Primitive Gatherings Blog

not just another quilt shop…


February 2011

Coupon Reminder

Just a reminder to all of you who have our Coupon book, February 25 and 26 is 25% off of one full price wool kit.  This means that the wool kit HAS to have a wool background.  Please try and place your orders online if at all possible as it is going to be a busy weekend and we might not get to answering the phones right away.  If we do not answer, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Remember our Coupon Books are for items in stock only.


The Civil War Sewing Circle

We have a great NEW book in called The Civil War Sewing Circle! Its a 79 page book with 16 projects and letters from Civil War Soldiers and family members.  It is a great mesh of history and sewing that you do not want to miss!!  Here is a sneak peak at some of our favorite quilts that are in the book.

Snow Days Block of the Month

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We have been having some requests to show pictures each month of this Block, here are the first 3 months.  Each month when Joanne brings in her block I will be posting a picture up so that all of you can see the progress and will have a better visual on what each block should look like.  Hope this helps everyone doing this wonderful BOM!

Autumn Quilt

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All of you who have done the Merry Christmas BOM and My Garden BOM will not want to miss out on the final quilt from this series by Heart to Hand called Autumn Quilt.  We are offering it the same way as we did the other two.  You will receive 3 blocks every other month for $55, in four shipments. The final shipment will be $65, which is everything you will need for the borders and the binding.  We are doing the blocks on Japanese fabric and will be wool applique.  Carole is doing a beautiful job on these blocks, I can guarantee that you are not going to want to miss out on this quilt.  You can see a full rendition of what the quilt looks like the way Heart to Hand created it on our website under Blocks of the Month, we currently do not have a full quilt done.


Quilted Pictures Block of the Month

Put your quilt in a frame

We have a few new samples of the Quilted Pictures BOM to show all of you who are doing this BOM.  It is such a wonderful BOM to be in, making atleast one little quilt a month or more if you so chose, using both our fabrics and a few of your own scrapes.  Each pattern has 4 different little quilts or wall hangings to choose from!  This BOM is meant to be both a stash buster and a stash builder.  Incorporate some of your own fabrics to create a block that is unique to your own style.  We have customer here at the shop that is using wools for all of the appliques on her blocks!

By doing this BOM you will have several little gifts to give to your friends on their Birthdays, Christmas or just because they are always there for you when you need them.  We still have a few opening for anyone who would like to join, it is only $18/month including the pattern for 10 months.

Another New Sample

Our new sample Laura’s 1870 Cradle Quilt measuring 25 1/2 x 28 1/2 is a pattern by Quilts Remembered.   Sue did the Laura’s Cradle Quilt all in Jo Morton fabrics, using mostly Jo’s Ember and Reds collection. Our sample is done to make the pattern and the fabrics a little bit mushier (is that a word? I hope so) then what it originally looks like but we love the look that it creates.  There are 25 different fat 8ths and binding in our kits to help you make this beautiful wall hanging, our kits for this sample are $53 including the pattern or just $8 for the pattern.  Sue even used the left over fabric to create a scrappy backing and sleeve for her sample, she is so creative!!

Sue's very creative backing piecing

Laura’s 1870 Cradle Quilt…our version

It feels like spring…..

It has been gorgeous out these last few days in the 40’s and sunny and we have even had some customers report that they have seen robins already in the area!!!! I know the weatherman says that there is snow coming again this weekend and next week but I really don’t want to believe him!  With Spring hopefully right around the corner we have a few new samples in the store that I wanted to share with all of you.

One is called Georgene it measures 90×90 and the pattern was created by Laundry Basket Quilts. Georgene was an awesome quilt to make by using strip piecing I was able to make the random nine-patches quick and easy.  We have kits available with pattern for $150 or just the pattern for $9. I suggest if you like this quilt you snatch the kit up fast as we only had enough of that warm and cheerful yellow to do 9 kits!!!!

These are the nine-patches you would be making for the sets

Welcome to our Shop!

Welcome everyone to our NEW Shop Blog. We wanted to have a way for you to get to know us here at the shop, to see the NEW fabric lines that come in, the NEW patterns and the great NEW books that we receive, it is always like Christmas when we receive NEW items in and thought we would share that fun with you as well. We are going to try to post something at least twice a week so that you will know about everything NEW first and can pass information on to your sewing groups and friends.  Everyone who works in the shop is going to contribute something to the Blog, whether it be a posting, a new project that they are working on, a new book that they absolutely love, or just to share helpful hints that they would like to pass on to you.

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We have only 2 full-time people who work at the shop along with 10 part-timers who help make this store beautiful!  Each person helps to make this shop what it is, with a variety of talents and expertise to make all the wonderful samples and kits that we provide for you! Judy P is a full timer that I am sure most of you talk to if you have ever called us here at the shop, she makes sure that all of you get your BOM’s on time and your internet orders out.  Judy loves doing handwork, whether it be embroidery, cross stitch or  hand applique.

Judy's BOM Chestnut and Vine center block

Jessica (me) I am the shop manager. I do the ordering, find new patterns and books to come in the shop and makes the shop beautiful by organizing and merchandising the shop displays.  I do a little of everything here at the shop.

The cheddar quilt hanging is called Lydia quilted by Jessica

Carole, does BEAUTIFUL work on hand applique, and is the co-project designer with Lisa on several of our books.

From the Nine Patch Gatherings book: Scrappy Vintage Nine Patch done by Carole

Joanne is our expert embroiderer. If you have ever seen any of her stuff you always wonder how she makes it soooo PERFECT!!

Our BOM Snow Days block done by Joanne

Lori is creative in all that she does.  She designs the patterns you see on our site from Lily Anna Stitches.

Lori's design Garden Walk

Debbie is our fun, bubbly, wacky lady who can make anyone laugh!  She does wonderful piecing work and has started to dabble in machine quilting.

Quilted Pictures BOM which Debbie is in charge of

Char does BEAUTIFUL quilt piecing work and is a perfectionist in all that she does, taking the time to make sure that she has everything exactly how it needs to be.

LeMoyne House Quilt done by Char

Norma does piecing, wool applique and has a machine quilting business and does several of our samples here at the shop.  She takes EXCELENT care in choosing the precise thread and design to quilt each quilts!

Our Version of Prairie Bound pieced and quilted by Norma

Sharon is a wonderful teacher and is here to help any one who needs a lesson in piecing or a lesson on their Juki.

Sharon's class sample for Piece-ful Beginnings class

Nancy is the lady to go to if you have a bag making questions, she is our resident bag lady! She also does wonderful wool applique and piecing work.  Nancy is also the one you would need to talk to about The Gatherings Retreat House, she keeps it all organized!

Bow-tucks Bags made by Nancy

Brenda is the newest addition to our staff, if you can say that being here for over a year is new.  Brenda is our Saturday girl, if you have questions about your sewing machine she is the one to see.  She also has picked up working with wool and hand applique since she has been here.

Brenda made the flag quilt called Old Glory

And then there is Madalynn, we can’t say that she is our “high schooler” any more cause she is in her first year of college!  She is learning all about sewing and is doing great work, she just completed her first sample for the shop and it was GORGEOUS!!! I would love to show you this sample but she took it home with her already!  Hopefully I can get her to bring it back and show you all.

Then of course we have the wonderful ladies outside the shop that help us make everything run as smoothly as possible.  Sometimes there are hiccups but nothing that can’t be fixed.  We have 4 ladies at our warehouse, making our wool kits and your BOM’s.  Tina does the hand dying of wool which seems like a never ending job I am sure!

Sue, Jeanine, Peggy and Julie all make wonderful samples for everyone to enjoy.

Julie's design Taupe Table Mat
Sue's class she is teaching called Spicy Spiral
Jeanine's BOM Aunt Maggies
Peggy's Hang the Stocking's

Judi C who makes it possible for you to see all of our samples, patterns and books that we order by ensuring our website is beautiful.

We can not forget LISA and NICK who make this business possible with the help of all of YOU!  Without Lisa’s wonderful designs we would not be here to help you continue in your learning and to help you on your journey of sewing!!

Thank you for all of your support and we hope that you will continue to follow us on our Shop Blog as well as Lisa’s Blog.

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