Apr 11, 2016

Wonderful Retreat


I'm back from the Spring Hoosier Stitching Retreat. What a wonderful time!! We had 21 attend. 4 new lovely ladies even this time. It was a weekend full of stitching, story telling, jokes, and wonderful new memories. I got hardly any sleep of course but the above picture is my home away from home. I had a wonderful roomie that I really enjoyed getting to know even more. We've been friends for a long time so it was great to spend the few hours we were actually in our room together too haha. Here is a shot of where we all sat and stitched during the day. This is a church camp lodge in Southern Indiana called Camp Rivervale.
It's so much fun to share our love of stitching with each other. Tips and tricks of the trade. Here is my stitching area...
Thursday we arrived around 4pm. I decided to work on the Spring Bell Pull. I started the P block. I did way too much talking since it was the first day seeing everyone so I didn't make a lot of progress...
Friday I picked up the Tilton Crafts Mermaid piece. Here is where I was at the start of the day...
I got 1,000 stitches in...
So I must have finally shut up and stitched haha. Saturday I worked on Hope. Here is where I started for the day...
I got 400 stitches in because it was a very confetti filled area...
Her little hand is finished though. Little closer to that amazing finish. Sunday I picked up a small ocean themed start from Jan but I didn't have much time since it was time to pack up and head home. We left at like 11am since it was a 4hr drive home. I forgot to share that on the way down to the retreat we stopped at a stitching store in Bloomington, Indiana called Fancy Works. Here is what I ended up being forced to buy haha...
Winter Messenger from Erica Michaels and the specialty threads. There was a freebie given out at the Nashville Market from Hands on Designs. I had to have it since it said To the Beach. I bought a small piece of 32ct fabric and the specialty threads for it as well. I had to grab a few skeins of DMC I needed and found this cute heart shaped needle minder that says Cross Stitch on it. Speaking of needle minders a friend at the retreat made me one too...
How perfect a sea turtle!! I love it! I also wanted to share my new QSnap covers I received in the mail from Stormborn Boutique's Etsy shop while I was away...
I had to order the Walking Dead one and the puppy prints just accidentally followed it into my cart haha. She also includes matching needle minders so how awesome is that. The covers are so well done! I will definitely be ordering from her again.

So as you can tell I had an amazing time. I enjoyed every second. I always feel so motivated after a retreat. I want to stitch on everything at the same time haha. I feel so thankful for all the compliments I received on my stitching and what kind of person I am. I just love life and try to smile as often as I can. I thank my mom every time I get home for raising me to be the person I am. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my fun.

22 comments:

  1. I had a great time at the retreat, too! It was fun to see everyone again.

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  2. I am so envious of your retreat! Sounds like you have an amazing time there. And even got some stitching in too!

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  3. Another great retreat, I'm sure! I sure miss coming to them, but glad to see they are still going on! And I'm glad you had a great time!

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  4. I am honored to have met you, for you can see your heart shining in your eyes, not to mention the joy for life that you share ;) Your laugh always made me smile and I'm smiling now thinking of it! It was a great weekend and I am gobsmacked at all your gorgeous work! (I've added you to my reader! I'll be back!) Hugs to you Katie <3

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  5. Oh how wonderful! I love to go on retreats too... tho it has been about three years since my last one! I am thinking about PALS... I just got that Erica Michaels one too!! I may start it in the summer... Glad you enjoyed yourself! Thanks to your Mom, for sure!! :)

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  6. For a retreat where you met lots of other people and did a lot of talking you still got an amazing amount of stitching in! And as for new stash... that happens to my shopping baskets too. I see you're counting down to your next retreat - mine is only 31 days away now. I'll use your excitement and happiness to keep me going until then! :)

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  7. Looks like a great place to stitch Katie and I like your stash acquisitions.

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  8. It's always such fun to spend time with others who share your passion for stitching, isn't it? Glad you had such a nice time, Katie :)

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  9. Awesome!! So glad to hear you had a fun time. I so regret I wasn't doing much stitching while I was at IU. I miss having a LNS so close and that sounds like a good one.

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  10. What a retreat and look at that haul on the way home:) Even with all the talking, I see how you get so motivated in your WIPs, well done!

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  11. I do so love stitching retreats and yours looks fantastic. Lucky lady! Nice stitching progress on all 3 pieces. Excellent new stash - and I LOVE the turtle.

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  12. That sounds like an amazing weekend! I'm always surprised at how much stitching you manage to get done. I would be walking round gawping at everyone else's work!
    Great new stash - Maggee sent me my first Erica Michaels chart and I can't wait to get started on it, once I've made progress on a certain WIP this month.

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  13. Oooh looks like you had a fantastic time at the retreat! Wish I was there too :)
    Have to wait 30 days to go to mine, on a much smaller scale, but am really looking forward to it. And I'm sure I won't be stitching as much as you did :D Great progress on all your lovely projects.

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  14. Glad to know you had a great fun and stitching time on the retreat!! :) I don't have any retreats to go and stitching on family vacation has never happened so I have stopped taking but I do catch up on my reading goals on vacation.

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  15. Katie, it sounds like a wonderful retreat! Congratulations on the great progress.

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  16. How great it looks fabulous!

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  17. I'm so happy for you having such a good time! It looks like a fun place to be and you surely did get a lot of stitching done! Hope is beautiful - I'm looking forward to seeing her finished!

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  18. So great to read about your retreat. It must've been a lot of fun to be together with this bunch of stitchers. And you even managed to stitch some, lol. Talking about stitching and seeing so many projects from other stitchers is certainly a big motivation.

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  19. Oh wow! What a great time you had! I have never been on a stitching retreat... but I have 2 planned for next year (1 with Nora Corbett!!) - I am so excited but May and October 2017 are such a long way a way....
    Hope is looking beautiful. It is great to see all your stitching progress :o)
    Hugs xx

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  20. What a lovely time you all had! And your stitching is lovely. I really enjoyed reading about your retreat, thanks x

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  21. Wow a retreat sounds like a fun time! I have fun at our local library knitty group but that's only a couple hours! It's amazing how stuff just demands to be bought. It just knows.

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  22. Your retreat sounds marvellous.

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