Two important notes today. First, we will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, for Independence Day, but we'll be open on Sunday, July 5th.
Secondly, we've got a Row by Row winner at the Papillion shop. Amy DeFazio, brought her finished quilt into the shop and it's a beauty!!
Amy used eight of the Row by Row kits (Can you see the Omaha row at the top and the Papillion snowman row at the bottom?) and several license plates too. And, for that beautiful quilt and for being the first one to bring it into the Papillion shop - she won 25 fat quarters!
I'm pretty sure she was the first one in the state too! Way to go, Amy!
As promised, I have some more information on our Summer Mystery that starts this Friday. But first, a Porch Sale update...
As I was sorting through the hundreds of bolts on sale for the BIG sale, I noticed we've got several bolts of Jo Morton fabric on sale at 50% off!! If you're a Jo Morton fabric lover, don't miss this chance to get some of her great fabric ... at a great price! Also, we've got a handful of batiks also on sale -- I can't remember the last time we had batiks on the Porch Sale, so look for 'em when you stop by either shop.
Okay, now for the Summer Mystery Quilt info. As you know, I can't tell you alot because (duh...) it's a mystery!! But here's what I can tell you ...
* It's a six part series by our good buddy, Debbie Caffrey.
* It's name is the Country Sampler's Summer Mystery Quilt 2015. Yup, really... that's it's official name.
* It takes just four fabrics ... a light, a medium light, a medium dark, and a dark. 1 1/2 yds, 1 1/2 yds, 2 3/4 yds, and 3 yards.
* When finished without the optional border, the quilt is a twin size - 67 1/2" by 84". Adding a border will make a full to queen size quilt.
* As always, the most important thing to remember when selecting fabric is contrast. All four fabrics should have a definite difference in value and/or color in order for the pattern to emerge.
All the staff here at both Country Samplers have seen the finished quilt pattern, so be sure and let us give you a helping hand when you're selecting fabric. We can help you get the right contrast and colors.
And, boy oh boy, Edith, you're gonna love this one!! If I wasn't sewing a bizzilion models for Christmas in July, I'd make this one - it's gor-ge-ous!!
And BIG NEWS, if you don't live near us and are unable to get the mystery quilt in the shops ... for the first time in Country Sampler history... you can give us a call and have the mystery pattern sent to you for just $10.00!! (Trumpets blow here.) We'll send out each step as it comes out in the shops and you can play along with us this summer! Fun, huh?
Heck, ask us to pick out your fabric while your calling - and, for letting us pick your fabric out sight unseen - I'll give you 10% off your entire fabric purchase! (More trumpets!!) We can pick out the perfect quilt .... just let us know if you have a particuliar colorway you're interested in and we'll pull it together and send it right out to you!
It's gonna be a great summer!!
Congratulations to our Blue and White Quilt Show winners!!
1st Prize Winner - Karen Lenczowski
2nd Prize Winner - Shelley Woodruff
West Center ...
1st Prize Winner - Linda Siffring
2nd Prize Winner - Sue Baden
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Fire up the old mini van, Edith, it's time for our 21st annual Porch Sale in the classrooms at both stores! (I know, a Porch Sale that's not on the porch?? It's a long story -- but we've just kept the name all these years.)
Seeww ... you won't want to miss this one, it's our biggest sale of the year, with over 200 bolts of fabric on sale at 50% off, selected books for $5.00, and patterns for just $1.00!! And, as always, we'll have some wonderful country needful things on sale for 40% to 70% off!! Be still my little quilting, country heart!
AND ... as if that's not enough - and it never is, the first clue for our annual Summer Mystery Quilt will be available starting this Friday. Yay!! I'll have more information on all the particulars of the mystery quilt later this week, but for those of you who look forward to the summer mystery series - I just wanted to give you a heads up. Come and get your quilt started on Friday, 'cause it's just not summer without the Summer Mystery Quilt, right??
So here's the days and times ... be sure and come and get your summer bargain!!
Friday, June 12th from 10:00 TO 5:00
Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 to 5:00
Just a quick note to let you know the West Center shop has Lori Holt's newest book, Farm Girl Vintage, back in stock -- Hooray!!
This is a fabulous new book, probably the "hottest" book of the year and really hard to get ahold of since it was published a few months ago.
Farm Girl Vintage contains 14 different projects including ten quilts, two table runners, a table topper and a potholder. The crowning glory of Lori's book is the Farm Girl Sampler quilt on the cover, which is made with the 45 colorful sampler blocks, in 6" and 12" sizes. Lori also included 3 farm blocks in the book - perfect for us Midwest gals!
But why just talk about it?? Here's some photos of some of the quilts and blocks from the book ...
The cost of the book is just $29.95 and worth every penny! (Can you tell how much I LOVE this book??) Give us a call or stop by today ... they're going fast!!
It's going to be a great summer and we've been working hard to getting ready for the fun!!
One of the things we've been working on is the upcoming Row by Row Experience, beginning June 21st. Ann and I designed our rows for each shop and we hope you like 'em - we sure do!
Now, the pictures came out a little dark, but you'll get the idea. This is West Center's row, featuring medium to dark squares of blue batiks for the background, with creamy snowflakes floating across the top.
And, because they're batiks and won't fray, you can just do a machine straight stitch close to the edge of the flakes - no blanket stitching little edges - yay!
For Papillion, we kept with the winter theme and designed these happy snowman ....
Aren't they darling?? It's hard to tell in the picture but the background is a nice, rich blue batik . The snowman are made from a winter white batik, and once again, you only have to use a straight stitch to stitch them down.
But there's more! Our Row by Row license plates are available for purchase and out in the shops now!! The plates measure approximately 7" by 3.5", and cost just $5.98.
Here's Papillion's plate ...
And West Center's plate ....
The idea is to collect the plates at every store you visit to help record your summer shop hopping. Look at this cool quilt made from license plates ....
I'm going to get these babies on the web store soon, but if you order them on the web - you'll pay the regular minimum shipping fee of $3.00. Sewww... if you would like one of our plates and don't live in our back yard, just give the stores a call ( West Center at 402-333-6131 or Papillion at 402-637-9515) or order them by phone. Over the phone, we can send you a single plate for just $1.00 in shipping.
What'd store, what'd deal!!
First, let me thank all of you who have put Country Sampler gift certificates on your Mother's Day list. It's so fun to meet your husbands, sons, daughters, and, sometimes, grand children! We had this young guy come into the West Center store and he looked kinda lost (the young guys usually do), but he bought his mom a $100.00 gift certificate -- that son rocks, huh??!
I personally love gift certificates - it's like having free money, and when you've got free money to spend at the quilt shop - it's even better!!
And while we're talking, I want to share with ya the newest member of our family ....
This is Mackenzie Parker Cizek, 8 lbs. 4 oz, born on Sunday, May 3rd. (The burrito method of wrapping a baby cracks me up everytime I see it, they look like minature mummies to me!) She's doing great, healthy and happy.
And, of course, Priness Mackenzie had to have a quilt from Grandma, right? I used the Dilly Dally pattern, made it a bit smaller, used only pinks and purples, and put Cuddle on the back ...
I couldn't be happier to be a Grandma again! Sometimes life is VERY good, isn't it?
We have sooo many wonderful new fabrics in the shops, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Below is a beautiful fabric line called, Ambleside, from Moda ...
Classic & fresh at the same time, with colors & prints that reflect the crisp breath of spring, Ambleside embraces an airy linen white, soft spring hues of duck egg blue, willow, blush, sunbeam yellow & is grounded with a cobblestone grey & a pop of rosy red ... ready to inspire you to create treasures for your home & those you love. (Okay, I didn't write that ... but it's pretty good, isn't it??) The fabric is really pretty, isn't it??
We just finished our first quilt from the line and .... it too, is a beauty...
We're working on the kitting of this project, but for now, we're waiting to get more of the background fabric ... which should arrive in a week or two.
Stop by and check it out and all our other gor-ge-ous fabric for spring!!
Boy-oh-boy, we've been busy girls this past week! We've got the Silent Auction up and running ... who knew we had so many retired models??! Each shop has close to 50 models in the auction - different stores, all different models up for bid. Stop by and get your number and let's start the bidding!
But we've been working on other things too! I just received the proofs for our license plates for this summer's Row by Row Shop Hop. I think they look great!
I talked about the Row by Row Experience in the spring newsletter, but if you're still not clear as to what it is, just click here to find all the details.
We've also got several new models ... Homestead, by Laundry Basket Quilts, can be found at both shops although each store used a little different fabric (we're always trying to shake it up a little for ya). Here's Papillion's quilt ....
on the bed and looking very spiffy. And here's West Center's quilt ...
Of course we have kits for these beauties!!
Below is Metro Rings, available at both stores ... and the Papillion shop has a class or two featuring this pattern ....
Now, my photo doesn't really do it justice - it's really pretty - and unique in it's construction too. It uses this nifty template ...
to make the rings.
That's just two of our newest quilts. Stop by and see all the new goodies soon!