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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Life has its ups and downs.  And I want to be mostly happy, so I do my best to focus on the ups, while striving for peace, love, and kindness during the downs.  Often that’s easier said than done.

This is where family, friends, and even strangers come into play.  There are countless kind loving people in the world, who have less than I, who suffer more than I’ll ever understand, and yet who get up every day with a smile and a determination to make this a good day for those around them.  I do my best to emulate these wonderful folk, and next thing you know, I am smiling, have a skip in my step, and am able to have a good day.

For this, for my family and friends, and for your love and support, I am grateful.  I wish you the best Thanksgiving ever!


“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”—Marcel Proust (1871-1922), Novelist

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!