Primitive Quilts and Projects

Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine

A premium publication dedicated to the primitive quilter, rug hooker, stitcher and more! Each issue features at least 15 projects from some of the most admired designers in the primitive fiber arts world.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Happy October!!

This is my favorite time of year.. cool weather, changing leaves, fall scented candles and pumpkin flavored everything! And even though fall is near, the Winter 2013 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects will be here soon! Can you believe it? We have so many great projects in this one! Here is a picture of the cover photo and a collage of some of the projects featured inside!

 We also sent out a newsletter yesterday. In case you haven't seen it, there is a free pattern, a giveaway, and another sneak peak! 

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall is right around the corner!!

Do you have our current issue, Fall 2013? 
These are just some of the lovely Autumn inspired projects you will find inside!
 You can purchase it HERE, along with our other back issues! 

Do you want to enjoy Primitive Quilts and Projects on the go? You can have every issue at your fingertips by downloading them to your iPad, tablet or smartphone! 

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Beautiful Progress, Little Effort - Somerset Medallion Quilt

What I like about this project is every tiny bit of work in results in noticeable and beautiful progress.  Like most of you, I have very little free time.  But I can sit down for a while every now and then and hand stitch some petals.  Next thing you know, they'll all be complete.

The project is presented in 4 installments throughout our 2013 line up.  Part 1 was in the Spring 2013 issue.  I'm now on Part 2, presented in the Summer 2013 issue.  Once wrapped up I'll be "current" by starting Part 3 in the Fall issue.  I plan to complete that before the final instructions are revealed in the Winter 2013 issue which will ship in October.

As you can see I am working on the flower petals.  If you read the last post, you'll recall that I failed to cut the vine fabric on the diagonal.  I haven't bought new fabric for the vine yet, so on with the petals!

Who else is working on this project?  I would LOVE to see your pictures.  Please share!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Confession of a Quilt Magazine Publisher

I am a rookie quilter.

So far I've only made seven quilts.  I started several years ago when Jeni and Gretchen opened the Woolen Willow.  They had a Jan Patek trunk show, and when I laid my eyes on Jan's "Morning Has Broken," I had to make it.  It gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes.  Mom helped me make it, and I enjoyed every stitch.  With plenty of distractions, I took forever to finish it.  But it's finished and hanging prominently in my living room, and after all these years it still makes me happy.

Dawn Heese' Somerset also resonated with me l and I just had to make it.  I began in late April, and though slow by many standards, I am happy with my progress.  Yesterday I began installment 2 from our Summer issue by sewing the 6 1/2" background borders to the medallion.  Next step will be black piping. I love it!

Note to self:  when cutting strips for a vine, cut fabric on the bias!  After cutting all these perfect strips of green, I called Jeni to ask if I was supposed to cut on the bias.  She said "yes."  Hmmm...well, I'm sure I'll find a great use for these pretty strips.

Be sure to jump over to Jeni's blog, "Jeni from the Willow."  She shared her latest "Small Quilts Club" project, as well as photos of Joyce Weeks (Geoff's Mom Pattern Co) at the Woolen Willow, and a nice photo of Jeni with Lisa Bongean at Spring Quilt Market.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Help us with the next Designer Notes question!

We want to hear from our readers! What do you want to know about our designers? We will use your ideas for our next Designer Notes question! Here are examples of questions we've used in the past:

What was your best sewing mistake that turned out to be a brilliant success?
What prompted you to start designing, whether it was on your own or with your sister, mother or best friend? 
Who taught you to sew or quilt?
What are your favorite organization tips?

Comment on our post to submit your question! Thank you for your help :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sign up for our e-newsletter!

Sign up for our new bi-weekly e-newsletter! The content will include projects, tips, special offers, and news from the primitive projects world. Just enter your email address in the newsletter box at the bottom of our homepage:

Here is the latest from our publisher, Judy Williamson. She is making Dawn Heese's "Somerset", presented as a 4-part series in each of our 2013 issues. She says the quilt is a joy to make and a feast for the eyes!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July!! Look for great new ideas in Primitive Quilts and Projects Fall 2013... it will soon make its way to your mailbox or favorite store. Buy the back issues, too, for projects that fit every season!
Here are some great patriotic projects from our back issues..

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

West Virginia became a state in 1863. Today is our 150th birthday! We are so proud to be from such a wonderful state! Here are some pictures we've taken over the years... enjoy!

Fall 2013

Fall 2013 is our current issue! We have great projects by Kay Harmon, Norma Whaley, Martha Walker, Dawn Heese, Christine Baker and more! 

Subscribe now and this will be your first issue! We are taking pre-orders for single issues here Single issues will begin shipping after July 12. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Back issue winners!!

Congratulations to....
Rebecca - posted 5/31 at 7:59 AM
Lolastitchida - posted 5/30 at 11:10 PM
Happy Valley Primitives - posted 5/30 at 8:56 PM
DianeMay - posted 5/31 at 2:48 PM
and this user: 819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 - posted 5/30 at 8:09 PM
Send us an email with your full name, address and the back issue of your choice!
Thank you to all who posted! We will do this again soon :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Back issue giveaway!

It's time for a giveaway! Comment on this blog post by 4 PM Eastern time tomorrow, and you will be entered in a drawing to win any back issue of your choice! Here are pictures of the available back issues. We will pick 5 winners, so good luck everyone!
Fall 2011

Spring 2012

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2013
These are all available for purchase on our website:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

International Quilt Market 2013

Wow... Quilt Market was amazing! It was so nice to meet several of our designers and quilt shops who I communicate with on a regular basis. Everyone was so wonderful.

Here's a picture of my mom (Judy) and I at our booth!

We were so happy to be across from Pretty P and Mama B Designs booth! This is Madison and Bonnie - they are mother and daughter, too!  Their project, Morning Latte is in our Summer 2013 issue.

Our neighbors booths.. Bits & Pieces by Joan, Suzanne's Art House, Reets Rags to Stitches, and Heart to Hand. They were all so nice!

Martha Walker of Waggons West Designs - she designed "Board Game" in our Fall 2012 issue and also has a fantastic project coming up in our Fall 2013 issue!

Jo Ann Mullaly and Jeni in Cathy Cardiff's booth

Here we are on the Moda riverboat cruise. This was so much fun!  

A beautiful view of the sunset from the boat..

Sisters! Gretchen, Jeni and Judy

Thursday, May 16, 2013


We're here! And we're so happy to be here :) Portland is beautiful. We are getting ready to go set up our booths (Woolen Willow and Primitive Quilts and Projects). The convention center is amazing! And everyone is so nice and happy here. I am blown away with some of the creativity I'm seeing at everyone's booths! A ceiling made of quilts, a fabric waterfall, a 10 x 10 snowstorm - just unbelievable. I am posting a couple pictures of the beautiful art this convention center has in the entrance. More to come!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ready for International Quilt Market

We are leaving for Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon this week!! I am so excited, this will be my first experience at a big quilt event, let alone International Quilt Market! Judy, Jeni, Gretchen and I will be taking turns at Primitive Quilts and Projects booth # 2155 and Woolen Willow booth #2844. Stop by and see us! Our PQP booth will have projects from the Summer 2013 issue, along with plenty of magazines. We will be sure to keep you updated with pictures and videos!
Here is a picture of my new puppy, June. I adopted her last week, so I will be missing her terribly while we're gone!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Judy is making "Somerset" by Dawn Heese!

Judy is ready to make Dawn Heese's "Somerset" from Primitive Quilts and Projects. She will keep you updated through each step! She's getting started at the Woolen Willow's Black Water Falls quilting retreat this weekend. How fun!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Mother's Day

Mother's day will be here before you know it! Don't wait until the last minute! Give your mother a 1 year gift subscription to Primitive Quilts and Projects. 
Each gift is just $19.99, savings of 50% off the cover price! 

Order here

New Blog

In our last blog, we told you that we will only be using our new blog on our website. We have changed our minds! We will continue to use blogger in addition to our new blog. We're back!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Blog!

Hello Bloggers! 

Our new and improved website is up and running!! You can easily navigate through our beautiful new layout: Subscribe, purchase back issues, renew, give gifts, and more! 
Be sure to check out our new customer service section - With our new fulfillment services, you can easily log in to our online system and check the status of your subscription, renew, pay, change address, etc. very easily 24/7. 
We will no longer be using Blogger, so check our new website for our latest posts!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Fever!

We have spring fever! Do you? "This issue finds us springing forward with new energy, ideas, projects, and friends in the creative community. We're feeling a bit giddy, like kids who go outside without their winter coats for the first time in spring." - Warm Homespun Greetings, Spring 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2013 is on its way! Subscribe on our website so you don't miss out on these BEAUTIFUL projects! We are so excited we couldn't wait for our website to get changed over, so just to reassure you, subscriptions are starting with the Spring 2013 issue! You can look forward to a completely redesigned website in February!! Here is a sneak peak - Deb Egger's quilt "Abundance"