Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Great Roadtrip!

Yesterday my stitch group (5 of us: Jo Barb, Angie, Carol, Jo and I) went on a roadtrip. We try to go somewhere in the spring and in the fall. So we decided we would go to Stitches n Stuff in Clinton, Iowa where we have been many times. Its a great little LNS, if you are ever in the area. (Its really the only shop in the area). We left home around 9:00 a.m. and arrived shortly after it opened at 10:00 a.m. Everyone pretty much had a list and set off about their shopping. I didn't have much on my list. I am on automatic for the BBD stockings so I was glad to see the April Showers in. I just love this one. I also love the HIHN chart I got. I did the What Makes Winter and wanted What Makes Spring to go with it. I am waiting for the new Lizzie Kates and Heart in Hand patterns to come in next month so didn't purchase much yesterday in the way of cross stitch for myself (I did purchase for exchanges, so can't show that).

We left the LNS about 11:30 and headed to a quilt shop that Angie liked called Sewing Machines & More. What a great little shop! Oh my! The minute I walked in and noticed all the Moda fabric I knew I would probably be in just alittle bit of trouble and...well...I did just alittle bit of damage :) What can I say...they had Moda fabric!!!! LOLOL We left there about noon and headed to Davenport for lunch at Chick-fil-A.

After lunch a trip to Michaels (I was good didn't buy anything), then to a cute little craft shop (bought something for an exchange, can't show) and then to Hobby Lobby (I didn't buy anything) and headed on home in a downpour of rain. We had a great time and everyone was really happy with their purchases.

This fall we have decided to take a three day trip. We are going to The Silver Needle, The Heart's Desire and The Sunflower Seed with some stops at some quilt shops in between as well. So we are all making are wishlists and saving our money for that.

Here are the pics of my purchases. I did purchase other things yesterday but they are for exchanges I have coming up, so I can't show those.

Today I am going to finish my patriotic exchange. Hope everyone has a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Blackbird Designs Exchange for Cathy B!

Cathy B. has received my exchange I sent her. The theme was Blackbird Designs. I decided to stitch a design from the book Thank You, Sarah Tobias. The pattern is Pins & Tulips. I stitched the pincushion and decided to stitch a scissor fob to match as Cathy put a pair of scissors down on her wishlist.

I stuffed the pincushion with rice which I think turned out pretty good (first time using rice as I have always used fiber fill). I also followed the instructions of dyeing white ric rac with tan rit dye. I think it turned out pretty good (pic below). It was my first attempt at using dye so I was a wee bit nervous.

I also sent Cathy some fabric and needles as that was on her wishlist as well. Here are some pics:

I am glad you like your exchange Cathy, I enjoyed stitching for you!

My Tuesday stitch group is going on a roadtrip today to Clinton, Iowa to a LNS called Stitches n Stuff. I have a small list so we will see what I come home with.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy Jo