Can you believe its already mid July? It is literally when you can see and feel the summer magic in the air. The meadows are full of fireflies at dusk and if that isn’t magic I don’t know what is. I love our balmy nights and sunny days, so many of us are thinking about vacation and I am guilty of that too. I can hardly wait to leave on Saturday for the annual trek to Alder Lake. Fingers crossed that we will have beautiful weather.
I was prompted by Suzanne today to think about our “Summer Magic” Quilt kit. Selma designed this quilt late in the season last year. It is magic because it uses our favorite French General fabric. Seems I am hardly ever disappointed with these fabrics. The quilt is square measuring out at 62″ x 62″ and our kit retails for $89.00. The pattern is sold separately for $9.00.
“Lemons to Lemonade” could be another magical choice for your summer piecing. This was a design our Jeanne E. made up from a mistake on kit cutting and boy with her magic we got some magic lemonade. This quilt measures 56″ x 64″, it is $81.00 and the pattern is sold separately @ $9.00.
We are sitting on two new lines of French General we will be working with and all I can say is you will be so in love when we introduce them. I am excited over the prospect of visiting the store in California next April. I will make the trip with Stacy out to a guild that is celebrating there 25th year, many members attended our Summer Stitch Camp last week. Quite exciting to dream about. Its on my bucket list for sure. If I’m good I will have my new fabric line to share with them and hopefully some other great surprises for their boutique. I am really excited over the prospect of actually taking a class, its been years coming. Just A quick FYI for you , we have only one “Come Fly with Me” kit left. What a hit this little gem was, again its all about the unique fabric choices, if you have been thinking about it let us know.
I was so excited to get the new Wooden Bandbox sets in this past week. Oh My G, so great! The nest of three you are seeing are made of wood and covered in old wallpaper. The first set I am showing on the right is called “Patrick” and the second photo is called “Addison” and it is shown on the left. Such great soft and easy colors that will accent your decor. I love things like this that are easy to live with. The nesting sets are priced at $152.00 and so worth it. We are only an email or phone call away if you are looking for some summer magic in your life.
We have all been screaming about the new “Fall Primitive Quilts” magazine. It is filled with great projects but guess who one of the featured designers is? Our own Maggie has a great project in it called Live, Laugh, Love. I ordered lots of copies because I know Maggie’s peeps will be wanting it. I plan to do just the center urn and the bird, Selma will be doing the Halloween quilt and I will do one more project too. These will be ready for our fall open house. I have to get all of the wools lined up but we will have it kitted with the magazine or without if you already own it. The magazine is $10.00.
Proud to be an American! What a great 4th of July, the weather was perfect! Reed and I watched the most wonderful fireworks display at the Port Washington Harbor this past weekend! We copped a squat on some big boulders and the firework made us awe struck for 30 minutes. Here’s to being forever big kids.
The shop is in event mode all of this week as we get ready to entertain our campers. The SchoolRoom is ready for our 2nd annual Summer Stitch Camp. The doors will swing open on ThursdayAM as we greet our guests with an amazing Coffee Pastry Bar then we put it in Stacy Nash’s hands for the rest of the week. We have the most amazing projects which I have posted on the website if you are interested in seeing what we are up to this week. Students are visiting from each coast, twelve states are represented this year! I am more than pleased with this response!! I will post more pictures either here or on face book as our week unfolds.
This is almost serial only nine more days until the fourth of July. I got a grip on all of this we are only 13 days out until Summer Stitch Camp! It’s wild and crazy to think fall will be here before we know it. Where in the world have I been? Certainly not snoozing. I’m behind and have lost track of the time. It must of been our short spring seems like that makes sense!
It is our 46th Annual Art Fair Weekend in Spring Green this weekend and our 4th Annual Wisconsin State Shop Hop comes to an end for another year. The good thing about visiting this weekend is you get to see an amazing art fair and still have a chance to win the great prize we are offering to the person who finishes and has seen the most shops over the past three weeks.
we are trying to get back to some kind of normal after Grand Old Flag this past week. We had such a wonderful group of guests sewing with us and a good time was had by all. We all get teary eyed when it is over and we have to say our goodbyes. However it’s not going to last long, we are 13 days away from “Summer Stitch Camp” so we better rest up quick. We have another great event planned so here’s to summer @133!
“Bars And Stripes” is one of our newest quilts. I found this great antique and knew it was going to be the one. Suzanne put it together and is writing the pattern and now you get to enjoy it too. The kits are ready to go for this 70″ x 80″ beauty, they retail for $132.00. I hope you like it as much as we do our guests last week were all in love so I think that is a good indicator. It really is an incredible old looking summer quilt. The fact that it is a quick sew is even more appealing and I think it could be your next summer vacation project.
We have some NEW cross stitch models to show off that came in today. I think you will like them, there is the “Strawberry House Pin Keep” by Scarlet House and La D Da’s “Let There Be Peace On Earth” . We also got in Blackbird Designs antique Sampler. I think it looks so sweet and old looking like the real sampler. We did have to change the bird and leaf color because the Coffee Bean called for was too dark was to dark, we used Tin Bucket that was already in the sampler. It is unusual and has a great antique look. Be sure to take another look at last week’s photo in the blog of Sail Away. Hope to see many familiar faces this weekend.
We are all about getting things ready for our Grand Old Flag event this week. FYI: we have decided this will be the last year for this grand event as we have had too hard of a sell on the event itself to make it worth the stress of all the organizing that goes into an event and our designers have to make projects that are exclusive so it has to be worth while for them as well. We have had a great run and will miss it but things change with the times and so do our customers expectations so we will try and grow in other ways that compliment our style.
We have several “New Quilts” trending this week that we will be previewing so the girls little fingers are busy binding and putting the finishing touches on all of the new offerings. “Sail Away”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Because of the Brave”. We have not named the last one but it is a reproduction of an antique I have, it will come to us when its ready to go on the floor. It is fun to have so many new things to excite our event guests and we will not be putting any of the new pieces on line until after the event, there has to be perks to guests that love what we do.
Gathering students will begin arriving Friday haling from ten states from coast to coast: The shop girls and I are pleased to welcome guests from Washington, Indiana, Oregon, Iowa, Connecticut, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Carolina, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The Girls have landed!!! Our loyal Peeps are here! They are busier than one arm paper hangers getting there projects put together. The goal we have set for everyone is to fill their new tin handwork boxes. AKA antique cash boxes! This is how we greeted everyone in the SchoolRoom at our meet and greet luncheon. The head cook and bottle washer, Selma, has had everyone happy and content when it comes to our food service. We are heading out late this afternoon on a little field trip to one of my favorite antique haunts, the Woodshed. I imagine UPS will be liking us by the end of the week. The ladies have also been treated by Spring Green merchants to some great savings as a way to acquaint our guests to our unique and wonderful shops throughout the town. I was so touched and happy that they recognized us in this way. Winning idea for us all.
So I feel we can put a few new photos up of quilts that are trending with us this week, we have shown them off and now can see what you think. Since our guests have traveled to see us we are thinking that we could be part of a bucket list. Thus we are happy to show off a new quilt called “Come Fly With Me”. You might think that this is a tad contemporary for us but its done our way. The colors, the old map, old script, cancelled stamps and postcards, and newspapers so all relevant and popular today. This is going to be a fun quilt to get creative with, the pattern we used is by Sweetwater. I like the idea of a bucket list quilt so this is what we have come up with. I do believe we all need one of these and even better we have the best metal wire wings The quilt is 64″ x 64″ and sells for $82.50. The pattern sells for $8.50 and is called Barn-raising.
Our next quilt could be on your bucket list too it is called “Sail Away” and hopefully you will sail with us! We are all in love with this quilt and the color palette. It is a twin size measuring 66″ x 86″. The kits are $139.75 and the pattern is one of Suzanne’s it sells for $9.00. The fabrics are part of Janet Clares Hearty Good Wishes I and II. What an amazing line of fabric to work with and the way Suzanne placed the fabric is part of the charm. If you decide to sail away I hope it will be with us! What a great way to start your summer.
It’s a great time to be from Wisconsin! As the final hours tick away before our Wisconsin Shop Hop begins we are busy little shop girls getting all the loose ends tied and honestly we are all getting anxious to see how you like the state fabric and our projects. We have enjoyed seeing what the other shops are doing and think you might enjoy them too so go to wisconsinquiltshophop.com and enjoy a piece of your Wisconsin Quilt Shops best Quilt Wisconsin projects! I can see a lot of badger fans getting some amazing gifts this coming holiday season. We will have a Quilt Wisconsin button on line for you to view our projects and the fabric but there can be no sales until Friday June 5th. You can pick up your passports at any of the participating shops and you are on your way to the Houston Quilt Festival if you get through the majority of the shops. That is good incentive to visit us all. We will have blocks you can purchase from our section (2) so that is also a fun thing to do with your quilt buddies and then get together again and put them together. Now that sounds like therapy to me. I am hopeful you will find this event full of great imagination, innovative, and most of all fun. I will give you an overview of the four projects we have made up and a look at each.
The first quilt project is called “Game Day”, this is your cozy stadium blanket you take out on game day or if you have a badger room it will be perfect there too. Suzanne designed this project and she backed it in one of our coziest flannels which can be added to your orders when you call them in or are in the shop. The Game Day blanket is 69″ x 88″, the kit sells for $71.00, you will need a pattern for $9.00 and if you decide on backing you will want to order 5 1/4 yards.
The next quilt project was designed by Selma . “Wisconsin All-Stars” seems fitting after the past year of enjoying some exciting badger football and basketball games. The quilt measures 54″ x 69″ and kitted sells for $95.00. You will need the pattern which is $9.00. If you have anyone in the band the sheet music is totally fun and gets used throughout this quilt.
Gwen designed the “Badger Bash”, it measures 28″ x 54″ and we could totally see this topper used for lots of great get to gathers. What a fun way to use this fabric line, each kit has the pre-cut 10″ squares included with the kits, the cost for the kit is $64.00. Pattern needed and it is $9.00.
What would a badger game be with out a tailgate party. In Wisconsin this is tradition so we made up a great “Tailgate Topper”. Selma is the queen of tailgates in the shop so if you need some ideas best email her for suggestions. The topper is really a fast sew and can be ready for game day in a flash. It measures 52″ x 52″, the kit includes instructions and sells for only $29.99. Now this is what I see that is a bonus. The colors, the Apple Core whole cloth design goes right on your table scape for fall. This is a winner in every way. If you are visiting us from out of state and love Wisconsin than anyone of the projects will be a wonderful reminder of your visit. On Wisconsin! We will be anxious to greet you and assist you when you stop in. There are core hours: M-F 9:30 AM Til 5:30PM, SAT 9AM Til 4PM If you did not know Julie Hendrickson (JJStitches) and I (Country Sampler) are the designers this year.
One of the my new favorite items we bought this past market is a great pre-finished runner for your table scape. There are three new ones but this one spoke to me. I love this soft neutral plaid because it happens to be classic style that never goes out of style and goes with everything. It is soft grey, old muted mustard and tan. Right now it fits and has become a wonderful summer addition for my table. I love the olive branches we sell and using them in old jars seems right for me. I am slowly getting ready for Carol Hopkins arrival. It is always fun to freshen you space so this was one of the things I thought would lighten things up in my summer decor. The runners are all pre-hemned on the sides so you just need to determine your length and allow for hemming the ends and you are ready to enjoy.
All of the new runners run $8.00 per yard. The all neutral runner is just that but has texture and the red stripe could definitely be used in several ways. I see it patriotic and used for the 4th of July but in Wisconsin badger country you wouldn’t miss there either. Everything would work with most dish patterns. It’s a good thing.
It’s not officially “summer” but after Memorial Day we all begin feeling it is. It’s time to day dream big with us!
I hope your weekend was not dampened too much by the rain. We had a great Saturday but after that the rains came and Sunday was a soaker. Finally it has cleared out and the sun is out but they say more is on the way. Lucky for us it was gentle and we needed it, so we are literally sporting lush spring green in Spring Green just in time for all our June events! Our hearts go out to customers in Texas and Oklahoma that may be facing mother natures worst.
I had a great Memorial Day! I was able to play in the shop. When I’m alone and can think with no interruptions it’s a good day! I moved furniture and began to get ready for guests arriving for the Wisconsin Shop Hop and Grand Old Flag. I always feel good when things get changed up. It will change again as we get to reveal our Wisconsin projects but not drastically. We can hardly wait for this event the fabric this year has been really fun to work with and the shop girls have have really knocked it out of the park.
Surely you have been noticing there is alot of blue in our palette this summer. It’s back, it was super hot for years but I really think we all got tired of it. I personally think when grey came on the scene it revitalized all the blue hues. Its a classic color that never goes out of style and with grey being used as a neutral you have a wining combination.
Take another look at Selma’s “Mississippi Flyway” quilt hanging on the cupboard door on the left. This quilt is really neutral , it has an airy feel and has great movement in the blocks. On the right you see “Rochelle” hanging on top of the bed rails. This really is a classic summer quilt. This pattern and quilt is Suzanne’s.
“Jamestown” is another classic. Suzanne designed this quilt too. The stripe fabric and the setting fabric are favorites of mine, I loved them in the antique quilt and everytime they are used I always love them more. All of the fabrics in these quilts are from my Settlement Collection. This has been a fun line to work with, its classic, it can be bold, it can look very patriotic and super soft. I like it because it works with my previous lines and is relevant enough to work into the fabric we have on the floor something I think is important.
Bee’s are the other hot item this year. Many folks we know are putting them on there properties and enjoying tending them with hopes of harvesting some healthy sweet honey. “Bee Garden” is a quilt we have on special this month and the colors work well with the new classic style you are seeing. It is all about layers, architectural elements and textures. Our reclaimed aviary canvas prints, old skeps and interesting silks make your decor standout and have been hot items this spring.
These tin drawers are so great to look at but the fact they are useful makes them even more special. You can stack several and store lots of great necessaries in them. What a great idea for organizing your handwork and priced right at $45.00.
“Dream” is a new pillow you might have a special place for and on the serving tray you can see Selma’s “Desoto Stars” this makes a super topper for your summer table. She also used the Settlement Collection and this shows you how you show off more color but the borders and background really complete this.
I am already working hard on my next new line. It will be shown in Houston this fall.
Can you believe it? It’s Memorial Day weekend already! It was just the first of May in my mind. We are really cruising through life these days so you better hang on. We are having a great Summer Special this week I want to share with you. There a million reasons why this is a great deal but the best deal is how well these are made and the way they will look in your summer decor. We happen to have 16 of these wonderful patriotic “Flag Boxes” left from Grand Old Flag. They were originally $45.00 and from now until they are gone they can be yours for only $30.00. They are made with fabric, have leather trim, are lined and I love how great they look on the Independence Day quilt.
As long as we are all feeling patriotic I thought this was a good time to introduce you to “Liberty Star” it is a new 27″ x 27″ patriotic topper made up out of the Settlement fabric. Suzanne designed this pattern. The kits are $47.50 and pattern needed sells for $9.00. You will not get it done this weekend but summer is coming and so is the Fourth of July, so given its size I think you might want to think about making up this great little summer handwork project.
If you and your family are heading out soon on summer vacation and you like to take a portable handwork project along we have several but I think you will enjoy Stacy’s “Cherry Hollow Farm” kit. We just got this framed. I have a hard time resisting any pattern with a good house on it. The kit comes complete in a great little canvas bag for $44.00. I imagine you all have lots of plans for the weekend.
FYI: Please remember we are closed on Monday Memorial Day May 25th so our
We are pleased to be debuting “Rachelle” this week, another new quilt pattern and kit. This was inspired by an antique quilt Suzanne found this winter. The antique fabric you see being used is a new Settlement background that helps age your projects with ease. Blue is the perfect summer compliment, it never goes out of style so I thought you might enjoy a little peek. It measures
62″ x 68″. The kits is $130.00 and the pattern is needed and sells for $9.00. Just mention when you order if you would like a backing added.
That’s right I’m thinking after a few frosts, ice pellets etc. it might just be safe to say its really Springtime in Spring Green. It was almost 80 degrees this afternoon when I got in the car. Of course not quite that hot but really nice. Reed and I have been waiting for the birds and this year I am still waiting. It stumps us but I hope they are just late finding the feeders. I had a great Mother’s Day as I hope you all did too. It was a small group of us but very enjoyable. This weather is prompting me to switch us up in the shop so I will give you a few views of things that might be of interest. Remember last year the bee fabric in the Wisconsin quilts? We made up the “Bee Garden” Quilt and we saved them for this season we even have it on Special this month. The quilt measures 68″ x 70″ and the kit can be purchased for $103.00. It fits in with all of our aviary prints, skeps and great bee home decor we are enjoying and would be a great summer quilt project. I think we are into the bees more this year because Roxy, our new shop girl, just got a huge amount of bees and hives in to tend. We all hope to be enjoying honey this fall..
I try to introduce you to more of our New Settlement Quilts for many reasons. This line of fabric has many looks and works well with other lines. It is good for summer because it can take on a great patriotic flair depending on the fabric placement or can easily go into fall its all about choice and placement. This week I am showing off Selma’s “Desoto Stars”. It is lots of fun to piece and look how good it looks on the bed table. I do believe it will work pretty swell as a table topper. It is 48″ x 48″ and the kits are $92.50, that includes backing and binding, you will need a pattern and that is $9.00.
Selma’s “Town Square” is another great example of a fun Table Quilt or Summer Picnic Quilt. It is a 66″ square. The kit sells for $101.00 and uses the pre-cut 10 inch cuts. I so love the Olive Branch stems, so simple but look so great alone or mixed with other stems. They sell for $12.95 per stem but as you can see you only need a few and they can be used every season.
Our next quilt is called “Mississippi Flyway” it is hanging on the cupboard door. This was also designed by Selma, it measure 62″ x 76″. What a great example of the use of blue, grey and brown colors. It has movement that creates interest and looks great, you will find it easy to blend into your decor. “Independence Day” is on the bed and is still a favorite, it goes together so quickly because it is a designer cloth and that means you can determine your size and designate its purpose.
I need to bring another quilt back to your attention. “Gift Basket” is so fine we fell in love with it at fall market and knew we just had to find the right fabric combination to make it sing for our customers. This is a Laundry Basket design.
I love the use of the Marcus Spice Palette fabric it turned out to be just what we were looking for. We have it kitted for $107.00 and the the quilt measures at 56 1/2″ x 64 1/2″. A pattern is needed when ordering. Suzanne’s “Friendship House” quilt looks like it was made to complement it and our Tin Serving tray works too. By the way this is easy to use with all the summer entertaining coming.
We are all always on the look out for Civil War Era fabric. This is a brand new line being introduced this week at market. Stacy West is the designer, she is also the designer for Buttermilk Basin patterns. Congrats to her it is going to be a winner. This wonderful line is full of old cheddar and other relevant colors. We like the neutral shirting’s too because they never go out of style. You are going to enjoy using this collection. You can see our Settlement Quilt pictured by it and there is no reason to think these fabrics couldn’t make this little quilt sing too. the fabric is $11.00 per yard.
The last thing today is an adorable piece of handwork called “Button Button!” We have it all kitted complete with finishing fabric for $48.00. What a simple way to use your buttons you have collected. It gets aged and I know your will love displaying it and using it when you stitch with your friends.
I am off to quilt market tomorrow so next week could really be special but before I go I need to show you Maggie’s new Village Green” that she designed for Blackberry Primitives. The kit has been ordered and sells for $308.00 or a pattern can be purchased for $28.00. What a special summer project for our handwork lovers. Let us know if you are interested as I have 6 reserved and will need to know if I need to purchase more while I’m at market this weekend. Just look at those beautiful hand dyed wool colors and I am guessing velvet was also used to make it even more special. Here’s to springtime!
Guess who’s back? What a wonderful surprise for all of us yesterday when are favorite Folk-art Angel appeared on our door step. I thought we would never get so lucky as to see her again. We have 10 in stock and they retail for $174.95. If she is on your wish list now is the time to let us know. Mother’s Day is next weekend already and I can’t imagine a better way to say Happy Mother’s Day!
I think her blooms could be saying Happy May Day to all of you from all of us shop girls! What a beautiful May Day we are experiencing.
We just got in the most wonderful new line of fabric by Barbara Brackman called “Union Blues.” This is for our Civil War lovers. The old army greens are really some of my favorites, just the right hues for primitive quilts and handwork.
Dreaming is what the shop girls and I do everyday. Sometimes we dream bold, sometimes fun, and sometimes more subdued but we always strive to stay true to our roots and relevant to the times we live in. This week the shop girls are dreaming “Quilt Wisconsin” the fabric has arrived and now its our turn to make some magic happen. Suzanne has a new Stadium Blanket you are going to need for sure, Selma is making a quilt that will fit a twin or can be a great Game Day Cover-up. Gwen is working on an amazing runner and we have a Tailgate Topper and that means you will be ready to party hardy at home and at the stadium. We all really love this years fabric and I am quite sure you will too, see you in June.
We just got New “Dream Pillows” in and the color is definitely right with all of our Settlement blue hues. The pillow retails for $43.95. It is really a swell idea for many reasons. I think it is fitting for graduation and wedding showers as well as a bed or sofa.
Our Antique looking ice cream scoops are also pretty swell and will bring back lots of good memories for sure. The scoops are $30.00.
We girls all love to serve on “Cake Plates” and this set of three with the domes seems like a really special idea you might want to consider if not for mom it would be a wonderful shower or wedding idea. The cake plate sets come with the domes and are priced at $120.00.
If you remember we had a really great set of soaps and soap dish that we introduced for our Spring Open House. Mom’s always enjoy a new soap and the porcelain and tin soap dish looks great wherever you decide to put it. It’s a classic farmhouse natural look. Don’t forget our “Mona B Bags” and scarves its whats hot this spring, you see them everywhere. We have the popular infinity and just great scarves that are fun to own for the season. This can be your sparkle, so to speak, when you feel you need a little pick me up! The next new item I am crushing on big time today is the “Cookhouse Towel Rack”. This will be great in the kitchen in a bathroom and you will get great compliments on it for sure. So functional and so unique. They are $45.00. We just got in new“Lepto Basil Citrus Wreaths”. Your cost is $28.00. These little wreaths add so much to your decor. Any spot you hang them in, windows, doors whatever works its just seems to be the right accent for any season.
FYI: We have he Settlement Collection in several pre-cuts and if your mom loves handwork and piecing this would be a wonderful gift idea too. If all else fails there is a gift certificate just waiting to get mailed your way! Happy Spring!
I love our Badger team and was disappointed for them because they were some of the most personable, honorable young men and all good team players I have seen in a long time. I heard them called the “media darlings” and I have to agree. I would have so loved the win for coach and the team and hope the opportunity comes around again. Can’t help being a proud badger fan no matter what!
“Fancy Creek” AKA “Hometown USA” is one great little quilt designed by Suzanne. She came out with the pattern last year but when The Settlement fabric came in the writing was on the wall to do a remake since we sold out of all of the fist run of fabric kits. It is that time of year and actually it is a classic and timeless quilt project. Our kits are packaged complete with backing and binding for $45.00 and the pattern is $9.00. It measures 27″ x 31″ and our Angel loves holding it close to her heart.
We are still waiting for our pre-cuts from the Settlement Collection but the word is out they have shipped so we are close to being ready to ship fat quarters, nickel squares etc. I will let you know right away when they arrive. Take time to look at Carol Hopkins Grand Old Flag projects they are pictured on line under the event. They are so great and I hope if you have been waiting to see projects you will find these are just what you have been hoping for. I also posted the new Prim from Pinkeep. We expect linen this week and shipping next week! FYI: There is a New Girl Club I hope you will consider, be sure to read all about it, size is limited and you will love what we are doing.