Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My sampler guild friends ....

On Saturday, I went to a Queen City Sampler Guild day-long stitch-in.  How much fun it was to spend time with friends stitching the day away!

One of our members, Ann M. is very interested in embroidered wallets/pocketbooks, and she presented a short program for us.  Here Ann is with some of the wonderful pocketbooks she's made.

Here are some other views of the pieces.  I wish I had thought to open them up so you could see the insides.

Ann brought two other pocketbooks that she is currently stitching.  Her goal is to stitch a pocketbook to pass on to each member of her family so she is on a quest for more designs. 

Here are some of my guild friends stitching later in the day.

Lisa P., Marsha G., and Marsha K. were all working on I Sigh Not for Beauty (C Street Samplers) which was one of my newsletter SAL projects in 2011.  Hopefully when they are finished, they'll send me some photos for the newsletter.

And here is Susan McD. working on Examplar III, a project from a guild class with Catherine Theron.  (Yikes, Susan, that reminds me that I need to finish mine also.)

And here are Susan W. and Diane L.  Susan is working on a Rhode Island sampler from Essamplaire, and Diane is working on  A Woman’s Garden Band Sampler which Catherine Theron designed to celebrate our guild's 15th anniverary.

I wish that I had taken more photos of some of the other ladies and also the "show and tell" table. One of the things that you would have particularly enjoyed seeing was Susan W.'s queen stitched pocketbook.  Another guild member, Lynn K. was working on one of my designs, A Work'd Pocketbook.  She's nearly done, so perhaps I'll soon have a photo to show you.    With all of the queen sitches on this project, I jokingly have nicknamed the piece, Not For the Faint of Heart

I worked on John Foster (Historic Stitches) and will show you a photo soon.  This is such an enjoyable and relaxing stitch.

Thanks everyone for a great day on Saturday.  It's always so much fun to spend time with you all.  Plus your beautiful work is truly inspiring!

Thank you for all your lovely notes regarding my last blog post with the photos of Hannah and Rachel and two of my family room sampler walls.  Your notes mean so much!  Thanks for taking the time to write!


Margaret said...

Wow wow wow! Ann's pocketbooks are just wonderful!! What a collection! Loved seeing your guild friends. There are so many wonderful guilds -- I don't understand why there isn't one in this area. :(

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with Margaret - the pocketbooks are wonderful. Also the sampler the other gals are doing is great. Margaret - you need to start a guild in your area
Ellen, you have great samper friends

Anonymous said...

Oh oh - anonymous is Brenda- remember me from the Scarlet Letter - LOL

Deb said...

Those pocketbooks are just wonderful. I also love I Sigh Not for Beauty. I should have joined on the stitching of this one! It's always fun going to a build so that you can see what everyone is working on.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Ann's pocketbooks are gorgeous. I enjoyed seeing the projects that members are stitching.

Barb said...

That looks like a very talented group of ladies! I'll be looking forward to seeing your progress on John Foster. When I finish "Penny America" I'll be getting back to him.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Such a wonderful way to spend the day stitchin with friends!!!
Those pocketbooks are beautiful!!!
Prim Blessings

Anonymous said...

The pocket books are georgeous to say the least. Some day I hope to do one myself.
When you show your John Foster sampler would you talk a little about what color version you chose and why. I have this samper but not stitched it yet. I love to know why someone pics the front color version over the back. This is the only repro sampler that I am aware of that gives you the choice. I think that is cool.

Annette-California said...

I so enjoyed all your lovely photos. How wonderful to be able to get together with so many talented ladies - yourself included. Ann's pocketbooks are amazing and gorgeous. The lady in the blue jacket working on her sampler I love that border of what? Strawberries? I love it. What's the name of that sampler/pattern or is it even for sale? Looking forward to seeing your latest stitching Ellen.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh very nice stitching !!!!!

bravo !

bisous de France

Barb said...

Would love to know what Ann's different pocket books are? I am working on Ezekial Teel, but several of the others look fun too. If you could pass on my email, I would love to ask her some questions.Thanks.