Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lunch in Mesa, AZ

Barb and I traveled last week to Mesa, Arizona. Barb wanted to see Paul McCartney and to get me to go, she sweetened the deal. Her plan was a road trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas. We'd begin with a visit to Jean Lea's, Attic Needlework first. This was enough to get me to pack my bags and book our flights to Phoenix.

A wonderful surprise was waiting for us when we arrived. Jean had lunch set up adjacent to "The Sampler Wall." Can you imagine our delight? Great company, pizza, salad and samplers too! In my next life, I think I would like to have a small cafe with hundreds of samplers on the walls.

Jean and Maegan (daughter-in-law of Vickie from Needlework Press) playing "What's the name of that sampler?" with Barb and me. We only ask questions......they have to come up with the answers.

Sometimes it can be a pretty hard game! Not to worry though, cheating is always allowed. If they couldn't remember, we let them look it up.

After reviewing my pictures I'm sorry to find that I don't have a good picture of Deb and Sandy who were also working at the shop during our visit. Deb was busy matching up floss colors for Barb and Sandy does the framing for Attic Needlework. Couldn't ask for a nicer group of women!

This rack of patterns kept Barb and I busy for quite a bit of time.


Jean has a display made from our "Remember Me" and "Two Hearts" patterns.


The original Maria Tilley from Needlework Press is on display in Jean's shop.

The Christmas pinkeep above and below is made from a pattern from Bonnie Sullivan.



The box with the poppy and 1860 date was designed by Linda Vinson of Needlemade Designs and also of the Attic's staff. The antique is from the collection of Vickie Jennett and Linda's reproduction appeared on the cover of SANQ. The chart is now available.. The vintage piece is behind the box. Isn't it sweet?

This stocking was stitched by Attic customer Janet Ryzdynski of San Diego, California. Coincident with our stocking publications, The Attic announced a group and called it the Blackbird Stocking Society and each month packaged 3 Lakeside linens in 36ct for that month's 3 stockings.

I love the color changes. The pink linen is wonderful......below is the original stocking model from "Merry December" to give you a comparison. Call Jean for the pattern, linen and floss! I know she would be glad to kit a pink one up for you.

If you want to go to Mesa, Arizona, plan a visit the first part of June. The weather is lovely and the cactus are in bloom.


Well ....back to work. We are expecting our newest fabric line, Blueberry Crumbcake in soon. Barb and I are thinking quilts and getting ready for fall quilt market! Will show you some pictures too!

More about our trip tomorrow!

Until later,
Alma

32 comments:

  1. OMG, what a fun trip!!!! The Attic and Paul McCartney ;-). Love all the pictures, the first time I went to the shop, I literally stayed several hours and came back the next day and spent almost as much time again, LOL.

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  2. What a lovely trip with lovely needlework!

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  3. Would love to see the Attic! It's amazing to see Paul with Barb, isn't it!!

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  4. How lovely to be able to lunch in such a wonderful enviroment:)) your pictures are fabulous.

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  5. That looks like a stitcher's heaven, wish we had a stitching shop here.

    Debbie

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  6. Ah, I so want to go to the Attic someday! Nice to see pics of Jean and Maegan too. I hope you're planning to show off pics of Paul in concert..... Barb might remember reminiscing about chasing Paul to me at Tracy Riffle's retreat one year. I'm a big Macca fan, but probably not as big as Barb. lol!

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  7. What a beautiful post - those samplers are so wonderful all grouped together.
    Will be on the lookout for your new fabric line :)

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  8. Lunch with samplers at the Attic. It probably doesn't get any better than that. But I think seeing Sir Paul would be a close second. How was the concert?

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  9. I so ♥ Jean and the Attic. And that sampler wall...ohhh...
    Can't wait until your new line of fabric is out! Wahoo!

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  10. what fun you girls are having!! I'm so glad you got to spend time with Jean, she's really something special. Miss you girls, but I'll see you in Baltimore! xo
    Sharon Crescent

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  11. How awesome! The samplers are absolutely gorgeous & I love pizza, I could eat it 7 days a week, lol. I get the attic's newsletter, they are the best. Just wondering if I can still buy your merrie halloween design somewhere. Thanks, and thank you for sharing a wonderful trip.
    pam

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  12. I loved Arizona in the Spring and Summer! Beautiful state to live in and to visit. Your pics look fun and that shop sure looks inviting. I hope to someday be able to go back to AZ and stop into that shop during my trip (although I would be visiting the Northern part of the state around Flagstaff, Sedona, and Prescott).

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  13. The Christmas pin keep is not by Kathy Schmitz, it's a design by her sister Bonnie Sullivan from 'All Through The Night' I've already stitched it, I never thought to make a pin-keep! Great idea

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  14. What a fantastic trip. I love the sampler wall...did you take some homemade cheese???

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  15. Thanks for sharing your visit to The Attic with us. I hope to visit the shop one day.

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  16. Thank you Robyn for the correction! I fixed the link and gave Bonnie credit!

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  17. How I'd love to sit there, chat and share about my current projects with like-minded stitchers. Thank you for sharing the photos with us.

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  18. What an amazing trip and shop that is! I would love to get the poppy pattern/box. Can you tell me how to go about acquiring that?

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  19. What a fun and wonderful visit you had! I just love going to the Attic and visiting, Jean is a sweetheart as is her staff. Since i live here in AZ the Attic is my main LNS and i can still get lost in all the goodies in there. LOL

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  20. Love it! This looks like a must do trip.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  21. The samplers are lovely, but Paul McCartney? Details, please!

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  22. Dear Barb and Alma,
    I'm so sorry I wasn't able to be there at the Attic while you were there. I've been hearing about the visit from everyone else! It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time.
    How sweet of you to include a photo of my little 1860 box! It was a fun project to work on and I was thrilled that Vickie invited me to do so. I'm flattered that it caught your eye!
    I hope to see you both in Baltimore!
    Linda Vinson

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  23. Beautiful samplers.Iam currently making the antique Fair Basket pattern that you were so nice to post the pattern. However my basket blocks are all coming out at 8 inches and I cut the alternating blocks at 7 1/2 inches. Could you let me know if there was a correction to the pattern. I'm figuring it is just me. lol My husband always has to remind me to measure twice, cut once.I'm loving the antique fair fabric. Thanks

    Thanks

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  24. I read you from France, and I can assure you that your trip makes me dream !!!
    Thank you for all the beautiful pictures you share with us,
    MissVal.

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  25. What a fun trip! Those samplers are so wonderful all grouped together.

    1 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas

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  26. Hi Karen,

    I checked the pattern out again. I have not heard of any corrections and didn't note anything wrong with the pattern. Are your seam allowances all exactly 1/4"?

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  27. you spoile me girl with so much good stitching going on. I am so jealouse I wasn't there with you!!!
    How was Paul? Completely forgotten?

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  28. The Attic looks wonderfull indeed. i wish to go in Arizona one day and visit Jean...it's on my list indeed. Pictures are great!

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  29. the same picture , for différents cactus , here in Egypt
    La cocotte de kiev au Caire

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  30. If you ever come over to the UK and get a chance to visit St David's in Wales , you really must visit http://www.sampler-tearoom.co.uk/ a lovely tea of scones and welshcakes and barabrith. with home made jams (take some home) surrounded by samplers that the propriters are more than happy to tell you about.
    Visited with The Sampler Guild and was made more than welcome.

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  31. Hi Alma,
    I just discovered your blog and I love it. Did you notice that I turned out to be your 2000th follower!!! I'm proud to be that (smile).

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