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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 more homegoods sure 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 our 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.

And Along Comes Pretty Little May!

  Trending this week May 11th!

Loving our n001ew cotton gauze fabric and when its coupled up with the cuddle solid or dimple its nothing short of being a winning combination.  The cotton gauze is amazing on its own as well, you will love how good it washes and dries and performs.  You can use it for be009d skirts, you will love the drape, curtains, and using it for a cuddle, snuggle or cover up it works great for old and the very newest member of your family.  When I look at how swell it looks with our cotton wreaths it is easy to see why cotton remains such a vital part of our lives.   The 20″ wreath sells for $50.00 and we also have stems available in two sizes.   I am expecting new creamware crocks any day and I know the cotton will look really swell in them.

When I think of spring and summer days I think of airy fresh scents, a bree035ze blowing through the house and how I love the scent of lavender when you walk into a room.  We have lavender in the bulk that can be purchased by the cup which we will lovingly package for you.  Lavender is a great scent for sachets too.  We also have the most wonderful Fresh linen and Lavender Spray that can be used to freshen your linens and clothing.  You will get 32 oz. and a  spray attachment for $25.85.

I just got in the most wonderful new cotton linen blend stripe fabric!  You are going to love the possibilities this has, it is called “Linen Closet” its a cotton linen bl012end that sells for $16.50 a yard.  I see it being used through out your summer home decor and its  especially perfect for summer entertaining.  We have three colors of the stripe available.  Classic blue and cream, grey and blue, and khaki and blue.  You will never go wrong with blue!

  From time to time I like to get in different pieces of furniture that are relevant and trending.  This is the Farmhouse Sideboard.  crisp, clean lines, aged white and very functional with a reclaimed wood top.   Just think of 001the storage for silverware and linens not to mention your dishes. Gwen has it on line under the “Homegoods Arrivals” plus some other new additions that you might find of interest.

And along comes the pretty, busy, crazy little month of May!   It’s Cinco De Mayo tomorrow just one more reason to twist my arm and celebrate, I think I will get out my new “Date Night” wine that004 I got out in California  from the Warburton’s003  Phifer Pavitt Winery,its so good peeps and I don’t hardly ever say that about wine. You may just need to check them out on line.  I will enjoy sharing it with the shop girls tomorrow as we toast to May 5th 2016.

Time for dance recitals, Mother’s Day, weddings, birthdays I’m getting older, Grandson graduating, and we are off to Salt Lake City for quilt market on the 18th.  Lots going on and that is just the way it is in this busy world we live in.   Trying hard to embrace it all. 

I love this time of the year because the spring blooms are everywhere I look in my yard and out my back door at the shop in the Post House Garden.  The birds are coming to the feeders in flocks, the yell002ow and red finches and  our favorite 007miss Jenny wren was singing her lungs out this morning.  Isn’t it great to be so happy everyday, we need to take a lesson from that tiny little soul!   So far only one red breasted grosbeak, I think he is the scout checking out the feeders for his buddies.  They are usually all here for Mother’s Day so I remain hopeful they will all come home to us.  

Let me think, we are are knee deep in so many things happening already this week its hard to know where to start. 

Did you all know we were doing the “Row By Row Experience”It starts on June 21st and goes through September 6th.  This is a challenge that had 2,655 quilt shops in the USA and Canada participating in the event last year.  So if you are traveling the theme is “Home Sweet Home”.  Our row uses my Manor House 016fabric and is what my 133 home is all about!  Hope you decide to check us out if you are traveling017 its a low stress way to get acquainted with new shops.  

The shop girls are getting our Summer Quilt collection in order.  We are going to try and entice you to enjoy your summer days with some amazing new handwork.  I think you will be as motivated as we are  when you see what we have up our sleeves.  That could be quilting or it could be stitching.  I got in a couple more new models I want you to see 035made up.   Stacy Nash’s “Mary Bovee” Sampler, kitted with 32 count Murky linen for $45.00 and the “Spotted Pigs Pinkeep” kitted with 28 count Murky is priced at $42.50. Loving these designs!  Stacy’s designs are addicting I am busy stitching on my California Orange Coast commemorative sampler and can hardly put it down I know why everyone loves her talent.

More huge news, the NEW Blackbird Designs “Sweet Land of Liberty” book has arrived! It’s in the shopping cart already and our pre-orders have been shipped.  Great projects and what a value for the customer for five designs priced at $20.00.  I can’t decide which design to get stitched up first, there are so many amazing choices for you summer handwork enjoyment and we are waiting for Plum Street’s newest too.  So much to look forward to. 

Just a reminder we have gift certificates we can still try to get to you by Mother’s day and don’t forget we are all mothers and enjoy celebrating our day too, the shop is closed on Sunday. 

Happy May!

Time to think of Mothers Day!


Can you believe it’s almost May!  April has literally disappeared before my very eyes.  So everyone its not too early to begin thinking about 004“Mothers Day”.  I found time today to put together some of my thoughts and hope you enjoy seeing our ideas.  Now I know gifts aren’t for everyone, so 031that’s why we love to send you a Gift Certificate from your honey or the kids, there is time to do this.  I know how I love gift certificates to my favorite haunts so can assume you do too, but if you know Mom well, we do have some swell gift ideas for your consideration. 

Moms really are special we take care of so much that probably can go nu-noticed so let us help you remember your moms this month.   We have so many passions , we love needlework, some of us are bakers, we  love fresh scented candles or enjoy beautiful potpourri in our homes.  The shop has silk florals that never wilt and brighten up your home decor everyday and 006if Mom loves fabric we have many wonderful choices we can offer.  I happen to love gadgets and we just happen to have a few temptations when it comes to that area too.    I will begin with the quilts you are seeing, the quilt that is sitting on our buffet, it is ca025lled “Spring Ahead”.  You saw a glimpse of it when we had our Spring Open House and now its coming out front and center so you can love it even more, kits are available on line for $59.75.  The large quilt is one of Selma’s and is called “February Morning”, I love the fresh happy colors, this kit is also on line and priced at $133.50.  I haven’t met anyone that does handwork that doesn’t love ribbon, this gros017grain floral is to amazing and sells for $20.00.  If you loved  Linda Koenig’s first quilt book published by Quiltmania wait until you get your hands on “Ratsburg Road Quilts”.  Amazing to say the least and I’m pretty sure Mom would absolutely love owning a copy.  This book retails for $48.95 and worth every penny. 

I love unique ways to hold treasures like old buttons or even sweet032 treats our new spring jars could be used for either.   Out antique metal measuring tape is pretty neat too.  The jars are $21.85 and the measuring tapes sell for $11.85. I also mentioned if mom loved baking we have.  I love pie so here is a really great idea for you , take 014our creamware pie dish , and now you need the gadget, its a crimper and more fun than pinching.  You simply fold the crust under and the detachable guide magically makes a beautiful

looking pie crust and its only $15.00.  To insure this beautiful looking crust you also need a good pie shield and I love this shield because it031s adjustable and not metal.  You might even want a great pie baking book called “Ms American Pie”  for some more delicious new pie baking recipes.  We also have creamware ice cream bowls an038d the most amazing reproduction scoops everyone has loved and we all know ice cream goes with pie.    So dream with us and we will help you make your mother’s day one to remember!  Happy Spring, I think it has finally arrived! 

Fixed the urns today with our beautiful silks and thought maybe this could be  a reminder you could have theses beauties at your house too.035   

Just thought since I was showing off some outside things I had to show you the one of my favorite new battery036 lights,   It screams patio to me, you can hang them or just sit them on your table. 

This is the find of the week!  Best $35.00 ever!! 

I wanted to share some pictures of the handwork we carry because most items pictured are either kitted or can be kitted with your favorite count and overdyed linen.  I think the picture also illustrates  the many different linen choices we offer and a look at different designers we love014 to feature.   I also am a big believer in changing colors and over dying a piece to make a sampler look even better.  We use beautiful overdyed  and wool 001threads from a variety of  different thread venders and even some silks when called for.

We also carry the best necessaries  that make handwork a pleasure.  We have  great old looking needleminders, thread keeps, vintage measuring tapes, glass head pins and pincushions,  many types of sci008ssors and more specialty items you might want to consider.  we will add a little ribbon to your gift certificate for your best lovie!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Springtime in Wisconsin!

You never know what you will wake up to these days in Wisconsin.  Reed and I had to go over to Riverbanks this past weekend, he had cut d016own 23 dead trees and had lots of clean up planned.  My gosh folks, we had blizzard condition002s, sleet, rain and 20 degrees for two days.  Our little daffodils are holding on by a fine thread.  I shot a few pictures so you can see of what I speak, crazy, ridiculous to say the least.  We did however enjoy the different birds that frequent our feeders, we watched the American Idol finale and the river flow by us,  old movies, I cooked and I stitched on a La D Da pattern.   I think are we getting old, it was too nasty to even venture out and the one day we did we went for fish at 5:30!  Now I’m getting worried about us both.

We had also scheduled the installation of a carpet runner going up to the second f017loor, good thing I was there, who knew there were a couple of ways to lay that runner down.   Waterfall or Chicago style?   Since I don’t speak carpet we almost had a disaster. Needless to say he started waterfall and thankfully I was there to say STOP!  I found out I love Chicago style, I have never seen waterfall and don’t want to I’m classic and like the carpet001 to fit my stairs, we got lucky they happened to have enough carpet to start all over again.  So the moral of that story is if you are getting an installation be sure you know what you are getting. 

Here is a little good news  I  just got just before I left home, the new line of fabric I had submitted called “Holidays at “Riverbanks” is a go!  This line will be used throughout the year focused around the holidays and great times we have had and will continue to have at this great property.   I am quite excited over the prospect and so are the shop girl designers.  I anticipate a new series of patterns on the horizon called 020“CS Homegoods” to help you with whole cloth projects that don’t require lots of piecing but are upscale trending Potterybarn and Crate and Barrel looks.  We are finding newbies are busy girls that can sew but don’t have the time, and this may just be what they are looking for to build charm into there own personal home decor.   “Riverbanks” will show in this 002fall at the Houston quilt market. 

I am getting ready to visit the Orange Coast Sampler Guild in LA this week, I will be traveling with Stacy Nash.  Stacy will be teaching, I will bring in some of my fabric, small kits and trims.  We created the “Road to California” block and a sweet new doll quilt for them called “California Dreaming”.  These will be available in the shop after the 18th when I arrive home.  The new doll beds will be available after our GOF Gathering in June. They will retail f021or $60.00.   “California Dreaming” kit (20 1/4″ x 24 3/4″) is $34.50 and the pattern is $9.00.  “Road to California” is kitted for $15.00 and measures (16″ x 15″) , the pattern is sold separate.

I‘m kind of pleased with myself over this one.  I have loved this Stacy Nash pattern for so long, its called “Liberty 1776MB-Glory-Be Hanging Sampler Pinkeep” and I finally decided to have it stitched up on my favorite Murkey linen.  Its dynamite ladies!   Kits are available for $40.00 and we did use the 32 count.  We have the linen on order so you will be able to place a pending order.

I must be  feeling patriotic already because the new Blackberry Primitives “Glory Be” wool applique’ kit has just arrived this week.  This mat is  15″ x 27″ and was designed for Blackberry by Maggie Bonanomi .  It sells complete with the pattern and kit for $68.00.  Pattern only is available for $9.00.  Its pretty swell for sure!  Since Spring refuses to come I believe I will dream about Summer instead.