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*****We have about exhausted another busy year at 133 Jefferson St.!  Winter is scheduled to set in on December 21st AND then it is Christmas and a whole new year is almost here before we can blink.  We have all worked hard at the Country Sampler and the girls are more than deserving of a holiday break with there families so I am posting our Holiday Hours so you don’t make a trip to no one being home we can ship anyway so think this is a mini vacation the girls have all earned. 

FYI:  We will be closed in preparation for our own holidays: 

 Friday, Saturday. Sunday and Monday December 23, 24, 25, and 26th.  Open again on Tuesday December 27th.  On New Years weekend we will be closed on Friday December 30th at 3PM and Closed on New Years Eve and New Years Day January 1, 2017.  Thank you for your continued support of what we all love.


2016:  This is going to be another exciting year at the shop as we find ourselves steeped in  Classic American 021Traditions 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 the shop is showing through out the year.

 2016 will be no exception, I will continue to keep an emphasis on the 18th century style we love and continue to try to preserve the character in my 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.  

****Please, Please make a mental note, our dates are correct for 2016 but the info you see is from 2015 and will be updated as soon as I can.  The designers are however the same!  My hope was to give you dates so you could plan your calendar for the new year it was not to cause confusion.


FYI:  Mark your 2016 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
099all of the thirteen participating South Central Wisconsin Quilt Shops  the entire month.  There will be special event days everywhere. Pick up your passport 096at any of the participating stores and you will be given a heart pin to show your support for this great cause. 

This Year: During our event we have two scheduled days you can come in and get your scissors and pinking shears sharpened while you are shopping.   There will be some wonderful sweet treats, free recipes and lots of inspiration from all the shops participating. 

2017 is going to be extra special as we will implement our very first “Textiles and Tea” Event.  I’m planning on renting our wonderful old white school for a Saturday, hanging all red and white quilts and hoping we will have a representation of amazing antiques so I’m soliciting the help of our customer base.    We will serve tea and sweets and offer a make it take.  Reservations needed for planning.  I will post our date, times and projects soon.

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

Save the Month for US!


2nd Annual:

“Natural Farmhouse” Spring Open House

 March 18 – 20

This is where we are able to introduce our “New Spring Quilt Collection” for my new “Manor House Fabri001c Line” and we will inspire you to fill your hom003e with great decor ideas for a fresh spring look.   Beautiful greens, whites and naturals .   Amazing aged Eggs to top your Easter table.  Everyone is ready after the cold winter weather and we have an early Easter to 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!

***Please make a Note: We have changed the date for this event!   Jimmie the groundhog predicted that we would have six more weeks of winter and boy old boy we are getting it.  Our suppliers are all waiting for goods things we expected just are not here and there is a big problem getting our fabric and goods off docks so we have been forced into making this educated decision.

2016 Wisconsin Statewide Shop Hop

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

June 5th – 27th  check out info below


JUNE  13th – 17th 2016

What A Grand Olde Event this will be!!!

Our Design Star Struck Team for 2016:



*****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.  Carol004 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 w013e do.   We have a great event planned for you this year and it will be different because not only will there be a bed size quilt there is going to be something I know you will think is really unique and lots of fun.

It’s doll bed week 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 t001hen 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 you010r custom bed that will use the new “Manor House” fabric line I have designed,and Suzanne will help you construct an old looking tuft009ed 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 1864-Houseyou 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

2016 Wisconsin State Shop Hop

State-Shop-Hop-Block-2016June 3- June 25th2016-Section-2-Sampler

Our fabric is designed by Dan Dipalo and it is called Market Fresh”   Our block is pictured on the left and can be found in the Sampler quilt  pictured on the right of the page.

We are in Section 2 and here is a look at the Sampler Quilt our group created using the line.  Hope you can join us this month for a great hopping adventure!  Our Block kit can be purchased for $3.00.


2016 Primitives Summer Camp for Stitchers and Quilters!!!

“Stitch Camp”@ 133 Jefferson featuring Designer Stacy Nash

(Begins  July 6th – 8th)  Cost $250.00

“Quilt Camp” @133 Jefferson featuring

Blackbird Designs (Alma & Barb)

Meet & Greet Begins on the 9th /class officially begins on the 10th  ( July 9th -11th)  Cost $290.00

 Please note: Stacy’s projects shown are from last year!Cabin-In-the-Woods-Sewing-Bo

The pictures you are seeing are our summer stitch camp projects ( “Cabin in the Woods Sewing Box” ).  Our campers are all excited to be able to be a part of this exciting 2015 event at 133 Jefferson.  We are lining antique cash boxes with velvet and filling them with the most wonderful stitching necessaries.

 StacyThread-Board continues to have one of our most successful Girl Clubs and some of the greatest cross stitch designs.  This class is filling fast so don’t sit back if you have an interest.  It is going to be so special you will not want to mi004ss one single minute

This Year (2016) I can tell you Stacy will be doing a specially made “Sewing Tote”  designed for her projects and you will be filling with sewing needfuls.  This is the star tray Stacy will be working with.  Pictures from Stacy will go up as soon as I have anything to show you.  There are 3 openings for students in Stacy’s 2016 class.  We will be taking our deposits April 1st and the balance will come out the week of June 6th.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Quilt Camp Begins  Saturday July 9th-11th

FYI:  JPicture-2uly 9th is when Quilt Campers are scheduled to “Meet and Greet”  Barb and Alma from Blackbird Designs. We planned it this way because we need to be able to flip our classroom in the morning to get ready for the arrival of our new Campers.    The add on class we are offering on Saturday afternoon is for anyone that wants a chance to take a class from our designers and can’t attend quilt cam p, for your clarification thPicture-3is is not part of the quilt camp projects fee. ( class fee $95.00).   We will start the class at 12:30PM, don’t be late, and we will begin working on assembling this amazing sampler box you see oPicture-1n the left and you will also get the “Adam and Eve Sampler” kitted as part of the class fee.  FYI: The Pinkeep you see on the right  is a new pattern they  the girls are introducing which we will be allowed to sell to you as a kit, before it hits the public.   Just another extra for this special day!  Class will be held at at the Old White School because we have out grown the SchoolRoom.  Many folks have asked me the question if they don’t quilt if they could do this and after talking with the girls we can do this, they arrive late Friday evening and need time to get ready but wanted to also accommodate stitchers that love their designs.  SOOOO anyone can take this class it is a totally separate class fee.  After your class is over we will have our Meet and Greet that was originally scheduled for the 9th.   I hope this information helps you decide if this addition is an option that could be for you.  Lucky US!!!!


Before we get to our scheduled applique we have a surprise for everyone.  We have had so many stitch campers asking us if Blackbird would consider offering a special part of there camp for them before they begin camp with the quilters.  It is going to happen.   On Saturday at 12:30 we will offer our stitchers a four hour exclusive class with Barb and Alma which will be open to anyone that would like to come in just for that and it will also be open to campers that wish to stay and take it too.  A picture will be available soon.  The cost for this add on will be $95.00. 

What an opportunity to have a class with this remarkable dual.

 We’ve heard quilters speak of the “A” word with dread and dismay.  They shudder, they quake and get cold feet and, you can often hear them quoting from the poem, The Raven.  “Nevermore,” they say “nevermore!”

“Nevermore”  will quickly change to “evermore” once you learn to applique’ using the quick The-Ravenand easy techniques taught by Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs.  This beautiful quilt  “The Raven” is made using Barb and Alma’s newest fabric line, Wild Orchid, a perfect blend of blacks, browns, cheddar and plum, all reminiscent of botanical prints.  Kits are included in your registration fee.  The fee for quilt camp only is $290.00. 

We all know that daylong classes can get a bit tiring but, no worries here!  Barb and Alma have a few fun breaks in store for you.  Hurry, sign up now, the class is limited to 20 students and you’re not going to want to miss out on this one!  If you have never treated yourself to a class with these designers you will never be disappointed, they are not only great teachers but they are entertainers to boot.

SO Ladies you have some pretty swell options to think about this year!  You can do either camp or do both and now come in for the Blackbird exclusive we have added. We have been wanting to do this for some time and when we are in the entertaining mode it is easier for us and you when you are making your travel plans to make all of this happen!!!   We are so excited in the shop and hope you will be too!!!! Can’t wait to hear from you.

If you are deciding you want to do a weeks worth of camp participating in all of the events the cost will be $635.00.  Includes all of the kits and instructor fees from three of our top designers.

Thank you for your interest and support of our events!

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:  Closed Sunday September 4th and Monday September 5th

2016 Quilt Expo Open House @ 133 Jefferson

Gather Your Friends and Join Us!

Tuesday September 6th – Sunday September 11th 

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 2016

Annual Gathering

Our dates are: 

September 19th – 23rd

This event is sold out for 2016!

    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! 002

 “New this year!”
016 Please Welcome Guest designer: Kaari Meng from the “French General”!  Kaari will be here, one day only, Monday the 19th 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!  

Kaa009ri will be teaching a four to five hour class where you will be embellishing a French-General-Boxwood-Pictbeautiful 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,bountiful 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 bountiful-harvest-sewingtraembroidery 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 yobountiul-harvest-persimmonu 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 excit009ed 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 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 when017 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 016you 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  19th -23rd, 2016

2016 Supply List for B&B Gathering:

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 Christmas

Annual Open House theme

“Vintage Farmhouse Christmas”

November 11 –  13 2016

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 6 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2016.

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:

**Memorial Day Weekend:  Sunday and Monday May 29th & 30th

**Labor Day Sunday September 4th and Monday September 5th

**Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016


  FRIDAY DECEMBER 23RD. SATURDAY DECEMBER 24TH,  CHRISTMAS DAY SUNDAY THE 25TH AND MONDAY 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 there families and I know many folks are celebrating on Saturday.  We will see you Tuesday December 27th regular hours!

Merry Christmas Everyone!




And suddenly it’s a a whole new year again!  See you in 2017!!!!!