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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We're Home...Wow, What a fun trip!

Wish You All Could Have Come...

We sure wish we could have taken each and everyone of you on our cruise to the western Caribbean with us... it was soooo much fun! We're home now and trying to catch up on everything. We're just now able to sit and tell you all about it. 

Many of us traveled to port Canaveral the night before to be sure we were all set and wouldn't have any late travel issues. So the night before we decided to gather together for a yummy meal. Of course keeping our group from being silly is joke! That's definitely one of the reasons we love this group so much... tee hee.

The next day we all boarded Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. It's the largest cruise ship at the moment. We heard someone is in the process of creating a larger one... wow, we can't imagine! This one has a outdoor courtyard park, a small town/shopping deck. Tons of restaurants, several theaters, many bars, pools, and so so much more! We had over 6,000 people on the ship, but we never felt like we were over crowded at any time. Royal Caribbean really does a wonderful job with their service and spaces. 

We were able to catch several of the shows they preform on the ship. The ice skating show was wonderful! It had many children's stories coming to life on one little ice rink. It was amazing to see the talent of these skaters and how they could all be on this rink without running into each other or the props! Jumps, twirls, etc... so, so good!

The next one we saw was the high diving/water show. Again the talent was tremendous. The way the pool's floor was shallow, then deep... it made for an amazing show. They also incorporated some aerial acrobatics and synchronized swimming. 

The first port we stopped at was Labadee, Haiti. It's a section of Haiti that Royal Caribbean leases from them and they have created a tropical paradise! So many fun excursions and the beaches there are breath taking! Many of our group loved to relax on the beach or in the shops. Some went on the LONGEST zip-line over water in the world. Others had fun parasailing. Like the adventuresome Lisa's.

The second port we stopped at was Folmouth, Jamaica... Look at this beautiful sun rise one of the girls took the day we arrived. So pretty, we had to share it with all of you!

Our last port was Cozumel, Mexico.
The water here was soooo blue! Just gorgeous!! Here they had fun tours of the ruins, caverns, of course shopping, and many private beaches that were perfect for families to relax and play at the same time. A few of us caught a catamaran to go snorkeling and chill at one of the beautiful beaches. 

Whenever we weren't having a blast at the ports, Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings was teaching us all several beautiful wool hand applique projects. We just love how she adds so many techniques in stitching to her classes. It's these techniques we can take and add to other projects we work on in the future. If you have never taken a class with her... we HIGHLY recommend it! You will leave a stronger stitcher because of her knowledge and willingness to share with all of us. Thank you Lisa for all you do! 

Sweet Karen Kuntz finished her wonderful star project... we found out this was her very first hand wool applique project ever!! What! Her work was not only fast, but beautiful... nice job Karen.. xoxo

We had 72 students that gathered with us during this trip. That number doesn't include any of the family or friends they brought along. This image shows the conference room we were set up in. So, so many wonderful ladies from all over the US and several from the UK. We loved getting to know you all and we look forward to our next adventures together!!

In the sewing room we always set up a section for shopping fun treasures. This time we had wonderful items from 
Primitive Gatherings
Vintage Blessing, and 
Olde Green Cupboard
Be sure to check out all their websites to see some of the goodies you can order too.
It's always a good idea to bring one carry-on or suitcase empty for ALL the goodies you end up going home with. Regardless if they come from shopping on your trips or all the free goodies we bless you with for coming. You will definitely need the extra space as you pack to go home. lol!! 

Speaking of the goodies we bring for you... here are a few fun images of our last night in the classroom. We had a fun game for some of the door prizes, plus since it was close to Easter... our ladies picked eggs from a box to receive their next surprises. Three of them chose special eggs and they won great bags gifted from Moda filled with Lisa Bongean's lines of fabric!! How exciting for them!! YEA!!  

Next we chose two names to win the door prize quilts we brought for giveaways.... AHHHH to see the expressions on these ladies made the trip even more fun! Congrats Ladies... xoxo
Everyone left with a door prize to let them know we love them and we were so glad they came to join us. 

We want to thank everyone who came and who helped make this trip such a great success! We couldn't have done it with out you!! 

We had so much fun on this trip, we already have our next cruise planned... here's an image of the ports we will be stopping at to tempt you to join us on the 2019 trip! Come on and join the fun!! More information about it by Clicking the image. xoxo

Sunday, March 25, 2018

We're off to ROME!!!!

Oh yes..... we are on another adventure and you are all invited!!!  Here is the flyer to give you all the information you need to get started registering for the cruise.

14 days - we leave from Miami and end in Rome!!!  Great daily rates.... $74 to $98 @ day!
You do NOT have to be a quilter/crafter... this great rate is for guests too!

This cruise will fill up fast!! DO NOT DELAY!!!

Email Gloria at:

Click on the registration form LINK below to download, print, read, fill out, and send in your registration payments to lock in your spots for the cruise.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Have you signed up yet???

Just in case you haven't had a chance to sign up for Rebekah Smith.... it's time to pick the class or classes of your choice!    Have you had a chance to pick up her new book yet????  I had mine on order and it arrived just in time before my cruise.  I ADORE all of the wonderful projects she has designed!!

Newest book!

Don't forget this one too!

Project 1: Large Sewing Book - Style 1(bird)

 Or.... you may prefer to pick Style 2 (flower pot)

Wooly Basket  - Your choice of the top design or the one under with 2 leaves.

Sewing Roll

 Heather Lynn is teaching this adorable bunny!!

Plus... Gloria Parsons will show you how to Needlepunch and then different ways of finishing your project into something useful!

You can pick one of the following  choices!!!

Go to:
and register today!!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rebekah Smith is COMING!!!

Hi friends!!!!

We are so excited to offer you three great days of fun-filled classes!  Our guest artist is Rebekah Smith!  I have loved her work for years and we have made arrangements for her to teach here in Florida for us!  Check out the beautiful works of art she will be teaching - made from her beautiful hand-dyed wool and her wonderful patterns. Do NOT wait too long to register.  From all of the phone calls and emails I have already received - she will fill her classes quickly.   You have your choice of taking one, two or three classes from her.  If you have any questions regarding her classes or information/instructions on the registration form, please email me at ( or call me (904) 742-1100.  

Rebekah Smith - Folk Artist

along with  Heather Lynn and  Gloria Parsons
from the Olde Green Cupboard....are teaching  
July 12 - 14, 2018
St. Augustine Outlets
500 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine  FL  32084 

Antiques have been a part of Rebekah's life from an early age.  She grew up surrounded by people who especially appreciated the simple lines and bold colors of early American folk art.  She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in graphic design but was dissatisfied with the computerization of the work.  It was Rebekah's mother who challenged her to paint in the style of Rufus Porter.  She gave her a cupboard to paint on, saying "try it and you can keep it".  Rebekah has never stopped painting on old surfaces since.  She has studied the Rufus Porter style and Pennsylvania German folk art, both of which continually inspire her work.  She also enjoys working on interiors, painting murals and stenciling.

A photo of an early example of wool applique inspired her wool work.  She repurposes wool and hand-dyes it, using a combination of natural and commercial dyes.  Rebekah's passion lies in color and design, both talents well-suited to folk art.  She and her husband continually work to restore their 1818 house in the Western Reserve of Ohio, along with their three daughters.

Rebekah has three classes she will be instructing during her visit with us.  We have scheduled one for each day.  She has a maximum class size of 25 students.  You can choose one class or all three.  She can even teach more than two projects in one class.
(see registration form instructions)

Registration for EACH day is $90. 
(This daily rate covers facility, equipment rental, insurance, lunch (dinner is on your own), and refreshments.)
We will have an additional area for those of you who want to sit and sew and continue to enjoy the fun, but may not be taking all the classes. This option is only for those who register for one (or more classes) throughout the three days. This option has the same daily rate of $90 per day to cover the facility costs.

In addition, Heather and Gloria will each be instructing half day classes on Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Once you've had a chance to look over the class selection, print out the registration form and send it in with your daily rate total which is also your registration fee.  Class and kit fees are due no later than June 1, 2018.  
Remember... only 25 students per class.  There has been a HUGE interest in Rebekah's classes.... do not delay in sending your registration forms.  FIRST COME... FIRST SERVE IN THE MAIL.


July 12, 2018       10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 Large Sewing Book - $135.00
Kit includes: Wool, cotton, thread, string, freezer paper, patterns and instructions.  This class requires some pre-work prior to the class day. Rebekah will be emailing these students with details.
(Cottons for the background will vary)
2 different choices to select from.

Choice 1 - Basket of flowers 
Project Size: 9" x 9" closed, 19" x 9" opened 

Choice 2 - Bird
Project Size: 9" x 9" closed, 19" x 9" opened


July 13, 2018       10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wooly Basket - $95.00

Kit includes: Wool, linen, thread, basket, freezer paper,

patterns and instructions. 

2 different pattern choices to select from.
Size:  9" x 9" x 7"

Choice 1 - Flower with 4 leaves
Choice 2 - Flower with 2 leaves


July 14, 2018        10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sewing Roll - $95.00

Kit Includes: Wool, linen, thread, basket, freezer paper,
patterns and instructions. 
 Size:  10 1/2" x 7 1/2"


Heather Lynn
Olde Green Cupboard Designs
Mohair Bears and Friends
Vintage Blessing

Heather fell in love with mohair and wool "critters" when she first saw them in Pennsylvania at one of our primitive markets.  She just knew she could make them... and so true!  Today she makes all types of animals.... bears, bunnies, cats, dogs, foxes, and more.  She has also worked with customers in making mohair and wool replicas of their pets.  Many of her animals have been sent to Australia to assist teaching autistic children.  The joy she finds in watching her students make their first "friend" is a perfect ending to an instructors day! With over 15 years of experience, she will help you fall in love with the joys of making your creation.

July 13 - 14, 2018      4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
(both days are necessary to complete this project)
"Loppy" Bunny Class - $95.00
(Class limited to 15 students)
Kit includes:  Template, Wool, wool roving for the tail, 5 joint sets, embellishments, glass eyes, fabric (may vary in color).

"Loppy" is a wonderful wool lop-eared rabbit that will steal your heart! You will learn how to piece and create character with the techniques Heather will show you to give him a well loved look. Size: 11" tall


   Gloria Parsons
Olde Green Cupboard Designs

After retiring from a 30 year banking career, Gloria set out to live her dream by owning the Olde Green Cupboard - an antique, home d├ęcor, gift and quilt shop.  From the first day the doors opened she has been able to use her background art and business skills to design and teach.  She was honored when she and her employees won the Country Business magazines "Rookie" store of the year... then on to win Better Homes & Garden's top 10 Quilt shop in 2004... then several years later to be featured in their top 20 shops of all times publication.   The most rewarding of all was working along beside her twin sister, Vicky and her daughter, Heather.  She continues to design in wool, basketry, and quilting.   Her love of the fiber arts continues to grow and grow.   The Olde Green Cupboard are also event planners for special groups and companies

The following needle punch patterns are from artist, Shawn Arnett, Threads That Bind and will come complete with weaver's cloth, pattern, backing and all threads.  Choose which one is your favorite for class and we'll show you how to punch, complete the edge and attach the backing.  These larger punched projects look like miniature rugs due to using 6 strands of floss in the construction.  They look stunning attached to cutting boards, box lids, or covering the bottom of a tray.  The class will also show you how to add tongues around the outside edge of each oval project.  We'll meet for instruction Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  You are more than welcome to attend our sit-n-sew any of the three days to work on your project.

Choose one of the options below for class: 
(both days are necessary to complete one of these projects)

 Shepherd's Shade - $95
July 13 - 14, 2018      4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

6” x 11” Oval Punch needle embroidery.
Screen printed on 18" x 20" natural colored weavers cloth.
Punched using 6 strands of DMC embroidery floss.

   Yuletide Trimmings - $95
July 13 - 14, 2018      4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

9”x 6” Oval Punch needle embroidery.
Screen printed on 18" x 20" natural colored weavers cloth.
Punched using 6 strands of DMC embroidery floss.

Checkered Path - $95
July 13 - 14, 2018      4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

12" x 6 ½" punch needle embroidery.
Screen printed on 18" x 20" natural colored weavers cloth.
Punched using 6 strands of DMC embroidery floss.

Supply lists will give options for appropriate tools.


We hope you find one, two or more classes that you will enjoy!  Remember... even if you attend only one class.... you still can attend all three days and sit and sew...!  What fun!  

We will provide supply lists 30 days prior to class.  We will also email each of you a map on the location of the classroom in the mall.  All attendees are responsible for securing their own lodging. A listing of local hotels will be prepared for any of you attending from out of the Jacksonville, St. Augustine area.  

We hope to hear from your soon! 

Gloria, Heather and Vicky
Olde Green Cupboard Designs