Sunrise in Monument Valley

Sunrise in Monument Valley

Monday, April 11, 2016

Day 3 & 4 Tea & Stitches Retreat

This retreat has been so much fun. Everyday is something new with more new stitches, surprises and seeing other stitchers projects. I have been so busy at the retreat that I haven't had time to blog, so I'll try to catch up while we are on the road to Lakeland and then Ocala.
 This was a lovely surprise fill with chocolate kisses for snacking while we stitched.
 When we arrived Saturday moring we had a packet of beautiful threads from Valdani. I love Valdani threads and no one carries them in my area so they are a luxury.

We stitched all morning with Jan showing us sseveral new stitchess whie we practiced. This is the sample pin cushion project we are all working on to get us ready for the Romancing Baskets pattern Jan so graciously gave us. Of course, when working on our pin cushion we can embroider any way we choose. Jan's is so pretty and it makes you want to try to copy her stitches. I did use different fabrics that we got in our kits, so mine won't look just like Jan's.

Lunch time again.. I feel like all we do is stitch and eat. Hey, that's all we do do. A delicious lunch of Polynesian chicken, wild rice, grilled vegetables, salad and cheese cake.

After lunch we returned to find another treat. a little box of chocolates.

Some of the other students brought various embroidery books to share, some of which were out of print, but had they wonderful patterns.

We stitched until 3pm and then it was time for tea and show and tell again.

 These are 2 of Elan's. Very nice. quilts

 After the retreat was over for the day, David picked me up and we went to dinner at Aunt Kate's in North Beach, SA.
 A nice salad and a basket of their special breads.
 I had the Shrimp and Grits and David had the Seafood Platter. Too much food, but good.

DAY 4 of the Retreat. This is the last day of Tea and Stitches. It has been so much fun and I hate to see it end.
Another little surprise was waiting for us when we arrived. A little high heel shoe of silk ribbon from YLI,
 And a Bonus pattern of the Romancing Bskets Pin Cushion we are working on.
 Names were drawn all through the retreat for door prizes and I won a package of wool fabrics and matching threads from Weeks Dye Works. My favorite colors too. Thank you Jan and WDW.

 Jan shared with us the project she plans to work on at the next Retreat in October, but I can't share it becuase it is a secret, but it is beautiful.
Before we left for the day, we gathered for lunch and a departing surprise. More chocolates and tea to take with us and more door prizes.

Ann won 2 door prizes. Lucky girl. I won 2 last year.

We checked in with Ryan.  Emma was better, but Trevor had  a fever of 102, so we decided to go over and visit while we could,

 This is a picture of  Najla and Trevor when he was feeling better.

And a few days earlier.
 And this is today. Poor boy. We went over to visit and spend some time with everyone. I had bought some tulle to make Emma a couple of TuTus that did not require sewing. They had pink and white glitter in the tulle and it was everywhere. They turned out pretty fluffy and you can see. This is today and Trevor is feeling much better. Maybe he is over the worst of it. Wish we could stay longer and visit more, but we have an appt. to get the recall on the MH steps fixed while we are in the area. Then we are going to Ocala to visit Maryann.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Day 2 St Augustine

It was day 2 of the Tea and Stitches Retreat. David drove me to JAX and dropped me off so he could have the car during the day. This day is would be all day from 9 to 6, but I had planned to eave early to meet Ryan for dinner in SA.

We we arrived in the classroom what did we find, but a sweet little red box and a pretty bag of goodies.

The red box contained a tiny ceramic bowl with a pin cushion and the bag had several new hand dyed threads to try.
 We all began working on our big red pin cushion with Jan's instruction. What fun.
 Before we knew it, the morning had slipped by and it was time for lunch. Again a terrific lunch. This lunch was beef burgundy, bow tie noodles, asparagus, salad and cake.
 The room was already set up for our afternoon tea with all the lovely china tea cups on the back wall.
 Behind the tea cups was a sampling of Jan's gorgeous quilts hanging behind them.

 When we arrived back in the classroom there were more surprises. Bette Augustine who in now in California had made beautiful needle books so that we had a place for all of our different types of needles that are used when doing our stitching. It was so delicate and lovely.

 It was tied with ribbons and had silk flowers and even a little china teacup.
 A what was in the little red package? A very handy book "Know your Needles" that tells you which needles (both machine and hand needles) are for which fabrics, threads and when you use them. A treasure for sure.
 After stitching for a couple fo hours more, it was time for tea . Jan's husband Joe actually arranged for the tea and cakes for tea time. What a nice guy.
 After tea it was time for show and tell. This is Pat's crazy quilt.I think it's the most beautiful crazy quilt I've ever seen. The detail and embroidery was unbelievable.
 This was another quilt. Wonderful 3D blocks too.
 And Kim is working on Jan's pattern from last year.
 After lunch we returned to the classroom to find another surprise.

 This was the kit we needed to make the sweet scissor holder out of an old doilie. It had beads, a little rose and hearts. This is mine which was finished by the end of the afternoon.
 As I met David in the parking lot the geese were all over the campus. They were are very active this time of year as they were all very protective of their nests. There were a couple of cats that the geese chased away whenever they came near their nests. They did the same for people too. And watch you step.

When met Ryan for dinner at Ruby Tuesday's. The kids were still sick and Najla stayed home with them. It was nice to see Ryan and talk to him. They have made such a success out of the animal hospital they own, I'ms so proud of him and Najla and so happy for them.