Sunday, October 16, 2011

Boxwood & Berries~Day 1

At last Day 1 arrived!
When we walked into the Schoolroom, we were immediately struck by our project for the day ~ Maggie's beautiful wool bedcover. I was a little intimidated by the piecing of the background as I am not a quilter. But I should have known ~ with Maggie's straight forward style and shortcuts we would soon be on our way...
The Schoolroom itself is always inspiring with lovely quilts, needlework and vignettes scattered about.
At each place setting was our kit displayed so sweetly in a wire laundry style basket. A perfect place to keep my project while working on it at home. Of course, I dove right in before remembering to take a photo, so I had to take one now at home.

During our lunch break a few of us took a drive to Yore in Gotham, Wisconsin.
A sweet shop with antiques and prim home decor.
We pieced the main part of our background in the afternoon and started tracing and cutting the applique pieces for the urn of flowers.
After a delicious dinner, Maggie treated us to a trunk show of all of her projects from her new book "Buttonwood Farm". What an incredible treat to see all of these works of art in person!
To hear about her inspiration and creative process was a joy and made us want to create even more!
The Buttonwood Farm bed cover was stunning!
And as incredible as everything looks in the book, it made my heart sing even more to see it in person.
After seeing all these lovelies in person, I had to run into Country Sampler and purchase the kits for Old Blue Indigo Flowers Pillow, Wool Bird Applique Pillow, and 19th Century Wool Hearth Rug. And I think most of the other ladies in the workshop did the same :) If you are interested in the Maggie kits, you can find Country Sampler by clicking here.
Also, did you know that Maggie has a pattern featured in the December 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting? We had to run out and pick that up as well :)
I think we all went to sleep at the end of Day 1 with visions of wool dancing in our heads!
I hope that this gives you a glimpse at our adventure at Boxwood & Berries!
Day 2 will follow shortly...
Blessings, Patti


Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Patti,
What a wonderful place to work on your quilts. All of that beauty all around
you while you are creating something of
your own. The urns and flowers design
is lovely. And, I see why you brought
home all of those kits. They are
gorgeous! I hope you put up a photo of
the rug when you finish it.
Warm Regards,

Raymond Homestead said...

Patti, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us! I'm lovin every minute of it!

Sue said...

Hi Patti,
I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I am a new follower and so happy!
I just love Maggie Bonanomi. She inspires me with her work and I love her simple approach to her designs and instruction. How wonderful that you got to hear her teach! That bed quilt in the first photo is one on my to-do list. That's a beauty.
Thanks for sharing all this goodness with us.

Joy said...

Thanks for sharing...what a wonderful class.

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

Thanks for sharing Patti! I haven't seen the Buttonwood Farm book yet, but it looks like it's another "must have". Looking forward to reading more! BTW, love your new header! ~Roberta

Anonymous said...

Dear Patti,
Thanks for sharing your day 1. I am as excited to hear about it as you were to live it. Wish the blog updates came with emotional/aroma vision so you could pass on the wonderful smells and wisdom that comes from a retreat like this. Country sampler always smells so good when you get your packages home with you it is like magic how they do that.
How hard was it to go to sleep that night? I bet it was very hard, I'm sure you just wanted to keep going all night.

annie said...

Her work is stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!

WoolenSails said...

That is such a great retreat, love her work and so much eye candy.


TheCrankyCrow said...

Great post Patti - I so love that bed cover you're working on - and the wool bird is another favorite....Maggie has a style so uniquely her own....what a remarkable lady....Thanks for "taking us along!" Looking forward to day 2....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Nancy in MT said...

Oh, I think I need to buy that book, the projects are stunning.
Nancy in Mt