Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Update to Chessie's Heirlooms Club

I've had several inquiries about contact info for Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  Their website is, and their PH# is 630-790-1660,

Pam and Kim will be happy to give you all the details and sign you up

Happy Stitching !!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chessie's Heirlooms Club

Just a quickie in the midst of our kitchen redo project.  What started out as getting only new quartz counter tops , which someone else installs , has progressed to installing a new under the counter sink, all new plumbing and cutting out the back wall because I found an extra deep sink........ new faucets, ripping out our old tile backsplash, repairing the drywall, installing new tumbled marble tile backsplashs (all the steps take about 2 weeks) and refinishing the cabinets.

We're still in the process of sealing the backsplashs and finishing the cabinets, but the end is in sight !!!!!  I'm going to be really glad we did all this when it's done, but at this point, I still can't SEE my new counter tops and I'm far, far, behind on design time !!

In between all the mess, I have managed to finish the 1st club piece for the Chessie's Heirlooms club I'm doing with Tomorrow's Heirlooms and wanted to give you a peek.....

There will be 4 projects during the year and each one will come with a different handmade wooden piece.

This first one is a tool caddy and the kit will include the caddy, all the materials to make and assemble the panel for the caddy, the fob and needle book .  If you're interested, you can contact Tomorrow's Heirlooms for more details and prices.

All the stitched pieces are lined or backed in wool, which is also included in the kit.

Hope you enjoy.......I'm being called back to until next time.......take a stitch for me!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Project and Teaching Updates

Wow !!!!!  Where did this month go ???
I guess I've really had my nose to the grindstone ever since I got back from Nashville.
After getting unpacked and filling more orders, I took a look at what lay ahead, and my only reaction was.....YIKES !!!!!
Sooooooo, I've been working on new stuff ever since.

I've finally got some things finalized and in the works, so thought it might be time to share.......

I'm thrilled to be doing 2 different Chessie Clubs this year... one will be the continuation of last year's club for Old Mill Stitchery with a few new twists and the second is a new club I'm staring for Tomorrow's Heirlooms in Glen Ellyn, IL.  I'm not sure how much they are letting out at this point, so just stay tuned and feel free to contact either shop about the details. 

My teaching schedule is pretty much set for the year as well and these are the ones I can tell you about at this point.

May 3-4........I'm teaching 2 projects especially designed for the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild in Dallas Texas and can give you a peek ............

The first project is the Tudor Rose Stitch Book and besides working on the stitched portions in class, we will paint and distress and line the little papier mache book box.

The second project is the Rose & Crown Sampler and since I'm still stitching it, this sneak peek will have to do.  It's stitched on 32ct Lakeside Linen using Gloriana silk threads.  Kits can be ordered or you can attend the classes ...they just ask that you join the Guild .........for info contact Ann Weissler at or check the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Blog

I'm really looking forward  meeting all these lovely ladies and gentlemen and spending a little time in a warm state !!!!

In June.......I'm soooo excited to be asked back to teach for the GRAND OLDE FLAG Gathering in Spring Green Wisconsin, for The Country Sampler.  Check Jeanne's website for all the particulars  ( Last year was just a blast and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with all the ladies !!  Those projects are still in the beginning stages.......I'll share sneak peeks when I can.

July 25 - 26 ........ I've been asked to teach for Tomorrow's Heirlooms in Glen Ellyn Illinois and I couldn't be happier !!!!
I'm designing another stitch book (they've become VERY popular) and this one will be a patriotic themed design.  We'll do all the finishing of the book box in class, so that when you finish you stitching, you'll be all set to assemble your project!!
Check their website ( for more details.......if you can make it ,I know a good time will be had by all !!

That's all the projects I can share at this time.  As I finish the designs, I'll try to get you little peeks.  If you get a chance to take a class this summer , I'd be thrilled to be a part of your schedule.  There's something so satisfying in spending time with fellow stitchers.  We're all of a like mind and it's good to get away.....relax, share our projects, enjoy great food, laugh, and most of all inspire each other !!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Back from Nashville

This will be a short post, as I am knee deep in filling orders and working on new projects.

The Nashville Market was WONDERFUL this year and I want to thank all of you for your support !!!!

Lots of shops came in with preorders which just shows you've been checking out all the blogs and I really do appreciate you attention.

Now for a peek at market.......I really didn't get out much (not that I'm complaining), but here are a few of my friends I just had to visit.......and if you see any prices, they are all wholesale, so please forgive my lack of computer skills in trying to remove them........

Shepherds' Bush had darling spring things as usual.  I'm hoping your local shops were able to get their hands on some of it for you !!
Tina & Teri are the best and it's always so good to be able to spend a little time with them........

Sweet Paulette from Plum Street Samplers had great new stuff and I was especially taken with her new reproduction sampler.......

We had to do a "Vanna" poise for Teri , who then wanted us to follow her to all the booths and do the same poise....needless to say, it didn't happen.

On to Blackbird Designs, where I also found another wonderful reproduction as well as their new book. What can I say about them that hasn't been said........they're always coming up with great stuff .........they never disappoint !!

Then I had to stop in at Needlework Press and congratulate them on their fabulous new  Kansas City Star book.

Meagan is standing in front of the scarf that inspired the whole book..........she and Vickie have really become a creative force !!

And then I snuck down to Stacy Nash's room just to get a hint of spring.......

Last, but hopefully, not least, here's a peek at my room !!

In the above picture, you can see the way I finished the new little kit (1776 Harbor)....using weeks wool (I also did it in red), nun stitched around the outer border and then stitched through the nun stitch into the wool and turned it into a tiny pillow.

That's all I managed to get ........if you want to see some great pictures, I'm sure Plum Street will not disappoint (I'd love to hire her as my official photographer in her free time...Ha, ha)

Like I said, despite bad weather and a few room glitches, etc, the market was wonderful.  I always come back home feeling refreshed and renewed, having spent time with all these creative and loving people and this year was no exception !!

I really feel so very lucky to be able to be a part of this industry.........there's nothing better than doing what you love for a living !!

Thanks again to all of you who continue to support me.......may you find time every day to take a stitch !

Monday, February 10, 2014

Nashville Market Preview

Yikes !!!!!  I can't believe it's almost time to leave for Nashville.  Where did the time go...seems like I just "de-christmased" the house.

I'm still getting ready, but I do have all my charts and kits finished, so I'll give you a quick peek, and if you like what you see, you can call your local shop and put in an order.

This first design is " Berry House Stitch Book" and includes instructions for assembling the  pieces and an alphabet to personalize your  panels......

This Sampler is "Springtime of Youth". It incorporates several specialty stitches and a favorite verse of mine.

The "Queen Bee" stitch book is a pretty quick stitch and also includes finishing instructions and an alphabet for you personalization.

"Hope of Spring" is the fourth and final in the seasonal series I didn't know I was designing (long story).....but this is the last one !!

This next one is "Chessie's Make Do Sampler".  The model is done on 3 different pieces of linen and then assembled .  Some satin stitch is applied over the top to cover some of the assembly seams.  It was a fun and little different piece to do, and you could certainly stitch the whole design on one piece of linen if you desired.

And finally, last but not least.......I've got another kit for you.  It's "1776 Harbor"  and I think it's my favorite kit so far.  As usual, it comes complete with lakeside linen, silk thread and needle, so you can open the package and start stitching !!!

That's all for now...hope you've seen something you like.  I'm off to start packing the van and since we're "below 0" again today, I'm guessing the "Panda bear" will be giving me a hand.

I'll be back with a report from Nashville next week.......wish me luck and decent driving weather !!!!

Stay warm and keep stitching,
Hugs, Linda

Monday, December 30, 2013

John's FAVORITE Present !!!!!

There is no stitching involved, but for those of you who loved hubby, John's, "packing for Nashville" outfit.......... I had to share with you his favorite Xmas present this year.

We did a "White Elephant" gift exchange at brother Bill's on Christmas Eve, and John fought and finally won the panda ski mask.  Needless to say, he has been having a wonderful time with it ever since.  He wore it to all the other holiday stops we made for the next two days, and since we've gotten home, has been plowing snow, feeding the birds and terrorizing the cats as a giant panda.

Now, I'm waiting for a phone call from the sheriff, when he ventures out to the local gas station ......... believe me, it wouldn't be that far fetched!!

Meanwhile,after the "Panda trauma",  the babies have settled into their favorite present .............and seem quite content to stay the winter.  With temps at -11 this morning, I can't really blame them.......I just wish they were willing to share !!

Have a Happy New Year....stay warm and find some time to stitch !!

Monday, December 23, 2013


Can't believe where the time has gone seems like I just finished cleaning up from Thanksgiving and if I blink, it will be Christmas !!!  Guess that's a true sign of getting old !!

Before John and I start our holiday travels, I just wanted to share a few sights of our season.

My dear friend, Jeanne and I, made our annual trek to Monches Farm to load up on our supply of fresh greens and boxwood wreaths ...........and other assorted goodies. 

It really puts us in the Christmas spirit !!!!

 Inside, the old farmhouse is jam packed with goodies!!

And this year we even got to hold Henrietta the chicken.  She loves people and actually snuggles into you when you pet her...just like a cat !!

This year my decorations are pretty simple.......I find I don't tire of them as fast that way , and I seem to find beauty in just a few individual pieces and some fresh greens.

Yesterday we started to get some serious was very gentle, but continued on for most of the day and into the night.  I baked all day and enjoyed peeking out at the buildup of flakes.

The trees were all perfectly covered.....truly a winter wonderland !!

The "Babies" were pretty content to sleep away the day, with the occasional "glare" when I made too much baking noise !

This morning , the sun came out and the whole yard just "sparkled" !!!!

I've got to finish wrapping presents and get packed for our travels.......but before I go, John and I would like to wish you all a Blessed Holiday and a hope that you can spend it with someone you love !!