Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crunch Time

I've been sewing up a storm. Working hard and fast to get my wool samples and patterns finished by Black Friday for the Holiday Craft sale at Karen's. You are going to love what I've been busy creating. Patterns for Wool applique projects (and regular applique too) - Penny rugs! Pillows! Pincushions! Christmas Ornaments! A Mini Christmas Tree skirt! All the new patterns will be available for purchase on my website on Cyber Monday. Here's a little sneak peek - like the pincushions?

 (The circle box top pattern is in The Civil War Sewing Circle for those of you who have that book.) Isn't the blue wool flower brooch sweet? Karen made it for me and she'll have some in assorted colors available at her sale. And lots more fun things.

Taking time to stitch small things is a lot of fun for me around this time of year and they always make great gifts for friends and family.

My Christmas stitchery patterns are also still available and make cute hanging ornaments and tags for gift packages. 

Reminding you again that there's less than a week left before the Holiday Craft Sale and don't forget - I'll be doing a book signing on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Hope to see some of you local people there.  But even if you're in Iowa, Indiana or Wisconsin, do stop by if the weather's nice and you don't mind the long drive. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Free Patterns for Small Quilts

Everybody loves doll quilts. They're so easy and fun to make. I have quite a collection and I could go on and on. Do you know that I always have some free patterns for small quilts and things that you can download from my website, Country Lane Quilts?

This morning I spent a little time creating a Pinterest board for the free patterns so that those of you who are on Pinterest can see them all in one place and share them with your quilting friends. I will try to add to them now and then when I have a new one out. There's quite a few there but I can't give all my patterns away, you know - a girl's got to make a living, LOL. Still, you could whip up a bunch of really cute quilts from the free patterns and give them away as Christmas gifts.

And, if you happen to know a quilter who's just beginning and needs a simple pattern to try making a small quilt, you'll know just where to send her.

Turn it sideways and you'll have a great placemat. Don't you just hate it when people say that about your adorable small quilts you've spent so much precious time making? PLACEMATS!!! Accck. 

It's still technically autumn and Maple leaf blocks make cute quilts and runners or even coasters. 

Have a good weekend. I am still working on finishing up my new wool and applique patterns I promised you - coming very soon!  I have a few "elves" (named Shirley and Sue) who are helping me get them all put together. In the meantime, until they're ready, go out and start buying yourselves some pretty wool pieces because you'll need them when you see some of the cute little things I've designed for you to make. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holiday Craft Sale - Quilts and More

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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween, Quilters

Happy Halloween, quilters. Little bit of snow this morning. Still cool and crisp but not so bad that the dog didn't want to go for a run this morning. (She ran, I walked - and struggled to keep up, let me tell you. Crazy little 12 lb dog.) I've got work to do and she'd better rest this afternoon so I can get some things done before the trick-or-treaters come banging on the door.  

I'm having fun with wool lately and working hard on some new patterns that will be available to you soon. "Kathy does applique."

Here's a peek - this cute pincushion below will be included in a pattern for a colorful fall table runner.

(Bear's Paw quilt from my Prairie Children book. Still a favorite.) 

Fall always inspires me so much - more than any other season.

I still have so many Maple Leaf blocks left over from a swap we did in my online small quilt group awhile ago. I bring them out and look at them every now and then but that's as far as I get. Catch the free pattern here.

So many ways to make these into a cute fall quilt. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and won't something made from these blocks look cute on your table?

 Go on - rest up, little doggie. Wish I could play with you all day but there's wool and thread to be played with instead. And that doorbell's going to start ringing soon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Pretty Quilts

Here are a few more quilts that were on display at the show I attended last week in Wheaton, IL. Hope they inspire you as much as they inspired me.

Leaf Play, made by Beth Huhn Hoffman, inspired by a Sue Spargo workshop.

The House Kaffe Built made by Elizabeth FitzGerald.

A fun setting for some signature blocks. Quilt made by Elizabeth FitzGerald.


Judy Scheppach made this quilt from a Lori Smith pattern.

I think I used to have a doll like this when I was very young. It was cheap and I started to buy it for old time's sake but my good sense got the better of me. What would I do with it? I really didn't need an old doll - it was just as much fun remembering. Breakthrough: I really don't need so much "stuff" anymore.

Mary Zenger hand pieced this quilt designed by Sue Daly.

Just darling.

Quilt made by Ginny Wright.

Susan Strasser made Lucy Boston Broke My Heart.

Tree of Life quilt made by Barb Vlack,  inspired by a Sue Spargo workshop.

Center portion of the Pennies from Heaven quilt made by Marcia Cameron, designed by Gretchen Gibbons. Look at the beautiful hand-dyed wool.

Can you tell I'm inspired by all the wool applique quilts I see everywhere? I'm playing around with wool this week.