Monday, April 22, 2024

Cross Stitch Extravaganza - Quilter’s Station

Had a wonderful week last week at the Cross Stitch Extravaganza put on by Quilter’s Station in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Our road trip began and ended in Lamoni, Ia. We love stopping at the Amish Country Store and have stopped there many times, but this time, we ate a late lunch at the Pizza Shack. It was so good, we had lunch there on the way home too. We also discovered two wonderful antique stores.

We save Wednesday for shopping at CC and Company, the antique shops in Greenwood, and more shopping at Quilter’s Station! A visit to Greenwood would not be complete without a visit to the tea room!

The main event is on Thursday and Friday. Four designers with great projects. We loved them all! All brought trunk shows to ooh and aah over.

Kim Nugent from Samplers Not Forgotten was up first! Her project was an Amish Puzzle Ball. She also designed a sweet little pincushion for us. Prior to the retreat, our group all worked on “One Nation” a needlebook and biscornu, so we had to take a picture with her.

Rae Niles from Red Barn Samplers told us an amazing story about how she acquired a collection of samplers. She provided us with a sweet pincushion project and the corresponding sampler.

On Friday, Jeannine McGowan from the Blue Flower started out the day with an amazing sampler!

Our next group project will be Jeanine’s “Bees in the Greenhouse.”

Last but not least, Annie Belcher from Annie Beez also shared her inspiration and the pattern for a sweet little sampler. Belle was there too!

All four designers delivered such delightful stories and projects!

Next Cross Stitch Extravaganza is in September! Come if you can - you won’t be dissappointed!

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Samplers Not Forgotten

Hi there! I’ve got quite a lot of catching up to do on this ol’ blog. I’ve been busy, busy stitching and finishing. Where to start? 

This post will be dedicated to Samplers Not Forgotten. I’ve been on a mission to complete some of her kits over the past few weeks. My friends and I are headed to Quilter’s Station this week and Kimberly Nugent is one of the guest designers. Kim puts out wonderful little kits at the Nashville Needlework Market each year and I’ve collected quite a few over the years.

My first finish was this sweet little design called Floral Cup Pincushion. The kit included the little mug, linen, threads, ribbon, and even the coordinating pins. It was a quick stitch and an easy finish.

Next up is a kit that I acquired through one of the Country Sampler groups. The stitching was intense (almost two months) and the finishing was more involved, but I love this design and finish! It’s called One Nation.

At market this year, Kimberly introduced another sweet little pincushion kit called Blue Bird. I knew I could get this one stitched and finished quickly. It was kind of like “instant gratification” after working on One Nation for so long!

Tonight, I put the finishing touches on one more small kit. It’s called Lovey Dovey. I acquired the kit through the Silver Needle Circle of Friends a few years ago, but I believe the pattern is available to all now.

So here’s my collection of finishes. Aren’t they sweet? I’m looking forward to a new project from Kimberly at the retreat this week!

Hope to be back soon. Have more finishes to share!