Every year my friend Karen Schultz has a Primitive Craft & Holiday Sale at her home in Elgin, Illinois. I've been attending for a few years and since she holds her sale on the Fri and weekend after Thanksgiving, it's my kind of Black Friday event to attend. You won't find me among the crowd at the mall - I always find something much more to my liking at her house. It marks the beginning of my Christmas shopping.
Karen makes some wonderful things I often say I'm going to make myself but I don't actually seem to find the time. This Christmas banner, for instance. Could have made it myself but didn't - with everything going on at the holidays it was so much easier to buy it ready made from her, LOL.
Last year, Karen asked me if I'd like to display some of my handmade earrings at her sale, which went over well. This year she went even bigger and asked me to come back and sell some of my books and also do a book signing. Of course, I said "Sure!"
I'll be there for a few hours on Friday and Saturday (Nov 28th, 29th) with copies of my books, small quilt patterns, earrings, and will also have several NEW patterns for the wool things I've been working on this month. You won't want to miss this one. I'm very excited to be announcing a new pattern line of some small projects for you to make. (More about that later. You'll have an opportunity to buy the patterns on my website in a few weeks.)
Karen works hard all year making her handmade items - quilty things and primitive woolie things that we all love so much. Along with some primitive wooden items for the home, her husband Bill makes those adorable primitive doll beds you always see on this blog that are perfect for displaying small quilts.
Here are some of the things I've bought from Karen in the past - some were given away as gifts.
I admired this quilt and what a wonderful surprise - Karen gave it to me as a Christmas present last year. It's always wonderful to get a quilt that's been made by friend.
I love these painted wooden carry-alls.
The cases also fit your rotary cutter.
Here's another sampling of what lovely items Karen makes - along with much, much more.
She makes and sells small quilts!
Pincushions and ornaments make great little gifts.
We hope you'll join us in our wonderful primitive, quilty collaboration this year to kick off your holiday shopping. There's something for everyone. I'd love to meet some of you or reconnect with those of you in the Chicago area I haven't seen in awhile.
I'll be bringing copies of ALL of my books. (And have some of the quilts from the books displayed.)
Books make great gifts for quilter friends.
(Not primitive or quilty, but my handmade earrings also make wonderful holiday gifts.)
Hope to see you there! You're all welcome.