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2017 Girl Clubs you can join: 
The clubs all will be on going and several new ones will be added or old clubs will be switched up!  I will continue to post details as soon as we get updates from our designers and that will be helpful for you as you choose your handwork preferences.  Please try and keep this in mind.  We do not drop you off a club at the end of the year that is something you must tell us to do.  Thank you for your understanding.

Our “Girl Clubs” are fun to belong to because they are a way of gifting yourself with a unique new and exciting handwork project that most people don’t have  It will most likely pertain to the upcoming season or holiday.   We try to keep our projects exclusive and partner  with our favorite designers so you know you will have something that is one of a kind.

You may think that some projects seem high priced but when you think of a designer only designing for at the most 200 people she has to be paid for her time and coming up with an exclusive design that only her club members are offered.  Please Remember! Projects are not returnable and when you make a club commitment it is for a year.   You must call us if you decide not to continue for the next year. 

I hope you will find your new clubs very enjoyable and if you have not tried one I hope you will give us a call 608-588-2510.

For anyone joining clubs please read carefully:

It is your responsibility to call us if you change your credit card number or have had it compromised or have a new address.  Please , if we call you once, call us back to let us know if you have any changes or wish to be taken off the club. We do not want to make call after call and never hear from you. If we have to call you more than twice and not hear from you, you will be taken out of the club.  I’m sure you can understand that this can become a problem for us and we must figure out when enough is enough. Thank you for being mindful.

The Staff

Just when you think you have seen it all!  It’s time for us to dream up something new for you to love.  I have been thinking about this idea for the past three months and the shop girls already have been working on projects we were thinking might fit this idea.  We are all in now and I am ready to see if I can peak your interest and get you tied to the past with us.  

Coming soon in 2017: 

“Oxford Schoolgirl”/ Little Quilts Club” 

Designs by my incredible design staff Suzanne and Selma.  All of the designs are created to fit our amazing CS doll beds we have our carpenter Ken make up just for us.  Beds are priced at $60.00 each, the small bed is a rope bed and both crafted perfectly.  The beds can be stained, painted and antiqued.  I like the Annie Sloan paint if you are wondering what works well.  The pictures you seeing are Selma’s first project to ship June 2017.

We are anticipating a start up date coming in June.  We hope to have you all registered quickly as possible because we are going to keep each design and kit exclusive for at least six months.  So you can rest assured you have something the shop does not stock.  The girls will include a design to fit both of the beds in each pattern.  Now that’s not to say you have to use these unique little quilts only on the beds its a suggestion only but if you like small quilts and small piecing this is going to be your go to club.  I can not say for sure but with this late start I anticipate possible four shipments this year.

“Summer Schoolhouse”

*NEW  for summer 2017 “Lessons in Abecedarian”

Designed by Brenda Gervais  4 lessons – 6 projects

Shipping begins on June 20th and ends on September 20th

You will be working on 28 count Mushroom Lugana and stitching over one, because this is a open weave linen you will love the ease of stitching over one.  This is a good way to gently break yourself in.

All the linen and threads used for the summer will ship with your first pattern or you can sign up for the pattern only  I will have a price for you shortly but right now we are hoping you have interest and will call and register for this new journey.  We know this is going to be a fun series in learning the rudiments of something and in this case you will be learning the alphabet.  This adjective began appearing in English texts around 1665.  Everything old is new again and Brenda will make this very special series a great summer adventure you will enjoy taking.  608-588-2510 Registration is open.

 

 

 

Introducing our Newest Girl Club for 2017!  My Dream Team!

This is a club made up of some of my favorite designers that have been with me over the past 34 years and helped mold our shop into what it is today.  I couldn’t be more pleased over this new club.  Joining us in 2017: 

Plum Street, The Scarlet House, Pineberry Lane, La D Da, Chessie and Me, and Blackbird Designs!  What do you think Soul Sisters?

Welcome aboard the newest girl club:

“Soul Sisters Handwork”

The club will begin in March/April this gives us time to get you registered and our featured designer ready to go and us ready to ship.  Lori Markovic from

La D Da is going to get this new club rolling.  As you can see we will ship every two months with a new designers project and be ending the club in January/February of 2018.  Your first club project from Lori is being shipped complete with a frame April 13th, 2017.  the cost is $60.00. 

Lori has written you all a letter  that she wanted us to share with you telling you a little bit about her first project. 

Dear Sisters,   Louisa Clark Hubbardston is a reproduction sampler.  The original was stitched in cotton on very light linen.  Louisa’s stitches are tidy and without mistake (I think she would love that we are impressed).  I am sure she practiced on a previous piece.  The original came with no documentation, but from the sampler we know she was 9 years old, and her birth year would be around 1814.  I was attracted to this simple piece by her 9 ness.  Her name takes up half of the linen and has those lovely rows of eyelet stitches as emphasis.  The juxtaposition in the lower half makes me smile.  On the left is a very straight forward tree and the right is a totally free-form flower (blue sunflower ?) Really?  I see the conflict between childhood and maturity in those images.  I think Louisa planned and stitched this little piece just for the love of stitching since there is no alphabet or verse.  Because of her joy I love this piece & Louisa.  She is my stitching “soul sister” and I hope yours too! 

Happy stitching, Lori Markovic

You can see Soul Sister number three on the left.  This Anna Grater 1812 an original and a tribute to Tanya Brockmeyer’s grandmother.  It is stitched on 36 count tin roof.  It is so sweet and will be a fun summer stitch.  This is what I know:  May June is Plum Street, July August is The Scarlet House, September/ October is Blackbird Designs, November/December is Pineberry Lane, and January / February of 2018 is Chessie & Me!  I see nothing but amazing when I look at this dream team. 

Our registration is OPEN and we can’t wait to hear from you.

Each designer has artistic license to choose fabric count and thread preference, the designs will be new and exclusive for the year.  The cost I am just estimating at this point because I know it will vary.  I am thinking between $40 – and $65 and if a larger project or silks a bit more.  This is going be so much fun and the anticipation knowing these designers is even more exciting.

Esther Iddison 1832 Sampler

continues into 2017

Esther has shipped (9-14-2016) and Linda will begin her stitch along by the end of this week, she has your emails and that will be the way she keeps contact with you all.  You have two months to get your border stitched.  Enjoy!!! and then part two will be in your mail box.

This Club BeginLinda'ss in September of 2016!  It is our first Sew Along!  We are so excited and lucky to be working with Linda from  Chessie & Me. 

It’s the end of April and we have 52 club members registered at this time.  So Excited over this lovely.

“Esther Iddison 1832 Sampler” 

We are offering this sampler project with Gentle Arts wool threads on a 32 count Lakeside Vintage Examplar linen or 36 count Vintage Examplar linen and Gentle Arts cotton thread.   We are willing to work with you on your linen if it is possible but you will need to talk to us.  We need your preferences into us by July 14th so i fcan get everything ordered in a timely manor.

***You will need to choose the option you prefer but the original was stitched with wool thread.  We will have four shipments and that is where the sew along idea comes in.  More info will follow but I thought you would love to see an actual picture of the antique Linda is reproducing for this club. 

We can’t wait to hear from you!  I have a estimate of the total cost for the Wool thread and Cotton thread choices. 

FYI:  Wool approximately $275.00, Cotton approximately $135.00.  If you have registered for our Stitch along please call with preference by July14th, 2016.

 

“2017 Tied to the Past”

The name of this New Girl Club tells the story.  These are all quilts from the past and they were  tied quilts in the beginning.  2017 of course  brings another new twist to this amazing club.   We will continue to use textures and draw from our reproduction fabric in the shop,  the quilting  on the quilts will be traditional, but nothing will be tied this year.  This year we are focusing on our favorite antiquities, beautiful fabric brought back to life with a new purpose, a way of modernizing history so to speak.  Suzanne’s  first new quilt for the year is called “Snow Day” , its 52′ x 76″ and after seeing it today I feel confident you will be very pleased.  She used antiquities fabric and the quilt  is set with an aged antique muslin.

There will only be four shipments per year. 


 

 

 

2017 Nickel & Dime Girl Club

  Selma Bennett is another Shop Girl that is into designing  she loves this club and the challenges of figuring out something special for her club members.   She is really a math whiz and this excites here more than anything.  New this year is we will be adding dime cuts to the kits.  We always are into switching things up to keep them fresh.  
Selma has taught quilting and can just look at a pattern and see the infinite possibilities a design offers and she is always playing with the 5″ square idea but now we are adding a 10″ square.  The one thing she is always stressing to me is that you don’t waste a square you use it all and that is a big plus to this club.   We will only offer her club pieces to our club members, they will not be  marketed to the public so you can be assured that you have an exclusive design from the Spring Green Country Sampler.

 


 
2017 Stacy Nash Primitives Handwork Club

2017 club begins in February – this is a quarterly club and we have  openings.

 

We have room in this club to take on new members so this would be a great way to get started in this amazing and fun Girl Club.    The cost of Stacy’s kits are always $40.00.  If you are interested in joining our 2017 Club please give us a call.

 We just received and mailed out Stacy’s newest called “Feathered Nest Pinkeep”.  A perfect Spring offering I know you are going to cherish this sweet tiny work.

 

Here is a picture of our first 2017 club project.  We are thrilled, Stacy is including more special materials this year and some exceptional New finishing ideas.  Our first project for 2017 is called “Peacock Peacock Needle Keep”.  The interest comes in the finishing and how sweet the velvet heart tucks into the little keep by pulling the ribbon its attached to on006 one end and to pull out you use the ribbon attached at the other end. Sweet f007or sure!

Stacy’s club debut was in 2009 and oh my goodness we can not believe the response we have had because to date this is our most popular girl club.  We have over 200 members. Now that is what I call girl power!  Thank you all for your confidence in us and Stacy’s wonderful primitive designs. This is Stacy’s newest offering for 2017.  .

Your club project will ship every 3 months. Each design is an exclusive and will never be offered again to anyone but a club member.  The kit cost is $40.00 and includes everything you need to complete the design.
You will be charged shipping in the USA the priority mail cost is $6.75 and out of the country charges range from $12.95 – $23.95 depending on where you are located. You can request first class if you are comfortable with that option for a lesser charge and for our out of the country orders it makes a big difference.  We are happy to have a great many out of the country members.

If you are not familiar with Stacy’s primitive patterns we have a great on line presence you might want to get acquainted with.

New 2017 Loose Feathers Club

“For The Birds”

with our favorite people Alma & Barb from Blackbird Designs!

It’s happeniBBD-It's-Spring-Feverng again peeps the girls have kind of sort of out done themselves again this year.  They will be doing nine months of great bird sampler designs.  The first chart is here and if you were called and re-joined  our girl club you have it already but if you didn’t there is still time to do this.    We Have Options:  You can have the chart only, the chart and linen only, the chart and threads only or the complete kit.  You will need to let us know when you sign up.  We look forward to hearing from you.


 
 “Maggie’s 2017 Girl Club”  Maggie is projecting her club to being in March/April and it will be a whole new venue for 2017!
 
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Are you ready for a really exciting new Girl Club concept?   New year new ideas!  We have it friends! 
This is going to be a very inspiring year for us all from one of the most influential Folkart Designers out there, Maggie Bonanomi.  I am so thrilled and lucky to call her my friend.
   Maggie has just shared a photo of her first project.  There will be four projects this year as she has decided to switch things up and keep her club fresh and new for all of you.  She will give you options on how you put the projects all together or you may decide you want to keep them separate. It’s July and now you are seeing “Summertime” on the left.  I will also show you how the two have gone together.  You know Maggie she always is surprising us so who knows what else she will do. We are the lucky ones along for the ride.  The first set of kits have been ordered and we expect the first project to ship yet this month.  We laid this over our neat textured linen pillows and thought how easy this would be to do and it looks amazing.