Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fear not! Primitive is not a color

Good morning friends!

Have you ever looked up the definition of Primitive Art, or Folk Art? If you have, you will find out that color has nothing to do with it! That being said.....most quilters who like the primitive style, usually go with darker or more subdued colors, but I think that is because it reminds them of an old antique quilt! If you look at an old quilt where it isn't worn....in a seam possibly, or an old hooked rug on the backside, where it didn't get much light.....often times you will find bright colors! The style actually is all about character...sometimes what the maker may have been trying to show about his or her life and surroundings. The quilt or rug may have been utilitarian or decorative.

Here are a few examples of bright Primitive or Folk Art style projects that have graced the pages of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.


This is Sue Spargo's Folk Art

Karen Bates

Kimber Mitchel, our editor

Buggy Barn

Geoff's Mom pattern

Dawn Heese

Aren't those wonderful?


I decided to re-make one of the quilts from my book "Primitive Style" in brighter colors. The quilt is a traditional style patchwork quilt, but it is very dark and scrappy in my book. I also plan on doing a few more of the more Primitive projects in bright colors as well, so be sure and follow along on my Instagram, Blog and Facebook! Here are the two images....I still have a lot of sewing to do!


The fabric I used, in case you would like to know, are from Moda....Fig Tree, Strawberry Fields revisited. I used only 5 colors. Aren't they such fun fabrics?!!

Watch for more "Bright Primitive Folk Art" projects being made for my book! If you would like to try some of the projects, you may purchase it here.....



Have a wonderful day, and feel free to share your Bright Prim projects with us!



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Elizabeth, it's the big one!

I love quoting Fred Sanford from the "Sanford and Son" old tv show! But really.....don't have a heart attack! I really am blogging just two days after my last post! Haha! I woke up last night at about 2:00 in the morning.....just wide awake! I refused to believe it, so I just tossed and turned, trying to get comfy enough to sleep again. Whatever you do, never blame the glass of wine, or the chocolate though! At about 3:00, I decided to just come downstairs and stitch....

I think I will frame this in an old frame, like this one from my book.....

I'm down to finishing up the middle stem and leaves now. I'm using a pretty linen that I over dyed. I'm planning to take it, and all my stuff that has been piling up in the dinning room, out to my sewing room this morning. I haven't been able to use my wonderful room for several weeks, due to my heat not working out there. My husband finally figured out what the problem was this past weekend, so it's nice and cozy now! Now if I only had an enclosed walkway to avoid the cold getting out to it! Haha!

Chester wasn't amused that I was keeping him awake with my light so early this morning...

He loves his bed,(our couch) which needs a new slipcover. He will be so happy when we head out to the sewing room this morning, because he loves going to work with mommy! Haha! He brings his squeaker toy out and everything!

Yesterday, I accepted a few more beautiful projects into Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, that I know you will love! And if any of you are designers, or hope to be, please feel free to submit your designs to me! We need some more larger projects!

Okay, I must get to the sewing room and get moving, before I crash from not enough sleep! I wonder if an afternoon nap is in order? We'll see how much work I get done!


Have a wonderful day!!



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stitching to stay warm?

Good afternoon!

Are you stitching to stay warm? We had a foot of snow this weekend, which I loved, but mostly because we don't get much snow here on the Ohio River side of WV......just a dusting now and then, and an occasional 3" or so. This was the first real snow so far this year. I'm fortunate to not have to go out in it much, since I work from home, so I can look at how pretty is while sitting by the fireplace.


I did a bit of rug hooking for Christmas gifts this year, and a tiny bit of stitching. I forgot to take a picture of the stitching though, before I took it over to our shop. Here is one of the little rug mugs I made!

I love to hook little rugs for gifts, and they were always great for classes at our shop.

Speaking of the shop....we are making lots of kits of the cute pincushion in my book! Here is the pin cushion, and the link if you would like to purchase a kit! You will need the book as well, for the pattern!





If your local shop would like to do a class with me, just have them contact me at woolenwillowdesigns@gmail.com.....I would be happy to teach!

I couldn't very well close a post without mention of little Henley! She is 8 months old now, and LOVES to jump!

And she loves her Pap!

Enjoy your evening, and comment to let me know what you are working on! I do love show and tell!

Take care and stay warm!



Thursday, December 17, 2015

A couple give away contests!

Just a quick note! The Woolen Willow is having a give away of my new book! Go check it out! Also, if you don't already get the Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine newsletter, be sure and go sign up on the website, because there will also be a give away in the next newsletter!



And we are doing kits right now of the hooked rug pattern in the book! We hope to get more of the kits figured out as well, so keep posted to our website!


I hope you are all getting in plenty of stitching and Rughooking.....I have been doing a bit of rug hooking lately, and I supported a local quilt shop "Bolts and Quarters" in Parkersburg WV today, and bought a few yards of pretty new Pam Buda fabric!


I already wasn't happy with the colors and ripped out! Hopefully I'll get back to it this evening!

Pretty fabric! Wonder what it will become?

Have a wonderful weekend!



Friday, December 11, 2015

Woooohooooo! The books came!

It was an exciting day! Even Chester was happy! Haha!

If you would like a signed copy you can go here;


If you are a shop and would like to buy wholesale for your shop go here;


I mailed out a nice stack of books today, along with some little kits from the Farmhouse Threads blog hop, and haven't had time to finish up my Christmas decorating....but here are a few shots around my house!

I guess I should take one this evening, so the lights will show up. Chester was thirsty, you can see! Oh brother! I haven't caught him doing that since he was a puppy! My tree topper is a little paper plate angel my son made in Sunday school! I love the sweet little crayon face, and globs of glitter! He is 23 now, and thinks it's funny I still use it. I'm hoping to vacuum and wrap a blanket around the base this evening, and finish up my decorating while baking tonight after dinner.


I gave away my old upright piano this past year to the cable guy, so I didn't have the normal place for my Nativity. Low and behold....it fits on my mantle, where I usually put my Santas! Hmmmm.....now where to put the Santas? I may just leave them in the china cabinet beside the mantle. I'm sure it will all end up fine....I don't get too excited about everything being perfect anymore. I just figure Christmas will come and go with or without me being ready, so I think I enjoy it all much more now! Haha!

Here is a photo of most of my family at our annual Christmas sing along party! It was our 23rd year!



We were missing some....but hopefully next year, they will join us!

For those of you who ordered books....they are on the way!!! I hope you enjoy it!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Aging a background

Good morning!

As I was working on sending out the last bit of kit orders from the Mystery Blog hop block, I was thinking about all the people opening their packages. They would see a light piece of fabric, some whitish wool, brown and red wool. Hmmmmm, that white won't stand out on the background....now what?! So I thought I would explain what to do! When I was working on my design, I wanted to use a fabric that I had plenty of, to make kits with! So, you will find a nice muslin for your background! What is that you are saying??? Mine doesn't look like that in the photo? Oh!!! It's because I aged it! I like to use a very strong instant coffee/water mix in a spray bottle. I squirt it on, and then iron it dry! Here is the before and after.....

Start light, and add more as you need!

Now....some may say it might break down the fabric years and years from now......so you can buy some solutions made for such a purpose. I believe Lisa at Primitive Gatherings sells an aging solution, and also Lori Brechlin from Notforgotten Farm! You can also use tan rit dye. In twenty plus years of quilting and crafting, I haven't had any trouble with using coffee though....and it's so quick and easy to have ready. I would say I put about 1/4c of cheap instant coffee in a coffee cup with a cup of boiling water to dissolve. Poor it in a spray bottle and Have fun! Oh.....do this before you add the applique!

Chester is tired from all this kit making....well, maybe it's really all the playing in the sewing room, getting in the trash...you know all the shenanigans our furry friends get into!


Have a wonderful day, and if you haven't gotten your kit yet....it's on the way, we took a trip out of state over Thanksgiving, halfway through the orders!



Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mystery Christmas Quilt Blog Hop

I hope you are all enjoying the fun blocks the designers have been posting for you, and I hope you will also enjoy mine! It was fun coming up with what it would be, and making it! The blocks that we (the designer/bloggers) are making will all be sent to Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads, who will be making them into a quilt to be a prize for one of YOU lucky blog readers!!! Go to her blog, farmhouse threads.blogspot.com, to see how to enter to win!


Here is my block.....a link to download and print the pattern, and also a link to purchase a kit!



To recieve the free shipping, when you get to the page after clicking "order" type ginger (all lower case) into the voucher box, and click recalculate!




Now.......I want to share a few pictures with you from my book "Primitive Style" that will be released on Dec. 1!!! I can't wait! Here ya go!


This is just a peak! There are 15 projects, small and large! I am taking pre-orders on my website, and you can also order through your local quilt shop, www.paintedcupboard.net, Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, and also through Martingale!


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for following along on my blog, and don't forget...next week block is Lisa's turn on her Primitive Gatherings blog!