Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Long time...no posting! It is catch up time now! So grab a cup of coffee, soda or tea and I'll share what I've been doing.

Julie had a birthday back in March and I sent a present her way and this is what I sent. The design is one of my favorite from Pine Mountain Designs called "Friendship is the Sweetest Flower".

Last month I went on a roadtrip to visit some quilt shops and cross stitch shops and some of the places I stopped at were Crossroads Quiting in Cameron, Mo.; Old Mill Stitchery in Liberty, MO; CC & Co. in Blue Springs, MO; ; Praire Point Quilting in Shawnee, KS; Stitch On Needlework Shop in Lawrence, KS; Stitching Traditions in Topeka, KS; The Sunflower Seed in Topeka, KS; Hen Feathers in Wichita, K; Material Girls in Wichita, and Heart's Desire in Wichita, KS where I {finally} had the opportunity to meet Julie in person! If you read my post from late last year, we had tried to meet up in Sioux City, IA in December but I got caught up in white out conditions and spent the night at the high school in Sloane, Iowa. We then talked about meeting up in Kansas City in February but the hockey tournament was cancelled so I was happy when we were finally able to make this time work. We met up at Heart’s Desire and then headed off to 4 quilt shops (2 listed above), lunch, and then to a newly opened Joann’s. What a wonderful day.

Julie and I did exchange gifts. I stitched her a pattern from Heart in Hand and I changed the colors to match the fabric. I stuffed it with walnut litter.

Julie stitched and made me a wonderful tin, including a marker and some wonderful needles that I used today and just love! (Julie said this was the first one she ever made….she did a fantastic job!) Thanks so much Julie.

Here is a pic of some of the things I purchased. While I was mostly looking for fabric, I went “alittle” crazy with the fat quarters…surprise…surprise! LOLOL

A nice day but very windy, we managed to get a pic in.

Then last week, Rex and I spent a few days up in Minneapolis and I was able to spend a day with Cathy! I was able to also meet her SIL, Janice, as she spent the day with us as well and she is just as sweet as Cathy. What an absolutely fun day we had! We, of course, met up at Stitchville, where Rex dropped me off and then after that, we had lunch and then off we went to some quilt shops.
Cathy and I also exchanged gifts. I stitched her up the same gift I did for Julie and I also stitched one for Joan who was unable to spend the day with us.

Joan sent with Cathy my birthday gift which is absolutely darling!

Cathy’s gift is such a treasure. Its made by Cathy’s 79 year old mom. Boy oh boy does she ever do some wonderful tatting! I feel very blessed to now have 3 pieces from her now. Cathy also gaveme a lovely needlebook that used Blackbird Designs fabric and some Bohn needles too :)

Here is what I picked up. Some great treasurers. Again, I was after some hand dyed fabrics but also came across some wonderful trim, some antique spools, a few fat quarters and some small milk jugs that I am not sure what I’ll do with yet but I am thinking I’ll fill them with flowers or buttons or a bit of both.

Thanks Cathy for a wonderful day! I enjoyed every minute of it! When Cathy dropped me back off at the hotel, Rex played photographer and snapped a pic of Cathy and I.

I have done some stitching for myself and its in my pile of “finishing” now. So here they are: LK Peep; Easter freebie from Istitchaholic; The Trilogy’s Happy Easter; Primitive Betty’s Simplify (I changed the colors to match the fabric I will use as backing), and Blackbird Designs “Bluebird”. Please excuse the wrinkles, I didn’t iron prior to taking pics.

I hope you have had an opportunity to put needle and thread to your fabric and thanks so much for visiting.

Happy stitching.
Wendy Jo