This has been another busy week for the shop girls. We are shipping all of the New 2015 Stacy Nash Club kits. I put a picture up on line for you view, you will find it under the Girl Club tab, and also on the newest Face Book post. It is a heart in the best way, not a screaming Valentine a classic heart for all seasons. Hope you like your first kit.
I have also switched up the “Red Quilts” vignette so you can get another view of our quilts. We had such an enjoyable weekend last week and we will have valentine treats for you this weekend too. We have been wanting to make up Maggie B’s “Heart Strings” and we got that done too. Kits are available for $29.75. The kits have wool, silk, velvet, textured fabric, homespun and reproduction fabric creating a wonderful string of hearts that fit into your Prim decor.
We have a few new great kit items that are left over from 2014 Boxwood Gathering that you can find under New Arrivals on line. These are Linda Thraen’s great projects and there are only a few left but if you enjoy The “Pinkeep”projects you might want to take a look at these.
There are so many good reasons to visit or call us this month. The girls and I are happy to be working with The Go Red for Women Campaign inspiring and creating beautiful Red Quilts for your enjoyment. Six more weeks of winter is plenty of time for you to create any of our new Red Quilt Collection quilts and we have them all up on line and in the shopping cart.
This is “Hugs & Kisses”! What a great little quilt for your angels to hold and for you to top a table with. The kit is $44.00 and the pattern is $9.00. XO! XO! is from Suzanne!
Next you can see our New “Journey” Quilt. Jeanne made this quilt up. The quilt pattern is a Laundry Basket pattern. It’s really a sweet nine patch treat! We also sell the big linen XO pillows and Love You More pillows. Kind of perfect for our month and a kiss and hug always works for me!
Everyone is in love with Suzanne’s “Lovebirds” and it is easy to why. We are all loving the soft colors because it makes it really an easy quilt to use anywhere in any decor. It’s another classic. The last quilt we will show you is Coronado and it is getting bound as I write this. Lavonne made this quilt and this version looks so different than the one we have up for silent auction. i am told you can see them on line on February 6th.
We are all trying to keep busy waiting for calls and a customer. Suzanne was grooming Selma for her trip to Hawaii, she leaves us on Thursday, Jeanne is busy binding our last quilt Coronado. Lavonne is vacuuming, and Gwen and I are working on the computers. Its snowing so I guess everyone is staying home today. we have been getting the School Room ready for guests on Saturday.
If you can’t come and join us for the Make It Take It “Hearts of Friendship”and wish to have a kit sent please let us know. Gwen has the kits on line so you can easily order one.
Do you remember this great bag? It works as one of the best bags for grocery shopping and just for carrying things back and forth to work, its so good because it has a gusset and holds more than the usual bag. The bags sell for $25.00 could be a super important bag you will love owning. When I was in Atlanta one of my companies gave me the greatest bag. I have to use it because it say this: Super Important Shit. I carry the super important stuff to work everyday, we are all bag ladies around here. It really has instigated some great conversations and the smiles you get are all worth it. We love bags like we love Journals, don’t miss the new journals Selma and Gwen created for this event.
I can finally show you “Coronado”. It is a great quilt for all seasons! Hope you enjoy this view I have it shown coming out of the greatest canvas tote bag. Maggie came with one last fall and we all thought it was perfect for toting quilts you might be working on at retreats or just finished goods, even using it for an overnight bag works. Maggie packed hers full for our trunk show. The totes are on line and sell for $80.00.
This is what our month of February in the shop is all about! We have created an amazing collection of red quilts that will inspire you and help you through these gray winter days we have been experiencing. Every shop has something amazing and events are planned all month. If you need more information or want to bid on any of the quilts that are on the silent auction please go to www.wishophop.com. Every shop has a quilt that can be bid on if you go to the shop hop website on line.
Our quilt is called “Coronado”, it measures 58″ x 78″ and could be a great Wisconsin quilt. All proceeds for the quilts go directly to the Go Red Campaign for Women sponsored by the American Heart Association. Nothing could make our hearts sing more than being a part of this great cause. I will give you a tour of the shop showing off the shop girls classic quilts we are previewing this month and also reminding you of the quilts introduced in our 2014 Holiday Collection.
“Love Birds” is Suzanne’s new quilt for this event you see it pictured here and on the bed. It is 54″ x 78″. She also has an adorable new “Hug’s & Kisses” small quilt that can be one of those you could actually finish in time for Valentine’s Day. We have the pattern and the kits ready but it is not back from the quilter yet so all I have to show you is a peek before it went off to our quilter.
On the cupboard door is “Journey” another great quilt our Jeanne made. This is a Laundry Basket Quilts pattern.
We still have kits for the most wonderful “Tokens of Affection” Heart Sachets and if you need the Lavender, we also have beautifully packaged bags you can purchase to fill these or any other projects you may want to make. The kits consist of great linens, wool, ribbon and homespun for $25.00. The pattern is sold separately for $9.00 and the Lavender bag is $21.50. It is evident we love traditional and classic quilts because they are lasting.
When we introduced our 2014 holiday collection we did it with this in mind. We all love to create quilts that are fun to use at holiday time but we are mindful to make them easy for our customer to use anytime.
” Christmas Bordeaux”, “Snowbound” and “Sleigh Blanket” fit our criteria and are just perfect for this event because the fabric we chose is classic and red. The next picture you are seeing on the right is “Snowbound”. this is such a great quilt and you can see more photos on the the Christmas blogs. It was and antique the girls reproduced for me. I love its clean classic look and am sure you will too. It is worth revisiting if you missed it over the holidays.
We just got in our new “Cooks Kitchen Holiday Blend” scented Hand Balm @16.95, Room Spray@ $11.95 and Hand Soap@ $18.95. It is the best you will ever use. Now part of that is the cinnamon scent I love and for me it is perfect for this time of the year.
There is still another Red quilt kitted for our event I need to at least show you the kits so you can visualize its beauty. It is “Coronado”. We did this kit up in a soft old red from the new Settlement Collection. It will be easy to use now and later. I love how it looks. We will picture it when it comes back from the quilter which will be soon.
New books have come in and one to think about is called “Love You to the Moon and Back”. It is little, can be personalized and sells for $9.95. I do believe it would make a perfect little valentine gift for someone special! Just a thought.
Selma has designed a great nickel pattern called “Rosebud”. this quilt is a wonderful table topper size measuring 54′ x 54″. It is packaged with the binding and pattern for $54.00. I think you could manage to get this sewn in time to use this month too. Spring is coming and when you see our like real tulips you will really get excited. They even feel real, we had them last year in white and could not keep them in. They retail for $2.15 per stem. FYI: The real ones you buy are $2.00 but they don’t last so I think you will agree this is a good thing!
Ribbon is another one of our things in the shop we use it all the time. I loved putting it into our wire urns. I think you will agree it looks so right. Just another idea for you.
You will also notice another great mirror in the background. I love how they reflect treasures in the decor. The new Jeanne d’ Arc Living is in the shop and this issue is full of great homes and dining room ideas
Eggs are beginning to arrive but these are not ordinary eggs they are egg shaped soaps packaged in the neatest old egg carton boxes for $35.00. ( you get six soaps) They are lightly scented and look perfect in our reproduction porcelain and tin soap dishes. Looks like Martha’s eggs for sure!
The last picture I am about to put up for you today is of our “Country Sampler Celebrating the heart of Quilting Journals”. Each of the shops were required to create a pattern for our quilters participating in the shop hop to. Journaling is a big part of my life, I always have several going to help me remember special things, I put in pictures, draw ideas and just keep track of myself. I love them and I am quite sure you will love these.
XO! XO! Happy February!
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take”. I think we could all say that and know it to be true. Let’s all try to dream a little bigger this year and have no regrets!
Selma and I had a great market in Atlanta, but we froze it was like we never left home, what a surprise! If we had given ourselves that extra day like we had planned it would have even been better but that didn’t stop us really after you see so much you are ready to give up anyway so the year is all mapped out for us and now is is up to us to make it all happen.
It was time for me to put away Christmas in the shop and at home and so that was my focus all week. Suzanne took on the fabric and it was in need of getting cleaned up so many new lines had arrived and we did not get a chance to even get them out. First we needed to cull out the old sku’s. She even found M&Ms squirreled away from last year. We might have a big mouse or squirrel in here anyway now we are on the look out!. Krista was in the basement getting us organized, that is almost impossible but she is getting us there. Would you believe new items are already coming in from orders we placed in Atlanta?
February 1-28 is going to be a wonderful busy month as we Celebrate Quilting and Heart Healthy Living with the American Heart Association and the group of 11 South Central Quilt Shops. You can read all about this on line under Coming Events. Please take a minute to go there. I hope you will join us. We will have so many wonderful New Quilts the girls have made , free journal patterns will be given out, Sue Ersig is coming to do Make it Take its, recipes, treats, who knew February could be so awesome! On the left you can get a sneak peek of one of our new quilts.
Now I am just going to give you a little tour around the shop showing you that new view I promised. It is time to think about our great “Lincoln Quilt” Selma designed last year, his birthday is coming. It is a true classic and traditional quilt and what better way to spend those cabin bound days than sewing. On the bed I have to point out this sign which is a quote by Abe Lincoln: “I like to see a man PROUD of the place in which he lives, I like to see a man Live so that his PLACE will be proud of him”. The cost of this sign is $32.00. Here is a new view of the “Winter Tannenbaum Quilt” we had for the holidays. It is a quilt for the season and you know our quilts very seldom scream Christmas because I love a quilt that can be used and is timeless. I have to say I really love this fine antique reproduction.
Gwen’s Quilt “The Northwind”was created using Paula Barnes Windmills pattern. We changed the name because we thought it worked better for us in the winter collection. t is 56″ x 56″ and a wonderful scrappy quilt. More ideas for those cabin bound days ahead. You are going to see me using lots of new mirrors this year and I could not resist shooting this picture as I passed by. It is so fun to see the bolts of fabric and quilts reflected.
Paula Barnes “Bordeaux”pattern is a favorite and when Suzanne made her version up the second time it was Christmas but look how nicely it bridges into the winter months. That’s French General fabric for you! I can hardly wait for the new Sku’s to arrive for the next two seasons.
I have been loving these great tin shelving units it’s a great way to display your stitchery. the shelving comes with 3 brackets and hardware for $120.00 per unit.
The Candelabra is one of our new lamps , it retails for $407.50 and will be fun to put into the decor this year as will be the new Crimped Pan lamp which is $187.50. I have this on the mantel and another on one of our counter tops it looks great where ever I put it. I am back at today today and we are beginning to think Valentine decor and ideas for some Valentine handwork therapy.
Very little snow so it is hard to get into that cabin bound mood. I like snow for winter and think we are all a lot more unhealthy with it so bare and the temps so up and down. Who knows but I miss a good snowed in day. I hope it does not come on Easter, it’s early this year. We just got in fresh bulk bags of Lavender. It is beautiful to look at and smell but it is wonderful to use for sachets. Suzanne did a great pattern last year and we made up pretty swell kits using our linens. The Lavender is selling for $21.50 and the kits are $25.00.
Don’t forget about our great Moda toweling and linen runner fabric. It is a perfect accent for a winter into spring decor for any table top and actually it works year round but I thought particularly now that February is drawing near. The linen is $18.50 per yard and the toweling runs $7.00 a yard.
You have been seeing many new and different signs around the shop. Our newest is called “Romeo and Juliet”. It is of course about remembering the great loves from the past. It could be a really great shower gift for someone getting married and there special great love. Here is an idea to ponder we can even have them personalized for you.
Something to remember we carry lots of beautiful ribbons in linen, rayon, velvet, solids and stripes for all your wrapping and handwork needs and most of them excepting the velvet and twines can all be purchased by the yard. I am loving storing them in the wire urns, you can see them but more important everyone can see and enjoy them. We have two styles for your consideration the one pictured sells for $47.25. Just a thought it would look great filled with eggs for Easter, you will be seeing that soon enough too.
Speaking of eggs we have new egg shaped soaps that go in our vintage porcelain and tin soap dishes. The soap smells so divine and looks great because they completely nailed the soft colors for spring. The dishes are $20.00 and the set of six egg soaps are packaged in vintage looking egg shaped cartons. for $35.00
I can hardly believe it is almost Christmas time again! We have no snow on the ground and it is gray and raining! I do believe November and December have flip flopped on us, I was so energized with that beautiful cover of fresh white in November and sure it would last as cold as it was but it warmed up and is all gone. I am feeling good about this, I got a long and over due family Christmas letter done this past week, it’s been since 2011. I am so relieved all I need to do is get it mailed before the end of the year. I notice fewer greetings every year or maybe people have given up on me.
Remember this is our last retail day until December 26th!
Tomorrow is scheduled for all of the last minute shopping I need to take care of. Wednesday I need to start the cooking and the tedious job of wrapping. My days are spent for sure. This is why we shop girls need to have a few days to get our Christmas together. We all work hard to to inspire you with yours and now it is our turn to create our magic at home. I talked to Lavonne this morning and she finally got that 16 ft. tree up and lights on it. Suzanne just arrived at her daughters out East. Gwen is getting ready for her family to arrive and she said the ornaments were still on the bed and she has another day of work yet tomorrow, Selma is getting her shopping wrapped up today then the cooking begins for her, Krista and family got there tree decked yesterday and so it goes. It is a wonderful busy time for family. I took the Grandkids on the Polar Express train last night, my Sara and I had so much fun we both said we would love to work for free it was perfect even Uncle Rob enjoyed it. The innocence and joy makes us know there is only one way and that is to “Believe” in the magic of it all.
Our New “Mona B” Bags have arrived just in time for the new year! This collection is all about fashion that’s Earth friendly, totally one of kind and they look really swell too. Prices are in line and I know you will want more than one in your collection. I have so many bags but there is always room for one more! One of my favorites is the spacious Handmade Canvas bag measuring 19.75″ x 14.5″. This is for quilters and pack rats like me that always have to have a big old travel bag, I tend to name it my activity bag, because it has all the inspiration I ever need. I travel with at least two journals, magazines, books, handwork anything that comforts me where ever I go. This is the bag! Maggie had one of these at Boxwood and everyone was crazy for one and wanting it right now so it is here if you are still interested. It is $80.00.
The Cross Body USA is what I found in Texas, I love, love, love it and never had taken if off since i bought it there is room for anything you need, money, credit cards, and a phone! It retails at $26.50. We have a Paris Streeter Wristlet that measures 8.4″ x 4.4″ and sells for $20.00 bucks. I am partial to the Live Work Create sm. pouch. It measures 6″ x 4.4″ and can be yours for only $17.00.
The last bag I have pictured is the Live Work Create Tall Canvas bag. It measures 16.5″ x 16.5″ and it retails for $72.00. These are all really well maid, lined bags that you will grow to love. Selma and I plan on visiting the showroom in Atlanta in just a few days so I know you will be seeing many more styles this spring that will have your name on them.
It seems like by this time of the year we are all running around, shopping for that perfect gift which can be challenging for us all, getting ready for parties, having parties, and preparing the house for family and friends. I like the getting ready for sure but it’s just finding the time. I just spent over 3 hours writing a blog, it was saved, I previewed it and then after I got all done and published it was gone! Yikes that is enough to make you feel a little Grinchey for sure!!!
Anyway this week I thought I would show you Riverbanks. Reed and I were there working this week. It was interesting, I found out I was addicted to TV or maybe its noise. Ours was not working again. The fireplace people were to have things finished but the weather with the ice made that impossible. I usually bring things to do but left the stitching at home thinking I would never get to it with all we had on our to do list.
Lucky for me, I have been wanting to stud oranges and lemons with cloves for Christmas which I did have enough sense to bring with me so I had the time to get something done. It was great fun, so easy and they smell oh so good and I know they will be part of my table scape for sure! I spend alot of time trying to figure out how I want to dress my table every year and this year I have a new table we actually have room at for people and food. You will notice the light is no longer centered and if you know retail like I do Pottery Barn has moved on by now. I have to have it moved but no one is willing to go there right now so we will live with it and hope for a miracle.
Our old table you have seen in pictures for years was from Riverbanks and it has made its way back home. I love the old windows I had to hang a wreath on each window for the season. this is such a cozy room with its old ceiling and fireplace, it brings back many fond memories for us.
The care taker that worked for 55 years for Reed’s grandparents was delighted and thought it was just like it should be again. The only thing different is the church pew. Merlin is 87 and will give us lots of history and many good stories to savor. Can’t wait to have him over for dinner. I have started journaling already.
We were thrilled by the Canadian Geese honking as they flew in every night and they actually stayed on most of the day just enjoying the open river water, I think they were happy to have us back. This is a sight we will never cease enjoying. reed and I pinch ourselves in disbelief as we never in a million years thought anything like this would be possible. Merry Christmas to us!
I will share a few more pictures and you will recognize some of the quilts I have brought over and the really good thing is we are finally using furniture we have been storing that Reed has been threatening to sell. It feels right. We have actually agreed on several new pieces we have had to buy which is rare. There is some kind of magic here.
The quilt on the wall was a favorite several years ago in the shop, I have never had a large enough wall space to put it up at home so it was stored in a closet and I am thrilled how great it fits and looks. You can also see the original Riverbanks sign. Reed and I were lucky enough years ago no one else wanted it so we got it. I think even back then there was a divine plan.
You really could sit here for hours just watching the river go buy, very peaceful for sure, I can’t wait to bring my stitching friends over. We have all been so busy we are due! I really was hopeful we could have Christmas here but the kitchen is not up to it yet and that is what we are working on now. I know my boys well enough that a crock pot soup just would not quite do it. They wait for the prime Christmas beef every year so the plan will be for next year. I took a few pictures of the outside of the cottage. Reed was cleaning out the gutters and I was picking greens and hanging the wreath on the door.
I hope you are keeping up with the shops Holiday specials because tomorrow will be (#5). at a 30% off discount. Be sure to take a look and take time to enjoy the season. Hope to see or hear from you soon.
We have a busy weekend, our little Carley is turning 5 and having a birthday party, we have Reed’s company Christmas party, and the plan is to get our Christmas tree on Sunday.
Speaking of parties we had the shop girls party last night. OMG! Did we get the lute! I can’t remember having such a wonderful time, it seems the presents come from friends that know friends well. We came out to my house to open presents after work and then went to my friend Ruth’s house for fabulous food, great conversation and wonderful holiday decorating ideas. Ruth has such a flare for decorating it is simply a delight everytime we are invited to visit.
It’s Country Christmas weekend in Spring Green! Santa is coming! I hope you will too!
We have had another busy week trying to catch up with ourselves in the shop. It has been good to find the time to make up more “Christmas Bordeaux“ kits. We have had the fabric but just could not get to it. You are going to love the packaging it is so festive and would look pretty swell under your tree. Maybe you should tell Santa!
The shop elves are also making more “St. Nicholas” kits we are waiting for our homespun but expect it yet this week so hopefully we will have them completed by Friday. I know this news will be welcome as everyone has been disappointed when they could not get this kit anymore. It seems it is has been hurry up and wait these days that must mean our distributors are also trying to catch up. We hope to have our “Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes” cross stitch kits completed by the weekend too. Espresso Bean has been on back-order for weeks. Here is some more good news we were able to kit up more Olde Tannenbaum Pillow Kits yesterday. It has consumed us for sure!
While the shop girls have been busy elves I have been too. When you check the Shop Specials this week you will see we are running a promotion in the shop. It is twelve days of magical Christmas, the shop girls and I will picking some of our favorite holiday necessities and offering a 20% – 30% discount on the items I have advertised. This only works for the one day we are advertising the items. I hope you will find this fun and enjoy visiting our site often so you can take advantage of all of our favorite things for this holiday season.
In my spare minutes I have been trying to get some Christmas at home. I will share some pictures to show you what I am doing this year. Lots of trees, that is my thing, but I also have taken time to display my collection of cash boxes. Maggie and Stacy got me into this so I totally hold them responsible for my new sickness. I have been enjoying finding these treasures, I even brought back two new finds from our Texas adventure. Collecting is always fun but finding storage can be a problem but somehow I am dealing with that dilemma. My children will curse me when they have to clean it all up they better hope I have time to figure it out before I check out I am quite sure I am not the only pack rat, it just goes with the territory. This how you are greeted when you come to see me this year. I don’t think I ever put anything in the same place twice but maybe the real tree and I am contemplating a move for that this year too. I finally have a new table in the Dine In Family Room! We had Thanksgiving on it this past weekend, what a treat there was room for people, plates and food. I have it decked out quite simple waiting for my green metal gathering basket I advertised last week and we sold out of. No fear more are being delivered so I anticipate that it will be decked soon. You will notice my light has to get moved, the table threw that detail off. I wonder how long that is going to take? I am almost positive it will be in 2015. I do have trees everywhere around the house and as I get more time there will be more. I have not even gotten into my Santa collection and trees only compliment them. I have a small German twig that goes up every year. I like to put it in a galvanized pail and keep it simple it may have to move but if I do find that new place for the real tree it will be good where it is, I always have more ideas when that happens, that’s just the nature of this old retailer. I had to have our new “In This Home” sign and I know some of you have wondered how or where you could use it. This is where mine is now and I know I have other choices but it will live here for the holidays. It is quite special and retails for $100.00. I think most families would agree this is a model to live by.
Keeping things simple seems to please me these days, some greens, an old metal star, ribbons, pillows, quilts and yes more trees. I am showing you trees because that is what I am offering as my first favorite Christmas special in the shop Thursday December 4th. You will see we have many options for you to take advantage of. The old sap bucket makes a great place to display a tree. The dove is paper and my friend Maggie gave it to me. I love it! You probably think I’m a little crazy but I love my little antique pillows and when the herringbone ribbons came in last week I loved the way they looked in baskets with greens and why not pillows? The fresh greens will find there way into the house later this month, I always feel like I am living the story of “Little Women” when the tree and greens deck the halls.
The last photo I am sharing tonight is of my favorite old horse, he is feeling festive as he welcomes all my family and guests who enter over the holidays. It is a busy time for us all and I hope you enjoy some of my ideas. I have lots more to do and will plan to share more with you as Christmas nears.
My big news today is I got a facebook account set up for the shop. I’m not promising anything will get posted today but you can find us at SG-Country-Sampler. Now that is something I thought I would never be able to make happen. I hope I can get myself to use this avenue more. Visit us if you can, watch for 11 more shop specials and let the decorating begin!
I love this time of the year! We have a beautiful snow cover already, I hope it stays, for me it is peaceful. It is time to believe in the magic again, listen for the bells to ring and open your heart. As your prepare for family and friends to gather I hope you will think of the great holiday decor we have to offer you. Our gallery and my blog has lots of inspiration pictured to help you decide on what best suits your festive nests. We are still getting in great ribbon choices. I love the newest herringbone design. It is wired and printed on both sides and comes in two different widths and three colors. The inch and a half is $1.50 per yard or $10.50 for the whole spool. I also have a great new green tin gathering basket, i can see used all year. It looks so great filled with greens and then tie on one of these ribbons, add a merry Christmas sign and you have got yourself a table top decked for company! The gathering baskets are $50.00
“Homefront” is a wonderful table topper. Carol Hopkins designed this pattern, the kit is 45″ x 45″. It is $76.50. This was one of our most popular kits at the Quilt Expo this year and we saved what we had left for a little special something so we could have something new through out the season. We only have six kits left but we know you you will be thrilled with it. The backing and binding are included you only need the pattern and it is $8.00.
It is officially Christmas Open House! But not a shop girl is stirring , not even a mouse! I am alone to finally take it all in. My team has worked extra hard this year! I think we all aching from top to bottom but very excited to share it all with you. I have tried to get a few pictures ready so Gwen can put up a New holiday gallery for you because I simply can not do it, no big blogs tonight. I have not had one minute to recover from market or communicate with you there is just too much to do. I miss our weekly visits, I promise I will get back to it soon.
The most delicious and my favorite treats are awaiting you in the SchoolRoom and speaking of treats I have several Quilt Models on Sale for you this year as well as our Debbie Thibault Collectibles. The basement is also full of goodies you won’t want to miss if you are excited about Christmas shopping and looking for some good bargains, we have them.
I hope you will be able to come for a visit, I know several out of town guests have already arrived, they have been peering in the windows. Our 2nd has some VIP’s visiting, I hope to get a picture we are always honored by there visits and you will be too. It is late and I need to get home so I hope I see in the morning or over the weekend, it is worth the trip!
I will begin to give you a tour of what is trending at our house this year. I have had several antique quilts I cut pictures out of and have wanted to reproduce and so my team set to making it all happen. Selma and I fell in love with this one and our Jeanne commenced to making it. Everyone has loved how it all turned out and red and white for some reason is Christmas for everyone! This particular snowball pattern we are calling “Snowbound”. It is festive for the season and oh so traditional. Something even more traditional is our new sign “Twas the Night Before Christmas”! It’s a crowd pleaser and I can still recite the story as I used to do for my kiddos so many years ago. It was that little magic the kid in all of us need. Priced right @ $40.00 and made out of reclaimed barn wood. We have several other signs you may want to consider too. “Christmas Time” is smaller and tucks easily on a shelf or nestled in greens like I did with my Christmas @ 133. If you look closely you can see our favorite pillows on the bed in the back ground. “Old St Nick” was a favorite, we have “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Reindeer Feed”, and new this year are the bags for wine, gift cards and small holiday treasures. Prices are so affordable $6.75 – $13.50 and make perfect gifts for a hostess and some magic for special people at Christmas.
You know how much I love greens and berries well our wall basket just happened to be the right option for this idea and the addition of the ticking stripe bow was helped complete it all. I happen to think this basket would be the perfect choice for an entry or outside your front door greeting those holiday guests. The basket sells for $120.00. You can also see my favorite German Twig tree in the background. These are classic favorites every year. We still have 4 1/2 foot, 7 ft. and 8ft. available. I love them decked out and just simple with white lights.
I need to give you a preview of the New 2014 Holiday Quilt Collection the shop girls have been busy creating. I wanted to reproduce several antiques I have had in my journal this season as well as giving you some wonderful classic options. The first quilt was designed by Gwen, it is called “Claire’s Noel”! Gwen named this quilt after her granddaughter. I love the fabric, the colors and her block design. It really is an heirloom and it can be yours. Our new Vintage doll was a perfect addition. You could tuck her anywhere, she retails for $55.00 and we also have her as an ornament for the tree and the cost for the ornament is $18.95.
Stacy’s Nash’s new pattern “Pinkeep Puzzel Ball” was the perfect pattern to make up because we have the homespun and velvet that make them look just right. The kit is available for $20.50 and it will make up 6 different balls just the right number to fill an old wooden bowl. I know I have a place for these and they will be out for more than one season. Next I had cut out a picture of this wonderful primitive tree quilt which Lavonne set out to recreate for us. Since it was primitive and made up of only one block we thought we would call it Olde Tannebaum but as I am writing this today I think it should have been called Christmas Tree Farm. That is just what happens when the stress goes and the mind is able to free itself. It really does not matter it is a great quilt. We have it all wrapped up like a present and ready to go under your tree if you so desire please give us a call. It measures 65″ x 79″ and the kit is priced at $90.50 and the pattern is $9.00.
The next quilt is what I would call Vintage. It is scrappy but the glue on this quilt is the setting homespun we chose. It does not shout Christmas but it more than works for me. We are calling this quilt “Long Winter’s Nap”, it measure 72″ x 90″ and the kit is $164.00. This is a pattern I have wanted to make up for over a year but we did not quite have the perfect fabric for the setting block until this new homespun came in and then OMG the lights started twinkling! Jeanne made this model for me and I can tell you this will be my family treasure. You might have the pattern, it came from Quilt Mania, we did have a bit of tweaking to do and an insert was added to make your quilt making easier.
Bordeaux is Paula Barnes pattern. You loved it this fall in our colors but wait until you see how Suzanne put together “Christmas Bordeaux” we used our favorite French General Rue Indienne.
It is 70″ x 70″ and the kit sells for $105.00. The pattern is separate @$10.00.
“Wintergreen” is another new quilt this year. Selma made up this quilt and I think the simplicity of the star pattern and the old drab olive greens and soft background colors are pretty perfect. Again this is a great lasting quilt for winter and beyond. It just happens to go really well with Olde Tannebaum and all the other quilts the girls created. The quilt measures 68″ x 76″and the kit is priced at $114.00.
“Kris Kringle’s Sleigh Blanket” is another antique I loved but again it needed just the right homespun stripe to make it all happen. Low and behold the right new red homespun stripe just happened to be one I had just ordered. When it arrived on my door step the rest of the story is history. Suzanne put it all together and wrote the pattern for me. It turns out it has been quite popular, it is scrappy and uses a great many fabrics which drives up the price but the end result is what you will love. It measures 60″ x 69″. The kit is priced at $150.00 and the pattern is sold separately for $9.00.
Since we have the perfect Sleigh Blanket you need a couple of other great things we just happen to have. This year Selma and I found the most wonderful old sleds, and signs and deer. so here they are. The sleds are made from reclaimed wood and sell for $138.00. The signs are tin and are perfect and the Tin deer is $118.00 and a favorite of mine. He just happens to be flying through the my front window. You can see Selma’s Winter Blues behind the sled we were able to get more fabric so we do have a few more of this great quilt if you missed out on it this fall.
Our next quilt is another Paula Barnes pattern called Windmills but we are calling ours “Northwind” because those North winds are blowing. Gwen made this 56″ x 56″ quilt, it’s scrappy and old looking just the way we love our quilts. This size gives you great options, it could be a topper for a holiday table, I’m visualizing it with a basket of greens or those adorable Pinkeep Puzzel Balls I showed you, it could also be hung by the tree or chimney with care. The cost of this kit is $150.00 and the pattern is sold separately for $10.00.
Lastly we are always needing a wee quilt for an angel to hold or just to use as a topper on an antique doll bed or some where. We chose Carol Hopkins pattern called “Hard Crackers“. Crackers make me think of Christmas and I thought it would be a great choice so our Lavonne stepped up to get this one made for our holiday collection. It uses lots of color but it was planned and the border pulls it all together. It is a precious little piece of handwork and will go nicely everywhere. It measures 17″ x 19″, the pattern is $8.00 and the kits are $26.00.
I think you might enjoy this great tin vintage Merry Christmas sign, it comes with the holder for $108.00.
I need to share a picture of our wonderful group of amazing women attending this years Boxwood & Berries Gathering! Some are returning and others are new-bees to us! My heart is full! I always hope for this kind of group and this fall we have been blest with such passionate, professional, confident ladies that love what they are and do and what we are all about.
This is a photo taken at our dinner at Arthur’s last evening of almost everyone, we are only missing three. The projects and designers, the great meals we have provided, and the knowledge shared with each other are such a part of our events.
We will be going forward with the gathering next year and these are the dates October 12th – 17th!