Monday, July 02, 2012

Epic

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Can you believe it's July?  How did this happen?  (I know I say this every year, but wow - it sneaks up on me!)  And it's also time for another WIPocalypse check in.  Anyway, I have been stitching...as you can see Isabella's made some progress.  I'm just loving her and she is really such a joy to stitch.

I did take a little break from Isabella though for a new start.  I mentioned in my last post that I was planning something new, and shared the silks with you.  Well, I took this with me a couple of weeks ago, when I had to go to Wichita for work.  I absolutely love how the AVAS silks look on the Confederate Grey (40ct) fabric.  I'm so happy with the color.  And once I get some more stitched, I think it's going to look amazing.  Anyway, this is the John Reed 1844 sampler by Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches.  It's going to be my memorial sampler for my dad, and I started it on his birthday. 

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Oh, and the new scissors?  I got them last weekend along with some other goodies I'll have to share.  So what, pray tell, was I up to over the weekend?  I was invited to attend the second annual Epic Stitching Get Together, which was hosted this year by a local blogger, Susan at Afford Your Passions.   Susan did a great recap of the weekend on her blog, but I thought I'd share a few photos too.  While we were missing a few folks in this photo, you can see that Susan's living room kind of looked like a bomb exploded with all the stash, WIPs, stitching bags, etc. everywhere. 

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There was even more behind the couch...

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And a bunch of us brought items to give away to good homes - a whole table full in fact!

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And what are those buckets lining the hallway?  Why those were our in-house shop!  One of the ladies brought leftover inventory from her shop and we all had free reign throughout the weekend to peruse and shop at our leisure (often going back again and again!).

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I made sure to bring a selection of things to work on...

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I even got the opportunity to do some Tula Pink enabling over the weekend, thanks to our visit to the local quilt shop and my lovely project bags.

I did attempt to work on Isabella, but due to where I was sitting (no light behind me), the 40ct stitching just wasn't happening.  So after a couple of hours attempting it, I finally gave up and stitched on something a little easier to see.  I pulled out Mystery 9 that has languished for a long long long long time.  In fact the last time I worked on it was last June.  I'm not sure what prompted me to dig out this piece and bring it, but I'm glad I did.  I managed to get that left bottom corner restitched (after the last sad ripping out session).  And even managed to get the other corner stitched too!  I'm halfway there on part 9!

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And my Chatelaine was in good company - the weekend yielded a total of seven in progress Chatelaines that I got to see up close and personal.  And wow - I need to get my Egypt Garden started asap, especially after seeing this.

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I'm just so thrilled to have made some good progress on this piece.  And I'm even more thrilled to have had such a fantastic weekend and been so graciously welcomed into this group of stitchers.  There was so much inspiration, I'm sure I'm going to be busy stitching for a long time!

I am grateful for new friendships.

23 comments:

Susan said...

Great pictures! I love the pictures of my living room - I wish I had my camera with me - I would definitely have taken more, but I gave my camera to E. to take to Australia :)

I'm going to tell you again how much I love your project bags - the fabric is lovely!!!

I'm so glad that you could make it to the get together, Michelle!

Deb said...

It looks like you had a great time Michelle. How fun to get together with friends. Love those project bags. And your stitching. Isabella is really moving along!!

Melissa said...

Gosh, that looked like such a fun time. It would be tempting just to browse all those charts and not stitch! I like the project bags you got - pretty colours!

Your stitching is lovely, especially Isabelle!

Margaret said...

I love the colors in your John Reed sampler! A great memorial sampler for your dad. Love Isabella too. And the get-together! What fun!!!! Your Chatelaine is gorgeous too. Glad you had fun!

Anne said...

I think that Confederate Gray is perfect with those AVAS silks too! Love the cow sampler! (Forgot the name!) Looks like you all had fun together! How great you all got to peruse all that stash!! Good for you for getting out your Chatelaine! I'm always amazed with her designs! Sometimes, after an epic frogging session, you have to put away the piece for awhile to forget the catastrophe, then pick it up again. I'm glad you did!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your line choice for John Reed.Your stitching get-together sounded like lots of fun... I'm happy for you that you got to go. Those project bags looks wonderful.

Annette said...

I love that my bags made it into the pictures but I didn't. LOL

So great to meet you in person, Michelle!

marly said...

What a great get-together. Lots of beautiful stitching photos - great post!

Giovanna said...

Lovely start on the memorial sampler, and it looks like you all had a wonderful time - what fun!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a fun time you must have had, Michelle! Your projects look great and and your project bags are wonderful! The memorial sampler for your dad will be fabulous!

Joy said...

Looks like a great time! Love, love Isabella and am looking forward to seeing your progress on John Reed. Lovely choice for a memorial sampler.

Sharon said...

Stitching trips with friends is just the best! Love your Isabella progress and your memorial sampler for your dad will be gorgeous!

Sherry said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had. Isabella is coming right along and looking lovely!

Veronica said...

Isabella looks great. Those silk on that grey really is pretty. You've certainly made a lovely choice.

Whoa... I'm drooling here looking at all those stash. Your Chatelaine is gorgeous!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Kathy A. said...

What a great post. I love the picture of all that stash all over Susan's living room - an explosion of happiness.
I was so very happy to meet you. We have been blogging friends for a long time and it was such a delight to find you even more wonderful in person.
Take care my friend and keep on stitching.

woolwoman said...

what a fun time you all had Michelle ! Your Isabella is looking gorgeous. I am anxious to see more of the John Reed sampler you chose for your dad's memorial - so far it looks great. Enjoy your weekend - mel

Mary said...

There's nothing better than stitching with friends! Looks like it was a blast.

I'm soooo in love with that big red cow! Keep up the good work.

Andrea said...

It's good to see your Chatelaine making an appearance. Haven't seen any for quite some time and I do think they are particularly lovely.

Catherine said...

Great projects! I really love Isabella ~ there's just something about that cow!!
Your time away looks like so much fun!!

Penny said...

Beautiful stitching on all of your projects! I love that cow. :) Your stitching get together sure looks like it was a lot of fun!

Holly said...

Great Pics Michelle! I like the photographic evidence of stash explosion. What a fun weekend it was!

Looking forward to seeing you next time!

claire93 said...

well done on progress and what a wonderful stitchy afternoon you had ^^

robindefender said...

That's some gorgeous stitching and it looks like you had a lot of fun with your friends. How cool to get to see that many Chatelaines in progress all in one place.