I hope everyone who joined us in the metro area's first ever Flurry Frenzy had a good time with the shop hop - I know we did. I didn't keep track of the number of fat quarters we handed out, but it was waaay over a hundred per shop. It was great to see some new faces too!
So, here's the winners for our Country Sampler's $25.00 gift certificates ...
Country Sampler West Center
Country Sampler Papillion
Congrats! And, if you missed the Flurry Frenzy this year -- don't worry, we're doing it again next year!! Yay!
Tap, tap.... Hello ... hello. Anybody out there??
I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but I have been busy ... or at least preoccupied with other things.
I've had the flu twice - and yes, I got a flu shot. Dang!
I went to Phoenix for several days where we went ballooning and rode a segway .... first time ever for both. I can take them off my bucket list now. :)
Did I tell you my cousin broke her neck jumping from a burning balloon in New Mexico?? Yup. It did give me pause, but I really wanted to do it ... and it was amazing!!
And, I took my first selfie ...
I know I look rather like an aging chipmunk, but I least I look happy, huh? Did you see our balloon captain photo-bombed us?! Dang kids!
Then I wrote the newsletter - which should be out any day now, I'll let you know. We've already got the new classes up at both stores, so check 'em out!
And then ... I went to Las Vegas with my husband, son, and his family. I think Ed and I were really invited as the designated babysitters, but that's okay with me -- I love our little Charlotte, even with her crazy hair!
She looks a little tired there, but not as tired as Grandma. My idea of Vegas is to sleep late, have a latte, play a slot machine or two, play a little video poker or blackjack, have a some lunch and start all over again. (You may notice there's a lot of sitting here.)
Nope. What I didn't consider is they're young, with a baby, and another one on the way, plus they're saving for a new house ... so there's not a lot of disposable income. That means we WALK ... all day, every day. One day we walked eight miles (my daughter-in-law has one of those FitBits that tell you how far you've walked). By the time we got on the plane to go home, there wasn't any part of my body that didn't hurt ... my feet, my calves, my knee was swollen, my back ... oh my gosh, Edith ... it was like the Bantaan Death March and the Trail of Tears all rolled into one vacation. It took me days to recover!
So now I'm trying to catch up at work. We got lots of new things, new quilts, new classes, new fabric in the shops - so stay tuned - I'll do better in March! (Famous last words, huh?)
I thought it was about time to show you a few of the quilts and displays we have for February. It's cold outside, but it's toasty warm inside with all these beautiful quilts and projects!
First up is the front display at the West Center shop. See the quilt on the right? It reminds me of the little heart candy that we all had for Valentine's Day - the ones with little messages on them, "Love You", "So Cool", and sentiments like that. We ran out of the kits for it last week, but we finally got more fabric and we're rekitting like crazy.
Linda stitched this little heart quilt from Primitive Gatherings for us with those little twister blocks --- so sweet!
Jo made this nifty little clutch for us. We've got both the pattern, the kit, and the hardware. So cute I may have to make one of these for me!
Here's the inside - it really carries a lot.
And this darling little table topper called "Xs and Os" is on display at the Papillion shop. Wouldn't it be perfect on your table?? You could have it done before Valentine's Day and on display!
Stop by or give us a call ... we have a little sumpin' just waiting for you!
We're excited to introduce our newest block of the month .... A Prairie Gathering, from Pam Buda and Marcus Brothers fabric.
Isn't it lovely??! As you can see, A Prairie Gathering is a two color, Medallion style quilt. There are blocks in the quilt, of course, but it really isn't a traditional block-of-the-month. During the year long program, you will be making parts of the quilt from the center out. By the third month, the entire center medallion is complete. In a few more months, the flying geese border, and checkerboard border are complete, with each subsequent border being completed as you go through the months.
And, in each quarter, Pam has included short, historical stories about The Sanitary Commission, The Soldier's Aid Society, The Temperance movement, and signature block quilts, all of which used quilts as fundraisers for causes. As you piece your quilt, you'll "journey the threads of time" creating a family heirloom just as your quilting ancestors did!
And it's a big boy, Edith -- 88" x 100" - yea! Our program includes the pattern and fabrics each month to complete each portion of the quilt. This block of the month will run from February, 2015, to January, 2016. The monthly kits will be available on the 20th of each month, priced at $24.98 per month. For our mail order customers, there will be a shipping fee of $5.95 per month. We will automatically bill your credit card each month by the 20th.
As always, there is a $24.98 registration fee that will be applied to your last month's cost next January. And we always ask that you remember that once you sign up, it's a 12 month commitment - almost like a quilt on lay-a-way.
If you'd like to sign up for A Prairie Gathering on line, just go to our website here. We'd love to have you join us!
I posted this on our Facebook page, but I know not everyone uses Facebook (and vice versa, not everybody reads blogs) ... so I'm going to post it again here.
Several weeks ago, at the West Center shop, we had a lady come in and purchase binding fabric for this quilt ...
Isn't it sweet? She stitched her children's (or grandchildren's) art work into the blocks and it is really a family treasure. Lots of work!
The strange thing is that she left the quilt at the shop, clearly by mistake, but has never been back to claim it. We're putting out the word hoping that somebody recognizes it and we can find it's "mom" and get it back home.
Please give us a call if you know this quilt and its quilter!
We are proud to be in the Nebraska Row by Row Experience this year!! It's a new kind of shop hop and it's going strong across the United States and Canada too. No fees, no passports, just great fun!
We need to have a quilt row designed that represents the Heartland, Country Sampler, and the Row by Row H2O theme. Here's your chance to show off your quilt design talents. The winner will receive a $100.00 gift card to Country Sampler, full credit for the pattern, and the rights to reproduce and sell the pattern at the end of the 2015 Experience.
Pattern submission deadline is March 1, 2015. A PDF file of the submitted pattern should be sent to Deb at email@example.com.
The theme for this year's Row by Row is water. Be creative and have fun with the theme!! Think ... lakes, umbrellas, snow, snowmen, snowflakes, rivers, rain -- anything with water!! Just design a row pattern, using the theme of water.
The row must be 36 1/2" wide (unfinished) and no taller than 9 1/2". Any method is fine - pieced, applique, or paper piecing. Create a pattern that we will hand out in the shops from June 1st to September 8th, 2015. And remember, we're going to need two patterns for two shops!! P.S. ... A color pattern is preferred.
I KNOW we have lots of creative people out there, so give it a try!! You might just win the $100.00 gift certificate, have your designer name on every pattern handed out this summer, and have the option of selling your pattern after the shop hop. Let's get started!!
I have very little new to say today. Kind of the after the holidays, after inventory funk. Besides that, we are closed today because of the ungodly cold. There's a 20 to 40 below wind chill here in Omaha, the schools are closed, and I have a terrible cold that I've had for over a week ... big sigh.
I did find this on Facebook though and thought it might put a smile on your face. I hope you like it.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930's, 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and Early 80's !!! First, you survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, your baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. You had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when you rode your bikes, you had no helmets, not to mention, the risks you took hitchhiking .. As children, you would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun. You drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle. You shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. You ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but you weren't overweight because...... YOU WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! You would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach you all day. And you were OK. You would spend hours building your go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out you forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, you learned to solve the problem . You did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........YOU HAD FRIENDS and you went outside and found them! You fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents you played with worms(well most boys did) and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although you were told it would happen, you did not poke out any eyes. You rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing you out if you broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. You had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and you learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Did you have a good Christmas?? We had a great one - it's sooo much fun when you have a little one to share it with ...
Of all the presents Charlotte got this year her favorite was the one we bought for her Mommy and Daddy ...
We bought EJ and Crystal this nifty fold up wagon for trips to the zoo and the park. It even has a canopy that can be attached to provide some shade, but Charlie was sure it was for her. We had to take turns hauling her from the kitchen, to the front room, to the hall way, and then back again --- over and over. She loaded it up with her new dolly and other toys and insisted that someone drive her around house. It was nice enough outside that Great Grandma finally took her outside for a ride just so we could get dinner started. So fun!
And did I tell you we're expecting another baby girl in May??! Yup, I'm going to be a grandma again! Yea! The wagon should be a good addition to a family with two little girls.
But it's exciting at the shops too! We've got all our Christmas fabric (and a few kits) on sale at 50% off ... plus all our Christmas home decor goodies at the West Center store are 50% off!! And if that's not enough ... this weekend is Fat Quarter Frenzy!! Two to three thousand fat quarters in the classrooms all on sale - 20 for just $30.00. That's less than half price!!
Stop by and see us this week end - it's going to be great!!