Thursday, April 15, 2010

Retreat!! and treats!

Well, It's time to announce the dates for the first..........

Crabapple Hill
"Stitching Sojourn"
October 22, 23, and 24 2010

We'll have detailed information coming very soon, but I can tell you that there will be a class project with kit, free small projects, door prizes, gift bags & lots of fun, laughter, good food and plenty of free time to stitch, stitch, stitch!!! I'm getting exhausted just PLANNING it!!!! Come join us....we're going to have a ball!!! I'm planning on having a Stitching Sojourn each season, so I'm looking at dates for Winter 2010 and all of 2011 so you can plan ahead if you're interested! I'd like to have no more than 16 guests at a time so that everybody has plenty of room to stretch out and be comfortable in the studio....soooo.... spaces will be limited. You'll be able to reserve your spot as soon as we get the detailed information on the website so keep checking!

Here are the Treats!!!
Well, since we're thinking "Autumn"!!!! It's perfect timing to show you "Spookyville," as Lauretta Allen from St. Louis, MO calls it!! LOL!!!! I like that name, wish I'd thought of it! Didn't she do a great job????

I really like it when it's mostly orange!

See all the beading??? Doesn't it look cool!!!???? Lauretta says that she's working on Heirloom Romance right now. Can't WAIT to see pictures of it when she's done!
This Angel was made by Debbie Rice as a gift for her daughter...LUCKY daughter! She said that this was only the 2nd embroidered piece she's made! Great job Debbie!!! Sheila & I saw one of the Spring Angel's done up at the Tri-City Quilter's show a few weeks ago & the flowers were so heavily buttonholed, they looked like they were separate...sitting on top of the fabric! Really cool....I'll have to do something with those in it. Wish I'd had my camera!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Questions and Thank You's!

It's a very dreary, windy day today (I LIKE the dreary....HATE the wind!! Some of the branches on my bleeding hearts got broken off!!! UGH!) The perfect kind of day to just sit in front of the computer and write patterns!..... and, I have to admit I had to take an apple crisp break.... perfect time to update the blog!....bite of apple crisp, type a paragragh....bite of apple crisp, upload a picture.... you get the idea! HA!!! I snagged some of the apple crisp when I went into the house to snap this picture. We got this blackboard finished and put up this weekend and I'm SO THRILLED with the way it's turned out!!! It looks old, doesn't it??? It's not tho! It was made by Doug Bettinghouse who did all the trim work in our house. Didn't he do a great job?? I gave him a little scribbly sketch with about 1/2 this detail and he just ran with it.... turned out so much nicer than I'd ever even hoped! It was kind of that way throughout our whole experience with Doug working on the house though.... he'd just run with things & we could absolutely depend on him doing it well... and doing it right.... very uncommon these days. He also built us a counter/storage really cool cabinet, a couple pillar/vase things, and several storage seats for our market booth. They're just beautiful and I can't wait to use them (I'll share pictures!) Doug's wife Suzi thinks he's just about the greatest thing since sliced bread...and I think we all have to agree with her!! Thanks Doug!!!

There were several questions to answer........

Q. Where did I get the stools in my kitchen?
A. From Restoration Hardware (they have way too much beautiful stuff!!! BEWARE!!!!

Q. When will the new patterns be released?
A. Next month! I'd love to release them RIGHT NOW, but the patterns aren't written yet and
the quilts aren't back from Jill Therriault, the quilter yet and we need to do the
photography for the pattern covers...........OOOOooooh..... I need to remember to get UPC's
too!!! Thanks for reminding me!

Q. What floss and fabric did I use on Snow Days?
A. New floss from Cosmo from their new "Seasons" line. They're variegated as if they were
hand dyed and 100% colorfast. Same smooth, silky feel. This floss color ranges from taupe
to gray to a kind of blue/green, to a light charcoal. Really gorgeous! The fabric was all
pulled from Lecien's fabric lines.... Mrs. March's and Centenary. The stitchery background
was a solid from their 1000 colors line. I started out with several dark charcoal-y fat
quarters in my palette but decided not to use them after I'd made several blocks for the
center of the quilt (wanted it to be somewhat darker than the outer border) and they were
just TOO dark!! Anyway....I went with mostly lights and mediums and put all the blocks I
had to re-make on the back of the quilt! Nothing got wasted, I promise!!!

Q. From Lynn S about the Quilter's Home article.......where were my email and website
A. I wondered the SAME THING!!!!!!

Q. From WAY too observant Brenda Riddle!.... "Isn't that your house on Snow Days???"
A. well........................................yeah.............................I have to admit I put the house and the
studio on the quilt...............figured they'd just blend in and nobody would notice.........I'm a
little bit ashamed of myself...........................but just a little! HA!!!

Last, but not least, thanks for all the nice comments about the Quilter's Home blurb! I've avoided magazines like the plague. Turned down several offers (I know, really dumb move!). But the thing is....they all want a picture! You have to try to understand the gravity of that request.................I'm one of those poor, unfortunate people who can't just flash a smile at a camera and out pops a cheerful....perfectly acceptable picture! I end up either looking heavily drugged or downright middle ground at all! No matter the camera angle, no matter the pose, no matter how much I rehearse in the mirror, the split second that shutter clicks I close my eyes and grin like Jack Nicholson. Not a pretty sight............... hey! Want to buy a pretty, girly pattern from a crazed axe murderer????? You get my point. YIKES!!! So....if you EVER see my picture ANYWHERE, every'll probably be the same one in Quilter's Home...........for the next 30 years...........I just won't age! (Not too bad an idea after all???)
See Ya! xox Meg

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Snow Days!.... April Fools??

No, REALLY!!! I just finished "Snow Days"! The back was the last chore....pieced from leftover pieces from the quilt top (and a few of the darker pieces that I ended up not using) I'd wanted the center area to be darker than the outer border, but once I started putting it up on the design wall, I ended up re-making several of the center blocks in lighter fabric combinations to tone it down a tad. This was SO MUCH fun to make!!! We all actually stood around here yesterday trying to decide which house we'd want to live in if it was a real community.... I know, we're pretty goofy!!!
If you look closely (click on pic to make it bigger) you'll be able to see that some of the trees flow out over the pieced portion of the outer border!
Now I have to get to work on writing the new patterns.....know where I'LL be for the next few weeks! Right in front of this computer!!!
See Ya!!