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The Hustle and Bustle Begins!

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 Grinche015y for sure!!!  

Anyway this week I thought I would show you Riverbanks.  Reed and I were there working this013 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 cen021tered 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 b025ack 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 disbe019lief 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.  024

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 r036eally 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  beca030use 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’s009 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.  

Merry! Merry! 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

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 Bordeaux042 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 one020 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 ne011w 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 contemplatin002g 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 ol038d retailer.  I had to have our new  “In This Home” sign and I know some of you have wondered how032 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 017 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 013many 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 wh029en 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 w025ay 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 festiv022e 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!

Time for some Magic!

001I 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 color003s.   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 006it.  The backing and binding are included you only need the pattern and it is $8.00.

I will continue to try and keep you inspired over the next few weeks as we inch closer to001 Christmas!  Here is a closer look at the green tin gathering basket.

It’s Christmas @133 Jefferson!

It is officially Christmas Open House!   But not a shop girl is stirring , not even a mouse!   I am alone to finall003y take it all in.   My team has worked002 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 038is late and I need to get home so I hope I see in the morning or over the weekend, it is005 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 040Time 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 ma044gic 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 wa015s a perfec014t 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 001bowl.  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 r005eady to go under your tree if you so desire please give us a call.  It measures 65″ x 79″ and the k019it 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 perfe030ct 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 016pattern is separate @$10.00. 

“Wintergreen” is another new quilt this year. 005 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 006Tannebaum 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 ju007st 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 we056 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 $138.00500.  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 P003inkeep 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 Lavo020nne 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.


This is Us!

I need to share a picture of our wonderful group of amazing women attending this years Boxwo003od & 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!

Tis The Season for a Boxwwod & Berries Gathering!

It has decided to rain on our parade for the past two days, I hope it doesn’t wash all the beauty away.  The trees and hillsides are breath taking010.  The weatherman says it will clear out by Thursday so our out of t008own guests can take it all in.  The good thing about this whole thing is it is a great time to be inside working on  holiday projects. The students are definitely nesting and settling in for the week.  Our guests are from all over the country and that is a great thrill for us all.

Last evening was our “Meet & Greet”.  It was a wonderful start to an eventful week of creativity!  We had entertainment by Chi Chi Armstrong who is a great standard and jazz singer that has migrated to Spring Green from Chicago. 

“Convivio” the little wine and table top shop had the most incredible spirits for us and we had a spread of special appetizers, we always eat well at our girl gatherings especially when we put the head chef “Selma” in the kitchen. 

My good friend Ruth set up an antique tag sale and I put out lots of our retired quilt models. Many happy buyers found a great treasure to take home and love.  

So many times our stitchers are not quilters so I knew this would be a treat for them. 007


We will have the models out in the SchoolRoom again for my “American Country Christmas Open House” November 7-9th so if you need Christmas presents for special people you will want to keep this idea in mind.  One of these days I may get enough time to get at our retired cross stitch models.  No promises right now because it all takes time I don’t have.

The “Merry Christmas “ mat by Maggie is undoubtedly her very best effort ever!!!   I can hardly stand it!   The mat measures  15″ wide and 60″ long just the perfect size for my holiday table!   The Merry Christmas letters are  on Weeks Dye Works linen, there is nothing ordinary about this whole project it is not just a wool mat, you are working  with the two different textiles, the colors are perfect and the design,what else can I say.  We had only a few extra kits and those are being processed today.  The Kit retails for $255.00 and remember t007hat this is 008an exclusive.  

Maggie has another new pattern for this time of the year that you might be interested in seeing.  It is called “Jack Be Quick”  and includes three different designs perfect for the season.  They are quick and easy and the pattern is available and up on line for $9.00.

 The pictures I am randomly showing  you today were taken before and after our guests arrived for this festive event. 

It’s Wednesday already and Linda from The PinKeep is instructing today.  We are so lucky to have found her, she is the perfect fit for our shop.  Her designs are fitting in so many ways and we009 have new designs she brought with already up on line.  I know one of the valuable things our students are buzzing about is the tips and how to’s for finishing and antiquing projects.  Linda’s “Simple Times Bag006 is  one of the most unique bags and the sampler and frame finishing are the things that make students jump out of there comfort zone as they learn our designers techniques.

I have finally got a moment to put out a few new models in the shop.   Wait until you see “A Ghoultide Welcome”framed its such a great effort by Plum Street Samplers I would have a hard time every putting this one away!  The kit is available for $64.50.

Stacy Nash has created one of the neatest “Pumpkin Harvest Pinkeeps” this fall.  We have the kit available with the linen, cotton velvet, over-dyed threads and homespun backing for 004$39.50.  We also have two new patterns one is a Pinkeep Ball.that finished about 4 3/4 ” round.  The patterns are $12.00. 

I expect you will see these at open house.  Guess what?  “Turkey Hollow Farm” another new design and the second i021n the Houses of Berry’s Chapel Road series has arrive.  We will have kits this week. 

Our last project was learning how to construct a great primitive batting tree.  Our students have all made them there own with Maggies directions and 007encouragement.

You are also able to see the penny stool Maggie has in her new book.  I am wanting to get that done too.  Just need the right stool!


The Season Has Arrived!

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 but013 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 in001 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 houset 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 007Needfuls around my decor. 

  Our biggest selling quilt kit at the Expo this year was “Arlington A020KA: 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 019quilt. 

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. 

Part of the next face lift is done.  We love it!!!   I became quite i018nfatuated with the look of old ship lap when watching “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and was determined to try it in the shop.  Reed thought I had lost my mind he was even a little crabby but my carpenters could see that it could be right for me so we went for it!  Loving it so much!  I think it is simple but makes such a nice change so I have a few pictures you can be the judge.  The next faze involves painting and hopefully gets done before B&B it will be complete too.  

I have to say when I saw this sign I thought if we all thought about our home and family this way life would be better.  It is a wonderful reminder and I see it for 002Christmas presents for my grown children.   The cost is $100.00.

  There are a couple more “Lemon Wreaths” that have come in and they sell for $89.00.  This is a all year round wreath you just dress it for the season or love it plain.

  We also got in NEW Fall Soy candles.  These really are the best c011andles full of great scent and they burn clean.  Cost $22.50.  Cider Mill, Acorns and Apples, Spice Box, Yummy Pumpkin Seeds.  

Last year we had the one of the greatest pumpkin faces that sold out I want to say on the first day I put them out.  We just got them in again so if you are still thinking about them they’re back!!!!   Cost $22.50 

Here is another picture of the moon face only tucked in a nautical themed vignette.  You can see “Good Fortune” and Stacy’s 005“Let Virtue Be a Guide”. 

006Just an FYI: The Hearty Good Wishes fabric designer is doing a Part II to be shown at market this month.  I really thought this was a great line of fabric and lots of fun to make quilts with.  We still have  some of the “Tall Ships” Quilt kits left that Vickie designed and a few of the little Moda Candy Sailboats.  Great gift ideas for anyone that loves ships.

I pu007lled out our reproduction vintage metal and wood “Grain Scoops” again just because they look so good when you used them with candles.  they retail for $42.50.   I am thinking about using them with new battery candles that are coming in , and I can see Santa and greens or a real candle placed carefully that you can015 watch.  It’s a good thing! 

The new October issue number 10 Jeanne d’ Arc Living  arrived today.  Don’t miss this wonderful book of Fall inspiration.  The cost is $17.00.  You will want to watch for the next two issues. these are all great issues leading up to Christmas.  We also got back a really sweet little cross stitch by The Scarlet House.  It is kitted and limited as it was a market exclusive.  It is called Hannah’s Brownstone.  The kits are $50.00. 

Not only have we spruced up the upstairs the Final Chapter in the basement sale room area has been filled for fall.  We have put most of our frames on sale and I’m telling you for half off you are getting some really great bar020gains finds.   If you have samplers or photos piling up at home just waiting for frames you will need to come and see us.  There are all sizes and they range from traditional to folk-art.   We also have several new kits you may021 need such as “Aunt March”, “Prints Charmin”, “Front Porch”, “Star Dust”, Sunnyside, and Blue and Gray Trail. 

We will probably not get them up on the sale page this week but they are all on line so you should be able to see them and know if it is something you need, they are discounted by 30%.  we find we have to continue making new so when the kits are down in numbers it becomes time to make this decision.  I am going to leave you this week with this and hope you see something you can’t resist. 

The  Ghoulish Lumina “Halloween” pumpkin sets are marked down to $56.88.   Surely we can find them a good home!

Away We Ride My Pretties!

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. 014

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 to001 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 Christma016s 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 “Bordeau001x” 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 pre002tty 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 appreciate022 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 004be 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 late019st 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 project006s. 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 012with 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 smal024l 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.  PrimitiThistle-Down-Rugve 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.

Expo Eve!

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 t022he 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 no018t 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 ArlingtonThis 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 003kit 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 thi004nk 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 Patch023es 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 li013ve 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 springThe colors were everything we love and are into so Selma recreated this little m026asterpiece 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”  T007his 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 sca019rey 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!

Quilt Expo Nears!

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 tomo001rrow, 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 l003oved 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 h014er 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 $101625.00. 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.

Enjoy your holiday weekend and we hope to005 see you at the Quilt Expo this week ( September 4 – 6!) 

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 001everything 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 002line 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 be003 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. 008  

The buffet shows off the paper trees and you can also see that my Stacy Nash “Let V006irtue 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 Lanterns007 for $11.00.