Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Salt Lake City

Well, we've made it to market! The booth is pretty much all the way set up...just some fluffing up tomorrow. We have so many cool COOL booths around us!! I'll tell you all about them after everybody's totally set up.. Wish I could post pix from my phone!! I have to tall you about the truck we passed on the way down here yesterday.. His mudflap on the back had a big sign on it that said "I dare you to flash me" and a sign on his window said "Chicken!". Phil says he wished he'd thoought quickly enough...he would have pulled up his shirt!! LOLOL! Would have served that trucker right!!
Well, it's time for showers and some TV. Nite!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ready for Market!

We're pretty much ready to leave for Spring Quilt Market!  All we have to do is load everybody's luggage in the back of the Sequoia tomorrow morning and we're ready to head down the road to Salt Lake City! 

Today is the last day we'll be shipping until the 19th.  Cindy is the only one staying home to keep Honeybunny company and get caught up on our printing.  Our son Jon is going to housesit and make sure everything in the gardens get watered (It's supposed to be WARM later this of course, we won't be here! snowball bushes and lily of the valley are ready to bloom too and hopefully some of them will still be around in a week!)

The fabric above is from my new fabric line "Whitewash".  I'll show you alot more when we get back home.

Let's see....Kindle.....IPOD....a few chick flix for the car trip.....stitching stuff.....big tote bag full of snacks (we had to test the Whoppers...Phil calls it "Quality Control Testing"....good thing we DID!!!  They're minty! YES! Weird, huh?).......I think we're ready to go!  I'll take loads of pictures!

xox  Meg

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

First Lilacs

I just had to share this little bouquet!  Phil picked a few of the first blooming lilacs last night.  Just this tiny bouquet, and it's perfumed the studio!  I'm in a really lavender mood this just seems to be the color that brings spring to mind.  Hyacinths, lilacs, pansies, violets, grape hyacinths and the hydrangeas to much happiness in one little color!
I was so inspired, I drew something up and have it all ready to stitch.......violets like the ones that would have been carpeting the entire yard at our century old farmhouse in town (I still miss that old house!). I can remember "hiding" the lavender Easter eggs in plain sight in large patches of blooming violets when Jon was a little boy.  I can't wait to start stitching on this!
I love lacy handkerchiefs!  I'm thinking....lots of white French knots!xo Meg

Monday, May 2, 2011


 I just love it when you put your own "spin" on my designs!!!  Penny Pierce from Lakefield, Ontario Canada, really made Snow Days her own!  She added an icy pond by the creek, complete with "shinny hockey" players (I've no idea what that is...I'm sure every Canadian out there does tho!)  They're SO COOL!!!

 Then she made the schoolhouse flag the Canadian Maple Leaf!
 And added extra snoballers throwing snowballs from the interior pieced area of the quilt!!!  I don't know about YOU....but I'm EXTREMELY impressed!!!!  SO,SO...SO great Penny!!!
 Here's another "spin" on Tea Party from Christina Smith from Leavenworth, Kansas.  She said that she used nine of the blocks in this quilt and the other three for a table runner!  It's beautiful Christina!  Good job!
 These two garden angels were made by Carol Gerety of Lansing, Kansas. She hand quilted the angel of winter with perle cotton (don't you love the way that looks Carol?...back when I had the time ( free time now!) I hand quilted everything and my favorite method was with perle cotton!)
 Carol says she made the winter angel for her Aunt Ellen and says "She's written to me about how she's loved reviewing seed catalogs and now is losing her eyesight, so I thought she could feel my stitches."  What a lovely thing to do for her Carol!  It's a beautiful lap quilt and I'm sure she'll be able to feel the love in all of your work.
 This "Love" pillow was made by Nancy Guilfoil.  She wrote the name herself and added flowers to it.  You did such a beautiful job of personalizing this Nancy!  It's so delicate and "little girl"!!  I'm sure the new mom loved it.  It's so very sweet!
 These are pictures of a project bag made by Sharon Szekely.  She says that she took this class last summer at Quiltmaker's Shoppe in Arlington, Washington and used scraps from another project to piece it....look at the side pieces of the bag!
 She pieced them too!!!!  That looks SO COOL!!!!    You did a beautiful job!
This picture was sent in by our friend Shellee Jensen "Hiccup Girl".  Isn't the snowman fabric fun???  I hope we see you at Quilt Market in Salt Lake! ?
Please, Please, PLEASE email pictures of your finished projects...ESPECIALLY if you've kind of "done your own thing" with them!!  I LOVE SHOW & TELL!!!
xo Meg