Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sisters of the Heart

I just returned from four days of stitching bliss. The Needlework Guild of Minnesota hosts its annual retreat in August. The retreat center is in Buffalo MN and many of the sleeping rooms and stitching rooms look out at this beautiful view of Lake Buffalo:



One of the best parts of the retreat (in my humble opinion) is Show and Tell night. There is so much talent in the group and I enjoy seeing all of the pieces that the members have finished during the past year.

Since this year's theme was "Sisters of the Heart" the was a section of the room dedicated to pieces that fit within the retreat theme.

Quite a collection of Heart in Hand hearts!




This was the Stitchville retreat project from Chessie and Me. The stitcher used elements from the design to create an additional needlebook and pincushion.



This piece was stitched by a friend of mine. It's a design from Barbara Jackson that was in a magazine many years ago.



There were many other heart finishes that I loved; wish I had taken pictures of all of them!

Now, buckle up...let's see what else was on display!

This is Hapsburg Lace, a design from Tanja Berlin...



A beautiful Northwoods themed quilt...



One of the projects from Jackie du Plessis' classes last year; expertly finished!



A beautiful hardanger piece...



Two completed Briar Roses from Jackie du Plessis...



Two completed Fruit of the Vine Huswifs (Ellen Chester)...



A stunning quilt - Sylvia's Bridal Quilt...



A completed Ann Bowers...



I liked this frosty guy!




And another design from Jackie du Plessis...



A finished piece from The Drawn Thread...check out the buttons...




Schwalm embroidery...gorgeous...




Recognize this one? My Rhapsody in Blue from Jackie du Plessis!




A completed Houses of Hawk Run Hollow...



And a beautiful sewing set designed by Merry Cox...




And there was so much more! It was quite a collection of beautiful stitching all in one room!

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14 comments:

Mrs. DillyDally said...

I am so inspired by just the photos...I cannot imagine seeing all of them in person! How fun for you all!

Margaret said...

Oh wow! So much eye candy! How wonderful! Glad you had a good retreat!

Ann said...

What beautiful work! So inspiring--don't you come home from retreats like this wanting to stitch non-stop?

April said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL RETREAT! All the stitching is beautiful!

Barb said...

So many lovely projects and such a beautiful location !

Blu said...

Wow those look amazing! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

Marilyn said...

All very pretty projects.
A lot of work there.
Thanks for sharing the pics.
marilyn

Stasi said...

A true feast for the eyes!!! Thanks so much for sharing--it is truly inspirational to see all the beautiful handwork. It's got my fingers itchin' to get stitchin'!!!

Chris said...

Wonderful, thanks for sharing all of these lovely projects with us.

Laura Duet said...

So glad you had a wonderful stitch weekend!!!!!! Looks fabulous!!!!

Vickie said...

Oh wow! Sooooooooo much to see here. That is the first Sylvia's Bridal Quilt I have seen finished. =)

C Street Samplerworks said...

What an idyllic stitching weekend, you lucky girl! Thanks so much for sharing photos of all the lovely stitching. I especially enjoyed seeing the Barbara Jackson piece. I have the magazine with the chart, and I have always wanted to stitch it.

Peace & Love, Fran

Katrina said...

OMG, everything is just so pretty!!!! I especially love the Chessie and Me piece and the Ann Bowers. What fun!!!!

BrendaS said...

OMG -- what a wonderful treat for you to share with us! Lucky you to see them in person. Glad you had a good retreat:)