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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 dots...like 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!