Sunday, February 02, 2014

Needful Things



Let me begin by thanking you, my dear blogging friends, for your warm and touching comments on my last post regarding my Dad. I know we all suffer these losses in our lives, and having friends offer kind words of sympathy and encouragement means so much. 


Needful Things
Today I had the pleasure of attending a class taught by Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings. I was at her website a month ago and noticed that she would be in the Phoenix area this month, so I quick called the shop where she was teaching and got the last spot! I didn't even care what project she was teaching, I just wanted to be in her class. This sweet little table mat is called Needful Things. Lisa gave us all kinds of tips and techniques for wool stitchery. Including "keep the steam iron moving" when you are fusing the wool in place. This was one I needed to keep in mind as I have a tendency to press down and scorch the wool. Ouch. Not a good look. So my project is all pressed in place and I will have hours of enjoyment as I perfect my embroidery stitches. Lisa is a great teacher. I am so glad I was able to take this class from her. Sadly, I was so busy stitching away that I forgot to take any photos!

Now a word about the shop I was at. It is called Olde World Quilt Shoppe and is about a 50 minute drive from my house. I had not been out to the shop before, but will definitely be going back again. The shops close to where I live focus on bright and modern prints. While I appreciate that look, it is not me. (My granddaughters? Yes!) Olde World Quilt Shoppe is filled with awesome plaids and beautiful flannels and wools, along with wonderful Civil War repros. Lots of kits and beautiful quilts on display. Plus the staff was so friendly! I immediately relaxed into a state of total bliss. They were named a Top Shop in 2009 (AP&Q Quilt Shop Sampler magazine). Great shop!

So that was my fun day. I came home to find that my granddaughter Mary had made dinner and Super Bowl treats. A good day made even better--I didn't have to cook!
 
Needful Things: Good friends, a little sewing, and someone else cooking!

I hope your needs are being met as well as my own were today!

Marcie

13 comments:

Kindred Quilts said...

The Needful Things mat is so cute... every sewing room should have one! I'm hoping to visit Lisa's shop in Wisconsin this spring... I hear it is awesome!

Darlene said...

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the shop...I knew you would. It's wonderful. :-)

I'm glad your class with Lisa Bongean was incredible.

Janet O. said...

I had the privilege of taking a wool applique class from Lisa a year ago. She is such a wonderful teacher. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
That sounds like my kind of shop! Wish there was one like that closer to me. Bright and modern is the going thing around here, too. : )

JoAnne said...

That sounds like a ton of fun! Isn't it great when you find a quilt shop that really speaks to you! My only "local" one these days is Millstone.

Shelley said...

Sweet little mat Marcie and thanks for sharing the tips :) sometimes it's just good to get out of your own life and stitch with others isn't it:)

Sue said...

That is one shop I would love to see as I've heard such good things about it. I've met lisa but never taken one of her classes though I've heard from others that she is a great teacher. It's good you got to experience both!

Debra said...

LOVE the wool candle mat!!! Lisa Bongean's patterns are wonderful. What a treat to get to take a class with her. So glad you enjoyed your day.. and the 'free' (free from cooking) dinner. (debraharryquilts.blogspot.com)

Michelle said...

Love that little wool mat!! How fun to have the opportunity to take a class with Lisa! Congrats!

Janet said...

What a lovely tablemat! I'm glad you enjoyed your class. Sounds like a great shop!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I've only ever heard rave reviews of Lisa as an instructor... so glad you were able to take this class and have such a wonderful souvenir as a result! The shop sounds SEW inviting! :) Hugs~

Lori said...

What a fun quilt class and project!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Lucky you, Marcie!!! This sewing mat is darling!

Carolyn

Pattywacks said...

Wonderful class ... Met Lisa, met Marcie, and met The Olde World Quilt Shoppe. Great day all around!