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

Vintage style we do best.


This year is no exception I will continue to emphasize  the 18th century style we love.  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.

In the Schoolroom you will find us offering many new and traditional classes.  We have some of the best teachers available on staff.   Quilting, finishing, home decorating such as duvet covers, counted cross- stitch on linen, punch needle, and wool applique classes are all possibilities.


JUNE  16th – 21st 2014

What A Grand Olde Event this will be:

Our Design Team for 2014




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. 

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. 

The historic Tallman House is in Janesville WI.  You wil100_1199l 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 agenda for the week events was emailed to our guests Tallman House  1864 Samplerattending on June 3rd.

We have openings and extra kits as of 6-3-14.


We even have a great House tour and Antique Tag Sale lined up for you.

My friend Ruth is an antique dealer and has a great eye for finding and displaying antique treasures.   Lucky Us! FYI:  Our second story is full!



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

The Stepping Stone Bed & Breakfast, Round Barn Lodge which has been remodeled 608-588-2568, Spring Green Motel 608-588-2141, House on the Rock Resort 608-588-7000,and the Hill Street Bed and Breakfast 608-588-7751.


Primitives “Stitch Camp”@ 133 Jefferson

July 10th – 12th

Cost $250.00

We are thrilled to welcome guest designer“Stacy NasIMG_1085h”!

Stacy continues to have one of our most successful Girl Clubs and some of the greatest cross stitch designs.  This is a chance for you to learn Stacy’s finishing and antiquing techniques and just enjoy a one on one experience with this leading primitive cross stitch designer.  We have only seven openings as of 4-16-14.

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

2014 Wisconsin Statewide Shop Hop

June 6th – 28th

FYI:  Julie Hendrickson and I are quite excited to announce we were chosen to be the designers for the fabric line for our 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Hop.

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

16th Annual Quilters Road Trip002

July 18th – 27th 2014

13 participating shops

This is our sweet 16th year so we all decided to create projects for you that have something to do with sixteen.  Our project will be a quilt using my Jefferson County  charm squares.

Great giveaways will be awarded and a commemorative booklet featuring all the patterns from the shops can be purchased.    Bus service is offered as in the past it is a win, win event for sure.  There is still room on the buses so go to the website and get you and your friends on the great adventure in central WI.

You will see how creative all our local shops can be.

FYI:  Mark your 2015 calendars for a new and exciting venue for our quilt group.

February 1st – 28th, 2015

“Celebrate the Heart of Quilting”


Boxwood & Berries 2014

Annual Gathering

Our dates are….October 14th – 18th

Welcome back Maggie Bonanomi

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.

Where can we stay?  Here are some suggestions.:

*Round Barn, 608-588-2568, Spring Valley Inn 608-588-7828, House on the Rock Resort 608-588-7000, 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 7-9 2014

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 2 - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2014.

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 27, 2014