Hello friends! Thank you for continuing to stay with us as we continue to blog sporadically. We have so many new projects and fabrics in the store, it is hard to find time to tell you about them! There is one project that we are honored to have finished and that is our Quilts for Japan project. As we are sure you all remember, last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami left over 20,000 people dead and many thousand more homeless and their lives irrevocably changed. In some small way, we tried to take on the herculean task of bringing comfort to those in need. With the help of our friends at Lecien fabrics, we asked our customers and friends to make quilts for some of those victims in Japan.
We called out for help and we were thrilled by the response of our community to pull together and provide some small comfort to those in need. Debbie spent weeks quilting these quilts and here are some of the results.
As a community, we were able to pull together 75 quilts, many of which had matching pillowcases . Additionally, our Japanese customers made some purses and dolls that will be much appreciated by the children of Japan.
Lecien USA welcomed the responsibility of making sure all of the wonderful quilts were shipped to Lecien Japan. From there, the quilts will be distributed to the people.
Prairie Queens would like to THANK all of the wonderful quilters who helped us with this wonderful heartfelt project. We would also like to Thank Lecien USA for asking us to partner with them in this wonderful endeavor. We pray that there will never be another reason to take on such an undertaking, but we have been truly blessed with the opportunity to bless others in this task.
This month we received two beautiful new lines of fabrics. The first is Rouenneries Deux and the second is Prairie Paisley II. Both of these are their second generation of previous lines from French General and Minick and Simpson, respectively. Rouenneries’ colors are reminiscent of the first line with the the red, creams and beige tones. Many of the patterns are different, however.
Our other Moda line that has arrived is Prairie Paisley II. This grouping from Minick and Simpson includes red, white and blue fabrics which also are similiar to their first line, but with different patterns as well. We are currently working on a kit from this line and hope to have that available for you to see soon.
Finally, keeping with our theme of “two”, we received the precuts of Athill Range which is the second line from Cabbages & Roses. We love the subdued pastel pinks, purples, blues and beiges. We expect to have the yardage in the shop in March.
We hang our heads and say sorry to all our wonderful customers and blog followers. We were so busy at the end of last year, between all our shows and then the holidays, we just couldn’t get everything done, but no excuses now. We appreciate all of you hanging on with us and promise to be better about updating our blog more frequently.
Now on to the fun stuff! We’ve received lots of new fabrics and wanted to share some of these with you. We can’t possibly post all of them, so we hope that you can visit our website and check our What’s New Page and New Fabric pages. We know you will find something new to inspire you. Additionally, we’ve just ordered more fabric so look at our Coming Soon page to see what fabric will be arriving at our shop!
Prairie Queens is one of the only stores in the area to order the full line of fabrics from Pam Kitty Morning. We have a fun kit available as well. This line is so versatile and the colors are so bright and vibrant.
We received the full line of Marblehead. This line looks like stone work and is quickly becoming a go-to favorite for blenders and tonal quilts.
We also received a great new line from Moda called Summer Breeze II. This line features fabrics with a variety of floral motifs in blue, yellow, white and green colors.
In addition to all these wonderful new fabric lines, we just received a huge assortment of new wool from our friend Beth Upstill. The colors are amazing and we love these new additions to our exising wool products. Look for some exciting kits soon!
And finally, we have a one-time only offer of Cosmo Pearl Cotton #5 Embroidery Threads that are only available in Japan. Once these are gone, they will not be available anywhere in the U.S. again.
We hope that these new products inspire you to get creative and we look forward to seeing you in the shop soon!
In California, we always enjoy Indian Summer in August and September. Typically we get our warmest weather during this time and it also means the kids are heading back to school. For us at Prairie Queens it also means one thing….Show Time!!!
This year we will be hosting three booths at three different shows. The first two fall on the same weekend, September 24 and 25th. The first show is at The Morgan Hill Quilt Show, which runs in conjunction with Taste of Morgan Hill. The quilt show takes place in the Community Center where you can visit the booths and see a huge assortment of quilts from local artists.
The second show is Quilting in the Garden at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore. This will be our first time at the show and we are looking forward to this new venue!
Finally in October, we will have a booth at the Pacific International Quilt Show, October 13 – 16. This show takes place at the Santa Clara Valley Convention Center and is the biggest quilt show on the west coast. This year our booth will be extra special because we are making all brand new kits which no one has seen. The staff have diligently been working on the samples in secret and we are excited to unveil them to you at the show.
Speaking of special…April has been working on a fabulous quilt for a year now and it is a breathtaking sampler made from the Farmer’s Wife book by Laurie Hird. April has been hosting a group of 12 ladies every Monday night and they are all working on the same quilt but using a variety of different fabrics. Everyone is in different stages of completion but April’s is done!
There are many groups of ladies across blogland that are working on The Farmer’s Wife sampler. It seems to have gained a cult following in the last few months! One group is even calling themselves The Real Farmer’s Wives…..taken from The Real Housewives titles. You can visit the Farmers Wife Quilt-a-Long at www.fussycut.blogspot.com. These ladies work for United Notions/Moda and became interested in the book after seeing it fly off of the shelves in the warehouse.
There are a few different ways to go about piecing the blocks. April’s group is using the Electric Quilt program to help with cutting instructions. Eighty Nine of the blocks are traditionally pieced and twenty two are paper pieced. Marty Mitchelle has also jumped into the ring and come up with instructions using her templates to help with the cutting process. This information can be found at www.frommarti.com.
There are a few other links that we thought you might find useful before you jump into the Farmer’s Wife and they include:
- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/farmerswifesampler/ This is a yahoo group moderated by the author Laurie Hird.
- http://sisterschoice.typepad.com/ - Nicole Reed and her daughter Sara are also working on their blocks.
- http://www.electricquilt.com/Support/FAQ/other/farmerswife.asp - There is an add-on CD available in the Farmer’s Wife book that can be used by Electric Quilt software.
Although it seems like a huge undertaking, this quilt was quite fun. April enjoyed the process of selecting fabric for each block and she is now enjoying the fact that it is DONE! We hope this inspires you in finding your inner “Farmer’s Wife” and take the leap into a fun project!
Busy……that’s the only excuse we have! We have been busy ordering fabric (love), busy on vacations, busy covering for those on vacations, busy making quilts for Japan, busy watching our children graduate and throwing parties and busy preparing for our shows this fall!
Debbie has even been busy with this………………………
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see evidence of this!
It’s that time of year again! The time when we stop and think about the women in our lives who have been an important part of the person that we have become…..our Mothers, Grandmothers and Aunts or maybe just a special woman that God has placed in our life and has served a purpose above and beyond. In the United States we celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers, Hallmark Cards and maybe brunch at a very over-crowded (and over-priced) restaurant……all so Mom doesn’t have to cook!
I was reflecting this past week on the Women who have been a part of who I have become and hope to be someday. I know where each one of them will be on this Sunday, Mother’s Day. I know where to send a card or when to call and say hello. They all know where I am and how my family is doing. It seems that life is good, or as good as it is going to get for right now, anyway!
In contrast, I have also been reflecting on those families who’s lives have been devastated by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. My heart goes out to those children who have lost their Mothers, Grandmothers or Aunts. My heart bleeds for those Mothers who have lost Children and Spouses. I can not even imagine the horror of not knowing where your family member is……were they swept out to sea; are they buried under piles of rubble; are they gone forever, or will they be found in another part of the country, waiting and wondering the same thing.
My wish for this Mother’s Day is that we would all take a moment and thank God for the beautiful women in our lives and pray for those in Japan who are lost without theirs!
Join Prairie Queens as we celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday with a special Boutique and Bake Sale to benefit the victims of the disasters in Japan. One hundred percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
May your Mother’s Day be special and filled with family!
Craft & Bake Sale
Sunday, May 8, 2011
11 am – 4 pm
Prairie Queens Quilt Shop
14922 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help the people in Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami. Monetary donations are also welcomed.
Leila pulled the names for our Bunny Day Giveaway and the winners are……
Robin Milewski (Pink), Michelle Lewis (Blue), and Debbie Simmons (Green).
We know where to find Robin and Michelle, but we need to hear from you Debbie! Please email us with your mailing address and we will ship your bundle to you. A big thanks to everyone for your comments.
Happy Weekend to all from the Prairie Queen!