Primitive Quilts and Projects

Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine

A premium publication dedicated to the primitive quilter, rug hooker, stitcher and more! Each issue features at least 15 projects from some of the most admired designers in the primitive fiber arts world.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Family is everything

Wow! What a week it’s been! Last Monday I got married..woohoo! We did a quick and simple ceremony at the courthouse with a few of the people closest to us. It was really nice. Afterward, we went to a local Hibachi restaurant for a yummy meal with my parents and my brother. Here are some pictures of our fun day!

 This one has to be my favorite, because no one was ready! It sums up our family well!
 The chef at the hibachi restaurant helped us celebrate, too!

I took on another craft project, too! Henley has been teething for about 2 months now…which means a whole lot of drool, all the time. I found an adorable drool bib pattern on Pinterest (go figure), and just HAD to try it! Here is the link, if you’d like to make one yourself! 

It’s just a little small on Henley because of her pudgy neck. Luckily I have a friend expecting a little girl soon, so it’ll make a great gift! I’ll make the next one bigger for Henley! 

I haven’t gotten any more finished on the benches from last time, it’s been too cold or too rainy to work on it, bummer! Maybe if it warms back up I can get back to work, otherwise I’ve got a project waiting for me in the spring!

If you attempt the baby drool scarf, I'd love to see pictures! 

Until next time...

Kristen :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stitches to Savor

Hello stitching friends!

We just got back from Market and Festival, and it was a wonderful time! Here are my sisters Judy, Gretchen, and myself! We were in our local small town airport delayed....but still having fun! My Husband brought us, and then our parents came and hung out with us while we waited for our flight! I can't find a photo of that, but it was wonderful seeing them watch out the window waving to us as we took off. I know it really worries Dad to have us flying together all the time. They are the best!

Here is our booth at Market this time...


It was so nice to have all that space, and such a great location!

Okay.....onto the title of the blog! There is a beautiful new book out by Sue Spargo's, with Martingale publishing! It's called "Stitches to Savor" and it really is something to savor!


If you have ever seen Sue's beautiful quilts, you know what I'm talking about! Gretchen and I had the privilege to host Sue at a couple workshops for our quilt shop, The Woolen Willow, several years ago. The workshops were wonderful, and Sue is an excellent teacher. Just to touch and see her quilts in person is a wonderful experience, and her new book captures the feeling perfectly! "Stitches to Savor" is a true coffee table book, and would make a fantastic gift also!

Here are a few photos from the book....



I hope you are all finding plenty of time for stitching, and that you get a chance to get this lovely book of photos! That's! You don't have to feel guilty if you don't make the quilts! You can just savor every stitch on every page! This can be purchased through, and at your local quilt shop!

Take care!



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I Love Fall!

Judy, Jeni and Gretchen have been away at Quilt Market and Festival in Houston the past couple of weeks, so Kristen, Grandpa and I have been up to no good while they were away ;) Haha.. just kidding! We've all been working really hard. It was nice getting updates from the girls at the show. They said our Primitive/Folk Art Quilt Exhibit turned out great.
You can see all the quilts by clicking here.

We've been having beautiful fall weather here in WV. All the leaves are changing and falling, the sun has been shining, and temperatures in the 50s and 60s. This is my favorite time of year. Trick or Treat was on Saturday, so I spent the afternoon with my dad, brother, my 4 year old nephew, Julian. Here is a cute video of Julian playing around on my phone:

Sunday I was inspired and motivated and decided to deep clean my house with my windows open, good music playing and candles burning. I even gave my my dog, June, a bath!

I find that when my house is clean and organized, I am more likely to be creative and productive. My next task will be candle making! I love to make soy candles, especially this time of year. They make great gifts, and also make my house smell so good!

Kristen and I haven't had much time to work on our quilts since my last post. We plan on getting together this week to start back up, so hopefully I'll have more progress to show in my next blog post!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happiness is Good Music, a Warm Quilt, and …. A Football?

Here in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, we had a cuh-cuh-cuh-cold weekend!

Snow Clouds in the WV Mountains

My husband (Dave) and I spent the weekend at our little mountain cabin, and it was super cold and super windy.  We even had some snow.  And I loved it all because I’m still a child at heart…I relish playing in the snow, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling up in a warm quilt.

I spent most of the weekend snuggled in the “Somerset” quilt I made last year while working on blocks for “Floral Abundance.”  16 Blocks of 32 are complete, and 2 more are in process.  Dave entertained me by playing groovy music from our youth:  Gene Parsons (of The Byrds), Joni Mitchell, Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt…before you know it, we were online ordering more CDs:  Pure Prairie League, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Yes.  Based on that information, can you guess my age?

This picture shows 1) my blocks for “Floral Abundance,” and 2) a quilt Mom gave me a few weeks ago.  She made several quilts over the years, and recently decided to give them to her five “kids.”  Look how pretty this quilt is, and how perfectly it matches my décor.  Do you recognize the scene?  This was the photo shoot location for our "Antique Garden" Moda quilt as seen in the Summer 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.

Blocks for Floral Abundance and Quilt that Mom Made
Back to the subject of snuggling in a warm quilt, here is my grandson, Julian, snuggling with quilts I made for him, and with his new football.  Sweet dreams, little fella.  He warms my heart like crazy!

Good Night, Football

On Thursday Jeni, Gretchen, and I will fly to Houston for International Quilt Market and Festival.  If you go, please stop by our booth, #2136.  We launched a “Primitive Folk-Art Quilt Exhibit” at the show, and are extremely excited to see it in person!  It showcases 23 amazing quilts, featuring all styles and techniques from hand-pieced to machine-created. Our goal with the exhibit is to spread awareness of the primitive design and give recognition to the many gifted artisans in the quilting world. Pictures of the quilts are in the image gallery of our website; we’ll post pictures of the Quilt Festival exhibit in the next week or two.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Family DIY fun...I think

Like Gretchen before me, I’ve never blogged before, so this should be interesting!

My family and I just moved into an awesome house, with a giant deck! Needless to say, there are a ton of DIY projects running through my mind at any given minute. My favorite type of DIY project, is the kind that costs little to no money. Lucky for me, I have been obsessed with pallets, and the cool projects on Pinterest that you can do with them!

I found several ideas on how to make pallet sectionals for your deck, and just HAD to do it! Here is the link to the pallet sofa that inspired me.

I started this adventure by sweet talking my wonderful fiancé, Neal, and his 13 year old son, Kameron, into helping with the heavy lifting. (Neal’s 15 year old son lucked out and didn’t have to help with this part.) We found 8 foot pallets behind a local store, asked if we could have them, and voila! Here is a picture of Neal and Kameron getting ready to unload them from my dad’s truck. (Sshhh don’t tell him we used the trucky for this, haha!)

We got 3 large pallets (2 for the seats, and one to chop up to use for legs), and 2 smaller pallets to rip apart and fill in the gaps on the seats. Man those things are heavy!

Henley helped pick the pallets out. Here is a photo of her all tuckered out before we even unloaded! Picking pallets is hard work for a 4 and a half month old baby girl. Just look at that sweet smooshy face!

After unloading the pallets, we had to gather the tools needed, with plenty of help from the dogs. Here is Nala, sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong...

And I got both, Sampson and Nala, to sit down for a picture for once! They needed a break from all the help, or should I say running around, they were doing.

We laid the pallets out, and did some measuring. We are chopping one of the pallets up to make legs that are about 15 inches tall. By we, I mean Neal, don’t trust me with power tools, haha! I'm just the mastermind.

So far, we have 1 of the benches made, with the exception of a little trimming and hole filling here and there.

Hopefully we will get it finished up next weekend. Poor Neal sprained his ankle at work one day, and I'm clumsy and kicked one of the pallets and hurt my toe. We’re falling apart! Clearly we shouldn't be doing DIY projects, haha!

Stay tuned, so you can see how the end product turns out, and find out what crazy new DIY project I suck my family into next! I’m thinking haunted maze for trick or treat, what do you think?! 

Have a great week!