Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ready for Finishing Part Two

I'm on a mission. Can you tell? This is another Betsy Morgan project. I just needed to add the personalization. It's called Pioneer Girl's Book Etui.

I have one more project that is close to finished. That's next on my agenda.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Ready for Finishing

Edinburgh Reticule by Betsy Morgan



Happy Memorial Day!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. Since I didn't have to go to work today, I stayed up late last night stitching. I'm kind of on a roll with this project and I'd like to get it finished. It's Betsy Morgan's Edinburgh Reticule.

I hope that I will be able to finish it today.

It's a beautiful day here today and since there's little chance of having frost anymore, we planted our vegetable garden. We have a very short growing season in the north. We kept it simple this year: tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and acorn squash.

I also tidied up the flower beds. Here are some of our spring flowers. We have three patches of columbine under our deck.

I also have a Jack in the Pulpit plant that comes up every year.

I don't know what this plant is called but it has the cutest little purple flowers on it.

Our neighbors purple iris' are in bloom too. The patch needs to be weeded badly...

Time for some lunch and maybe a little stitching. Remembering those who have served in the Armed Forces today. Thank you for your service.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Another Road Trip

When the teacher is within driving distance, you take advantage of every opportunity to take a class with her! Yes, we traveled to Chicago again this weekend to take a class with Betsy Morgan. This weekend's class was organized by Cathy at the Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL. If you haven't been there, it's a great little shop jam packed with lots of stitching goodies.

Before our weekend started though we made a pit stop at another shop in the area - Tomorrow's Heirlooms. This shop has been around awhile so sometimes I run across some treasures.

We spent Thursday night with our stitching friend and went exploring through some of her UFO's. She has some pieces that won't take much effort to finish. Hopefully we helped to influence her to get them done before the end of the year. (Ask my friends, I'm good at setting goals for others...ha, ha.)

We ate dinner Thursday night at a great Mexican restaurant in downtown Wheaton, IL. This town reminds me of small town U.S.A....what a vibrant downtown area with great restaurants and shopping.

They are in the process of restoring this old theatre.

Our class started on Friday morning. There were seven of us from MN and two special friends from IN who traveled for this class - Tall Year Squared.

We spent Friday working on the pincushion that goes inside the four sided Etui. Here are some pictures. On the left is another project that I finished two years ago called All Year Squared; on the right is the pincushion I constructed in the class.

Tomorrow, I'll share a picture of the barrel button that we made in class on Saturday. Right now I have a date with my stitching chair!


Monday, May 23, 2016


Spent a little more time tonight with Friesland....

I have enjoyed stitching every single one of Amy Mitten's samplers!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Great Weekend

Hope you had a nice weekend. I took Friday off of work and my friend Chris and I hit the road and traveled to Chicago. It's only about a 5.5 hour drive, so completely manageable. We did not make our usual stop at the Norske Nook.

Our first stop in the Chicago area was at Welcome Stitchery in Crystal Lake. We've visited here before; it's a really nice shop with lots of patterns old and new.

After our purchases were made we continued on down to Geneva, IL to make a stop at Designer's Desk.

Sad news, the owner would like to retire and the shop is up for sale. Maybe you would like to invest in a shop in Illinois?

We were staying with a stitching friend and enjoyed lasagna and salad for dinner. We had a great time viewing all of her framed samplers and stitched smalls. The highlight of the evening was looking at all of her completed stitching that was not framed...we counted 285 pieces. Designs from Shepherd's Bush, Just Nan, Drawn Thread, Indigo Rose, Eileen Bennett, and more. Wow, wow, wow!

The real reason for the journey occurred on Saturday. We were reunited with our favorite teacher, Betsy Morgan, to take her class "This One's for Betty." You can see a picture of the complete project on Betsy's blog. Here is the waxer holder that we made in class. Pictured here are the two sides and bottom.

We had great fun; our experiences will make for great memories.

Tonight I spent a little more time with Friesland.

Looking forward to the Dancing with the Stars finale tomorrow night!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

This and That

Have to share a picture of this piece that my friend Chris cross-stitched for Stitchville. If I remember correctly, it's stitched over one...

And the Mad Tatter has been busy. Here's another one of her lovely doilies.

Today, while visiting at my BIL/SIL's I was able to get up close and personal with these sweet visitors. They were only about a hundred feet away from me.

A little more stitching tonight on Amy Mitten's Friesland sampler. I think this one is going to take awhile to stitch.

Have a great week!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday Stitching

Pre-work for my next two weekend classes is done; these squares are for Betsy Morgan's Tall Year Squared.

Today I started the next sampler in Amy Mitten's Around the World Every 80 Days series. This is the start of Friesland.

Heading to bed.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Rib-bit, Rib-bit

Another square done. Four down, two to go!

The Mad Tatter has been busy too!

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Departing Seattle

Back home again. Today was a long day. Up early to take the bus to the airport. Waited about two hours at the airport for my flight home. Had quite a scenic view of the Seattle area as we were climbing into the air.

Then, just moments after we departed, there she was in all her majestic glory...Mt. Rainier.

On the flight home I watched the movie "Brooklyn." I had read the book recently too. Highly recommend both.

Back to stitching...block three out of four of my pre-work is now complete!

Looking forward to the weekend.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seahawks and Sounders

After another long day of meetings and speeches we got to have some fun tonight at Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks end the Seattle Sounders (soccer).

A drum line was on hand to welcome us.

Super Bowl champs XLVIII!

And recognition of the 12th player was visible throughout the stadium!

Got to enter the field via the tunnel...

Amazing place.

A couple of Seahawks players (I have no idea who they are) were there along with the Super Bowl trophy.

And a couple of Sounders players with their championship trophy.

And I tried a Seattle dog - all beef hot dog with cream cheese and caramelized onions.

Fun evening, great opportunity!