Saturday, March 18, 2017

The best day ever!

Tollway Tatters met today, and we had a wonderful time!

I'm not great at taking selfies, but I did try! Here I am with Sue Anna.

This is the very talented Marilee Rockley.

Here's my friend and partner in crime, Denise.

This is my fabulous shuttle making friend, Rita Richmond! I'd like to say she drove all the way from New Jersey just to join us, but the reality is that a fortunate turn of events brought her to the midwest for the weekend and she was able to join our little group for a few hours.

Rita hand delivered this very special shuttle, one of Rita's hand-made shuttles with gorgeous painted pansies. This shuttle is a gift from my college roommate Eileen. We've been friends since our senior year in high school. I was maid of honor in Eileen's wedding, and she was matron of honor in mine. We can go months, even years without talking and pick up where we left off. Guess what? Eileen loves my Ice Drops! 😍

Julie popped in from Iowa! Again, it was just a happy accident that brought her back to the Chicago area the weekend that we were meeting. Julie was able to meet with us once before, and we were all very glad to meet up with her again!

Before Rita started her journey back to New Jersey, her husband was kind enough to take a picture of us.

Shortly after Rita left, Elaine joined us! Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture of Elaine. I'll get her next time! Elaine is a needle tatter, and learned about us through Facebook. I guess it pays to advertise!

Rita brought along thread samples of Lizbeth. I chose Royal Blue!

This is a little out of order, but I finished this Ice Drop before leaving for Tollway Tatters this morning.

I tatted this Ice Drop while we were chatting today. I don't know if you can tell, but the color is Lizbeth Blue Ice.

When I got home, I finished a second Ice Drop out of Rita's sample.

Rita asked if I would see how many Ice Drops I could tat from one 10 yard sample. In the process, we managed to figure out that it takes about 5 yards for an Ice Drop, 3 on the shuttle, 2 on the ball. I had 60" of thread left when I was finished... all interesting tidbits!

I had contacted Rita before Christmas and asked if she could create a shuttle based on the Russian nesting dolls I purchased. This is the result! Isn't it beautiful?

We asked Rita if she brought any shuttles along that we could purchase. It just so happened she did!

I really didn't need any more shuttles, because these arrived in the mail yesterday! Can you tell I'm a happy camper? 


  1. Sounds like you all had tons of fun and love all the beautiful shuttles too! Love the pansys you think she will make more when you have the time let me know how to get a hold of her or her shop :)

  2. Wow, a wonderful day! Tatters and shuttles, who could ask for anything more? Love the pansies especially.

  3. Wow on the shuttles - beautiful workmanship.
    Say hi to Denise - missed her in class the last few weeks. Great to have a face to her wonderful personality :-)

  4. TCT met yesterday too and we had a boatload, must have been a good day for tatters in the Midwest! Looks like you had fun, we sure did. Beautiful shuttles, almost enough to make me go post again, almost!

  5. So many of you! Lots of lovely shuttles, tatting and thread. The photos are fab,

  6. Beautiful ice drops, looks like you had a great time and wow those beatiful shuttles, looks haven to me being surrounded by those gorgeous shuttles.
    Lovely photos of you all

  7. You ladies of Tollway Tatters certainly have lots of fun! Lovely new shuttles and that Blue Russian and Blue Pansy are of course my favorites. Love your Ice Drops...every single one!!! <3

  8. We sure did have a great day! Looking forward to next time!

  9. Oh wow!!! Looks like it was a blast!!! :)
    More great Ice Drops!!! :)
    And fabulous shuttles!!!! :)

  10. I'm jealous of your shuttles - and the gathering! Looks like a great time!

    It's always good to see your smiling face, Diane!

  11. We had our wedding here and couldn’t have asked for anything more than what we got with the chef and staff. The food at Los Angeles wedding venues was amazing and my family is still raving about how great it was. The staff was so on top of everything.


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