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It’s that time of year again when you get to see what I have been up to and get a flavor for my new line of fabric being released this month in Houston.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  As soon as the girls and I got to start working with it we all were so inspired we couldn’t stop.  It’s a great line for many reasons, it really has color that works for all seasons, all year and across the board into inventory for shop owners wanting to plug in some great new 19th century prints and color. It’s classic and timeless, can be primitive, fit the Farmhouse or Cottage or even a Traditional decor.   I do pay attention to color trying to keep it relevant for what’s trending today but I love to keep my fabric pleasing and easy to use in any decor.
“Riverbanks” 2017
The line will be dropped sometime early spring and that date will be forth coming and posted when I know for sure.   We will have several precuts that the shop girl patterns use and that is always a plus when selling a kit. I will be sharing pictures of my new Riverbanks Collection and we are taking pre-orders on kits and patterns.  The patterns will be available by the end of the month  you can find them in our shopping cart if you would like to dream early with us.  Riverbanks is our spot where Reed and I can escape, it belonged to Reed’s family for fifty five years.  We have so many fond memories of it in fact when the cottage had to be sold to maintain the family we bought the harvest table that had been built for the cottage009, had the Riverbanks sign and thought this will be how we would keep this wonderful memory alive.  Two years ago, the caretaker of the property, when Reed’s grandparents owned it called us.  We happened to be on 003vacation in the north woods with the family and as he proceeded to tell us the property was for sale again our dreams were suddenly ignited.  We went to see the property, it was fall and we knew, it was meant to be.   We had the house crush for too long, we struggled thinking about it and our busy schedules for a week and then it was clear and the way it was meant to be.  Reed’s Grandparents were known as Nana and Granddad like us and the family name was Reed, too many coincidences.  It was an easy name for me as this is a place for family, keeping grounded and in this busy paced world we all could use a little of this in all of our lives.
The photo pictured on the TOP left is a picture of “River Pine”, it was des011igned by Selma, it features the signature print and when cut up looks like snow on the pine boughs.
It’s a great wall size at 31″ x 35″.  
The next two ph012otos on the right are called “RiverDancer” because Riverbanks is located on the Milwaukee River and it just so happens to have this beautiful ribbon grass dancing in the water from Spring until winter.  The Canadian Geese love it!  Suzanne put this quilt together for me.  I have this signature print in four color ways and as you look at all of the beautiful quilts the girls have made you will see it used in many ways.
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 Christmas at Riverbanks” is such a beautiful quilt designed by Suzanne.  We all wish the fabric was here right now and it was part of our Christmas this year. 
The next two photos on the right and left are called “Lillian’s Legacy” al025so designed by Suzanne.  Lillian is Reed’s grandmother born in 1885 and passed at 105 years.  It’s amazing  and could be a classic for any season.  It also happens to my be my mother’s name. This is one of those quilts you will have a hard time taking your eyes off of. 
We are all loving “Reed’s Creek”  pictured on the right, it is done up in the blue color family in the line.  Pretty Swell and again another quilt designed by
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Now we will look at more of Selma’s new designs.  She has given us some smaller quilts that our angel likes, it would be a good table topper too.  We don’t always need a big proj032ect sometimes it is fun to get something done.  “Fruitcake” is the one our favorite angel kind of fell in love with.  
Another smaller quilt is called “Red River Lily”.  This is the right size for our exclusive doll bed and a wonderful holiday topper for your pomegranates and greens.      Patterns are are all $9.00.  The kit prices at this time are not available but pr-ordering is recomme035nded it also helps us plan our orders for market.  You will be asked to guaranty your order with your card. Hope you like what you are seeing. 
The next qu024ilt is designed by Selma and is called “Sugar Plum Fairies” because when we looked at trying to come up with a name we could see the fairies twirling round and round. 
Selma made this quilt pattern easy to enlarge, so a bed quilt would be perfec003t for any little girls room.  Its a playful and fun quilt to construct. 
“Fly Away Home” was designed by Suzanne as I was telling her about all of the geese, ducks, turkeys, dozens of bird species and herons that use our Riverbanks flyway every day.  It is so interesting as we see each quilt coming to life how different 037they all look. 
Selma chose a great basket design and is calling “River Baskets”.  I love almost any basket pattern I see and think you will agree when you see this pattern made up its a winner.  It has the focal on the border and look how amazing it looks cut up in the baskets.  019

 

“Anna Rose” is the last quilt, so far, that was designed by Selma. We give her time off and she goes crazy.  Its a combination of  she loves the fabric  and just can’t stop creating beautiful quilts.  I’m lucky she is still interested in her retirement to keep us in her busy schedule.  Lots to love and think 003about and you can see how everyone of our collection has its own look! 

Our last quilt is an adorable little sixteen patch!  It’s definitely a favorite of mine.  We both are thinking how amazing it would be bed sized. “1904” is 24″ square and was designed by Suzanne.
“RIVER BANKS 2017”
by Jeanne Horton
“MANOR HOUSE 2016”
UPSTAIRS PRINTS
by Jeanne Horton
“MANOR HOUSE 2016”
DOWNSTAIRS WOVEN
by Jeanne Horton
The new “Manor House” collection  revisits my antique textile collection of fabric and antique quilts I have enjoyed collecting  for the past thirty years.   The fabric and quilts all can be dated back to the 19th century and can be traced to circa 1860.  I  partnered with Windham Fabric several years ago with an idea to produce aged and loved 19th century fabric but  with a  twist, I wanted the fabric to suit a newer  classic style that fits today’s home decor but still keeps that antique charm I love.   This collection is different because we have added for the first time woven yarn dyed fabric.   Here is a way to add texture and interest into your quilts which allows you to create an heirloom look. 034
This paticular collection consi023sts of the Upstairs Manor prints and the Downstairs Manor Wovens.  Please take notice how the colors are  relevant and fit the trends and styles of today. 
The Shop Girls have created many great quilts to inspire you which we are all confident you will enjoy.  
Clayton James” is pictured above the fireplace mantel on the left and the cozy primitive quilt on the bed is called “Nana’s Attic”“Dunlap H010ollow” has been another favorite because it is a perfect sized 001wall or table topper.    It’s also festive and makes a great addition to any holiday decor.  Now we have “Miller Manor”  hanging over the bed on the left.    This is a very traditional classic quilt and looks good in the blues and greys but would also be stunning in our old reds that are in the collection.  “Road House” is hanging on the left and uses the pre-cut jelly rolls, we have this on request in a small or large size.   “James Bartlet” is also on the left but displayed on the bed. 
Two of our 048other favorites are known as “Cobblestone” and “Windmills of Manor HouseManor House Windmills.    You can pick out the cobblestone quilt on the right and see how easy it is to use.  The colors are soft and neutral and just work where ever it is staged.  Windmills is really a fun choice even though it has large piecing but it looks amazing.  It also uses my great signature print for the setting triangles. 
TheManor House Collection of quilts have been loved by many.    If you have an interest in any quilts you see here go into our shopping cart and go to quilting, then kits and you will find all of these amazing quilt kits and patterns at your finger tips.
There is just one last quilt we feel could be a Tied to the Past quilt.  Suzanne did the greatest oversized Bowtie design by mixing the wovens up with the prints.  We did veryWindmills-of-Manor-House simple lines for the quilting and that  makes  this a wonderful little priCountry Gentlemanmitive, vintage cover-up we call “Country Gentleman“.
“THE SETTLEMENT COLLECTION 2015”
by Jeanne Horton
The “Settlement Collection” is a collection of time worn designs piecing character from the past and still committed to inspiring a style relevant for living today.   The n008ame was inspired from a wonderful painted scene on our 2nd Story wall that was done by my good friend Maggie Bonanomi.   My hope is that you will enjoy working with the colors and prints as you create your own treasured heirloom quilts.   
We will offer you an opportunity to purchase Fat Quarter Collections, Nickel and Dime Cuts, and 2  1/2 ” strips.  The Shop Girls  new pattern designs take advantage of these pre-cuts which makes it convenient and easier for our customers.  I can also offer you 1/2 yard cuts.  We are all anxious for you to see this exciting new collection. 
The Settlement Nickel “5” Squares are $13.50, the Fat Quarter Collection, there are 38, is $132.50, and the 2 1/2″ Pre-cut strips are $40.00.  Our 10″ cuts are all 005sold out.  
I think it is time to share the wonderful quilts the shop girls have made from my Settlement Collection.  The first quilt  is called “Fancy Creek”.  This is such a sweet quilt and dear to me for many reasons because “Fancy Creek” is where my grandparents lived and my mother was raised.  The homestead was in the family for a 100 years.    Fancy Creek measures 27″ x 31″ and comes packaged with the backing and binding for $45.00.  T010he pattern is sold separately for $9.00 and was designed by Suzanne. 
“Aubrey Corners” is another great quilt pattern designed by Suzanne and Aubrey Corners is a real place in her life that she lived by for several years and that is why this quilt is dear to her.  Aubrey Corners is 63″ x  70″.  The kits are available for $105.00.   When this quilt was first introduced with the new line at market last fall we could see it being used for the holiday season.  It is great for Spring but so lovely when used with Christmas greens.  It makes you think of Vintage Christmas bulbs, it is a great example of a timeless classic quilt that won’t 014go out of style. 
“Whipporwill Lane” is  another pattern Suzanne designed.  This is a great example of how easy it is to use the neutral fabric in this collection.  One never tires of these quilts because they can go anywhere at anytime.  This particular quilt measures 75″ x 85″.  It is a great bed size.  The kits are $129.50 and the pattern is $9.00 and needs to purchased.  028
  The next quilt was what inspired me to create the Settlement collection.  “Independence Day” is a designers whole cloth quilt.  The quilt looks exactly like my antique, I even had it quilted the same to keep the integrity.  It measures 85″ x 92″ a nice bed size and a smaller size is also included in our pattern. The kit is $99.50 and the pattern is $9.00.  Blue is such a relevant color in the fabric collections this year.   It has been awhile and I think we are all ready for it resurgence. 
Selma has011 also had time to play with the line and her “Mississippi Flyway” is a great quilt project for you to consider.  It is 62″ x 75″.  This quilt has great movement and was named perfectly as she created it while sewing at Suzanne’s cabin on the Mississippi River last fall as the geese were beginning to cluster to migrate south.  It definitely compliments  the Independence Day quilt .  The kits are priced at $116.00.
Another quilt from this collection is called “Jamestown”.  It is 54″ x 62028“, the kits a$112.00 and pattern again sells for $9.00.  It is such a delight to see how every quilt looks  so different.  This is a classic colonial that represents the time period this fabric was manufactured in and is a wonderful representation of the line.
The last qu013ilt I will show you today is called “The Settlement” .  It has all of the fabric represented in my line in it.  It is square measuring 56″ x  56″ and would look great on the wall or used on the table.  We think it looks a little patriotic so you would find it lots of fun to display through out the summer months.  It is really so easy to make up because it uses the most unique little 2 1/2 ” tumbler ruler which the shop girls all love.  The ruler is $24.95 and even if you don’t use it on this quilt it is a great way to use your scraps up.  I know several  girls that are making bed size quilts.  They are trading fabrics amongst themselves and when they are finished they will have an heirloom to treasure.  The kit is $79.50 and is packaged with the 2 1/2″ pre-cut strips. 
There are several more quilts in the works.  Selma has designed two more patterns which are just getting kitted.  One is for her  Nickel Club which I hope to show you next week as it off to the quilters and the pattern is getting ready.  We have the kits made up so you will be able to expect this beauty next week if you are a member of our Nickel Girl Club.  It looks totally different than all the rest and I know you will love it.  It happens to use the 10″ squares.  She also has a quilt that uses the 5″ precuts. 
Carol Hopkins has used the line for both of her GOF Gathering projects which you can see on line.  There are a few openings left in this June Gathering.    If you can join us there is more good news this event happens to fall at the same time as is our new Wisconsin Fabric previews. Don’t forget to join us for our annual Wisconsin Quilt Shop Hop during the month of June.   Check our events page for more details.  I hope I have given you  a few reasons to get acquainted with “The Settlement” fabric collection.
 “JEFFERSON COUNTY 2013”
by Jeanne Horton
Every time I design a new line I struggle with a name that is fitting.   This year since, I was celebrating 30 years of being in business the girls and I began brainstorming ideas and came up with the idea that the name should incorporate something with Jefferson in it.  Jefferson is the street I call home.  So I was pitching names to Windham and “Jefferson County” just seemed right to us all.  The rest is history.  This is my sixth line and I think I get more excited with the process and outcome every time a new line is dropped.  This particular line is one of my favorites and this is why.   You will quickly see that these fabrics play nice when used together and have a great scrappy impact, your quilt projects can be planned with color, it works well with other lines out in the marketplace and it gives you a lasting feel for the Civil War Era fabrics we all love.
The shop girls have created many new quilts and we will continue to design and dream into 2014 so I can give you an idea of what you can dream and do with the Jefferson Country fabrics you fall in love with.
There are Nickel cuts packaged for $11.20 and we have a limited amount of Jelly Rolls for $38.40.
“133 Jefferson” is the first quilt I will reference from Jefferson County.  The pattern is one of mine designed by my staff and can be ordered through the shop for $12.00.  This quilt design is a story in itself.  The quilt was created from a years worth of wonderful “Over 30 Quilts” the shop girls all created for the shop celebrating my 30 years.  There are elements  from each design that have then been incorporated into the 133 Jefferson quilt pattern.  The quilt measures 80″ x 80″ and the kit is available for $165.00.
The next quilt is called “The Jefferson Register” , it measures 70″ x 70″, the pattern is $9.00 and the kits are $146.00. This quilt was inspired  by an antique I saw and thought the fabrics were so fitting.  This is one of my favorites.
“Colin’s Grove” was designed by Selma and named after her grandson Colin.   It to was inspired by an antique quilt she admired.  The quilt is stunning and serves as a perfect backdrop for our festive holiday trees but will bridge into winter with the colors she chose.  The quilt measures 80″ x 80″, the kits are $157.00 and the pattern sells for $9.00.
Since Windham made us nickel cuts and Selma is the queen of patterns for nickel squares we knew we needed a quilt. It is known as “Jefferson Square”. The quilt is a great little scrappy quilt that uses the entire Jefferson County line of fabrics and when it is completed the finished size measures 46″ x 46″.  The kits sell for $63.00 and the pattern is sold separately for $8.50.
Vickie loves history and her quilt using the fabric is called “Lucy Adams”, the line has the greatest old pinks and this little quilt has been very popular in the shop.  The Lucy quilt measures 54″ x 64″ and the kit can be purchased for $122.00.  Pattern is needed for $9.00.
Suzanne has also designed a great historic quilt from Jefferson County.  It is called “Monticello”. It is a perfect size for  the sofa measuring 45″ x  55″.  The pattern is $9.00 and the kit can be yours for $80.00.  This quilt uses the browns and old faded blues.  The results are just perfect and you will find you can enjoy this beauty year round.  We have a couple of other quilts we used pieced from the line and I think you might enjoy them as well.
Suzanne also designed a great quilt called “Snow Valley”. She used some of the my reds and an old background that Selma also used as her background in Colin’s Grove.  It is one beauty to be loved year round.  I think you will enjoy it all winter and it is quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day.  Your quilt measures 72″ x 72″ and the kit is sold for $138.00.  You will need the pattern and it is $9.00.
The last quilt I will mention at this time is also just using some of the fabric from the line, the old faded blues, a wonderful old tan print I can’t seem to get enough of and our great backgrounds.   This quilt again was an antique quilt pattern I had admired and had just been waiting for the right line and fabric to make it up.  The pattern is Hands All Around.  I named the quilt “Warm Woolen Mittens” It measures out to be  50″ x 50″ and the kit is $72.00.   Our pattern can be purchased for $9.00.  You will enjoy it hung in the right place and I think it will be cozy to cuddle in as the border is a brushed flannel.   I hope seeing the collection of Jefferson County quilts helps you visualize the many possibilities and great versatility this  fabric line has to offer.
Jefferson County fabric is $11.20 a yard and the shop elves have even cut a collection of I/2 yard cuts for $212.80 and a fat quarter collection that can be purchased for $114.00.   Wouldn’t you love to find this in your Christmas stockings?
It is time for another NEW Quilt using this incredibly  easy to use line of fabric.  Vickie has redone her Beth series quilts.  This is “Beth in Blue”. Beth is 37″ x 43″, the kits are $43.00 and the pattern sells for $8.50.