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Monday, June 07, 2010

Adventures of the Travelling Stitcherhood

I had a wonderful stitchy weekend!  Back during our last two Timberhouse Retreats Sheila started talking about having us all out to Georgian Bay (an amazing part of Ontario!) for a stitching weekend, this weekend it became a reality.

Matilda and our hostess Sheila meet for the first time

Christin and I drove down to Brighton and hooked up with part of the weekend's group.  We got into the car with Beatrice and Kathy from there we met up with Barb, Judie, and Angie and started our secondary highway tour to the Georgian Bay area.  For the first time (like ever) I wasn't a driver!  It was a gorgeous, leisurely drive with a nice lunch break!  At our lunch stop at JUST Eddie's we officially named our group the Travelling Stitcherhood and that we had to have t-shirts made up.  As the weekend went on we decided our group needed a motto : Stitch.Eat.Sleep.  From the motto it moved onto a mission statement : Resistance is Futile.  Then by the end of the weekend we all had nick names!  I am now officially the Dragon Lady!

The Travelling Stitcherhood
Back L to R Trista, Bonnie, Christin, Angie, Rebbecca
Middle L to R Barb, Ann, Sylvia, Judie, Clare
Front L to R Me, Kathy, Beatrice, Sheila

The House

The Cottage

Wonderful ponds just off of the house deck


Luckily the frogs stayed in the pond... all weekend!

In the end once everyone arrived we were 14 stitchers in total!  In attendance were : me, Christin, Kathy, Beatrice, Barb, Angie, Judie, Ann, Sheila, Clare, Sylvia, Rebbecca, Bonnie, and Trista.  Sheila has an amazing home and cottage on her property on the shores of Lake Huron (one of the Great Lakes).  There was plenty of room for everyone and we all had beds too!  Some stayed in the house and some stayed in the cottage.  Not only was her home beautiful, the grounds were lovely, and the view amazing!  It was hard to keep focused on all the stitching we needed to do when nature was dazzling us each time we looked up.

The Amazing View of Georgian Bay

Judie and Beatrice settling in to stitch on the deck

Plenty of seats outside

Christin and Beatrice stitching in Sheila's huge sun room

Matilda made the trip as well, she's hoping the weather will clear for us

The weather didn't exactly co-operate for being outdoors and enjoying mother nature, but on the other hand we were there to stitch!  We certainly accomplished that!

Angie working hard

Over the weekend I managed to finish up Jason's Wedding sampler in under two weeks!

Wedding Row
c2006 Bent Creek
Stitched on : 28ct Wichelt Dried Time Joblean
Stitched with : DMC

Then Celestial Dragon Came out to play

During the drive home CD was a little too complicated so Art Deco Spirits got some love.

Matilda supervised, making sure we all were focused on our stitching

Checking out the cool stuff online with Kathy

Sheila's dog Molly cuddling up with Trista for a snooze

We were all sad to leave, but Sheila's husband treated me to a ride on his Spider (3 wheeled motorcycle, two wheels in front one in rear) which really brightened my day and made leaving all that more harder!

I can't wait to go and visit Sheila and Jim again!

Oh boy it was hard to come back to the real world when there's heaven on Earth!

41 comments:

Lynn said...

From the sounds of it everyone had a great time and there was mega stitching had by all! Sheila certainly has a lovely spot there.I spent many summers on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay as a kid cottaging with my aunt and uncle. The sunsets there are incredible!

Christine said...

Wow, what a wonderful weekend!!! You all look like you had a fantastic time. Congrats on your finish, it's gorgeous!!

Dee said...

I LOVE Supervisor Matilda. She is so cute.

Looks like a wonderful place to spend a lot of time. Glad you got to have such a great weekend.

Meadows08 said...

What a great weekend you had! How lucky you are!

Barbi said...

I am oozing jealousy! Not just because of the beautiful place that you were at, but that you got to stitch with a group of stitching ladies for a weekend. That sounds like bliss!
Congrats on your finish. It looks GREAT!

valerie said...

Wow, sounds like an amazing weekend! Great progress on your wip's...and congrats on finishing Jason's sampler.

Donna said...

Oh that sounds like it was so much fun! Glad you had a great time. I very much want to ride on a Spider. I have admired them from afar. I am green with envy!

Erna said...

What a great weekend at a wonderful place.Love the finish and the Dragon
Hugs
Erna

Lesleyanne said...

Congratulations on your finish - it beautiful as is your progress on your WIPs. Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend. The photos are gorgeous.

Christine said...

What a beautiful place to spend a weekend, and stitching too. You couldn't ask for more!

Katri said...

What a wonderful place to spend a weekend and meet like-minded people! Sounds and looks like such a great weekend!

Elaine said...

What a wonderful week-end,Sheilas home looks stunning!
Congrats on finishing your wedding piece its gorgeous.

riona said...

Sounds like a perfectly amazing place to stitch ... you do go to some marvelous stitching retreats!

Annie said...

That looks like so much fun. Such a beautiful place for stitching and hanging with friends.

Mylene said...

A beautiful place! Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

Alice said...

Lucky you! What a wonderful time you must have had, and the stitching looks great.

Bette said...

What a gorgeous place! And it looks like everyone had a blast. What a great way to spend a weekend!

Julie said...

Stunning place to visit with friends.

I'm thinking maybe i should have stowed away in Matildas bag when she came to live overseas, she sure is having lots of fun with you and your stitching friends.

claudia said...

That looks like it was so much fun. What a beautiful place, and all those smiling faces!
All of your stitching buddies look like a great group of people to hang out with.

Nicola said...

Ooooooh what a beautiful place! Looks like you all had a wonderful time. The wedding sampler is gorgeous.

Giovanna said...

What a wonderful place, perfect for a stitching retreat! Congrats on finishing WR, and your WIPs are just gorgeous.

Cole said...

Great pictures, looks like a wonderful time was had by all!

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Thanks for posting, because I didn't take my camera, I might have to send others over to you once I have photos of my progress to show on my blog.
It was great chatting with you this weekend and we will be in touch about the long weekend in July.

Bekca said...

What a gorgeous place to have a stitching weekend, and you must be pleased to have got so much progress to show. I'm glad you had a great time and thank you very much for commenting on my blog :)

Missy Ann said...

Beautiful pictures as always. I just love seeing all the stitchers too.

Wedding Row turned out great, isn't it a fun stitch? I think I smiled the whole time I stitched mine.

Ingrid said...

What a great weekend you had!Beautiful pictures you have made ...... and I am a bit jealous of those meetings! Here you will find that not: (...... not enough Stitchers in Belgium)!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Looks like y'all had a blast! Love your wedding sampler.

Daffycat said...

Oh, Dani...it looks like you had a glorious time! And look at all the stitching you did! I sure wish I lived closer...

Carolyn NC said...

What a lovely place to have a stitching retreat! Great stitching progress and finish!

Aussie Stitcher said...

WOW what a gorgeous spot!! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. Congratulations on finishing the wedding sampler, it looks wonderful. Love how your group now has a name and motto, what fun!!

Myra said...

What a fun time you had. I agree the views (at least from the pics) were beautiful and looked so relaxing.

Siobhan said...

Wow! What an amazing time that must have been--fantastic scenery and wonderful friends. Lucky you! Congrats on the finish, and lovely progress on the rest of your stitching!

Karen said...

Gorgeous place to sit and stitch! Like you, I would be so distracted with the scenery! Its hard to stitch when there is so much to look at. Thanks for sharing about your fabulous weekend!

Kimberly said...

Hi Dani,
What wonderful pictures... I'm a quilter and would love a getaway weekend!
You commented on my Chai latte... it's actually the exact same points as a grande from starbucks, although I'm not sure of how many ounces their's are. Mine makes 2 cups.
And although I do really looove chocolate, I think I love a mocha or Chai even more!
Thanks for the visit! Kimberly

Carol said...

Your stitching weekend looks amazing, Dani. I've always heard how lovely the Georgian Bay region of Ontario is (my dad used to fish up that way when I was young) and your pictures certainly prove that true. Glad Matilda enjoyed herself, too :)

Sally said...

So glad you had a great weekend Dani! What a wonderful setting! it looks absolutely gorgeous there:)

Doris said...

sound like heaven,beautiful place, a good company,and stitching!.

corinna said...

oh glory that looks like a beautiful place.../
love your wedding sampler and the personalization....
fun that matilda went on your trip too
your sheep pinkeep from edgar is sweet
take care of you - enjoy the summer
delicious berrries and ice tea---that is in lieu of the winter pastries i usually crave.... ;-)
i just had a gigantic eating binge myself this last week-so am trying to yoga at least once or twice aday
and then jog 30min in the evening
but i can so talk myself out of it all!!!!!!

Lillie said...

Wow! such a beautiful place.

Suzanne said...

What a lovely place for a stitching retreat. Great progress on your stitching.

Sharon said...

Your wedding sampler looks lovely! Looks like a great retreat.