Sunday, July 19, 2009

Visiting Meg at Crabapple Hill




Last week Karleen called and asked, "What are you doing today?". "Hmmmm, dishes, some laundry, and a bit of weeding in the yard. Why?" She responded with "How about coming with me on a part of the quilt hop? Crabapple Hill Studios is open to participants this week." That's all it took! I forgot about everything else. Crabapple Hill Designs are my favorite embroidery designs and are especially famous in our area. Meg's studio isn't open to the public, selling instead to quilt shops and online internationally, but she made an exception this year for this special event. It was even better than I imagined! Our adventure started when Karleen picked me up and we headed for a quilt shop in town. There we received our 'secret' instructions and an address. Using the GPS TomTom really helped as we maneuvered from one freeway to the next, finally taking a winding country road until we saw the sign "Quilt Hop" printed on a banner and attached to a fence! A long driveway wound about until we ended up in front of an inviting and cozy studio. Flowering plants and a sign welcomed us from the outside. Inside, cheerful voices and smiling faces greeted us with graciousness. Yes, I was welcome to take pictures for my blog! Yippee! I knew that blog readers would enjoy this little tour. I especially thought of Elizabeth from Turtle Cottage, who stitches daily and loves Meg's designs. Displays of beautiful designs and sample projects, patterns galore, three types of embroidery floss in any color you could imagine, and more were a feast for the eyes. It was difficult to choose between serious shopping and visiting with the pleasant ladies who were working there. I left feeling I did a little of both, but not near enough of either one! Crabapple Hill Studios is my kind of place! Please check out the Crabapple Hill Studio website for awesome designs and project ideas. And if you really love hand-stitching like I do, you'll enjoy Meg's blog, Knot-y Girl's Stitchery Club as well. Now, off to start a new embroidery project --- shall I start on tea towels or a wall hanging? I'm trying to decide. In the meantime, enjoy the slide show. Be sure to go 'full screen' and turn on the sound!

10 comments:

  1. Oh I am sooooooooooooooooo jealous, I really wanted to go. But I am thrilled you were able to. You went for me (incase you did not know that :-) xoxoxo Clarice

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  2. Hello,
    Oh I am doing a Happy Dance and Drooling. LOL How wonderful. Thank you for thinking of me. Do you know of a shop that is carrying her new line of Fabric that I can order from?She has a couple new patterns I am going to order. Have you tried the new Floss by Cosom? Ok fess up how much did you buy???? If I had been with you all we would have needed a u haul. LOL
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  3. Wow! That was incredible. She certainly does an amazing job displaying her items...all so lovely. Beautiful photos and a great way to show them all, LaTeaDah. I really liked that old gate as a bulletin board and all those buttons in the sugar bowl and the old bike and the towels hanging on lines...

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  4. That was a mini vacation for the eyes. Beautiful!

    I loved it.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your time at Crabapple Hill. I only wish I had been with you! What a wonderful place. It inspires me to get out some of her patterns and get started on the gifts I have planned to do for a long time. Maybe I'll do one while my sweetheart drives us to California in a couple of weeks. That would be a good thing to do while passing the miles! Thanks for the wonderful photos. I'm off to their website!
    ~Adrienne~

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  6. Nicely done, LtD! It's not so overwhelming through the lens! Love the background music!

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  7. That was absolutely wonderful!! It makes me want to get out my projects that I bought from there. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  8. Wish I could have been there too, thank you for sharing it.
    Duchess xx

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  9. Me too; so jealous! Thanks so much for sharing Crabapple Hill Studio. I loved each and every picture. Just my kind of place.

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  10. I'm sure you all would have enjoyed Crabapple Hill Studios. Thanks for the supportive comments. I hope everyone has their embroidery needle busy by now! I'm making the vegetable tea towel set and the sampler called The Embroiderers Blessing. It was hard to decide what to get --- everything was beautiful!

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