Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stitching and Classes at the Retreat

I did get some stitching done during my relaxing quite time .. I started and finished Just One More Stitch by Simple Stitches. I giggled a lot stitching this piece .. remembering all the times I've said just one more stitch lol .. I also stitched on my Fair and Square piece but can't show you pictures just yet.

Remember the Pals Sampler I stitched for the Signature RR? Well, here's a picture of what it looks like with a few signatures. There wasn't enough time for everyone to sign all the RR's that were at the retreat .. takes longer to stitch your signature than you think! lol .. and by the weekend everyone was getting pretty tired of stitching their name .. There were quite a few different center designs. Most of us are now going to send out RR's out to the girls that didn't get a chance to sign. I'll post some pictures of other finished RR's as they get done .. I really like the way this is turning out ...


Mary Turley of MDesigns taught 3 classes during the retreat .. I took all 3! and I was really glad I took them! The first class was a stitcher's pouch. You could stitch either a Fall design or a Halloween design

you can see the fabric bag on the right .. the flower fabric center is where the stitched piece slides into. The polka dot fabric is the backing for a scissor fob if you want to make one and the fabric/threads are on the left of the bag .. I started stitching the Halloween design .. I just love the colors and the purple spider is sooo cute and fuzzy!


The second class was for a stitcher's bourse .. below if the design for the inside of the bourse .. I love the design and the sweet saying. The flowers between the girls can be stitched like on the chart, or you can make a separate pin cushion and attach it between the girls.


Below is the fabric for the bourse that I picked .. Mary had 3 or 4 different fabrics to pick from .. all coordinated very nicely with the threads she choose. As you can see, I only got a bit of the words stitched ... and in all honesty, I would have gotten a lot more stitched but I was at the chatty table .. it's really hard to stitch when you are laughing and even harder when you have your hand raised .. nope not to ask a question of the teacher, you raise your hand so that you can take a drink of your water and everyone at the table has to be quite .. that way you don't end up with water up your nose .. or spiting water at your table mates .. right Ruth Ann? *grin*


The stitcher's pouch and bourse classes were taught on Friday .. the 3rd class was taught Saturday morning .. this one was called small and large ornament finishing class .. Mary put together a wonderful assortment of finishing supplies to try and get us to think outside the box with our stitching and finishing. There was wool, floss, scrapbook paper, boxes and buttons and cards .. it was really a fun class .. I made the card in the center of the picture, with Fa la la on it ..
Teejay, there really isn't anyting quite like a vacation at the beach is there! and in the off-season I was surprised how reasonable the room rates were for right on the beach. Sounds like you and your mom had a wonderful time!

Chelle, did you attend the first two Pals retreats? We need to talk! I'd love to meet you there someday! I was at the 2nd one in 1999 .. wish I'd known you then.

Michelle, as you can see .. I did get some stitching done .. but never as much as I took with me in hopes of stitching! lol .. eyes bigger than my stomach lol

more later .. I'm off to bed .. night night and thanks all for stopping by *smile*
I'm grateful new projects ...

8 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh, what a great time! And I love all the pictures! :)

Linen Stitcher said...

How great is that Pals Sampler?? Love the signatures! Sounds like it was a very enjoyable retreat with lots of great projects!

Vonna said...

It looks (EVERYTHING) just super!!! I love all the new projects/classes that you took! WOW!
And I smiled reading your whole post! Sure sounds like a wonderful time!

Choko said...

Wow!Thank you many photos.I love gairl and flower's chart!It's a very lovely design.I love sweet design,too.

Chelle said...

What a great bunch of projects! All of the M Designs classes look wonderful. Yes, I did attend the first two Pals retreats. :o) Drop me an email and we can chat. I need to send you that free chart too. Click over to my profile, my email address is there...

Nancy said...

Beautiful patterns and beautiful fabrics! I love the Autumn leaves, and the piece with the signatures is so unique and pretty!

Carla said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! All M Designs projects look beautiful!

Sally said...

Wow it sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love the classes that you took. Looking forward to seeing those pieces finished:) The card is lovely.