Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Is it too early to talk about Halloween????

Well... you know that we have to work a little ahead of schedule????  We're almost ready to send this new design, "Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage", to the quilter!  Here are bits and pieces of a few of the blocks..........ignore the wrinkles please!  It hasn't been pressed yet and the piecing isn't complete.  Jan just finished the top block...a long, horizontal block with a line of crows.......and sent it yesterday.  I can't WAIT till it arrives!!!! 

What would you expect to find in a witch's cottage?  Potions, spell books, herbs...hobgoblin earwax....just the normal stuff!  LOL!!  Also her boots, hat and broom of course!

It seems that Calendula is also an avid embroiderer and quilter..........hmmmm...... I think it would be really easy to give the books and potions your own names to personalize them!!

WOW!!!   Do these stitcheries ever need pressing!!!! 

They've been tinted using the color crayon technique but I only used brown shades with a few muted colors here and
there to mimic the look of an old photograph that's been hand tinted.  It's turned out better than I'd even imagined!  

"Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage" will be released in May at Spring International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.  I have lots of other things in the works too....I'll show them to you later, I promise!
This week we'll start emailing a newsletter showing you the new patterns for spring!  There are six new Valentine Penny Candies and two project bag patterns........I'm LOVING mine!!

Talk to you later!    xox  Meg

44 comments:

Orcsmom said...

Love, love, love it! Can't wait to get it and start! Never too early for Halloween in my book!! Hugs!

Pam

Darice said...

Meg, only you could make a witch's cottage look elegant! This pattern looks like it is going to be gorgeous. Your talent amazes me.

Dolci Fusa said...

It's GORGEUS!
Love it!
Veronica

Robyn *Ü* said...

WOW!! What else can I say? That is so beautiful!

Mama Pea said...

oh, do I love this! I have to have it. I wish I could start on it now!!!

Sue said...

Beautiful! It's gonna be a big hit!

Jackie said...

Never too early for witches! This is a wonderful piece! Can't wait to see it!

Carrie P. said...

Wow the detail is so great.

Susan said...

Oh my....I hope my coloring standards do your work justice...better get my crayons and start practicing....
Hugs...Susan

Witch of Stitches said...

Oh, I just love it too. Will definitely have to have this!!!

Ina said...

We have to WAIT UNTIL MAY??!! Doesn't that seem a little cruel?

lol @ 'hexing for dummies'

I guess I'll have to wait! ;0

Teresa said...

NEVER too early to talk about Halloween! Can't wait to start it!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Petra said...

Great!!
What wonderful pattern!
Best wishes
Petra

Laine said...

Ok this is another one that I will have to have. This looks so fun. I better get busy and finish the other 3 of your patterns that I have going.

jackiero said...

Oh My Gosh, I love the stitching! I so want this pattern! It erks me to want time to pass, but I do hope the time arrives quickly for I plan on buying this from you when available.
:) Jackie in NC

May Britt said...

This one is sooooooooooooooo wonderful. Look forward to when it is out in the shops.

Beth said...

I just finished Hocus pocusville, it still needs quilting. Have over the river in progress. I better stitch faster cause I LOVE this one!

Mona said...

This looks great. I have started on Winterwonderland. It`s also a beatiful pattern. Where can i sign up for your newsletter? I have lokked for it but I can`t find it. Happy new year to all of you.

Christine Dougal said...

The detail is so amazing!! Do we need to sign up for the newsletter?
Christie

Meg Hawkey said...

Hi Everybody!
To sign up for the newsletter, all you have to do is either order from the website (with your email on the order) or just email at info@crabapplehillstudio.com and tell Sheila you'd like to get the newsletter. If email's reject we take them off the list so you may need to sign up again if you did sign up but aren't getting it. We only send them out when we have something to SAY...not just to remind you we're here every week or month (personally, I find that kind of irritating so we don't do that!) Sheila is busily sending the new pattern announcements now...let me see if I can see your email addresses on your comments and if so, we'll add them. xo Meg
PS....it's COLD today!!! Brrrrr!

Meg Hawkey said...

Sorry...couldn't see the email addresses. You'll have to send them in.
Meg

patty said...

love every stitch in this especially the potion bottle with the bubbling hearts!

patsy said...

How to make a witch's cottage look inviting: ask Meg to design it.
patsy

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful. Can't wait to see the whole project!

Margy

Becky S. said...

Beautiful embroidery!!! The details are amazing!

Linda Cole said...

I love it. You gals are great. Keeping coming up with the neat stuff. Favorite time of year.

YankeeQuilter said...

Great Halloween pattern! I made the witch's hat last year and am currently working on the witch village...love Halloween!

Michelle said...

It's never to early to start talking about Halloween! I am absolutely in love -- is this going to be a single pattern? My fingers are tightly crossed that it will be within my budget.

Patches said...

Love halloween...Have Hocuspocusville, the vintage halloween, halloween journey plus a lot of the winter patterns. Currently working on Winter Wonderland...5 stitched..."purple work" with silver...an addicted to working on it. Can't wait for the new Halloween. Keep up the good work.

missy said...

I can't wait for this pattern to come out! I usually don't get this excited, but my daughter's birthday is in October and What could be more fun for her house?!

scarlette said...

i love love love it, please put my name on the list for one. scarlette

Anonymous said...

i love your design, do you have other words you could put in place insteAD OF HALLOWEEN WORDS. i WAS WONDERING IF i COULD MAKE THE QUILT INTO A ANTIQUE QUILT. aNY SWUGGESTIONS. noT WANTING TO PUT ALL THAT WORK INTO A HALLOWEEN QUILT. sANDI

Meg Hawkey said...

WOW! It's pretty Halloween-y! I suppose you could just leave out the hat and broom....and crows...and put different tags,labels on things. The spell book could be a journal. The bottles could be perfumes? Though, pretty Halloween-ish perfumes. Have fun and good luck! If you do it, please email a photo to let me see what you came up with to change it!! Meg

ItsMeMom said...

On Nov. 1st, I start planning for the next halloween, so no, it's never too early :) I don't think I can wait for this! Torture, pure torture.

Colleen

Jenny said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I love the sepia tone photograph look to it and I the Hissing Cat is fantastic. I can't wait to see the whole thing once it's done!

peggy said...

Meg, i love this and will purchase it as soon as it is available. I wanted to know if the shoe with the candy in it that you used at your last stitching retreat is in this pattern? Or is it a separate pattern available to buy? No it's never to early for Halloween.

Sharon Larson said...

Can't wait to make this for my friend! It is just the perfect gift for her!
Thanks for the very best patterns ever!!

Anonymous said...

Love it, and can not wait till spring for the newest pattern i am
down with the Hocuspocusville then on to Vintage Trick or Treat. In you post i notice you say tinting with crayons. Is there anyway to can tell you can tell us about this technique on you blog, i did a search on your blog did not find it.
Thanks,
Leisa

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this project. I was just scanning the posts and after seeing the finished project had to comment. But how do you do the crayon effect? Do you do tutorials on some of your effects? Oh, and what would you use the white crayons for? Wow, do I ever sound like a novice. I was also reading about your retreats and they sound like a lot of fun. I live in the center of part of Canada and Washington State seems like a long ways to go right at the moment. lol
Keep the ideas flowing I love them all.
Linda from Ontario, Canada

Janet Smith said...

Very cute Halloween projects.I love it! Jan

Janet Smith said...

Never too early for Halloween. I just love this it is so cut! Jan

Bev said...

Love this! Cannot wait for the pattern. I have to ask. What is your favorite fabric to stitch on?

debbie said...

Beautiful, can't wait until May! Love all of your designs, thanks Meg!

Madame Samm said...

HI Meg...when will this pattern be available?