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These are a few of My 2016 Favorite Things!

It’s time for my “2016 Favorite Things” for the Holidays: 

Every year I have  favorite things I feel make the list and before they are all gone I thought I would take some time to share my list with you.  Its all about the unusual, things that are nostalgic and take us back to special memories and things that enhance your holiday decor and will be heirloom028 treasures you will love using for years.  “Luminaries” have always been a great w031ay to light the way  and greet your holiday guests.  Our newest is made to be used today, in a modern or farmhouse setting.  Being metal, its sturdy, looks like you have inherited it, has room for fresh or artificial greens, a glass hurricane and then you will insert either a battery or real candle.  You could even add your favorite bow on the handle.  Its pretty swell peeps.  The cost is $112.50.  

I am totally in love with our “Glittered Birch Logs”. You get three logs, wrapped in burlap twine, all glittered for use on your table or a bunch of them can be placed in our olive buckets with greens by the fireplace or your front door.  So many choices and the price is right at only $17.00 per set.    Let’s get to trimming the tree, you have already heard me singing the praises of my best ever “Christmas Tree”.  It looks so real, it’s soft and pliable making it easy to set up.  You can put it in an olive buckle, an antique bucket or use it on a015n entry table.  Its takes 200-250 lights so you know it a perfect size, I have only white lights on o024ne and the other will have m y vintage ornaments, I don’t have too many and that will be per.  We will have one at home and Riverbanks this year.  Who knew I would even consider giving up my beloved real tree.  It has just got to be too much for Reed, I have seen it coming, but because it makes my Santa baby really a crabby baby  its not so worth it to push the issue anymore.  I can’t believe I’m even able to say  it.  He has broken my spirit but this little sweet tree has me smiling again.   Just light your favorite scent of Christmas candles and its all good.   Y013ou probably can tell I’m a bit of tree nut.  The 70 3/4″ fir is $334.00.

I will also have to tell you about the little “Fir Trees” in the clear mason jars that have also caught my eye this season.  They are so easy to tuck in places, use on few across a mantel or tab033le or by themselves.  Selling for $29.85.   Since we are on the subject of trees.

Loving the idea of placing our “Vintage Rocking Horse” under the tree.   This is a a really great sturdy horse, he even has a leather seat. Giddy-up!  He is $370.00 and will be one of those treasures that becomes a timeless family heirloom.  Here are a 034couple of looks. 

I have another fun thing to show you its  a “Days to Christmas”oversized ornament. What a great St. Nick present this could be for only $12.40!  It even comes with a chalk so you can let the kiddos keep track of how many days left until Christmas (27).  It could  be on the tree or hanging on a door wreath or wherever your sweet little016 ones can get at it. How fun this would be for them! 

Since we are talking about grandkids there is a pillow that speaks to us here at the shop.  It says“Santa Please Stop Here”.  We are all hoping he does for sure because us big kids  like this idea too.  He could easily stop or call for a gift certificate that would make035 us all happy.  The pillow is made up in an old red plaid that would fit into most decors quite nicely.  It sells for only $28.00.  Just another good thing. 

If your grankids like to write “Letters to Santa” we have had the best mail boxes ever this year..  Look how cute this little box is and what fun they would have filling it with lots of Christmas wishes.  Its only $20.65 and I’m thinking it is getting close to being sold out.  If you did not get one during open house you might007 want to reconsider.   We have the best cards and gift tags ever this year too.  You know me and paper products.  

I love to Journal, I’m always having these random thoughts and ideas, see pictures that spark my imagination and the journal is where it all goes. Its things to do all year and every season, I will never run out of something that makes me excited.   Some day my kids will look at these and 010think there mother was truly crazy.  We have several but two new ones are calling for my nod.  The “Merry Christmas” set is great way to journal your holiday memories, its a way for you to remember the holidays from year to year and keep photos of the family festivities and traditions that are close to your heart.  The set is sold for $46.25.  This set is made well and very worthy.  The next Journal is whimsical and fun, what else can I say.  I have two new ones at home but this just was one I couldn020‘t resist.  I know I will fill it so I can justify it and it doesn’t take up much room.  Its just another favorite thing.  This journal is $24.95.  I hope you are getting a few ideas.   

My next favorite thing is a set of “Remote Candles”.  Now these are wonderful on a tree but consider the idea of placing them your front door wreath or table garland.  You hit on and the magic begins019 and off when you want it over.  I love this!  The box of 10 sells for $60.00, so worth the convenience.  You saw them on our shop tree at open house and now lets explore the idea to wreaths and garlands.  So easy to clip them into place and enjoy.  Can you tell I love this time of the year?  I do, and like the kids, I can hardly wait until its Christmas again.
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  I happened to find the most wonderful holiday clock this past market, its a battery operated one and tucked in with your decor your family will love it too.  I  can tell you I would love to wake up to it on Christmas morning.  I miss the kids waking us and so excited to see what was under the tree from Santa.  My  grown kids do call every morning but its not quite the same.  Time goes so fast.  Savor those days they are gone before you know it.  I have still another great favorite thing, its a “Primitive cloth Santa with a Bottle Brush Tree”.  He comes in three great colors, 037an old red, brown, and gold.   If you love an old primitive look, I think you will find this guy a perfect fit and a great addition to your 011collection.  He sells for $60.00. 

One last thought, I found the cutest little glittered fat doves.  Tucked in greens they are just about the sweetest ever.  I love watching my real ones but these rank right up there with my best ever turkeys our company never made again.  Sometimes I think companies just don’t get it.  My turkeys never go away and I suspect these little fellows won’t either.  Sold as a pair for $22.80.

The other thing I love to 038always  hawk is the use of mirrors reflecting your room or a special sampler, quilt or Santa.  Here is a pea003k into my house through one of my mirrors.  I hope you get the same enjoyment from your favorite things.  Put on your favorite Christmas music and soon you will be full of good cheer. 

Country Christmas in Spring Green this coming weekend.  Santa, a tree lot next door, light parade and amazing fireworks at 6PM Saturday night.  Merry Christmas from all of us at Country Sampler!

Celebrating the Season at 133 Jefferson!

Our new “Yuletide Homegoods” are plentiful this weekend as we begin to celebrate Christmas at sgcountrysampler.  We have missed hear004ing and seeing many of our customers this year and the weather has been nothing short of amazing.  Isn’t it hard to believe that in a little over a week it will be Thanksgiving Day.   I feel this great weather is part of the023 reason no one is thinking Christmas yet..  “Thankful” is one of our new quilts we introduced in our new holiday collection this year.   The nutty rich colors make this classic antique quilt inspiration a real winner.  We only have a few as a key fabric player has been back ordered but not to fear, if you love it as much as we do, we can get yours on reserve.  I have been hawking the turkeys but this has been one of our best years ever and nestled in amongst greens what could be better.  So as we ease into the new season I urge you not to forget to be thankful.  I loved this quote when I read it and feel it is a perfect thought for the anticipated new season.

“Winter came down to our home one night quietly pirouetting in on silvery toed slippers of snow.  And we were children again!”

Bill Morgan, JR009

Christmas time at 133 is always so full of  magic,festive trimmings and classic Christmas quilts.  A new book we  have all loved this year is  “Jo’s Little Favorites”.   We scoped out a few of our favorites that we thought you might enjoy making up, nothing overwhelming, just classic.  Gwen did up the models and said the patterns were perfect and projects went together so easy.   Music to our ears  “Christmas Log Cabin” includes the backing and binding in the festive looking cabin  kit which is $30.00.  Our angel always picks a favorite to hold and this is the on017e this year.  The other sweet little topper is for a tree.  We used a great new neutral tree fabric and although it is called “Bordered Toile” in the book we did not use a toile.  Our kit includes backing and binding and sells for $26.50.  This would be a quick gift to make up for a close friend.   It looks great with greens and you might like our new “O Come O Come Emanuel” cross stitch kit if you are looking for a new holiday stitchery.  This is a new La D Da pattern that everyone has loved this season. Speaking of new stitchery, well it was new last year, but I had to have it stitched this yea.  From With Thy Needle, “Heap on the Wood” sampler is so great, looks like it should be in the fa045rmhouse decor, but its classic and goes anywhere.  I changed it up our way with different threads colors and linen.  I think you will love it and it sure would be a perfect winter project.  The kits are ready and sell for $76.00.  

It  seems this t018ime of year the winter doves are huddled and ground feeding at the feeders.  We have the best sets of doves ever, they are priced right at $22.80.  I think they would be swell used on a festive table scape amongst fresh pine boughs or try our soft and real looking cedar puffs or garlands. 019

The next quilt in our new collection was designed by Selma, it is called “Down the Chimney”. It measures 53″ x 70″, the pattern is $9.00 and the kits are $81.50.  It is a great quilt for all of you that love to do piecing and build  amazing quilts021.  The fun is just beginning, the next quilt was a quilt I had cut out a picture of in hopes to get it made last year and it didn’t happen so this year I pulled fabric and Jeanne said she would make it.  We call it ” Antiquity”, it is 68″ x 77″, a nice size to work with and the colors and prints are what really makes it dance for me.  I hope you love it like I do.  The kit is priced at $104.50 and the pattern is $9.00. 

Our next quilt is called “Christmas Wish” an037d Suzanne designed this festive nine patch.  She got it finished and she thought as  an added touch she would add a velvet envelope you could leave your Santa Christmas Wish in.   How perfect!    It is 66″ x 76″ and the kit sells for $128.50 and pattern needed is $9.00.   It classic and looks great in our window in a new antique sled we are selling this year.  The Santa Please Stop Here pillow is also new. 

Barb has  been busy too, she made up two new quilts for us this season.  One is a classic039 winter blue and white and if you start now you could have it ready  to put out in January.  Its traditional for sure, we used Laundry Baskets 10″ squares to assemble it.  We also used the laundry Basket pattern called “Sugar Pine”.  It measures 60 1/2″  x  68″ and kitted sells for $138.50. 

The next kit has been by far our biggestseller and that does not s041urprise me its an adorable little pieced red pick-up truck..  This is another great Buttermilk Basin pattern called “Loads of Holiday Cheer”.  The wall quilt measures 18″ x 29″.  Kits are $40.00 and 027the pattern is $9.00. 

We have another kit coming for our doll bed.  Jeanne E. made this up for us and Suzanne is writing the pattern.  What sweet little nine patch this is.  Never met a nine patch I didn’t love. 

Please take notice of the “Deck the Halls” stitchery on the bed.  It’s Stacy’s we are in total love.  Kits are available for $44.25.  Its a fun one peeps.  Lastly I will attempt a picture of Gwen’s “Pi043oneer Christmas” flannel.  It was such a great quilt we held it over from last season.  It’s really two quilts in one as she has pieced from the left over fabric the best tree ever on the back.  The pattern is $10.00 and the kit is priced at $148.00.  It measures 76″ x 85″. 

So as long as I mentioned tree.  I have a favorite this year.  It looks like a real Fra034zier, in fact most folks thought it was and did not even realize it was for sale.   I have the twig trees at home but always have a real tree.  Last year Reed broke me.  We had Christmas at Riverbanks all the trees were picked over and of course even though we have beautiful trees on our farm he couldn’t do it when it came down to cutting a good one so after much fuss and a mess guess what I have a new artificial that is perfect!  I’ll burn my pine or mistletoe candles and be 031over it.    The tree is 6ft tall by about 3ft. wide and sells for $335.00.  We have them boxed so we can ship.  I have two in our windows and the the one on the left is in the neatest old reclaimed Christmas Tree Box.   You will not be disappointed I will guarantee that.  We are a great marketplace start for your holiday trimmings.   I hope you will think of us often and remember to check our new holiday gallery and our new arrivals Gwen works hard to keep everything posted.  There is still more new stitchery048  coming your way, we can’t have idle hands.

  “Mary Linley 1829″ is a Scarlet House pattern.  I loved the silk colors used and felt for our traditional sampler lovers this would be fitting.  It was stitched on 32 count Olive  Leaf and with silk.  Our kit complete is $89.00.   I have another new With Thy Needle that has 051been very popular.  It is called “The Christmas Bird”, its the sweetest pinkeep and the kits is packaged with 36 count Weeks Chestnut linen, thread, backing and ribbon.  A complete kit sells for  $50.00.  I have to show you one more from Notforgotten Farm pattern it is called “The Old Mustard Moon” and honestly this t042ime of year its fitting.  I changed up the linen to my favorite murkey and oh my its really swell. FYI: Everyone loved our punch this year so I will put it on line by the end of the week, not only did it taste good it was festive and pretty to look at.   The little Cabin on the right sells for $95.00. 049

  Just when I think I have to be done for the evening I think of something else.  I bet you didn’t know that we have an amazing array of signs this season.    The “Christmas Trees” definietely stands out but we also have “Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes”,  and “Cut Your Own Christmas Trees”.  Check them out!  Best Horses too, this is our new pull toy and the antique rocking horse with its 059leather seat really can’t be beat.

Merry! Merry!   Its beginning to look like Christmas!

Jeanne and the Shop Girls.

Seasonal Gatherings!

007There is a seasonal nip in the air that I love.  This is the time of the year when your favorite room in the house is actually outside.  I find that natures palette with its vast beauty is so002 inspiring to me.  I so want to savor it because in a blink of the eye winter will quietly set in with it’s own beauty.    In the shop we are beginning to set the scene that brings family and friends together.  Are you thinking about it, because when I look at the calendar, I am alerted to the fact we are about six weeks away from Thanksgiving.  It’s that time of year when we set the table for our guests, cook miraculous food, and give thanks for the opportunity to live the way we do in this great country.

My thoughts always turn back to my childhood, when my grandmother Janney, who had an incredible eye for detail, h004ad all the family gather at the farm for every holiday.  This year I am bringing back some of things I fondly remember.001

It all starts at the front door, its how you are greeted and then it continues to the table.  Grandma’s table was always thoughtfully set with placemats and placecards making her event personal, and then there were always antique looking turkeys making everyone feel welcome.  This year we are blessed with good turkeys in the shop, I kinda of think it is their year I hope you will take a look.

  Paper products today are a fuss free way of setting a really pretty table and yet maintaining the aesthetic of high end elegance. Don’t get me wrong I love linen table cloths and napkins and they are still  a great alternative and will get used with paper or on there ow006n.  I also like to suggest the use of great vintage flatware, it makes whatever dishes you choose to use just a bit more special and helps create a lasting memory and that helps set the tone for your gathering.  I am hopeful you might like to en005tertain the paper idea or linen, we have both, for your own gathering this year and as Christmas nears you will see this idea expanded on even more.  My hope is this that you make this holiday gathering  an opportunity to reconnect with those you love, get creative and put away the phones and just converse, now there is an idea to ponder.  Ever Thankful you will be! 

Along with good food we love to have our favorite  good scents and just an FYI: we are re-stocked on the 1803 soy candles.

Continuing Comforts!

We have officially made it through our 2nd annual Expo Open House and now I’m preparing for “Boxwood & Berries”which starts out with French General designer Kaari Meng Monday September 19th, we will also 019welcome Maggie Bonanomi and Stacy 016Nash to our annual gathering completing this amazing design team.   Bountiful is our theme and our students will not be disappointed.  This has become yet another highlight to another year, we are officially in our 34th year and our guest designers are a great part of this.

It has been  such a great experience to have customers visiting us this past week that enjoy and love our designs and for them to take the time to visit us is so gratifying.  We were so excited to welcome international guests from Australia, Gail Pan, who is also a fabric designer for Red Rooster, and her friends were just an added delight.  Carol Hopkins and friends visited as well as customers old and new from all across the country.  My cup runnth over!  Now that we are clearing out the Schoolroom things are coming into the shop and I have a f013ew new pictures to share showing off our fall collection.  This is014 “Chimney Sweep” you see on the bed. A favorite of mine peeps because of its mellow colors.  It just feels right.  Great nutty browns, old greens and golds, its a keeper. 

We have gotten in many more seasonal Homegoods that are sure to enhance your fall nests. 

Turkeys in several sizes and shapes, more acorns, and wheat wreaths.  Gwen will be  adding to the sh021opping cart and fall gallery so keep looking so you don’t miss out on any of these new seasonal finds.  We also have been getting in new cross stitch which is more than tempting me, I just need a little time.  The023 Shop girls are away sewing there little brains out this week and we are getting out the club autos, Esther, Maggie and now Prim is almost finished.   Can I hear a hallelujah, that’s how we all feel.   “Riverbanks”  is my newest line of fabric and is now coming to life and can be seen  in Houston at Fall Market.  I can hardly wait!  Its a busy productive time and on top of that there is Christmas, I started pulling fabric tonight and that is where we go next.  Hope you will find the time for a visit I feel we can make it worth your while.  Prim Lovers here’s Country Gentleman on the iron bed on the right.

Comforts of the New Season!

Labor Day is our official end of summer for the most part, not that its over, but for all practical purpose the focus goes towards Autumn’s splendor.   This also signals that its time for our “Quilt Expo Open House”.  The shop girls have worked so hard, you will be seeing ten new quilts, I am estimating we have made over 400 kits and that does not take into consideration all the other kits we are constantly making in the shop for our clubs.  This is the dream team!   

I am thrilled to give003 you a tour of what is trending in our New 2016 Autumn Quilt Collection  and a peek at all the new seasonal Homegoods displayed through out the shop.  This quilt collection brings an element of traditional functionality with elements of cottage and classic farmhouse which amazingly enough can be tailored to most styles.  Its always interesting when I get the opportunity to finally mesh the efforts of our gir030ls.  When I got it last evening, I was pleased and hope you will be too.  

Welcome Quilters!  You will love our new wool sold by the quarter yard or you can purchase a yard of coordinates.  “Harvest Moon” is a new pattern by Suzanne the colors are so perfect for the season.   You will get two amazing quilts one is 19″002 x 22″ and the other is 16″ x22.  We know how you all love getting two for one.  The kit is $55.00 and requires a pattern and backing.  The 2nd quilt is pictured and displayed on our amazing doll bed made by carpenter Ken.  The beds are unfinished so its up to you to finish and make it just what you need.  Beds are available for $60.00 and we have several little quilts that are perfect for it.  On the wall in the back is “Chicken Ridge” which is by far one of my favorites it was a Tied to the Past Suzanne did and I we thought it was so appropriate for the time it needed to come back.  I know many times its a very small group that sees all we do as we sell it to club members and its gone.  We have limited kits

but its a quilt to love if you like a more primitive Tied to the Past looking quilt.001

You are seein004g “Sugar Pine” a Laundry Basket Quilt pattern and of course its all made from Edyta Sitar’s fabric, and look how amazing it looks with the pumpkins and our new primitive tree. Sugar Pine measures 60 1/2″ x 68″. kits sell for $138.50.  In the background you see Miller Manor from Manor House, we made more as this has been one of our customers favorites.  Here is one more look at the beautiful hand dyed wool from Primitive Gatherings.  Surely worth your consideration for sure and the colors are needfu007l this time of the year. 

The bed is decked out in a wonderful Log Cabin quilt by Suzanne called “Sugar House”it’s  good sized at 72″ x 7″ and can be yours for $130.00′.   You get even a better view of009 “Miller Manor” on the wallSince Manor House is my new line of fabric this year it was a perfect fit to show you what we have done  with it. “Road House” and “Country Gentleman” are pictured on the right.  There are kits but limited, more can be ordered and made should they sell out.  We are guarding the fabric as this is the time when it st010arts to go away forever.  We have a dozen fat quarter collections left of the Upstairs Manor House prints, they sell for $136.50.  Its been a great collection to work with and work into other quilts, the colors work into every season.  

FYI:  We have a great supply of pumpkins and wreaths for your home seasonal needs.

You are also seeing another great doll sized quilt and another pa011int option used on our doll bed.  This little quilt is called “Cabin Memories”, it measures 21′ x 24″, the kits are $34.00 and include the backing.  You will need to purchase the pattern.  

You are seeing “Fox Ridge” over the mantel, another new pattern designed by Suzanne.  This quilt uses our fabulous Diamond Textiles “Monks Cloth“.  Wait until you work with it, it washes up and is so 012soft and works with the yarn dyes and its a texture you will grow to love incorporating into your quilts.  The quilt is 39″ x 45″ and the kit includes the backing for $66.00.   

The next quilt you will see says fall in a big way its called “September S022unset“.    Remember when our Lvonne made Indian Corn for the last show we did in Madison?  It was one of those striking quilts you fell in love with when you laid eyes on it. This is just like that quilt its  brilliant, and one you will find hard to resist.  Suzanne is the designer.   Its 54″ x 66″ and the kit is available for $84.00. Pattern  and backing is needed. 

Are you seeing our Vintage Green Tractor in the background?   It’s new and for sale. Remember our red 022pick-up last Christmas, this is just as amazing.  “Charlies Checkers” is the backdrop for another Tied to the Past we held for fall.  It reminds me of a cornfield maze.  The Gobbler Brand Canvas is also new and you can see that  new primitive tree again, it is as special as when I fell in love with it at market.  I just knew we would use it again and again.  cost of the tree is $74.50. 

Moving right along the next new quilt was one I wanted to have made so Jeanne E. is our maker.  When it all came together I looked at it and said “that my Grandmother Janney’s

014 color palette ” its a tribute to her aprons she wore every day.  God Bless her Soul I know she would love it! 

We call it “Chimney Sweep” because the block is known as that.  This quilt is a nice size, it measure018s 68″ x 80″ and the kit is available for $126.00.  Backing and pattern is needed.

 Thankfully Selma is still helping us out and her last Nickel Club kit was called “Golden Harvest”.  It’s another quilt with so much color and design appeal we had to hold it back for this event.  Its Fitting for the season for sure, and its not to big, but makes a wonderful topper for your harvest table.   This topper measures 37″ x 45″ and kit is complete with pattern and backing for $72.20. 034

Lucky for us she had time to make another masterpiece and its in our front window.  “Amber Waves” is 66″ x  78″.  It is another amazing traditional classic looking quilt for the season.  The kits is available for $166.50. 

Gwen wanted to make a “Log cabin Bag” we are all coveting.   With her busy schedule this time of the year we were all so grateful she made time for us.  Its made out of textured Japanese and Yarn-dyed fabric, colors to die for, can’t wait for you to see it finished.   The kit is ready and can be purchased for $47.00.  I will post a  picture this week when Gwen finishes her bag. The pattern is one of Yoko Saito’s from her new Scrap Valley book which is filled with nothing but amazi006ng inspiration for quilters.  Its kind of must own book from Quiltmania for $54.00.   

Just when you thought there couldn’t be anything else we could do to wow you, I have more.   It wouldn’t be open house this time of year with out a little tease for the holidays.  “Winter Pines” is just that, its 40″ x 40″ an034d without screaming Christmas it is a great traditional quilt to hang or use on the table.  Jeanne E. has made this model.  The kit is $65.00.

  On the right you can see Selma’s “Jack-a Boo” quilt, so great for Halloween, incorporates wool and homespun and look how amazing  those pumpkins are, its pretty perfect for the season.  We have only eight kits left so if you don’t want to miss this opportunity, the quilt is 48″ x 48″ and the kit sells for $72.00.

Now you see why I c075all my shop girls the dream team.  

Here are a few pictures that are sure to catch your eye and attention.  I hope you find the time to come and be bewitched by our new sea016sonal homegoods we have trending.  There are new lamps, farmhouse clocks, acorns, assorted berries and wreaths, mirrors, sewing cabinets for storage, baskets, olive buckets, signs, battery candles and then there are several new stitchery

014models I have had

stitched.    I feel like the shop transformation has been huge. 

Remember our “Sangria” quilt Gwen made late this summer?  Wow, I can’t wait for Kaari from the French General to see it when she comes for her Boxwood Class.  Its on the bed and what a difference026 it makes.  We also just got in the new “Madame Rouge” fabric line from French General.  We are definitely crushing on it all and are so excited to host this fabulous designer at the 064shop.  Check us out on Facebook I will post more pictures there.  Come for a visit if you are in the area.

Seasonal Interior and Exterior Inspirations:

Changing seasons are full of hope and inspiration:  I love the seasons, and the change comes rather we are ready or not so why not embrace it and run with it.  That is exactly what we do at “133 Jefferson St.”.  Everyone here is  so inspired by the new fall gear trending and  I know when its time for our “Quilt Expo Open House” you will be excited and inspired by our new Fall Collection of Quilts, Stitchery and Homegoods.  We try to span the holidays but mostly embrace the new season and hope you will find som001ething that makes you smile.  I am so hopeful if you visited last year you will come back and bring friends.  We all promise to make this event memorable for you.  Save the Date September 6th – 10th! 004

I took some pictures outside at the house this morning and thought I would share this inspiration with you.  Reed’s hydrangea gardens are so lovely and as you can see we enjoy some very untamed beauty.  I was so pleased today when I received the most delightful letter from a student that visited this past summer camp.  I had two classes come out to my house and dine at my table.  I was hoping it would be something they would enjoy and mostly hoping it would be a way for new people to make a connection wit014h each other.  I was  overwhelmed and overjoyed that what I did really was something my students enjoyed because gathering and sharing good food and good company is a way we always strive to make a memo015rable impression at our gathering table.  I do have a busy schedule but this was something that I felt compelled to do and it worked.  It’s nice to know somethings do.   

Just got our carpenter Ken involved in a new project.  I thought it would be great if I could showcase my newest lines of fabric so I had ken make me a wonderful display top to sit on my existing cabinet.  I am crushing on it and think it works pretty swell it kind of feels like a 133 Mercantile to me.  I will show you the new Fall Quilt Collection preview just before we open the doors for our own unique Expo Open House.  Stay tuned!

Summertime at 133!

It’s summer alright, hot, humid and our days are already getting shorter and its almost August and soon back to school.  Guess you know w024hat that means?  The season will be changing soon, the shop is always transitioning and the shop girls are working towards our “Quilt Expo Open House”  September 6th – 11th  and “Boxwood & Ber026ries” September 19th 23rd.   So what’s trending now?  Summer transition quilts, like our “Bee Fantastic”, “Goldenrod”, “Star Gazing Around the World”, “Summer Breeze”, and “Sail Away” just to name drop a few.   You will notice the old soft golds have been an intricate part of piecing quilts this summer. Blue is definitely an option to consider, its kind of back, no longer a sleeper in the quilters palette.  It is fun to watch color trends.  Just and FYI;  Foliage is so much fun to put into use in a decor.  It perks things up, gives the pop a color without being over the top and today it looks so real you might even try to eat or smell it.  The tomato veins I’m showing are amazing for sure and if you don’t have a green thumb I suggest you try this out. 

The Primitive cloth stars that you see in the bowl are $6.50 and I need to mention we are down to only two “Cobblestone” quilt kits.   I love the use of color in this quilt, so pleasing to live with.

028Another thing that never disappoints us in this shop is a neutral quilt palette, it never goes out of style. You might entertain the idea of our “Cottage French” quilt or using our “Star Gazing Around the World” as a table topper.  This was made with mostly Tim Holtz’s fabric and that alone tells us you will love it because its one of those mid century modern classics.  We all love it, and it would be so easy to dress your table scape with white or even a colored dish.  I have to point out the distressed pedestal, so functional and fun to use.  These are easy to layer up serving dishes or anything on and priced right at $52.00. 

Our Carpenter Ken has our doll beds back in the shop and we are r004eady to sell them to the public, we wanted them to be special for our GOF event and they were.  With so many little quilt options you can’t miss with this accessory and next year Carol Hopkins will help you put them to008 good use.  The beds are unfinished and retail out for $60.00. 

“Summer Breeze” with its  whimsical whirligig pinwheels, “Sail Away” and “Miller Manor” are all summer quilts Suzanne designed using blue and grey fabric, they are all quite different but fit the season.  I have Gwen’s “Summer Sangria” in the window.  It is another great quilt option and Gwen made great use of our French General fabric.  Notice the cooler we are all set to entertain with this whole idea.  As you can see we are crushing on the summer dream, come dream and be inspired by us. 

Hope to see you before the summer is over.  Your will find all the quilts I have mentioned today on line with size and price details.

Welcome to Summer Camp @133!

2016 Summer Camp @ 133 is officially open!  We are blessed this year with two amazing designers Stacy Nash and Blackbird Designs.  We hav001e three inspiring and informative classes scheduled over the next six days for stitchers and quilters.  This camp is for everyone.

  I can hardly stand it, I have to show you Stacy’s  “Liberty006 Star” tray and accessories.  I found this tray in January and knew then that it would be a winner and made for this class.  The bottom has been lined with Sweeney red velvet so it becomes this amazing stitching tray for all seasons.  We have 23 lucky students represented from fourteen states in our first class.  I feel really honored we have this kind of following in these busy summer months with summer vacation and family outings. 

The next two c002lasses are being taught by Barb and Alma from Blackbird Designs we will be making a covered Sampler Box and an Adam Eve Sampler which are both pictured for you on the event posting.  There are forty three students in our cross-stitch class and fifteen students in “The Raven” applique’ class.  That is a grand total of 81 students visiting o006ur little shop in our dear little town. Grateful and thankful everyday.

The shop is in summer transition as you can see by the pictures.  Our flags are flying and we are feeling very patriotic.  I am finally able to work on showing off our trending vignettes.  We were hacked and have had to go through so much to get G to G with everything again so lost another week.  It is so exhausting being locked out of your own001 sight.  We are told its Russia, The Ukraine and China causing all of the ciaos.  Don’t you wonder why the target is on us? 

Our Row by Row is also going well and has been more than we even anticipated.  The WI Shop Hop is over and I am012 anxious to meet with our Section 2 participants and get a feel for the attendance assessment.  We were better than last year so better is always a plus for us and several new faces found us.  Our newest fabric from Spring Market arrived today!  We bought the most wonderful “Up-Cycled Denim” stripes, modeled solids and gauze.  They run $22.50 a yard we can hardly wait to cut into them.  Enjoy your summer handwork!

Let the Summer Breezes Blow!!

It’s official and I know it to be true, the fire flies have been lighting up my yard at dusk.  Summer is here!  We are rolling at a pretty fast pace in the shop and ready as we can be!  The WI Shop Hop will be ending on Saturday the 25th and the 010“Row by Row” officially started today June 21st.       This is a busy week for us because it is also time for our amazing 46th Spring Green ArtFair.  It is always hot but the goodies on the street make you forget all of that.  My hope is if you haven’t been to this event you will find time to join us.   APT is also going full tilt, there have been lots of theatre goers in and raving over the amazing plays they are seeing.  Spring Green is a lucky town in so many ways and worth your  destination consideration.   Our Row by Row is themed “Home” this year.  Sense our Post House Garden is and has always been the heart of this bustling community and home to Hometown night talent and good food we chose to call it “Hom015etown Night in the Post House Garden”.  You can finish this row like ours and use it as a table runner or add it to your other rows.  Please remember this is only available to Row by Row guests that visit the shop during the summer months s014o you will not see this available on line, I hope this will be an incentive to get acquainted with us.

The summer seasonal decor is trending  lots of new quilts, samplers and Vintage Farmhouse decor to inspire your summer house.  ” Summer Breeze”,designed by Suzanne, is one of those little quilts you can use on your table scapes or on any se016rving station.  Notice the cream ware ice cream or berry bowls, the amazing drink dispenser and what a fun red serving bowl.   if you have the spot we are loving the looks of this Summer House sign. We also have found a great reproduction set of 006old coolers. 

We used them in so many ways at our Grand Olde Flag Gathering last week.  On the right I have filled the medium sized cooler with those amazing Cotton Wreaths.  Please notice the new cash box and the great Leather Moby Dick book boxes.

Last w018eek we officially introduced our exclusive doll beds at our gathering.  They are now available to you , they come unfinished and sell for $60.00.  Linda taught everyone how to paint and antique them and they all looked so professionally done.  It was great fun and so informative for our guests and now that we have so many wonderful patterns available you might want011 to consider this bed and a doll kit for a summer handwork project.  You see “Lolly and Vivian” a pattern designed by Suzanne who was remembering her girls favorite dolls when they were growing up. 

“California Dreaming” in shown on the bed on the right.  This was designed for my trip out to LA this spring.  I have a couple new samplers finished. 

“Bird Song” is a r012eally fun sampler we have available, I hope you are loving it as much as we do.   It is pretty swell and my framer found the perfect antique frame to make it sing..  My next sampler is a reproduct021ion called” Mothers Day”. If you love to stitch and showcase  your collection of antique and reproduction samplers I think this is one for you to think about. It looks old and  its just sweet and pleasing like mothers are supposed to be, it would make a nice009 tribute to your mothers love.   Yes its Summer @133!   There are stars and stripes pillows and  several star quilts to capture your attention like Selma’s “Dunlap Hollow “on the left 022, Suzanne’s new “Golden Rod” is on the right and its so sunny cheerful and bright and a great companion to our Jeanne’s “Bee Fantastic” which I posted in the previous post.   Barb’s “Star Gazing Around the World”  just happens to be our tribute to Tim Holtz’s fabric we find so unique and different, and an old favorite of ours designed by Vickie called 024“Old Glory”.   So many choices but isn’t that what makes a visit to us fun.

Summer at Hollyberry Farm  by Stay Nash is on the mantel and is always worth a second look if you are searching for just that right piece of summer handwork to take to the lake or on vacation! 

Happy Summer!!!  Hope to see you soon!

Get Ready Folks Summer is Coming and its a busy one for us!

 June 001signals the start of a lot more activity in the shop, winters finally over!  Our Wisconsin Shop Hop officially begins  on June 3 and it goes until June 25th.  We are all feeling patriotic as always and getting ready for our first gathering.  Grand Olde Flag  begins June 13th.   Row by Row and Summer begins on the 21st and our Annual spring Green Art Fair is is on the 25th 018and 26th.  Yes in deed we are busy as little shop girls bees!

Speaking of bees, they are all the rage these days, more and more people are getting into raising them and harvesting the honey.  Our shop girl Roxy has the best bees and honey ever!  Lucky us, because she shares.   You must have noticed this phenomenon  is transferring into the fabric and home decor industry too.  I am crushing on it because we have some wonderful little needfuls that look soBee-Hive-Canvas-Bag great in that modern 18th Century Farmhouse Decor that is trending big time this year.  I’m loving our reproduction antique canvas, we have two and honestly I have to say they look really swell with the Repro Tobacco Basket sets.  The canvas prints are sold in a set for $150.00.   I know you are going to love the new “Bee Fantastic Qui005lt”, it measures 64 x 80, the kits is priced at $145.75 and the pattern was taken out of the new Big Book of Scrappy Quilts.  This book is a gem, it has patterns ranging from crib-size to King – size and there are 77 featured patterns for only $29.99.  Gwen is also making a quilt out of the same book we are calling her new quilt Summer Sangria.    The faStar-Spangled-Banner-Canvasbric we chose is a great mix of Bee related fabrics from MODA.  Deb Stain  is the designer of the Bee Creative fabric line.  It’s fun but sophisticated, we love the honey colored prints mingled in with the grey and black.    It has great bees ladies and the journal papers and honey combs complete the quilts ch004arming appeal.  You probably noticed this amazing canvas tote with the bee skep.  Its handy, useful and bee people it was made for you and only $24.00.  We also have a great Star Spangled Banner flag bag available that is the same size and price.  008Gwen has everything in the shopping cart.

  There’s a little something about tomatoes this year. Selma and I were a little taken with these silk vines and hope you will see why.   They are so real, you might just try to eat them.  I said try.  The vines are full  of sun kissed, green and ripe cherry tomatoes.  Priced at  $27.50 per vine.  I can see them used in you summer decor in old or new crocks or what about using them on your farm to002 table scape.  I saw this idea being implemented on public TV this morning.  Impressive.  How does this happen?  Look how great Stacy’s “Tomato Harvest Bag” looks  in this vignette.  Love the use 015of velvet and homespun.  Its a swell bag and the kit is available for $60.00.

  Suzanne and I have been house cleaning fabric, replenishing our sale fabrics and trying to get our fabric freshened up for our visiting guests012.  I love to see beautiful fabric and we have lots 016for you to get lost in.017  I hope you will plan on seeing us 001soon.  thought you might like to see the new summer bee skep bags filled with our summer daisy’s. Loving the color.