Prairie Quilt's finished project seen above. (Blue borders)
This year, to start the year off right, we have decided to give away a beautiful quilt pattern. The Women of the Bible quilt introduces several Biblical women and includes historical references and devotional reflection. My faith is a very important part of my life, so I love that I get to share it through this unique project. Working on this interesting and beautiful quilt will be an excellent opportunity for me to reflect on my faith and to learn more about the important women in the Bible. This experience has already been a big blessing in my life, and I hope it will be in yours as well.
We are so excited to be able to provide this entire 40 block pattern series to you absolutely FREE of cost! It includes all 40 blocks plus finishing instructions. We really want to make sure you don't miss out on any part of this journey, so we will promote the downloadable pattern via Facebook, our website: www.quiltnow.com and in our emails. Two block patterns will be available twice a month on the 1st and the 15th of the month for a total of four free blocks each month. You will have approximately two weeks to download the two patterns; after that, two different patterns will be available.
We want to make this process enjoyable in every possible way, so we will have block kits available for $6* if you want to make your quilt to replicate ours. However, we also encourage you to use your stash for this project. (If you're anything like me, I know you've got tons of fabric burning a hole in that secret hiding place you think no one knows about! It's practically begging you to get it out and use it for this special project!)
Women of the Bible is a big quilt, measuring 110" x 125" if you include all of the borders. Our quilt is a work in progress. I am piecing this quilt myself and am enjoying it immensely. I want to personally invite all of my readers to join me on this journey that begins January 1st, 2018.
I also want to encourage each of you join our secret Facebook group to share your progress and be inspired by a community of quilters when you decide to be a part of the Women of the Bible quilt experience!
The start of a new year is always an exciting time here at Prairie Quilt! For months now, we have been busy planning 2018 with you in mind. I am certain this year will be our best year yet, and I think you'll agree with me when you see all of the wonderful classes and events we have planned for you! For several years, our focus has been to encourage people to find their creativity and unleash their potential while having fun. This continues to be our goal in the present, as well as for the future.
*Kits come in sets of 2 at $6 per block. First come, first serve! Limited number of kits available. Must register to buy kits by March 1, 2018. THIS PURCHASE IS A 40 BLOCK COMMITMENT. There are 40 blocks in the Women of the Bible Quilt. Similar to our Block of the Month policy, when you register for our Women of the Bible Quilt Kits program, it is understood that you are registering for the entire program. We will abide by this policy and prepare a kit for you bimonthly with the understanding that you will remain in the program for the duration. We thank you for understanding. Patterns are not included in the purchase of kits but can be found for free at quiltnow.com under the Classes & Events tab in two week increments. On the 1st and 15th of each month, two free patterns will be released on the website, on Facebook and via email. Only two free patterns will be available at a time, so make sure to get each set before the next comes out and the other expires!
John Wayne got it all wrong. Well, I really can’t blame him. It is more the cockeyed movie producer’s fault that led us astray; thinking that Jesse Chisholm moved cattle from southern Texas to the rail heads in Abilene, Kansas. Chisholm was many things, but little of it ever involved moving cattle. He was born from a Scottish father and Cherokee mother, and worked on behalf of the United States government to contact the plains Indians as an interpreter and help coordinate Indian treaties.
Think of him really as the entrepreneur of the prairie; he was a fur trader, a scout, and established many trading posts.
The Chisholm Trail is named after him because he established a route to go from one trading post to the next which eventually became the cattle trail. Over 5,000,000 head of cattle came over the Chisholm Trail from south Texas to Abilene, Kansas. This year marks the 150th anniversary beginning the great migration of cattle. This event is dear to my heart, as the farm my husband and I live on is on the Chisholm Trail.
I grew up in a one room school house divided by a curtain down the middle. The curtain divided grades 1-4 from grades 5-8. We usually had 32 to 36 children divided between all eight grades. Tommy Tucker and Connie Allen and I went through all eight grades together, occasionally another child would come for a year or two but would never stay long. In the fourth grade a new girl showed up. Her name was Susie Reno. She was sweet, kind and very pretty. I loved Susie. Whenever I could, I would go home with her after school to play. Her house looked fine from the outside but when I went in I was shocked. There was only one chair, no other furniture. My family was not at all well off, in fact we were pretty poor, but we did have furniture. They had very few toys but somehow Susie and I entertained ourselves without them.
One day Susie was not at school nor were her siblings. When I asked about her the teacher said they had moved. I was heart broken. How could they just move like that without telling anyone? How could this happen? Then I heard two adults talking about it, obviously they did not know I was close by. Susie’s family was on welfare, the county welfare paid for bus tickets for all of them to go to another county to get them off the welfare roll. Susie’s mom could choose wherever she wanted to go within the state of Kansas but where that place was is a mystery. No one would tell us, and maybe they didn’t know either, where they ended up. I often wonder about her. Where did she end up? What was her life like?
I wish I knew where she was, I would send her a quilt! Is that not what we give to those we love?
The cork fabric has been so much fun to work with, very easy to handle. What I discovered was that it brought out some creative juices that had been dormant for a long time. I tried using some of my rubber stamps and stamp pads on the cork. Super cool. I am wondering if others would like to play with this. I have plenty of stamps for folks to use in a class. They could also use the class to learn how easy it is to work with the cork and make a small bag at the same time. My class is Sunday July 9th, it is only a few hours long. I hope you will join me.
Hi, I am the owner of Prairie Quilt shop in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where I am fortunate to share my passion with other sewists!