Day Two – Today was Schoolhouse Day! A day full of attending different rooms, getting lost a lot, and finding out what is new on the market. We saw Eleanor Burns with her revised log cabin book, Westalee Rulers new templates and creative ways to kit products. BJ’s favorite was this adorable giraffe quilt. Lita’s was Kimberbell’s new quilt, but if you know Lita you know that she likes anything cute. Mine had to be a new BOM that we will have as soon as the fabric arrives from Cozy Quilt, Park Plaza.
After all that work we went to dinner with our dear friends, Cathy, Jan, Sue, Julie, Carol and Marty Britt. They hail from North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. We share ideas, successes, failures, laugh, sometimes cry, and always feel better being around them.
Our finale for the day was Sampler Spree, how do I describe this? Here is my personal definition; where otherwise civil, kind ladies turn into aggressive greedy shoppers. Actually it was not that bad this year although there was a lot of pushing and shoving, but it was worth it! We are bringing you home goodies that we purchased with you in mind.
As we walked back to our hotel we went through the park. There was a huge celebration with bands and several people dressed up in unusual dress. It was mystical, magical and exciting. What were they all celebrating? Day of the Dead!
Day One – Lita, BJ and I arrive in time to go to the Fab Shop Network dinner; always a fun time with some of our friends from all over the US. We heard several great ideas to try in the store and even received some really cool samples of things that we will be sharing with you at the December Saturday Sampler. Yes, I said December. During the November Saturday Sampler, I will be in Branson at my niece’s wedding. The lovely team at Prairie Quilt will keep you entertained and show you many new things if you come to November, including the quilts we will be offering for this event in 2019. Marilyn and Christi are both stitching away so you can see these scrumptious offerings. Sign up is now open! When will it be next year? Perhaps the name Second Saturday Sampler will give you a clue.
Tomorrow we will attend Schoolhouse all day. It is a wild day of 15 to 30 minutes informercials about new products. It is educational and fun, but so many choices to choose from and you can only go to one at a time. For this reason, we try to split up and go to different classes, then get together in the evening and review our notes with each other.
BJ and Lita have been playing roulette with hotel rooms tonight. We checked in to find they have put the two of them in a room with a single bed, being the good sports that they are, BJ said she would sleep on a pullout couch but since we paid for two beds we decided to get just that. Room number two had water running out of the light fixture in the shower, the last I heard from them they were repacking to go to room number three. We do stay at a nice hotel, I am sure the stay will improve.
While we are here we will be on the lookout for things you might like, please let us know on our facebook page what your desires are.
The Women of the Bible Quilt Journey is Winding Down
As many of you know, Prairie Quilt has been practicing gratitude through generosity in 2018, and in January, we began the wonderful Women of the Bible Quilt Journey. For those of you who haven’t heard, the Women of the Bible quilt introduces several Biblical women and includes historical references and devotional reflection.
Sadly, this wonderful journey is now beginning to wind down. At Prairie Quilt, we have enjoyed reading about the Biblical women, making each of the blocks, and reading the testimonials from the many women participating in this journey all around the world. We have taken many moments to enjoy the beauty of so many uniquely and thoughtfully constructed blocks, and we look forward to seeing how they all come together when finished.
If you have not started the Women of the Bible Quilt Journey, or if you have fallen behind over the course of the year, take heart! This journey can always be continued whenever you have space in your life. These stories and patterns are timeless, just like the Good Book from which they come. We are confident each block will soothe your soul whenever you find the chance to begin the journey for yourself.
Now for some housekeeping as we wrap up the final portions of the journey:
The final two blocks, 39 and 40, will be released on October 15, 2018 at 10 AM CST and will expire at 11:59 PM CST on October 31, 2018.
Once the 40 blocks are finished you still have some work to do: five inch pinwheels, flying geese and four patches. The finished border of the quilt consists of three separate borders: the inner border, the checkerboard border and the outer border. On November 1, 2018 at 10 AM CST, we will release the instructions for the small blocks to fill in around the big ones, instructions on how to assemble all the blocks together, and instructions on the borders.
If you are enrolled in Prairie Quilt’s Women of the Bible Block Kits, we will have two different kits for you. One kit will contain what you need for the filler blocks, and the other kit will contain what you need for the three borders. The cost for the Women of the Bible Filler Blocks Kit will be $54.99, and the cost for the Women of the Bible Borders Kit will be $99. Please note, as we sell out of kits, more can be made, though fabric substitutions may be necessary. Shipping charges apply.
The journey is winding down, but in the words of Yogi Berra, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!
On December 1, 2018, beginning at 1 PM CST, we will host a Women of the Bible Quilt Reveal Party at Prairie Quilt! EVERYONE is invited - worldwide - as we will be sharing the event via Facebook Live, and there is no cost to attend. If by the time of the party you have finished your quilt top, we invite you to bring it for the reveal! We are just as excited to see your finished quilt tops as we are to reveal them to everyone at the party and to everyone watching around the world.
If you cannot make it to the shop physically for the Reveal Party, due to distance or another conflict, there’s no need to feel left out! Just send us a picture of your quilt top, and we will share it on a rotational slide on our big screen during the event, and be sure to tune in to our Facebook Live, so you can join in on all of the fun!
What if I don’t have my quilt top finished by the time of the party?
Don’t worry! You are welcome to attend even if you have not completed a single block. However, it is important to note that space will be limited, so you may want to arrive a bit early to ensure you have a seat.
The Women of the Bible Quilt Journey will end with a BANG!
On December 1, 2018, the day of the Women of the Bible Quilt Reveal Party, from 12:01 AM CST to 11:59 PM CST, we are offering 25% off of one cut of fabric in-store and online! To redeem the discount online, type the code “REVEAL PARTY” in the “Special Instructions & Comments” box. (Note: Your discount will not be applied until after you have submitted your order.)
We would love the honor of quilting your Women of the Bible quilt, and we would like to offer you a special discount! Bring us your Women of the Bible quilt for quilting November 1, 2018 through
April 1, 2019 and receive 15% off quilting! Please note quilting will be done in a first come, first served order. Completion is not guaranteed by the December 1 Reveal Party.
I didn’t even know about this journey until recently…
It’s not too late to start the Women of the Bible Quilt Journey! We are fortunate to be able to provide you with two opportunities to purchase the patterns. The first option is the Women of the Bible Pattern Bundle, which comes with all of the patterns and finishing instructions in form of a preprinted booklet and includes two Women of the Bible wearable participant buttons - all for $49.99. The second option is the Women of the Bible CD, which contains all of the patterns and finishing instructions in a digital format - for $19.99. Both of these options will be available beginning November 1, 2018.
Thank you for making this journey a success!
Thank you so much for joining us on the Women of the Bible Quilt Journey. This process could never have become the success it has been without each and every one of the women who participated this year, so thank YOU! We hope you have enjoyed the process as much as we have!
It seemed like a good idea to try this little challenge. Step one: Take “before” pictures of my studio. Step two: Clean. Step three: Take “after” pictures. How hard could it be?
Ha! I quickly realized I had underestimated the extent of the mess in my studio. However, I have religiously cleaned every night for the past two weeks and....drum roll please...it is still NOT completely clean! I know it’s sad, but that is the only even remotely disappointing part of this journey, because I have really enjoyed and learned from this experience as a whole.
As it turns out, I had a misconception of what was in my sewing room. In my mind, I thought I took every scrap of every project back to the shop and put it in the scrap bin. But in reality, while I do take a lot to the shop, much of it actually stays here in baskets (oops!). At Prairie Quilt, the shop that I own, we have red and purple baskets for our shoppers. Evidently, another reason we have those baskets is for me to collect things in, because I discovered I had NINE baskets hidden in my studio. Fortunately, a large part of my cleaning required me to take baskets and baskets full of scraps back to the shop. How wonderful to be rid of all of those baskets! Though, to be completely honest with you all, I did find several projects I am still planning to make, which means I do still have a basket or two left! But hey, that’s better than nine, right?
As soon as I finish posting this blog entry, I will get back to working on the projects I have on my to do list, including a
Jelly Roll Rug I’m really excited about! I am one of those folks who must sew. When I breathe, I sew. I can’t think of a better way to explain it than that. For me, sewing is a way of communicating with God, my ancestors and the universe. When I get into that magical sewing zone, I am closer to all of them. Making art, especially with needle and thread, calms and centers me, which is why cleaning instead of sewing these past two weeks has been difficult for me. However, I know I will enjoy sewing even more tonight when I start in again in a clean, fresh and pretty studio.
You’ll see in one picture a mosaic cross created by my sister. In another photo you may notice my collection of doll heads. According to my children and grandchildren, my doll head collection is “creepy.” So much so that they feel the need to turn the doll heads to face the wall whenever they stay the night with me. Haha! What can I say? I like them, so I’m keeping them!
In each of the pictures, you are probably wondering why in the world I would paint all the walls that horrible color. I painted it 19 years ago when I had just returned from my honeymoon. I was so taken by the beautiful teal of the water that I wanted to remind myself of it. But now, I am soooo over that color! I am hoping you are going to suggest a new color for me. I thought about one accent wall color, but whatever I decide, it has to be lighter than what is on there now.
Obviously, I am not completely finished, but I am committed to continuing to purge and clean. Thank you, Cheryl Sleboda at www.muppin.com, for organizing this spring cleaning blog challenge. I have really enjoyed and been inspired and encouraged by the blogs of other participants, and I will continue watching the others. You can find the other shops’ websites below, and I hope you all will join me in keeping up with their progress!
Hi, I am the owner of Prairie Quilt shop in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where I am fortunate to share my passion with other sewists!