Saturday, October 18, 2014

Huckleberry Patches - McCall, Idaho

Hello from the great western states!  I've been gone from home for over a week now, traveling through Idaho and am presently in Wyoming.  I've made two very enjoyable stops to give lectures and workshops, and have now been joined by my husband, and we'll be vacationing....but, I'm getting ahead of myself. 

My first stop was to Huckleberry Patches Quilt Shop in McCall, ID, a few hours from Boise into the beautiful mountains. 
Shop owner Lisa Murrant of Huckleberry Patches Quilt Shop
McCall is a very charming community nestled in the mountains of Idaho, right at the shores of Payette Lake.  Shop owner, Lisa Murrant was my host.  She and partner, Katie (now retired..missed you Katie!) opened Huckleberry Patches about eleven years ago.  (Huckleberries are indigenous all over ID & WY)  The shop was featured in AP&Q's Quilt Sampler last year.  You'll see why in the following pictures:

 Inspiration abounds in every nook and cranny in the shop.

Lisa has quite a knack for creating beautiful displays...

With quilting goodies everywhere you look!

There's most definitely something for everyone at Huckleberry Patches.  Lisa hosted a rotating trunk show of my quilts all summer long.  

Huckleberry Patches also has an active Prairie Women's Sewing Circle club!

Cornelian BOM

Huckleberry Patches hosts a lot of Block of the Month programs.  I thought this one was exceptional.  It's called Cornelian by Hugs 'n Kisses.  Call the shop at 208-634-4933 to sign up!!

The highlight of my time there was definitely the three days of workshop classes with the quilters who live and traveled to McCall!  Talented and friendly ladies who made each day a pleasure to be sure!

With heartfelt thanks to Lisa and all the wonderful, generous ladies I met in all my workshops.
You all made my trip one I'll never forget!!  

More from my trip to Idaho soon....stay tuned!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stitching on The Oregon Trail ~ Literally!!

Today I'm heading West....part work, part vacation.  West as in "the Oregon Trail" West!! My husband and I will, for a couple of days, be traveling either on or parallel to the actual Oregon Trail, which has this Prairie Woman very, very excited!!  I hear there are places where you can see the 'ol wagon ruts that still exist.  Amazing.  

I love to travel, especially to places I've never been before.  I'll visit Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana...all new states for me, and three I can cross off my Bucket List!!  Yay!!  So jazzed about that.  

First stop has me landing in Boise with a car ride to McCall, ID and Huckleberry Patches Quilt Shop.  I hope to blog post pictures along the way as often as I can.  I'll be posting to Instagram and Facebook as well, so I hope you'll join me on my adventures.

One of my favorite things to do is listen to audio books.  Love, love, love Audible.  My dear friend, Karen A., who is an avid reader, told me I had to read this book.  She was so right, and I'm almost finished with this wonderful book.  It's historic fiction, loosely based on the real Grimke family who lived in Charleston.  The book begins in 1803, and tells the story of Sarah Grimke, daughter of the plantation owner, and Hettie, a slave child, both about the same age.  Each tells the story of their life from their perspective and is quite uplifting.  While the story is not about quilts, quilts figure prominently throughout the book making it a lovely bonus for those of us who love quilts.  

I have a few more books downloaded to my phone for my husband and I to enjoy as we travel the "trail".  If you have any book recommendations for me, I'd love to hear about them.  Post a comment so everyone can see what 'good reads' are on your phone or night stand!

Hope to see you at Huckleberry Patches Quilt Shop and the National Oregon/California Trail Center!!  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Friends & Companions Quilt

By now I hope you have seen what our Marcus Fabrics Friends & Companions quilt looks like! Isn't she a beauty?  

Did you visit Red Crinoline Quilts blog and leave your comment for a chance to win one of the Grand Prizes??  

Oh, really you should.  We're asking the question of whether or not you like participating in a mystery sew-along, or if you would prefer seeing the project before hand.  

Hop on over to Red Crinoline's blog and tell us what you think.  We'd love to hear from you!

Just in case you think you'll be going through sew-along withdrawal, Jennifer Gaston of Woolen Willow Designs is hosting a really cute, folky prim freebie SAL.  Click here to check it out. 

Jennifer and her family are publishers of Primitive Quilts and Project magazine, so you know it's going to be really good!!  

Snowman quilt by Jennifer Gaston
While you're perusing the free SAL, check out Jennifer's oh-so-adorable Snowman quilt.   Click here for all the details.  The pattern for each snowman is only a buck!  

Happy Stitchin' 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friends & Companions BIG REVEAL

Today is the day we've all been waiting for!  It's time fort the BIG REVEAL of our 

Friends & Companions Sew-Along Quilt!!

Hop on over to Red Crinoline's Blog and see it all!!  

And...don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win all this good stuff!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tie A String Around Your Finger!!

I have two important reminders for you today, so tie a string around your finger, write a Post-It note, set an alarm on your phone, and don't forget.......

Tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd is the final installment and BIG REVEAL of our 

Marcus Fabrics Designer Friends & Companions Sew-Along!!!

Visit Red Crinoline's Blog to see what your quilt looks like!  It's gorgeous!!  You'll receive the finishing instructions for the quilt and they'll post a photo as well.  Betcha can't wait!!
Be sure to leave a comment on Red Crinoline's blog for a chance to win this pile of goodies in our Grand Prize Give-away!!  There's all kinds of goodness in this basket.  Someone has to win...why not you?!  But, you can't win if you don't comment, right?

Reminder #2.....

Next week, I'll begin a long trip.  My first stop is to visit Huckleberry Patches Quilt Shop in McCall, Idaho!  I've never been to Idaho before, and I'm so looking forward to it.  

I'll be giving a lecture/trunk show on Friday, October 10th, with three classes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  We'd love to have you join the fun.  If you're interested, please call the shop at 208-634-4933 to sign up.  

My next stop will have me literally traveling the Oregon Trail (in today's version of a in mini-van!) on my way to the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho.  This national park is hosting me for lecture and workshop offerings October 16th & 17th.  If you're interested in attending, just give the Trail Center a call at 208-847-3800.

From there, my hubby and I will be spending a little vacation time in Wyoming, visiting Jackson Hole, The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Casper.  We will part company, with my hubby returning home as I go on to attend Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. 

You can count on me for photos and details of my trip when I get back home.  

If you live in Idaho or Wyoming and have any advice on things to do, not to be missed, good restaurants, antiquing, and quilt shops, please email me at

There's nothing like getting travel advice from those who live in the area and know it best.   

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Market Day ~ Airing of the Quilts ~ Part Five

Part Five signals the end of the Airing of the Quilts from my Market Day Pocket Patchwork sew-along.    I hope you have enjoyed seeing the creative work of so many talented quilters from around the world as much as I have.  

And so, we continue without further ado.....

Sandy from Maine

Sheri from Illinois
Sheri G from California

Sherry from Michigan
Susan B from California

Susan from Maryland
Susan G from New York ~ mini version

Susan G from New York ~ full size verision
Susan S. from Georgia

Terri from Wisconsin #1

Terri from Wisconsin #2

Terri from Wisconsin #3
Terry S from Tennessee
My sincere thanks to all of the quilters who were sewing along with me....I'm always so jazzed about it!  What fun.  

If you were unable to join the fun this time, I sure hope we've enticed you to participate in future sew-alongs....and yes...there will be future sew-alongs, but not until next year.  The holidays are coming soon, and we'll soon be busy preparing for them, and enjoying time with our family and friends.  

Not to worry, though...I'll soon be enticing you with new quilt projects that have been in the works here!  

Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your day!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Primitive Quilts 2015 Calendar & Star Strings Pattern!!

Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine's 2015 calendar is now available, and I'm honored that they chose my Star Strings pattern to grace the cover this year.  

I have a limited quantity of calendars now available on my website, and I wanted you to have the pattern, too!  

When you purchase the calendar, you will get the Star Strings pattern for only $6!!

The pincushion instructions are included in the Star Strings pattern as well!!  

Click here to order yours while supplies last!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Market Day ~ Airing of the Quilts ~ Part Four

Here's your weekly reminder's Friday, and time for another block in our Marcus Designers Friends & Companions Sew-along.  Guess what?  This is your last block....which means that next week is THE BIG REVEAL!!  So exciting!

Be sure to visit the Marcus Fabrics blog, Marcus Mentions, and meet Lisa Shepard who works in the NY city offices.  Lisa is a very talented writer and among her many responsibilities is taking care of the Marcus Fabrics blog.  Click here to hop on over to the blog and pick up this week's block instructions.  

And now....let's continue with today's.....

Airing of the Quilts

Renee from Iowa

Fluerette from South Africa
Marcia B from Texas ~ Mini version
Marcia B from Texas ~ Full version
Marcia from Texas
Mary C from Washington
Mary H from Nebraska
Maureen from Canada
Nancy from Florida
Peggy from Indiana
Penny from Canada
Rachael from Texas
Raewyn from New Zealand ~ Mini version
Raewyn from New Zealand ~ regular size
Robin from Arizona
Robin from South Carolina
Rosemary from Michigan
Roxanne from Virginia

Marge from Pennsylvania