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“Hearts” Campaign and the “Go Red Heart of Quilting” Event!

It is almost time for our  “Quilters Roadtrip” to start.  You can pick up your passports and get started at the shops on Sunday February 1, 2015.  I have been getting the quilts out and loving them so much.  We are waiting for two to get back from the quilter but the kits and patterns are ready to go.  The passports are so great and you get the neatest red dress pin and recipes from the American Heart Association included this time.  It really is goin009g to be fun.  I hope all the participating shops are able to get there quilts up on line for you to see.  The great thing about this Roadtrip is that it lasts the entire month so you can visit us all mor011e than once or when it is convenient.

We have a great “Make it Take it” class next Saturday the 7th I hope you will decide to take in as we have great sweet treats and two great projects you will find useful and fun for Valentine’s Day!  We are felling quite festive sporting our Red!

You can see “Lovebirds” on the bed which is a new pattern from Suzanne.  “Journey” is hanging over the door, “Hugs and Kisses” is kitted just not quilted, and the “Coronado” kits are shown on the right. 

Coronado is the same pattern  we used to make our Silent Auction qui016lt for the Go Red Campaign.  I hope you bid on the quilts it is such a great cause and being women we should all be on b017oard to support it.  Bidding is done on our group website.  www.wishophop.com

You can see Selma’s new “Rosebud” on the table to the right with our great like real tulips screaming spring!    Suzanne’s Bordeaux  Quilts is on the left and Selma’s nine patch we called “Sleigh Blanket” for the holidays but as you can see our quilts don’t always scream holidays.  They are classic and work through out the year!  This does indeed give them more value.   We just got in several new books, “Love you to the

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Moon and Back” is a great little gift t005o ponder.  I hope you will choose to be a part of of all the great cabin fever adventures this month and enjoy our red quilts.  I can hardly believe it is almost February!

Time to think aboutFebruary and Valentine’s Day and our “Heart of Quilting”event going on all the month of February.  Start making plans with your bff’s today!  We are definitely not going to let you have any of this Cabin Fever boredom that comes on us this time of the year.  It can’t possibley set in with all the wonderful Ne011w Quilt Projects the shop girls have been working on. The special events we are offering this February are going to be full of inspiration and include some sweet tasting fun.   I just put up a sneak peek on Facebook and check out the event status for more details on line by going to “Events”.

When Selma and I were in Atlanta we ran on to Hester & Cook a favorite company of mine.  I have purchased from these folks over the years but this time they had the Cooks Kitchen Holiday fragrance called “Citrus Holiday”.  I am told this is not available always but it is the perfect scent for February and it is perfect for me year round013.  It is like cinnamon hot candy with a hint of citrus and it is made to be lasting.  We have the fragrance in Hand Soap for $18.95, Room Spray for $11.95 and the best all natural Hand Balm you can imagine for $16.95.  My hands need this for sure and now if I could find a lip balm that worked I would really in good shape. You will love this product!  I just put it out and the first person that walked in this afternoon couldn’t resist it.

I don’t know if you remember our Zinc Card Holders we had last year and how quickly we sold out of them but if you do, you know how great they are for holding patterns, recipes just anything.  I quickly took a p007icture holding some vintage Valentines to remind you what a great looking value they are @ $25.00.   

The new Jeanne d’ Arc Living “Vintage Winter” issue is in and it is all about nice homes dressed for Winter and inviting Dining Rooms.  Cost $17.00.  I find these magazines are full of great inspiration and a thrill to look at because they are not full of unwanted advertising like our American pubs are.  We have  extra back issues from last year on sale if you would like to add them to any of your orders. 

I will put in a sneak peek of quilts to come this February and my new “Settlement Collection” and lots of new patterns from the shop girls is also expected to drop mid month.  You can find them under My Fabric on line.  We can hardly wait!  There is definitely some pretty spectacular excitement brewing in our neck of the woods!

New Year, New View!

006What a great thought for a New Year!  

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take”.  I think we could all say that and know it to be true.  Let’s all try to dream a little bigger this year and have no regrets! 

Selma and I had a great market in Atlanta, but we froze it was009 like we never left home, what a surprise!  If we had given ourselves that extra day like we had planned it would have even been better but that didn’t stop us really after you see so much you are ready to give up anyway so the year is all mapped out for us and now is is up to us to make it all happen.  

It was time for me to put away Christmas in the shop and at home and so that was my focus all week.   Suzanne took on the fabric and it was in need of getting cleaned up so many new lines had arrived and we did not get a chance to even get them out.  First we needed to cull out the old sku’s.  She even found M&Ms squirreled away from last year.  We might have a big mouse or squirrel in here anyway now we are on the look out!.   Krista was in the basement g034etting us organized, that is almost impossible but she is getting us there.   Would you believe new items are already coming in from orders we placed in Atlanta?

February 1-28 is going to be a wonderful busy month as we Celebrate Quilting and Heart Healthy Living with the American Heart Association and the group of 11 South Central Quilt Shops.    You can read all about this on l018ine under Coming Events.  Please take a minute to go there.  I hope you will join us.  We will have so many wonderful New Quilts the girls have made , free journal patterns will be given out, Sue Ersig is coming to do Make it Take its, recipes, treats, who knew February could be so awesome!  On the left you can get a sneak peek of one of our new quilts.

Now I am just going to give you a little tour around the shop showing you that new view I promised.  It is time to think about our great “Lincoln Quilt” Selma designed last year, his birthday is coming.  It is a true classic and traditional q015uilt and what better way to spend those cabin bound days than sewing.  On the bed I have to point out this sign which is a quote by Abe Lincoln:  “I like to see a man PROUD of the place in which he lives, I like to see a man Live so that his PLACE will be proud of him”.  The cost of this sign is $32.00.  Here is a new view of the “Winter Tannenbaum Quilt” we had for the holida011ys.  It is a quilt for the season and you know our quilts very seldom scream Christmas because I love a quilt that can be used and is timeless.  I have to say I really love this fine antique reproduction. 

Gwen’s Quilt “The Northwind”was created using Paula Barnes Windmills pattern.  We changed the name because we thought it worked better for us in the winter collection.  t is 56″ x 56″ and a wonderful scrappy quilt.  More ideas for those cabin bound days ahead.  You are going to see me using lots of new mirrors this year and I could not resist shooting this p036icture as I passed by.  It is so fun to see the bolts of fabric and quilts reflected.  

Paula Barnes “Bordeaux”pattern is a favorite and when Suzanne made her version up the second time it was Christmas but look how nicely it bridges into the winter months.  That’s French General  fabric for you!  I can hardly wait for the new Sku’s 030to arrive for the next two seasons.  

I have been loving these great tin shelving units it’s a great way to display your stitchery.   the shelving comes with 3 brackets and hardware for $120.00 per unit.

Still loving the “Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes”, I am sure there will be more of that going on before winter gives in to 029springtime. 

The Candelabra is one of our new lamps , it retails for $407.50 and will be fun to put into the decor this year as will be the new 033Crimped Pan lamp which is $187.50.  I have this on the mantel and another on one of our counter tops it looks great where ever I put it.   I am back at today today and we are beginning to think Valentine decor and ideas for some Valentine handwork therapy. 

Very little snow so it is hard to get into that cabin bound mood.  I like snow for winter an002d think we are all a lot more unhealthy with it so bare and the temps so up and down.  Who knows but I miss a good snowed in day.  I hope it does not come on Easter, it’s early this year.  We just got in fresh bulk bags of Lavender.  It is beautiful to look at and smell but it is wonderful to use for sachets.  Suzanne did a great pattern last year and we made up pretty swell kits using our linens.  The Lavende003r is selling for $21.50 and the kits are $25.00. 

Don’t forget about our great Moda toweling and linen runner fabric.  It is a perfect accent for a winter into spring decor for any table top and actually it works year round but I thought particularly now that February is drawing near. The linen 024is $18.50 per yard and the toweling runs $7.00 a yard.  

You have been seeing many new and different signs around the shop.  Our newest is called “Romeo and Juliet”.   It is of course about remembering the great loves from the past.  It could be a really great shower gift for  someone getting married and there special great love.  Here is an idea to ponder we can even have them 020personalized for you.  

Something to remember we carry lots of beautiful ribbons in linen, rayon, velvet, solids and stripes for all your wrapping and handwork needs and most  of them excepting the velvet and twines can all be purchased by the007 yard.  I am loving storing them in the wire urns, you can see them but more important everyone can see and enjoy them.  We have two styles for your consideration the one pictured sells for $47.25.  Just a thought it would look great filled with eggs for Easter, you will be seeing that soon enough too.    

Speaking of eggs we have new egg shaped soaps that go in our vintage porcelain and tin soap dishes.   The soap smells  so divine and looks great because they completely nailed the soft colors for spring.  The dishes are $20.00 and the set of six egg soaps are packaged in vintage looking egg shaped car013tons. for $35.00

It’s Almost Christmas!

I can hardly believe it is almost Christmas time again!  We have no  snow on the ground and it is gray and raining!  I do believe November and December have flip flopped on us, 009I was so energized with that beautiful cover of fresh white in November and sure it would last as cold as it was but it warmed up and is all gone.  I am feeling good about this, I got a long and over due  family Christmas letter done this past week, it’s been since 2011.  I am so relieved all I need to do is get it mailed before the end of the year.  I notice fewer greetings every year or maybe people have given up on me.

Remember this is our last retail day until December 26th!

  Tomorrow is scheduled for all of the last minute shopping I need to take care of.  Wednesday I need to start the cooking and the tedious job of wrapping.  My days are spent for sure.  This is why we shop girls need to have a few days to get our Christmas together.  We  all work hard to to inspire you with yours and now it is our turn to create our magic at home.  I talked to Lavonne this morning and she finally got that 16 ft. tree up and lights on it.  Suzanne just arrived at her daughters out East.  Gwen is getting ready for her family to arrive and she said the ornaments were still on the bed and she has another day of work yet tomorrow, Selma is getting her shopping wrapped up today then the cooking begins for her, Krista and family got there tree decked yesterday and so it goes.  It is a wonderful busy time for family.  I took the Grandkids on the Polar Express train last night, my Sara and I had so much fun we both said we would love to work for free it was perfect even Uncle Rob enjoyed it.  The innocence and joy makes us know there is only one way and that is to “Believe” in the magic of it all.

Our New “M010ona B” Bags have arrived just in time for the new year!  This collection is all about fashion that’s Earth friendly, totally one of kind and they look really swell too.  Prices are in line and I know you will want more than one in your collection.  I have so many bags but there is always room for one more!  One of my favorites is the spacious Handmade Canvas bag measuring 19.75″ x 14.5″.  This is for quilters and pack rats like me that always have to have a big old travel bag, I tend to name it my activity bag, because it has all the inspiration I ever need.  I travel with at least two journals, magazines, books, handwork anything that comforts me where ever I go.  This is the bag!  Maggie had one of these at Boxwood and everyone was crazy for one and wanting it right now so it is here if you are still interested.  It is $80.00. 

The Cross Body USA is what I found in Texas, I love, love, love it and never had taken if off since i bought it there is room for anything you need, money, credit cards, and a phone!  It retails at $26.50.  We have a Paris Streeter Wristlet that measures  8.4″ x 4.4″ and sells for $20.00 bucks.  I am partial to the Live Work Create sm. pouch.  It measures 6″ x 4.4″ and can be yours for only $17.00. 

The last bag I have pictured is the Live Work Create Tall Canvas bag.  It measures 16.5″ x 16.5″ and it retails  for $72.00.  These are all really well maid, lined bags that you will grow to love.  Selma and I plan on visiting the showroom in Atlanta in just a few days so I know you will be seeing many more styles this spring that will have your name on them.

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.

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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

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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!

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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!