Monday, July 22, 2019

Too Busy To Be Summer

Summers should be for vacations and swimming and sitting 
on the porch stitching wool cardinals!  But more about that below-

I love working in the garden and pruning the flowers.  Unfortunately, spring ended this year with an abundance of rain so our garden was late to plant.  Also some weird looking worms got our entire first patch of sweet corn.  We never saw that coming and we have been growing corn for 40 years.
This was the first year we had no sweet corn put up in the freezer. 
We are sweet corn deprived.
Last year the coons got the corn in the blink of an eye.  It was gone before we knew it was even close to ready.  We used to have a farm Beagle and she kept the coons out of the corn each year. They were never a problem, ever.  She even loved corn on the cob herself but she never bothered enough of it to be a problem.  Unfortunately, she passed away of old age a few years ago.  
Now we have no beagle and no corn.  
Not even in the freezer. 
To make matters worse, the neighbors horses got out the other day and wiped out our entire second planting of sweet corn. The corn was up only about 6" but the rows were freshly cultivated and the horses thought it looked like a great spot to roll in the dust. They literally wiped out everything in the patch.  It would be pretty funny if our freezer wasn't so empty.
It's going to be a desperate corn situation around here very soon.

Also, we only have 4 asparagus plants left.  We are not sure if the horses ate them the other day or stepped on them but they have all disappeared.  
The tomatoes and pepper plants are doing OK so far but everything is much later than normal.

This summer has been such an exception to the normal summer around here!  

Bad garden!
Bad horses!
Too busy to enjoy anything!

On a bright note-
It has been a crazy year working on new designs and fabric lines.  
I am also updating all of our older patterns with color. 

Here is one I worked on last week- Cardinal Wool Embroidery.  It's no secret that I love cardinals.  I am a Missouri girl, born and raised even though I did live in Iowa for four years. 
Missouri is home to the Cardinals.  This was the original table runner I did for this the Cardinal Wool Embroidery pattern in 2005.

Recently while playing with the designs I did a few more wool runners and quilts.
This runner has flat sides and a strip of red wool used as sort of a sashing effect.  I think it's stunning with the red strip on there so I did a few more.  The next one is a longer version of the same runner. All of the birds are facing forward so it would work well on a buffet or side table.  It would make a great wall hanging too. 
The cardinals are so vibrant made with Weeks dye works hand-dyed wools. 

Here's another thought- a cardinal quilt.  
You can make individual blocks and hand-stitch them together.  
The one on the left below has a single red wool border with
Weeks wool Candy Apple 2268 HT - the same wool that was used on all of the wings.
It's brighter so it really stands out. 

The one on the right has all black wool border with a strip 
of the same red wool stitched on as a sashing.
I love the look of the black hand-dyed wool backgrounds.  
This one is Weeks Dye Works wool in Kohl 3900 

You can get the pattern here-

Downloads will be available very soon.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Harvest Berry Time

We have barely planted our garden this year due to all of the rain. Though we have no flooding as many in the mid-west do, we do have very wet conditions and very cloudy days when it is not raining.  That's not exactly perfect conditions for planting anything.
I hope to finish getting the garden planted next week if the weather ever cooperates.

Are there pumpkins in your garden yet?
It's the time of year to start thinking about fall decorating and sewing.
We have four new patterns using the new Harvest Berry fabric line.

All of them are simple piecing and Quick Fuse applique.  
More information on each of them here-   Autumn Quilts
There is a free pattern on the Benartex site called Harvest Berries offered HERE


Monday, May 6, 2019

Autumn is in the Air

Even though it's early May, Autumn has been in the air around here for some time!  
This week Benartex has their Autumn in the Air Blog Hop.

They offer a free pattern and a chance to win some fabric.

We just finished the new quilts using the Harvest Berry fabric line. 

This one is my favorite- #424 Awesome Autumn.
It measures 26" x 34".

We have three other new patterns available using the Harvest Berry fabric line. 
They are all available at your local Quilt Shop. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Always in the Mood For Fall

The new Harvest Berry fabrics are currently shipping to Quilt Stores. The panel turned out beautifully and all four center parts would make great pillows.
Here are the panel and coordination fabrics-

I finally got all of the quilts finished for the new Harvest Berry fabric line. To see each pattern you can visit the Prairie Grove Peddler website.

Here they are waving in the wind-

The quilt on the far left is a free pattern titled "Harvest Berries" offered on the Benartex website here.

It uses a charm pack and has a little applique across the bottom.  

Happy quilting!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Getting in the Mood for Fall

It's been a crazy busy summer and no vacation in sight -yet.  I finished another new fabric line plus I have been working on new patterns for next years fall fabric line called Harvest Berry. It is putting me in the mood for pumpkins.  Everything in the fabric world happens well in advance.  It's hard to keep up with what time of year it is at times! I am starting spring fabric next. 

Our garden didn't do much this year.  The coons got most of the corn.  Our Beagle passed away last year so this was the first year it was unguarded.  Funny we forgot how destructive the coons can since we had a "guard Beagle" for 13 years.  We miss her for many reasons.

The lack of rain didn't help most of the garden and my favorite Amish store didn't get any Peaches from Southern MO this year.  All in all there wasn't much freezing or canning going on.  My husband made Kosher dill pickles.  That's about it. 

Here are a few new Moose patterns for the Moose Lake fabric line. This is Moose Lake.

and this one is Moose Crossing

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Starts This Week!

Time For Pumpkins Again!

I am reposting this pattern since it is pumpkin time again!  I am going to Missouri Star Quilt Shop in Hamilton, MO this week to be part of the big Birthday Bash and I will be making some of these beauties with my Pumpkin Patch fabric line by Benartex.

This is my Pumpkin Patch pattern from 1996 that Keepsake Quilting carried for years.  There have been many pumpkins out there similar but here is the directions for original painted pumpkin! You can also make them from any cotton fabric, chenille, burlap, wool or felt.

1. Cut a rectangle from batting, say 9" x 18" wide. Too big? try 6" x 14".
2. Fold in half and sew the two short ends together, one seam in the back.
3. Hand-gather one open end with string, floss, pearl cotton or linen thread, pull tight and knot several times.
4. Turn inside out and stuff with poly-fil until firm, but not too firm.
5. Hand-gather the top and knot several times.
6. Using a long doll needle (say 8") and a long piece of the thread you used in #3, go in and out from the center top to the center bottom to pull the center in tight. Knot again.
7. Then proceed to go top to bottom around the outside of the pumpkin to create the veins, pulling tight each time.
8. Knot the thread each time on the center top which will be covered by the stem later.
9. Mix orange paint with water, coffee or tea and slop it on using your hands (pre-manicure not post). It washes off your hands eventually and I would remove your rings first!

*** Using coffee or tea makes the colors separate once dried and gives a wonderful aged look.

Make different sized pumpkins from cotton batting, muslin, or chenille and paint each one a different shade of orange. Mix colors- it's fun!My husband went int the woods and cut old gnarly grapevine for me to use as stems. He cut them about 2"-3" and I hot glued them to the center top, covering the knots.  It makes a wonderful fall decoration and costs so little for so many, a small package of batting, a bottle of paint, some stuffing.   Happy Fall!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summer is Ending Too Soon!

It has been a busy summer and gone by way too fast.  The local schools start in 2 weeks and it just seems so early but the weather has turned cooler and I guess fall is really on the way.  I did a lot of traveling and goofed off more than I should have all summer but I don't regret it.  I went to Memphis twice, Nashville, visited my aunt in Arkansas, and made several trips to St. Louis and Southern Missouri to see grand kids. I visited Hannibal, Missouri this week with a friend and I am headed to the Iowa State Fair next week with my cousin.  While it's always nice to come back home after a trip, it's also nice to get away!

Sunshine Garden is finally here and shipping to stores this month.  Here is the panel-

and the coordinating fabrics-

We recently updated the website at and added quilts for sale. 
You can see them here-

There are two new patterns on the website using the new fabrics.  
This is a remake of #381 Garden Charm using the Sunshine Garden fabrics.

This one is called #419 Indigo Song 

Both patterns are simple piecing and quick fuse applique.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ready for Fall?

The new Pumpkin Patch fabric has shipped and the whole line includes beautiful, rich, fall colors. I especially love how the panel turned out.  Lisa from Sew in Love {With fabric} interviewed me and posted it on her Blog.  See the interview at

Here is one of the free patterns on our website-
Scroll down the main page to Free Pattern Downloads
and this pattern is called Sunflower Wall hanging. There are lots of free patterns offered so take a look

We used the fabrics on some new and old quilts and posted them on our website at
The first is #322 Autumn in New England.  A beautiful new look to one of our Classics! The pattern includes directions for a 28” x 28” wall quilt, 12” pillows & 14” x 35” table runner.

#415 Midnight Pumpkins has directions for the 48” x 60” Quilt shown plus we added directions for a 16”x 30” Table Runner.  Its so easy and looks so good!

 #377 Harvest Song is the third in the Bird Song series and has directions for a 52" x 52" quilt plus 16" x 36" table runner included.

Incidentally we are working on another pattern in the Bird Song series- It is coming soon!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Liberty Hill is Here

I am woefully behind in posting and I apologize!  This last year has been crazy at best and I have  struggled to keep up mentally and physically. I had shoulder surgery& torn bicep repair last fall and I am almost done with Physical Therapy.  Glad that is behind me. I didn't really take any time off but I enjoyed a light schedule for a while.

It all started last year with the Bear Paws fabric line.  No sooner than I got a few patterns ready then the Crafty Cats fabric line came out.  I did a few new patterns and before I could finish A Moose for Christmas was sent to me and I started those patterns.  They were shown at Quilt Market in the fall.
I had to start making lists to keep straight on everything.

I had gone to New York last June and finished the Liberty Hill fabric line.  It is rich and full of color. Liberty Hill fabrics arrived just Christmas and we just finished five new patterns.  We also posted lots of fabric and sample bundles here- Prairie Grove Peddler on Etsy.

This is the full Liberty Collection quilt using three of the patterns.  
I put a free PDF on our website with finishing directions.

32" x 44"
Retail $9.00
It is mostly pieced with the four animals as applique.


36" x 45"
Retail $9.00
It is mostly pieced with applique flowers and goose.

This one is #413 Liberty Garden
29" x 45"
Retail $9.00
It is mostly pieced with applique flowers, bunny and bee skep.
We also used two little Monarch butterfly buttons 

I also redid #374 Stars & Stripes in the new fabrics 
Retail $8.00

and a new quickie pieced pattern called #414 One Starry Night
Retail $8.00
This one also includes directions for two different table runners.

The Pumpkin Patch fabric arrived in January and we now have three more patterns being quilted. Pictures posted soon-  I promise!  Panel here.

Down the road-
Chicks on the Run fabric line will be shown in May at the International Quilt Market with a few new patterns. We are finishing models currently and almost ready for quilting. I will post soon.
Sneak peek-

Sunshine Garden fabric line will be shown in July at Bernina U. with the new patterns.
Winter Wonderland will be shown this fall at Quilt Market for next years holiday. New patterns available.

See why I have been so crazy?  Just last week alone I was working on different six different fabric lines, between, proof reading Liberty Hill patterns, quilting the Pumpkin Patch quilts, applique on the Chicks on the Run quilts, designing patterns for Sunshine Garden line, approving color tones on the Winter Wonderland line, and drawing up a panel for my newest line- I can't tell you yet but it might be a forest animal!

I keep thinking I will slow down in my old age but apparently I'm not old enough yet.
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