Monday, March 30

Back in the Saddle



 I feel like the theme from the Twilight Zone should be playing.
Is there anybody out there?!? 
With our last post coming in January I feel like I may hear crickets.

But just like the fresh new spring buds on the tree outside of my window, we have started to pop out of our winter shell and are ready to share and maybe get back on a more faithful posing tract.



So. . .this is what we now look like.  Cute, huh?!

Darci (red cruiser) has been busy planning out our market booth for May's international quilt market that will be held in Minneapolis.  We are SO excited to be doing a schoolhouse teaching session on wool for MarcusFabrics.  We have a wide array of new wool and flannel projects with their upcoming goodies as well as many new projects with Moda's latest and greatest and upcoming fabric lines as well.  We will be anxiously awaiting their completion to share with you our samples :-)

Lacey (blue cruiser) has been busy finishing up school.  She is done out in Watertown (hip hip hooray) and finished up a six week orthopedic location close to home and has since started her last six week rotation in the field of pediatrics.  Often asked what she'll land on, she'll tell you "the right spot will open up when I'm licensed" and that's what she's sticking to.  (Tho outpatient is what she hopes to find. . .)  She has also been busy working on new projects to join the market booth in the free time she can find. 


 Our household has also been WILD crazy.
We all went to our first game in February and have been hooked ever since.
We had amazing seats up close to the ice and despite losing the game had a fantastic time.
We are all hoping for a play-off run in the new few weeks!!
Spinning in Circles

No, we really haven't been doing that, though anybody reading this and looking at our last blog post date may think that was the case.  This little hunny is out of Sandy Gervais' newest grouping that is just what we needed after winter's last resurgence last week.  This is a perfect charm pack pattern and can be finished off with a straight edge, or funked with the curves.

Charms and Fabric are in the shop now.

Wishes & Weeds

Lacey is still obsessed with working on hexagon projects and this is her newest addition.
A project perfect for a candy pack or scraps from a quilt and combines not only love for hexies but also embroidery with the fun wavy edge and french knots.

"Fresh Cut" is the newest grouping from BasicGrey.
We like the one charm pack plus border idea for a springy table cloth. . .or adorable little baby quilt.
We plan to add Chenille-it strips to the project but had to share a peek before it's finished!!

Charms & Fabric are available in the shop now.

 Hardwick's Chick
One of SIX new wool patterns. . .so far. . .by Darci.
This little guy fits perfect on a six-inch Ackfield stand and is a quick little guy to stitch up.
It's inspired by it's "sister" quilt that was found in Keepsake Quilting out of flannels.

 Heartfelt Crazy
We are still in love with crazy quilting and love the look of this new little heart.
This is also part of the six-inch collection of wool projects this spring and is perfect for using up those scraps!


 Crazy Quilted Pincushion/Scissor Keeper
Keeping with the crazy theme comes this fun and unique little pincushion that uses an old antique ice cream dish as it's base.  Perfect for collecting threads, holding pins and keeping the scissors. . .and perfect for scraps.


We want to leave you with the newest news from the shop as this has really been quite an exciting week for us.  We feel oh so very blessed to have two projects come out in magazines this week.  The first can be found in American Patchwork & Quilting and the second in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts.  Never would we have ever guessed our journey would lead us to pages in these places and we are so excited.  Many people have been asking for details and so here they are. . .it's awesome having so many wonderful friends cheering us on.  We can't put into words how much more exciting the whole experience is knowing that. 

Cherry Street
 Photo Credit: Fons & Porter (Click here for link)

A bundle of "Elementary" fabric by Sweetwater graced our shop and Lacey took to it and this was her finished result.  We are so excited to have the anticipation of this quilt come to an end and see it grace the pages of the 2015 Summer edition of Easy Quilts that hit newsstands today. 


 Smooth Sailing
American Patchwork & Quilting (photo credit: click here for details)
Kits can be ordered on our Etsy site (link to it here)

We have had so many laughs over this and those who know Darci know this isn't her normal style.  But none the less we are beyond thrilled this 'set sail' on the Summer 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  This little guy is done up out of woolfelt, but would work wonderful in wool as well.  It's quick to assemble and perfect for the summer months ahead of us.


 Lacey commented last week on a picture in one of the buildings she was in.  

There were two signs about success.  The first had a nice and perfect straight line that held a caption stating something on the likes of "this is what we think success is."  The second sign had the start of a straight line, a mangled and tangled messy center and then the arrow with the caption stating "this is what success really looks like."

She had to smile and we think it's true.  While we do have those straight line success stories we find most of ours in the mangled and tangled mess.  

Believe us when we say we aren't about having our name known in a magazine, that's not why we share our news.  We are just flattered other people like our stuff and want to share it.  

The excitement lies in what it is like to know rejection.  Pattern designing didn't come easy for us.  Everybody has those things that don't come easy and if we all quit when we hit rejection (which is sometimes easier said than done) we wouldn't be very far.  In whatever you are doing, don't get down at the sight of defeat.  Keep working. . .trust us. . .you just never know when your luck will change and you can smile knowing your hard work and persistence paid off.  Don't let anybody squash your dreams or think they are silly.  

Keep going.  If we can do it, so can you.







Saturday, January 31

Catching Up

 2015.

We are already a whole month into this new year!
With the weather we have had the past couple of weeks one has to look at the calendar to remember that we indeed are flipping to February and not April or May.


 Hardwick's Chick
This spring-thyme fellow graced the pages of Keepsake Quilting "Almost Spring" catalog.
This version (which can be ordered through them) was created out of beautiful brown and purple plaid flannels by Marcus Fabrics.

We chose to redo the pattern in our shop out of Kansas Troubles cotton fabric.
This quilt can be found and ordered in our shop and contains cotton for the quilt top and flannel for the applique.


Stroke of Luck
This new pattern was created with one charm pack and one candy pack.
The fabrics are a different flair for us and will be coming into our shop in the next month or two. 
They are called True Luck by Stephanie Ryan for moda and are sweetly printed and hued.

Finished project measures about 22" x 22" in size and would make a cute table topper or wall quilt.


This new wool mat isn't quite finished yet, but we wanted to share what we have been doing.
This mat is using the new wools by Marcus fabrics which have been a delight to stitch with.
We enjoy keeping the traditional penny look, but adding a modern twist with the sizes.

The sample is up in the shop but pattern and kits will be on hold for a few weeks or so.

This little gem is a hard one to clearly photograph to do it justice.
Who would have ever guessed that beading would be present in our shop. . .but it is!!

We have so enjoyed adding little seed beads to our projects and can't wait to keep showing the various projects that are being finished that use them.  

This penny is a great way to test the water and dabble with the bead work and doubles as a great little accent by becoming a festive necklace!

This afternoon we finished adding the borders onto this table topper that we started last fall.
We are thrilled with the look the border give it (yes-it's wonky. . .and is on purpose!!)

We hope to have the sample quilted and bound by the weekend.
This project requires very little fabric!  
Grab a charm pack and 1/3 yard of border/binding and you're set!


 Lacey is still on a hexagon kick and used some scrap jelly roll strips to create a new little table mat.
She has to secure it to a base and then you'll get the full on photo of the mat.
If you like English paper piecing and have scraps (or candy packs) you'll want to stay tuned.

If all goes well maybe it will be a next weekend posting.


A couple recent fabric additions. . .
Crazy for Red fabric by Minnick & Simpson

  Who doesn't enjoy some red that is sweet in color and design?
We are excited about this fun cheater piece that looks like mock stitching.
Those crazy quilted lines are just sweet.


Clara's Flower Garden fabric by Kansas Troubles
We ordered small but love the prints that this new KT grouping offers.
Anybody who is looking to make one of those 10 minute table runners would be thrilled with the floral and stripe combination.  We are anxious to get a project sewn up with them real soon.


 Because of the Brave fabric by Moda

Stick with me, this might get a bit long. . .

"They face adversity and endure hardships; yet all too often their troubles go unnoticed. We also honor those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who must miss holidays, birthdays and family moments in far-away distant lands.  It is for the family members who keep the house running while their husbands, wife, son or daughter is away. It is for the children who dearly miss their deployed parent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt.  We say thank you to the men and women who have volunteered to serve our country and preserve our freedom."

Who
All quilters who would like to create a beautiful quilt to honor a military family in their circle of friends, community or nation.  You don't have to know a military person. . .these fabrics are just fun patriotic pieces that would look nice in any person's home.

When
Challenge began January 1st and goes until March 31

Challenge quilts will be displayed in participating quilt shops from April 6 - April 18
Customers will vote for their favorite and each "viewer's choice" will receive a prize

A digital photo of the "Viewer's Choice" will be sent to Moda to be put into their Piece & Comfort Challenge quilt show. (The quilt will go back into the owner's possession from the participating quilt shop)

Where
Pick up an entry form from a participating shop (we have them!!!)

Details
90% of the fabric must be made with Moda fabrics.
50% of the fabric needs to be from either the featured "Because of the Brave" collection or Sandy Gervai's "Red, White & Free" collection.

Quilt must be 54" x 65" or larger and quilted, tied and bound. It must include a label with the maker's name, city and contact information.  

The quilt WILL remain YOUR propery unless you choose to donate to a military family.

There is NO limit on the number of quilt enteries.

Prizes
For the Moda's Online Quilt Show:
$500- First Viewer's Choice
$250- Second Viewers Choice
$150- Third Viewers Choice
$500- Designer's Choice 

Proceeds from the initial fabric sales have been donated to USACares whose mission is to assist military families in times of need.


Mi Amour
We are excited to have our second project in Primitive Quilts magazine that hit the shop early January.
    



Other News
We have had enough interest to look at setting dates for another bus trip to Missouri to visit the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  We are looking at a July trip and will get the details out to you as soon as our hotel and bus is confirmed.



Piece & Blessings,