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The 1st Day of December:

I thought I would share with you some of my very favorite finds for the season. First I have just a quick FYI  for you before I get into it:   I am consta027ntly adding to blogs but I don’t know if you actually go back to a blog that was written and ever look at it010 again.  I have been adding new things weekly since our Open House, so even if the date is December 1st first if I feel the product falls into the title I will continue the blog by adding new thoughts and product to it and it probably will be toward the end.  

My first favorite thing is our trees, I’m sure you have already noticed I am always a little out there when it comes to trees.   One of my favorite things to do is put our pines in our old olive buckets or let them stand alone.  We bought several antique ones and I love to put trees in them at home so I thought you might want to entertain022 the same idea since we have some really swell little pines this year and old and new buckets in several sizes to fit your needs.  Ther028e is something about them that makes you smile.  You could even have them at your front door to greet your holiday guests, add the battery lights and what is simple looks so great. 

Bottle Brush trees are another favorite, the new white airy ones are new this year , we also have green ones all decked out in there finery and in adorable little red buckets.  There are tinsel brush and olive brush trees as well. You could start your own tree farm with the choices we have to offer.  020

Tinsel trees are an019other favorite.  They fall into more of the Vintage decor.  I remember when I was growing up my mother went through a faze and loved the tinsel.  Here’s the thing, the tinsel trees we have today are so much better, come in antique holders and sparkle when the light hits them and they lo014ok great mingled in with your traditional greens and antique decor.  

Remember St. Nicholas Day is coming this week:  So I was thinking just because Santa’s happen to be on my list of  favorite things I will have a great little surprise for you beginning on December 1st – December 5th!    You can order any of our Santa009‘s and receive a 30% Discount!!   This year our Santa’s come dressed in elegant velvet coats in many colors, they are glittere011d and have Vintage chenille trims. The newest Santa’s are made out of paper mache’.  So much fun and they love our trees and greens so much I know they would love to be part of your holiday decorating decor!  Now that things are really about to get fun don’t miss out on this offer! 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again @133!

It seems surreal056 to me that it’s suddenly Christmas!   I love the season and this year I even think I love it even more.  The great feeling you get when you walk in our door really says it all.  Its Vintage, its Classic, it’s “Christmas Thyme” !  Our New Holiday Quilt Collection gets previewed005, all the new stitchery is hung and done our way , and the great Home for the Holidays home goods through out the decor is magical.  It is a good day everyday at the sampler this time of the year.  I hope if you haven’t visited us you will take the time to make the trip and let us get you in the holiday spirit.  As you peer in our windows you will see the most wonderful new tree quilt.  It is called “Four Oaks”, it was designed by Jeanne E.. I wanted to have a new tree quilt this year and I was seeing it done in old reds and I couldn’t love it more.  It surely is one of our best efforts.  It measures 72″ x 72″, the kit retails for $148.00 and the pattern is sold separately for $9.00.   I  displayed this beauty over a swell vintage 001reproduction buckboard seat with lots of little trees all around, it just seemed appropriate and set the scene.  It could be a great way to greet your holiday guests. The aged weathered green buckboard is $825.00 and we only have one left.  This could be a great Merry Christm017as idea. 

Looking into the other window you will begin to get the idea of that vintage feeling I’ve been talking about.  The old tin vintage ornament boxes have been popular and then there’s that wonderful old vintage red truck?   We can almost all relate to one of those.   It sells for $185.00.  We only have one left to sell but there are still possibilities of re-ordering if you are in love.   The bottle brush trees seemed to add a festive touch but wouldn’t a fresh green tree be perfect too?  We are all in love with the ne015w Windsor Settee and Estate mirror and the old steamer trunk the truck is on is another wonderful home goods item you may want to think about.  It’s storage and doubles as a coffee table.  i love anything with a purpose.

This next quilt could be one of your new holiday favorites for sure.   It was the hot quilt kit over the  weekend so you can be the judge.  It is calle001d “Peppermint Starlight“.  It is a great size 62″ x 75″, the kit sells for $162.00 and the pattern sells for $9.00.  Trees, wreaths, lights its Christmas again at 133.  I have many wreaths to choose from this year because wreaths are welcoming and its so easy to find


them a home.

Antique quilts are always a good source for my inspiration and when I found this basket quilt and showed it to Suzanne this summer we knew 010it would somehow be a part of our new Christmas collection.  The colors are traditional but it does not scream Christmas.  I like that because good classic design and color is lasting and that’s what we want our collections to be all about.  This kit retails for $148.00 , pattern is not included and sells for $9.00 and it measures out to be

64″ x 73″. 

This is the time of year we  love  to entertain family and friends, we dress our holiday tables from simple to elab012orate and I  appreciate them both ways.  I have dressed our table in the shop with  crisp  white dinnerware, layering simple green wreaths under the dinner plates and then I added a simple compote with pomegranates to the setting.   I am also in love with the stunning sepia tree paper goods we are selling 016this season, they couldn’t be more suited for our classic look.   If your family brings in the tree every year like mine.  Maybe you are lucky enough to have a sleigh or maybe you hunt for the tree, tie it on the car or put it in the pick up truck.  What ever you do its all about the memories,which can be good or bad but they are memories and that is what this season is all about.  we have some great tales at our house and somehow every year they get better.  I think you will love our new “Vintage Tree Farm Quilt”.  It is the right size, 38″ x 46″, to get016 done for your holidays and honestly this size can quilt can go almost anywhere.  The kit comes with wool included to applique the truck and binding for $82.00. You will need the pattern which sells for $9.00.

  You are also going to  notice in the picture a great 076old red reproduction sleigh filled with the coziest holiday “Carriage Ride Cover-up“,  this kit is $110.00, it has been quilted and tied and has a double layers of batting to keep you even warmer when you are out on a cold winter night.  Its a nostalgic idea don’t you think? 

If you love a cozy cover Gwen’s “Pioneer Christmas” quilt is made from our best flannels and sized to fit a bed at 76″ x 85 1/2″.  This quilt will keep you warm and snugly and its aged coloring will be perfect for a cabin setting or primitive 013Christmas room.  Gwen’s pattern is $10.50 because she gives you a great bonus Tree pattern which she has pieced into the backing.  The kit has enough fabric leftover to piece the tree you will just need to choose the yardage for the pieced tree backing if you are piecing the tree.  Its great and its fun and we a071re  highly recommending this option.   Our kit is available for $148.00.  These shop girls do all love Christmas don’t they!  

There are greens, berries and wreaths everywhere you turn around this year, we even have magical fresh wreaths and arrangements for your holiday tables.  The holiday stitchery is better than we have seen in oh so many years too.  There are a couple of good reasons for this, linen and fiber is at its best and that makes the creative finishing end easier for us.  It’s so great to have the right tools when we play.   I love the look of just one color on a sampler too.  023

What would 007Christmas be if not for Santa?  We have several new colors of velvet Belsnickels but the paper mache’ are high on my list of  favorites this season. They are older primitive looking and fit into my collection.  It is getting late and I need to go home and rest up for  my little Jenna’s 3rd birthday party in the morning so I will leave you with a few things to ponder and 014add more next week.  I feel honored to have had Barb and Alma from Blackbird Designs bring friends for this event.  We had a great dinner out, good wine, good conversation and its been a good day for a good day at the s016ampler.  Thank you to all that felt we were worthy.  The letters and numbers are new this year.  Everyone has loved these.

Merry Christmas! 

Today I have a couple more pictures for you to enjoy.   There is nothing like candlelight and the new LED flicker and plain ba048ttery candles are a great choice, you don’t have to worry about someone knocking it over and then having a fire start.  I am sure I have not shown off our  beautiful aged, vintage wreaths yet this year.  The cost per wreath is $67.35 and you can have a bow added for $2.65.   So when I was dressing the new Candle Sconces I was compelled to complete these amazing vintage home goods by layering my favorite wreath over the top .  So051 if you want only the sconce the cost is $110.00 but I think you will want the complete look, add the beautiful flicker candles, the green candle rings and the cost is $220.80.  We also have just the brown battery candles that are just as great they just don’t flicker and move the same as the more expensiv057e ones but they still look swell and that ensemble is only $151.80 and I frankly like just the plain wreath.  It’s classic!.  Speaking of classic, traditional wreaths this amazing full Ho064lly wreath could be another good choice ,it is done in silk, its very regal and would look amazing  on the front door or over the fireplace.  The cost of this beauty is $120.00.

I have to say our beautiful wispy, snowy bottle brush trees, which are new this season, have been so beautiful  when coupled with the new glittered Santa’s.  If you need  a little bling, we have it too!

  Pillows are one of those things that are fun to display, they add a p056op of color to a chair or sofa and make your home feel festive.  We have lots and you can see more on the gallery and with the beautiful linen we have for the holidays you can even make your own.059    Pops of colorful studded lemons and oranges are always a classic choice, I like these because they are done and don’t spoil.  I make the real ones and feel horrible after all the time I spend when they spoil and need to be thrown away.  I like this option and thought 047you might too.   The other thing I love this time of the year is berries, red and white seem to be favorites.  They look so 053good when  put  in amongst fresh greenery. 

Signs are  popular again this season and we have several new ones to choose from so keep us in mind if you have the right space that is calling for one. 

Gotta love this new sampler!  It is one o067f my new favorites this year!  O’ Christmas Tree !  I will continue showing you more tree ideas tomorrow.   I imagine you have all been racking your brains for gift ideas.  We all do, b005ut I know I have found several good things to think about this year.  We just got the most adorable little Red Putford Scissors in the shop.  They are only $12.95.  That’s a great price for a really swell gift.  If you want to add more to it, I have another perfect idea.  If you haven’t seen Stacy Nash’s new“Merry Christmas Pinkeep Drum”, you are about to.  We have it kitted for $24.65.  This is a very quick stitch and when the snow starts to fly why not cuddle up b001y the fire and do some really fun handwork for yourself or a great friend..   I keep showing off our signs and thought you might of missed seeing this one.  It’s always the Nig006ht Before Christmas in this shop!  I like trees, but my favorite little pine trees are these.  This one is 39 1/2 inches tall.  it is full, doesn’t shed its needles from year to year and is a tree to keep out  and enjo010y all through the winter.   It looks really grand in an olive bucket.  We have these too. No mess, no fuss, and only $90.00.  They also look good in urns and old tins.  I have them all over in my house and keep adding more every year, t007hey look great in every room.  We have smaller sizes available too.  Merry Christmas ribbon is available on these antique wooden spools, it is the frosting to your wrap, you might want to try it out on your special gifts, it retails for $12.50.  The ne011w Quiltmania quilt magazine arrived this week along with the new 2016 agenda calendars.   Speaking of gifts the Agenda 2016 is beautiful filled with the most amazing quilt and handwork candy and only 14.95.  What a wonderful way to keep track of you and your quilting adventures!  That could be another good Merry Christmas idea!  When it’s time for a retreat getaway please remember us!  Merry! Merry!  

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Day with family and or friends.  It is one of my favorite days for so many reasons.  We all get to visit, nothing was hurried the rain kind002 of came in handy at the right time so the hunters got discouraged and stayed at home with everyone instead of going out hunting.  The shop is busy and now it is getting time to get down to some serious shopping, tree trimming, table dressing and decking the halls.  There are only 26 more days left for shopping on line an001d in the shop before we close for the Christmas holiday.  The holiday hours are posted on line under our Events so if you haven’t had time to check please remember to

Today I have to tell you about what I think is one of our greatest Christmas quilt kit values.  Whenever we can offer you an option to make two quilts up with one kit we think our customer are the winners.  Gwen designed the greatest holiday pattern for us.  It is called “Pioneer Christmas”.  She used our popular homespun plaids and we love the end result.  You have seen the all over patchwork pictured but here is your second option a great “Pat001chwork Tree” design.  The quilt is a great usable size, you could reverse it or make two.  If you reverse it you will be just adding the backing needed to complete the quilt top.  The kit is priced at $148.00 and makes two  76″ x 85″ quilt designs, remember to order the pattern you will need it.  Christmas is so fun!    This week our  Christmas flour sack 001towels arrived.  Oh my goodness there are five great designs to choose from.  These little gems could be the perfect hostess gift idea priced at $14.95.  We also got in the most adorable  New ” Putford Scissors” I think these are keepers and what a great gift to tuck in with a present for your handwor004k buddies!  The quilt dots are another super good idea  affordable and they are really great.  You can find about any quilt pattern, there 014are collections of Jo’s favorites and Paula’s favorites the list is amazing.  I love the Candy Cane tins for only $7.50 you get 3 really neat red and white dots for the season or the bookmarks for only $6.25.  Add a bracelet, a necklace or key ring. and you have one swell little gift.  Ho! Ho! Ho! Isn’t this fun!!

Fall is official today!

Fall has arrived, its official!   All the signs were becoming evident but I’m wondering what happened to summer.  Getting old sure makes time fly!   It’s already getting dark sooner, the maples in front of the house are starting to turn, the apples and pumpkins are027 plentiful at the orchard and farm market, the geese are in the fields yup its official fall has arrived!  I love fall but it isalso our busiest time of the year in the shop, we all knew it was on our heels but lucky for us we are ready. 

We just got in a great canvas Turkey this week.  He is simply called “Thankful”, he has great old color, and is a classic turkey for sure. I love his size because it gives you many029 options for displaying him.   He measures 18″ x 23″ and can be purchased for only $29.95.  Turkeys this year have been so awesome, we have had so many good ones already and can’t get more which is  a dilemma we hate but that’s retail, either you order too many or to few.  

I finally got to get “Jack-A-Boo” in place.  This is a wonderful primitive folk art quilt.  It was a quick sew so you have time, and if you like to do a bit of handwork the wool gets whip stitched in place.  I always love to add a texture to a quilt.  He measures 48″ x  48″.  The pattern is in the the fall issue of Primitive Quilts magazine.  This kit is available for $72.00 a024nd includes the wool.  You can also “Halloween at Hollyberry Farm” one of our favorite Stacy Nash Primitive sampler designs.  Fall is an exciting time of year everywhere in the shop, the fabric colors are so pleasing mirroring the fall foliage.  You can see  Stacy West’s fabric displayed in this picture and Carol Hopkins “Dominoes” 018pattern. 

Gwen’s “Southern Wisconsin Rails” is really an autumn beauty and wonderful quilt with movement and fabric interest that will be sure to get lots of compliments when displayed in your decor.  The feed sack Turkey pillows continue to be very popular too. I will continue to add more photos in the next few days.  I hope you enjoy. 

I know you are not thinking about Christmas and winter but I just have to share a new design with you frWinter Woodsom Chessie and Me.  It is kitted and we kitted it complete with the winter night wool so you can literally get it  all finished and  then you are ready to stuff it.  It is so sweet I know you will love it.  It is called “Winter Woods”.  The complete kit is $33.00.  It is never to early for us to begin thinking about Christmas stitchery.  I have my stitchers working on several new holiday projects we will have ready for you at open house, I have chaged up colors and linen in several and I think you will be happy with the results.

It’s that Time: Please enjoy a preview of our Expo Open House!

It is hard to believe we are about to open the doors at 133 for our 1st Annual “Expo Open House”.  This has been a big gamble for me this year but with my aging staff including myself we all knew last year it was time for a change. Loading and unloading that U-Haul, putting things back and the long h001ours just was not working anymore. But here is the good thing about this,  many of you make a point to visit the shop every year either coming or going or while you are at the show anyway.  So with that in mind and knowing I had the capability of being able to simulate the booth  in our spacious SchoolRoom I decided to make it happen.  The SchoolRoom is 1400 square feet verses a 10′ x 20′ booth space.  This showroom atmosphere makes shopping easy, we are set up to do all your transactions right here.  We are offering some amazing005 extra perks.  You will be able to purchase my selected, retired Quilt and Cross -stitch models and I have a SHOW SPECIAL that I think you will be interested in as well.   You will be able to purchase my New Settlement Collection Fat quarter and Nickel fabric cuts at a greatly reduced price.   I hope you will take advantage of seeing us at 100133, the shop is full of great fall Home Goods and quilt inspiration.  

Now it’s time to get acquainted with our new Fall Quilt Collection.  The first new quilt was inspired by a photo I cut out of a magazine.  It was a classic primitive and knowing the fabric we have in stock I was sure we could make this quilt come to life.  It is presented on the bed in the shop and it is stunning, we used my cotton velvet in the quilt and as a border and binding so guess what?   It not only looks awesome it f015eels awesome to.  It is 90″ x 108″ and the “Vintage & Velvet” kit retails at $182.25.  Suzanne made this one for us and you can get her pattern  for $9.00.  You can also see several other great quilts from the Settlement Collection in the pictures shown.  “Jamestown” is on the bed and the colors are so right with our new Vintage and Velvet.  You can also see “Mississippi Flyway” hanging on the cupboard door.  The next quilt I am going to show you begins my virtual tour of our Expo Showroom. 028

“Pioneer Trails” is a wonderful quilt project you could incorporate into your fall/winter decor and it was designed by Gwen.   Again we used texture to add interest and our new Vintage wood and iron buckboard arrived in time for display.   We just happen to be using using this piece in our Christmas decor this year.  The quilt measures at 66 1/2″ x 76″.  Kits are $77.50 and the pattern is $9.00.  

The next quilt was designed by Carol Hopkin’s we all fell in love with it when she was here for Gran021d Olde Flag so Selma got to make it up.  FYI: Carol’s model will be featured in a future Quiltmania pub.  You will be happy to know kits are available for this little masterpiece at our open house. 

This quilt is known as “Give and Take” and is 69″ x 90″.  Kits sell for $150.00.  Carol also had another new pattern we were drawn to it is called “Dominoes”.  Jeanne made this mo020del up, it is a great wall size measuring at 30″ x 41″ and the colors are rich and appealing for this time of the year.  I think it even looks like dominoes, the kits sell for $48.00.   

Our Selma is always on the look out for a good Halloween quilt.  She and Jim were married on Halloween so it has a special place in her heart as it does for many of our customers.  It is not always easy to find these great quilts but this year the Fall issue of Primitive Quilts mag019azine had just the perfect quilt for us.  We call it “Jack-A-Boo“,  this quilt is for grandson Jack who also loves Halloween.  There is wool applique used to give it just an added element of texture and it is just a great size to grace an entry at 48″ x 48″.  The kit is $72.00. and magazine with the pattern which is full of great pattern is sold separately.  Suzanne has been wanting to do a remake of our Wate020rman pattern since we had so many wonderful linens and  fabrics I was totally up for this one.  It is a classic neutral quilt one that can be used easily in any decor.  The quilt is 72″ x 90″.  We are all loving it and I had Suzanne make up a linen toile pillow to just show you how it can be dressed up.  She calls her quilt “Cottage French”.  This kit sells for $177.75. 

You can see another Gwen quilt in back of the bed. We call this the “Southern Wisconsin Rail”.  Tha015t is the name of the train that makes its way through the village every day.  Now isn’t that just about perfect?  I love it when we can make it personal.  This particular quilt is 70″ x 80″.  The kit is available for $120.00.  It really is a lovely fall quilt idea. 

We always have to give you a little incentive for Christmas and this year we have some really wonderful offerings.  You know we started a new club this year called Tied t002o the Past.  This was going to be for the club but we ended up having more members that kits so consequently it has been re-purposed for our show.  We call this beauty “Carriage Ride”.  Lavonne made up this model for us, she is so good with color that we knew this one was going to be a winner.   It was quilted and tied just right for a cozy winter carriage ride and as luck would have it a  new sleigh arrived just in time so the quilt is right at home displayed in it.  This quilt is 56″ x 72″.  The kit is sold for $110.00.

Several years 032back we made up a quilt called Boxed Blessings.  That pattern is such a great one and when we began getting our new flannel fabric in we knew this would be one of the quilts we needed to get made up.  My Reed thinks this is our best quilt.  They are all good but he loved the colors.  It is a quilt like Big House, it makes a statement and lights up a wall.  I know you will enjoy putting this one together.  We are calling our quilt “The Gift”, it is 56″ x 70″ and the kit is $99.00. 

Speaking of gifts, Selma has just finished a new Nickel Club quilt.  It is ca022lled “Lizzy’s Gift”.  That would be for her granddaughter, Lizzy!  We made extra because we knew it was one you would want to make so if you are in the club you are getting yours shipped this week and if your not we have several extra available at Open House.  This will make a great topper for a table or wall quilt, it is 54″ x54″.  Your kit is packaged with the pattern for $101.50. You are sure to love Selma’s new pattern.

Our last new 015model is a  great table runner for the season, simply known as “Homespun Table runner”.  It is 16 x 42 made up out of our great homespun fabric in the shop.  It is packaged complete with backing and binding for only $39.75.  The pattern is needed.  I can see this little beauty on the table with a basket of gourds and Indian corn, a great Thanksgiving idea.  It seems to me it must be time for some new handwork from 133.  I hope you will find a way to visit us during this busy Quilt Expo week, the girls have worked so hard to entice and inspire you to come out.  I hope you have enjoyed getting a sneak peek for before the actual Expo opens.  We will open tomorrow if you are traveling our way please stop by.

Home Style @133!

As a retailer this is a   exciting time of the year.  The air is changing, and the Home Style Goods for the season are arriving and our “New Fall Quilt Collection” is all jelling together We have an opportunity to really make our first annual Expo Open House memorable in oh so many ways.  I hope if you are visiting during the Expo you will think of us.  We will have our SchoolRoom Open to the public (Tuesday September 8th-Saturday September 12th).  It is going to be a showroom filled with our inspiration for the new season.  Hours will be extended to 6PM during the week and 5014PM on Saturday.  Remember our quilt numbers are always limited so if you want to be sure that you get a favorite don’t wait too long because they will also go on line to our audience in cyber space001.  I will try and give a blog preview on Monday.  At this time I am still hopeful I will be able to offer you a great opportunity to purchase our quilt and cross-stitch models.  We will have treats too so make us a destination when you come to the Expo in three weeks. 

Just Arrived:  The most wonderful Metal Folk Art Turkeys.  They sell for $145.00 and I know this will be  a treasure like no other.  I bought a big metal Tom similar to to this one last fall and he has never gone away.  He greets all my guests at the front door and has been a source a great conversation through out the year. 020

We have been talking about cutting up the new Stacy West fall prints for a few weeks and to021day was the day that we got to it.  Krista cut 2 yards of  the random fall colored prints from this line and packaged them for your fall piecing. These little bundles are priced at $25.00.  You will get at least two shirtings packaged with your bundles. I have a few pictures of Riverbanks to share with you, so many of you have been asking so this is what I have.  The kitche012n is close to being finished just waiting for the tile behind the cook top and the hood over the cook top. As you can see I love things pretty neutral and calming and feel this is it for me.  I am not a white girl but latte works with my favorite crab apple and Lancaster white.  The dark cabinets are caraway knotty alder.  I have pops of 014grey throughout the house.  We finally have my dining area lit.  I can get this light from my favorite company.  I have had it for so many months.  Reed was not sure but “He likes it”!  Why can’t he trust me on these things?  I bought this great old Antiques sign from my friend Ruth knowing I ha019d a perfect spot.  It is made for the spot.  She would approve.  We have several areas for good conversation and relaxing, it will be wild when the family arrives but I can ha017rdly wait to christen it.   I love this peaceful view, I have a small table by the window where I write and think.  It is swell just have not had more than half hour to sit there.  It will happen I just don’t know when.   This is enough, thank you for the interest in this love story with a house that has lasted for Reed and I for over 30 years.

The Sampler’s Story of August!

Can it be August?  Some how it is and I’m all of a sudden there!   The leaves are falling due to lack of rain and the it just seems that fall is in the air, the growing season is coming to an end, and that means it is time for a new story from us.  I have been playing in 001the shop all day today which is what I love.  It is bittersweet for some as summer nears its end but it also meets a yearning for fall and all its splendor.  We have twenty seven days to savor August so that’s twenty seven days we can give you a glimpse of what is to come.  I s017ay its going to be exciting, inspiring and meet your expectations of us.   The girls are busy finishing many new quilts which will be previewed when we have our Fall Expo Open House. 

Today I’m thinking about how much fun it is to begin the process of transforming your decors into a whole new season.  What a rush!  Our “Fall Expo Open House” is relatively close and I am confident you will enjoy the Schoolroom setting this year, it will be a giant showroom for you to enjoy filled with what we would be bringing to the Expo only there will be much more for you to see and enjoy envisioning in your own home setting.  Let the anticipati033on begin.  I filled our bin large antique scoop with new fall foliage today.  It retails for $170.00 but it makes a great decorating statement filled just right for any time of the year.  We have new fall berries, rose hips and other foliage perfect for the new season.  I have new turkeys, pumpkins, and our reclaimed wooden birds on pedestals with tin wings reall034y are super special. 

Remember the old “Bars and Stripes” antique I found and had the girls reproduce this spring?  We introduced it to you at Grand Olde Flag but I finally got to put it on a bed for you to really appreciate.  I love how old it looks and hope you will love it as much.  It measures 70″ x 80″  the pattern can be purchased for $9.00 and the kit is priced at $132.00.  

So when you think of fall in Wisconsin you surely are thinking football at Camp Randall.   There is still time to get your“Game002 Day”on007 with our stadium coverup it measures 69″ x 88″ and the kit sells for $71.00, we like the idea of adding a soft cozy flannel for the backing to keep those cold winds at bay, so if you do decide to get you blanket pieced and want to have us include the backing please let us know when you order so it can be included.  The pattern is sold separately for $9.00.  Don’t forget about our “Badger Bash” runner and “Tailgate Topper” which will make those parties even more extra special. 

If you have begun to think of fall piecing and handwork we have a super collection of fall prints by Stacy West who is the pattern writer for Buttermilk Basin patterns.  They really are quite perfect for the season just see for your010self.  Selma is using several in a new quilt you will see in our New Fall Quilt Collection.  As you can also see we are still into the Bee’s around here.  The old canvas prints and the framed p014ieces really add to your wall eye candy.

Still love this sign:  “In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take“.  Lots of truth in this little sign and sometimes we just need to throw the caution to the wind and go for it.  

The quilt we called “The Northwind Quilt” Gwen did up for us last winter is another fall idea that might have slipped your mind.  The colors Gwen chose make this  a perfect choice for your fall table topper. Measuring at 56″ x 56″ you could also put it into y006our wall decor.  The kit is $150.00 and the pattern, a Paula Barnes, is $10.00.   You will  also notice one of the new turkeys on our table display.  He is quit020e handsome and sells for $31.50.  la D Da’s Krissy Nelson is also in the picture.  Another sampler with good colors.  You can see Stacy Nash’s Turkey Hill in the first pictures posted.  We have lots of good fall ideas.

FYI:  The new Prairie Schooler Santa will be here this week along with some other new patterns.  Stacy Girl Club is shipping, so the shop girls are keeping busy.  If you are member of this club and think of some other needs please call us and we will be happy to add to your auto ship to save on shipping costs.  I hope you enjoy the August story @133.

Time for Summer Magic!

Can you believe its already mid July?  It is literally when you can see and feel the summer magic in the air.  The meadows are full of fireflies at dusk and if that isn’t magic I don’t know what is.  I love our balmy nights and sunny days, so many of us are thinking about vacation and I am guilty of that too.  I can hardly wait to leave on Saturday for the annual trek to Al013der Lake. Fingers crossed that we will have beautiful weather.

I was prompted by Suzanne today to think about our “Summer Magic” Quilt kit.  Selma designed this quilt late in the season last year.  It is magic because it uses our favorite French General fabric.  Seems I am hardly ever disappointed with these fabrics. The quilt is square measuring out at 62″ x 62″ and our kit retails for $89.00. The pattern is sold separately for $9.00.

“Lemons to Lemonade” could be another magical choice for your summer piecing.  This was a design our Jeanne E. made up from a mistake on kit cutting and boy with her magic we got  some magic lemonade.  This quilt measures 56″ x 64″, it is $81.00 and the pattern is sold separately @ 017$9.00.

We are sitting on two new lines of French General we will be working with and all I can say is you will be so in love when we introduce them.  I am excited over the prospect of visiting the store in California next April.  I will make the trip with Stacy out to a guild that is celebrating there 25th year, many members attended our Summer Stitch Camp last week.  Quite exciting to dream about.  Its on my bucket list for sure.  If I’m good I will have my new fabric line to share with them and hopefully some other great surprises for their boutique.  I am really excited over the prospect of actually taking a class, its been years coming.  Just A quick FYI for you , we have only one “Come Fly with Me” kit left.  What a hit this little gem was, again its all about the unique fabric choices, if you have been thinking 015about it let us know. 

I was so excited to get the new Wooden Bandbox sets in this past week.  Oh My G, so great!  The nest of three you are seeing are made of wood and covered in old wallpaper.  The first set I am showing on the right is called “Patrick” and the second photo is called “Addison” and it is shown on the left.  Such great soft and easy colors  that will accent  your decor.   I love things like this that are easy to live with.   The nesting sets are priced at $152.00 and so worth it.  We are only an email or phone call away if you are looking for some summer magic in your life.

We016 have all been screaming about the new “Fall Primitive Quilts” magazine.  It is filled with great projects but guess who one of the featured designers is?  Our own Maggie has a great project in it called Live, Laugh, Love.  I ordered lots of copies because I know Maggie’s peeps will be wanting it.  I plan to do just the center u008rn and the bird, Selma will be doing the Halloween quilt and I will do one more project too.  These will be ready for our fall open house.  I have to get all of the wools lined up  but we will have it kitted with the magazine or without if you already own it.  The magazine is $10.00.

Summer Camp @ 133!

Proud to be an American!   What a great 4th of July, the weather was perfect!  Reed and I watched the most won004derful fireworks display at the Port Washington Harbor this past weekend!  We copped a squat on some big boulders an016d the firework made us awe struck for 30 minutes.  Here’s to being forever big kids.

  The shop is in event mode all of this week as we get ready to entertain our campers.  The SchoolRoom is ready for our 2nd annual Summer Stitch Camp.  The doors will swing open on ThursdayAM as we greet our guests with an amazing Coffee Pastry Bar then we put it in  Stacy Nash’s hands for the rest of the week.  We have the most amazing projects which I have posted on the website if you are interested in seeing what we are up to this week.  Students are visiting from  each coast, twelve states are represented this year!  I am more than pleased with this response!! I will post more pictures either here or on face book as our week unfolds.

Art Fair and The Fourth of July!

This is almost serial only nine more days until the fourth of July.  I got a grip on all of this we are only 13 days out until Summer Stitch Camp!  It’s wild and crazy to think fall will be here before we know it.  Where in the world have I been?023  Certainly not snoozing.   I’m behind and have lost track of the time.  It must of been our short spring seems like that makes sense! 

It is our 46th Annual Art Fair Weekend in Spring Green this weekend and our 4th Annual Wisconsin  State Shop Hop comes to an end for another year.  The good thing about visiting this weekend is you get to see an amazing art fair and still have a chance to win the great prize we are offering to the person who finishes and has seen the most shops over the past three 027weeks. 

we are trying to get back to some kind of normal after Grand Old Flag this past week.  We had such a wonderful group of guests sewing with us and a good time was had by all.  We all get teary eyed when it is over and we have to say our goodbyes.  However it’s not going to last long, we are 13 days away from “Summer Stitch Camp” so we better rest up quick.   We have another great event planned s005o here’s to summer @133! 

“Bars And Stripes” is one of our newest quilts.  I found this great antique and knew it was going to be the one.  Suzanne put it together and is writing the pattern and now you get to enjoy it too.  The kits are ready to go for this 70″ x 80″ beauty, they retail for $132.00.  I hope you like it as much as we do our guests last week were all in love so I think that is a good indicator. It really is an incredible old looking summer quilt.    The032 fact that it is a quick sew is even more appealing and I think it could be your next summer vacation project. 

We have  some NEW cross stitch models  to show off that came in today.  I think you will like them, there is the “Strawberry House Pin Keep” by Scarlet House and La D Da’s “Let There Be Peace On Earth” .  We also got in Blackbird Designs antique Sampler.  I think it looks so sweet and old looking like the real sampler.  We did have to change the bird and leaf color because the Coffee Bean called for was too dark was to dark, we used Tin Bucket that was already in the sampler.  It is unusual and has a great antique look.  Be sure to take another look at last week’s photo in the blog of Sail Away.  Hope to see many familiar faces this weekend.

Grand Old Flag Event!

We are all about getting things ready for  our Grand Old Flag event this week.  FYI: we have decided this will be the last year for this grand event as we have had too hard of a sell on the event itself to make it worth the stress of all the organizing that goes into an event and our de002signers have to make projects that are exclusive so it has to be worth while for them as well.  We have had a great run and will miss it but things change with the times and so do our customers expectations so we will try and grow in other ways that complimen006t our style.  

We  have several “New Quilts” trending this week that we will be previewing so the girls little fingers are busy binding and putting the finishing touches on all of the new offerings. “Sail Away”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Because  of the Brave”.  We have not named the last one but it is a reproduction of an antique I have, it will come to us when its ready to go on the floor.  It is fun to have so many new things to excite our event guests and we will not be putting any of the new pieces on line until after the event, there has to be 001perks to guests that love what we do. 

Gathering students will begin arriving Friday haling from ten states from coast to coast:  The shop girls and I are pleased to welcome guests from Washington, Indiana, Oregon, Iowa, Connecticut, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Carolina, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

The Girls have landed!!!  Our loyal Peeps are here! They are busier than  one arm paper hangers getting there projects put together.   The goal we have set for everyone is to fill their new tin handwork boxes.  AKA antique cash boxes!  This is how we greeted everyone in the SchoolRoom at our meet and greet luncheon.  The head cook and bottle washer, Selma, has had everyone happy and content when it comes to our food service.  We are heading out late this afternoon on a 006little field trip to one of my favorite antique haunts, the Woodshed.  I imagine UPS will be liking us by the end of the week.  The ladies have also been treated by Spring Green merchants to some great savings as a way to acquaint our guests to our unique and wonderful shops throughout the town.  I was so touched and happy that they recognized us in this way.  Winning idea for us all.

So I fe007el we can put a few new photos up of quilts that are trending with us this week, we have shown them off and now can see what you think.  Since our guests have traveled to see us we are thinking that we could be part of a bucket list.  Thus we are happy to show off a new quilt called “Come Fly With Me”.  You might think that this is a tad contemporary for us but its done our way.  The colors, the old map, old script, cancelled stamps and postcards, and newspapers so all relevant and popular today.  This is going to be a fun quilt to get creative with, the  pattern we used is by Sweetwater. 027  I like the idea of a bucket list quilt so this is what we have come up with.  I do believe we all need one of these and even better we have the best metal wire wings  The quilt is 64″ x 64″ and sells for $82.50. The pattern sells for $8.50 and is 030called Barn-raising.

Our next quilt could be on your bucket list too it is called “Sail Away” and hopefully you will sail with us!  We are all in love with this quilt and the color palette.  It is a twin size measuring 66″ x 86″.  The kits are $139.75 and  the pattern is one of Suzanne’s it sells for $9.00.  The fabrics are part of Janet Clares Hearty Good Wishes I and II.   What an amazing line of fabric to work with and the way Suzanne placed the fabric is part of the charm.  If you decide to sail away I hope it will be with us!  What a great way to start your summer. 

We are getting ready for our field trip so I will be adding more new quilts as the week progresses.  This year we are flying an amazing flag of Selma’s on the front of thIMG_7219e shop

WIMG_7221hat do think of this?  It is a Grand Old Flag isn’t it?