Ladies of Liberty Mercantile Fabric & Notions Fan Box

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Only an hour to go BUT I don't think I'll make it - so I am saying Happy New Year now.
Thank you for a wonderful yeat at the shop. As January approaches we are starting our third year at Ladies of Liberty Mercantile! Time flies when you are having fun. Thanks for making it so fun for me!
Here is to a great 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our pet rat!

We have a RAT at Ladies of Liberty Mercantile! But it is adorable and came to the shop from a very special lady who loved it!! So we are adopting it as our shop pet! It is a good thing it dosen't eat or poop - just sits quietly on the shelf!!!! LOL!

Now it needs a name - so I will take names from you all (until January 1st) and the name that I like the best will become it's name! The winner will receive a fat quarter bundle. Send your name suggestion to

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Challenge Winners

Best use of challenge fabric - Colleen Robert

Best Christmas theme - Marie Beers
People's favorite - Lisa Miller

Thank you ladies for making our first Christmas Quilt Challenge a huge success!
Thanks to everyone who stoped by to vote as well!
Each winning quilt won a $25.00 gift cirtificate.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Challenge Contest

Our Christmas Challenge quilts are up and they are wonderful! Stop by the shop and vote for your favorite one!

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's cold!

Boy is it cold today in Independence! Even the cats found the quilts today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas at Ladies of Liberty Mercantile

We love the holidays! We have tree ornaments ~ wool pin cushions ~ tea cups ~ home made cards ~ wool ~ fabric ~ Snow man quilt kits ~ patterns ~ floss and gift certificates  for you!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's happening at LOL

Time just keeps flying! Can it be almost Thanksgiving?
We are so busy here at Ladies of Liberty!
The Sew Oregon Shop Hop was a blast - we met so many people - some from far away even! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit with us.
We are just putting up our Christmas Challenge Quilts in the shop! We have some nice ones - you are all so creative! Stop by the shop and vote for your favorite. They will be up until the week of Christmas.
Our Songs of the Civil War BOM is going well - we are on block 4 now! I hope you are all looking up the words to the songs each month. Civil War music is some of the best! We even have some Civil War CD's (Bill Coleman) for sale in the shop.They make great gifts!
Our Mystery Quilt club is really having fun - we played 2 truths and a lie at the last club meeting! Some of the members had a hard time coming up with the lie and somebody (ok - it was me!) forgot to add the lie! I told the girls I don't lie well!!!
We are getting ready for our after Thanksgiving sale - some good buys! We will have selected fat quarters for $1.00 and 1/2 yards for $2.00 plus some other great deals. Keep your eye on us!!
We are planning some great clubs and BOM's starting in January. Check out our web page for more info now. I will blog about them soon.
Our last 31% off on the 31st skinny bolt sale is New Years eve day from 10 am to 2 pm. Mark your calender as it is a popular sale!
Well I am going to try to keep up with this blog (at least once a week)! If you have something to share with us here at LOL please let us know.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


What a fun time we had at the 150th Commemorative SoirĂ©e of the American Civil War on August 6th at Maxine’s Ballroom! Great music by Bill Coleman - good food from Oven Bird Bakery - antique quilts -good friends! Here a few photos of the event.

Third Annual Patriotic Contest winners

The winners of the third annual Patriotic Challenge Contest were:
Best use of color: Kris Burke
Best patriotic theme: Linda Crabtree
People's choice: Marie Beers

                                          Kris's quilt
                                         Linda's quilt
                                         Marie's quilt

Great job ladies! Each won a $25.00 gift certificate.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Block of the Month

We are starting a new $2.00 block of the month club in August with the theme of 'Songs of the Civil War'.  With this BOM you get a history - pattern - embroidery pattern - and a 16th piece of fabric to start the block with. This is our third BOM - Underground Railroad was the first - Gone with the Wind was our second and now Songs of the Civil War. This is a 12" block and it is always ready for pick up on the second Saturday of each month. Make the block and bring it back to hang in the shop for the month to get your next block. It is fun to see what everyone has made - the same block can look so different with different fabrics! Sign up today and join the fun!


150th Commemorative Soiree of the American Civil War
August 6th
11:00 am
Maxine's Ballroom
Maxine's is a restored 1880's ballroom
Located in Historic Downtown Independence

Ladies of Liberty Mercantile is throwing a soiree (party) in the newly finished Maxine’s Ballroom (upstairs from the shop!). We will serve tea and sweets and entertain you with Civil War music from Bill Coleman (

We will have a quilt and fashion show! We will have a show and tell of our finished block of the month quilts “Underground Railroad” and “Gone with the Wind” (or any quilt you would like to share with us). Antique quilts will be on display as well. We will be kicking off our new “Civil War Music” block-of-the-month

There will be some prizes to be given away too!!

You are welcome to dress in Civil War era clothes if you have them or come as you are – we invite you either way!

$25.00 per person / Tickets are available at Ladies of Liberty.
Call and reserve your spot now – space is limited!

Ladies of Liberty Mercantile
130 C Street ~ Independence OR 97351
503-837-0676 ~

What has Ladies of Liberty been up to?

We have been busy in the shop! Now I am trying to get time to keep up with my blog! Wish me luck!! Since February we have done a lot - I'll high light just a few for you.

In March I taught six classes at Rich's Sew and Vac - that was so much fun and I made some new friends and got to see some old friends as well! We made a star table runner using the Jo Morton "no waste" flying geese.

In April we offered our popular "Doll making with Erika" class again and had a full house of doll makers! Here is a photo of my two favorite girls with the dolls they made. So cute! We will be offering this class again September 17th.

We also attended the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild Quilt show at the Polk County Fairgrounds. What a great show. We sponsored an award for a quilt the we feel represents "Ladies of Liberty" and it went to a quilt that was all made on a treadle sewing machine! It was beautiful!

In May the Pin Cushion Pals of the ASG dropped by for a shop visit. What a great group!

In June we made "Huswifs" with Nancy Fresen of Primitive Patchworks. We used Maggie Bonanomi's pattern. What a great class - one we will do again for sure.

In July we did some hand piecing with Nancy Frisen again. We learned how to make hexagons by hand! She has a great pattern she designed called 'Civil War Hexagon Star Quilt'. I expect to see many wonderful quilts made using this pattern. We carry this pattern in the shop.

We also have our Third Annual Patriotic Quilt Challenge going on right now in the shop. Stop by and vote for your favorite.

Along with all this we still had our $1.00 a block of the month with our 'Gone with the Wind' theme. We have had fun with that. This one is done in July and we will be starting a new block of the month with a 'Songs of the Civil War' theme in August. This one will have a embroidery pattern to go along with it - twice the fun!

We have really have a good time at our Breakfast Applique Club every other Wednesday morning! We meet at 8 am to applique or do hand work and visit (ok - eat donuts too!). This is a great group of ladies - come join us!

We are working on a Land of Lincoln Block of the Month as well. It is almost half done now and is coming together really nicely.

Our $5.00 Block of the Month club has taken off thanks to some great ladies! We are doing the Windham Sampler block from Clothesline Quilts. It is a small block and very cute. We have also added a birthday group within this club - where you give everyone a piece of your fabric and they use it and more to make you a block for your birthday. We are having so much fun with this! Thanks Colleen for taking the lead on this.

Of course there is always my Civil War reenacting keeping me busy in the summer as well - be sure to check that out as well (

As you can see we have been busy at Ladies of Liberty Mercantile!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wool Crazy Pin Cushion Class

Wool Crazy Pin Cushion Class - what fun! Here are 3 under construction hoping to look like the one from the instructions! Thanks Marie for a fun class. Can't wait to do it again!

Dollar a month "Gone with the Wind" Block of the Month Club

Our Tera Block

Our Scarlet Block

We have been having so much fun with out $1.00 block of the month club. Here are a few of the blocks that the ladies have made.


Here is what has been happening in the shop for the last few months.
Take and Make classes - just before Christmas
Some of the projects we made!
We had so much fun!