Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stash Away!

It's September and time for our Annual Stash Sale!  This is always a great time to go through our stash and find all those charts and fabrics that might need a new home; plus the added bonus is creating room for more fun stash!  The Stash Sale is always a lot of fun, and 10% of the proceeds goes to the guild.

And of course, once we were done shopping, we were able to spend the rest of the meeting visiting and stitching!

There were some beautiful things for show and tell this month!

Mary D. brought in this finished piece. Crazy Love  by Cricket Collection.  Mary is always stitching these wonderful gifts for family and friends who are getting married; what a great way to pass the time, constantly thinking about what a gift love is!  And her piece is just beautiful!  

Sarra B. brought in her Heart in Hand - Halloween Markings.  Isn't this cute?  Kicking off that fall season the right way!

Mendie C. brought in her latest Brazilian embroidery finish.   She finished it as the top of her sewing basket!

Look at the dimension!

Marie Z. brought in this super cute Stacy Nash piece, called Patriotic Pocket.  I love this one!

Jana K. brought in her finished beaded fob that was a program at Greater Dallas EGA last week!  Speedy!!

Jana also brought in her gorgeous finished Ackworth Friendship Book by With My Needle.  She had several friends stitch panels for her and now it's all finished!  Gorgeous!

It's hard to tell from the photos, but the ribbon and thread used are a gorgeous plum silk.

Jean N. brought in several pieces to share.  The first is a Cindy Valentine piece called Tropical Punch.  

Isn't the little fob cute?

The second piece Jean brought in is an ornament from a Danish book of designs.  I love this!

And finally Jean brought in this finished Little House Needleworks ornament called Snowy Pines.

Another fun meeting!  And remember, now that you've done some stashing, it's time to do some stitching!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer

How did it ever get to be September?  It seemed like the summer just flew by.  And since we didn't have a July meeting, our August meeting was a welcome highlight, a chance to get together with friends and talk about our favorite topic - stitching!

The August program was scheduled to be on Biscornu finishing, but due to schedules we ended up having a stitch in instead!  We actually had a light turnout for the meeting, but there was no shortage of amazing finishes!

Take a look at what was brought for show and tell:

Cyndi's amazing Catherine Theron piece, Morning Has Broken.  And it's beautifully framed.  I am kicking myself for not taking this class at EGA Seminar when it was offered.  Stunning!!!  Cyndi has really been on a roll with her finishes lately!

Cyndi also brought in her Liberty Hill by Ewe & Eye & Friends.  Perfect summertime stitching!

And finally, Cyndi also brought in her Celtic Alpha 22.  I'm anxious to see what she does with this.  It would be pretty just framed.

Deanne was also busy over the summer.  Here's her framed A Farmer's Almanac by Prairie Schooler.  I love the frame this is in.

Deanne's My Dwelling Place by Little House Needleworks.

Deanne's Carriage House Samplings Live with Creatures that she personalized. Gorgeous frame on this one!

And finally Deanne's Liberty and Justice by Little House Needleworks.  Another great summer piece.

Michelle brought in her finished Isabella Johnstone 1854 sampler by Needlework Press that was in an issue of SANQ.  Such a fun sampler!

Robert is another one that's been busy over the summer.  Here's his beautiful Sarah Elizabeth Brooks by The Scarlett House.  This is one of my favorites.  It's definitely on my "to stitch" list.

He also finished Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs.

And Shakespeare's Peddler's Jane Pattison.

Elizabeth Sheffield by The Scarlet Letter.  Look at the blues in that!!

And finally, his Mexican Schoolgirl's Practice Sampler from Samplers Remembered. Wowza!

Ava shared this beautiful birthday gift stitched and finished by Kim.  This is one of the Little House Needleworks ornaments (Quaker Birds), but she completely changed the color scheme.  Isn't is gorgeous?!

And Ava also shared a gift stitched and finished by Sylvia.  Look at the cuteness! This is La Parisienne by Tra La La. 

Sylvia finished it into a little wallet for your thread, scissors and needles.  Love that grey fleur de lis fabric too!

Ava also received this cute felt candlemat that Stephanie made. The scottie kit is by Grab 'N Go Kits by Michelle Civetti of My Quilting Service and is called Scottie Dogs.  So cute!

Here's a little closeup of those dog bone buttons.

And finally, Ava brought in this gorgeous finish.  She stitched one of the Shepherd's Bush stockings for a new addition to the family.  I absolutely love this one!  This is Jillian's Stocking.  One of these days Ava should bring in her whole collection of finished SB stockings - I think she's done about fifteen!!

Well, that wraps up Show and Tell for August.  For the number of people at the meeting, we sure had a bunch of finishes!!

Our September program will be the annual Stash Sale.  10% of the proceeds will go to the guild.  Make sure you've got your items marked with your initials and a price.  And don't forget to bring your shopping money!!

See you on Tuesday!