Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Again, I would like to say where does the time go, but I think we are all in that boat.  

On December 2nd, members of TRSG ended the year with fun and frivolity during our Annual Christmas Party and Ornament Exchange.  As you can see below, we had a bountiful feast and scrumptious desserts.  
We socialized aplenty!
 We also had a little bit of business to attend to:

First, we extended wishes of thanks and gratitude to our outgoing President, Michelle L.  She was quite delighted by our gift of thanks.  I mean who, as a member of a sampler guild, would not want a Betty Ring book on samplers.  
Michelle, you really have been a wonderful leader for TRSG and we appreciate everything you have done for the past two years.

Being a member of the leadership in any guild or group takes dedication and hard work as well as time away from stitching, family or other endeavors, so please take a moment to say thank you to those in the TRSG  leadership as well as to leaders in other guilds or groups of which you are a member.  

Thank you to all of those who have been part of the TRSG Board of Directors and those who are coming in as new board members.  We look forward to great things in the new year.

Additionally, throughout the year, you have seen photographs of finished projects by the members of TRSG.  Throughout the year, a member of TRSG (thank you Mendie C.) keeps a list of the stitcher's name and how many projects they stitch throughout the year.  At the end of the year, TRSG holds a drawing for TRSG membership dues for the coming year.  The winner drawn for 2015 TRSG membership dues was our Treasurer, Judy M.  Congratulations Judy! 

The last bit of business discussed was in connection with our upcoming workshop with Ellen Chester of With My Needle.  Ellen will be joining us the weekend of April 18-19, 2015, to conduct classes on her new teaching piece, Kindred Spirits, and Long May She Wave.  Please note that in order to sign up for this workshop, you have to be a member of TRSG.  Additionally, our deadline to sign up is approaching fast, so if you are interested in signing up, please contact TRSG at the e-mail link above before January 15, 2015. 

After business was concluded, we got down to the serious side of our meeting - the ornament reveal and exchange.  Rather than a Chinese gift exchange, one of our members has shared with us a holiday exchange based on a deck of cards.  For a large group, it is a great way to conduct an exchange and you never know who is going to get what until its all done. 
As with all parties time passes quickly, so this month unfortunately, I can only share with you the name of our ornament stitcher, but not the pattern and designer.  I apologize in advance if I do not have the correct name with the correct ornament - it was a whirlwind photo session.  
Betty H.
Vicki N.
Denise D.
Robert H.
Patti M.
Debbie H.
Lynn M.
Laurie B.
Ava T.
Codi M.
Karen H.
Jean N.
Cyndi S.
Kim L.
Debbie G.
Mendie C.
Mary B.
Lynn E.
 Sherry S.
Judy M.

All in all, we had 24 members who brought ornaments to exchange.  Aren't they just beautiful all nestled together.  I wish they all could have gone on my tree, but I shall cherish the one I did take home.  It was a very lovely evening and a very good year for TRSG. 
Here's to plenty of stitching in 2015.

The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.

Gordon Gee

Monday, November 24, 2014

Being Thankful!

We all, in our own way, have many things 
to be thankful for in our lives.  

During our November Meeting, we were given the task of nominating and electing new TRSG Board Members.  Many thanks are extended to those who have been serving on the TRSG Board, you have done a wonderful job.  I would also like to extend many thanks to those individuals who were elected.  In order for organizations to run smoothly, it takes wonderful people who have given and continue to give of their time and efforts.  
We truly appreciate you!

Next month, we will meet at 6:30 p.m., 
December 2, 2014, for our Annual Ornament Exchange and Holiday Party.  Every year, we see such lovely creations exchanged by our members.  I cannot wait to see what this year brings.  Now, I just have to find the time to do the finishing on my ornament, but thankfully, it is already stitched.  

In January 2015, we will share our M.A.G.I.C. (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) Projects.  What is M.A.G.I.C. you ask?  Every year at the beginning of the year, we look in our stash and find something or a few things that we started on, but got laid aside for other projects.  This is our way of getting us to pull out the long forgotten projects and try to reach the goal of completing them.  How much M.A.G.I.C. have you been able to complete in 2014?  You still have a few more weeks!

We have also selected our 2015 SAL Project.  
Be on the look out in a future blog post 
for photographs and details on 
Catherine Theron's Strawberry Needleroll.  

Also, in April 2015, we will be hosting Ellen Chester of With My Needle.  She has such lovely classes and it will be a treat to learn from her.  
TRSG Show & Tell
I think that many members are thankful for the time to stitch.  As you will see below, our group has been very productive.  Some members already completed their 2014 TRSG Christmas Ornament, which was the focus of our November Meeting.  Thank you Gloria Moore for creating this year's TRSG Christmas Ornament.  The hornbooks 
are a lovely touch with the 2014 TRSG 
inscribed on the back.  
Sherry S. - Happy Owl-O-Ween
Barbara Ana Designs
I am thankful for such a wonderful friend 
and such a lovely birthday gift.  Thank you Sherry!
Lynn E. - Acorn Etui
Diane Clements Workshop
We look forward to seeing this 
piece when its finished.  
Codi M. - Le Marquoir de Madeleine
Reflets de Soie
I am thankful to have this 
project finished and framed!
Robert H. - Jack's Bash
Plum Street Samplers
Robert H. - Plymouth Sampler
The Sampler Company
Would you believe this is 
stitched on 40 count silk gauze!
Robert H. - AED Germany 1746
The Scarlett Letter
Robert H. - Crowned Bird Sampler
Plum Street Samplers
Robert H. - Ann Hull Sampler
Guilia Punti Antichi (Giulia Manfredini)
This Sampler is featured in the 2014 Winter Sampler & Antique Needlework 
Quarterly Magazine.  Robert, 
how do you finish things so quickly?
Not only that, its stitched on 52/60 count linen. 
Robert H. - Ghoul Tidings
Plum Street Sampler
Kim L. - Ho-Ho-Ho!
Primitive Hare Designs
Finishing by Betty H.
Michelle L. - Broken Bow Retreat Sampler
Lori Jennings
Lori J. - The Merry Skater
Little House Needleworks
Finishing by Betty H.
Lori J. - Frosty Flakes 
Little House Needleworks
Finishing by Betty H.
Doris J. M. - 2014 TRSG Christmas Ornament
Milady's Needle
Sherri H. - Flower Tuffet
Carolyn Standing Webb
Sherri H. - Colonial Coverlet Alphabet Book
Carolyn Standing Webb
Sherri H. - 2014 TRSG Christmas Ornament
Milady's Needle
Sherri H. - Falling Flakes
Lori Jennings
Judy M. - Crown Thimble Holder 
(A small from Edinburgh Etui Set)
Willing Hands Designs (Betsy Morgan)
Judy M. - Thistle Needle Case 
(A small from Edinburgh Reticule Set)
Willing Hands Designs (Betsy Morgan)
Cyndi S. - Ghost Inn
Chessie & Me
Cyndi S. - 2014 TRSG Christmas Ornament
Milady's Needle
Cyndi S. - Count Your Blessings
Erica Michaels Needleart Designs
Debbie G. - Seahorse Scissor Fob
The Heart's Content
Debbie G. - Palm Beach Christmas
Princess and Me
Debbie G. - O'Christmas Tree
Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine
Debbie G. - Biscornu #165
Les Biscornus des Louison
Debbie G. - Queen Bee
Little House Needleworks

I would also like to recognize, Karen H., a TRSG member whose Catherine Theron Quaker Sewing Roll was pictured in our last post, but I did not have her name.  Way to go Karen. 

“Now and then it’s good to pause 
in our pursuit of happiness 
and just be happy.” 
~ Guillaume Apollinaire