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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.