Saturday, March 29, 2014

I Have GOT to Stop Sleeping In!!

I must be HOME…that bed is just too darn comfy!   Man, did I ever sleep in this morning!!  It was 7:30am before my eyes opened…which is unheard of!  But then I was exhausted when my head hit the pillow…all that unpacking, washing and folding, putting away…FINDING a place to put the new fabric!  YIKES!!  It boggles the mind! 

Not to worry…all has been put away!  The only problem is… will I ever find it again?  I must make a note to myself to buy more CLEAR totes for storage!

So this morning I sat down all prepared NOT to do a post…too late!  I thought I would sip my coffee in peace and catch up on blog reading instead.

First blog at the top of my list was Jeni’s Blog From the Willow.  Love her blog! 

WHAT?!!  Jeni is closing her shop?!  Geeze Louise, you leave blogland for a day or two and everything falls apart!  Yup, Jeni is closing shop!!  Her wonderful little shop, The Woolen Willow!!  She will still have The Painted Cupboard…( I think this is her online shop?)

My first thought was ohhhh noooo…the magazine!!  You may remember that her sister left the shop to start the magazine, Primitive Quilts…and of course all of them had their hand in it’s production!  “The magazine is growing fast, and we need to be able to put our full attention to all the work that goes into making it.”…writes Jeni.   OK…OK…and breathe!  The magazine is good to go!!  Whew! 

So that is the scoop for the morning!!  The Woolen Willow Shop is closing so that everyone can concentrate on the magazine!  I never like to hear about a shop closing…especially one that sells WOOL…but if that’s what it takes to keep Primitive Quilts Magazine functioning and out there then SEW be it!  I applaud their decision…it couldn’t have been an easy one to make!

As far as the magazine goes…it’s top of the list for me!!  LOVE THIS MAGAZINE!!  It’s the ONLY one that I subscribe to!

This was waiting for me when I got  home!  I know…it’s OLD NEWS for you, but for me it was HOT OFF THE PRESS!!  Oh sure, I had flipped through the magazine on the newsstands down south…how could I NOT…but I knew this was waiting…


…and it was SEW worth the wait!!  Just LOOK at a couple of projects that are in it!!  Lisa Bongean’s Repeat Bloom is wonderful!!


And look at this pillow…Cozy Posies by Yellow Creek Quilt Designs!  How sweet is this!


If you aren’t familiar with this magazine then you have to  know that you’re not going to find just wool projects in it…there are your usual cotton quilts as well…BUT there is nothing ordinary about THIS quilt by Kay Harmon!!  Dang cute with its three white sheep and one black on the outer border!  LOVE IT!!


And Laual Arestad continues to knock them out of the ball park!  I want that little verse in my life too!  Laural always has words of wisdom or inspirational verses on her work that add a special touch!!


Sew there you have it!  I have had my ‘quiet morning’ haha…no rant here!! 

I’m SEW sorry to hear about the Woolen Willow Shop closing BUT in the same breath I am so happy that Primitive Magazine is ALIVE and WELL and will continue to excel with these lovely quilters at the helm!

Have a SUPER Saturday and Happy Quilting!!~P

PS…if you haven’t subscribed to this magazine then what are you waiting for?  It’s not expensive…and if you like traditional quilts and wool then you will LOVE this magazine!!  You NEED to go HERE!  You can thank me later…


  1. Good morning Paulette, there is no place like home. Have fun with rediscovering your purchases and prizes.

    Your link to Jeni's blog isn't working for some reason. Sorry to hear it is closing but glad to hear the magazine is doing so well.

  2. I was late stopping by today. I am going up to Julian with our friendship group. We rented a cabin and I am sure it will be fun. So much to take along. I hope to work on my string baby quilt. You had one that inspired me. It will be my first string quilt. Wish me luck. Bet you had fun with your Grandson. Have a nice rest of the weekend. Lyn

  3. I saw that too, a shame to lose the store but nice that the magazine is doing so well and will continue on, love when a new issue comes.


  4. Hi Paulette,,,,it is so comforting when I read about another who has the same addiction I do lol! Fabric, they make it so darn appealing. How can we leave it there? Home it comes:)...Kindred Spirits. While its nice to go away, it is always great to come home.

  5. This magazine is one of my favourites, also. So many beautiful projects!

  6. It's the only magazine I subscribe to any more too! blessings, marlene

  7. You know it's my FAVE, Paulette.

    It just might have something to do with the upcoming Fall 2014 issue. *wink*

  8. Paulette, thank you for your sweet post about our news. It makes me feel very blessed that people understand. We have loved our shop for 10 years now, and it is just time to de-stress a little and have one main focus. Of course I can't stop designing and quilting,or rug hooking, so that will go on, through my blog and website. The Painted Cupboard is our antique and gift shop, which is attached to the quilt shop and magazine office! It will stay there and expand into the footprints of the quilt shop, as it isn't as labor intensive. All our employees will keep their jobs! Yay! Thank you again! Jeni

  9. Dear Paulette,
    I always appreciate when you single out one of my designs as something you would like to make. The Woolen Willow news is upsetting, but you are so right, we need this magazine in our lives. It keeps those of us who have a love of primitive inspired to keep creating.

  10. It's always exciting to recieve a new issue of Primitive quilts and Projects! I too am thankful the magazine is growing to keep it coming! If you look towards the back you will find one of my designs in Punchneedle or wool! Let me know what you think...!