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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.   These kits are also available on line for customers that are not close and can’t attend.  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 $290.00 I hope you help support this great cause.

Save the Month for US!


2nd Annual:

“Natural Farmhouse” Spring Open House

 March 20 – 22

This is where we are able to introduce our “New Spring Quilt Collection”for my new “Settlement Fab002ric Line” and we will inspire you to fill your home with great decor ideas for a fresh spring look.   Beautiful greens, whites and naturals .   Amazing aged Eggs to top your Easter table.  Everyone is ready after the cold winter weather and we have an early Easter to inspire us to get organized.  We will also be serving some special beverages and sweets.

Get your friends together and make us a destination this weekend!

***Please make a Note: We have changed the date for this event!   Jimmie the groundhog predicted that we would have six more weeks of winter and boy old boy we are getting it.  Our suppliers are all waiting for goods things we expected just are not here and there is a big problem getting our fabric and goods off docks so we have been forced into making this educated decision.

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



*****Please Note:  The projects that are shown below are from 2014 and as soon as the new projects are available we have them all up on line for your viewing.  As of February there are 12 spots open in this workshop!  Carol will be using the new Settlement fabric and Linda will again be doing an amazing Wisconsin Sampler that is historical and part of the era we love.  You will be getting an old cash box this year and she will be helping you fill it with very valuable handwork treasures.

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. 

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.   645

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 20 students.  Registration is officially OPEN!  You will be required to put down 1/2 of the total fee.  We will not refund fees after April 1st 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. 

The fee for our two great designers is set @ $395.00. 

I have scaled this workshop back in hopes you will feel that the projects we will be doing are not too overwhelming and the cost is more affordable. I hope this will be an incentive for you to consider joining us. Please Note:  If we can not fill this workshop we will be calling it off and all fees will be refunded.  

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 025stitching “The Tallman House Sampler” on 32 count tin roof linen.   

The historic Tallman House is in Janesville WI.  You can see and even stitch “Old Abe” the 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. 

The Tallman House and the Gentle Woman’s Stitching Box from this workshop were just released at the 2015 Nashville Needlework Market!

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 – 11thIMG_1085

Welcome designer Stacy Nash

Cost $250.00

  Stacy continues to have one of our most successful Girl Clubs and some of the greatest cross stitch designs.  This class is filling fast so don’t sit back if you have an interest.  It is going to be so special you will not want to miss one single minute.

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 Stacy Nash!

We will also have a few guests stopping by for just that perfect little change of pace!  OMG!  We are going to so much fun!

*****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