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Visions Of Stitchery Running Through My Head!

That”s Right Peeps, this is what a market does to me!    I’ve come home a little over stimulated with visions of stitching running through my head.  I can hardly wait to show you everything and I need models right now and the really funny thing about that is I would love to have the time to stitch them all.  We know that will never happen!  Gwen is setting up a new “Market Gallery” toPSS-Ghoultide-Welcomeday and getting everything up in the shopping cart and I am showing off some of my very favorite finds on this blog, I hope you are as excited as I am over all the new seasonal handwork.

“Plum Street” had one of my very all time favorite designs this market I loved every part of it, the house, the horse, the witch this was my homerun.  So many of you loved there Yuletide Sampler well now be  prepared to be blown away by “A Ghoultide Welcome”!  OMG I can’t stop thinking about this, it is stitched on 36 ct. Lakeside Sand Dune linen which is on order.  We are stitching ours with DMC floss opposed to the silks.  We did the DMC on the Yuletide mainly because silks really drive up the cost a whole lot more.  If I kitted this with silk the cost for the silks would TSH-Hannah's-Brownstonebe over $70.00 and that is just the silk cost no linen and no chart, so $15.00 worth of DMC works for me.  The chart is $18.00 and the linen will run around $31.50 with a good 3 inch allowance.  You can pre-order a kHS-His-Eye-Is-on-the-Sparroit or just get the chart.  It is always fun when the designers offer an exclusive market kit to us shop owners.  

Scarlet House offered several new designs but the kit I am sure you will love is called“Hannah’s Brownstone”.  The kit is packaged in a swell zippered canvas bag with everything you need to make it.  The cost of this kit is $50.00.  We have a limited amount so be sure to get your order placed right away.   There is another new fall design coming but it is not in yet but it is expected yet this week so stay tuned. PL-Be-Ye-Thankful

You are going to be blown away by the next sampler it is by Heartstrings Samplery.  The model was breath taking to say the least!  “His Eye is on the Sparrow” is large but one of the most stunning samplers I have laid eyes on for a long while.  We will do our model on a 35 or 36 count.  Our Lavonne has already purchased the chart because this is right in her wheel house for sure.   The chart is $15.00. 

Pineberry Lane has a new fall sampler called “Be Ye Thankful”.  I can’t resist a good turkey and there are three on this sampler.  I can only imagine you will love this one too it looks like a fun stitch to me.  The chart is PL-Blanche-Wagstaff$12.00.  

The next new chart I want to tell you about is for Christmas, it is an English Redwork Antique Reproducion by origin called“Blanche Wagstaff-Xmas 1877″.  I love, love, love this design so much and know I have to stitch this for my Christmas.  I’m waiting for linen and its happy stitching for me.   It isBD-Eleanor-Rigby stitched on Weeks 30 ct “Linen” but I think I will do our model on 32 count making it  8 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ because that size tucks in so many special places I will have fun finding its new home. 

Blackbird Designs came up with a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour theme this market so I had to show you my favorite.  It’s “Eleanor Rigby”!  I love the color palette with the grey tones but it is also charted and colored and can be used as a Sweet Baby sampler.   The charts are $9.00.   They also did “The Long and Winding Road” on one of the Lone Elm shaker boxes.  MORE , Great ideas for Handwork inspiration!

Strawberry Fields Forever is another choice you may want to think about. Strawberries BD-Strawberry-Fields-Foreveare always fun to stitch and there is a house and makes it complete for me!

There are also some great Halloween designs  to ponder such as  “Cats on ParadeBD-Cats-on-Parade which is a New Pinkeep Drum you won’t want to miss.   Cat lovers this is the one design made for you, that sassy prancing cat has your name all over it.   The shop girls all like this one, it really is unlike any other drum designs we have.   Espresso Bean is the only floss needed and it is stitched on a new R&R linen called Carved Pumpkin.  The linen will be out to us soon so I think you can easily manage to have this made for your fall decor. 

“Spell of the Moon” and “Without A Mouse” are two new RBD-Without-A-Mouseeward of Merit designs.  They are quick little stitches and that is your reward for loving the handwBD-Spell-of-the-Moonork the girls design.  These charts sell for $8.00.   

Chessie & Me never disappoints us when it comes to fall and holiday designs.  I know you will love her market kit it is called “Ghost Inn”.  The kit CM-Ghost-Innis priced complete at $28.00.  

“Harvest Time” is another new chart and that Chessie cat is on the staCM-Harvest-Timer barn roof.  There are acorns and pumpkins which make this chart the right choice for the seasons of Chessie Series.  The charts are $12.00.  Linda has mounted it on a very neat new acorn paddle which can also be CM-Tombstone-Mansionordered. 

Next we have “Tombstone Mansion”its stitched on Lakeside Clay linen which is just the perfect choice. The 2013 GOF projects were also released.  That would be the “Gettysburg 1862 Sampler” and the “Patriotic Stitch Book”.  Remember we have the stitch books if you need any.  This is probably Linda’s most requested project when she travels anywhere to teacLDD-Garden-Maiden-Kith.  Her last new chart is called “Winter Wonderland” this is another chart in the seasons of Chessie Series.  It is also mounted on one of her new paddles.  I am not picturing everything because you will end up finding everything  in the Market Gallery by the end of tomorrow.

Another new Market exclusive kit I know you will not want to miss out on is from La D Da.  It is called “Garden Maiden”.  This is a very sweet and functional needle book.   The kit is packed with absolutely everything you need to assemble it.  Lori used 30ct. confederate grey linen and includes finishing fabric, velvet, thread, ribbon, a bead and a special gift for $50.00.  There are limited numbers so please let us know if you are interested. 

 “North Wind Blows PiSN-North-Wind-Blowsnkeep” is our  last market kit, it is from Stacy Nash.  The verse is “Gather flax and gather thistle Quick before the North Winds blow”.  I have to say it is great as always.  Understated colors she does so well and only 7 1/2″ by 10 1/2″.    The kit sells for $40.00 and again we only have a limited number but I’m confident you will be pleased with this design choice. 

I also found sme very swell new scissors.  The price is right at $22.00.  I really love them all.  They are sharp and easy to handle. NWP-2015-Book-of-Days

Needlework Press has just released there 2015 Book of Days.  Always a great way to keep track of yourself and only $12.00.  It is 002a wonderful gift choice for a kindred friend that shares the passion of handwork.  I will add more pictures tomorrow but in the mean time please take time to enjoy a few of my favorite market finds.

Seasonal Quilt Collection

Can you hear and feel it?  The season is changing!  There is something in the sound of the wind when it blows through the leaves.  I love the sunny days and cool nights and then what about that Super Moon this week?  It was pretty swell and the biggest moon we will see all year thus the title Super is fitting. I guess I have never heard that particular term used before.

For us this means we are about ready to debut our “New Seasonal Quilt Collection”.  You will get a preview after I have our Quilt Expo booth set.  The girls have been really busy making this event so worth the wait.

Quilt Expo starts on Thursday September 4th – Saturday September 6002th

You  will find us in our usual spot across from JJStitches, our booth number is 211 & 212.  Hope you are planning on seeing us and if you can manage a trip out to the shop we are always ready for you there too. 

This week we are getting in lots of new product.  I have to tell you I have been waiting for these particular items and ready for them to arrive since the day I bought them.  Do you by chance remember the great linens from French General that Moda manufactured?  So many of us would have killed to get our hands on some or rather any of them over the past few years and then out of the blue, they’re back!  This time not only can you buy the Paris Flea Market Toweling which is 60% linen and 40% cotton in three different styles you can also buy yardage from the bolt.  The bolts are 44″ wide and the linen by the yard sells for $34.50.   The toweling is 22″ wide and sells for $18.50 a yard.  I see this being used in so many ways.  This linen is just a perfect weight and color and will blend with your holiday decor easily.  Pillows can be made in all sizes and styles for the sofa, chairs, around the fireplace, for the bed etc. but then think runner or runners dependin004g on the way you like to set your holiday table or maybe even place mats.  It really is a special good idea to ponder on as our seasons change and thoughts go to the holidays.

  I know how much you have enjoyed our Folk Art Angels over the years but 006sadly the company is not selling them anymore so I have had to look for alternative ideas.   I think you will be as delighted over these, the base is made up with metal slats and the top of the dress is made out of old canvas.  We have a small angel which sells for $30.50 and a larger big sister that is $65.25.  I have to say they both look pretty swell with the Noel Sampler and my favorite brush trees.  Here is a peek you can decide for yourself.   We also have some really neat Halloween that will debut at the Expo I think you will find quite entertaining but I’m going to make you wait.

My next little item is a pretty nifty gadget that I know I need and I’m hoping you will decide you do too..  It’s a Led light that folds up, is battery operated, has a USB cable and helps you see your handwork.  No plugs needed, it’s small and easy to pack and the best part of this item is it is priced WTNT-Hallow-Day-Innso right at $15.95. 

This great Halloween stitchery couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time.  we love Brenda Gervais samplers and holiday projects.  “Hallow -day Inn” is a quick stitch and does not even have to be framed.  Just hem and hang on your favorite cupboard.  If you love making Pinkeeps you might want to take a look at “Gardener Goode Witch”.  I think you will enjoy the handwork but more than that enjoy displaying your projects.  Let’s get to stitching.  I will give you lots more eye candy next week when I show you all of the new mWTNT-Gardener-Goode-Witcharket finds. 

Here are the names of Stacy’s New pieces, Thistles & Spells, Potions Sewing Bag, Pumpkin Harvest Pinkeep, Mourning Tree Sewing Pouch, Whaling Ship Sewing tray & Pinkeep and there will be an Exclusive market kit. 

Now this hMourning-Treeas to make you all giddy with anticipation I know I am.  I can now give you a picture  to go with the names.  This is the “Mourning Tree Sewing Bag”.  So clever, and so fun for Halloween but I do not know what they are stitched on but I will know when I pick them up on Saturday and try and have what you need in hand or ordered by the time I return homePumpkin-Harvest-Pinkeep

The next picture on the right is called “Pumpkin Harvest Pinkeep” love the old aged up velvet Stacy does so well, it has a house, a chicken and those  ghost pumpkins all say sold for me.

What woman doesn’t need a “Spells, Potions Sewing Pouch”?  We are all always trying to pull something wonderful out of a bag when we are shopping this might be what we Potions-Sewing-Pouchall need to make that happen!  

The last pattern is called “Thistles & Spells”. The Thistles are what I like about this piece I am always wanting to plant them as I love the color and Thistle-&-Spells-Pinkeephow they look I imagine cooked up the dye they make is really swell.  If you are interested in any of these patterns please call the shop and get your order placed.  I will bring home lots but one never knows if it is enough and by pre-ordering you are insured of getting what you want. 

  I can’t wait any longer I have to show you our New “Witches Shoes” and no good witch leaves with out her broom so we have one of those too.  It kind of looks like she decided to hang it up for the night.  The shoes are sold for $42.50.

  On our table you can see “Midnight Ride” it can either be used as a topper or wall hanging f014or 029the season.

  It measures 47 1/4″ x  59″.

You will find this quilt kitted at the Quilt Expo

It has a spooky good look with the random stars but its the colors we chose and the fabrics that really give it life.

Happy Haunting!

If you happen to call in on the 14th wish your favorite shop girl Selma a Happy Birthday!

Summer Magic!

“Summer Magic” is the name of Selma’s new Nickel Club project.  It is very festive and I can just imagine your outdoor summer table all set on a balmy summers eve with the crickets humming and the fireflies lanterns blinking adding to the magic.    This is a really a great value too becaus045e if you decide to take the backin047g fabric you have another completely different stunning French General Le  Bouquet Francais all cloth topper.  Its winning idea when you can just reverse your favorite topper and have everything fresh and new for more summer entertaining.  It takes four yards so that would be $46.00. and Selma chose my very favorite sku which was the the blue and cream and soft yellow floral basket print.  So if you need the backing added be sure to ask when you call in.  This quilt  top measures 62″ x 62″.  Our kit includes the binding for $89.00.   Remember you will need to purchase the pattern for $9.00.   It went in the window today and has gotten lots of interest from excited customers that were shopping in the shop and Gwen also put it in the shopping cart for your convenience.

Summer Pleasures!

It’s all about bringing your style together piece by piece.   I have been working with that idea all of this year because we buy great reproduction pieces for your decor that are the pieces that work with the textures and fabric prints we love to design with.  We may even add a few modern touches but it is just to keep things fresh.  It is that character and originality that can inspire ideas and help you introduce a country style of your own.  Your style can be primitive, traditional, antique or modern but  if it’s carefully planned and filled with your time worn treasures it is sure to please everyone. 

When I get away for a few days I am so ready to get back in the shop and inspire you with new ideas and that is what I have been up to since I walked back into my comfort zone on Sunday.  First of all I wanted to bring some great 020quilts to your attention.  “Lad021y of the Lake” is one of those quilts I love.  It has just been waiting for me to show it off in the right place.  I had decided I wanted to put it on the table, the colors for the season are right and then because I so love the glass bottles we sell  I began picturing them on the table filled with zinnias.  I was going to cut some fresh but our silks are a lot less messy and look great!   The pattern for Lady of the Lake is found in my favorite book Scrap Quilts Mania.   Suzanne sewed this model for the shop and we used fabric from many different lines to bring it all together the way we love to.  I am told we can expect a new book at Houston Market, I can hardly stand the wait just like a kid in the candy store wondering if they can possibly publish another winner.    The quilt made up is 64″ x 73″ and sells for $132.00.  You will also notice Vickie’s “Olde Glory” quilt folded over the chair.  This was our biggest seller this summer and Vickie and I knew it would be.  We kitted as many as we could this last time so if you are sitting on the fence and have not gotten this quilt kit, now is the time.  You will not regret it for a moment, it has the aged charm that just works.  Olde Glory is 68″ x 68″ and the kit is $105.00.   

You can also see Suzanne’s new “Good Fortune” quilt in the window, here is the good news we just go011t word today the chambray we have had on order since March is on the way so we can finally get the kits made up.  This is a great summer quilt and you may ask why?   For me the reason is it’s color.    The blues and creams, and the soft texture of the chambray clearly define its functionality in your summer cottage or home.  This is one of those modern touches used to freshen a decor, it is also gender friendly. This pattern is based off an antique Chinese Coins quilt Suzanne has wanted to reproduce so you can see it could also work with antiq004ues when placed just right.   The kits will be ready next week and besides the chambray we used the Hearty Good Wishes fabrics that kept that nautical summer feel that is so popular today.  The size ends up to be 57″ x 72″ and the kit is priced at $84.00.  

Speaking of blue and cream colored quilts this is just another reminder of one of our best this year.  It is Suzanne’s “Friendship House”.  If you enjoy piecing this is a quilt you might want to consider.   It is a great bed quilt size measuring out at  81″ x 99″.  The kit is priced at $187.00.   If you have kind of been thinking about blue quilts I will just mention a couple more great ideas for your consideration.  “Monticello” and “Beth in Blue” are favorites.  Both of these quilts are done with Jefferson Country fabric.  Monticello is 45″x 55″ and the kit retails for $80.00.   Beth is 37″ x 43″ and retails for $48.00.  These are both smaller quilt projects but fun to piece and made up add that pop of color that helps brings your style together013.

  I really would be amiss if I did not mention “Gettysburg”, this is a Red Crinoline pattern but Selma sewed this beauty for the shop late last year.  It’s stunning!  My Michael loved this quilt so much that he is taking one to college in a few  short weeks, its a good guy quilt for sure.  It 012is 72″ x 72″ and the kit is priced at $131.00  You will see it pictured in the Song Bird photos.

We were able to make more “Canned Summer Pears” quilts and truthfully this quilt looks great on a table.  It is the perfect color and flows right into the fall beautifully.  We have a handful of kits left after the second kitting so if you missed the first go round which I know some of you did this is your second chance.  The quilt measures out to be  63″ X 75″ and the kits are priced at $101.25.   We still have a few Wisconsin History quilts left from our Summer WI shop hop and you see this in the background behind the Pears. 

“Song Bird” is Selma’s shop hop summer quilt and it has just been anxiously waiting for me to put it on a big enough bed to show it off.   Everyone that has walked in has noticed it now that you can see it spread out and it looks really good with all of our summer stitchery.  Good reason to move and freshen your 025decor.  This quilt is a scrappy pieced ocean wave pattern  that measures 72″ x 81″.   You will notice it has the Wisconsin song birds fabric on the border and kitted up sells f015or $109.00.                 I also layered our great cotton bed and pillow covers with the quilt.  These bed covers are available in full or queen sizes and seem to be an added touch that everyone can enjoy.  

I will end this week with just one last quilt I thought you might need to think about.  Thinking ahead to fall  I wanted to remind you of Vickie’s “Heirloom Harvest” quilt.   She introduced this quilt at Expo last fall.   It is a great little accent cover up at 38″ x 50″.  The kits are $60.50 and the color is right for this time of year in 024particular.   It is something you can still manage to get done for your fall decorating if you choose.     

I could not help myself I just had to give you one more thing to dream about.  Selma has just finished her new Nickel Club pattern and is getting ready to send it out. This was the visual we were all talking about  all of today.  Every time someone went out to the cutting room they came back in awe of the new summer club kit so I decided you would probably need to see what we were all loving.  I can not wait to see the quilt finished, I think it will be back from the quilter tomorrow but in the meantime en003joy this eye candy.  There is French General fabric involved and that is all I’m saying for now.

Quilters Shop Hop: July 16,2014

Here we are again getting ready for our regional shop hop.  This is a special year for us all as we are celebrating 16 years of getting quilters excited.  We are calling this year Sweet Sixteen!  That means all of the patterns have something to do with sixteen.  Our quilt is called “Sixteen Patches”  it is 56″ x 70″.  The pattern is sold in a special bo002oklet with all of the 13 participating shops patterns for $9.95.  A great bargain for sure.  Our kits are $88.00.  This particular kit is made out of my Jefferson County fabrics, it uses 2 nickel packs and the setting fabric and  binding are included.  I hope you will join us. 

The hop starts on Friday and goes a week ending on the follphotoowing Saturday July 26th.  We have motor coach services on Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th.  This is a fine way to get acquainted with what is really so close and sometimes no one is actually aware of what is in their backyards. 

A few of you have asked about my Sara’s girls and frankly I have not had any pictures to share but today Sara sent one I thought you might enjoy.  They were at the Union in Madison and this great over sized chair was a super good idea for a photo.    Carley is 4 1/2 and Jenna is 19 months.   I  can’t wait to spend a week with them up north.

It’s Stitch Camp Time!

OMG we had a magnificent July 4th!!!   It has been crazy busy ever since I got back as we needed to get all the final touches together for our firs032t annual Primitives Stitch Camp @133 Jefferson 031with guest designer Stacy Nash!    Our campers began arriving on Tuesday, I don’t think we have ever had such an excited enthusiastic group of stitchers!  These girls are coming in from all across the country.  We have 23 campers.  This is what we love and it’s our passion! 

The SchoolRoom was ready and our campers found there way to our scheduled Meet and Greet Wednesday evening.   We had some of our very favorite foods like our local Prem’s Market Prime Beef Sandwiches, our most favorite in the world Over the Rainbow Mac’n Cheese, Fresh Watermelon, and Smore’s and believe it or not we had 2 campers that had never had this sweet treat! 

A few of the girls were stuck in Texas but managed to arrive in time for our camp pancake breakfast on Thursday morning and the roar and excitement has been going on all day for Stacy’s projects.   I do believe this group will be stitching away all evening as we enjoy our Hometown night music in the garden next door. 

Our campers were really crazy about there camp bags and name tags and then Stacy had all of her projects packaged in the coolest burlap bags.  We are spoiling them and that’s our job!  We have all of the tables 026named after Stitches frequently027 used in sampler patterns so the contest is on to see who’s  table has the over achievers.  On the left you can see the most beautiful “Stitching Tray” with her signature “Velvet Berry Pinkeeps” she has tied onto her scissors.  

Stacy’s second project is a “Memory Book/ Journal”.  I can not tell you how much I love journals.  I keep my thoughts and dream always close at hand.  If you are interested in the projects they come completely packaged with the cardboard, batting, linens, velvets, threads and everything you need to complete both and they are packaged in the great burlap envelope bag for $270.00.  We have only 7 available if anyone is interested please call us right away so you can have this Stitch Camp exclusive.   

We also got our new Club auto which we will plan to begin shipping out next week and there is still a little more we need to talk about and that is the New “Sisters Three Pinkeep”.  T029his is a pretty sweet project and even sweeter in personI was happy that I had the linen so we cou001ld  kit it.  If you are interested the kits are $23.00 just an FYI we did not add the homespun or backing fabric to the kits.

Next I thought I would catch you up on my summer decor at home.  I truly have been in a nautical state of mind.  Being in Door county last week made me even more aware of how much I really love this look.  My touches are subtle.  It really all started last fall with the purchase of the Hearty Good Wishes fabric Vickie and I fell in love with.  She started thinking about quilts and I knew I had to stitch Stacy’s “Let Virtue Be a Guide” with the most wonderful tall ship focal.  I am getting closer to framing it, I just need a couple of solid stitching hours.  I will give you a look and you will also see a really special model of an old Windjammer in the background made by a Vietnam vet.  I loved the story and the rest is history, even Reed was on board so it has found002 a home in Spring 001Green.  I also found prints of old ships and the fascination I have with the Gaines Fixer Uppers on HGTV made w008e aware this would be a perfect fit on our mantel.  I can also see them in other places so I am pleasantly excited over these.  I have my old flags out and I think I’m ready for summer.  We have had the most beautiful days for the past week.  I love summer when the weather is like this.  I hope it holds for the Horton F014amily vacation we leave soon.

  I also have a passion for collecting stars, old boxes and  tins.  They do not all speak to me but its fun when one does.  I liked the simplicity of how this looked so thought I would share a look with you.  Its great therapy for me to get into my house, I hope you can find the same enjoyment when you get to play in yours.

Grand Olde Flag Week! June 22, 2014

It has been A Grand Olde flag waving week at 133 Jefferson St.!  We have had another great gathering with folks from all across the country.  California, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carol005ina, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Wyoming were represented. New friendships were made and old renewed.   The girls quilted and quilted somemore with Carol Hopkins and Paula 003Barnes.   We made Civil War fabric covered sewing boxes, stitched the greatest necessaries with Linda from Chessie and Me.  Our Students were taught English paper piecing, used some wonderful new tools our teachers like to use and then we  stitched Linda’s Tallman House Sampler.   We toured my friend Ruth’s house, enjoyed an antique Tag Sale, shopped the area for everything this great area has to offer and then some.   Its been said that we pampered them with the greatest culinary treats they could have imagined.  I know that to be true as the shop girls shared in making this event one to remember in every way.  That was and is always our goal, so the kitchen has closed allowing us to gather our thoughts for  Stitch Camp coming in July with guest designer Stacy Nash.  015

 Everyone went home on a high and projects to last them until next year when we gather again.   You might enjoy seeing some 005photos.   On the top left you can see the tables set up to welcome our guests and you can also see Selma’s grand “Lincoln Quilt” she designed last year, but if you look you will see project number 1 Carol’s “Patriotic Logs” centered.  This project was inspired by an antique Carol fell in love with, we are lucky girls.

Linda’s “Tallman House”is  so fabulous I can’t stop thinking about it so one is going home with me in hopes I will find the time to get it stitched.  The Civil War Sewing Boxes were also great and fun to cover in old fabric but the necessaries that were designed to go inside were real025ly swell.

Paula’s “Civil War Crossing” was another hit.  I mounted it on an old shutter in the SchoolRoom.  I have been possessed watching Fixer Uppers with Joanna and Chip Gaines from WACO Texas, I’m telling you I can hardly sleep peeps I love her style, her color sense and in general how she sees things.  It is on HGTV on Thursday evenings if you have a moment be sure to watch yo003u’ll be hooked too.

Carol designed a second piece for our gathering.   It was a table runner for all seasons and everyone loved making this project.  Carol bravely left the shop girls in charge of picking the fabric so we really did this model our way and love the results and s006o did she.  Our house tour was over the moon as usual.  Ruth has the most wonderful eye for decorating 022002in the Prim Style this shop girl loves.  

We introduced two new kits this week that I need to show you.

Vickie finished her “Tall Ships”quilt just in time for summer quilting.  If you love the tall ships and rig003ht now “Nautical”  anything is very popular you are going to love putting this quilt together.  It is 71′ x 72″. the kit sells for $115.00 and the patterns are $9.50.  

Suzanne also finished a sweet summer project this week she calls “Hometown USA”. Her small project measures out at 27″ x 30″, the kits are complete with backing and binding and sell for $44.00.  You will need the pattern and it is $9.00.  The fabrics used are from Jefferson County, the WI Quilt fabric.  

I am going to touch on our Wisconsin Shop Hop kits again as there is still another week to get in on the fun.  “Wish You Were Here” with the old Wisconsin postcard fabric is such a great cottage quilt and since it is officially summer you might want to think about this kit.  Suzanne designed this particular kit and she kept it very mellow so it would fit in your decor easily.  It is 66″ x  78″.  The pattern is $9.00 and the kits are $114.00.  We also have kits availa007ble for the Wisconsin pillows. 

I think they are perfect for the cabin or porch swing.  We love our state and these are great 008reminders for us all.  They would also make a great memento for folks that have to move away. 

Just a reminder our 45th Spring Green Art Fair is coming June 28 and 29.  Over 200 artists display their art and wares on Jefferson St.  It is a festive event with entertainment in the Gardens next to the shop and great food offerings everywhere.  Hope to see you! 

We just got in the model from Isabella for her “Needle Woman Busy As A Busy Bee” stitch organizer.  We will be posting finishing directions on our tab where we post corrections to patterns and information that is helpful for situations that come up.  We do know you will need 2 fat eighths of different fabrics. I sent her the WI Quilt Shop Bee fabric and a Jefferson County fabric for consideration and I have to say they both look really swel008l.  Get out your vintage  buttons and make this your own. 

I just got in another new pattern from The Primitive Hare called “Hill Top Farm 1905″.  It will be in the shopping car009t today.

June 14, 2014

Happy Flag day!  I love our flag and the shop is reflecting that love with many wonderful new flag accents!  There is a new vignette in the center of the shop as we are on the verge of our annual Grand Olde Flag Gathering and you know nothing can stay the same whe003n company is coming.  Students started arriving last night from all across the country.  Our teachers will be arriving tomorrow.  My house is not ready but with a little luck it will be.  My surgery this week kind of took the tuck out of me and kept me from doing what I needed to do but yesterday I had to just go for it thus I am behind.  We have been extra busy with our WI Quilt Hop which has been wonderful.  I am pleased so many are finding us and like the fabric and the shop.

I just love this pledge of  allegiance and feel it would it could have a great place in most of our homes.  It is a new stitch from “The Pinkeep” simply called Pledge Alligiance-1892.  We stitched our ou008r model 30 count Weeks Confederate gray linen.  It is available kitted for $25.30.    I think we should remind ourselves how important this is by saying it once in awhile.  Back in the day when I was attending the one room school we started off everyday reciting this.  Somewhere along the line we have forgotten, shame on us.  

You can see some fine old buckwheat stuffed flag pillows we are selling on the bed for $18.95.  Kind of perfect for your summer porch. 

We just got some great016 messenger mail bags in to keep us organized  you can see them laying on the bed. I think they are a perfect size for an IPAD or a small travel computer.  Just another great multifunctional and durable bag from our new bag company that everyone has loved. Priced @ $66.00.

We also got in several great new tin serving trays.  I am in love with the cake plate set.  It sells for $100.00 but its such a wonderful serving piece.  I had to put out our cupcake holders because it seemed like a perfect fit for th009is serving set.  We also got in large platters in tin for only $45.00.  These are a find too! 

You can also see in these pictures yet another new vintage wall cupboard where attention was paid to keeping the vintage look we all love. I really love the paned windows in the door. 

It could be at home in almost any ro004om in your house.  Over the next few weeks you will be noticing many great home decor items perfect for your summer entertaining needs.  I can’t help but marvel at the beautiful quilts and colors that fit our style so well.  This summer you will begin to see many nautical items surfacing. 

Vickie has just finished her Tall Ships” quiltwhich we will hopefully be able to get kitted after our GOF event this week, our cutting room will be filled with busy students and lots of wonderful Civil War and patriotic projects and we also have a bus coming in for the shop hop so time is not on our side this coming week! 

We got to see Vickie’s quilt when it came back from the quilter this week and now Vickie will photo it and write the pattern.  I know you are going to love this quilt.  She was inspir011ed when she visited the tall ships in Sturgeon Bay last summer.   You will love how she used the HeartyGood Wishes nautical fabrics mixed with others.  They look so great stacked in our cupboard and again notice the quilts all around.   It is fun and functional to layer suitcases, they definitely enhance your decor.   Take note of our four drawer chests, they are pretty swell for storage.  So many people have used this great nautical fabric line for so many things.  One was making a continuous scarf from them and a gent today was making place mats.  Dream Big!  This week we also got in some wonderful old vintage looking nautical themed papers. They are so special and only $5.00.  I have two at our framers already. I hope to be showing them off as 012soon as they get back to the shop this coming week 

You are sure to love this new cross stitch “Weeping Willow Welcome”.   I chose  to do this particular piece on  28 count Ale linen from Picture this Plus.  It fits into a prim decor quite nicely and the colors are going to fit right in to your summer home decor.  This is it for this week.  Flag Day is almost over but summer is just beginning be sure to got back through our blogs to see all of wonder flag waving decorating ideas. 

June 2, 2014

It is almost time to ignite the passion quilters as the days tick away until you can Shop and travel to the Quilt WI Shops!  Everything starts this Friday June 6th and you have through the 28th to visit as many of the WI shops as possible and it is possibleWe 013are ready to kick off this summer vacation in a big way and I hope you love what you see.  I’m so excited to share our new  “Summer Collection” of Wisconsin Quilts and Quilts we feel reflect the summer color and style trends.  The girls have been working so hard to get you excited and I have had the pleasure of getting

them in place in the shop to show them off.015

The first quilt from our WI Collection is called Wisconsin “1848″  this is a bit of a Wisconsin history lesson with our state bird, flower and other important facts that make us unique and special.   Selma put this quilt together.  It is stunning and a wonderful way to display our proud heritage.  The quilt measures 62″ x 72″ and kitted sells for $76.00.  You will need the pattern which is available for $9.00.  This would be a great memento if for some reason you have to leave the state you have grown to love or for guests that are visiting us.

For some reason bees seem to be a natural and that is why Julie and I thought they belonged in the Wisconsin collection.   Naturally we have a great quilt we are calling “The Bee Garden”.  The bees make up the blocks and seem to be buzzing all around.  I really love this quilt as it is a traditional block but so  antique looking side the fabric we chose to use to008 put it all together. This quilt measures 68″ x 70″ and the kit is $148.00.  We used a pattern from our favorite Quilt Scraps Mania book.  We did alter the size and that info is in the kits. If you have not purchased this book I continue to harp about almost weekly, you should.   It continues to be a source of great inspiration for all of us in the shop and we have made several quilts out of it making the price even more desirable at $49.95. 006

  It just so happened when Selma and I were at market in January we found the most wonder garden watering tank.  It has a great place for your favorite honey and oats or lemongrass soap we carry which is $7.50 and it even has a Bee on it!   Fate!   We love the color I think it was made to go in your Bee Garden, don’t you?

The tank can even be mounted on the side of a potting shed, I think I need it out to the farm, it seems I’m always needing my hands rinsed off.  It really is pretty swell and the price is $70.00.

The next picture shows  Selma’s  new “Song Bird” quilt.  This is a traditional ocean wave pattern but the song bird fabric becomes a perfect choice  for the border as the pops of reds and red stripe guide your eye out to it.  I did age the border because for me it was too light so my trusty Rit tan dye was the perfect go to to get the effect we need and love.  Song Bird measures 72″ x 81″ so it is a good choice for a twin sized bed cover.  The kits are $109.00 and Selma’s pattern is priced at $9.00.  This is a scrappy quilt that uses most of the Wisconsin fabric line.  You are also probably noticing 010the great WI Flag and State pillows on the Song Bird Quilt.   Kits are available.  We did have our state pillow fabric pre-quilted so the pillows would have nice body to them.


Suzanne has even used the state design as a way to personalize the back of her “Wish You Were Here” quilt top which makes it even more personal.  I hope you will all jump on this idea for any quilt you decide to make. 

 “Wish You were Here“!  The name was chosen for a good reason.  The fabric line has the greatest old antique postcards from all over Wisconsin, thus Wish you Were Here seemed like the perfect name.  The cards were used on the the border.  It is a really fun quilt.  It is good sized at  66″ x 78″.  The kits are $115.00 and include the WI logo to personalize it.  The pattern is sold separate for $9.00.  I think you will enjoy seeing a close up of this quilt. 


“Lady of the Lake” is another new quilt we thought would make a great summer quilt project.  You got a glimpse last week, it is patriotic in a subtle way.    Here is another view.  

Again this is a traditional pattern but we used an array of different fabric to bring it to life. The pattern can be found in my favorite book. 005

If you like to keep track of your quilts and or samplers you complete  a journal is a great choice to do just that.  I keep all my ideas in journals, I cut out ideas, quotes, good recipes anything I  might need to keep track of.  I have just the most perfect journal for you, its not ordinary in any way.  It looks neat , its a book you can keep close at hand and out.  The cost for this journal is $40.00. 

The next quilt I am going to talk about could be considered a more contemporary pattern and unusual for us but when Vickie and I saw it last fall we both thought we could make it are way.  The pattern is by Fig Tree and it is called “Summer Canned Pears”Pears are a summer thing you know! 

Lavonne put th011is quilt together for us.  The pears are all pieced and it went together so slick.  We added our twist by making the color choices darker and in our wheel house.  It really looks good used as a table cover . Don’t forget our wool pears they look pretty swell in a bowl sitting on this topper too.  It measures out to be 63″ x 75″.  The kits are $101.25 and patterns need to be pur014chased separately for $9.50.

Suzanne was excited to find an antique pattern she wanted to tackle and when we were looking at the Moda Hearty Good Wishes fabrics she immediately thought about the pattern she wanted to recreate.  It’s called Chinese Coins but we are calling this quilt “Good Fortune”. 

I love our chambray linen Vickie and I found at market last fall so I’ve wanted to use it in a quilt and as we were searching for the right background this came into mind.  Oh yes, this was a perfect choice.  Now this could be a contemporary  quilt but I would like to think it is more the new 18th century country style.  It is a great summer quilt to layer with other quilts and you will see it layered in the shop with Suzanne’s “Friendship House” and looking like they were made to go together.  I can see this at the cottage or lake house too because this fabric line is all about  ships, sea gulls, coral reefs, dolphins, fish etc.  The Good Fortune quilt measures 57″ x 72″ and013 kitted sells for $84.00.  You will need the pattern which is $9.00.

Last week I also had a picture of our Vintage  Bethany Lowe Patriotic Pillows.  I thought you might want to take another look now that it is June and summer time.015

Guess what else came in today? The Primitive Hare’s “Prim Atmospheres” and “Christmas Atmospheres” books.  These books are so well done and you get a great array of patterns in each for $20.00.  They will be on line on the 3rd so check them out.  We also got  in the “Isabella Donald Sampler” I can guarantee you we will be getting it stitched for the shop.  This chart is $18.00.  I can hardly wait for the new Prim Sister to get here.   Girl club members your will be in love.

May 30,2014

I’m using 642my new computer to write this post this afternoon and folks I’m smiling!  What a treat to have something that works!  I added more pictures to the events page showing our projects for Grand Olde Flag.  I am getting just a little bit excited can you tell?  The days are trying to get away from us with everything starting with the Wisconsin Shop Hop just a few days prior to our guests for the gathering arriving.  We will be ready despite all of the set-bac639ks we have had.

I have a few ideas for your summer travel projects, I know I always need my stuff just in case I find myself with a few minutes. 

Last fall we kitted up Carol Hopkins “Blue and Gray Trail” pattern just not in blues and greys, we used browns and neutrals, so old looking and fitting for Carols Civil War Legacies pattern designs and since she is coming it was time to bring it out and to your attention again.   We have kitted this (26″ x 26″) quilt  complete with the pattern and backing for $56.50.  I love how it looks with our old bottlebrush trees and keep in mind just how stunning this color of tree looks with our great primitive fare.   

Threadwork Primitives “Down Virginia Way” pinkeep colors and design looks perfect in 638the vignette too.  The pinkeep kitted sells for $24.75. 

We can’t forget Linda’s “1776 Harbor” pinkeep kits that came out in February.  It’s time to think about those patriotic stitch projects so this is your little reminder.  The kits are $28.00. 648

We just got our “In Full Glory” back from the framer. This is a Blackbird Design , we have kitted it for $33.00.