlework lovers paradise. After shopping we went back to our hotel for a little more stitching and then headed to bed. Our retreat is almost over...
Part III tomorrow...