Wednesday, June 3

Graduating into June

That sums up what this post is about.
Maybe, more specifically, moving forward with lessons learned from experiences. 

May rushed by and to be honest, both of us Pastthyme Gals feel like it may have run us over.
Run over by a bus. . .or runaway train. . .something big. . .
But we have dusted ourselves off, pulled the tape off that held our eyelids open and sewn on.

But let's recap, shall we. . .
because despite feeling run over. . .May was a flat out FUN and EXCITING month!! photo credit

 May began with graduation.  Lacey's graduation from her PTA program in South Dakota.
Those who read this blog may recall that the school announced the President Barack Obama was named to be the commencement speaker and while she thought it was a joke at first, it proved to be true.

Whether or not you like the guy, he is the President of the United States.
One of the most powerful man in the world.
A man who comfortably spoke to all of us packed in the Watertown Gym. photo credit

 The whole thing was surreal.  We went through airport security to get into the gym.
The secret service was all over town, and they dress just like you see them in the movies.
The address was broadcasted live on South Dakota television stations.

The half-hour long speech was easy to listen to and our President seemed relaxed and at ease.
Saving the "best for last" state of South Dakota to complete a rare task of visiting all 50 states.

This was truly an experience that none of our family members will ever forget.
A once in a lifetime moment to say the least.

When asked. . .you'll be told he didn't shake the hands of those walking the stage.
However, Lacey was given her diploma by the Governor of South Dakota who personally congratulated each student by name as they shook his hand and accepted the diploma.

Finally. . .she's finished!

Five days later. . .we left for International Quilt Market

This is our second attempt at cracking into the wholesale world in Minneapolis.
I wish we could find "flash back" photos from that first time.  
Oh, how we've learned!!

 We arrived at the Minneapolis convention center to find isles upon isles of this.
Roadblocks of goodies.
Crates from big fabric companies who had to ship these to the show.

We bobbed and weaved our way to booth #404.

 Doesn't it look great?!  Soooo us, right?
This space would become our cozy home for the duration of market.

We like being able to do things ourselves. . .but know when to take help.
That's why we brought the handyman with.  He's handy!
We, I mean he began by laying down the floor.
This is why you keep extra flooring from home projects. . .it comes in handy!

Next we put up the drapes.
I must give a shout-out to our Jack of All Trades gal who tackled the job of ironing all of these bed sheets.
Extra care was taken to make sure they didn't get wrinkled during the commute to the cities! 
Now. . .you know the whole measure twice and cut once philosophy?
Well. . .it failed us. We calculated out queen & king bed sheets to fit our poles.
And we were short.  By a bit more than a smidge.

And we laughed.

And then had a brief moment of panic.

And then more laughter.

And then the handyman said he had an idea.  We'd just overlap them in the corners.
Which is what we did.   And prayed the pole slots would hold with sheets in the space.
Which they thankfully did.

See. . .this is why you take handymen with you!!

 Now every good road trip story has a "forgot it at home" part to it.
This was ours. . .only we remembered it was left behind about 5 miles from the shop.
Lucky, huh?

Tried and true this banner was the frosting on the cake for our cute little booth.

Once the banner was up, the curtains in place and the floor secure it was time for lights.

These were a spur of the moment choice by the handyman who told us to pick the system up from behind the shop on our quest to get the almost forgotten banner.

A few hundred zip ties later we had lights.
Luck.  Sometimes it comes down to luck.

The floor and lights may have been disasterous with the Pastthyme Gals behind the zip ties and hammers.
This is why you need a handyman.

A long afternoon and brief morning and this was our booth.
We have found a good use for our panoramic photo option on our phone!!
Candy projects.  Charm projects.
Marcus Flannel Applique projects.
Wool projects.  Crazy Quilt projects.

Home sweet home.
 Thursday was schoolhouse.

Schoolhouse is something we always attend to learn about new things to share with you.
This year, it was our turn to teach.

This was something that Darci had always wanted to do and something Lacey thought would be neat.
So we did one.

MarucsFabrics were gracious enough to sponsor us for 
Mini's. . Just the Start of Something Big

We spent thirty minutes sharing various projects with the group of ladies and gentlemen who joined us.

There of course were many laughs in preparation for this.
Darci was able to do the speaking and Lacey the modeling, with fellow Marcus "family".

The Marcus group is really a lovely and wonderful group of people who made us feel like family.
We have nothing but wonderful things to say about them and are so thankful to work with them.

We also have to give a huge shout-out to a group of shop owners from southern Minnesota who came and sat in the front of the room for the session.  The friendship of these gals means a lot to us and their presence provided the calm that was needed to get through the first schoolhouse we've ever done.

So even superheros come to market.

Lacey seen the guy above dressed as Spiderman on Saturday. 
 She wanted so badly to take a picture or video what was happening in front of her but decided against it.  

Just imagine this dude dressed in skin tight leotards. . .facing the gal taking a picture in the booth across from us (his back to us) and picking a wedgie.

 Lacey is pretty sure his get-up was too small.

Here's a few more interesting experiences we had while in the cities

-We got yelled at by the bike taxi guy for j-walking a mere 30 seconds into our first venture to eat.
Guess it's obvious we live in a little tiny town

-Walking to Hell's Kitchen on Thursday night with friends proved to be eventful.  There was a gentleman lying on the sidewalk, unresponsive.  We had the fire truck rescue guys zoom up and hop out in front of us to tend to him and met the ambulance.

-The Juicy Lucifer burger at Hell's kitchen is dangerous to eat sitting next to people.  Cheese squirts out.'s simply delicious.  Ask Lacey...she ate two of them.

-We got stuck in a parking ramp on the last day trying to leave.  Apparently the handyman was given a ticket to park in the church lot but was full and you couldn't get to the other lot.  So...after turning the ticket over, and over and over and over and feeding it into the machine were we approached by security.  Who insisted the ticket wasn't for that ramp and we'd have to wait for the manager.  Who insisted it wasn't possible to have gotten the ticket and parked in the ramp we were at.  And that no lady was working there like he said there was.  And that he'd call and ask what to do.  Lacey, who is usually patient was about to split at the seams.  She was stir crazy and desperately wanted to leave. She may have had smart remarks out of earshot (thankfully) from the manager.  And after 15 minutes of waiting...we were free to leave.  
Moral of the story, stay home.

Market was successful and we did feel smarter.
We are glad we went and are anxious to see what the future holds.

Five days later we had another graduation.
The youngest Pastthyme Family member graduated high school.

It's hard to believe just how quickly time goes by.
It seems like just yesterday that this sweet little boy went into the Kindergarten room and suddenly walked out with a black gown, Achievement student roping and a diploma in his hand.
I'll say it again. . .time flies.

Back in to the routine of things. . .
We have since settled into the swing of things and have started sewing up new samples.

Stroke of Luck
We decided to redo this pattern using Kansas Troubles and gave it a new twist by making it completely scrappy.  We LOVE the results!! This sample uses the new Heartfelt by Kansas Troubles.

(see photo below for the original)
Amazing what color can do, isn't it?!! 
 This was our original Stroke of Luck.

We are headed to the Aberdeen Quilt Show this coming weekend.
We seen a thing about doing a demonstration and won't lie, they aren't our favorite thing.

We can't ever decide what to demo!  We think too much into things.

So. . .we decided to demo Chenille-It. 

Because we think it's fun stuff to play with and adds a fun flair to things!

Normally we place the strips on the seam line and sew but this time we decided to step out.
We drew on these fun wavy lines over a fun new focal piece of fabric that arrived.
We sewed the strips of Chenille-It over our drawn lines, bound the project and washed it.

Waaa-La.  Fun. Simply. Easy.

This is a new pattern without a title at the moment.
It uses Rue Indienne fabric by French General.  A charm pack to be specific.

The lace around the edge gives this a unique flair.

Mini Peaks and Valleys
We just love putting this project together!  And this color combination just might be our favorite.
We used the fun "True Luck" by Stephanie Ryan.  Just one candy pack!
This goes together really quick and can be completed in a day.

Country Squire
This quilt uses the beautiful Country Squire plaids by Marcus Fabrics.
For an Americana group, we can't think of anything more American than that of the barn.
We love our country roots and seeing our surroundings the iconic barn.

Fir Douglas

This lap or wall quilt uses the new holiday plaid collection by Marucs Fabrics.
It's easy to piece and requires no seam matching!


Double Stuff
This is the newest sampler quilt pattern using beautiful civil war fabric by Marcus Fabrics.
The photo doesn't do it justice!

Nestle Thyme
Done up with Union Blues by moda fabrics using just one candy pack...and some neutral yardage!

Dublin' Dance
Well this is almost done but we just had to share! This two charm pack project is just sweet.
We are adding Chenille-It in the inner border after it gets quilted.

This finishes about 42 inches square and would be cute on a table, couch or for a baby quilt!

Here's a peak at a hot off the machine item.
This fall lap quilt or wall quilt uses the new Perfectly Seasoned fabric by Sandy Gervais.

We have fabric on it's way for this quilt so if you are interested in a kit let us know as numbers may be limited.  It's estimated the cost will be close to forty.

Hot off the long arm is this elegant two colored throw.
Patchwork Garden done up in tan and black make for a beautiful throw quilt for any gardener.

The strip piecing and focal print of this quilt make it a super quick sew.
Well. . .that is all for now.
We continue to work on new things and will be anxious to share them with you soon.

Piece & Blessings until next time

Monday, May 4

Rolling in Laughter and Shreadding Tires

Greetings yet again for another installment of "Where's Waldo".

We just love this time of the year and have been busy enjoying it.  From picking out flowers to plant around the house and laying down new landscaping wood chips and watching the fields get turned over and planted with fall promise to fighting over the Kleenex box due to alergies/colds, sweeping up endless amounts of dog hair and picking off woodticks.  Yes, spring is a wonderful time of year.

 With all this newness we have some wonderful new stuff to share and can't wait to get rolling.

 We rolled into Mankato to spend the weekend with the Deep Valley Quilters at their bi-annual quilt show.  They have a nice location and had a perfect weekend for a show.  We thoroughly enjoyed meeting many new people and seeing many familiar faces.  We always enjoy catching up with how things are going for you and sharing what new stuff we've been busy creating.

We also started a new tradition.  Most of you who know us know that you can often find us listening to state wrestling, football, basketball, etc. on the radio at certain points in time in our shop.  That weekend we listened to the Wild hockey game.  We even dressed the part.  And no. . .it's not just Lacey that gets into this.  It's a family event and Darci cheers from the couch with just as much gusto as the rest of the group.  We certainly hope they turn things around before tomorrow night!!

Now while we were in Mankato we tend to do what women supposedly do best.
We shop.

We specifically went to Hobby Lobby which is a dangerous place for those of us into anything remotely related to decorating your house, quilting or crafting.  Those who have been there know what we mean.

Well we (Darci) found a group of three baskets that looked like they'd be awesome for kits.  We always fight how to display kits at quilt shows and she thought this was the ticket.

The pro's: It folded up nice and compact so it's easy to tote and takes up little room.  The baskets were cute and fitting of the shop.
The con's: We weren't sure how many kits it would hold and the baskets were round.  It also didn't carry around real well. . .either that or Lacey was a poor caddy.

We bought the basket and as we were walking out the door the item shown above caught Darci's eye and the following proceeded to happen.  

Darci: Ooohh...Lacey look at this!  This would be AWESOME for kits.  I think we could get a lot packed into this.  It folds up easy.  It's lightweight.  What do you think.

Lacey: (rolling her eyes) Yep it probably would but we just bought the baskets.  I don't think we'd have enough room in our booth for it but if you think it would work get it.  You have better vision.

Darci: Maybe we should return the baskets and get this instead.  What do you think.

Lacey: (unconvinced) It's up to you.

This conversation continues on with a lot of enthusiasm on the piece from Darci and not as much from Lacey.  We load the baskets into the jeep pointing out how easy it is to pack and how compact it gets and leave to find Wild hockey gear at Sheels across the street.  

Upon leaving Scheels the following conversation happens.

Darci: I think I'm going back.  I just think the stand is better than the baskets.

Lacey: Maybe you want to think on it and go back tomorrow.  We can try the baskets out.

Darci: They aren't open on Sunday. (Drive back to Hobby Lobby)  You don't have to go in with me I know it's a bit embarassing.

Lacey: No!  I want in on this.

We go back in and check out the stand.  Decide that it will be better than the baskets.
We go out to the car and get the baskets and head back in, grabbing the stand along the way.
We wait in line. . .and have people budge in front of us in line. . .and finally get to return.

Darci: I just bought this 10 minutes while ago and found something better.

Clerk: No problem.  We will just exchange it.

All this transpired within 15 minutes.  We exchanged the baskets (which weren't in our presence long enough for a photo op) and came home with this stand.  

The best part of the story was watching Lacey load kits into the stander when we got back home and admitting that it worked great and was the better choice.  

See. . .mom always knows best.

 In Continuing on our laughing adventures. . .

Last Friday night we decided to celebrate the end of Lacey's last clinical rotation.  We headed to Montevideo to have chips at Toppers.  This was a handy choice as it was not too far from the junkyard where the first car Lacey ever drove was headed.

Paintless Pete was cleaned out and loaded up and on it's way to car heaven.  It lived a good life on the road and the end had come.  Things were rolling along quite smoothly until we reached the railroad tracks that lead to Highway 212 in Montevideo.

Quick flashback with me for a moment while I refresh your memory.  Last fall us Pastthyme Gals headed to the winery with the Handyman and hit a piece of galvanized metal and had a flat tire which resulted in us limping down the road and driving through an plowed beet field to get to the driveway to go home.

Well. . .the pickup missed the metal piece poking up from the tracks but the trailer apparently hit it.
We knew when we got to the stop sign that there was a flat.  The Handyman desperately hoped it was the trailer or a tire on Paintless Pete and not his pick up and was excited to report upon pulling out onto the highway it was indeed the trailer.

We didn't make it very far before the noise picked up and he could see bits of rubber coming off the tire.  We motored on down the road to the tune of a flat tire that was losing rubber and waring on the rim thankful the junkyard was not real far away.

Lacey pointed out it was maybe just a bad omen.  The three amigos had a similar incident the last time they went to have supper together and tonight was no different.  Never a dull moment.

It was then we realized we had to drive by Duffy's eating establishment.  It was a nice evening.  There were people outside.  All of whom had to have heard us coming and had quit what they were doing to watch the rig go by.  The Handyman waved. . .and so did the biker's outside.  Awesome.

We rolled it into the junkyard and left it sit.  Trailer and all.
That car was always special. . .and truly went out with bang.

 We have also had a good laugh over the new addition to the family.
Nope Lacey's isn't getting married or having kids. . .and neither is Joe.
Beatrice had kittens. . .again.

Lacey asked the cat the a few weeks ago if her kittens were still alive and a few hours later the dogs started going crazy by the door.  When we looked out she brought 3 kittens up to show us.  We admired, congratulated her (cuz we are nice like that) and she took them to her hiding spot again.

Last week Lacey again asked Beatrice about the kittens and the next day there were four of them by the stump in our flowerbed.  They have been there ever since.  They love our dogs, think Daisey is a fun person to play with and LOVE climbing the stump and exploring.  If anybody is wanting kittens we will keep you in mind for when they are ready to go!

And speaking of new additions. . .here are a few in our shop.
 Evening Mist by Sentimental Studios 

This black, white and grey is absolutely stunning. 
We are in LOVE with these bolts and can't wait for some free time to play with it.
The cream would be awesome for any embroidery background.

 Dublin Dance by Pastthyme Patterns

We have three quilts with this pattern.  You can use the pattern to create a mini version with candy packs that finishes 18" x 18" in size or large version with charm packs that finishes 42" x 42".

We have Kansas Troubles and Holly's Tree Farm (shown above) available in the shop.
You can find more pictures on our Facebook page, website (candy patterns) or Etsy site.

Doe Cee Doa by Pastthyme Patterns

This large lap quilt (56" x 84" size) is a great charm pack pattern.  It uses the fun fabric by Sweetwater called Feed Company.  It sews together real quick and features a fun focal piece of fabric that has recipes on it. 

Kits and pattern info can be found on our Etsy site.

When we came home from Mankato we had the fun task of hanging our packed goodies back up.  We enjoyed a fresh new look to keep us inspired and to show off the fun new goodies we've been doing.

We apologize for the delay in posts and while we hope to settle into a regular routine it's hard to say when it will come.  We hope to squeeze in another post after Lacey's graduation as President Obama is the speaker (no joke. . .it's real) and Quilt Market where we are vending and the youngest family member's high school graduation party.  All of which take up our next three weekends.

Because of the quilt market push you will find our pattern website nearly updated with live links to kits and patterns on our Etsy site.  We hope this will make any online purchases much easier for those of you who don't live real close to us and want to find the new stuff. 

We are doing Internal Quilt Market in Minneapolis next week May 13 - 17.  We feel like we have a wonderful group of things to bring with us and that we have grown smarter since our last adventure there five plus years ago.  We are thrilled to be doing a school house session for Marcus Fabrics on Thursday afternoon so if you include people in prayers or thoughts say an extra that we don't get so nervous we freeze up!!  Ha.  We will post as many pictures of market as possible, but ask for patience until our next post arrives.

Piece and Blessings until next time,
Darci & Lacey