An Inspiring Weekend!

What a fantastic time I had last weekend at the Inspired Summer Seminar! It was one of the best times I've ever had, meeting so many new friends and visiting the gorgeous Inspired Needle shop, owned by Cathy Roginela. She was the most perfect hostess, and everyone had such a fun time.

Friday night I got to visit the shop, and everywhere I looked, there was something new to see…

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I've never seen so many fibers in one place!

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This isn't the whole shop; up around the corner on the left, it continues on, where she had some of my models displayed for a trunk show…

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To welcome all who visited the shop that night, Cathy had set up the most beautiful selection of appetizers…

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She had several varieties of mini cheesecakes, and they were all absolutely delicious. (Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Blueberry, Raspberry… too many to choose from!)

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The next morning our workshop began at the Ruffled Feathers Country Club. It was a gorgeous venue, with beautiful sunny windows all around. We even got to witness a wedding outside! (But I didn't take pictures of that, don't worry.)

Here's one of the tables, with everyone busily stitching away on Liberty Inn…

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Cathy had the most wonderful thread-minders made, modeled after the flag star in the sampler, and with the weekend's inscription on the flip side!

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It was such a lovely day, and if she holds another workshop, I'd highly recommend attending! Thank you to Cathy and to each person who was able to attend (we had 52 stitchers there!) for being so warm and welcoming to me. I'll never forget the fun I had with you, and I look forward to hopefully visiting with you again some day!

And a huge thank you to my dear friend Karin, for allowing me to stay in her lovely home. (I'll be back soon with pictures of her beautiful stitching room!)

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14 Replies to “An Inspiring Weekend!”

  1. That looks like it was an amazing retreat. I wish we had shops like that where I live. My purse would be very unhappy! Such nice pictures, thank you for that!

  2. Paulette! These are such great pics of the shop and the seminar!!! It was a total delight to meet you and I wish you lived closer so we could get together and stitch!!! Your designs are genius!!! They truly make me so happy and everything you do is done with such perfect attention to detail! Thank you for coming to Illinois and making so many people so happy!!!

  3. Paulette, I’d go crazy looking at all of those goodies and go broke too. I’ll never get to see anything like this. Thank you so much for sharing. You are so generous to post these. Cathryn

  4. Hi, I always love seeing your photos. Do you happen to know the name of the first sampler on your blog here? It is so unusual with so many lovely motifs and that alphabet with the upper and lower case letters together.

  5. Sounds like a lovely spot for a retreat! That shop is amazing!! I would kill to have something like that around here.
    Liberty Inn is a really lovely design. I love those blues!
    I’m glad you had such a great time. Hopefully some day I’ll get a chance to attend one of the retreats that you’re teaching at.

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