Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We Have an Opening for the Black Stallion Retreat!

Are you ready to relax, enjoy the fresh air, play in the pool, walk on the beach, eat scrumptious food, shop and site see, stitch with Lisa, sip your morning coffee on the balcony of your room overlooking the beautifully groomed landscape in this country club....?    We've found the perfect place for you!!

If you were on 'the fence' about attending our Black Stallion Outer Banks Retreat with Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings... you are in luck.

We have a room that has opened up for double occupancy (king bed)!  Oh yes... this is a retreat you will remember forever...!

We have filled this gorgeous house full of gals that love to Wool Applique Stitch!

Lisa has a fall theme this retreat and I've seen the sketches of what's she's getting ready for you and I'm here to shout... you are gonna love it!  along with her teaching the main classes, Vicky, Heather and I will be working with you on some "make-it-take-it" items that compliment Lisa's designs!

This house is gorgeous... all 20,000 + sq. feet of it!  You will love it tooo... our menu is such fun this retreat...  We will be utilizing that wonderful barbecue area along with the HUGE pool and pool house.

If you've never been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.... you MUST VISIT.  We may even see some wild horses roaming the beaches.  It is amazing to see them and then to realize... they belong to no one... they eat and exist off the land.  So Cool.  If you can't stand it any longer and you want to come.... go to Olde Green Cupboard Website - Look for Black Stallion Retreat on the right side of the screen and GET SIGNED UP!

Front entrance to this HUGE home.

No... this is not the house... THIS IS THE POOL HOUSE!!

One of the most beautifully decorated retreat homes we've
 been fortunate to find!  It has a great classroom and 3 kitchens!
Oh my!!!! 
Please don't pass up this wonderful opportunity to have a great time with all of us.  I promise... you won't regret spending a week with us in this great house, making great friends, having THE BEST TIME EVER!

Visit Olde Green Cupboard for more details on the flyer and registration form! 
 See you on the beach!!

Lisa, Gloria, Vicky & Heather

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"My Favorite Things" (for you toooooo .... we hope...)

These are a few of "my favorite things"..... from my Favorite Friends!  It's time to brag on them!!!

Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison work so hard on their company - RED CRINOLINE QUILTS.... designing new patterns, working with Marcus Brothers Fabric Company, designing wonderful block of the month programs, vending at quilt shows and writing beautiful books!  This is their first book.... and they are now working on their second one!!

Red Crinoline's NEW BOOK!!!!  

(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

Here's another NEW BOOK from my sweet friend Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings.  Oh my gosh...this fun book is wonderful and you will LOVE IT!!  It's such a sweet gift to give to one of your quilter friends for a "surprise" (just cause you love them) or as a birthday or Christmas gift.

(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

Keep more than just a journal - keep a record of your quilting life! Photographed at designer Lisa Bongean's beautiful lakeside home, this inspiring week-by-week journal is filled with eye candy to enjoy year-round. 

Answer fun prompts to create lists for must-do quilting adventures, keep track of projects, document gift and charity quilts, or simply keep this gorgeous date book as a memory journal for future generations of quilters in your family to cherish. All in a perfect size to carry in your bag on the go!

Then.... we have Rebekah Smith - Fork Artist that will be with us in July of this year.  We are so excited to have the opportunity to learn her technique in making these gorgeous pieces of wool art!  If you also would like to learn from her... please look to the right of this page and you'll see where you can sign up for her classes!  It will be great fun...!  We have gals from all over coming to Jacksonville/St. Augustine to be with Rebekah... why not you too?

(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

....and last but not least is my sweet friend Susan Ache!!!  We met Susan about 15 years ago when we had our store in Mandarin.  In walks this bubbly blond that was so excited to learn how to quilt.  She was NOT confident in picking out colors for her quilts.... and at that time she loved the primitive palette.... I had such fun helping her pick out the colors she loved and before we knew it she would be back in the store with the quilt ALL FINISHED!  SHE WAS A LIVING MACHINE!!!  We teased her all the time that we've never seen anyone sew so fast in our lives... and guess what?  She was self taught!!!  She's never taken a class in her life.  I don't care what she does... cook, decorate, sew, quilt, cross-stitch... she's so good at all of them.... one of those gals that can fall in a pit of tar and be perfectly fine when she crawls out!!!  Gosh... I admire and love her to death! 

Then one day she asked me to come to her house and she wanted to chat about "making pattern designs".  I told her if that's what she loved...go for it.  If she didn't like actually writing the patterns herself... find someone that did and she can design and they can do all the computer portion.  Guess what?... she now designs tons of quilts and has HER OWN BOOK!!!   SUSAN ACHE.... WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!  HERE IS HER BOOK!.. YOU MUST ALL OWN ONE!!!

(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

This book must be in your library TODAY!!!!

Then ... there is one of my most talented friends in the photography field... she doesn't quilt... I don't think she even knows how to sew on a button (sorry Susan....) Susan Michal!!!  She just returned from Africa with lots of photos of African animals.... but this book... it is so awesome... especially when you see how some of these beautiful ballet dancers pose....

Susan Michal... you are so awesome and I'm so 
proud to be your friend....
God has given you the most wonderful talent... showing the beauty of others....  

If you have children (or if you have taken ballet), please gift them with the beautiful book... it's breathtaking!

(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

This now ends  "my favorite things"  for you today.  I decided we all like certain things... wonderful things in our lives... that we do, we use, we eat, we see, we touch... and I'm so happy to share all of them with you!  

We'll chat more!!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Farmhouse Threads and Friends - Garden Mystery Quilt - Block 10

Good Morning to all!

Today is the day we get to debut our Olde Green Cupboard Block 10 for the Farmhouse Threads and Friends Garden Mystery Quilt!
We are so excited about the quilt this year....  I'm told we have close to 400 participating... with that great information I had to call my supplier and order more fabric.

Thanks to Everyone for Participating!!

Click on both links to print the complete pattern and full size template drawing. Be sure to print the template pattern in the horizontal setting for the correct sizing.


Kit Available: $14.00
(wool colors included in the kit may vary slightly, but we will do our best to make them look similar to the image above)

When we were children - living on a small farm - we had a HUGE garden... and I mean HUGE!  Plus a HUGE strawberry patch.  All summer we helped... from planting, weeding, dusting for bugs, turning the melons so they would ripen on all sides (tip-toe through the vines), digging up potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, shelling peas.... oh my gosh.. I could just cry remembering how much work it was!  Mom would plant marigold flowers all around the outer edge of the garden... she said it was to keep bugs away!  I'm not sure it worked very well... I can still remember Daddy giving each of us a coffee can with a small amount of gas in the bottom, pliers, and gloves.  We had the job of removing those nasty tomato worms from the plants.  Ugh!  In the can they would be tossed...only to be destroyed later! 

Then it would be time to help prepare all of the vegetables for canning.  I sure wish I had a $1.00 for every ear of corn I shucked and a penny for every snap bean and pea pod I touched!  

After canning, mom would count the jars on the kitchen counter and table.  She would say, 'Girls... we have 110 cans we need to listen for the jars to pop... help me to keep count"!   When they were totally cooled the vacuum inside would make the metal pop giving the jar a good seal.  We would eat those canned vegetables all year long until it was time to can more... all from our "Mystery Garden".   

Now that we're older... we would love to have a garden... but the sandy ground just doesn't do well with our growing.. plus it's so hot everything burns up. (although I am going to give a try with some tomato plants this year).   My husband teases me... he says I surely do NOT have a green thumb.  I seem to kill all the plants I get for the yard and house... so say a prayer for my future tomato plants.  If they grow well and harvest a few, I'll take pictures and show you!

Just think after our week... only two more to go!  If you haven't started downloading your FREE patterns, you still have time!  Did you see that word FREE????  Oh yes... so cool!  Plus each designer has block kits for you to purchase... or you can make the quilt blocks with your own fabric and wool... your choice!

February 2nd, Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads


February 9th, Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

February 16th, Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

February 23rd, Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

March 2nd, Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

March 9th, Shawn York, The Rusty Crow

March 16th, Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

March 23rd, Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

March 30th, Joyce Weeks, Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.

April 6th, Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard

April 13th, Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus

April 20th, Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

April 27th, finishing instructions by Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

Please have fun with our block... hope it makes you smile and happy when you're "in the garden" !!!

             Gloria, Heather and Vicky