Last weekend I packed my bags and went to a long-awaited retreat in Kansas. Last year, not too long after the Heartland Shop Hop, my friend Judy told me that her favorite LNS, Hearts Desire in Wichita KS, does a yearly retreat and the 2011 guest instructor would be Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs. Wow! I replied before I even took my next breath and said, "I wanna go!"
So finally, finally, finally, the time passed and the retreat weekend was here. I made some lovely new friends. I spent time with some old friends. And I kept my drooling under control when I saw their amazing projects.
Like this one by Nita. It's from a series published by Gift of Stitching Magazine and it spanned a number of issues. Probably before 2009? I have the 2009 issues and it's not in any of those. But anyway, this sampler was incredible.
There were so many things to see in this sampler. Amazing colors, fantastic use of specialty stitches and charming motifs. Here are just a few of the things that caught my eye:
|Nita's initials. Oh - there, look! The sampler series must have run in 2008.|
|Love the little ship! And look a the darning stitches just above it. And the sampler was full of initials and dates that had meaning to Nita and her family.|
|Grapes! Love the grapes!|
|Now here is Paula and her color version of Quaker Christmas. I love the bold color choice!|
|This was stitched by one of the shop ladies. Over one. You had to look closely to see that it actually was stitched and not a photo.|
|Starting with Nita (in the pink) and moving clockwise, I'd like to introduce you to my table buddies, Nita, Debbie, Michelle, Marcia, Paula and Judy|
|A lovely Eileen Bennett design. You all know how much I love her things and Sue executed this beautifully.|
|This is incredible. Sue is almost finished with the PS Alphabet block series. Stitched over one. Look at that proud smile! There's a lot to be proud of here. And here are some of my favorite blocks.|
|That cat...oh my, that cat!|
|"F" is for Friend. How perfect!|
|Sue is also a talented finisher. I should have taken photos of this from more angles so you could see it better. She finished this as a box, even adding little blue legs to the bottom. It set the whole thing off perfectly.|
|Can you see the glitter in the fabric? It's hard to capture in a photo, but believe me, it's there and it's the perfect touch for these adorable snowmen.|
|And last but not least, here is my very camera-shy friend Julie. This was the best I could do....|