Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Okay! It's fixed!

Howdy friends! I got help from Leah, Gretchen and Kristen at the PQP office! Seems I saved the image wrong! I told you I was not tech savvy right? It is there now! Have fun making the first section, and look forward to the next! Is it okay if I do them more often than once a week? I get impatient and excited ya know!

This is Chester, he got tired waiting for me to get help with the pattern!

Feel free to email me with photo's of your blocks!




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let's get started!!!

Okay friends! Let's get started! Here is a picture of block 1

Here is the template sheet to print!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ready for A Primitive Sew Along Quilt??? I am!


I've been thinking about this for a while, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do until a couple of nights ago. Then I had to clean off my table! Haha! Today, I hauled it all back out, and asked my husband to PLEASE not plan a big cook out for dinner, so I could just leave it out the rest of the weekend! I have a sewing room, but it is being a guest room for now, so I just run up and get fabric and things as I need them. I have a room on the first floor that I have brought my big machine and most frequently used items to, and it is also the laundry room! So...... The quilt....I am planning it as I go, which is how I have done most all of my Block of the Month quilts or hooked rugs, for the past 14 years! It's just the way I roll! So you will be trusting me, I know, with a lot! I believe I have half of it ready on paper, and right now, it is about 36" x 32" and growing! I haven't added borders yet, but there will be appliquéd borders. In the quilt you will find some fun pieced blocks, and many appliqué blocks with cotton, wool and some hand dyed velvet! Of course, you can use your fabrics of choice! I'm pulling everything from my large stash of treasured fabrics! Yay! The smallest blocks are 4" finished and the largest are 6"x12" or so. It's a mish mash of folk art fun! Oh, and there will be a tiny bit of simple embroidery also! I will list the sizes of fabrics to be cut for each block as we go, and will provide a downloadable template page for all appliqué pieces! This is free!! Once we are done, I will sell the complete pattern on my website.....down the road! I haven't divided it up yet, so I'll give you two or three things per week, and we should have it done in about 2 or 3 months possibly! Are you up for it?!!!! I am!! Come along!!! I'll post the first blocks in a few days, when I get some instructions on how to provide that template! You might see a few things there at the near end of my table!

Have a great evening, and get ready!!!



Friday, June 6, 2014

Our new Calendars!!!

Our new 2015 Calendars are ready for taking pre-orders! Just go to, and get your order placed! Last year we sold out in a month! This year, if you order before Aug.31, you get a special price! We made them bigger and easier to read. There are 13 beautiful photos from our magazine to enjoy all year long! These will fit in the nice frames you might already own that are made just for Calendars! They measure 13 5/16"x 24" opened up. Go check out the details!!



What have I been up to?

Since the closing of The Woolen Willow quilt shop, I have been working at home for my job with our magazine. I go into the office a few times a week or so to pick up patterns that might need testing or corrected for the magazine, or templates. I also go in for meetings, and if my help is needed in the antique and gift shop we also run, called The Painted Cupboard. When I need to dye wool, which I still sell in the shop, I do that there also! In my free evening time and weekends, which haven't been free up till now, I get to sew or relax! This is what I've been working on.....

These are blocks I'm working on from an old Linda Brannock book called "Quilt Album" and the pattern is called Primitive Star. They are all appliquéd wonky, and don't have points! I saw it finished on another blog....I believe, and asked her where it was from. I just love it!
This is a little sewing pocket I made for our retreat class at Blackwater Falls. It holds marking pens thread, scissors and pins! I can stick a few wonky star blocks in there too, and put it in my purse! It was fun to make, and I plan on doing up some patterns and maybe a few kits for when my new website is up and running!
Speaking of new website, it will be called! I hope you will come check it out!
So.....remember that new sewing room over the garage I told you about a couple posts ago??? Still waiting!!! The papers are all turned into the bank tho! Had to wait on our accountant to finish our taxes:( We have one estimate, and are waiting on another, then we should be able to start! I will definitely take pictures and share the process!
Okay, back to work for me!!! Have a terrific weekend!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Im a procrastinator!

I Jeni Gaston, am a procrastinator! I have had about four quilts that my mother made for about 3 years, to quilt.  I had actually started quilting one for her two years ago, only to find out that after quilting about a four foot square area, that I had used the wrong backing! So I took it out of the frame, and folded up and took it home to rip the quilting out! Well, I didn't get around to it, and finally a few weeks ago, started to take out the quilting. Our long arm lady at our shop, helped one day also, which was great!  Since we are closing the quilt shop, we decided to sell the long arm. We didn't think it would sell so quick, but it sold the first day! The buyers are picking it up on the 11th, so after work yesterday I loaded Mom's quilt, and today after Church, I quilted it, and another of her quilts! Two down, two to go! The second two are smaller. here are a couple pictures of her quilts!

Mom has always made such perfect points! I wonder who of her grandchildren might get these two beautiful quilts! They will be lucky!
    My Daughter and her fiancé are here cooking dinner, and then we plan to watch "Turn!" I'm so glad they are cooking, cause I'm pooped!
   Have a great Sunday evening!

Monday, March 31, 2014

So overwhelming!

Good morning friends,
   I just want to say, Wow! This has been so overwhelming, the comments from our customers, on the Woolen Willow Facebook, and my blog, and through our emails! You have no idea how humbled we are by your comments and encouragement. We are sad, by how sad some of you are, and we do understand. We loved our shop also! Gretchen and I were so swamped at the shop on Saturday with customers coming in, that we didn't even have a minute to sit or eat lunch. The news hit our local paper on Sunday, with a nice front page article in the business section. It was a nice article, even though they usually mix up some of the information! Anyway, thank you, the outpouring, means so much to us.
   Yesterday, I got a call from my Mom after we all got home from Church. Seems Dads TV wasn't working and he really wanted to watch the Michigan State basketball game. It's where he went to college after all! You know, Dad was the youngest of 12 kids. His parents came over from Hungary. He was the only one to go to college. Since he had been in the Army, he was able to go to college. He and Mom (AKA Ask Mom) are 80! They came over to my house so Dad could watch the game. My Mom and I sat in the dinning room and sewed. Well, she sewed! I made casseroles for my husbands lunches and dinners for the week, since he is on a big overtime job for the next 6 weeks. I make his lunch every morning for him at 5:30, have for almost 30 years! Here is a picture of me and Mom, and you can see Dad standing in the family room!

My daughter came over with her fiancée and his Son yesterday, and we made Southwest Spring Rolls for dinner with my Son, and also veggies and my home made ranch dressing! It was fun and yummy! Then we watched the Walking Dead season finale! Ha-ha!
   Have a happy Monday everyone, and I hope to see some of you at the shop soon!