Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day two hundred and forty-two of that project.

This quilt block shows a tall two story house. On either side of the house are two large plants with ferns coming out of them. The ferns are penned in green strokes, while the pots are duotone polka-dot fabrics. The house itself is a dark tan color with a very dark brown door on the left. To the right of the door is a quilt block on display in a frame, and to the right of that is a yellow window with a hatch pattern over it in gray. Above these items is writing in script that says, "Maggie's Retreat." Then two similar windows appear on the second story. Above that is a dark brown triangle roof with white outline stitching.

Maggie Hunter loves her house.

It’s a beautiful old house that has been carefully and lovingly maintained. She lives there with her husband and 4 children. The children all grew up and left to have lives of their own.

Unfortunately, after a few short years, Maggie’s husband passed.

Now, what was she to do with her big old house? She rattled around in it for a while and started working part-time at the quilt shop.

She was surprised by how much she really loved quilting and how creative she was. Maggie attended lots of quilting retreats with her friends. It was at one of those retreats that it occurred to her that this might be what she should do with her house.

She didn’t say anything to anyone as she started to formulate her plans. She saw an architect and then a carpenter. After staying up late crunching numbers she decided she could do it!

Six months later she opened Maggie’s Retreat. A small apartment was fashioned for Maggie. Four guest rooms worked out beautifully and the kitchen was modified to accommodate larger appliances.

The living room, parlor, and formal dining room were transformed into a state-of-the-art quilting studio for ten sewists.

It worked out very well for Maggie.

After about a year she was booked for 30 weeks of the year. She felt that was just about right.

Now Maggie’s Retreat is everyone’s happy place.