Where did this week go? I guess I spent most of it recovering from my stitchy weekend. I tell you what, the St. Louis Stitchers certainly know how to throw a stitch-in. We've been doing it for years, and now we have it down to a science. Jeanne opens her home to us and Taffy does the organizing. Everyone brings food and grab bags and their stitching and we have a fantastic time. Because I'm a complete dweeb, I didn't take a single picture. Happily Monique did a great job with pictures, so check out her blog posts here and here.
I came home from the stitch-in with a pile of stash (not as big as Monique's, but nothing to sneeze at) and a too-full belly. We had fantastic door prizes this year. I won a halloween themed stitched piece donated by Meri. Thanks Meri! I didn't get to spend nearly as much time visiting with you as I would have liked.
When I wasn't frantically stitching at Jeanne's dining room table I was at one of the ArtEAST venues in Edwardsville. We had such a fun time! The Fiber Fusion exhibit at The Quilted Garden was incredible this year. I zipped down there for just a few minutes to view the exhibit and also to purchase the book "It's A Wrap." Pat demonstrated this neat technique last month during our Violet Threads meeting. You wrap thin fabric strips around clothesline and then coil the clotheslines into cool shapes like coasters, bowls, baskets and handbags. What's not to like about that? It's fabric. It's functional. It's crafty. I love it!
Here are a few pictures from ArtEAST.
We had a nice display on Saturday but changed it on Sunday - because we could. Also because Michelle brought her fantastic pillow cases and table runner to display. They are beautiful! Linda's halloween-themed table topper got a lot of attention, as did her many framed pieces. Awesome! Linda and Pat set up an incredible food table for us. Unfortunately all of the art-lookers assumed it was for them too. Next year we're bringing a fly-swatter. Just joking, but really it's not like everyone didn't have plenty of food to chow on in the lobby of our venue. Michelle took some great pictures of the event. You can see them on her site, Stremmed Out.
Thanks everyone for your nice comments! Jeanne I'm not sure where Ginger bought the acorn threadkeeper, but this company makes them and many other neat things besides. Vonna the hat is one of Mark's favorites! It's a Peter Grimm with a skull and crossbones patch on the front. (Insert an eye-roll here.) Carol I wish I would quit kitting up new things and stick to the stuff in Diane. My last few starts went straight from the kitting process to a WIP. They didn't linger in Diane for even a second. Monique, bite your tongue! Nothing is going to happen to the sweet Italian girls designing the mystery sampler. Don't be such a worry-wart - take a walk on the wild side! And speaking of the mystery sampler, Pam I think I may have it wrong about completing each part before you receive the next one. I'm getting a little better at understanding the translated Italian. In any event, don't take my word for it. We'll know next week (November 1) how it's going to work, right?
I've been tagged and I have a load of finishes to show (Mr. Owl is done and the Acorn project has been boursed), but that will have to wait for another post. Once again I have a busy weekend ahead of me and I'm late for it already! Addio!