What’s going on in Jacksonville?

Lots of wool work…that’s what going on…

We are Retreating at the beautiful Hyatt at St. Johns Town Center.

We had a slight delay from the Hurricane Dorian….with out shipments being held up but they were all delivered on Monday and after lunch we were off busily…tracing, ironing, cutting and fusing and because we only had a half day of work on Monday…we carried on and started stitching on Tuesday…This hydrangea mat was out biggest and most complicated project we have this week out of the three they will be making…

Here are some photos of from Monday…

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Since I am teaching and can’t really make the same thing twice…I changed up the colors and will be doing a blue hydrangea on a light background…

Jenny, who is a loyal follower of mine, was working on her freebie blocks from the summer block of the week this year…while we waiting on Monday morning for out shipments of supplies…we all were so impressed with he knots on all of the sheep…IMG_5646and then look what else she is working on!!!!! I was pretty enamored by this….it’s all wool with a little hex for each day of 2019!!!!IMG_5648

Yesterday…we started with the stitching….first lesson cross stitching the stems…then blanket stitching…feather stitching in the leaves and finally the long straight stitched in the flowers topped off with a colonial knot…IMG_5669IMG_5671IMG_5672IMG_5673IMG_5674

As you can see it’s a pretty laid back retreat…IMG_5675IMG_5677IMG_5679

The sheep fairy came and left one of her babies for everyone…which were put to work right away////////////1


Here is my finished sample…with all the stitching completed…and the new version…which I use teach all the stitches during the class and then will have another sample for the shop.  If you wish to purchase your own kit or pattern for this project you can do so HERE. My new version is on the web as well…please pick the light background and you will receive my version of Hydrangea in the Sunshine.IMG_5682

We also have a nice little store set up…but did you know when you come to retreat with us…all your kits are included in the retreat price…a lot of retreats charge you extra for your kits…just thought I needed to point this out.  So when you think about going to a retreat make sure you know what you are all signing up for and getting…IMG_5683

and… we get a little Florida sun as well each day….IMG_5685

Well it’s time to get my suit on for our 7:30 water aerobics class one of the students is teaching this morning!!!  It’s hot here…but not August/ Dallas hot!

Keep reading the blog this week for a chance to win some of these kits we are making here!

PS..I wish I could wake up…talk for awhile and then fall asleep again…how does one do that? I’m rooming with cousin Mary who is snoring so daintily beside me right now…

my best…Lisa

48 responses to “What’s going on in Jacksonville?”

  1. Cindy Avatar

    Enjoy the warm sunny skies & stitching with friends & family!

  2. nancyf18 Avatar

    I would love to learn how to do this?
    Everyone’s pieces are so pretty

    Thank you

  3. Anne Thate Avatar
    Anne Thate

    Those hydrangea mats are beautiful

  4. Deborah k Avatar
    Deborah k

    I love the wool mat!!!

    1. Stacey Larson Avatar

      She (Mary) putters so softly. I don’t know that I’d call it snoring. Lmao

  5. Claudia Avatar

    Is there a way to purchase the little sheep pin cushions?

  6. Marjorie Avatar

    It looks like so much fun! Love the projects.

  7. Pame Avatar

    Enjoy the weather! We had a tornado here in Sioux Falls last night (1st in 30 yrs!) but all ok. As always it’s a beautiful wool mat!

  8. Susan Avatar

    SO beautiful!

  9. Brenda Wyatt Avatar
    Brenda Wyatt

    Looks like so much fun! I hope to attend one someday. Enjoy!

  10. Jan Avatar

    Beautiful mat. Your new blue version matches my blue hydrangeas. Hmmm, a Christmas present calling? Stock up on the warmth & sun cause you now what is in the Wisconsin forecast later this year.

  11. Nancy Noel Avatar
    Nancy Noel

    Hi there,

    How do I get the info on your upcoming retreats? Since I live close to Jax I would have come.

    Nancy Noel


  12. anita fitzsimmons Avatar
    anita fitzsimmons

    Love the mats you all are working on. Both the light and dark wool mats are beautiful. Lisa you are a talented young woman. You go girl!!!

  13. Jane Z Avatar
    Jane Z

    Thanks for all the photos. I would so like to take a full day, week-end retreat with just you teaching. I was at Quiltstock but would like to take the whole time learning stitches from you. I love Hydrangas….I want the blue for sure. Stopping at store today on the way to DC.

  14. Lona Avatar

    Looks like a wonderful time!!! Love the mats- I just ordered the “old” blue hydrangea mat! This knots on the sheep, make them look “wooly”.! Love them! Have a great time!
    Happy stitching!!

  15. Joan Avatar

    Enjoy your time in Florida! Your retreat projects look beautiful! I see more projects on my wish list! 👍🏻

  16. Wanda Hall Avatar
    Wanda Hall

    I LOVE it… I’m drawn to the outer floral shape of the mat and how they did that!!

  17. Jackie Gross Avatar

    Looks like a wonderful time.

  18. Ann Rennier Avatar
    Ann Rennier

    Your retreat looks so inviting! Feels like I could slip right in & start stitching! The water looks wonderful, too!

  19. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    I’ve seen several pictures of the white hydrangeas on the green mast and it’s really beautiful, but that blue hydrangea on the cream background is a jaw dropper! And that little sheep pin keep is so stinkin cute. Maybe some day I can get to one of your retreats.

  20. Theresa Petrykowski Avatar

    The blue hydrangea placemat is lovely!

  21. Sandy Avatar

    Looks like so much fun! Wish I was there!!!

  22. Patti Avatar

    I think I need both versions of the hydrangea mat! They are beautiful! It looks like so much fun. Maybe someday…..

  23. Kathleen King Avatar
    Kathleen King

    It looks like everyone was having so much fun in your class. Taking a class with you is on my bucket list…ones of these days I’ll get there! Love the sheep pincushion, is it available in your shop?

  24. Sandy D’Angelo Avatar
    Sandy D’Angelo

    Thank you for all the pictures. I loved seeing all the knots on the lambs.i wish I could have been with you and relaxing with wool.

  25. Susan Avatar

    Beautiful work everyone! Love those sheep! Looks like a great retreat. I am leaving for a knit retreat tomorrow, can’t wait!

  26. Susan White Avatar
    Susan White

    Always beautiful designs! Especially love the blue hydrangeas. Looks like everyone is having a great time! Wish I was there too!

  27. Tish Avatar

    Love all the wool mats! I hope you are going to be offering the sheep freebie as a quilt kit-too cute! Love the sheep cushion too 🙂 The sun looks wonderful.

  28. Jill Hicks Avatar
    Jill Hicks

    Beautiful hydrangeas. I see Carol and Nancy made it too.

  29. COLLEEN KOSKI Avatar

    How FUN!!! Love both versions of the hydrangea mats! Everyone’s looks awesome!

  30. Eileen Emerson Avatar

    How fun! Its a lovely retreat and I’;m sure y’all are enjoying yourselves!

  31. Mary Howland Avatar
    Mary Howland

    Love that flower!

  32. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts Avatar

    Love the blue hydrangeas!

  33. Ethelann wood Avatar
    Ethelann wood

    Wow,everything looks great!I love the new mat,I have both colors in my frony yard. The kits are all wonderful,getting anyone would be a treat!The little sheeo is darling. Enjoy the time teacjing and relaxing,reminds me of my once in a lifetime cruise with you a couple of years ago. Enjoy, maybe a nice cool adult beverage? I am enviously awaiting your next post, ethelann

  34. sylvia11310 Avatar

    Those mats are all beautiful!! Love the original white flowers but REALLY love the blue ones too! Enjoy!!

  35. Harriett Murray Avatar
    Harriett Murray

    I love these & wish I could get both. So I need to study to decide. Dark or light hmmm😜 I’m gonna choose the light side😊. Hope all the ladies have fun

  36. Carol Ryan Avatar

    I would love to know where to get the little sheep pin cushion, it is adorable!

  37. Mary Avatar

    Enjoy the sunshine! It is stormy home today, perhaps all day. Sunshine and stitching with a great teacher. Can’t get any better than that. Have fun.

  38. Lisa Benson Avatar
    Lisa Benson

    Looks like a great time at retreat. Love the mat in the light background

  39. lynn bourgeois Avatar

    Retreats can be so much fun, as well as an opportunity to learn new things, and make new friends. Your pictures show a happy group of sewers.

  40. Roxie Ahlbrecht Avatar
    Roxie Ahlbrecht

    What fun! I love your new designs. Enjoy the sunshine. We are recovering from three tornados last night.

  41. Kelli Avatar

    Love the wool hexi quilt – can you share more information on it? Wool mats are beautiful!

  42. needleminder Avatar

    Love the Hydrangea mats! Retreating with you is on my bucket list…(a girl can dream, can’t she?!)

  43. Cathy C Avatar
    Cathy C

    Love the blue hydrangeas! Looks like everyone is making great progress & having fun. Bring some sunshine back to the Midwest.

  44. Darci Strobel Avatar

    So wish I was there!!! Hope your keeping Mary in line! That Hydrangea mat is to die for!! All looking good ladies!

  45. Jakey Avatar

    Hi Lisa, WOW, looks like so much FUN! Wish I was there! I need a new retreat get-away! Do you sell the circle ruler they were using, I like it? You look amazing by the way, Love your hairstyle!! Tell Mary I said “Hi!” Miss you guys! Hugs, Jakey

  46. Diana C Avatar
    Diana C

    What a great retreat! Wish I could be part of the fun. Keep up the good work Lisa! Love, love, love your patterns and kits. 😍

  47. Barbara S Avatar
    Barbara S

    I would love to be there. I used to live not far from Jacksonville! Lucky ladies that get to be there!

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