I have been away from my blog for a while. Well, I have got several good reasons!
Two days after I got back from my Alaskan cruise, I packed up and left for Salt Lake City and 3 classes with Catherine Theron and the Swan Sampler Guild!
It was a lovely time.
Here is what I started-
The Hidden Magnolia Sampler
My Peacable Kingdom
and No Place Like Home Stitchery Book
Here is Catherine with Peaceable Kingdom.
Here is our class busy at work in the most beautiful clubhouse I have ever seen. (And I have seen quite a few since I am a realtor :) See the open door in the back left of the pic. That leads to a home theater with cushy, leather recliners set in a sloping floor just like a commercial movie theater. Wow! Yes, there was a swimming pool too.
The Swan Sampler Guild ladies are a very talented bunch of stitchers and I wanted you to see some of their show and tell. The above sampler is one of Catherine's designs called Morning Has Broken. Stitched by Lynn.
A band sampler also designed by Catherine and stitched by Lynn.
Another band sampler designed by Catherine and stitched by Jean.
Gay Ann Rogers Elizabeth stitched by Lynn
Not sure whose design this one is or who the stitcher was, but isn't it adorable?
Another wonderful WIP-looks like maybe a HAED design?
While I was in SLC, I was notified that I was a winner at a giveaway on Kathy Schmitz' blog-woo hoo! Here is my prize-a fat eighths bundle of Kathy's new fabric line called Piecemakers. Thanks, Kathy!
I got home again last weekend just in time to start a new quilt at my LQS. It is called Red Home Applique Quilt by Natalie Bird. From the Red Home book. Natalie is a designer from Australia. This is the class quilt.
I got to take Tropical Jazz from Terry Dryden this past weekend. Isn't her purse lovely? Not sure how I will finish mine yet.
It was a small class and Terry is a delightful teacher. Nine students and 5 ghost students.
Are you tired yet? I am.
I also started Wild Garden by Blackbird Designs
Last but certainly not least is Christmas in My Heart by All Through the Night Bonnie Sullivan. I had to trace the entire design onto a huge piece of freezer paper then trace again onto the base fabric. The wool pieces are also all cut out. It is time to start stitching!