Blog Archives

Coming Events

This is going to be another exciting year for the shop as we find ourselves steeped in our Classic American 021Traditions, but  we remain committed to the Primitive and

Vintage eighteenth century style we do best.

 This year is no exception I will keep an emphasis on the 18th century style we love and continue to try to preserve the character.  You will see  how we merge our reproduction fabrics and furnishings into the decor to create a new style that is easy and comfortable to live with.  It is a cleaner and more organized look I think you will find appealing.  It is known as a new country farmhouse style.


 FYI:  Mark your 2015 calendars for a new and exciting venue for your South central Quilt shops annual Quilters Road Trip

February 1st – 28th, 2015


” Help Us Celebrate the Go Red for Women Campaign


“Celebrate the Heart of Quilting”

It’s a Go Red Campaign for quilters at
025all of the eleven participating South Central Wisconsin Quilt Shops  the entire month.  There will be special event days everywhere. Pick up your passport at any of the participating stores and you will be given a heart pin to show your support for this great cause.

We will host designer “Sue Ersig” from Stone House she will have a special Heart themed Make it take called “Hearts of Card-Picture-#1Friendship”  event on Saturday February 7th.  

There will be 2 sessions you can sign up for one @ 11 AM and one @1PM.  Please call and register if this is something you would like to do with a friend I can’t imagine anything more classic than Red and White Quilts. 

Kits come complete in a little red box to do all of the projects and the really neat thing is the quilts you will work with and buttons are all vintage from Sue’s vast collection of antiques.  Kit Price $10.00.

Each shop will be giving out Free patterns for jour004nals.  I find a journal one of my favorite ways to keep special track of all my thoughts, ideas and wishes.  It is one valuable thing I never loose track of.  There will be wonderful sweet treats, free recipes and lots of inspiration from the shops participating. 

There will also be a Silent Auction being held at each shop where all the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.  This is our quilt it is 65″ x 78″.  It can be used in a contemporary setting as well as a traditional setting.  Go Red!  Our value is $210.00 I hope you help support this great cause.

Save the Month for US!


2nd Annual:

Welcome Spring Open House

 March 6-8

This is where we are able to introduce our “New Spring Quilt Collection”for my new “Settlement Fabric Line” and we will fill you home with great decor ideas for a fresh spring look.  Everyone is ready and we have an early Easter this year.

2015 Wisconsin Statewide Shop Hop

June 5th – 27th

FYI:  Julie Hendrickson and I are quite excited to announce we were chosen to be the designers for the fabric line for our 2015 Wisconsin Statewide Hop.

We really have had a great time putting this together and we will definitely work together again in the future.

JUNE  15th – 20th 2015

What A Grand Olde Event this will be:

Our Design Team for 2015




Again this year our event is all about the Civil War Era and that’s because our designers love it as much as we do.   Paula designs f004abrics from the 1800s for Marcus Brothers and patterns under the name of Red Crinoline, she has also been featured in the magazine Quilt Mania.   Paula plans on doing a small quilt with her New Companions fabric an012d The R&B Tavern Collection and she will also be doing a special Pinkeep. This is a fussy little block so my guess is you will be happy our project is not overwhelming.   We have had requests for this so we are accommodating your wishes.

Carol designs Civil War Legacies patterns  that are from the 1800s period and Linda is one of those designers that can take a period of time and nail the perfect design.  You can see Carol’s Patriotic Logs   on the right. It will be a history lesson of sorts so be ready to journey back in time. You are also able to see Carol’s table runner, its really 645going to be fun to use.

Important information for 2015:

The Projects you are seeing here are from 2014 so as soon as we have new projects they will be posted but I think this gives you an idea of what to expect.  We have room for 22 – 24 students.  We will open our registration right away.  You will be required to put down 1/2 of the total fee.  We will not refund fees after March first because our designers and us are committed to the number that register.  If there is God forbid a tragedy I will take that into consideration.  

Linda has two projects planned a Civil War Sewing Box which we will be covering with fabric, aging it and then filling it with sewing necessaries that you can see on the right of this page.  Next you will be stitiching “The Tallman House Sampler” on 32 count tin roof linen.   You can look for this design to be released in 2015 to the public.

The historic Tallman House is in Janesville WI.  You wil100_1199l see and even stitch “Old Abe” the025 famous eagle holding our flag.  You will see the finished piece under Carol’s runner.  Linda has the history of this piece documented for you and now after seeing all of this you know you will be having fun and going home with incredible treasures.

If  you wonder where you can stay, here are some suggestions:

The Spring Green Motel 608-588-2141, House on the Rock Resort 608-588-7000


2015 Primitives “Stitch Camp”@ 133 Jefferson

July 9th – 11th

Cost $250.00IMG_1085

  Our 2015 Designer has not made a commitment as yet but I have several ideas and plans to implement so stay tuned for details. 

We were thrilled to welcome our first guest designer

“Stacy Nash” in 2014!

Stacy continues to have one of our most successful Girl Clubs and some of the greatest cross stitch designs.

Places you can stay:  Spring Green Motel  608-588-2141,  Hill Street B&B 608-588-7751, House on the Rock Resort  608-588-7000, and the Round Barn Lodge 608-588-2568


Boxwood & Berries 2015

Annual Gathering

Our dates are….October 11th – 17th

We are blocking off the entire week as we may need to have 2 sessions this year

Welcome back Maggie Bonanomi and the second designer is to be announced.

*****The Pictures that are posted here are from 2014 to give you an idea of the great projects we can offer!  We have a theme this year and I will elaborate on that soon.  It is always based around the holiday preparation, and I know we are doing a winter bed cover with Maggie.  She also has plans to do velvet pomegranates, wait till you see the gift you are getting to put them in.

Maggie continues to be one of our Favorite designers, s003 (2)he has a girl club of faithful groupies that enjoy her recognizable style.  We will be doing several projecJune 11 2014 005ts and I thought you might enjoy seeing one.  I have been so excited all day I could hardly stand it.  This holiday runner is amazing for sure. 

Our next guest designer is Linda Thraen from “The Pinkeep” she is also doing two projects.  One is a very sweet little holiday bag I know you will love stitching and putting together.  This is the piece you will be required to do some homework on before you arrive.  There will be yet another guest we will leave as a mystery for now but I’m confident you will love what she will be teaching you how to make.  

It is time to switch things up.  We can not ever become too comfortable with the past so get ready for an amazing experience as we take you back to Simpler Thyme’s andJune 11 2014 003begin the holiday preparation we all anticipate and love.  We have 5 openings as of August 5th.  The cost is $495.00

***The only thing that is new this year is the way will handle you deposits.  We will take the the first half when you officially register.  This is non refundable after March 1st, 2015 unless there is a health emergency and that we will understand completely.  The projects are a commitment for our designers and us and backing out at the end really messes up the whole thing for all of us and I’m told by designers this is the way most stores handle registration so we are going to implement it too..

Where can we stay?

 The Spring Green Motel 608-588-2141 is our first recommendation our guests love the new units and great owners

American Country Christmas

Annual Open House

November 6-8 2015

This is the “Event” our customers wait for and we plan for all year.

FYI :  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: The shop will close for its transformation  this year on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1 - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2015.

We love to create a magical holiday atmosphere where we bring our primitive style and tradition together.  We have bought extraordinary holiday needfuls for you and your holiday decor.

Our SchoolRoom will be decked  out for you as well.  We will be serving you some wonderful sweet treats, you can sit a bit and catch your breath, dream of all the wonderful things we have to offer in the shop while enjoying soothing holiday music and good conversation with friends.

Oh, I so love Christmas!

Save the Date!



We will be Closed:

Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2015