Busy, Busy, Busy as a Bee

Finally, winter seems to be fading. However, a friend of mine said just recently that she expects to see one more freeze before Easter. Truth be told, I hope she is wrong. One good aspect of colder weather is that it gives us a good reason to stay inside and dig into our stitching stashes but this winter has gone on long enough in my opinion. Now it is time to get busy like all the birds and the bees.

At our March Tudor Rose Sampler Guild meeting, we received our 2014 Stitch Along project, Catherine Theron’s Travel-Sized Quaker Sewing Roll. Our goal is to have our stitching completed so that we can learn the finishing techniques during our September meeting.

Catherine Theron Travel Size Quaker Sewing Roll
Catherine Theron Travel Size Quaker Sewing Roll

Now, if you’re a member or have been looking for a reason to become a member of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, the following is not an April Fool’s Joke. Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me, has been a busy bee working on two lovely projects for our spring workshop. After you see her projects below, you will definitely want to clear your calendar for the weekend of May 3-4, 2014, so you can stitch these lovely treasures. The first project is the Tudor Rose Stitch Book with a distressed papier maché box. I think you will agree it is as sweet as honey.

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Tudor Rose Stitch Book by Chessie & Me

The second project is the Rose & Crown Sampler stitched on 32 ct Lakeside Linen with Gloriana Silk Threads. Linda has given us just a tempting taste of what she has planned for us.

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Rose & Crown Sampler by Chessie & Me

As always, workshops are only open to members of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild. If you are interested in joining, you can join via the form on the Join Us tab. In order to get into these lovely classes, you must sign up and pay your class fees before or at our Tuesday, April 1, 2014 meeting. If you are a member and have not received the sign up form, contact Ann W. directly so she can e-mail you a registration form or sign up with her at the meeting. Now on to the Show and Tell of our busy worker bees:

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Patti M. – Alphabet Hearts by JBW Designs
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Patti M. – “Pins” Pin Cushion by Designer Unknown

This is Patti’s lovely finish from our button crochet class from last fall.

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Kim L. – 2013 Just Cross-Stitch Christmas Ornament by Milady’s Needle
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Nancy K. – Liberty Bells by Little House Needleworks
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Nancy K. – Liberty Bells by Little House Needleworks

Look at the lovely edging on this pincushion!

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Nancy K. – Happy 4th by Threadworks Primitives
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Nancy K. – Be Kind Be True – Designer Unknown
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Nancy K. – Whitman Sampler Box by member Beth H.
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Nancy K. – Whitman Sampler Box by member Beth H.
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Jennifer G. – A Friend Loveth Pinkeep
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Jennifer G. – A Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers
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Sherri H. – Autumn Blessing by SubRosa

This is a free pattern from SubRosa, found on her blog.

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Sherri H. – American Saltbox Punchneedle by Little House Needleworks

Sherri’s husband made the adorable hornbook for this piece.

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Sherri H. – Mystery Sampler by Long Dog Samplers
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Robert H. – M. Woods 1759 by Milady’s Needle

Finally, here is a surprise Show and Tell. In early March, the Dallas Quilt Guild held its annual show. I have not had a chance to go for quite a few years and I only had a couple hours to enjoy it. During my rushed reviews of the beautiful displays, I found an entry by one of our very own Guild members.

We have such talented people in our Guild!

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Quilt by Marie Z. at the Dallas Quilt Show

Marie Z., congratulations on your honors at the Dallas Quilt Show!

During our next Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Meeting, which is rapidly approaching on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., we look forward to learning the technique of Finger-Loop Braiding. Sounds very interesting and it looks like a great method for creating custom trims.

Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.

Oliver Goldsmith

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