New from CrabApple Hill

“Where the treetops glisten, and children listen, to hear sleighbells in the snow!”

Sleighbells

In Meg’s words: This joyful quilt is covered with playful snow families having fun in their wintry world! The embroidery is all very basic redwork… so no complicated stitches to slow you down. The piecing is all easy enough for a beginning quilter. And at 65″ x 72″ it is a great throw size.

The pattern is due to arrive early next month so place your orders now!

A Crabapple Hill Alphabet

In Meg’s words: Make a border of wildflowers for your favorite flowery room in the house! I have included the entire alphabet, so you can choose any word/words/names you’d like to personalize your garden banner, and eleven beautiful flowers to choose from. There’s just something about a pennant banner that makes me happy immediately… like a garden party is getting ready to begin! I’ve also made a couple to use as beautiful bookmarks that make me smile! What a sweet shower decoration – just make sure you have all of the letters you need!

Garden Party Banner


Six pretty flowers! These can be made into brooches with the addition of a pin back, fobs or zipper pulls with the addition of a ring, clasp, ribbon or cord, glued to a large paper clip or bookmark, or simply embroidered onto something that needs beautiful embellishments! Parts of the designs can be colored pencil tinted, but are mostly filled with embroidery.

Wildflower Brooches & Fobs

Block #4 of Twilight Garden is also expected.

Twilight Garden Block of the Month Block 4 Daisy

And Blocks 9 and 10 of Hope Blooms will be ready for those of you doing that block of the month program.

Hope Blooms Block of the Month Blocks 9 & 10

These patterns are due to arrive later this month so place your orders now.

New from Meg Hawkey

This new block of the month by Meg Hawkey is called Hope Blooms. Each block blooms with a variety of beautiful roses which are stitched and then tinted to add the depth and charm we all love.

Each pattern in the series contains patterns for two embroidered blocks. The first pattern includes the instructions for the quilt layout and pieced blocks so you can work on those as you go as well.

The finished quilt measures 51 1/2″, perfect for a throw or wall hanging. This pattern is due to arrive the middle of next month so place your orders now.

O’ Christmas Tree

I had a friend who worked on an intricate holiday embroidery pattern each year. She would bring it out after her decorations were up and do handwork during the season. When the tree came down, the project was stored away as well. When it was actually done, we were both kind of sad because it had been so nice to revisit it each year. I am gifting her this pattern this year!

O Christmas Tree

The embroidery center panel measures 19″ x 16″ and should keep her busy through several holidays. To make it extra special, I will piece the surrounding blocks that turn it into a 56 1/2″ throw. What a great way to combine both of our talents and create more memories!

The pattern is due to arrive in December, so why not order yours now and start your own tradition???

New from Crabapple Hill

Hand embroidery and English Paper-Piecing are the perfect marriage – handwork at its best! Now Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill has designed two projects around these two favorites!

The Mystery of Enchanted Hollow is a 9 month Block of the Month series. It start off with the pattern for your first stitchery, directions for English Paper Piecing the stitchery “frames”, and instructions for a pieced mystery block or 2. The quilt assembly pattern will be included with the final stitched block, when the mystery will be solved! The quilt measures 64 1/2″ x 76 1/2″.

The Mystery of Enchanted Hollow 1 Black Cat


Then there is Winter Garden…in Meg’s words….

There’s nothing as full of hope for the future than a garden waiting beneath the snow. It’s time for seed catalogs and pages full of plans for Spring! This contains a tiny bit of colored pencil tinting, dainty little embroideries, some English Paper Piecing, and a bit of easy piecing. You’ll have so much fun stitching the fir boughs!

Winter Garden

The detail of the embroidery and the soft colors in the English Paper-Pieced frames are so stunning, I had to show you a sample that highlights the details.

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And then there is Daffodil Parade – her newest installment in the Vintage Truck pattern series. March’s flower is the daffodil. This 15-1/2” x 30-1/2” wallhanging doesn’t only have daffodils on the embroidered design… the pieced star blocks look like daffodils too!

Daffodil Parade

All of these patterns are due to arrive this month so place your orders now!


Memory Lane with Crabapple Hill

I love Meg’s Memory Lane series of vintage trucks and the truck with a heart banner that will remind you that love is in the air. This pattern is due to arrive the middle of this month. – the perfect hand project to remind you of the season.

Vintage Love

Vintage Love is the fourth in the Memory Lane series. Why not stitch them all? Snowball Delivery is a both a continuation of December… and a joyous January!

Snowball Delivery


The December pattern is a happy, little snow family driving their big, beautiful Christmas tree home!

Bringing Home The Tree

November Drive will remind you of visits to the pumpkin patch.

November Drive

The patterns include instructions on tinting the embroidery – an adult’s coloring book!

Noah’s Journey Block of the Month

Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio has released the next two installments of her 12 month BOM ark series which will finish to 66 1/2″ x 78 1/2″. Meg releases these as a mystery quilt – you have to trust that you will love the final quilt as you stitch each month – and we ALWAYS do!

I love Meg’s descriptions of the blocks and will incorporate them into the story I tell my grandchildren:

The pigs were a little bit leery about getting out on the water! Noah’s crew has outfitted them with floatation rings, so they’re happy now, and hopefully they’ll take them off at some point during the journey! The Canada Geese can’t wait for the rains to start, and the turtles and snails are bringing up the rear…slowly! Three blocks in this single pattern!

Noah's Journey #3 Pigs Geese and Turtles

The monkeys decided to hitch a ride to the ark, and the camels were happy to oblige! They’re expecting rain, but it’s sunny right now, so this pretty lady is wearing her favorite hat so that her cheeks don’t get overly pink.

Noah's Journey #4 Camels & Monkeys

These two additions will be released in the next few weeks. The original blocks follow:

Let’s all get started with the large 24”x 24” Ark block! Almost every floss and colored pencil used in the quilt are used in this block! The colored pencil tinting is easy and fun, and the stitching isn’t anything a confident beginner couldn’t easily handle. Jump on board, we’re almost ready to sail!

Noah's Journey #1 The Ark


A lovely little Kangaroo couple with baby in tow! The bunnies have had to wait in line quite a while… so here are a few more!

Noah's Journey #2 Kangaroos and Rabbits

It is the perfect season for handwork! Who doesn’t love to pick up a needle and thread and sit in front of a fire! Order your patterns today!

Noah Meets CrabApple Hill

I love everything that Meg Hawkey designs – and this new series is truly special!

Noah's Journey #1 The Ark

In her words:

The animals are lining up to board the Ark! This whimsical 12 month BOM of the ark and it’s sometimes silly animals, all comes together in an enchanting 66 1/2” x 78 1/2” quilt. We’ll start with the large Ark block, and then move on to months where there will be 1 to 3 blocks given in one pattern, ending with the quilt assembly pattern. Most of the embroidery floss colors needed for the entire quilt are used in the Ark block, with a few more being added later. 
The embroidery on all of these blocks would be very easy for a confident beginner. The piecing in the quilt is the same… easy, but impressive looking! Instructions for cutting all of the embroidered blocks are given in the Ark pattern so you can have all of your stitching fabric ready to go!

Noah's Journey #2 Kangaroos and Rabbits

I can’t wait to see this quilt as it emerges each month! The first patterns are due in any day!

Halloween at Crabapple Hill

Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios has designed six new patterns that will be shipping next month. Meg does such an incredible job of describing her patterns that I am going to bow to her:

Let me introduce you to the owner of Bitterbottom Herbs, a very well known and respected nursery in Lower Sneegleshire. She spends long hours in the garden and preserving rooms always accompanied by her faithful and loving cat Mr. Teedles. They take long breaks together in the garden, basking in the same sunshine that makes her glorious herbs grow. The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing, and her Scherenschnitte style border is easy to stitch.

Madawnga Bitterbottom

Let me introduce you to our prize winning Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin grower! You can always find her in Spellcaster’s Garden carefully tending her special plants. They always produce absolutely the BEST shapes and sizes for Jack o’ Lanterns! Every step of her day she is accompanied by her faithful sidekick, ICK. Yes, his name is ICK. But he IS a big, black garden spider after all! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing, and her Scherenschnitte style border is easy to stitch.

Zurbinda Bitterbottom

High on a hill in the center of Spellcaster’s Garden, is the Stitching Tree. Witches come from far and near to sit under the tree and embroidery together. It’s said that it has magical powers that greatly improve things like Bullion stitches… but the truth is, it’s just fun to sit in its shade together and visit while we stitch! This pattern was designed to match the tree print in the Spellcaster’s Garden fabric line, and it mimics Scherenschnitte. The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing.

The Stitching Tree

Your spell book, scrolls, magic needles and pins… All perched on your favorite broom! Ready for your favorite stitching “spell”? The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing.

Sewing Spells

Vintage style Halloween Cats center the wonky pieced star blocks on this quick and easy quilt. They’re just SO MUCH fun! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting.

Spellcatster Stars


A fun Halloween row quilt for only the most MODERN witches! Herbs, Jack o’Lantern Vines, and Herb Plant Markers are planted on some of the rows, while appliqued borders could easily be done traditionally, or by machine. The piecing is easy, easy, easy! Because of the simple row piecing, it would be really easy to make this quilt larger or smaller! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, some simple applique, and easy piecing.

Spellcaster Garden Rows

Whether you choose to frame them or incorporate them into a quilt, her Halloween designs are always the highlight of the show!