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 recognizable 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”
************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
February 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 participating 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 renting 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 quilts 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 gather your 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.
“Natural Farmhouse” Spring Open House
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 to 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 winter 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
What A Grand Olde Event this will be!!!
Our Design Team for 2017 CAROL HOPKINS
& LINDA LAUTENSCHLAGER
*****Please Note: Here is a peek at the small quilts, they are about to get finished and go to the quilter then you will really see how great they look. This is the unfinished bed you will get with your class. Carol is working on her big quilt and Linda is working on her newest Civil War House. We hope to package it with the frame. So if you have a grouping of her houses the frame even though smaller will match.
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.
These are all the projects we did at Grand Olde Flag 2016! If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper like we are, you’ve seen Joanna visit Clint, her carpenter, with ideas for a custom-made piece of furniture that he then creates just for her. Well, we’ve visited our in house carpenter, Ken, and he has created a Civil War Era Doll bed just for this grand olde event. Linda will help you with the antique aging techniques so painting will be involved, waxing etc., Carol has created two special doll quilts made to fit your custom bed that will use the new “Manor House” fabric line I have designed,and Suzanne will help you construct an old looking tufted ticking mattress and will add a skirt if you want to make it you can or decide not to.
How fun will this all be peeps to create your own custom one of a kind project?
I hope you will plan to join us, right now we have 15 confirmed spots and could take three more students. Linda will also be designing a great stitchery for you called the “1864 House” she is making 20 kits so we can take 5 students that just want to do her project. Cost $95.00. Custom frames are also available for the 1864 House so please let us know if you are interested so we can have enough in stock.
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.
I have scaled this workshop back in hopes you will feel that the projects we will be doing are not too overwhelming and the cost is more affordable. I hope this will be an incentive for you to consider joining us.
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.
NEW CAMP VENUE THIS YEAR!
Camp Begins on Thursday July6th – Saturday July 8th
2017 Primitives Summer Camp for Stitchers and Quilters!!!
“Stitch Camp”@ 133 Jefferson featuring the “Needle Work
Press” from Chandler, Arizona (designer Vickie Jennett) 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 make 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 because 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 .
There may be more surprises to add to the camp venue but that will not be know for a few weeks and then we will have a good idea of what our cost will be. 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 SUCCESSFUL 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 and 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 – 30th 2017
We have room for 30 students this year.
Designers Coming back this year for Boxwood :
Maggie Bonanomi and Stacy Nash!
Someone is coming!!! The tables are all in place and we are about to kick off our annual gathering. We can hardly wait!
“New in 2016 and we think she will join us again in 2017 on Saturday !”
Please Welcome Guest designer: Kaari Meng from the “French General”! Kaari will be here, one day only, for a special class just for our group!
Pinch Me Ladies its all happening I can not believe I have been able to make this all come together!
Kaari will be teaching a four to five hour class where you will be embellishing a beautiful grey linen “Boro Patch Stitching Bag” with Kaari’s found Vintage 18th and 19th century vintage fabrics. You will be doing something similar to the photo you can see on the right. Using traditional Sahiko Japanese hand sewing techniques as you design and create your own patchwork bag with scraps found at the French flea markets over the past twenty five years. I am not asking you to bring sewing machines but if you decide not to do this project by hand you can have access to our machines in the shop.. Materials included; French General antique fabric for patchwork, linen tote, batting, floss, Japanese needles, , thimble and thread.
You can see Kaari’s linen patchwork bag on the right. She will have piles of pink, red, natural and blue/indigo fabric for you to choose from. Remember to bring fabric shears and embroidery scissors to this class.
Please Note: The projects you are seeing below are from 2015 but I will have some ideas for you in the future and post as soon as I can.
***We have you arriving on Sunday the 18th of September to get settled in. This allows us time 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 Persimmon
Maggie continues to be one of our Favorite designers, 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 , attending from fifteen states !
We have already a sign up sheet 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 cost 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 – 30th, 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!
HOLIDAY SHOP HOURS TO REMEMBER IN 2017:
We will be Closed:
**WE WILL ALSO 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!
THIS IS A TIME FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO ENJOY THEIR FAMILIES MY TEAM WORKS VERY HARD ALL YEAR AND HAS EARNED THESE VACATION DAYS
WE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED:
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!!!!!