Monday, April 21, 2014

Sherri Jones Weekend in Ocean City, MD

Going to a stitching retreat in Ocean City never fails to disappoint me. As I drive over the Route 50 bridge into town, I always feel the same sense of excitement I did as a child riding over the "singing" bridge. Memories flood back of our vacations there both as a child and adult with my own children. The salt air envelopes you, the sound of the ocean soothes...and if you're lucky enough to have a sunny weekend, as we did, all is good with the world.

I arrived Thursday afternoon, after a stop at Serendipity Quilt shop in Dagsboro, DE. I had to pick up a book on Baltimore Quilts I won in a raffle during my visit in February. This a such a fantastic quilt shop and though I am not a quilter, I indulge in their felted fool and fat quarters for my stitching. I contained my purchases to these:

Next it was on to the Lankford Hotel, my home away from home, to check/settle in. I shared an apartment with Debbie, who was already there and stitching away! 

Friday morning, I was up bright and early for a walk on the "boards". I walked the whole length--4 1/2 miles at a pretty brisk pace (boy was I sore the next day). But I knew it would be tough to get a walk in before class on Saturday. I was hoping that since I walked so far I could treat myself to a Fractured Prune doughnut, but alas, they weren't open yet.  Here is a picture of the sunrise that morning:

Then it was hanging out in Salty Yarns, visiting with friends and stitching. Friday evening Sara put out all kinds of fabulous appetizers and desserts and we socialized and stitched our hearts away in the lobby. Here's some of the items I added to my stash:
The Shepherds Fold kit

I couldn't resist this since I heard it was named for Mrs. Hughes from Downton Abbey

I  fell in love with this series from Jeanette Douglas but only bought two at this point

I also bought two fat quarters of Legacy linen in Devonshire Cream and Cafe au Lait. I just love the "hand" of this fabric and they had virgin pieces, so I couldn't resist!

Saturday was the Tulip Tray class with Sherri. She is a fabulous teacher with a good sense of humor. Some ladies got their trays assembled but I like to wait until I get home and can really concentrate. 

Sunday I woke up early and managed to get another walk in--this time just 1/2 the boardwalk.

 Then onto the class The Mermaids Two Tales. We worked on the needle book since the finishing would be the same as the purse. Sherri gave a little history of the mermaid which was very interesting and informative. All these years and I never noticed that the Starbucks "lady" is actually a mermaid with two tales!!! You learn something new every class!!! I'll post pictures of my finished projects once I have them completed.

After class Sunday, it was home to a new adventure--my daughter and her family visiting for a few days!

Many thanks, as usual, to Sally, Sara, Mary, Vernon, Brian and Michael for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. See you in June for Betsy Morgan!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. One of these days I am going to come to Ocean City! You made some great stash purchases. Looking forward to seeing those finished class pieces. The Tulip Tray is one of my favorites!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I always love the sound of the ocean. I know just what you mean about the "singing" bridge. I always felt like I was really far away from home when we drove over it on our way south. Sweet memories!

  3. What a great place to spend some quality stitching time! Love the goodies that came home with you. I'm like you - I never get a project done in a class - too much going on for me to concentrate. I'm much more focused when I home in my studio. Hope the weather is good where you are -- I think spring has finally sprung here!

  4. Staci what a great post! I haven't been to salty yarns since the trilogy retreat when Ruth brought the box you packed full of my stitching goodies. Can't wait to see the finishes!