Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What A "Keep Calm & Stitch On" Weekend!

It is Tuesday & I am still recovering from my weekend! For the 3rd year in a row, I have gathered with my stitching friends at a local hotel for a winter's retreat...heaven on earth!
After we took over the conference room, we had a lovely catered meal Friday night, yummy subs for lunch Saturday & it was Italian for Saturday dinner at a local restaurant. We've never really had a name for the retreat, so when I received the awesome scissor fobs I ordered from my friend Kathy (Designs by Lisa) - we adopted the saying for our retreat.
Look for these fobs at your LNS or ONS - she makes them out of old scrabble tiles (appropriate since I have ongoing Words With Friends games with many of our participants!) Mine looks like sea glass.

Here are some more pics from our relaxing weekend:
Everyone worked on their own thing - cross-stitch, hardanger,
counted canvas - I quilted most of the weekend.
There was knitting going on as well. I got a tutorial on how to make those frilly scarves.
Maureen working on Ink Circles - Here Comes Treble. I did my part as chief enabler & told her about the other 2 patterns in this series. (Hard to let go of my retailer days sometimes!)
Connie worked on her Quaker Friendship Sampler. She is going to
 work all of our initials into the sampler - how cool is that?

The best part about the weekend (other than no cooking, cleaning or laundry) was that my sister flew in for the weekend & joined us. She brought a few projects along & sewed up a storm. Her parting words at the airport were "I'll be back for this next year!" - Yeah...I got another one hooked!

It was a great weekend for my oldest son too! He participated with the newly formed Sioux City Knights Special Olympics Team (he graduated last year & can no longer participate with his old team) at the Northwest IA Basketball Skills tournament. Yeah for him - a 4th place in the "big boys" bracket! (Yes, I know - he looks just like me...or Harry Potter)
I close with a stitchy photo. More progress on the Whoo's There chart. I should finish this up soon now that I got another skein of the Espresso Bean. Hmm....what is going to go on the red linen?? It comes off rather orange in the pic - you will find out next week for what this something special will be!
Happy Stitching!


  1. Looks like a fun weekend!

  2. Where do you hold this get together?

    1. I live in Sioux City, IA. We hold the retreat at a Holiday Inn Express. The staff has been wonderful. We use the conference room. We usually book 4 or 5 rooms for thse that stay overnight (plus breakfast is included then!). Most of us live in SC or close surrounding areas. It is very easy to plan something like this...and ALOT of fun! Cathy

  3. Looks like the retreat was enjoyed by everyone! Thanks for sharing the photos.

  4. How often do you do this? I could use an excuse to visit my sis, she lives in Henderson, and get stitchy time! Multitask in one trip!

  5. I organize this retreat one time per year. I actually attend several other retreats throughout the year. They are so relaxing. Sometimes I take classes, sometimes I teach classes. I highly recommend having one!