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2017:  This is going to be another exciting year at the shop as we find ourselves steeped in  Classic American Traditions that are a part of our recogniz002able style.  You can be assured we still remain committed and inspired by the “Primitive” and  “Natural Farmhouse Style” that is sweeping into the home goods that the shop is showing through out the year.  You will note our colors in the quilts we are showing are relevant too.

 2017 will be no exception to my rules.   I will continue to keep an emphasis on modernizing history in the 20th- century home but  try to preserve the unique character and beauty with our fabric and home goods choices.  You will see  how we merge the reproduction fabrics and furnishings into the decor  creating a style that is easy and comfortable to live with.  It is a cleaner and more organized look I think you will find appealing.  

Peace, Love and Purpose!


2017  Overview of A year full of Amazing Gatherings and Special Events at the shop and in Spring Green:

*February 3-4 Spring Green Welcomes visiting Lions Clubs to an annual Lions Club Convention 

** February 1st – 28th  Help us Celebrate and Promote the Go Red For Women Campaign with our local south Central Quilt Shops

***Saturday February 25th marks a first for us at the shop :  Join us for

“Textiles and Tea” a gathering promoting red and white quilts both old and new and a day of special tea time treats and projects to make and take.

****3rd Annual Natural Farmhouse Spring Open House  March 24-26th 

*****6th Annual Wisconsin Quilt Shop Hop June 2nd-24th 

******It’s A Grand Olde Flag Gathering June 12th – 16th 

*******Spring Green Art Fair June 24th and 25th

********Summer Stitch Camp July 6th – 8th 

*********3rd Annual Quilt Expo Open House

Tuesday September 5 – Sunday September 10th 

**********Boxwood & Berries Gathering ( 2017 theme: Farmhouse Christmas )  save the dates:  September 25th- 30th

***********Join us for our best: November 10th – 12th

“Annual American Country Farmhouse Christmas”

Open House

************Country Christmas in Spring Green its and annual event spreading Joy over 3 weekends beginning on November 24th ( Check the Spring Green Chamber for details you won’t want to miss)  Its a great opportunity to get acquainted with our beautiful rural town celebration.  We are feeling like we have a wonderful year planned for our guests new and old  and hope you will choose to get to know us too.

FYI:  Mark your 2017 calendars for a new and exciting venue for your South central Quilt shops annual Quilters Road Trip

003February 1st – 28th, 2017

” Help Us Celebrate the Go Red for Women Campaign

 “Celebrate the Heart of Quilting”

It’s a Go Red Campaign for quilters at
all of the thirteen participating South Central Wisconsin Quilt Shops  the entire month.  There will be special event days everywhere. Pick up your passport at any of the participati005ng stores and you will be given a heart pin to show your support for this great cause. 

2017 is going to be extra special as we will implement our very first “Textiles and Tea” Event. 

I’m was planning on re018nting our wonderful old white school for our Saturday event but I have had to go to plan B.  Not that that is bad, its good our SchoolRoom will be transformed and filled with red and white quilt005s we will have a representation of amazing antique quilts from our shop girl family and of course stunning new.  We will serve high tea and sweets @2PM.  The cost of tea is $6.00 and we will donate a $1.00 from each tea fee to the American Heart Association.   Reservations needed for planning so call and reserve a table, 608-588-2510.  The date is Saturday February 25th, The quilt exhibition will open to the public at 10:30 AM so make some plans and gathe009r your024 friends for a fun day with old and new textiles, amazing sweets. 

There is also a Silent Auction being held on line,  each shop will be participating by donating projects to the cause and  all the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association a very worthy win, win situation.

Save the Month for US!  

FYI: We had our wrap up meeting and the auction raised around 5500.00.  What a great way for the quilting community to lend a hand.  Our tea only took in $100.00 so we matched it at the shop and donated $200.00.  Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and support.


3rd Annual: 

“Natural Farmhouse” Spring Open HouseSpring-Open-House-Logo-2017

 March  24 -26 2017

This is where we are able to introduce our “New Spring Quilt Collection” for my new “RIVERBANKS”  Fabric Line” and we will inspire you 001to fill your home with great decor ideas for an amazing fresh spring look.   Beautiful greens and lavender bunches, wreaths, whites and naturals.   Aged Eggs to top your Easter table, linens, antique vintage reproductions that will surely please you , new lighting,  and many other candles and fresh scents.  Everyone is ready after the cold winter003 weather and we have a later Easter this year so more time to enjoy it and inspire us to get organized.  We will also be serving some special beverages and sweets.

Get your friends together and make us a destination this weekend!

*** spring officially is welcomed on the 20th and we are more than ready to welcome you to come and savor the fresh Spring decor accents

2017 Wisconsin Statewide Shop Hop

(Core Hours for hoppers:  9:30 – 5:30  M-F  Saturday 9:30 -4:30)

June 2nd – 24th  check out more info below


Dates for 2018 Event: April 16th-20th

What A Grand Olde Event this will be!!!

Our Design Team for 2018:

Paula Barnes Red Crinoline &

Kaari Meng French General “2018 theme is Indigo Quilts and indigo dyeing”


*****Please Note:  Projects posted are from 2017. 

  Carol’s project is called “Mrs. Lincoln”  what a grand olde year this will be!  My new Riverbanks fabric is what is used for this wonderful quilt project.

Again this year our event is all about the Civil War Era and that’s because our designers love it as much as we do.  We have a great event planned for you this year and it will be different

because this year we have a Lincoln theme.  Carol just sent out an announcement that will get you all excited.


Attendees at last summer’s Grand Olde Flag gathering expressed an interest in having a block exchange as part of the 2017 GOF activities.  In response, Carol has selected a simple, easily-constructed 5″ x 5″ block and created procedures for an exchange which involves making blocks at home and bringing them to the event.

When we gather, we will exchange blocks and Carol will provide options for setting together each quilter’s cache of approximately 004120 scrappy blocks.  Additionally, she will assist you in selecting perfect borders and optional setting pieces from the fabric treasures awaiting you in the shop.  More information about the block she has chosen, fabric selection, and directions for constructing it, will be provided to those who register for GOF week.  You’re going to love this quilt and its constant reminder of the friendships we make each year at this special event.

. We will keep you busy Monday through Friday.  We have 10 states represented for this gathering.  So thrilled!

The fee for our two great designers is set @ $395.00. 


If  you wonder where you can stay, here are some suggestions:

The Spring Green Motel 608-588-2141, House on the Rock Resort 608-588-7000

2017 Wisconsin State Shop Hop

June 2- June 24th

Our fabric is designed by Holly Taylor this year.  There are over 70 participating shops that you can find many special projects in and in addition you can qualify for many exciting prizes. 

We are in Section 2  and the Grand Prize is a trip for two to the “International Quilt Festival” in Houston, Texas.  Lets make this a great year for handwork.  Hope you will join us and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Wisconsin.


Camp Fee $250.00, deposits due in April

2018 Camp Begins on Friday June 8 – Sunday June 10th

2018  Summer Camp for Stitchers

“Stitch Camp”@ 133 Jefferson featuring the

Stitch-Camp-4(designer Vickie Jennett)

“Needle WStitch-Camp-3orkPress”

from Chandler, Arizona & our Guest for Mini Camp is Stacy Nash projects shown from 2017

  We are so excited to have Vicki and her daughter in law Maegan who will be assisting Vicki, she loves to reproduce antiques and this year she will bring us the “Jane Horton Sampler”  How perfect, don’t you think?

She does amazing paper products and will delight you with an amazing trunk show.  Vicki goes the distance to maStitch-Campke things fun and exciting and you can see that by looking at the pictures she and Megan have shared. 

I hope you will plan on joining us Button-Lanyardbecause we know this will be a camp to remember.  registration is open and deposits will be taken April 1st.

Summer Fun and then Some…

So what exactly are we going to do for camp?  The little “Jane Horton” sampler which by chance exclusively was reproduced for Country Sampler. The girls have saved up some great ephemera and paper so that everyone can make their own cigar treasure boxes complete with knobs on the front.  You will be making a camp journal chocked full of fun motifs, quotes and space for your comments and doodles.  Remember the old “gimp” lanyards, well they have got a fun adaptation of those to include charms featuring some of there favorite things dangling from a long metal chain.  It will be a weekend of camp craft fun! 

About your design team:  Vickie grew up in York, PA, moved to AZ.  She majored in journalism and has been creating reproduction and original designs for Needlework Press with her talented daughter in law Maegan.   Maegan has always had a passion for stitching since her grandma taught her to stitch and camp was always a favorite adventure..   Considering all of this, this makes our dual a perfect fit.   The have taught in Washington,  Arizona, Maryland, on Cape Cod and in Texas and they now add to that impressive list Wisconsin.  I hope you will all be ready to join us for this amazing camp gathering.  Vickie has an amazing collection of antique samplers so she will not run out of samplers to reproduce for some time.  Good news for all of us.

Leave your worries at home, but you will need to bring a few things for working on your camp projects.  If you have old or new paper or fabric that’s special to you, bring it so it can be incorporated into one of your projects.. Stitching scissors, paper scissors, and your favorite light. Remember  good camp counselors are always prepared and they will have supplies on hand if you forget something and the camp cook, Selma, will keep your palate happy .

Ladies somehow things see to work out we just had to be patient.  Vickie gets in later than expected on Thursday and when we said we were hoping to have a surprise guest, it has worked out for us!

Stacy Nash is coming in and holding the mini camp class like Blackbird did last year on Thursday July 6th.  We will start her class at noon and hopefully finish by six in time for our meet and greet with Vickie and Maegan.  

Wait until you see her AMAZING project.  I was screaming immediately, it is going to be a wonderful addition to camp.  Spread the word we have room for a crowd. Call ASAP to get registered.  Places you can stay:  Spring Green Motel  608-588-2141,  Hill Street B&B 608-588-7751, House on the Rock Resort  608-588-7000, and the Round Barn Lodge 608-588-2568

Labor Day Weekend 2017:  Closed Sunday September 3rd and Monday September 4th

2017 Quilt Expo Open House @ 133 Jefferson

Gather Your Friends and Join Us!

Tuesday September 5th – Sunday September 10th 

This  idea is something I’ve been contemplating doing for awhile and 2015 is the year AND IT WAS SUPER 016SUCCESSFUL thanks to our wonderful customers.  We will not be attending Quilt Expo this year either.  The travel, the packing and unpacking is very hard on all of us so I hope this will be an incentive to visit us in Spring Green.  I know many of you do already on your way to this event so you will get a great opportunity to see all of “New Fall  Quilt Collection” before the show even opens a005nd all during.  We will be turning the “SchoolRoom” into a huge showroom which beats the crammed  20ft. space you are used to seeing us in.   We will have our travel cases full of all of the new quilts you are used to seeing at the show.  We will have treats for you and a festive atmosphere for shopping.  We are dreaming Big!   I am still thinking bigger and we may offer a model sale which I will confirm at a later date.  We shop girls are all excited to start a new tradition and hopefully one you will not want to miss. 

See you in September!


Boxwood & Berries 2017

our theme this year is:  “Farmhouse Christmas”!


Gathering dates are: 

September 25th – 29th 2017

bountifulWe have room for 30 students this year.

    Designers Coming back this year for Boxwood : 

Maggie Bonanomi and Stacy Nash!  



Please Note:  The projects you are seeing below are from 2016 but I will have some ideas for you in the future and post as soon as I can.

 ***We have you arriving on Sunday the24th of September to get settled in.   This allows us tibountiful-harvest-sewingtrame to get all the meal plans resolved, 2nd Story lodging paid and give you the time to get familiar with us.    Maggie has just informed me she will be doing a “Bountiful Mat” this year.  When she has pictures to share you will see it here. 

Here is Stacy’s 2016 projects we are making the Bountiful Harvest Sewing Tray and Strawberries and the bountiful Harvest Sewing Basket and 009Persimmon


Maggie continues to be one of our Favorite designers,004 she has a girl club of faithful groupies that enjoy her recognizable style.  We will be doing several projects and I thought you might enjoy seeing one.  I have been so excited all day I could hardly stand it.  This holiday runner is amazing for sure. 

It’s official, our gathering is more than we could have imagined or expected!! Lucky US!  Here are some pictures of our fine group, it rained and hailed today but it didn’t spoil anything for us. We all jumped out of the box and comfort zone and with Kaari and Mogull’s guidance our linen bags are all masterpieces which I will post before the end of the week. This is us, 27 strong in 2016 , atten006ding from fifteen states ! 

We have already a sign up s005heet for 2017 and are more than half full for our next event.  I am thrilled with our group this year, a delight for sure.

It is time to switch things up.  We can not ever become too comfortable with the past so get ready for an amazing experience as we take you back to Simpler Thyme’s and begin the holiday preparation we all anticipate and love.    The 016cost is $495.00

***The only thing that is new this year is the way will handle you deposits.  We will take the the first half when you officially register.  This is non refundable after APRIL 15TH, 2016 unless there is a health emergency, but when this happens a week prior we have to say you are committed unless we can find a buyer for the extra kits and  we hope you can all  understand.  The projects are a commitment for our designers as well as us and backing out at the end really messes up the whole thing for all of us and I’m told by designers this is the way most stores handle registration so we are going to implement it too..  News that’s News worthy for 2016:  Giving you time to start planning.

Our “Boxwood and Berries” event is moving to

September  25th – 29th, 2017

 Supply List for B&B Gatherings:

1. Bring you hand sewing supplies you like to work with

2. A quilters rule ruler or you favorite it just helps to have for cutting purposes

3. I use Aileen’s craft glue but Maggie has mentioned she has been using a Glue stick just not purple

4. Pins, needles sewing thread 8360 Polyester it is softer to use for handwork.  We have this on hand in the shop

Scissors, pencils, light for magnification if needed and extension cord to insure getting plugged in.  We will be painting and antiquing things so you might want to pack an old shirt.


Where can we stay?

 The Spring Green Motel 608-588-2141 is our first recommendation our guests love the new units and great owners

American Country Farmhouse Christmas

Annual Open House theme

November 10 –  12  2017

This is the “Event” our customers wait for and we plan for all year.   

FYI :  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: The shop will close for its transformation  this year on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2017.

We love to create a magical holiday atmosphere where we bring our primitive style and tradition together.  We have bought extraordinary holiday needfuls for you and your holiday decor.

Our SchoolRoom will be decked  out for you as well.  We will be serving you some wonderful sweet treats, you can sit a bit and catch your breath, dream of all the wonderful things we have to offer in the shop while enjoying soothing holiday music and good conversation with friends.

Oh, I so love Christmas!

Save the Date!



We will be Closed:



  SATURDAY DECEMBER 23RD. SUNDAY DECEMBER 24TH,  CHRISTMAS DAY MONDAY THE 25TH AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 26TH.  (There is no one home to work and we have all worked very hard this year so the shop girls are deserving this holiday with their families and I know many folks are celebrating on Saturday.  We will see you Wednesday December 27th regular hours!

Merry Christmas Everyone!



 SATURDAY DECEMBER 30th –  JANUARY 1, 2018  Open again on Tuesday the 2nd.

And suddenly it’s a a whole new year again!  See you in 2018!!!!!