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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Road Trip Review ~ Seville, OH

 The last stop on our excellent adventure was to the Seville Antique Mall in Seville, OH.  Several years ago, an acquaintance, who has an antique collection to die for, recommended this shop.  It was on my wish list.   While we were in Brimfield, Lynne and I ran into another acquaintance, Jill,  who coordinates one of our most loved antique shows.  She also sang the praises of this store.  One look at each other and we knew we were headed to Seville!
 Seville is a very small town in Ohio.  This shop is much, much larger than it looks from the outside, and has many rooms.

 Each room is occupied by different vendors, but it all flows so nicely.  A pleasure to shop there.  You can really see everything!
 As you can see, it's full of wonderful, good stuff.   Old stuff...the real deal.
If you're like us, you want to find nineteenth century antiques....not of the twentieth  century.  Um....it's not an antique if I remember seeing it in my house or my grandma's house!  
The Seville Antique Mall will always have a place in my heart because it's where I found this spice box.   I can't tell you how many years I looked for one.  I see vertical spice boxes all the time, and they are lovely, for sure, but I've only seen a horizontal spice box once before in a friends home, and have longed for one ever since.  I had one of those "am I really seeing what I think I'm seeing" moments in the shop.  This particular spice box is really unique because of the tin spice name tabs for each drawer.  Needless to say, I took it home and it makes me so happy to look at every day.  

The thing about places like Lancaster, Brimfield and Seville is the wonder and thrill of the hunt.  It's no fun to search and search and find nothing but 8 track tapes, and Shirley Temple glassware.  
But...when you go to a really great show....you may find a treasure you've wanted for years, or something you never knew you wanted until that moment!  It really helps to know of great places to look....and so I hope after reading these blog posts, that if you're looking for our kind of good stuff, you have a few places to visit.  We did leave some great stuff behind for you!

Click here to pick up information about the Brimfield Antique Show, and click here for the Seville Antique Mall.  Happy Shopping!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Road Trip Review ~ Brimfield & Sturbridge

After leaving Lancaster, PA, Lynne and I headed for the neighboring towns of Brimfield & Sturbridge, MA.  The main reason for this entire trip was to attend the Vintage Textile show on Monday.  
We weren't the only ones!  The show (which didn't allow us to take photos) was full of vintage apparel from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, as well as vintage fabrics of all kinds.  
We spent the better part of the day hunting for old fabrics and were quite successful.  That afternoon, we wanted to visit the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, but....it's closed on Monday.  Bummer!  

 The next two days were spent in antiquing heaven!  The Brimfield shows are renown as the biggest and best antique shows in the US.  There are 12 shows, 3000+ vendors over a 5 day period.  There is just no way you could see it all!  Lots, and lots, and lots of people shopping....some we heard are out there before dawn with flash lights!  (Um...that would not be us!)

Brimfield really is all about true antiques.  You won't find anyone selling knock-off designer clothes or 8-track tapes.  But....there are way more "eeehhhh" booths than wonderful ones like this.  You have to work to find the good ones.....but oh....are they worth it!

 Good stuff everywhere!  It's so fun to explore and find interesting items and discover what they were used for.

Like this.....used to stencil crates, boxes, and anything else you'd want to mark.  

 Of course...some treasures just grab your heart and have to come home.....
Like this sweet little sampler.....

The small red bowl with original red paint (swoon).....

.....and this awesome biscuit box which now resides in my kitchen.  Lynne and I had a wonderful time in MA.  Our only disappointments were missing the New England Quilt Museum and the Sturbridge Village living history museum (it was pouring rain the afternoon we planned to go there.)  All the more reason to go back!  

On our way home, we made a bit of a detour to shop at the Seville Antique Mall in Seville, OH.  
OMG....what a place.  I'll take you there in my next post.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Road Trip Review ~ Lancaster County, PA

Before I begin sharing our road trip experiences, I must remember all of those who are dealing with the devastation of yesterday's tornado in Oklahoma.  Our nation has a heavy heart as we send prayers and well wishes to everyone touched by this tragic event.  

Last week, Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles Quilters) and I took a wonderful road trip "back East" to Lancaster, PA, then onto Sturbridge/Brimfield, Mass.  We were definitely on a mission in search of vintage fabric, and to hunt for our favorite antiques.  

Our first stop was Lancaster County, PA.  We explored the triangle towns of Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and Lancaster, taking in the wonderful....and I mean wonderful sights of the rolling hills and farms.  Everything was so green and lush.  This is Amish country, and the horse-drawn buggies were everywhere.  

Our first stop was to The Old Country Store.  This is a terrific shop with loads of country home decorations and fabric.  Upstairs, you will find a boat load of wonderful, high-quality hand made items, both country and folk-art.  What a treasure!  You'll also find....a small quilt museum!  

These photos don't capture just how lovely this little museum is.  It is very, very nicely done and well worth your time to visit.  They rotate their display from time to time, and each year, they feature a selection of work from a different quilt designer.  Last year, they featured Jo Morton.  This year, it's my pal Lynne Hagmeier! 

As you wander from room to room, you'll find quilts, quilts, and more quilts.

Most are quilts Lynne made, but they also include quilts made by local quilters, such as the adorable Dresden Plate pillow.

All of these tiny miniatures were made by local artists as well.  We really lingered in this shop as there was so much to take in.  

There's some history in this area as well as the towns were settled in the 1700's!  Block after block stand these awesome federal style homes...so charming! 

Lynne and I were both absent from home on Mother's Day as we had to leave a few days before in order to be in Brimfield on Monday.  So, we treated ourselves to Mother's Day brunch on this train as we traveled the Lancaster County countryside.  Very relaxing and yummy!  The train travels the tracks daily, offering lunch and dinner, as well as Wine & Cheese events, and other fun offerings.  

There are a lot of quilt shops in the area, all boasting large inventories and great prices, making this location a "must see" on your bucket list.  We were so taken with this area that we're planning a Great Girlfriend Get-Away here in the future.  We're kinda torn as to what time of year to go back.  Lancaster has a quilt show in March, which would be wonderful, but the chilly weather wouldn't be conducive to strolling all the towns and shops, and the landscape wouldn't be as pretty as it would during the summer months.  We were thinking that perhaps in June, it wouldn't be too hot, and exploring the towns and shops would be more enjoyable, but we'd miss the show.  

Hhmmm....we'd like to know what you think.  If you would be interested in visiting Lancaster County for a retreat, please participate in the poll at the top of the side bar on my blog.  In addition to the retreat, we would either have a bus take us to the quilt show one day in March, or on a shop hop to the many wonderful quilt stores in the county in June.  

It would be a really fun place to visit!  We're off to Brimfield and Sturbridge, Mass in my next post.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Road Trip Back East!!

At noon today, I expect a knock at my front door from my pal, Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles Quilters).  She's coming to pick me up for our road trip "back East".  We're leaving work and family behind for a bit of adventure!

Adventure??  Oh, yes....feeling a little "Thelma & Louse"...well kinda, sorta.  We're headed "back East", and I say it that way because we've heard that phrase a lot.  We hear it mainly while antiquing as we're looking for some hard to find treasures.  As we browse the many dealers at a show, we ask..."Do you have _____ (fill in the blank naming any number things you pine for)"?  The dealers responds with, "Oh...I haven't seen one of those in ____ (fill in the blank with years or decades of your choice...we've heard it all).  You have to go back East to find that."

So "back East" it is!!  From here, we'll make our way to visit Lancaster County, Penn, deep in the heart of Amish quilt country!  We'll spend a day there catching the sights, having good eats, perhaps finding a shop or two, and scouting for the treasures that elude us at home.  From there, we're headed to the biggest, bestest, most fabulous antiques show in the US (or so we've heard....that's a lot to live up to!) ever...the Brimfield, Massachusettes Antiques Shows!!!  I can hardly believe we're going!  On Monday, they have a special antique textiles show where we will dig and scrounge for old fabric to use as inspiration for new collections.  The rest of the time will be spent attending many of the 12 different shows going on thru the week.  

With that many shows, and being at "the best shows ever", and given the fact that we will be "back East", we have high hopes of finding the treasures on our antique bucket lists.  Sigh....I sure do hope so.  

Even if we don't, I'm sure it will be a fun-filled adventure.  We'll also be visiting the infamous Sturbridge Village living history museum!!  A dream come true for this Prairie Woman who loves the nineteenth century!  Loads of Civil War Reproduction fabrics have been recreated from the quilts at Sturbridge Village.  Be still my heart!  

Now, rest assured....there will be none of this happening to us!!  

I'm so jazzed about this trip I can hardly stand it. I won't be blogging until I return, but....you can follow our adventure on Facebook!  I'll be posting as often as I can, which means you can come with us to Lancaster, Brimfield, and Sturbridge Village!!  If you aren't on Facebook, don't worry....I'll fill you in about our adventure in my next blog post.  If you've already been to these destinations and have some advice and recommendations for us, send me an email....I'd love to hear from you!  Click here to go to my Facebook page or click on the Facebook icon at the top of the blog sidebar .

Time to hit the road.......

Monday, May 6, 2013

Meet Abigail!

This is Abigail Pin's, a new pattern featuring both of my new fabric collections (for Marcus Fabrics), Pin Money and Prairie Wovens, Dobbies, and Chambray!!  Abigail's Pins is a fun scrappy quilt with easy piecing, available in two sizes...the large quilt measures 82" x 94" and the smaller version is 59" x 71".    If you're thinking of attending my classes at Buggy Barn this coming August, this quilt is the project for one of the classes as it will make for a fun class with good techniques to learn.  The photo doesn't do this quilt justice (photos never do, huh!).  It will be in the Marcus Fabrics booth at quilt market, just in case you're headed there.  Please look for this pattern at your local quilt shop, and if you can't find it there, you can order a pattern right from my website.  But...please do support your local shop by asking for it there first.  

I sure hope you like Abigail...I'm very fond of her!

The Pins & Needles quilt is also headed to quilt market next week.  You may remember I showed some of the blocks in a previous post.  

Well, here are some photos of the quilt just as my friend Ronda finished quilting it. 

My friend Debbie (who works with me) pieced this quilt and she did a wonderful job.  Again, these photos just don't do justice to the quilt.

I think Ronda chose perfect quilting designs for it.  

Here's a look at the back of the quilt.  So, so lovely!  Thanks to my pals Debbie and Ronda for lending their talents to making this quilt.  Remember, Pins & Needles is a FREE downloadable pattern.  Click here to get the pattern for yourself!

While these quilts are headed to Spring Market in Portland, OR next week....alas...I am not.  I am  doing something else that may prove to be just as much fun.  I will really miss seeing everyone at market, and seeing all the new stuff, but I'm doing something I've wanted to do for years.....I'll tell ya what I'm up to on Friday!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Winners!

This morning I had the pleasure of drawing three names from all of the wonderful comments I received as entry to my giveaway.  My heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit and took the time to comment.  I loved reading each one, and I'm so happy that you enjoyed blog hopping to everyone's blogs.  It was great fun to see all the different blocks, meet new designers, and be inspired by all that creativity.

Now....to the important stuff....the winners!!

Darlene B wrote:
I like the pattern in your header that looks like Bear's Paws.  I went to your website, and when I came back to your blog, I forgot the name of it (something Whimsy?)  My computer is NOT cooperating today, so I can't get back to check it out.  Ugh.  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Darlene, the quilt in my header that looks like Bear's Paws is called Sweet Rosie.  Actually, it isn't a Bear's Paw, but the entire center of the quilt is made of one block called The Wedding March.  I love it, too, which is why it's on the header.  The "Whimsy" pattern is called Wee Whimsies and is one of two patterns that feature cute little 5" block quilts.   They make wonderful Christmas ornaments, are cute displayed here and there in your home, or a wonderful decoration on a gift bag to a quilter friend!  

Quilter Laura wrote:
I think Blueberry Pie looks delicious!

I think Blueberry Pie is delicious, too!  Blueberry Pie was the very first of my quilts ever published in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  I think it was 2007.  My dear friend, Mary Mc and I designed that quilt together, and I can still remember both of us sitting on the floor of my sewing room in a sea of blue fabrics, picking out the prints and plaids we wanted in the quilt.  Very fond memories!  That quilt is great fun to make, and truly easy breezy!!  You can see other color versions of Blueberry Pie in the gallery on my website.  

Rose wrote:
I love your block.  It's so hard to choose.  I think I love Heart of the Prairie best and Suffragette would be a close second though.

Rose, Heart of the Prairie was inspired by an antique quilt my dear friend Docia owns.  She graciously allowed me to copy her quilt, right down to the colors.  It was a perfect pattern for my first fabric line with Marcus Fabrics, also called Heart of the Prairie.  While the traditional construction of the Carpenter's Wheel block and the LeMoyne Star block calls for set-in Y-seams.....ugh.....I drafted a modern version without the set-in seams!  It's a lovely design (I can say that very humbly 'cause I didn't design the quilt!) that was great fun to piece.  

Congrats to Darlene, Laura, and Rose....and thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to visit my blog celebrating Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.  I just love sitting down and browsing thru each issue, and I know you will, too, so please be sure to look for your copy at your favorite local quilt shop or newsstand!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Welcome Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Visitors!

It's always a thrill to design new blocks, play with fabrics and layouts, and have your design chosen as one of the 100 blocks for this unique magazine!  This issue, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7 is just full of great blocks I know you'll want to play with!!  

This issue will be at your local quilt shop and on the newsstands 
May 7th!

Tucked inside, you'll find my block, Towne Square, on page 47.
I made this block using fabrics from my very first fabric line,
Heart of the Prairie for Marcus Fabrics.

The angles within the block create an interesting secondary pattern.

Add some sashing for another look.

Wanna try?  Play with the design and see what you come up with!

How about a give-away??

Visit my website and pick out your favorite 
Heartspun Quilts pattern.  

Then, return to my blog and leave me a comment telling me what pattern you chose.

Your comment will be your entry into my drawing.  
I'll pick several winners who will 
receive their favorite pattern and a few special prizes, 
including a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 7!!!  

Check back Saturday to see if you've won!

Follow the blog tour every day from April 29th thru May 3rd.  
You'll find loads of creative ideas, and lots of prizes to win!  

Have fun and thanks for stopping by to visit!!

PS...check out my last blog post to participate in my next freebie sew~along!