A big, beautiful sage green farmhouse sits on the south side of the Main Road in Southold with lots of land stretching back beyond it. Head down the eastern most driveway and you will happen upon another large building. This is the Farmhouse Quilt Company. There's a chicken coop to your left, and two rabbit hutches on the west side of the building. Stroll up the brick pathway past the white picket fence. On the porch, rocking chairs are waiting for you to sit a while and admire the quilt that's hanging there and the mums that decorate the doorway. Did you die and go to heaven?
This is all the creation of Janet Heins, who owns the farmhouse with her husband Eric, and has a thriving long-arm quilting business as well as the Farmhouse Quilt Company. Beautiful fabrics are everywhere and Janet's quilts hang on the walls. It has lots of windows and the late autumn sun streams in onto the big worktable, just perfect for classes. There's coffee, tea and apple cider and a homemade pumpkin cake -- made by Janet's husband! Can it get any better? Yep.
|Janet's prize winning quilt|
|Candy for quilters|
|Hard at work|
Janet's daughter Lindsay, who is her mom's right hand woman, lives upstairs with her charming family and their puppies -- yes -- two puppies! A 5 month old yellow lab named Chase and a brand new black lab whose name I can't remember. And I can't forget Gregory, the gray cat with gorgeous green eyes. (The chickens and rabbits are Lindsay's, too). I am in heaven. But it doesn't stop there! Later in the day Janet's youngest daughter arrives with a toddler and a brand new baby boy named Mason. And I got to hold and feed him!
|More eye candy|
|Such serious students . . .|
|Lindsay and Janet hard at work|
In between all this fun stuff, I taught a rug hooking class. It's such a pleasure to share my love of rug hooking with people who want to make rugs too, and the students yesterday were all quick learners. Lindsay hooked the most perfect letters I have ever seen. She's a natural, as is her mom. We're already planning another hooking class, and a needle punch class, too. Can you tell I was thrilled with the day? I am hoping to teach many classes at Janet's shop. I felt so welcome there. I felt at home. Thank you, Janet!