Thursday, April 26, 2018

Another Visit to My Happy Place.....and a New Stitch Stroll Piece (455)

Well, I can see not blogging on a regular basis makes for looooong posts when I finally do one, so hang with me and hopefully enjoy---I will try to be as succinct as possible. 

I was able to plan a visit to Salty Yarns/Lankford Hotel last week and managed a 6 day stay...boy do I LOVE retirement!!! I was attending a class with Sherri Jones on the weekend, but a couple of friends (one from Europe) were arriving the Tuesday before and I drove up to spend some extra time with them. We visited a quilt shop, Berlin MD, and enjoyed each others company on the days leading up to class. 

Wednesday we spent in Salty Yarns and here is my haul from there :

Some finishing velveteens and 56 count cotton fabric (for needle pages) from Lady Dot Creates and Puntini Puntini Christmas buttons

I love this tree and am planning to do over 1 on 32 ct. green slate Lakeside linen

I already had the chart but bought the two tart tins
Dinner was at Fagers Island where we timed it perfectly to see the sunset. As the sun sets on the bay, they start to play the 1812 Overture, and just as the sun hits the horizon the music reaches the crescendo..pretty exciting! I wish I could have captured on video but we were blocked by people at the windows, so you'll have to use your imagination.

On Thursday, we went to Serendipity quilt shop in Dagsboro, DE. Lots of beautiful fabric and wools. I restrained myself and only got a few pieces.

Those are tiny scissors on the top fabric!

That night dinner was at Mickey Finns where I think I had the best cream of crab soup ever!!!

Friday I took it easy and chilled. Sara had a reception for us that evening in the hotel lobby with lots of delicious appetizers and desserts, after which I hung out with the ladies in the lobby and stitched! I managed to get this stitched for my grandson, Asher, for his birthday in May. I found the baseball fabrics at Serendipity and need to thank Judy B. for the inspiration to make this into a pillow.

Play Baseball by Sue Hillis
Saturday was my class with Sherri Jones, the most fabulous teacher!!! It is called Fanciful Fragaria; fragaria means strawberry. It is a delightful design consisting of two parts, the tiny scrimshaw basket pincushion with a pair of silk gauze strawberry emeries and a needle roll stitched on 40 count silk gauze. We mounted some gauze and started a strawberry emery in the morning and made the velveteen pincushion that will go between the two scrim pieces in the afternoon. 

Edited to remove photos due to unscrupulous stitchers using the photos to copy and stitch from.

Sherri is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor and sadly is retiring...what are we going to do???

Sunday I hung out in the shop cutting fabric, since they were short handed, which I love to do and hopefully am a help ...not a hindrance!  Sara, Sally and Mary are always so generous and hospitable with us. Here is the goodie bag we received this time with all the trinkets inside: 

Lots of great supplies for finishing
 Now on to my latest Stitch Stroll addition...I made this for my friend Paola, a small token of our friendship. It is Friend So Dear Pinkeep by Merry Cox. I had a little mishap with the cream ultra suede that was included, but had some lilac (thanks Phyliss) on hand that I think actually made the colors pop more. I added the itty bitty bee! Stitched over one on 32 count linen, the size is approximately 1 1/2 inches.

I think that's about it...hope I didn't bore! I appreciate you sticking with me and enjoy any and all comments, that I try my best to respond to. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!




  1. wOw! What a super time you had!! I love that little tree also. ;) What a neat stitch you did for Asher. Fanciful Fragaria is lovely.And so is your gift for your friend Paola. :)

  2. What a fabulously filled post to read and view, Stasi! I look forward to seeing the baseball pillow you are creating for your grandson. Love those baseball prints! The friendship pinkeep is precious and I know your friend will treasure it. It definitely sounded like you had marvelous time with friends in your happy place.

  3. Stasi, You could never bore! 6 days at the Lankford! Heavenly! I've never taken one of Sherri Jones's classes. Looks like I missed out now that she's retiring. This particular one is gorgeous! Love the scrimshaw. I'm counting the day till the Stitcher's Retreat. Hope to see you there.

  4. So nice to read your post, Stasi :) It sounds like your time away was lovely--nice new goodies you added to your stash! I do love what you made for your grandson and for Paola--beautiful stitching as always :)

    Hope you enjoy a relaxing weekend!

  5. Great post as usual!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time, visiting, stitching shopping and helping. Your stitching is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing your grandson's pillow.

    1. Thanks Patricia--hoping I'll be showing finished pillow soon!

  6. Sounds like your trip was delightful - having extra time there to enjoy with stitching friends is brilliant. Class piece is beautiful! I'm hoping it bit you hard and you'll be working steadily away on it. ;)

    The pinkeep you made is lovely! And I like it on the lavender - it's brighter and I agree the colors pop up more with the bit of color around the edge.

  7. Enjoyed reading your post and seeing your new stash! I love that cute little tree! Your finished pieces are lovely! Sounds like you had a nice trip to a beautiful part of the country!