It has arrived and I must say I can hardly believe it will be October this week! I guess the only explanation I have for myself is that we have been busy. I guess I thrive on it, I must because that is the way my life goes. Today my carpenter is here, the store is askew but hopefully by the end of today I will be seeing a facelift I have been contemplating for some time and will love living with, one never knows if what you see in your head will turn out. It is that New 18th Century I tend to harp on. It is taking the best from a century we love in the shop and and making it relevant for today’s decor. That is taking a traditional, contemporary, primitive and classic farmhouse country style and being able to live with a blend of the old and new and not compromising the look you love. For me the wait to get at it so to speak is the hardest thing. My mind is running wild and the thrill of putting it all back together is what I love the most! Fingers Crossed!
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the yard this morning as it is supposed to rain several days this next week and I know that is going to ruin the beauty that is unfolding daily. We have painters coming to paint the house exterior scheduled for this week too. We have been on a list for two years and we are finally going to get it done, I hope it doesn’t rain but it probably will and we will end up waiting another year. Oh Well!
What do you think of this “Penny Pumpkin Pinkeep”? It came back from my stitcher yesterday it is a Scarlet House Design. I would call this a really great fall project that is not too overwhelming! We have it all kitted with linen, threads and my old gold velvet for $38.80. I love to tuck seasonal Needfuls around my decor.
Our biggest selling quilt kit at the Expo this year was “Arlington AKA: Winter Blues” which is a Paula Barnes pattern. Selma made this up and we all just love how it turned out because we did jump out of box mixing batiks from Laundry basket in with our comfort zone fabrics. We ended up with only two kits left. I hesitated to put it up but if you missed seeing this you would be sad. We are contemplating a Holiday version. The quilt measures 73″ x 73″. The kit is $95.00 and the pattern which is needed is $12.00. You can also see our old tin punched lantern in this picture which retails for $210.00 and have to say I love how in the evening the light dances through the room and quilt.
Our new antique bird is also in sight and although we bought it to use in our holiday decor I couldn’t resit showing it off with this quilt. There are two sizes the large size which you see is $100.00. It is made out of reclaimed wood and tin.
Can you believe we are just about to land on Autumns doorstep? I love the shops transition into its seasonal splendor. I am finally having time to get our new fall quilt collection that we previewed at the Expo on the floor. It’s kinda yummy ladies! We have all been oohing and awing over it since I got the new vignettes set this afternoon.
The very first thing I have for you today is something I discovered quite by accident yesterday when I was trying to find the best way to display “Hallow Day Inn”. I have the most wonderful old basket that is made to hang on your door, it has canvas straps so pinning our stitchery to it worked out just great and keep that in mind because I have a great idea to ponder on for Christmas! The baskets are $57.00, please note the Putty shown has sold out today but we have Old Mustard coming in that would be a great option. The kits for this new stitchery run $50.00. I think this could be a wonderful idea for your fall door and of course we have great Chinese lanterns and other fall looking foliage that are just perfect. Now here is the next big idea to continue using this basket this way I think Brenda’s new “In Santa Clause Land” with Santa and his deer would work out great for your Christmas door and of course filling the basket with greens and berries is only the next step. It works and I love the way it looks!
This is a new view of the front of the shop, I finally had some time and was ready to change out the front window and show you something new. This is what you are able to see: Suzanne’s “Aubrey Corners” on our small bed and our oh so beautiful “Bordeaux” is the center of attention in the front window. You can also see “Midnight Flight” which is a scarey little quilt made for all our primitive Halloween lovers. I layered it with our new luminaries which by the way are pretty spectacular and Stacy’s “Tombstone Angel Pinkeep Drum”. FYI: you get two each of three styles of luminaries and loads of enjoyment for $22.50! You also see our Goode Witch has her slippers parked in the window as she catches her breath. When Selma and I saw these we pictured them at the door or on your hearth, by a broom, and greeting your fall guests.
I know you are familiar with our “Wedding Log Cabin Quilt” it has been one of my favorites since it went up on the wall in the shop, but it seems all of sudden people are taking the time to really appreciate its beauty and consider it for their seasonal decor. This particular quilt is all about the fabric placement and that is what drew us in when we saw it in the Scarp Quilts Mania book so that is what Lavonne was able to do when she put our model together.This quilt makes a great statement wherever it is put, the colors are relevant today and fit nicely into most decors.
Carol Hopkins is a favorite designer in our shop. My Jeanne E. made this small topper called “Myron’s Campfire” which you have probably noticed I’ve shown on an old shutter but it just happens to be the right size to tuck into a small space too. The really neat thing about this whole thing is that we found a way to make another one of Carol’s patterns, “Grandmother’s Porch”, so you end up being able to make two really neat toppers with only one kit. The kit is $68.50 and patterns are needed but if you have not gotten Carol’s latest book Civil War Legacies II, they are both in it and the book sells for $24.95. It really looks kind of perfect tucked into our fall attire.
I have to say when new fabric arrives at 133 it just gets everyone in a good mood and when it is beautiful new homespun for seasonal quilting we really get stirred up in a good way. Enjoy a look at some new sku’s for your seasonal projects. These homespun’s run $10.40 per yard. This is just a small sampling you see pictured.
“Friendship House” is a very traditional and classic quilt designed by Suzanne. It is very pleasing to look at and even though you have seen it before I could not resist giving you another look.
My next photo is of “Good Fortune”which is another great quilt you may have overlooked over the summer months. It is pieced with wonderful nautical prints, but what sets off this particular antique coin design is the linen chambray. If you have been searching for the right quilt for a deserving male this could be it and the small sailboat could be a perfect one for that special little boy. We just got “Hilltop Farm” stitched and I have to say I love this idea. You are able to personalize this for your own family by adding the old photo print. Primitive Hare is the designer. The last thing I have today is something you have all been waiting for. Maggie’s New Book is here! It is called “Thistle Down Moon”! It is another winning book you are all going to enjoy! The book retails for $27.95 and Gwen has several pictures up on line for you to get a preview of what makes this so special. FYI: The inspiration for this book came from a wool mat Maggie did for her girl club, so club members you should feel special.
Are You ready? I know I am and so are the shop girls. It is always exciting to see everything come together, it takes team effort and everyone has been involved in the creativity of our “New Seasonal Quilt Collection“. We have new quilts designed by the staff and we have redone new patterns from our favorite designers. This is something we enjoy because we get to work our magic and put our twist on a great pattern design. Selma was first to jump on board to make Paula Barnes “Arlington” pattern. You will stop in your tracks and love the fabric we used in this quilt. We all fell in love with Moda’s Snowbird Batiks and Winter Blues by Laundry Basket. Yes this is an unusual marriage for us because batiks are not really in my wheelhouse but this became the exception. The soft icy colors were perfect and when you see this quilt you will know why. It is 73″ x 73″ and this kit can be purchased for $95.00. The pattern is sold separate
Suzanne has a couple of new Patterns for the new seasonal collection. “Aubry Corners” is 60″ x 66″. It just so happens that it is a wonderful companion to Arlington. This kit is $99.00 and the pattern is $9.00. It is traditional and has the aged and loved feeling so many of you enjoy.
“Aunt Agnes” will be a one of those quick projects you get instant gratification from. You may decide to use it as a topper or just as one of those little quilts you like to fit in that small odd wall space you like to fill with eye candy. It is 36″ x 44″, the kit is $72.00 and the pattern is $9.00.
Selma also did one of Carol Hopkins patterns we have wanted to do for over a year. It is called “Homefront” and our is made for anytime but I totally can see it used for Christmas. It turned out to be one of our favorites. You can see it displayed in an old suitcase as I think this is one you will definitely want to take home for your holidays. It is 45″ x 45″. the kit is $76.50 and Carols pattern is $8.00.
If you look in the background you can see “Claire’s” Noel”. Our Gwen designed this beautiful Christmas quilt for her grandaughter. The block is one Gwen has had on her mind for some time and the time was right to bring it to life. Claire’s Noel is 61″ x 76″, Gwen’s quilt kit sells for $162.00 and you need to purchase the pattern separately.
In the next picture taken at the Expo you can see our Bee’s in Flight , Jefferson Register, Papa’s Patches and Carol Hopkin’s GOF Civil War table runner and more of Claire’s Noel. It is a very festive quilt you will love making the beautiful block.
“Bordeaux” is another New Paula Barne’s pattern we all loved and we had the perfect fabric to make it ours. We have been hoarding this great border print for longer than I care to remember because we just couldn’t quite land the right pattern. I love this quilt. It has a great palette that is easy to live with but is oh so stunning and works well for a new seasonal quilt. We were also able to use a small floral chambray linen as our setting block. It measures 70″ x 70″, the kit is $105.00 and pattern sells for $10.00.
“Sophie” is yet another Paula Barnes favorite, we were lucky enough to get to see all of these great quilts when she had here trunk showing at our GOF Gathering this spring. The colors were everything we love and are into so Selma recreated this little masterpiece and I think you will enjoy using it as a topper this season. I am sorry I did not get a better close up but I will before the weekend is over. Actually there is a better one pictured on my previous post when I showed you a sneak peek. This quilt topper measures 39″ x 45″, the kit price is $64.00 and pattern is $10.00.
Next you will see another favorite little quilt offering. I had this great old shutter and it just so happens Carol Hopkins has this great little quilt called “Myron’s campfire”. When we put the kit together we needed so many fabrics we were able to to make another quilt designed by Carol called “Grandma’s Porch” This kit makes two quilts! How great is that? Our kit is available for $68.50.
“Midnight Ride” is a great quilt for Halloween. It is kind of scarey for sure but you might remember I gave you a preview of it on a table in the shop a few weeks ago and now here it is at Expo. The colors and fabric choices make this quilt a perfect choice for the scarey season ahead! It will surely make your gourds, pumpkins, and bittersweet stand out. It measures at 52″ x 64″, the kit is $85.00 and pattern $9.00.
The last quilt I am going to show you this evening Lavonne made. We are calling it “Indian Corn”. It is quite appropriate for the season because of the vibrant colors. The quilt measures at 53″ x 60″ and kitted sells for $108.00, the pattern is included. You will be seeing this quilt in a panoramic photo Selma took of the booth just before we left today. I hope we see see you at the show sometime this weekend and since you are so close don’t miss the opportunity to visit the shop at 133 in Spring Green as it full of so many great new seasonal offerings too.
Our booth number is 211 and 212!
I hope you enjoy our new Seasonal Quilt Collection Gwen has all the new offerings on line and loaded in the shopping cart!
So little time, so much to do! Quilt Expo is knocking on our door, I pick up the the truck and newly framed stitchery in the morning and then the loading begins! Thankfully our boys will be able to help Reed load the display cases, I have not been able to get to it and pack anything up yet that we are taking to the show but that is what I plan on doing all day tomorrow, its Labor Day and I will labor. It brings back many sad memories for me from last year when my dear mother fell on Labor Day and never was able to come back to me. I set up the show and then watched her leave me a little more everyday for over a month I guess that is something I will never forget and learn to live with.
Today I was able to get some things moved and quilts that were on the floor that are going to the Expo are down and now new eye candy is up. I love how we look and I think you will be surprised to see how wonderful the new quilts bridge us into the new season. I have always loved Vickie’s Moda “ABC” Alphabet Quilt. She read into the pattern her vision and used my Jefferson County fabric. It is a quilt that could be for your grandchildren but honestly if you look at it on the wall it can go anywhere. Ihas a great antique look, even a little primitive. I know its the colors that make this so unique. It is approximately 60″ x 70″ and the kits are $107.00. You need the Moda Spell it with Fabric book that sells for $8.00. You can also see “Little Lucy” on my serving station underneath the alphabet quilt and it is definitely a great coordinate and compliment, this is also one of Vickie’s designs. It measures 36″ x 46″, the kits are $55.00 and the pattern is $8.50.
I was feeling the need to get into our new season going so setting the table with Vickie’s “Heirloom Harvest” seemed fitting. We all have loved this kit and are close to selling out. It is a perfect topper measuring 38″ x 50″. The kit sells for $60.00 and needs her pattern that is $8.50. You will also see “Prints Charming” on the back of the farm chair which happens to be just another great little 33″ x 37″ topper that welcomes the season. This kit is $35.00, the pattern is also Vickie’s and it is $8.50. I know you will love it because you have pre-cut charm packs that speed up the process in this kit and also Little Lucy.
The mantel was just screaming out to me for a change so I had to put up my friend Paula Barnes pattern “River Road Baskets”. The colors are so perfect and the quilt pattern itself compliments the season so well. You can be the judge. This quilt is 74″ x 74″ and we have it kitted for you for $125.00. The pattern is separate and sells for $10.00. You simply gotta love those incredible serving trays I am showing off on the mantel and table. Priced at only $45.00 they look great filled or plain. FYI: They are hard to ship so best idea is to pick them up in your travels.
“Lady of the Lake” was on our little table but now is quite happy to be lasing in our hearth chair. This is a pattern from the book “Scarp Quilts Mania”. The kits is available for $132.00 and you will find the size 64″ x 73″ a size you will find many ways to enjoy. We have made several of the quilts with the idea looming of making more. Best book ever and what a buy for what you get at only $49.95.
Here is a little sneak peek of some of the quilts going to the Expo. You are seeing “Bordeaux” behind the mantel, “Sophie” is on the table and “Antique Crossroads” is to the side hanging on the quilt rack. Its a seasonal booth this year done our way we can’t wait to share everything with you!
The next few photos are of the shop in seasonal transition. You can see the beautiful log cabin in the background that we made out of the Little Black Dress line. I added some new foliage and our angel and it looks pretty swell.
Next: The next quilt you see is Suzanne’s “Good Fortune” this is one of her new patterns. We waited all summer to get the chambray linen fabric in from the UK so we could make up our kits and it finally arrived. The kit and pattern is on line and available in the shop.
“Gettysburg” is a Paula Barnes pattern we made this up last fall for the Expo and it was a show pleaser but since we brought it back to the shop it has just gone unnoticed in the shop. Sometimes we have too much eye candy for you to savor. I have it in the front window now and I think you will agree the rich indigo blues and tans that are so relevant in design today will make you stop and contemplate this quilt project. It is masculine but not too, a good size, and Paula’s patterns are very easy to read and follow. I hope this will be an idea you will want to reconsider as you plan your seasonal projects.
The next couple of pictures taken in the shop are showing some good fall ideas you might want to think about using in your seasonal decor. Love the paper “Halloween Trees” that sell for $68.00 and our “New Vintage Silhouette Luminaries” are even more fun and go anywhere. You get a package of 6 for $22.50. We just use a battery candle to illuminate them and you are good to go.
The buffet shows off the paper trees and you can also see that my Stacy Nash “Let Virtue Be a Guide” is back from the framer. I can see to stitch again, what a blessing that is. I really love it and enjoyed the stitching project so much i gotten a little caught up in the nautical things for some reason.
I will be posting pictures of the New Seasonal Quilt collection before the Expo opens. I will leave you with one last photo that is a perfect addition to your fall tables. You can purchase these great Chinese Lanterns for $11.00.
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” today 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 be 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 kit 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.
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 $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 is 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 are 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 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 Reward of Merit designs. They are quick little stitches and that is your reward for loving the handwork 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 is priced complete at $28.00.
“Harvest Time” is another new chart and that Chessie cat is on the star 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 ordered.
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 teach. 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 Pinkeep” 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.
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 a 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.
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 6th
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 depending 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 sadly 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 so 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 market 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 has 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 home.
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.
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 how 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 for the 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.
If you happen to call in on the 14th wish your favorite shop girl Selma a Happy Birthday!
“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 because if you decide to take the backing 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.
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 quilts to your attention. “Lady 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 got 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 antiques 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 together.
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 is 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 decor. 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 for $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 particular. 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 enjoy this eye candy. There is French General fabric involved and that is all I’m saying for now.
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 booklet 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 following 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.
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 first annual Primitives Stitch Camp @133 Jefferson with 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 named after Stitches frequently 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”. This is a pretty sweet project and even sweeter in person. I was happy that I had the linen so we could 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 found a home in Spring Green. I also found prints of old ships and the fascination I have with the Gaines Fixer Uppers on HGTV made we 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 Family 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.