One of the necessary evils of being a business owner is conducting an annual inventory for tax purposes. Not really fun, we'd all rather be quilting, for sure. Ever wonder how we count all those yards of fabric? We weigh the bolts and then calculate the yardage! Much faster than measuring each yard. So, at least we still get to play with fabric, I guess. Wondering what all this means to you? It means Prairie Flower Quilt Co. will be closed Saturday, January 4th, for inventory.
December 30, 2013
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November 3, 2013
We hope everyone had as much fun attending our Downton Abbey Tea as we had planning and preparing for it! We never can pass up an opportunity to celebrate - and eat! Thank you to everyone who join us at the tea!
Our tea table decked out in vintage décor - don't you just love the hanging antique lamp shades and crystals? Our tea faire included cucumber tea sandwiches, chicken salad tea sandwiches, chicken puffs, lemon poppy seed & chocolate chip scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd & strawberry jam, raspberry almond shortbread cookies, vintage hanky sugar cookies, and English toffee & chocolates. Oh, and of course, Lady Gray tea and English breakfast tea.
Our tables were dressed in vintage shabby chic with an array of china tea cups, saucers and plates, and vintage hankies for napkins.
A close-up of our vintage hanky cookies.
Many dressed for the occasion in their 1920s finery.
Hats, pearls, gloves and handbags were the fashion of the day.
More tea fashions.
The ladies enjoying an afternoon of conversation with quilting friends.
And the best thing, everyone went home with some Downton Abbey swag!
October 18, 2013
We've had several people who have asked what the Downton Abbey fabric looks like, so we've found 'mood boards' with pictures of the fabric swatches for each of the Ladies!
These fabrics will be arriving mid-November, just in time for the Downton Abbey Quilt Along! Pick your favorite colorway and reserve your kit today!
October 9, 2013
We've been busy making samples, cutting kits, ordering in new items to take & packing up lots of goodies to take to the Panhandle Piecers Quilt Show this weekend in Guymon, Oklahoma! The show is Friday & Saturday, Oct. 11 & 12 at the Texas County Activity Center, located at 4th & Sunset in Guymon. Show hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Grab your quilting friends & come on out to see us!
October 7, 2013
Starting in November, we'll be participating in the Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along until Season Four starts in January!
It's easy to join! First, register to receive each week's pattern at www.lovebugstudio.com. (The pattern is free until January 15) Then choose what color way you would like for your Mystery Quilt kit; there are four character color ways to choose from! (see them at www.andoverfabrics.com) Stop in the shop to reserve your Downton Abbey kit. We have a limited supply of each colorway. The finished quilt measures 81" X 81". Finally, make plans to attend our Downton Abbey Tea on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. where we'll provide all the details for this quilt along and other Downton Abbey events. Advance tickets are $5 per person, seating is limited.
October 5, 2013
Our sewing & quilting friends are invited to an Afternoon English Tea to introduce the Downton Abbey Women's Collection by Andover Fabrics on Sunday, November 3 at 1:30 p.m. A prize will be awarded to the guest with the best 1920's attire. We will introduce our upcoming Downton Abbey events including a Mystery Quilt-A-Long and Season 1, 2 & 3 viewing parties/sew-ins. Each guest in attendance will receive a discount coupon on the purchase of Downton Abbey fabric. There will be door prizes & more. Tickets are $5 in advance. Limited seating is available. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the shop.
October 4, 2013
The next character featured in the Downton Abbey Collection is Lady Mary. A resolute, breathtaking beauty; Mary’s fabrics showcase both her strength and style. Dark burgundy, blue, and green jewel tones saturate her patterns, some of which are inspired by her stunning headdress. The Downton Abbey Women's Collection will be arriving at the shop in November!
October 2, 2013
Did you know that Andover Fabrics has teamed up with the Downton Abbey TV show and have 4 new fabric collections representing the main women characters in the show? The first two collections will be arriving at the shop in November. So we're making plans for some fun & exciting Downton Abbey events!!! Stay tuned....
To help you get acquainted, let us introduce you to the Dowager Countess and her fabric collection. Bold and elegant, like the Dowager herself, this collection of fabrics is punctuated by prints and paisleys as big as her presence. The gray, purple, and black colors come straight from her wardrobe, and the patterns speak to her undeniable flair, steeped in refined tradition.
The Dowager Countess is known for her 'zingers' on the show. What is your favorite Dowager Countess quote? One of ours is "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's so middle class."
September 21, 2013
SWEET! Another big shipment of fabric arrived yesterday at Prairie Flower Quilt Co.! Honeysweet by Fig Tree & Co. Just because we're headed into the dark & dreary months of winter doesn't mean your sewing projects have to be dark & dreary too. Brighten up your home this winter with a project made from Honeysweet!
Hi there! I'm Zoe the Giraffe. You've probably noticed me - I have a way of standing out which I don't really like but it's hard to hide when you're my height! Zoe invites you to stop by the shop and see her new line of fabric by her creator, Susybee. Zoe is featured on 3 different panels which can be quickly made into baby quilts, growth charts and more when paired with the cute orange and green companion prints.
September 14, 2013
Sharla's been playing with a new product called KraftTex. It's a rugged paper that looks and feels like leather, but sews, cuts and washes just like fabric! It is supple, yet strong enough to use for projects that get tough wear. You can even run it through the computer printer to print fun designs. Here's the purse that Sharla made using KraftTex and printed burlap - so cute! What kind of creative things could you make with KraftTex?
August 28, 2013
August 21, 2013
Here's one of the new projects we're working on - a Zipper quilt! Made with bright, cheery fabrics from Moda called "Happy Go Lucky" by Bonnie & Camille. Fun and fast to make using jelly rolls. Kits are available and the sample will be done soon!
Where has the time gone??? School has started, can fall be far behind? As the yard work slows down, we hope thoughts of your sewing machine sitting idle all summer will bring you to the shop to check out these new collections that have arrived!
Just unpacked....Holly Taylor's newest collection called "Boundary Waters" for Moda. This oh-so-soft flannel is perfect for that manly quilt you've been promising to make.
Love, love, love this quilt! The large diamonds are the perfect shape to show off these beautiful flannel fabrics from RJR called "Chenonceau". You just have to stop in & run your hands over this soft & snuggly quilt sample that Janet made! Very limited number of kits are available (4 to be exact), so hurry in to get yours!
July 25, 2013
We want to thank everyone who participated in the Sizzlin' Santa Strip Run last weekend and congratulate the winners of the $50 gift baskets from each of the shops:
Marietta Wright, Wallace - Prairie Flower Quilt Co.
Angie Fisher, Garden City - Smoky River Quilt Shoppe
Kay Tucker, Scott City - Quilt Cabin
Nicole Baker, Scott City - Colby Sew & Vac
We've had several people ask for Sharla's recipe for her raspberry cookies she had at the shop hop last weekend, so here it is.....
Raspberry & Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon milk
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2" balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Make a small hole in the center of each ball using your thumb or finger, and fill the hole with preserves. Bake for 14-18 minutes in 350 degree oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Mix together the confectioner's sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract and milk. Drizzle over warm cookies.
June 19, 2013
Get a jump on your Christmas sewing! Join us for the second annual Sizzlin' Santa Strip Run, scheduled for Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 18, 19 & 20 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Visit the four participating shops - Colby Sew 'n Vac and the Quilt Cabin in Colby; Smoky River Quilt Shoppe in Oakley; and Prairie Flower Quilt Co. in Leoti - where you can purchase a strip packet of 5 red and 5 green 2 1/2" strips for $10 each. When you've completed the shop hop you'll have a Christmas jelly roll to make one of the four featured projects. Purchase as many strip packets as you'd like to make 1, 2, 3 or all 4 projects! Have your passport stamped at each shop and turn it in at your last stop to receive an appreciation gift and be entered in the drawing for one of four $50 gift baskets. There will be in-store specials, refreshments and, of course, lots of quilting fun!
Our project features the newest Kansas Troubles pattern called "Icicle Stars". This 70" x 70" quilt would be perfect as a tablecloth at your holiday feast, or would 'deck the halls' as a wall hanging in your home. And using Lynne Hagmeier's raw-edge applique technique makes this quilt a quick and easy one to make! We're taking pre-orders on finishing kits, so reserve yours today!
June 10, 2013
Join Belinda for her next Block of the Month (really it's a section a month) called "Sample This" featuring the Macciato batik collection. This 6-month BOM starts June 17 and will be held on the second Mondays of the Month at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $21.50 per month plus background fabric. Call Belinda for details.
June 1, 2013
Whew! Where has the time gone? Now that it's June and summer is officially here, we here at Prairie Flower Quilt Co. are turning our attention to Christmas in July and the Sizzlin' Santa Strip Run! Our fabrics are selected, our sample is in progress and we're making plans for some shop revamping. You won't want to miss it, so mark your calendars for July 18, 19 & 20!
The Sizzlin' Santa Strip Run is a shop hop featuring four quilt shops in Leoti, Colby & Oakley. At each shop you can purchase a strip pack of 5 red & 5 green 2 1/2" strips for $10. Each shop will showcase their Sizzlin' Santa Strip Run project featuring all 40 strips from the shops and have finishing kits available for purchase to make their project. Buy enough strip packs to make one or all of the projects. Have your passport stamped at each shop and then turn it in for a chance to win one of four $50 gift baskets. Each person who turns in their completed passport will receive a gift. It's just a sizzlin' hot good time, so you won't want to miss it!
April 28, 2013
...Marsha Chadd of Ulysses! She is the Grand Prize Winner of the Prairie Stars Quilt Shop Hop drawing. Grand Prize is a Babylock Grace Sewing Machine with extension table and a Hemline Trolley Bag, valued at $1,079! Congratulations Marsha!
April 27, 2013
Congratulations to the following people who won shop hop prizes from our shop's drawings: Marietta Wright, Winona; Cindy Orebaugh, Two Buttes, CO; Elvera Goertzen, Johnson; Kaylee Kersey, Johnson; Gayle Lewman, Sublette; Terri Weaver, Boise City, OK; Diana Daniels, Johnson; Bonnie Lusk, Springfield, CO; Sue Schenck, Holly, CO; and Irene Shumate, Garden City. Thanks for participating in the Prairie Stars Quilt Shop Hop! Tomorrow we will draw for the grand prize, so stay tuned!
April 5, 2013
March 16, 2013
Stop in the shop & check out our quilt for the Prairie Stars Quilt Shop Hop. The hop, April 15-20, features 8 shops in southwest Kansas, the panhandle of Oklahoma and southeast Colorado. This year's shop hop features the fabric collection "Postcard Garden" from Red Rooster Fabrics. Visit each shop to receive your fabric pack containing one 'postcard' plus 2 fat quarters for $7.50, then select your favorite quilt and purchase the finishing kit from that shop. You can see all of the quilts at www.prairiestarsquiltshophop.com . Turn in your completed passport to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Babylock Grace sewing machine, extension table, and trolley cart, plus numerous other prizes will be given away at each shop.
March 6, 2013
Another collection of fabric that arrived this week in the shop is Galaxy's Java Batik Softies. You've been asking for light, soft colored batiks and now we've got 'em! Tomorrow we'll be kitting up some of these beautiful batiks to make the wildly popular "Hip To Be Square" quilt. We have a feeling these will go fast, so stop in soon to get yours!
Fabric is starting to arrive from Fall Market. This unique floral collection called Interlude has a beautiful hand-painted look, from the exquisite floral panel to the delicate coordinates and stripe. Use the elegant patchwork print for backings or on its own as a lovely patchwork quilt top. Furthermore embellish the panel with embroidery, decorative stitches or beading for a one-of-a-kind wall hanging. Another winning collection from Michele D’Amore for Benartex!
March 1, 2013
....and get to the shop ASAP to gather up the latest collection from Whimsicals' Terri Degenkolb called "Home To Roost". This whimsical, rooster-themed fabric collection features her signature warm color palette, perfect for a host of projects around the house!
January 28, 2013
Two blocks per week for 13 months = The Farmer's Wife Quilt! Here's some of the quilts completed from our e-mail Farmer's Wife class and unveiled at our Reveal Party last Saturday.