Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy New Year from the Quilt Basket!

Greetings from Pawling!!

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! This year was a very special one for us.  Carter is now 19 months old and had the true spirit of Christmas.  The past few weeks as I have been decorating, shopping and baking; he has been watching trying to figure out what was going on.  Thankfully my very busy little boy was very good about not touching the tree, ornaments, decorations or my beautiful tree skirt. Christmas morning he was so amazed and excited that Santa came to visit us.  It took us most of the day to get through all of his presents, but to see that little face full of joy was priceless.  I already cannot wait until next year. I can only imagine how much more he will understand and how excited he will be! I had better start shopping, quilting and planning now!

The rest of the afternoon was spent at my aunt’s house.  It is such a wonderful feeling when everyone gets together to laugh, reminisce and enjoy each others company and many family traditions.  My brother has a daughter, Sophie, who is 15 months old.  She of course was as overwhelmed and enthusiastic as Carter.  The two of them playing together, helping each other open gifts, hugging each other and every once in a while running from one another made this a very special day.  I have another niece and nephew, who unfortunately didn’t make the trip here for Christmas, but we were able to spend Thanksgiving together.  Four kids, ranging from 15 months to 3 years, in one house together is an amazingly wonderful experience.  I am sure in future years there may be some arguing, but right now they all play with one another with innocence and curiosity. I cannot wait for the next holiday when we are all together again!

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to start getting ready for the New Year!! We have a busy schedule of classes coming this year and an abundance of brand new fabric lines.  These are all available on our website as well as in store. Please click on the link to view our Newsletter Winter 2015

One of our newest lines is the Robert Kaufman Diary of aWimpy Kid collection.  My cousin Dorrian, also known as the Pawling Chicken, has been reading this series of books for as long as I can remember.  There was no option but to get this fabric as soon as we saw it.  This line is perfect for lunchboxes, pajama pants, pillowcases and other great gift ideas for kids!

My little guy, Carter, loves trucks, tractors, cars and bikes.  When I saw the new Robert Kaufman Ready Set Go 2 Collection, I had to have it! Now that the holidays are over my imagination is running wild to create all sorts of fun items for Carter using this fabric.  I will be sure to keep you updated on the great ideas I have! Below are a few of the fabrics in this line, to show you just how adorable they are.

We of course have not just been getting new children’s lines in this week, but also the brand new Dear Stella Lila Collection. This sophisticated yet fun and flirty fabric is deep purples and blues contrasting with a cool marine green.  I can picture this beautiful collection used for little girl’s dresses, purses or as a quilt in a bedroom for people of all ages. This line is available as a Cutie Pack or as yardage on our website and in store.  

I hope you enjoyed reading about our family Christmas and some of our newest collections.  Please be sure to check our website for all of our great lines available.  

We wish you a healthy and happy New Year!!

Quilt Basket
4D Oak Street 
Pawling, NY 12564

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Website Launched

Greetings from Pawling, NY!!!!

We all hope you enjoyed thanksgiving and are having fun getting ready for the holidays!

We are really excited to announce that our new website launched yesterday!!  This has been a work in progress for quite some time, we are glad it is finally up.  To celebrate this event we are offering 20% off your entire merchandise order. Please enter LAUNCHDEC in the Special Offer Code area of your cart now through Sunday, December 21st to obtain this discount.
For those of you who have followed the blog, you are familiar with the Cutie Collections we have started.  Please check out our new Cutie section on the site.  We have a cutie description, patterns, packs, and a glossary of terms up currently.  We are working on getting a Cutie gallery up; this will contain photos of the cuties we design, as well as the photos of our patterns completed in different cutie collections of fabric. Please share with us any quilts you make from our cuties so we can post them!

We, of course, have been busy once again working on our newest Cutie Patterns with the new lines we receive.  This week we created a pattern using the Andover Alison Glass Handcrafted fabric, called Follow My Lead.  We also created a new Cutie Pattern using the Andover Downton Abbey II Fabrics.  Both of these patterns are currently being finalized and written, once completed we will post them on our website under Cutie Patterns.  We do have the Downton Abbey Cutie Packs currently available, and are packaging up the Alison Glass packs shortly.

I would like to thank my friend Carole for watching my 18 month old son, Carter, last Friday!! Carole and Carter had a wonderful day at home reading and playing while I went to work and focused on the final website design.  Usually Carter comes to work with mommy, grandma and Great Aunt Anne, but every once in a while Carter likes to spend the day at home being spoiled and getting undivided attention.  Luckily the weather wasn’t too bad and they were able to play outside and walk throughout the property and woods.  Carter’s favorite activity is running around in our very large yard and sometimes even playing with our goats.
On the days that Carter does come to work with me, his special job is to put a little surprise in every order and then hand deliver the packages to the post office.  Of course, with having our shop in Pawling, this great little village is the perfect place to take walks during the day.  Carter goes on many walks as we run our errands to the bank, post office and other places, making this little guy very happy.  But, the days when Carter stays home, we are all questioned as to where our little helper is! I think Carter is better known in this village than any of us are!