Here I am after all of these years still waiting for Christmas! I don’t ever want to loose that wonder. This is my reminder. I must admit I love the holidays and love the feeling of anticipation as the house is getting ready. The tree adorned and the house in most cases gets a whole new look to accommodate the Christmas décor. It is a wonderful time full of love and hope. My grown up Christmas wish is that you find great Joy and Peace over the next few weeks.
I ‘ve been wishing for that peaceful Winter Quilt of white and we finally got ours but only about four inches worth, it works for me. I ‘ve kicked into the decorating mode again, I had to be in that frame of mind in November to get the shop ready for our Annual Open House but it’s back and the beautiful snow is the motivator I needed. It just covers the ground and even though we are quite cold the beauty of winter is what I love this time of the year. When ever I get into changing anything in the house the cats are in their glory. Maddy was posing as I snapped an outdoor shot she is not very camera shy.
The grand tree is finally up in the great room and decked out. I was tempted to only have lights this year but that didn’t seem right so I put on the new Kelly Clarkson Christmas CD and before I knew it, it was done. Lucky for Reed and I Rob bought us a good tree stand after last years tree problems and he even comes with the whole deal and puts it up for us. Winning!
I will give you a couple of looks at my Christmas house. I had to completely turn the great room furniture around this year and of course I love doing that so I was in my glory at 2 am in the morning. I don’t sleep much this time of the year. I play all my favorite old movies, watch the Hallmark channel that is all Christmas and HGTV. Life is good. I am trying to seat us all this year in the same space as everyone is growing up and really likes to feel apart of the celebration so hopefully it will work.
I bought a new sofa this fall and have just not felt the love, I think it was all the events after that that I just haven’t been able to get it settled into a spot I loved. I am finally over that. I have to get used to change and I guess I finally have. The interesting thing was I thought it was grey. In the light It does have a grey cast but I know now my cataracts are definitely screwing me up, its brown. Oh Well!
I love it that I have a buffet to serve on and putting a mirror behind it really gives me a great reflection of the rest of the room. I do have a big wreath up this year and I found an old Merry Christmas flashcard that has found its home just stuck in amongst the boughs. I get such pleasure from simple things.
Speaking of simple pleasures. I love putting out the little antique quilt block pillows I have collected over the years. I have an old metal basket that holds them perfectly. The shop girls recreated this “Star Pillow” pattern and we still have some kits available that you could make up in time for your holiday. The kit includes pattern and fabric for three pillows for $14.00. My Folk Angels are always different every year. This year mine is decked in old garland and holding an old doll quilt. this particular angel is not available anymore but our other angel is and I think we still have a couple left that need a home for Christmas. Today on one of the television shows our Thymes Frasier Fir products were praised as being the best scent you can buy giving your homes the scent of a fresh fir tree. We have product in stock and I know you will love it if you are looking for that scent.
I have several sizes of trees through out the house. I have one in my favorite mercury glass bowl that is usually full of pomegranates this time of the year. Did you know that trees and mercury glass are a pretty swell combination? Experiment.
You can also see Thomas Nast pictured on the wall by the tree. All of our antique paper products the framed pieces and paper dolls are some of my favorites this time of the year. If you haven’t tried them for $12.00 you will not be disappointed if you decide to, they are easy to tuck in anywhere. You will find different ones all over my house. They are so jolly and happy.
At my 30th birthday party this fall a very special friend made me the greatest stocking from her grandfather’s horse blanket. She took the time to embroider trees on it and I can not tell you how special this is to me. A handmade gift is from the heart. I also have a great old velvet strawberry pinkeep sitting by it and that was given to me by my Vickie last year. Sometimes people don’t know how things really touch us, but for the most part I believe if you give a handmade gift it is special not only for the recipient but for the one giving it. I sure hope Santa tucks something good in my new stocking this year.
There is something about my other guilty pleasure I so enjoy this time of year. It is my collection of ironstone bowls and platters. Maggie and my friend Linda inspired me when I saw their collections.
Don’t forget about our flea market set of platters we love to sell. They make wonderful gifts that are timeless and for only a $105.00 you will give a great gift that will be treasured for years to come. I gave them to all of the girls last year and I know they are still enjoying them.“
“Reindeer Feed” that is the newest pillow that arrived this week . It is a dandy and thank goodness it finally got here in time for our customers to enjoy. They are $21.50, made well and will look great in your holiday home.
If your Santa is struggling and needing gift ideas I would like to remind you what a great gift fabric is to a quilter. The new “Jefferson County” fat quarter collection is wrapped up like a present, it is ready to slip right under the tree. Just saying!
I Hope you will find some Christmas inspiration in the photos I have posted. I will do more as I get the house completely ready for the big day. I have baking, wrapping and so much to do like all of you. Merry, Merry!
I almost forgot one of the reasons for this blog. Baked goods, cookies, treats need a great display piece after all the work we girls put into our holiday entertaining menus. We have the most wonderful “Tinsel Treat Display Tree”, just cut a piece of parchment and fill the trays. Guests will be impressed. We used one last weekend for our goodies over the Country Christmas weekend. The cost is $62.50.
Can it be December 4th already? Let me think about this that means Christmas Eve is in 20 Days! Yikes!!!! I really am stuck back in November and if I were really being honest I am still not even over October! Seriously I have to stop aging, this train I’m on is on a fast track to somewhere but I don’t even have a clue where that somewhere is. The Shop girls are on the rail too, we seem to be making progress but I don’t know if we will ever catch up. The kits have been going out faster than we can make them and believe me we are not complaining it is a good problem to have. We found out today some of the Jefferson County is fabric is already sold out. We just got it in November after Our Open House. We have not even touched the surface of what we wanted to make from this, I have ordered aggressively and I know we will realize many of the wonderful ideas the girls have pitched.
That brings me to this bit of information.
“133 Jefferson” autos are shipping this week. If you remember the idea behind this quilt was that it would be the our big ending for the Over 30 Club quilts and projects. We would take an element from each of the quilts designed by the girls and bring those elements together into a grand finale using my new fabrics from Jefferson County. The results are nothing short of being stunning. I have had it on the bed in the shop for pictures and I have had it on one of my tables at home in front of the fireplace. It is large, 80″ x 80″ so it really sets off a bed or table and if you have the wall space it would be one to admire and enjoy in the home décor. It is soft and easy on the eyes. I hope you will love and enjoy it as much as we all have loved the process of making it for you. The cost of the pattern is $12.00 and the kits are $165.00. You will love using it with our cotton blankets, the color, the texture it’s all a really good thing!
We finally got the Nickel cuts in we have been waiting for this week they are $11.20 and we also got Jelly Rolls they are $38.40. Oh my peeps, these would make such great stocking stuffers! I hope you will get your orders in early.
We also just got in more of the great Citrus Wreaths that look so super all through the house. You have seen them all over in our holiday décor pictures I like to hang them everywhere. They sold out and now they are back, the cost is $25.00 but if you remember the windows at my home, I have had mine for close to ten years and they are still my favorites and still look great so when you think how long they last the cost seems right.
Quiltmania’s ”Scrap Quilts (Mania)book is also finally back in stock, its another wonderful Christmas idea for $49.95. My shop girl elves have many wonderful ideas for you and if you happen to fins yourself visiting this weekend it’s Country Christmas in Spring Green! This is a really busy and fun weekend in Spring Green, you can shop for your trees, wreaths, and roping at the farm markets, shop craft fairs, eat wonderful treats everywhere and especially at our great eateries, go on a super great house tour with all the houses decked out for the holidays, watch Christmas Fireworks, enjoy carolers, and shop until you drop at the boutiques and galleries. I hope you find the time to join us for the festivities. There is nothing like a small town Christmas atmosphere with big city amenities and you don’t have to fight traffic.
Red and Green, Red and Green, a holiday design tradition! We just got in our beautiful new “Floral Traditions” designed by Primitive Gatherings for Moda in red and green. We have them fat quartered and bowed just waiting for your call. You get 13 fat quarters, a total of 3 1/4 yards for $40.00. It could be a stocking stuffer or a nice little addition to your collection stash for some holiday or winter piecing projects. What ever you decide to do with your collection I know it will be great. We have not had an opportunity to work with them but we bought extra because we wanted to. Here is a glimpse of our holiday OOOLALA!
We just got in our antique paper dolls or tree toppers, they stand up with a little of that great old cotton stuffing that is so useful this time of the year. The bags are easy to ship just let us know if you want to replenish your supply. This is the “Thomas Nast” I love he can be purchased for $12.50 . This famous Santa will be great where ever you decide to display him. We also got in the popular “Pine Cone Santa”, and the “Rooftop Santa”, he is getting out of the sleigh getting ready to deliver his toys. All good choices, all $12.50.
We also got our little battery tree candles we have been waiting for, they have a hanger making it easy to put them right over a branch. This is a sweet idea and looks great on our German Twig trees. It’s a Primitive touch you will find hard to resist. They come with a battery and sell for $6.88.
Just another busy, crazy, week for us my Jefferson County fabric has finally landed in the shop and is just waiting for you all to see its new home. It has been on the floor for 24 hours and everyone seems to be loving it. We have not gotten all of our kits satisfied yet but we are furiously working towards that goal. I wanted to share a photo with you and hopefully you can see and get the feel of the traditional design qualities the fabric possesses for quilters. It is a line that works together but crosses into other lines with great ease and works well with the color families in the line. It is $11.20.per yard. The color palette is dusty greyed out blues and grey, old rusty reds, beautiful browns, tans, aged rosewater pinks and great old acid green, the zinger that sets off your quilts. Every piece has that worn and aged look you have come to expect from my fabric lines. That old dough bowl you are seeing is housing Vickie’s “Lucy Adams” and Suzanne’s “Monticello” quilts. I asked Gwen to create a tab for you to see what is available to order she has it up and ready, take a peek. It has the fabric, patterns and kits that feature the new line. I hope this helps and I will be working on my fabric tab and giving you an closer up view of it all in the up-coming days.
Just one last quick FYI: Next week is Thanksgiving and we will be closed on Wednesday the 27th and Thursday the 28th so the shop girls can get there holiday dinners ready for family and friends. We are all ever grateful for your business and hope you can understand the need to do this. You can still order from the website and we will be ready to greet you on Friday and help you with all your holiday decisions, there are plenty of trees and decorations you will love and don’t forget to see our collection of Santa’s and other great inspirations.
Tis the Season to think about the holidays! It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the shop, actually it is Christmas in the shop! Come on in and I will give you a tour of our 2013 Holiday Collection! Don’t forget to take a look at the new Christmas gallery it gives you some really fun views of our Bells nickels and wonderful holiday gift and decorating ideas for the season.
It is the “Open House” that almost didn’t happen!!! When the shop girls arrived yesterday the lock on the door decided to break, it had to be drilled, and I have to say someone was sent to us because the hardware store man was not getting it open for us. Just in the nick of time our good friend Mary Jo arrived from Michigan with her husband the “locksmith”. They were an hour early because she did not think about changing her watch and thinking of the time change. The rest is history, we have a new lock, we were open in time, and everyone had wonderful holiday shopping. The treat tasting experience exceeded all my expectations, I confess I had to have a taste of everything.
I swear it is like birthing a baby every season. No wonder my body is aching. It is such a pleasure for all of us to show off what is trending in the shop this season. The quilts this year have exceeded all of our expectations.
Style for the 2013 Holiday Season!
“Aunt Virginia’s Chain” is on the bed. It is a simple chain quilt pattern, very classic the way we like it and it uses only three fabrics. Vickie designed this 68″ x 85″quilt and she used the French General Holiday fabric collection to make it all come to life. The pattern is $8.50 and the kits are $115.00. I love how nice this quilt plays with our Heirloom bed covers. The bed covers are neutral and really show off almost anything they are coupled with. You will also notice my little antique doll bed is dressed with Vickie’s new “ Candy Apple Quilt and Pillow” combo. This will easily go right into Valentine’s Day. The pattern is $8.50 and the kit complete with backing and binding is only $25.00.
“Snow Valley” is one of Suzanne’s new quilt patterns, the inspiration for this quilt comes from the beauty she savored as she witnessed the serenity of new fallen snow in Snow Valley which is located in south western Wisconsin. The thought and name is so inviting it makes you long for a peaceful long winter’s afternoon. The quilt measures 72″ x 72″. The kits are not cut yet as the background needed is from my New ”Jefferson County” fabric which actually arrives this coming week but the patterns are ready and sell for $9.00. How beautiful this quilt looks up on the wall with the old flea market dishes displayed in the antiqued and aged cupboard. Of course our angel looks great pictured with any of our quilts. I alsolove the wonderful little “Citrus Wreaths” you see hanging on all of our treasures, they are $26.00. They also love windows and cupboards and doors. Remember we have hangers if you are needing something to hang your wreaths from. They work great and sell for $8.75.
Vickie created another wonderful snow themed quilt for us called “Winter Wonderland”. This is a stunning Christmas or winter quilt and you will find that the colors are easy to use in your décor. Best thing is it is a quick quilt and can easily be finished in time for the holidays. The added splash of red and green twinkling through the quilt make it hard to resist. It has by far been the most popular kit during the open house rush. Winter Wonderland measures 63″ x 73″ and the kit can be purchased for $76.00. The pattern is sold separately for $9.00. Just an FYI it really looks great displayed with vintage silver trees and wreaths we have in the shop.
Selma is the designer of the next quilt which she has named “Colin’s Grove” after her grandson. We do not have it kitted yet as it uses the Jefferson County fabric but it will be ready to ship this week. The quilt measures 80″ x 80″ and it looks quite stunning as the back drop for my old sail sled and the grove of German Twig trees we love to sell. The 4 1/2 foot tees are $92.00. We also have Tallow Berry bundles this season and they are priced at $14.95. They look pretty swell just laying around, we even have them festively bowed.
It is only appropriate that we dress our beloved angels with a new festive Christmas quilt. Vickie was up to the task and decided to remake her “Angel of the House” pattern. It has been a winner for sure. Everyone has loved this kit. The little quilt is sized right for an angel at 17″ x 23″. We have the kits priced out with the backing and binding so you can have your little quilt done and in your angels arms, if you need and angel we have several sizes available. Our kits are $23.00 and don’t forget to order the pattern it is available for $8.50.
My old iron bed has never looked quite so festive. Selma’s “Sophie’s Gift” adorns it this holiday season. The inspiration for this quilt came from market last January. Selma and I were in a show room and saw the antique quilt and right away we knew if we could just find the right fabric combination over the next few months that she would be able to recreate it. It measures 70″ x 70″ so the size leaves you many options. The kits are sold for $120.50 and the pattern is $9.00. I had to dress the bed with just one more accessory. We found the most incredible “Santa Face “pillows, they are from the same company that has made Our Nest and Love You Forever that you have all enjoyed. I know the grandkids will be fighting over this one but no matter it is a stunning accent. The pillows are priced at $58.00.
There is yet another new holiday offering that you need to hear about and it is called “Amaryllis”. Selma is the designer of this pattern too. It is a table runner that is 18″ x 52″ and another doll quilt that measures “18 x 20″. If you still are looking for an angel quilt idea this may just be the perfect solution and you get both patterns and enough fabric in the kit for the two projects. If you choose to order this kit the cost will be $55.00. Don’t forget you need to order a pattern too. Patterns are $9.00.
The last quilt I will talk about today is “Papa’s Patches” sewn and designed by Suzanne. The quilt is 42″ x 48″ and I love the subtle color palette Suzanne has chosen. It is very pleasing to say the least in blue, grey, and brown color choices. Suzanne suggests this would be a great primitive table topper or even consider using it for an antique baby quilt for that very special child. The kits are prices at $50.00 and the pattern is $9.00.
“And the Angels Sing”! You all know how I love to use neutral quilts. This is one of those quilts that can find a home in most any room you decide to put it in. We like using this quilt with our Heirloom Weavers bed covers and we had Suzanne make a bed skirt from our great Orchard House green and cream stripe. The quilt measures 69″ x 92″ so it fits a twin bed with ease. The kits are $112.00. The pattern is a log cabin from Pat Wys Spotlight on Neutrals book which sells for $24.95. I had the pleasure of sitting in on her Schoolhouse lecture this past market in Houston and she was a so fun to listen to. She is a retired kindergarten teacher so holding a crowds attention comes easy for her. You may wonder how we landed on this name so I will tell you. We got the most wonderful music fabric from Moda this fall and had is squirreled away for the holidays just waiting until we found the right combinations that would make it sing. It is stunning and I am sure you will enjoy putting it together. It would be a great winter project.
“Warm Woolen Mittens” is yet another one of our new quilts in our Winter/ Holiday collection. I saw this particular antique quilt a year ago and had cut it out and put in my journal so I would not forget the pattern and I would be able to keep an eye out for just the right fabrics to give it an aged look like the antique I loved. This is a Country Sampler pattern you can purchase for $9.00 and our kits are available for $72.00. the quilt measures 50″ x 50″.
The last quilt that I can show you today is called the “Jefferson County Register”, that would be our register of who’s naughty and who’s nice? I am just kidding but that was my first thought about the name when it came to me. This is another old quilt pic I have been pondering for some time just waiting for the right fabric line to make it up in. Jefferson County was a perfect fit, it is festive with my old rusty red sashing but yet the subtle old skus of fabric married with it look so great.
Vickie is always thinking about dressing her holiday table and when a new fabric rolled in the door a few days before our Open House I knew she would bring in something wonderful.
“Faded Charm” is just the result of that vision. It measures
I have one more special little project for you that Selma has designed. It is a “Heart Pin and Needle Keeper” and you even get to have my little logo girl already transferred onto fabric and ready to put together in your kits. The pattern and kit complete is only $15.00. this has girlfriend gift written all over it.
I showed you our Santa Face pillow but you might want a look at the adorable little pillow that says “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”! What a cute little added gift to take as a hostess gift. It is only $11.25.
If you like the idea of the little pillow we also have a larger pillow made to sit on your sofa or chairs and it says “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas”! I hope you have enjoyed getting up close with our Winter Holiday quilt collection!
I have been packing my bags getting ready for market in Houston and have all of our new Jefferson County quilts laid out in my family room at home. I will give you a peek. the first photo you can see is “133 Jefferson”. It is beautiful on a round table, I had to put one of the beautiful bittersweet wreaths on it and a pumpkin because it reminded me of Thanksgiving. The Jefferson County line lends itself to the fall and winter seasons. the next photo is of “Monticello” this is Suzanne’s new quilt for our fall collection.
Windham has not really had this good of view as of yet and won’t until we deliver them to the market floor. I am excited to see if the quilt shops are loving the line as much as we have been, we are on overload with new quilt ideas and anticipating sharing many of them with you in November. But the bad news came by mail today. The fabric is still on the boat coming from Korea. It is expected to be in port by October 30th, then it has to clear customs, then its off to the Baum warehouse in Jersey City where they double un- roll it in preparation for shipment to us. It will be November before it arrives , we are hopeful we might be able to get some kits together by our Open House but there are no guarantee’s. So this is what is going to happen, you will be able to purchase the Jefferson County kits and we will ship them to you at no charge, that way you know you will have a kit saved that you loved. Not what we had hoped but I think this is as good as it gets. Always have a plan B especially this year.
The next quilt from our new Jefferson County collection is called “Lucy Adams” this is Vickie’s newest. The “Jefferson Street Register ” is a new repro for the Country Sampler. I love the old rusty red sashing used from the line, it could also be used at Christmas as the Naughty or Nice List. However you see it used I hope you enjoy it.
The last quilt is from Selma and she made up her new quilt for the pre-cut nickel packs Windham is cutting for this particular quilt pattern. It is “Jefferson Square” and I am sure your will love the colors and way Selma planned it out.
The good thing is the girls all have been busy little elves getting several more new quilts together for our 2013 Holiday Collection these will be kitted and ready. I guess we are learning never to put all our eggs into one basket. We are busy in the shop these days shipping out Stacy’s Silent Night Club project and the new Prim Sister from La D Da. I snapped a picture so you could see what is coming your way. Again we have to apologize that it is coming later than anticipated but we had to wait for threads and then when they arrived we were in the midst of B&B and the Star Party guests. I promise it is worth the wait but timing is really everything and it can’t be helped. We are trying to ship both kits to save on shipping so I hope that is in some way helpful.
I hope you are enjoying the Market Preview I posted. Vickie and I are leaving in the morning for Houston. I anticipate we will be back next week with lots of fun new things to talk about.
What a Blurrrrrr these past two weeks have been. You almost want to think it just can’t be real but it is. First off my cup runneth over the friendships that I have made through my business are vast and I hadn’t a clue. The cards of sympathy and well wishes, the emails. I have just finally gotten through them all. How can I ever express my gratitude, the open sharing of your own experiences is so full of encouragement I am assured that the sadness will grow less and healing will come over time. I am surely going to miss my dear mother, our whole family will, things will never be the same again for any of us but what a joy when we meet again. My good friend Joan summed it up by saying that your throat aches. It does and it will but I feel surrounded by the most caring friends a girl could want or wish for. Thank you all so much.
Last week Boxwood and the Star Party was a busy diversion for me in fact I think the best thing for me. My mother was a strong little girl and she wouldn’t have wanted me to cave with so much happening. So I worked my way through it and my good friend Maggie who stayed with me, the shop girls, and all of my guests were surprisingly the medicine and strength I needed to muddle through. We had the most beautiful weather imaginable the trees were literally turning color every day, so many fun projects that were totally inspiring and although there were a few things that were out of our comfort zones the designers teaching made us all feel like there wasn’t anything we couldn’t master, and guess what we did! I feel like new friendships were made and that is what a good gathering can do. You network, share and find out you have a new kindred sister to bless your lives.
In all the past 30 years have gone by quickly, my young family has grown up and frankly so have I. That’s the good thing. I know I will never see 30 more years but however many are left in me I hope you know you have touched my life by your friendship and I have done what I love. Thank you for sharing my journey.
My “Jefferson County” fabric was unveiled to our guests on Friday evening at the Star Party event. The last and final over 30 quilt is called “133 Jefferson”. Fitting for sure, as it is all about the 133 Jefferson St. shop girls that designed such wonderful quilts to celebrate this year. This quilt is a round robin quilt taking blocks from all the Over 30 quilt patterns. I hope you love it, we do and our guests did as well. We do not have fabric in for kitting yet but expect it next week. As I sat in our classroom on Saturday afternoon, the sun shining through the large windows danced across the design. We had a pine harvest table in front of it and bittersweet I had picked at the farm was sitting on the table. It looked like Thanksgiving I have many good nutty browns in the new line that have been lots of fun to piece with. The quilt itself will go together relatively fast and it is big enough to fit a queen bed nicely, it is 79″ x 79″. The pictures you see were taken at night so I was unable to capture the beauty I witnessed during the daylight hours but I will get a better view for you after I get back from Houston Market. Vickie and I leave next Wednesday and we will be carrying 5 incredible new quilts out of the new fabric for Windham to put up in the show booth. This is what to expect, “Monticello” by Suzanne, “The Jefferson Street Register” a Country Sampler pattern, “Lucy Adams” by Vickie, “Jefferson Square” a nickel cut quilt design by Selma, and “133 Jefferson” our last Over 30 Quilt. You will see several more new quilts surfacing over the next few months, some using specific colors and many mixed with other great lines we have coming in. The color and patterns were made to go with other lines that is their beauty. We will have fat quarter collections, nickel cuts, and of course half yard pieces can also be cut if you desire. We have a lot of things to get done and everything depends on a timely delivery.
Our next really big event is so close I think I spit cotton everytime the thought crosses my mind. Can you believe our “American Country Christmas Open House” gear is just waiting to be put out, at least it is here for a change. Now you must remember we close to the public to transition the shop on Sunday November 3 and remain closed until Friday the 8th . It is a big deal for us to transition, un pack and just get our kits and things in order, we can take mail orders on line and by phone but don’t visit you will be disappointed and we can’t have that.
We have a super new quilt this week, imagine that, it is from Moda’s ”Collections of Love”! This is a designer panel quilt, so super easy to assemble, and it would make the best Christmas present ever for a guy. It’s has a rich color palette of browns, blues and navy. It is a big quilt to curl up in and love. It will fit a king as it is 88″ x 92″ and kitted with the pattern sells for $95.00. Order early and quickly so you can get it under the tree for your special someone.
The newest Stacy Nash Club kit arrived with Stacy this past week so we are shipping everyday. OOOOLALA we know you will love this one! You will be jumping up and down, it is for Christmas and called “Silent Night”.
I am going to post some random photos taken last week, we did a field trip one afternoon to the Cedar Valley Lodge, it is a beautiful facility, we with the help of Jean Elliott, one of our students attending learned how to antique the old shoe shine boxes we gave out for Boxwood. The wonderful old journal papers we sell provided the perfect lining and we also worked on an adorable little Boxwood Pinkeep Maggie had designed.
The trunk shows were all so good by each designer but the one I had could not stop looking at was from Maggie’s new book “Another Place and Time”. The tone on tone offerings were so calming and elegant I can hardly wait to find the wools at market and get them home to make into kits. If you have not purchased the book trust me you will want to we have sold over a 100 and have reordered again. That is a good book and one to own for $27.95.
All in all the week was so exciting, the party was great, we had flowers, a classical guitarist provided the background music, good appetizers made by Selma and our friend Francis who was attending the gathering who is also Turkish as is Selma has always wanted to make us a special treat and she did. Little spinach pies wrapped in filo dough were a huge treat for everyone, another customer Marion from Iowa shared her Sangria recipe and I helped make homemade guacamole. The best part was the lecture trunk show entertainment by Alma and Barb. What and act, those two had all of our attention.
Tis the season, I have had a few moments in between things to dress the mantels with some of our awesome fall gear. The Freaky Grey Loose weave can be so much fun to use and it’s size 2ft wide by 10 ft. long insures great coverage wherever you want to display it with and only $7.75. It’s definetly a great way to dress so many areas inside or out. That would be windows, doorways, mantels, and cupboards for starters. You are also seeing pumpkins and the glittered black Halloween picks I showed you in last weeks blog. We have wonderful battery operated tapers and witch candles that can be programed to be on a timers to add the right glow and don’t forget our black lanterns. We only have a few weeks until October so time to gather and get ready to embrace my favorite time of year. I have to tell you I love using this large bread board in front of a mantel. It is a great way to display your stitchery. You will find this painted board a valuable tool to use and priced right at $70.00. We also have a round cheese board that is fun to use when entertaining or as a centerpiece on a table it is priced at $50.00.
Drum roll please! Maggie’s new book “Another Place and Time” has finally arrived, I love it so much I don’t want to put it down. I really love her neutral pieces through out her book, that’s just my taste, but these pieces can go anywhere. The hooked rug 24″ x 60″ called “Two Urns” is to die for it really makes me want to start rug hooking or find someone to make it for me. Her Wool Applique’ in neutrals is really calling out to me too. I hope we are able to get kits, a version of this is also paper pieced.
Her Wonky Heart pillow is another favorite but the book is full of many so you can at least you can kind of get the flavor.
I‘m also going to show you a couple of new stitcheries I am liking, one is a reproduction of an antique sampler caller the “1837 Crown Sampler” and the next is new for the holidays.
The first one I know we will be stitching up is from Plum Street and it is called “A Yultide Welcome”. This particular sampler is stitched on Lakeside 36 count but I am ordering a 32 count because it will be a great horizontal sampler and just be a size you will enjoy displaying. The chart is $18.00. It is mostly stitched with Gentle Arts thread colors but it does call for 3 needlepoint silks that we may decide to include but there is a DMC conversion. Time will tell when the linen arrives. The antique is done on 32 count Lakeside Vintage Examplar linen which I really like so I am will be very comfortable with that choice and the threads this time around are all Weeks. The chart is $19.00. This should help keep you busy for a few, I hope you enjoy.
I will attempt to show you new quilts in our shop décor this week and show you some new arrivals you have been anticipating. We have been quite excited over Notforgotten Farm’s new “Autumn at Notforgotten Farm”. This is a really fun book with many projects other than cross stitch, but we love the stitchery especially “Turkey Trot” and the “Old Farm House”. You will find a hooked rug mat, punch needle, a pieced runner with wool applique, and a shoe thimble keep. This book is $25.95 and I am confident you will like it and feel it is so worth the price especially if you love Notforgotten’s style and patterns.
Maggie”s new book “Another Place and Time” was shipped out to us yesterday. We can hardly stand the wait. I am guessing it will drop tomorrow but it could be Friday. Several of you have your names on the list so we will get it out to you right away.
This is an exciting month for us because Stacy Nash has just released all of her new fall patterns. “Halloween at Hollyberry” will be one of the favorites but everyone of her new offerings will have you jumping up and down. There is a NEW tombstone angel drum, the Mustard Manor Sewing book and two other outstanding pinkeeps. You most likely will need them all. We will scan and show you all of the new patterns when they arrive.
Our new Folkart is finally arriving and getting worked in with our new fall quilts this is just what we have been needing with the heat and humidity we have endured over the past couple of days. This is one of my favorites. The “Man in the Moon” is just special, not scary but he is really classy and only $22.50. I have one of the angels holding him next to Vickie’s New “ Gentle Annie “ churn dash reproduction quilt. We are already having to make more as it was very popular at the Expo. This is a favorite of mine, color is one of the reasons its neutral and easy to put anywhere and I love the pattern. “Gettysburg” is another fall favorite my husband and oldest grandson Michael love this quilt. It is a great guy quilt and very classic. You can also see a designer panel quilt from the new Blackbird Designs Nature’s Baskets fabric. Such a great nut brown color, it is also subtle enough to play in most decors. The last little quilt I really did not get to talk too much about last week is our new Nickel club offering. Selma has done it again, such rich color for fall and not too oversized. You will love this topper on your Harvest tabletop it is 26 x26 and called “Autumn Crossing”. It is packaged with the backing for $48.00. The pattern is sold separately for $8.50. You can also see our new Fall tree but folks it is great for Christmas too. The tree is $66.50 we also have some great ornaments you will enjoy like a glittery spider or just a polished looking black ball. More fun for you. You can also the basket on the top of the bed it really is made to hang over a chair but it worked well on the bed too. I can see it really could be fun to use on your holiday chairs, it would hang to the back and could be filled with greens and treats. The baskets are an old faded black and sell for $37.50. We had a “hottie” last week at the show and it was Carol Hopkins “Blue and Gray” except we did not make our model in blues or grays we went neutrals but with just enough color it would be a great little quilt to use in your fall décor. This topper is also 26″ x 26″ it comes packaged complete with backing, binding and the pattern for $56.50.
If you enjoy a good looking and fun Halloween treat bowl we have one and it would look great on either of the small toppers I have just talked about. Our bowl is $66.50 and is a great glittered Skelton’s Hand, the bowl is even on a pedestal. Don’t forget about Pineberry Lane’s new wool pillow pattern called Fancy Blackett’s Prize Sunflower it sells for $11.00.
Next you have to take another look at our 1863 “Tombstone Prim Angel” quilt. I have it on our little antique iron youth bed. It is a great addition to anyone that has and loves the Prim style. I like the fact that it is not oversized and it fits in a small area. at the show we hung it and had our prim tree by it and it really looked amazing.
We have a new “Witch” battery candle. I had to take one home, it has a timer option and the witch lights up, it is priced at $29.95 and comes with batteries so you can use it right away. I love its packaging and you will want to keep its container too. We bought some neat candles just like this for Christmas too. You can see the candle its it’s container sitting in the lantern and just incase you wanted a close up of the Man in the Moon You can see him too.
We also got great black glittered spike picks that are made to be added to fall foliage in this week. They add a lot and each pick has nine spikes so it does not take many to give a fall basket on your door, table or mantle a fall finish. Priced right at only $3.75 a pick. The “Stamp” Quilt is still one of my favorite quilts and with the Paper Halloween trees and other Folkart I think it is a perfect choice to lite up a wall. We are beginning to get close to selling through this quilt so if you have admired it, I think it might be time to make that commitment you will not regret it. Finally this week I just have to show you two of Stacy Nash’s older patterns. I changed them up as far as color and we are all enjoying them so much. It just shows you color is an amazing tool. The Colonial Pinkeep Drum is really fun I made it bigger by using a 30 count linen and changed the color. The Four and Twenty Blackbirds was very fallish almost Halloween looking and now it is a piece you can enjoy in your prim house all year. I really encourage my customers to look beyond a pattern and change the fabric and colors to make it more your style. I hope you enjoyed a few fall images and can see how fun they could be in your fall décor. There is time to get stitching and sewing on them while they are still in season before we switch into Christmas. What a thought but our Christmas has started to ship in and needless to say the girls are getting giddy.
Happy Fall decorating!
As promised I will take you on a tour of the Quilt Expo Show booth. Enjoy! I will not have time to go into the size and cost of each kit but I will give you the names of all of the new items you are seeing. Everything is in the shopping cart and can be ordered. It is always an exciting day when the show booth goes up and we can all see the magnificent array of quilts in our 2013 Fall Collection. The girls have produced some of the most pleasing quilts ever. How exciting for you and us.
My best laid plans could never have predicted the past two days. I was able to get the booth in place and then leave the baby so to speak in Vickie and Selma’s hands, my dear mother has taken a turn for the worse, she is resting and I am home briefly to try show you as promised what we have been up to the past few weeks. Over the mantel you will see for the very first time Selma’s newest Over 30 Quilt called “General Grant”. It is magnificent. If you have a display space this is a quilt to love. It is 76″ x 76″ and the kit is $125.00. You can also see “Gentle Annie”, a churn dash pattern hanging on one of our quilt display racks. This is made to look old and because it is neutral would be wonderful anywhere. You can also see the new Appleseed Primitive “Blest Art of Doing Well” sampler hanging on the breadboard, there are kits.
The next quilt that you see hanging up is the new Paul Barnes quilt pattern called “Gettysburg” what a stunning beauty. This quilt measures 72″ x 72″ and the kits are priced @ $131.00. You can also see a favorite of ours designed by Suzanne laying across the primitive chair. This is “Meg’s Dowry” and it is made out of Orchard house fabric. You can also kind of see our take on Carol Hopkins “Blue an Grey” quilt. You guessed we used totally different colors and OOH La, La! It is a classic 26″ 26″ table topper. The kits are packaged complete with pattern, binding and backing for $56.00.
Next you will see two more new quilts. “Tombstone Angel” which has been in the works for some time and finally we have gotten it together. Yes we think it is primitive and when it comes back to the shop you will see it on the antique youth iron bed. I can hardly wait. The primitive wings and date are out of wool. This quilt measures 42″ x 72″ and the kit sells for$118.50. In the photo you can see another closer view of “Gettysburg” and “Heirloom Harvest”. Heirloom Harvest is another new quilt designed by Vickie. The kits are hot out of the sweat shop cutting tables and haven’t even hit the floor yet but will on Thursday. We all agree this is the perfect fall quilt to set out and love.
Suzanne has designed this new quilt which you can seeing hanging to the right of the fireplace. She calls this quilt “Hattie O’Connel” it is 65″ 88″ and the kit is$165.50. What a beautiful classic quilt.
The quilt laying down with the kit bowl on top of it is Selma’s “Jefferson Square”. This is also one of those fun nickel quilts Selma is so good at designing. “Freedom Rings” is another Selma design we love and has only been out for a few weeks so loving it’s color palette and how well it went with our other quilts it made the show cut. New for us is the “River Rocks Baskets “quilt. This is another design by Paula Barnes. Sunning in the colors you see and most of them are in Paula’s fabric line.
The next photo is full of really great quilts, “Christmas at Hollyberry Farm” cross stitch, “Civil War Tokens” a new wool mat designed by Lavonne another incredible shop girl, “Matha’s Dressing Gowns” our Roadtrip quilt, “Winter at Orchard House” designed by Vickie and from my Orchard House fabric collection. We also did another new Carol Hopkins pattern in great old blues and browns called “Fireballs” and lastly you can see Gwen’s “Lincoln Logs Inspiration Journal”. there are kits for everything you have seen.
Every year we try to bring a pretty and fabulous designer panel that we piece. We add an inner border, and outer border and corner stones to bring it to life. Never ordinary but a quick extraordinary quilt. Blackbird designs had the most beautiful new line called “Nature Baskets”. The nutty brown are perfect for the season and pattern screams quilt me. This quilt is 56″ x 76″ and $71.50. We have backs that can be ordered too. Vickie also put together a new Weathered Stripe table topper, I think she told me it was 60″ which makes a great cover for your harvest table. It’s weathered old stripes make this worn and loved runner a total winner. It’s so new it is still being cut abut can be ordered. I expect it will be ready by the end of the week. I hope you have enjoyed touring our 2013 booth, there are more goodies you haven’t seen but you will if you are attending.
OMG! What do you think of that great Halloween Treat Bowl? You can see the border on the Blackbird quilt in this photo. It is a great quick sew you can make in an afternoon. One last look back over the booth.
I am going to put up Snipitts that’s a tease of our new Fall Quilt Collection with good intentions of being able to show you the booth all set up tomorrow night. Cross your fingers my mother is not doing too good, small strokes today, a bad fall yesterday with stitches and blackened eyes. I am not sure where things go from here.
This is just a small sampling of our great new quilts. I also wanted to remind you of our Cat Magic quilt. This is a great Halloween quilt and fun to put together, Selma put it together last year and we have a limited amount of kits left if you did not see it or missed it somehow during the busy fall season. I thought you might like to take another look. We also got our great Paper Halloween trees in and other wonderful fall gear I know some of you have been waiting for. You will see a few pieces at the show through out the booth like we always do.
I told you I would be adding a few new items to this post on what is coming in from market. This is what is new from Brenda Gervais. Love it all. The first new one I think you might just think is wonderful is called “Manor at Peacock Hill”. The model was stitched on R&R’S 35 count Olde Town Blend linen but you can always choose a larger count because this is not a huge sampler to begin with.
I have been so excited to see Brenda’s new Christmas sampler. It’s here and called the “Noel Sampler”. It was stitched on 40 count Weeks but I know I will have it stitched on a bigger count. On 30 count the design is 15″ x 14 1/2″ so you can see the 40 count piece is not oversized and could stand to be stitched on a larger count. It has it all the house, the tree, the deer, and snowflakes. Are you getting in the mood yet? “Paper Snowflakes” is another winter choice that has the right ingredients. I love the primitive tree in this one and it also has a great unexpected border. It was done on 35 count but again surely could be done on larger for any of you that struggle with old eyes. If you are not quite in the mood for winter how about “Black Eyed Susan’s”. This has the bittersweet, a great Folkart Witch and of course the crow, yes it is a perfect little stitch for fall. This is also stitched on 35 count but would be equally as good larger.
All of the charts just described are only $10.00.
There is even one more, can you imagine? This is a beautiful soft and sweet antique reproduction sampler called “Pink Sparrow Sampler”. This particular sampler was done on 30 count Weeks parchment and is not large it is only 11 1/4″ tall. The chart is $16.00.