Last Call..

Hey all.. I’m excited for the first day of Quilt Market in Portland to begin!  Gloria wanted me to send a quick post about only having 7 rooms left for our Miami to Rome cruise!!! So if you want to go on a cruise if a lifetime, at a rock bottom price now is the time!!!! The details she sent me are below… we would love to have you on our adventure!!!

Lisa

 

 

Hey Gang!!!   14 DAY CRUISE TO ROME, ITALY!!!!

http://www.oldegreencupboard.com  Click here and look on the right side of the main screen.. click on “Making Waves” Cruise To Rome and read more about the trip PLUS access your registration form!

I’ve just been notified by Royal Caribbean we have two weeks left to fill our remaining cabins before they have to be turned in!!  They also told me we have the lowest prices out there…   Cabins require a RCL deposit of $900 (credit card).  The remainder of each individuals total fee is not due until late December 2018.   This cruise to ROME, ITALY is a SUPER-GREAT PRICE… DON’T PASS IT UP!  14 DAY CRUISE!  (see flyer)

We have left:

>> two (2) Window Oceanview cabins – double occupancy @ $1066.02 per person  OR  if you want single occupancy your rate will be $1795.02 (only $128 per day for lodging, food, entertainment, fun, and more!)
>>  and 5 (five) inside cabins – double occupancy @$1006.22 per person  OR  if you want single occupancy your rate will be $1675.02 (only $119.64 per day!  You can hardly rent a hotel room anymore for under that!)

Plus there is a $250 fee (for crafters) and/or a $125.00 fee (for guests) that is paid by check (see reservation form and/or flyer)

Go to:  http://www.oldegreencupboard.com and print your reservation form today, fill it out, call me so I can call in your reservation, then you can drop it in the mail to me.

THIS IS A WONDERFUL CHANCE TO CRUISE WITH “OUR CRAZY GROUP”, HAVE A BLAST AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!
We have lots of husbands and wives traveling together… so gals… if you want to bring along your hubby (or vice versa) come on along with us.  Soon this great price will be gone!

2018 Summer Blocks of the Week

Hey All…

It’s that time again…my favorite time of the year when I get to create these new projects for you…it means I have spent lots of time planning and stitching and who wouldn’t love THAT job!!!

WOOL- SUMMER BLOCK OF THE WEEK (SBOW) – TWILIGHT GARDEN

Shown here with the navy flannel background…we also are offering it on a medium muted blue as well and we had some red backgrounds but those have all been purchased with those who have been in previous SBOW groups…
The 12 Blocks are 18″ inches with our hand dyed wools and the best (MODA) flannel in the world… This is going to be a show stopper, mouth hanging wide open quilt.   You know I don’t usually say things like this but I believe it on this and it might be because…I know already how this quilt will finish…which BTW is a first…and I believe this may be the best SBOW to date.  This is my opinion but EVERYONE quilter or non-quilter loves this when they see it…so if you’re “on the fence” this is not the year to teeter…FYI there will be a wool finishing kit for it available at a later date when we have all that figured out…but you will already have the flannel…if you choose to set yours differently, you can use the extra flannel for something else or for backing.

Here is one of the blocks while I was stitching…

If you are interested click HERE  for ALL the pesky details that I don’t take care of…

PIECED SUMMER BLOCK OF THE WEEK- STAR STUDDED EVENT

I know I have lots of you who love scrappy quilts!!! This I why we keep doing lots of SBOW’s…You will make 20 of them each time…Each weekly kit contains 120 fabrics- for 1440 for the whole quilt…we will try and not duplicate but we may run out of fabrics so there could be some that are in more than once….but we are talking about a strip!!! We will stick with a certain color scheme…no purple or green…so very 1880’s. There are no triangles- so no papers on this one…once we make those cool little stars the rest is “a piece a cake”…I will be doing a video on our FB group on how to stitch these little stars like a pro so there is nothing to be afraid of!

HERE is the post about those pesky details again….for the PIECED and the next HAND PIECED or EPP project.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECED- SUMMER BLOCK (ROW) OF THE WEEKI love this…because…I think I am much more likely to finish this because the shapes change…Joanne Blank has basically designed and made this quilt in record time…I will corral her to do a video in our FB group on her method.  She is an awesome person, as well as a quilter, and has been an employee/stitcher with Primitive Gathering from it’s beginning.  So look forward to meeting her…ALL the details for this project are in the above link as well.

So there is a quick snapshot of our summer BOWS.  Thank you to all our loyal SBOW-ERS and if you are NEW you will find out why we have such a great group of stitchers who continue to come back to us for these great offerings and did you think I was not going to mention the FREEBIE!!!

I think this is the best REASON you should join…you get FREE blocks with each kit…I know you all loved the “houses” from last year, but this one is going to be “clever” you will know what I mean by this when you get week two!!!

I am taking a weekend class/course…So I have to run…I’ll let you what it is soon!!!

Be Happy, Be Kind and Be Sttiching!!!    Lisa

Moon Garden Block #2

Happy Friday!!!…Quickly…I thought I would give you a little insight into my inspiration for Moon Garden…

First off…I have a confession…these blocks were a previous freebie that we did many years back they were 4 1/2″ blocks  finished I believe Ours our 18×18 right now!!!…and to be honest a couple of quilt shops wanted me to make this pattern bigger so they could run it as a BOM…so when I thought about doing the Wool Stitch Along this year I thought it would be the perfect time to enlarge and use these blocks again…but I cannot do anything the same twice…so I have recolored them based on my current gardening obsession and because we have such big blocks and appliques there is lots of room for some fancy stitches…so lots to learn in the Stitch-Along.This is a pic of the Garden Basket quilt but keep in mind our Moon Garden will NOT be finished the same way.  This was the secret discovery some of you made and referred to on Facebook…I told them to keep it a secret until I was ready to reveal…but the quilt will look totally different and I have added to & changed some of the blocks…so really a totally different quilt in my opinion…

Now back to that obsession I talked about…My garden at home is all shades of “white” with a little yellow here and there…so thus the inspiration to update and recolored the basket blocks…Here is a small selection of what is starting to come up around the house…

Now before I get too off track… back to the stitching…

It’s time again for another block!!! I am so impressed with all of your blocks you are sharing on Facebook!!! PLEASE post alot…we love seeing all the activity…I am glad the 6 videos were helpful and THANK YOU  for your kind comments on them…We will be doing videos covering the FLY STITCH for Block 2…I also will go over how to find the end of your balls of thread and how to keep your paper disc with your thread once it falls out…So look forward to these soon.  Also some basic info as I know there are lots of newbies and we love newbies and what you to know how to navigate….if a word is underlined…those are live links…they will take you to where you can find out more info and purchase if you so wish to reward us for our hard work in this Stitch Along.

If you have not joined our Stitch-Along yet you still can…the most recent pattern is FREE each month and I think we may still have kits left that include the printed pattern and you can now buy block 1.  But the Facebook group is where all the instruction is held…so go to Facebook and type in Moon Garden Stitch Along and ask to join…it is a closed group but we let you join.

Block 2…If you are having problems printing this pattern full size on your printer you can always order the pattern EACH MONTH from us for $5…Click HERE to go to our website for easy ordering and not having to go OUT and have it professionally printed. Click here for Moon Garden Block 2   Download it to your computer if you are printing them yourself.  You will notice this pattern now carries a watermark so they cannot be printed and resold…the first one had this too, but I accidentally sent you the wrong one…my bad.

Here are a few close-ups for you as well…

I know some of you get them done as fast as you can and this is great!!! But remember I will let you know ahead if there is a video coming if you want to wait for that part is demo-ed.  But I know some of you may know more than me so stitch on!!!

Be Happy…Be Kind & Be Stitching!

Lisa

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Family Vacation!!!

It’s been a long time…the last time was in 2000 we took the kids to mexico…but I decided it was time to bring us together for some fun in the sun…and that is definitely what we had!!!

We chose to rent a beach house from a recommedation from one of my quilting students and it was all that she said it was going to be and more…Cape San Blas is very secluded very private…we basically had as much of the beach as we wanted…left our “stuff” out all day long…and basically I stayed in my swimsuit from sun up til sun down…

Cape San Blas is part of a peninsula in Gulf County, Florida extending westward from the mainland of Florida, separating St. Joseph Bay to the north from the Gulf Of Mexico to the south. The St. Joseph Peninsula extends northward from the west end of Cape San Blas. It is approximately 10 miles south-southwest of the town of Port St. Joe, located at coordinates 29°39′49″N 85°21′20″W.

I know some of you love seeing “little man”…and my Mom has cooked for some of you at The Gathering retreat house…so I am sharing this post…

We drove from WI to FL took basically 3 days…stoped in Metropolis IL the first night so the Fisherman could go to the casino…and AGAIN he was successful-luckiest guy I know…but then on day two we stopped in Memphis to see Elvis…now my Mom was with us so I decided she should see Graceland…but…there is kind of a back story here…quickly….I was a 10 year old and a big Elvis fan when he died…that June he was in Green Bay and I begged my her to take me…and the answer was…”your too young…you’ll have plenty of time to see him”…WELL we know that was NOT the case and he passed in August of that year…and I have NEVER forgiven her for this to this day…so I said as we were pulling up to Graceland…You know…I shouldn’t take you here cause you didn’t take me to his concert…so don’t think I forgot!!!  But I was there about 5 years ago and boy has it changed, so much more…so you must go again…even if you are not a fan…you will be when you leave…how someone can still be going strong even after he is gone…just like our quilts we make…they will carry on…but here are some photos from this stop…I don’t want to spoil it if you have not been there so there are just a few…Elvis loved fabric too…this room has over 300 yards of it on the walls and ceiling!!!Here is my favorite Elvis “costume”.  The original American Idol.

He named his only child…Lisa…how nice of him…this is her key to her golf cart..and then look.. she had an embroidered patchwork quilt in her crib…

1070’s Media roomMom at the TCB fence…into the museums of his life…Ok…onto the beach…We had lots of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my “little man” and the big men in my life…as well as my DILs  Lauren and Brooke….Also last but not least… Corey and Nicole..a few vacation crashers but…lol…the more the merrier!!FL selfiewaiting til 5pm to get to the house….Jace how do you like FL so far?

don’t you just love this little hat GG got him? Papa and Little Man…always playing…Papa go hide!  I will count… Great Grandma…aka GG on the beach for the first time…ever this is pretty impressive for amatures… lots of fishing for the boys…

the kite that mostly nose-dived…sunset…
off for a shelling treasure hunt!!! the boy’s castle in progress…and my little buddy getting me wet as I try to capture the moment… Corey caught a couple of sharks babies.. How cute is this??? Little Man and Mimi making a Drip sand castle… Happy 30th B-day Brooke!!!Mama…and her goofy boy…Big Papa…being goofy as always…
Chilin on the beach with Lauren and Jace…Mimi and her best “bud”“Little Man and his Daddy …showing off his first ocean fishthe MERMANLuke & Brooke
out for dinner one night…at Mama Joe’s pizza…to die for…”little man” all spiffed up…tried to get some exercise…to ward off some of MOM’s cooking…biking and beach walking…didn’t help though…still got fatter…but I guess that’s what you do on vacation…very private beachview from our beach house screened in porch…those are out lonely beach chairs…the shell master… he loves treasure hunting for them…but Mama..I love them all!!!  when he was asked to narrow them down a bit…they all came home…lolBrooke and I…

So there you go…I hope this inspired you to do a family vacation or if you cannot maybe you can “live” through these for a bit…I know it’s not the same….

I did manage NOT to stitch until Wednesday(3 full days without)…I did stitch all the Summer Freebie blocks on the drive there…so a peek at them will be shown soon for the Summer Blocks of the Week…I get up so early and the house was super quiet so I stitched a little on the Wool SBOW…will get that post out soon to sign up…I know we did a pre-sign up in some of our FB groups…but the blog post did not go out yet…with all of them…

I had to laugh…I did get a few emails asking if all was OK since I had not blog posted in about a month…boy..the time sure does fly…with the things going on…but now we are back on track…one last push to get the Spring market stuff out for next week…

my best…Lisa

Moon Garden Stitch Along…Block 1

Our wool Stitch-Along is finally here!!! I am hoping you by now you have received your kit if you have purchased it though Primitive Gatherings.  I can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate the overwhelming response to this Stitch Along.  I know most of you have more projects than one person needs but you are still willing to spend your hard earned bucks buying out products…THANK YOU!

For those of you who are using up what have on hand we are supplying the pattern.  The pattern is downloadable but it may be tricky to print on a home computer/printer.  I am telling you this in advance because I cannot help you with your printing because everyones equipment is different….and I am a quilter, not a computer guru…You will have to bring your PDF to an Office supply store and get them to print it for you…The pattern is large and is set up for 11×17 paper.  If you do not want bother with this…you can order JUST the pattern from us for $5 plus shipping.  We trying to make it easy for you  Click Here to order the pattern Only.  Also if you want it every month you will have to re order the next one…there is some reason you can’t do it automatically which again is beyond my knowledge…

I STRONGLY suggest joining our Facebook page for Moon Garden…I will be posting videos and all kinds of funny stuff…for our stitching pleasures….it is an easier platform to host videos and keep things in our group…

I will post the first video this weekend…and these are the Facebook video posts I’m planning—

getting started…tracing , cutting, fusible, Fray check…when to use it?

Laying out your appliqués onto the background

Threading your needle without a needle threader and making a quilter’s knot.

Cross stitching over stems

Blanket Stitch

Colonial knots

Does anyone see something I might have overlooked?…I know there are lots of beginners so I don’t want miss something obvious…so please leave me a comment of what you need to learn…

Click here to download Moon Garden Block 1 Update…this block is not longer FREE here…please go to our websit to purchace Block 1…the current block is always FREE until the next block posts…Please subscribe to this blog to not miss a FREE block.

The blanket stitch here includes a long one in the indents of the flower petals.
Close up of how I cross over (X) over my stems…these and more will be demonstrated on Facebook.

I want to talk about fusible web…I am in the process of launching a new fusible…it’s a dream to stitch with…I love the SAS2 lite, but I am tired of defending it…Some people actually hate “their” gummy needles…and I can see their point.  I do not have this “gummy” experience myself, maybe a little when I first adhere down and start stitching…but I use tons of steam and let the block rest a bit before I stitch…then no issues…BUT….the one thing I CANNOT live without is the tacky-ness of the SAS2L for my stems/vines…the ease of bending them into place before I steam them is such a benefit I will continue to use it for the stems and vines.  As you can see you do not stitch into the stems…you cross over…so those of you who hate and have that gummy needle…this will not be affected…

We are figuring out packaging for the “NEW” fusible…I will be blogging when it is ready…

So look for those Facebook posts starting soon and I will help you along on your wooly journey!!!  I am hoping more of you get your blocks soon!!  I know it’s hard waiting…

my best…Lisa

 

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Let’s Sail Away!!!…this one is a doozy…

Well you have been asking…and this opportunity came up and we had to jump at it……Miami to Rome….14 days!!! We will have lots of time on the ship…we decided it is going to be a UFO cruise…we will have lots of stitching time…and I will be there for “help” you with your projects…we have the whole conference room again!

But here are the details… and FYI I think it is half filled already-a lot of the cruisers from our last excursion have re-upped…so do not hesitate…call that “special” person and get them to take a trip of a lifetime with you!!!

Best thing….super reasonable rates for the cruise…the highest priced room is under $100 a day…all rates are double occupancy…..we are also working with a travel agent on flights back home or you can book your own…but you could easily spend another week in Rome if you wish and come back when you are ready…so seriously think about this…plus..its less than a year away!!! Yay!!!

Here are the big details…the stops….

more details…Making Waves Registration Form

So this is a good place to share some of the pics from our last adventure!!!As you can see we had a big number of ladies to have some fun with!!!

Leaving the port…at Cape Canaveral…Cocoa Beach FL

First off…some sewing on Monday..all our kits were  precut so we got the the stitching very fast…

then some adventures on Tuesday…Labadee, Haiti

then again on Wednesday…In Jamaica…we got off the ship and “hired” our own guide…He took us to where he would eat…to a fishing village…church…school…and then the beach to relax and have a message…

back to stitching fun on Thursday…

Friday…Cozumel…Mexico…where we again…got off the shipped looked around…I found a native WI working and asked him what we should do…rent a jeep was the answer…we had a blast…but first on all…the jeep was a manual transmission…no problem…we all could drive one…he said first time ever he rented a jeep to women and all of them could drive the “stick”…he says…”only Wisconsin girls…even thou one of us was from UT…we’ll just let that slide…but the JEEP had no gauges…didn’t know how fast i was going …didn’t know if there was any gas in it…so it was quite the adventure…plus side…we had an escort showing us where to go…we seen ruins..climbed up a lighthouse (Yay Joyce-you did it!), we ate, swam and found sea glass at the beach…then we went tequila tasting…and let’s just say it was not what I suspected…First they make you a margarita…(now I know why they do this… so you will buy everything)  then on to the tasting…BUT is was just not tequila …they had flavored tequila’s!!! Came home with 4 bottles…Tequila Cafe…which is like Baileys….Guanabana…which is some sort of awesome fruit…Pina Colada- pineapple flavored and then 14 yr aged tequila – this was not like the tequila i know of…but very smooth…this will be for a margarita on the rocks this summer…I am sure your supposed to sip this…but…

Those of you who know me know I am not a “big” drinker…so for me to buy 4 bottles…yeh it was good…but then after all that…you get in the jeep and drive home back to the ship…it was a very fun day to say the least…

Carlos is looking GOOD…I think they all were named Carlos!!! no joking…

So lets just say there is more to life than just staying home and stitching…Come on…Let’s GO!!! I promise we will stitch too!!

Saturday…sea day…more stitching…and finishing!!!

This is Karen…she might have been my star stitcher…just because this was here first time with wool…she finished the star mat and look how far she got on her Rose quilt???!!!! I hope she got off the ship at the ports!!!

then there was Barbara….whoa!!!! Look at this woman stitch!!! She was my SuperStar!!!

I had her show me a bullion knot…I think I made her very nervous…sorry, no need for that…but hopefully when I try it I will at least have a better idea of what to do then what the diagrams show!!! Thanks Barbara!!

So at the end of the trip it is sad…to have to say good bye to all the new friends…I loved just listening to SallieAnn and Samatha & Amanda talk….they are all from the UK…I had coffee with Steve (Liz’s Hubby”) one morning…after my ship walk- we talked about Harley’s…I tried very hard to see the sunrise every morning…

I also loved spending time with Lexie a lovely 11 yr old lady( Heather’s daughter)…we were buds…she was my mini golf teammate…and we ate dinner together every night…sometimes all fancied up…boy she could look much older and pretty…Keck (Dad) is going to have to beat them off of her….I look forward to watching her grow up!!! I am determined she is going to love to stitch if I can help it…

Then there were the canadian ladies…uh hum…you know who you are…they were so funny…I am quite quiet and shy (lol)…so it was fun just to be around all these ladies…

There were the FL girls…major belly laughs there too as well….and there were groups of women from NE almost as many as from WI…but they came from near and far…and I loved getting to know them more and more…some we will see again in NC in September…but there are lots of opportunities now and will be in the future as this is way too fun not to do again and again!!!

Have a great Saturday and get ahold of those girls from Olde Green Cupboard and sign up…you will not go with a better group. (double pinky swear).

time to stitch…LB

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