My Mary Wigham - Row 1

My Mary Wigham - Row 1

Monday, July 30, 2012

Our Patriotic Small Challenge

Saturday was the reveal date of our patriotic smalls, a challenge that was given a little over a year ago after seeing endless photos of really cute patriotic designs made into small pillows, pin cushions, etc. on ever so many stitchers' blogs.

I didn't take nearly as many photos as I should have, but here is what I have to share:
Here we are just getting started Saturday morning.

Rose bought these at a recent button show.
She repaired and repainted the frame
and has this display looking good again.

Here is Sandy's basket full of goodies.  Nice work, Sandy.

Linda's basket.  The picture doesn't do it justice.
Don't you love the little black bird and the strawberries?
I'd like to stitch those.

Carol's basket.
I think she should give us a class
on how to make those cube frames.

Toni's basket.
Toni and I are a lot alike...big ideas, smaller output!
But we have fun...

My basket.
I like how the pillow with the lace came out.
Rose helped me get that going.  Thanks!

Rose's basket.

Another view of Rose's basket.
She procrastinated until the end...
and then was completing a finish a day.
She and Linda are our group OAs.
(Over Achievers, as we affectionately call them.)
Both Linda and Rose were awarded a bag of small prizes for the challenge.

Terri couldn't come, but did stop by with mug rugs for all.  I'll post a picture of those another day.
Linda made snapper bags for all out of patriotic fabrics.  I'll post a photo of mine another day, too.
Should have taken a photo of all eight of them.  Linda has been having fun with her new serger.
Terri has been having fun with her new sewing machine!  We benefited!

Our friend Jodi came for lunch and gave us some instruction in zentangle, her new passion.  She is going to Rhode Island next month to become a certified teacher.  I should have taken some photos of her is amazing.  The only photo I took was of our class creations.  I'll try to do better next time!  I haven't gotten to the point where it is fun and relaxing, as opposed to slightly stressful.  That's me!

We had a fun pot luck lunch.  Toni was nice enough to cook hot dogs on the grill...and finished about 30 seconds before a HUGE downpour began.  Boy did we need that rain.  We had some delicious fresh Ohio sweet corn and a wonderful selection of other summer goodies.  A couple hours later we made some hand churned vanilla ice cream (thanks Linda) with a variety of toppings.  Carol made a peach and brown sugar topping that was excellent.  And, of course, there's nothing like a jar of Smucker's Hot Fudge Sauce when vanilla ice cream is involved.

It was such a fun day.  Time with valued stitching friends really rocks!  


  1. Lovely baskets full of gorgeous stuff - well done ladies!

  2. What a wonderful get together! I really enjoyed seeing all these patriotic stitches. This is a holiday that I really need to spend some time stitching for. I don't think that I have ever stitched a patriotic piece for myself...hmmm..
    Glad the rain came but first you had your hotdogs.
    Have a great week!

  3. My basket looks PITIFUL! LOL Everyone did such a lovely job. You and I just need to practice more! How long until I retire??? Thank you again, Bobbi, for being the hostess with the mostest! It is such fun getting together, not to mention getting the creativity churning. I can't wait for the next one! I know you need the rest after putting this together, but if I know you, you're already thinking about it. ;)

  4. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time together. So many gorgeous finishes all together. How pretty they all look. Each of them is so beautiful.