Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's Houston Quilt Market Time!!

Good Morning... we are all up and waiting for the downstairs "breakfast area" to open so we can get some COFFEEEEEEE!!!!!  You know... I was going to bring some with me just in case the room didn't have enough for us this early in the a.m.  ……… but I thought... "No"... it's a great hotel and they are sure to have some.  NOT!!!  The room has this funky little pot with a little cassette...weird... and guess what... only ONE!  grrrrrrr…..  You know... you just don't mess with a girl and her morning coffee!!!

This morning we will be off to the Quilt Market for the first day with 3 people that have never been here before and that is soooooo exciting.  I remember my first trip to the quilt market years ago - my heart was pounding.... my knees were shaking.... and I didn't think I could take a deep breath!

We have Rhonda and Bruce Wilkerson from Scrappy Rooster - St. Marys, Georgia with us.  This is their first market and they asked if we come with them to show them the ins and outs.... Then our friend - Wynette (from Camp Blanding) came with us toooooo.  This has always been on her "bucket list" and she can  cross it off!!!!


So.... my mission on this trip is multi... Be the best mentor I can be for Ronda & Bruce - AND find something wonderfully new - you know.... that ONE thing that takes your breath away... that you just get so excited about you can't wait to show it to everyone.   PLUS... Meet all of my quilting friends and colleagues that I've missed over the passed few years.

Here's a few sketches I've been working on....  If you were to see these sketches.... would you rather work them with wool applique?  Embroidery?  Or... may a combination of both?

Let me know your thoughts!!!

We'll be back with more news and hopefully some great photos from market!!!

Gloria & Vicky!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2019 Shipshewana Retreat

"Let's Just Get Away"

May 20 - 27, 2019

Farmstead Inn & Conference Center
Amish Country
$350.00 - Lunch/Dinner & Lodging not included

370 S. Van Buren Street - PO Box 185  
Shipshewana, IN  46565   260-768-7319

This is what you have been asking for....
Yes... for those of you that have always wanted to visit  Amish Country - this is it...NOW is your chance!  We have just returned from Shipshewana, IN - the heart of Amish Country in the Midwest.  We have made arrangements for our stay in the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center.  Now this Inn knows all about retreats... they host them all YEAR LONG.  Quilting, sewing, scrap-booking.. you name it!  Our conference room area is LARGE, bright and equipped with 8' tables and coffee centers.  We can really spread out!

The city Chamber of Commerce is putting together a wonderful welcome package for each of you when you check-in at the hotel (3:00 p.m.)  From there you will get settled in your room  and we'll all meet up in the conference center and head out for dinner together! 
During the week you are free to come and go as you wish...take tours, shop, antique, visit Amish homes, sew, quilt, hook rugs... anything goes.  This is YOUR RETREAT... even if you DO NOT WISH TO WORK ON ANY PROJECTS... you are still invited to attend.  Use the Farmhouse Inn and the Conference Room as your "home base" and have a great time exploring.  

We are  so excited about the flea market - a 2 day event with thousands of vendors.  They even have an app for your phone... if you're looking for something in particular - you feed it into the app and it will direct you to the appropriate area within the flea market!  We remembering attending this flea market many, many years ago and it was SO MUCH FUN!  There is even a mailing center near by in case you need to ship items home.

During your stay - you will have a wonderful  hot breakfast each morning.  Then you can sew  or wander the walking paths... rent a bicycle, or head out for daily adventures.  You will eat the best home-cooked meals ever!  Have you ever had broasted chicken?  Oh my!!!  It's one of our favorites...along with home made dumplings.  Spend the day in Yoder's Dept. Store, shop the many quilt stores....  it goes on and on!  PLUS... we will have fun things for all of you also!!!

Click HERE for Registration Form

  Print, complete and mail the form to the address shown along with your $350 check.  Then you will call the hotel directly to register for your lodging.  260-768-7319    If you are sharing a room with someone - only one of you need to register. Your hotel payments are not due until you check out!   (Room rate is $128.80 Single/Double Occupancy)  Be sure to tell the staff the NAMES OF EVERYONE IN THE ROOM.  Split the room rate with your girlfriends!!

So... are you ready to sign up?  WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!  Contact all or your girlfriends... this is a great trip to travel together!  Making new friends, seeing new things.... new part of the country... shopping, sewing... IT'S GOING TO BE THE BEST TRIP EVER!

Please call 904-742-1100 or email if you have any questions!  
We're excited... HOW ABOUT YOU?
Gloria, Heather & Vicky

Thursday, October 11, 2018

They're HERE!!!

How happy I am that you are excited about our new "Queen Bee Thread Waxers" !  Some of you may have a puzzled look on your face... so let me explain!

One of the stitching "pet-peeves" I have while stitching is my thread!  Not the thread itself (I always the best threads) but how it behaves while I'm stitching.  It doesn't seem to matter if I'm using floss, sewing thread, pearl cotton, wool thread, silk thread.... mine was always twirling and twisting... knotting... fraying so much that it would literally separate.... grrrrrr!!  

I decided to get to the bottom of it and here is what I discovered!

1.  I was NOT a good girl about cutting my thread when preparing to hand stitch (as in hand mending, sewing on a button, sewing on a quilt binding, putting a hem in ....).  If I forgot to have a pair of scissors with me - I would bite or break the thread! E-E-E-E-E-E-E-K-K-K-K-K.... (please don't judge my laziness).  

2.  I swear I have NO FINGER PRINTS on my right hand fingers... I cannot grip a needle for anything.    Because of the bad gripping capability on my part, I would constantly be turning the needle for a better grip!  What happens then?  Yep... you guessed it... twirly needle means twisting thread!  You know the kind... you have to hang the needle (with the thread already in the eye) upside down and let the thread twirl back to normal.  So I discovered finger cots (more on those later).

3.  I thought it was better to have LLLOOONNNGGG thread... so I could sew more stitches and for a longer period of time.  NOT!  All it did was knot, twirl, and then split... it was like a magic trick... I'd be sewing along and then I wasn't!  The longer the thread - the more times you pull it through fabric - the weaker it becomes....until eventually it separates....e-e-e-e-e-e-k-k-k !!! Are any of you relating to my problems here?  I think I can envision some heads going up and down in a "yes" fashion... am I correct?

4.  My needle was always coming unthreaded.   g-g-g-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!

5.  I was NOT using the correct needle for the type of stitching.

Well... this long story led me to some investigating to resolve my stitching issues.  Here's what I discovered....

My thread was NOT being cut properly from the spool.

I couldn't grip my needle well - very frustrating!

I was sewing with a piece of thread...WAY TO LONG!

All is now resolved... I've placed a pair of small scissors in every project bag that I'm currently working on.  I also have finger cots in each one!  I've learned to have my thread length between 18" - 24" (or the size of your arm from your elbow to your finger tips) and I have made -

Queen Bee Thread Wax Conditioners 

They are now on our website  Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Look to the right of the main screen and you'll see Bee's Wax Thread Conditioner.  Click on this link and pick out your favorite!!!

They are all handmade (with real bee wax) and will ship to you in a sweet little muslin bag which is great for storage.  While you're on the website ordering, be sure to read the instructions on how to use your Queen's Waxer to condition your thread from fraying, knots, twisting, and separation.  

Queen's Guard

Queen's Court

Queen's Garden

Queen's Nectar

Queen's Crown

Queen's Silver Heart
These are so special for all of your friends that sew as special gifts and don't forget your secret sister.  If you have any "special" charms that you would like to use on your was conditioner, please contact me and we'll see if we can substitute yours for the ones we are currently using. 

p.s.  Don't forget Christmas is just around the corner....
Have fun stitching!

Gloria, Heather & Vicky