So much to catch up on…
The recipe for Oysters Swiss Chard Gratin has been found – corrected – updated. It’s below and to the left.
It took me an extra few days because I was “not here” – I was away from the office
working h aving fun… a bit of both.
I left on Thursday for a trip to Washington State to attend a retreat at Meg Hawkey’s Crabapple Hill Studio in Benton City – near Kennewick and Richland. You might know Meg’s amazing work from her patterns – they combine embroidery, applique, patchwork and crayon-tinting.
Working. Definitely working.
On Friday, those of us who had never done it before – moi – learned crayon-tinting. Then we started stitching our Winter-themed project – with a short break for making a lovely beaded scissor fob. Saturday was more stitching – in between making a terrific no-sewing involved jute tote with ruffles on one side – with Tole Christmas fabric by Gina Martin – and an adorable little snowman jar.
If you’re a fan of Meg’s work – and Meg! – I highly recommend the retreat as it was a wonderful experience. Meg is funny, nice, and a terrific teacher – and she’s thought of everything. The retreat-studio is a feast for your eyes – and a feast for your tummy, you’ll be very well fed.
The adventure part of it was getting there, and then getting back to Seattle. Long story short – after carefully checking every possible detail about the trip from Seattle-to-Benton City, and from Portland-to-Benton City, I decided to fly into Seattle. It made sense – except I’d forgotten to consider the December weather. It seems the road I’d planned to take – the most direct route – is sometimes closed when it gets cold.
Let it suffice to say that I went from Seattle to Benton City via Portland. I didn’t get to see much on the drive there since it was late and raining very hard – late because I got stuck in really bad traffic in Seattle – is that an oxymoron? The road through the Snoqualmie Pass was “better” on Sunday morning but given my vast experience driving in snow, ice, and slush – it’s pretty much non-existent; my made-for-the-conditions vehicle – a rental car that may-or-may-not have front-wheel drive; and my need to get back to Seattle to make a 3:15 flight home… I decided to go back the same way I’d come.
That was a terrific decision – very worthwhile. In the dark and heavy rain, I didn’t know that the highway went along the Columbia River through the gorge.
Even with a gray, overcast, rainy morning… I loved every minute of it.
I even took a slight detour – okay, it’s right by the side of the highway. Multnomah Falls. Yes, I walked up to the bridge above the lower falls for a better look at the top. Because my umbrella was at home and my jacket was in the trunk of the car, I got a little bit wet.
And I loved every minute of that too.
The “working” or “almost working” part was Thursday – I spent several hours at the offices of Martingale in Bothell. Did you know their offices are open to the public?
I didn’t get any pictures because we were so busy
laughing and chatting working! When I put my bag down for the tour, I forgot all about it until we were done. Next time, right?
We talked quite a bit about the upcoming All-in-a-Row book – it arrived in Dallas while I was in Washington.
Before I forget – the last time I showed this book, someone mentioned that they were thrilled the book is spiral-bound. That was me – I do that with books I know I’m going to be using a lot.
I know I’ll be using this one because there is a blog hop coming and a sew-along – starting in January! And since my row is in the book, I will be participating. I really love this quilt…
Mine will be different – it will have a house row. The houses are curiously – noticeably! – absent from this quilt.
I do love these fabrics – Prairie by Corey Yoder / Meadow Bloom by April Rosenthal / Simply Colorful II by V & Co.. The backgrounds are from Behind the Scenes by Jen Kingwell – No. 18114 13 and 18114 26.
Did I mention that the blog hop and sew-along are being described as “faboo fabric fun”? To read more about it – here’s the skinny on the fun. You can also see all the rows, who made each row, and see some of the other quilt options.
That’s all I can think of for now – more later.