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Save the Date for Hearts for Japan – Crafts and Bake Sale – May 8, 2011

April 28, 2011

 Please join us for this wonderful event here at our shop!

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.

Hop this way for a giveaway!

April 19, 2011

If you are a regular reader of our blog postings, this challenge should be a breeze.  In honor of “Bunny Day”, we are doing a Bunnyhill giveway. So hop through our previous blogs and find the answers to these simple questions. Answer all questions correctly, and we will put your name in a drawing for one of three fat quarter bundles of Lily and Will from Bunny Hill Designs.

1. What does Mark keep?

2. What designer calls Prairie Queens home?

3. What’s the name of April’s famous appetizer?

4. What fabric company warehouse did April and Debbie recently tour?

5. Who is the store comedian?

Submit your response by Easter Sunday, April 24. We will announce the winners in our blog post next week.

Lecien USA & Prairie Queens Team Up for Japan

April 12, 2011

In our continuing efforts to help those families whose lives have been devastated by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Prairie Queens Quilt Shop has joined forces with Lecien USA to make quilts for both children and adults.

Lecien USA has donated a generous amount of fabric that is being used by our students and staff to create quilts and pillowcases.  If you would like to participate with the growing effort to somehow help those in dire need of basic living essentials, please feel free to bring in or mail completed quilts to the store.  Lecien USA is covering 100% of the shipping costs to deliver the quilts to Japan. Lecien JAPAN will facilitate the distribution of the quilts to those in need.

We have a group of ladies who will meet here at the store for the next few Mondays to work on their quilts from 10:00am – 3:00 pm. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the store to reserve your spot. Any type of fabric can be used to make the quilts, but we are recommending a child’s size quilt be approximately 40” x 45” and an adult size be approximately 50” x 60”.

Living in California, we can only imagine the devastation and loss that is being felt by the people of Japan. No individuals have been untouched by this horrific tragedy. As quilters we are able to show community, compassion and warmth through our craft. We are proud to be a part of this humanitarian effort.

We Invite You to a Spring Boutique

March 25, 2011

Prairie Queens Quilt Shop will be hosting a Spring Boutique on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th from 11:00 – 4:00. We will be opening the shop for this special event which will be hosted by our own Keiko Clark and her many talented students and friends. 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.

We will have over a dozen vendors selling a variety of homemade items. These items make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, teacher gifts, or graduation presents.

Here are a few examples of the items that will be sold at the boutique. 

Our hearts go out to all the people who’s lives have been touched by this disaster.  We pray that every kind act and contribution will add up to making a big difference in the recovery of Japan.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us here at the store.  We hope to see you all there!

Recipe of the Month: Provolone Dream

March 18, 2011

There always seems to be plenty of reasons to celebrate here at the PQ and it usually involves food.  Over the years we have enjoyed each others cooking (except Eli’s…LOL) and look forward to having some of our favorites dishes.  In the next few months, we will be sharing some of our favorite recipes from our staff and students. 

This month we are sharing a recipe of April’s that everyone loves.  Phyllis loves it so much, she will eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  April whipped us up a loaf last night so that we could include a picture in this blog post.   the Friday Open Sew students were more than willing to indulge once the photo shoot was complete! It’s the perfect dish to bring to a family gathering , party or celebration with friends!


Provolone Dream

  • 1 8oz bar of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb of sliced Provolone Cheese
  • 3/4 cup of Pesto Sauce
  • 1 jar of Sun-Dried Tomatoes (drained)

In a food processor, cream together the Cream Cheese, Garlic, and Black Pepper.  Set mixture a side.

In the food processor, chop the drained Sun-Dried Tomatoes.  Set a side.

Line a large loaf pan with clear plastic wrap, leaving extra hanging out of pan on all four sides.  Line pan with Provolone Cheese, overlapping in areas so that no holes show through.  Like a lasagna, layer the three different ingredients (Garlic Cream Cheese, Pesto, and Tomatoes).  Separate each layer with Provolone Cheese.  Continue process until ingredients are gone, usually about three layers.  Finish with a layer of Provolone Cheese.  Tightly wrap the loaf with the clear plastic wrap.  Leave in loaf pan and refrigerate for 3 -4 hours or overnight.  Remove from pan onto serving dish and serve with sourdough baguette slices or water crackers.


March 4, 2011

Phyllis………how do we begin to describe her.  She is one of those people who unexpectedly shows up and becomes a huge part of your life.  She brings so much joy to Prairie Queens.  You know Phyllis is here when the classroom can be heard rolling with laughter throughout the store.   We thought it only fitting to share some of her “Phyllisisms” so that laughter could be heard around the world! 

On Sunday, Phyllis and her best friend Sue came to quilt during Open Sew.  Sue was wearing a sweater that pulled down in the front while carrying her project in.  Sue commented that her cleavage was showing, which she doesn’t like.  Phyllis’ reply…….”For my cleavage to show, I would have to unzip my pants.”

That is what we call a “Phyllisism.”

A Quilter’s Fantasy: Warehouse Shopping at Lecien USA

February 25, 2011

On Tuesday, Debbie, April, Keiko and Mark traveled to Emeryville, CA to visit the Lecien warehouse. We were so thankful that Mr. Wonderful was able to join us on our adventure.  Traffic was crazy and the freeways in the East bay were quit treacherous.  Once we arrived in front of the warehouse , we were able to open our eyes, knowing we were safe and sound.  Before you all get excited and start making plans for your own adventure, we need to tell you that the warehouse is only open to quilt shop owners and business vendors. 

Pictured is April, Debbie, Nireko with Matt, the President of Lecien, USA.

 The building houses the majority of the current lines of Lecien.  It was much cleaner and more organized than the  word “warehouse”  brings to mind.   Everyone had a great time going through the bolts, picking and choosing some old favorites and selecting several purple and green fabrics for an upcoming kit. 

 We filled a cart full of dots, checks, and many taupe fabrics to compliment the ones that we already have at the store.

Notice April’s smiling face?

It’s always fun to meet with fabric reps and shop for fabric while looking at strike-offs, however, there’s something much more exciting about pulling a bolt right off the shelf and being able to take it home with you!

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for….the winner of our drawing for the fat quarter bundle of the Brenda Riddle line, Georgia Lou is……Linda H. Her comment was “Beautiful fabrics! I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with your new blog.”  Thank you for the comment Linda.  We will email you for shipping information. 

A big THANKS to all of you who visited and commented on our new Blog.  We are happy to be part of the blog world and plan to bring you more giveaways, recipes, and featured kits.  If there is anything you see on our blog that you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to call the store or email us.  We will ship ANYWHERE!

Have a GREAT Weekend!