Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I can't believe Valentines Day is this week. I love hearts and would love to have those decorations up all the time. I took this picture of a basket of hearts that I have. Some of the hearts are quilted, some are pinkeeps, some are fobs and some are pincushions. I add a little to the collection each year. You can never have too many hearts!

Hopefully everyone has received their prim club- and are busy working on their tags. Pat stitched ours ( sorry- I am just too slow) and we have them finished for you to see. Maybe they will inspire you. I love the way these turned out and am anxious to see what all of you come up with.

The registrations for the retreat are coming in fast and furious. I will be sending out a confirmation letter before the end of the month. We leave for market on the 27th so they must go before that. I will send all the hotel and airport information and give you a few ideas of whats in store for October! It's great to see so many new names on our list. Can't wait to put faces with names!

Here is the next sampler- Mercy Chandler. I know she is not small and certainly not primitive. I am featuring her this time because this is Pats great, great grandmothers sampler and last week was Pats jubilee birthday. I told her she could select the sampler for the blog. This is a fabulous piece with about 20 different stitches including a row of alphabets in queen stitch. This sampler comes from the Boston area .

Market is coming up so fast. We have seen sneak peaks from Threadwork Primitives, Blackbird designs and Cricket. Everything is fabulous and I can't wait to get to Nashville. I know it sounds like just one big party to all of you but it really is hard work. I think the worst part is the preparation and the packing and unpacking of the van. I hate that part. Once we are there- we visit with friends, shop owners and in general have a great time. We need to get some sleep this year- no staying up half the night talking and laughing. Yeah- like that's going to happen. hahahahahahahaha

This is the little bag I mentioned last time. Isn't it dear? It is all hand made with very old beads and a crocheted top. This is from around 1908. It's called a betrothal bag. My grandfather gave my grandmother her engagement ring inside it. We found a very sweet love note from him inside when we were cleaning out the house. The tiny photo is my parents on the day they became engaged.

Happy Valentines day!


  1. The betrothal bag is sweet!
    What a cherished momento.

  2. Wow, Ann! I can feel your excitement for Nashville! I wish I could fit in your suitcase and tag along!

    All the best and Happy Valentine's Day,


  3. Bring on October.... I am SO excited about coming to the retreat!!!! Have big fun in Nashville-!

  4. Oh, what a beautiful bag. You are so lucky to have a family heirloom and the history.
    Just wanted to mention that I ordered a Purplethreads kit from you all because I saw a picture on Pinterest,lol! I will enjoy reading your blog.
    Have a great time in Nashville, and you can sleep when you get home.