Sunday, January 18, 2009

MLK Stitching Retreat 2009

Well I am home now, back from our very fun and productive Stitching Retreat weekend. I have alot to share.

When I got to Joan's house on Friday, this was waiting for me.


It was my SBEBB Winter House Exchange! Was I ever surprised. Joan stitched LHN's "Blessed are the Meek" and finished it as a very cute box.


She also got me a boat load (actually a basket load) of goodies, many from my wishlist. A great variety of pink threads and a box of pink pins for my pink stitches, La-D-Da's "This is the Day" pattern, a very cute fabbie, ribbons, note cards and paper, my favorite needles and some Debbie Mumm buttons with cardinals (another favorite of mine) on them. WHEW!


Thank you Joan, you are the bestest!

We had previously agreed to do a winter fob exchange at our retreat. I stitched Joan part of Lizzie Kate's January block flip-it.



The fob that Joan stitched for me is Waxing Moon's "Winter Cardinal". Joan knows me very well and knows I love cardinals. She stitched this on 40ct linen (over 2) with DMC floss. It is gorgeous.


We had not done this before at previous retreats but it was very fun and I think we will be doing more in the future.

We simplified our retreat this year--stayed in the whole weekend and less fussin' in the kitchen. We both got alot of stitching done. Here is how far I got on my Isa Vautier SAL--

Have I mentioned before how much FUN this project is! I absolutely am loving this!

Then I stitched an ornament for the 2009 Christmas Challenge--

I just have to do the finishing on this and it will be complete.

I did stitch on another item, however it is for an exchange so I can't share it just yet.

Thanks to all of you who stop by and read my blog and those that take the time to leave comments. I very much appreciate all the comments regarding the Royal Mail. It is as I suspected.

16 comments:

Missy Ann said...

I love what you did with the LK fob. It's good to remember fobs don't *have* to be square.

Emmanuel is on my to stitch list too. Love that design...

Dianne said...

Well, you received quite a gift! And I must say I like that Isa Vaultier pattern...what color are you using?

Daffycat said...

Wonderful exchange present, Jill! And such beautiful stitching...the fob you made is precious!

Mama Joan said...

Good time this weekend. Sorry to see it end. Can't wait until our next retreat!!!

Thanks for the fob and fun.

Suzanne said...

Such beautiful items you received from Joan. I love the fob that you stitched, especially how you used the beads.

Great stitching you accomplished on your retreat.

staci said...

Looks like your weekend was terrific with all those lovely goodies!!! Enjoy!

You've made some fantastic progress with all your projects. Love the fob you made Joan, it's adorable!

karen said...

great stitching you got done! what fun having your own retreat! love the exchanges you both did as well.

DonnaTN said...

What a great exchange your received. I love the fob you made. those beads with the stitching really make it special.

Nic said...

What lovely things!

I especially like the fob, it's really unusual, and a great way of using that chart.

Carol R said...

What a beautiful basket of goodies and a beautiful stitched piece too!

lynda said...

I love the way you combined both stitching and beads in that fob Jill/ It's beautiful. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at your retreat.

Sharon said...

Beautiful projects and finishes. The fob you made is gorgeous-love the shape!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Sounds like it was a great stitching retreat.

Andrea said...

A super basket of goodies. Some great stitching too.

Michele said...

What fun! Love the both exchanges! The scissor fob you did with the beads is lovely!

And wow, you got a lot of stitching done :) very fun!

Lynn B said...

Sounded like such fun, I love the basket of goodies!