Could not believe that Saturday, September 29 had come so quickly! The last day of the retreat . . . it really needs to be longer . . . I want MORE!!!!
First class this morning is Ann and Pat of R&R . . . LOVE these ladies!
Ann is warm, funny and as nice as she can be. She nearly had a heart attack after the projects were handed out and we were ready to begin stitching when someone said there wasn't a chart in the packet! She flew out of the room and returned several minutes later with charts in hand . . . whew . . . that was close! Ann has been SO helpful with advice for my designing "career" since the last retreat. . . can't thank her enough! Check out their new blog: http://dyeingtotellyou.blogspot.com/
Pat is a walking history encyclopedia, FULL of stitching tips and a stitching MACHINE . . . she's stitched over 100 projects in the last year! (I'm lucky to get 3 or 4 designs charted and stitched and maybe 2 or 3 other projects completed!) She wrote a book in 1992 called "Historic Samplers" . . . great book for anyone interested in the history behind the samplers featured in the book . . . it's still available on Amazon. There are many other books in this woman crying to get out! How 'bout "1001 Stitching Tips"? Or "The History of . . . AMERICA". I mean it . . . she's a wealth of knowledge!
Lousy picture of them . . .really they are happy people!!!
Stitchin' away on the project and oops . . . can you spot my mistake? (Don't know why the color is so off in this picture . . . that does not look like Jingle Java fabric to me! Definitely going shopping for a new camera soon!)
We dashed out during a break and pre-ordered some sandwiches at the little snack shop in the hotel lobby for lunch. After class we grabbed our sandwiches and headed back to the suite. Visited with a few friends and it's back to class at 1:30 p.m.
Our afternoon class was with Linda from Chessie & Me . . . she is the "Me" part . . . Chessie was her cat that was always there observing as she designed and stitched. Check out her blog:
Do you see the little cat (Chessie) counting pin . . . is that not cute!
Each class we had a Shepherd's Bush "elf" come to class with a gift . . . again, these little touches make this retreat so special.
The classes were over . . . how can this be?! We have two hours until the closing Banquet. We just had to go back to the Red Tail Grill with friends and get some more of that guacamole . . . and Margaritas all around!!!
I'll save the banquet for tomorrow . . . I don't want this to end!!!!!