Monday, April 13, 2015

A Quilter Lives At Parsonage Winery!

Since we were attending Empty Spools and both the seminar and Mary Ellen reside in Monterey County...we had to add a visit with Mary Ellen to our itinerary.  Mary Ellen is a quilter and a vintner. I say quilter, in a way like...she is a quilter like me...NOT.  She is an artist!  She and her husband grow grapes, create wine at the Parsonage Winery, where HH and I became wine club members.  Becoming friends with Mary Ellen was easy...just follow the in those dot to dot pages you did as a kid.  I traveled to Monterey/Carmel for a business meeting...stopped at Back Porch Fabrics...met Jeanne of Jeanne Mills Tours...went to Patchwork ~ Europe...where Mary Ellen was Jeanne's travel assistant.  You see, if a quilter keeps her eyes open there are other amazing quilters all around her!!! LOL

The setting of Mary Ellen's quilt life is perfection.  The Carmel Valley is like a bit of heaven.  When I was a kid my dad used to take us on Sundays to the Thunderbird Bookstore, which was in a renovated barn.  We would spend the entire day enjoying books in the sun. 

The Parsonage Winery is a boutique winery with it's own tasting room in the Village.  They have won numerous tasting awards.  I love when the wine club shipment arrives in Sisters :)  How so you mix a quilter and a vintner ...well, photos of some of Mary Ellen's quilts are printed onto the labels...and, the reserve wines are named after her grandsons :)

Each time I am in Mary Ellen's presence I come away with a piece of wisdom.  My current state of quilting existence is to make mental lists of what I NEED to accomplish...what my GOALS are...and sometimes...I walk into my sewing room and feel stress from all the projects.  Mary Ellen's sewing room is a sanctuary.  She enjoys the process...however long it takes.  She doesn't take short cuts to just get it over with.  She will work, cutting out fabric laying it out on a design wall and then if she is not satisfied she'll take it down and start over!!!  So, tell me what kind of quilter are you???  I always feel at peace when I leave Mary Ellen's quilting life and I think I want to readjust my view of my quilting life...what was my 2015 word of the year???  Oh yeah, RELEASE!!!  Enjoy the slide show!

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