This will be Part One as I write about this past weekend's long awaited stitching girls' trip to Erie. Well, not quite Erie, but North East, which is a small and lovely town just east of Erie. Six of us got together at a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend of stitching and laughing and eating and wine tasting. Our innkeeper couldn't have been more gracious (which may have been a challenge since we more or less took over her inn!) and I'd recommend Peg's Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast to anyone planning a trip to the area Erie area or its surrounding wine country.
I've been to other B&B's before. Not a bunch...only two others. But this one was head and shoulders above those places. Spotlessly clean. Wonderful bedding. Beautifully decorated. And the 4 course gourmet breakfast? Unbelievable. And the cost was very reasonable. You'll pay the same (or more) at the local Holiday Inn Express, and there isn't a place for you and your friends to gather comfortably. And can I tell you again about the breakfast?? You won't get that 4 course breakfast at a hotel. More like cold hardboiled eggs and bad coffee. Needless to say, I'd go back in a heartbeat.
OK, so although this was a very low-key and unstructured trip, we all thought it would be nice to do some kind of small stitched exchange gift to swap with each other. We all stitched a "small" and then created a gift package with some "extras" that were unique to our locality.
Today I'll show you what I stitched (tomorrow I'll show you what I received!). I stitched a pinkeep and the design is "My Pink House" from BBD's Needle and Thread book. I adapted it to suit our purposes by removing the alphabet and numbers, and recharting it by adding the year above the house, and "Erie" and the grapes below the house. In the second picture you can see the backing fabric that I used - from the BBD line of Moda fabrics. It was super fun to stitch, although I wish I had started it earlier. (story of my life)