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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Free Quilt Block Patterns....

I spend more time looking at quilts and patterns than making any! LOL! I found an incredible website that has free quilt patterns and some great paper patterns for sale as well. You will be amazed at the over 1000 free quilt block patterns and photos of finished pieces submitted by fellow quilters!

The website is the Quilters Cache and Marcia Hohn is the designer of many of the original pieces and offers wonderful traditional patterns as well. Click on the link below to go there....grab snacks, and drinks and be prepared to stay a loooonnnnngggggg time!

http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

Just please be sure to be considerate and abide by her Terms of Use agreements which isn't hard, obviously!

Enjoy!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Winter Blahs.....

I'm sick of it. Plain and simple. I get this way every end of February when the fun of Winter has worn off and the shortest month of the year suddenly seems to be the longest and feels like it's 40 days long instead of 28.

I decided to make the best of it and snitched a Seaside Mist candle from my stock of Old Candle Barn candles and lit it.....the light, fresh smell has really perked up my soul! It's amazing how something so simple can give such pleasure!

I'll just have to keep that candle burning the next few days since they are calling for 1-2 feet of new snow over the next few days...I'll just refuse to look out the windows and dream of Spring!!!!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hand Piece Quilting....

I just need to make something, I have that itch!

I'll be honest. I used to make so many handcrafted folk art pieces....dolls, bonnets, etc., but haven't these last few months. We closed our retail shoppe for the Winter and I had grand ideas of accomplishing so much during these months off.

So, what have I made? Nada, nothing! I've finished my son's scrappy quilt, but that's all. Not one doll, not a single bonnet. I'd love to, but time...well, it's not on my side.

Our online business has doubled this past year (thank you all!) and continues to grow. In fact, January was our best month ever! Packing orders and shopping for more primitive wares takes a lot of time and effort, especially when I had to revamp my whole shipping process and find alternatives to USPS Priority Mail thanks to their huge rate increases.

We also began homeschooling our oldest, Seth, through Agora Cyber Charter School and it's a success! We love it, but again....time is not on my side.

I'd love to start another quilt and have decided that I MUST make time for this. I'm craving to be creative again, but not in the mood for dolls. I have so much glorious fabric and decided that I will hand piece my next quilt. Something new, and something portable so I can work on it while waiting for my son during the Agora Days Out programs through cyber school or while sitting in the living room with the family. That's the hardest part about my love of sewing....being stuck in my craft room isolated with my machine.

Another time killer for me is deciding what type of quilt to create. I've decided to do a sampler so I don't have to decide! Inspired by a recent reading of two books concerning the Underground Railroad and quilts used as signals, I'm thinking of making blocks representing those signals. We'll see, I'm still in the planning stage! It will be in primitive colors of course, I love browns, burgundy, mustard and touches of olive green and blues. Warm and inviting colors are what appeal to me the most. I also love vintage feed sack fabrics, but that's another subject altogether.

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

More New Products added....

Just a quick note to say I've added more new products! Handmades such as a cupboard tuck pillow made from antique 1800's red and white quilt, Colonial sawdust pillow made from heavily stained blue ticking, an antique gentlemen's picture on a metal pin (it's a big one!), and new large size no-glare Billy Jacob's prints!

All these, and our other new products, can be found under the New Arrivals category on our website, www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com.

Have a blessed day!

Mary Jo

Friday, February 5, 2010

New Textiles! Coverlets, Blankets, Duvet Cases...

Ohhhh.....my new shipment of woven textiles have arrived and I am swooning over them!

All of our new textiles (as are all that I ever order) are machine wash and dry....yes, machine wash and dry! Feel free to use these textiles and still pass them down through the generations! I'm a firm believer in using what you love, so I only purchase textiles that you can wash yourself...no dry cleaning necessary. Heirlooms were meant to be enjoyed by your family, still hold up to the wear and tear of everyday life while maintaining their beauty, and these textiles do just that! And best of all, they are all in the black and linen combination that you all love (and buy me out of each time) so that everything coordinates together perfectly.

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This new coverlet is the Sea Star and Jewel pattern. It is Queen size, but I've shown it on my full size antique bed and it works wonderfully! Take a look at the picture below, it is also reversable, so you can change the look of your bedding in an instant. These also look great folded and placed in a cupboard or at the foot of a bed.

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The next is a new FULL size and TWIN size blanket in the #5 stripe pattern. This blanket is woven in a herringbone pattern (a very subtle variation in the weaving pattern) with five black stripes in groupings along the blanket. Use as a blanket or even as a coverlet itself, or fold and place on top of a blanket chest. This fits our full size bed and will also fit a twin size generously...twin sizes are nearly impossible to find in Early American woven textiles, so this will work just great!

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Finally are our new duvet cases. In our picture, we've added a standard size pillow and draped the sides over the edge of the bed...how Colonial! Each one is handstitched with the initials HW and 10 for the year it was made. These just arrived, and they have already discontinued this product, so what I have in stock will be all that I can get in....so hurry in if you wish to purchase the cases, and they are sold in a set of two.

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All of our textiles are woven right here in Pennsyvlania using the same methods as Early American weavers and the quality is amazing and we are proud to be able to offer them for our customers. The coverlets and blankets all have a center seam down the middle which is a normal part of the weaving process and is seen in antique textiles as well and is not considered a defect. We know you will love them as much as we do!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo