Rusty Crow Primitives

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside!

I know, I know. It is colder elsewhere in the US than it is in Tennessee this week; (last week too but who is counting) but seriously... Baby It's Cold Outside!

So, what else is there to do but quilt? And quilt I did! I have been playing with quilt blocks all week (last week too remember!~~cold~~) and I just love the cute seasonal mini quilts I made. I have a few more to finish this weekend. The nice thing about miniature quilts is you can change them out  for each season or even each month.  I can not draw, sketch or paint but give me fabric and my sewing machine and I can create spring, fall and summer all on a winters day. I hope you enjoy what I'm working on and stop in my shop and look around.  Stay warm and think spring!
Clothesline Quilts sell for $10-$12 and the Clothesline Quilt Stand sells for $9.75

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Great Pumpkin

I love fall and  Loretta's Sewin Room (click on shop name for link to Loretta's shop) is offering a class on THE GREAT PUMPKIN quilt!! You know I'm in. We met again yesterday, needless to say I am behind.... I always am; AND I machine applique. I love this quilt. The pics are from a previous meeting but I forgot my camera yesterday.

Livia, Joanna, Loretta

Angie and Barb G. Pretty socks and antlers. (My girlfriends, one is missing from our pic, Barb L)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Just keep on swimming

Silly things make me laugh and song lyrics come to mind when certain events are going on in my life. We have been running every which way since the holidays. I'm working on special orders in-between the commitments we obligated ourselves too locally but time just flies.

Remember the movie "Finding Nemo?" Dory sings it.. so now I sing it!! I can't get it out of my head.   Keep on Swimming  Lots of work in the house, around the house, and in my shop but we just keep on swimming....

New Mini Quilts!! here are just a few coming to Sew Southern Quilts soon and as always, I sell locally also. Crossville, TN, Just send me an e-mail. I love the chenille bunny, the cutter quilt Easter eggs and the heart flag. Daisy's are my absolute favorite flower and the chocolate bunny holding a daisy is my favorite of all. These are all my designs and I really enjoy the creative side of what I do. These are in the beginning stage but you get an idea.

 My sister-in-law in SC makes the best homemade bread. This is her recipe and I made yesterday. So good!!

Just keep on swimming.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Expanding a product line on Sew Southern Quilts

It is like Christmas around here again. I ordered fabric before I left for SC and picked up my mail from the post office. So many boxes to open and each held a pretty assortment of fabrics. But.... who the hoot ordered all this owl fabric. ~~~ me~~. I think I will have enough fabric for thread catchers/scrap caddies for the next two years. My owls are customers favorites so I certainly have quite the selection now.
Love the colors below also. Great spring fabrics for thread catchers/scrap caddies.

I just finished a special order for a long time customer and I have to say, I love it myself!!  Door banners are a great way to welcome guests to your home. Quilts are welcoming and homey and to have one on your door says "Come in and sit a spell." You can display a Primitive or Country look in applique or quilted blocks instead of a door wreath.
 I have sold items off my own door to customers so if you see something on my site you would like and don't see it in my shop, send me an e-mail and I will be happy to make one for you. E-mail me at I'm in Crossville, TN so if you live locally save money on shipping.
Traditional Stepping Stone blocks and applique sheep complement this wall hanging/door banner.
$52  SOLD Machine pieced, appliqued and quilted. Navy, Burgundy and Cream. 18 x 43 inches
Due to customer requests for "seasonal" mini quilts and the popularity of the clothesline quilt rack in my shop and at local arts and crafts shows; I am going to expand this product line in 2014.  I'm taking orders so if you are interested please contact me thru my Etsy site or e-mail me at
The clothesline quilt stand is available in 5 colors:
white, black, brown, barn red, and mustard
$9.75 each

Mini Quilts sell for $10 - $13.  Check out my shop for listings on ETSY, if you don't see what you want make sure to contact me.  I'm taking orders for Valentines, Spring, Easter and 4th of July.  (quilt stands sold separately) Here are a few of the mini quilts I carry.



Keep warm, Spring will be here soon.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lowcountry Living

I grew up in a small town, Summerville, South Carolina on the Ashley River; a magical place in the summer where we had marsh mud fights and then ran for a rope swing hanging from an old oak tree to drop in the river and wash off. That old rope to this day still swings and sways like moss over the river. When our children or grandchildren make the maiden voyage and experience the rush of the rope swing into the cool water, they are hooked. This place becomes a part of you.  My brother and sister-in-law live in the home we grew up in and have done everything to honor our parents desire for their children, grandchildren and great-grand's to have a gathering place long after they are gone.  Gardens have been added and meandering walks of Charleston brick lead you from one beautiful view to the next but the things that last for a life time are memories.

I can't say I know anything more than how to eat seafood but my brother and his son are masters at fishing, shrimping and gathering oysters. This year was no different, we called to say we were on our way from TN for some of the good seafood and fun. The days were cooler than normal this year in SC but absolutely beautiful for a fire and steamed oysters outside.

Jack the cat has a house and his address is above his door "Jack in the Box"
I will share one of my brothers awesome recipes with you. So easy and oh my gosh, so good.
We don't cook with specific measurements so here goes.
Egg Noodles (I use about 1/2 a bag) cook and set aside
approx. 2 lbs of cleaned raw medium size shrimp (sauté in 2 tablespoons of butter)
sprinkle old bay seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper to taste
combine your favorite can cream of chowder soup (18-20 oz can) and cooked egg noodles and heat on low until bubbly hot. Serve
I found these biscuits in our local grocery!!

 Take time to enjoy some lowcountry cuisine.
Thank you Rick and JoBeth, you guys are the best at southern hospitality.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Color outside the lines and dare to soar alone

Oh my gosh, really, it's 2014! Where has the time gone?
I made a decision (not a resolution mind you, but a decision) to complete some of my own UFO's (Unfinished Objects) this year. I have so many projects (big quilts) started and I have a bad habit of setting them aside in favor of a new and shinier project that comes along. I take on large projects for myself and my attention span to one large project is obviously very limited or else I wouldn't have tubs of quilts that need to be quilted or just finish the binding for goodness sake.
So for my first completed UFO in 2014!! I only had to add the binding to this twin size quilt. I have had it for over 3 years, it was quilted and just needed the binding.  Done (check)
 I think that is why I love the work I do in my ETSY shop so much. The wall hangings, table runners and mini quilts can take any where from a day to a week to complete then I am off and running to the next line of fabric or designing my next quilt layout. I think that is where I have so much fun, playing with fabrics, color and the "design" aspect of quilting.  I can buy a pattern but for some reason I can not follow a pattern. The pattern may be a jumping off point for me but I love to soar alone and enjoy coloring outside the lines.

Decorating my home is no different. I found this China Hutch and had to have it. I wanted my antique quilts displayed but behind glass to protect them and this piece was perfect. Tall ceilings? Not a problem, stack baskets to fill the space until something else comes along.

Speaking of baskets, I love, love this new table runner. I will get this quilted this week and on my ETSY site. Sew Southern Quilts  This one is long and is a beautiful addition for a primitive or country table for Easter as well as year round. Lots of little blocks in beautiful Civil War Reproduction fabrics. $58

Finally found a way to display my bowls and my mothers baby doll quilt. See it on the pie safe door?
Hang quilts anywhere you like. Color outside the lines, soar alone and find time to finish some of the UFO's you have in life.  Explore who you are in 2014.