Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Show & Tell

Hi!  Time for show & tell!!  The first two "Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage" photos are a quilt made by Carolyn Strain from San Diego, CA.  She writes that it's her all-time favorite (I have to's mine too...of course, I'm kind of a Halloween nut!)  and it was quilted by Kerri Youngdale.  It's beautiful Carolyn.  I wish we could see more detail!!!!! 

The next few pix are from Melinda Maw.  She wrote that last year sent in pix of Hocuspocusville... "How I spent my summer vacation 2010".  This year is "How I spent my summer vacation 2011" Calendula!  She personalized some of the bottles/books/etc.... and did such a GREAT JOB!!!  I hope you can see the detail on her "Dragon Scale Elixir" even has a dragon foot for a base!... and her pincushion has become a voodoo doll complete with PINS!!!.....Geez....really wish I'd thought of that one!!!

We had so much fun hunting down all the little changes Melinda made...this is SO COOL!!!!!  I can't wait to see what other people do with it too!!!!!

This is Sharon Larson and her Knotty Stitchers Club that is held at Quilter's Junction in Centralia, WA.  They all made "Arlyn's Embroidery Envelope".  Isn't it fun how just the color choices make the project look SO different from one another???

It looks like they have alot of fun at their gatherings...and all of your work looks GREAT!

Thank you to everybody who sent in images to share....but now I'm going to scold everybody, sorry!
When you share photos we really want to SEE the detail on your projects!!!  I get so disappointed sometimes, because I can usually see the detail in the email, but when the photos are saved as pictures they're so small they look blurry once they're posted.  Sometimes your email will make image files smaller so that it can send them quickly...sometimes your photo program will allow you to make them smaller for the same reason.  We really need them to be no less than 400dpi for them to show up well once they're posted.  If you can only attach one image to your email at a time that's FINE with me!!!  I'd much rather have you send 6 emails, each with a clear, large image....than one email with 6 little ones that will be blurry.  Really!  It won't bother me at all to open them all up!!  We all want to see your beautiful workmanship!!.................... there....lecture over!  LOL!!!

Well...everybody is heading for Houston and International Quilt Market.  We're staying warm, snug, and comfy at home to watch the leaves turn and pile up under the trees....HEAVEN!!  I hope everybody has a good time!  I didn't release any new patterns for market but we're working on a few that I'm hoping will be ready the first part of January.  One of them is "A Gardener's Alphabet" ....I've shown you a few blocks already.  Sheila and I are working on the last two blocks.  All the rest of them have been sent to our friend Nireko....they'll be in the Lecien booth at we're SORT of there, right??

We've been getting ready for our winter Stitching Sojourn Retreat...It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!  There are just SO MANY things to do with a winter/Christmas theme!!  We've had too many ideas and have to pare them down somewhat....after all, we'll only have three days to squeeze everything into!  On my list of things to do this Christmas trees!  Wow! Early, huh???  We have to be ready before the retreat.........looks like we're going to have a VERY Christmassy Thanksgiving this year!!!

Tomorrow night our son Jon and his girlfriend Laura are coming out to carve pumpkins.  I think we'll have a fire in the firepit and roast hot dogs....sounds like fun!...........OOOooh.......we need marshmallows huh???

Happy Halloween everybody!
xo Meg

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