Thursday, December 15, 2016

We're Back!!

Yes, it's been a long time since our last post, but man have we been busy!  We finished Market and Festival, spent a week in Wisconsin, celebrated Thanksgiving, went to another quilt retreat, did some Christmas shopping, and relaxed - well maybe, but not really! Personally, I feel like I've been going 90 to nothing since mid-October when we were getting ready for Market and Festival and I think I can say the same for Paula and she didn't get to go to the second quilt retreat!! And now we're all in pre-Christmas mode! Paula is having her family home for Christmas and Peter and I will be traveling to Louisville and upstate NY.  Why, you ask, am I leaving beautiful, sunny, warm Florida and heading to the frozen tundra?  Family!  It's all about family!!

Today I want to share some information with you about our upcoming retreat in Texas. Paula and I are sponsoring a retreat at "And Sew It Began" Retreat house in LaPorte, TX in February 2017. We're hoping 14 of you will join us for 4 fun-filled days of quilting.

Here are the details and some pictures to get you started on thinking about this wonderful experience. 
A printable brochure with all the information is available on our website: click on this link:
The registration form is available at this link:
For additional information or questions, please call:
 281 232-2583 

Red Crinoline Quilts Texas Retreat
February 7-12, 2017
And Sew It Began
211 South First Street
LaPorte, TX 77571

Retreat Cost: $875 - all inclusive
Class Fee
Meals and Lodging
Guaranteed laughs 

Your four days at the retreat include: 3 days of class instruction and sewing time, a day of retail therapy at Painted Pony 'n Quilts and antiquing, a trunk show, demos, and tips and techniques. RCQ will also have kits and patterns available for sale.

Paula will be teaching 2 new mini-quilts. Complete kits (fabrics for the top, backing and binding are exactly as featured in the sample) will be provided for both quilts.
Little Bear Paw measures 34"x34" and is one of the new quilts in the RCQ Favorites #4 pattern and features fabric from Paula's new Indigo collection.

Star Formation measures 24"x24" and was originally designed for the Marcus Makers booth at Market. It features fabrics from Paula's Heritage Reds collection.

And Sew It Began is owned by our dear friend, Ronda Stockton.  Ronda and her husband David remodeled this 1900's Sears craft house and it is just beautiful. Each bedroom sleeps 3 or 4 people and has it's own bathroom.  The new spacious classroom building provides each student with a comfortable chair and ample table space (we know how you like to spread out).
This is the 1930's room.  Look at those adorable vintage crocheted dresses!

Ronda made the beautiful quilt hanging on the wall.

The RCQ room - that's our Carolina hanging on the wall and Long Road Home on the bed.

This is the spacious classroom.

If you're like me and didn't have much of a Christmas list for the family, this is something you can tell them about!  Deposit of $100 is due with the registration form and the remainder of the payment will be due by January 9, 2017.

We hope you'll be able to join us!

Today's laugh: I currently have a rather large bin of projects sitting in my sewing room - personal quilts, exchanges, future book quilts and 1 uncompleted business quilt. Paula knows about my bin, but doesn't know how much is in it any given time.  The other day she asked if I was done with sewing for the year.  I quickly listed what's in the bin and she responded - "Phew, I don't have to feed the beast!"  She was worried I was going to tell her I needed something to sew and she just doesn't have time right now to design a quilt and pick fabric for it! The beast is full -  at this time!!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen


Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the men and women that have served in our Armed Forces.
We are the Land of the Free because of the Brave. 

Paula and I are heading out tomorrow to our Cotton 'n Wool Gathering at Primitive Gatherings in Menasha, Wisconsin. We'll be teaching Harmony Mills, a new quilt that Paula designed and Lisa will be teaching a wool project.  We have shopping trips planned and all sorts of fun things to keep us busy. We're looking forward to meeting all of the ladies that will be joining us on Sunday. Be sure to watch for pictures!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Mystery BOW Week 10/Finishing

Today is a big day!! Not only have we come to the end of our Fall Mystery Block of the Week 2016, but International Quilt Market and Festival are now over! Never has a bed felt so good!! It's been a long 10 days, but they were good days!

And now what you have all been waiting for: THE QUILT!! We hope you love it as much as we do!

This is going to be a very short post today.  Peter is heading back to St. Pete this morning and we need to get just a little more physical labor out of him!  He flew over yesterday to help us take down and load the trailer and this morning he will help us unload the trailer and get all the stuff back into the warehouse. Plus I have to pack up the empty suitcase he brought with him - need to get all the stuff I found at Market and Festival back home! You know, stash building!!

I didn't get a chance to get many pictures during Festival, but here are a couple I thought you might like. The booth set up for Festival is the same as it was for Market; we just added about 7 more quilts, kits and fabric bundles! Picture #2 - yes that is Paula and I with a Texas Longhorn, Gus to be exact! He was Stitchin' Heaven's booth mascot and no he won't be traveling with us on our Stitchin' Heaven cruise in January, but if you look very closely to the left of Paula you will see Little Gus and he'll be on the ship!

Paula and I would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth to shop and visit.  It was so nice to get a chance to meet some of you and you were all so complimentary!  We were the ones leaving the show every day with a swelled head!! Thank you!
The suitcase is calling!! Enjoy piecing your tops and remember to send pictures as you finish your quilts. We've enjoyed seeing your blocks, so we can't wait to see your quilts.

Next up on our travel agenda is Wisconsin and our Wool 'n Cotton Retreat with Lisa Bongean! We head out on Saturday.  We're looking forward to meeting all of you and spending the week stitching and having fun and of course for us southern climate people, the cooler weather!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen


Monday, October 31, 2016

Fall Mystery BOW Week 9/Block 9

Well folks, we've made it to to Week 9 - the last week for blocks.  Next week will be the finishing instructions. I would say those weeks went by pretty quickly. We hope you've enjoyed our little Fall Mystery Block of the Week and that you will join us if we decide to do it again. Here's block 9:

Paula and I are finishing up International Quilt Market today.  We set-up on Thursday and Friday and the show began on Saturday.  We've been busy, but I think that probably the best part has been seeing old friends and making new ones.  On Tuesday and Wednesday we set-up for International Quilt Festival and that show opens on Wednesday night and runs through next Sunday.  By then I will be totally exhausted!! This getting up every morning at 6 AM is about to kill me.  I am all about no alarm clocks and relaxing in bed with my iPad for as long as I like in the morning.  I have not had my iPad bonding time and I miss it!! We are in booth 1419, so stop by and say hello, check out the new patterns and see what we have available in kits.

Luckily we don't have to change much in our booth to go from Market to Festival.  The biggest challenge will be adding about 8 more quilts, but I have the utmost confidence in Paula - I know she can do it!!  Here are some pictures of our booth for Market: 
Old City Gates

Charlotte (Indigo collection) and Regimental Stars

Hanging quilts: Regimental Stars, James River, Wilderness Road, Gettysburg

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WOW Wednesday - News

As I mentioned last week, today's WOW Wednesday is going to be a little different.  Instead of sharing one of our quilts, I'm going to tell you about some upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.  WOW Wednesday will get back to quilts after Festival and then I'll share all of our new quilts!

We've decided to hit the road again - not quilt shows, but retreats! Paula has taught on quilt cruises and we just love doing that, but we've decided to try some retreats on land! We have two different retreats booked and we hope you'll be able to join us at one of them!

First up: 
    February 7-12, 2017 at And Sew It Began in LaPorte, TX. This is the retreat house that our good friend Ronda Stockton owns.  She remodeled a Sears kit house, built a separate building as the classroom and now it is a perfect place for a retreat. We have openings for only 14 people, so sign up now because it will fill up quickly. The cost is $875/person and includes food and lodging for 5 nights, 3 days of instruction, kits for your classes, RCQ trunk show, demos, and a visit to Painted Pony 'n Quilts and local antique stores for some retail therapy. Transportation to and from the retreat house will be on your own. Click on the link below for the registration form.  Once you have registered, you will receive a schedule for the retreat. For more information, please contact me at: 
            or 281 232-2583.

Paula will be teaching both mini quilts at the retreat:

For a complete look at the retreat house,click here:
Up next:
   Our "Sun and Sew Get Away", September 18-24, 2017 on the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  Our good friends from Olde Green Cupboard have organized this six-day quilting and sewing retreat and they are the contact people. For information and registration, go to:    

The flyer provides most of the information you need, but here are the highlights:
  - location: Atlantis - a beautiful house with 22 master suites, situated right on the beach
  - original quilt designed by Paula Barnes - kit included in fee
  - trunk show and shopping area for students
  - demos by Paula and Mary Ellen
  - Make and Take It Projects with the gals from Olde Green Cupboard
  - lodging, meals, project kits, door prizes, etc all included. 
Prices $1300-$1600, depending upon room type

We hope you will be able to join us on one of these adventures. We look forward to hearing from you.
Just a reminder - we are at International Quilt Market and Festival for the next two weeks, so if you call us and we don't answer, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Mystery BOW Week 8/Block 8

Week 8/block 8 is coming to you today from Houston!! I flew over last Wednesday to help Paula with the final preparations for Market and Festival - pattern editing, pattern stuffing, kit making, and other assorted fun activities - but more about that later.   Without further adieu, here is Block 8.

We've been doing most of the cutting, folding and assembling at Paula's house and all I can say is we have made a mess! Bins, bolts of fabric, scraps, plastic bags, paper and lint are everywhere! We load the trailer on Wednesday afternoon/Thursday morning, so Wednesday morning is clean up and restore Paula's house to it's usual splendor! We can do this!!

Thursday is set up day for Market and it officially opens on Saturday, October 29th.   Market is for shop owners and wholesale purchasing. Festival begins with Preview Night on Wednesday, November 3rd and runs through Sunday, November 6th and is for retail sales.  I'll be heading back home on Wednesday and then on Saturday, Paula and I head to Wisconsin for our Cotton 'n Wool Gathering with Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings.  We have a couple of last minute openings, so if you're looking for a fun retreat, check out Olde Green Cupboard's website for more information.
Be sure you stop by later this week for our WOW Wednesday post.  I'm going to be sharing some exciting upcoming events with Red Crinoline Quilts.

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WOW Wednesday VI

It's Wednesday again! Where did the week go? The days are just flying by, but at least I'm getting done the things that need to get done.  My "to do" list for today looks pretty good; good as in almost finished! YAY! The biggest item on my list is: go to airport.  Yup, today I head over to Houston.  I'm going over early so Paula and I can finish kits, patterns, etc and be ready for next Wednesday when Peter flies over and we load the trailer.  Thursday is move in and set up day for Fall Market and if it isn't done by Thursday, then it just doesn't get done!  

I will tell you now that there is a very good chance that there won't be a WOW Wednesday post for next Wednesday.  Once I get to Paula's we will get really focused on Market and Festival prep and writing a blog post doesn't always make the "to do" list.  I will post pictures once we are set up for Market and share some highlights. The same will go for the week of Festival.  Festival days go until 7 PM and by the time we eat dinner and drive back to Paula's I'm lucky I can walk in the house and get to bed!! We really do look forward to these two events though because we finally get to see all of our people - shop owners, customers, friends - it's like a big family reunion!!

For today's WOW Wednesday, I'm going to share a new quilt! It's actually a re-do of our original Union Tents, but done in Latimer Farms.  This is officially a Market/Festival quilt, but we thought you might like a nice up close and personal look at this quilt now.  We will probably do this with the other new quilts once Festival is done and we add them to the website.

Union Tents is pieced using 1 pack of 10"x10" squares, 1 background fabric and 1 border fabric.  The fabric packet provides enough fabric for a pieced backing also. If you remember, the original Union Tents featured Paula's Historical Stripes collection and the new version is made from Latimer Farms and we didn't use the stripe in the quilt top at all. Using just small prints makes the quilt look so different from the stripe version. I am in love with the colors and fabrics in Latimer Farms. 

Union Tents - Historical Stripes version

The original quilt had custom quilting and the Latimer Farms version was quilted by Pat Meeks and has the tight stipple that we love so much.  Pat even washes them for us when she's done and they are so soft.  Thank you Jeanne Horton of Country Sampler (Spring Green, WI) for sharing this beautiful quilting technique.

Kits for both versions are available on our website:
As with all of our kits, the pattern is included. The pattern is also available if you want to use your own fabrics - remember to share a picture if you do that.  We love to see someone else's interpretation of our pattern.

Time to finish the packing and get ready to head to the airport.  I hope we'll get to see/meet some of you at Market and Festival.  We are in booth 1419 for both events.  Please stop by and say hello!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen