Monday, July 20

Fun Stuff

Recently the question got asked:

What do you ladies do for fun when you aren't in the quilt shop?
Neither one of us had given much thought to it before, but what a great question.
Quilting is something most people sit and do for fun.
Quilting for the two of us is also fun, but is also what our job is. answer to the question of what Darci & Lacey do for fun take a look below.

Both Darci & Lacey love to spend time with their family.
The picture above was taken on the Daytona Speedway during the 50th running
of the Daytona 500 held in Daytona Beach Florida last year.

On the subject of racing . . .

While both of the gals enjoy racing, Lacey seems to have the itch more.
You can find her wearing her racing shirt every Thursday & Friday at the local tracks.
Her, her dad, and brother rarely miss watching friends of the family duke it out in the dirt.
The picture above was taken in Huron, SD at the large Wissota 100 last year.
(After 3 solid days of racing last year we got to blow off our air horns as the one of the guys we went to watch won!!!)

Darci got to meet her favorite NASCAR driver in Florida 2 years ago.
Mr. Ryan Newman.

Aside from the racing, we both also like watching the Twins play baseball.

The photo above is of MN native Glen Perkins.
Who's Darci's favorite player? Pitcher Pat Neshek
Who's Lacey's favorite players? Catcher Joe Mauer & Pitcher Kevin Slowey

The lake.
Our family doesn't have a lake cabin and we rarely spend time there,
but last year found Leech Lake to be a beautiful place to relax and enjoy life at.
The picture above is from our rented cabin.
Both gals enjoy boating. Neither gals can ski.
Lacey also enjoys fishing. Ice. Boat. It doesn't matter as long as fish are biting!!

The fall. If you look close you can see a bee hive in the tree.
Darcis favorite time of the year is fall and Lacey agrees.
The sights of fall are truly beautiful.

While Darci isn't much on the cold. Lacey loves the winter!!!
Neither gals ski.
While ice and snow may not be fun to commute in, they can make trees look
absolutely beautiful. Both gals love their evergreens covered in snow in the mornings
on their drive down the driveway.

The photo above was taken on July 10 in Clara City of the Christian group Avalon.
Both gals love almost all types of music.
Both Darci & Lacey play piano. Darci plays almost every Sunday in the local church.
She also has the talents of playing by ear and creating as she goes.
Lacey is more black & white and reads what's there.
Tractor pulls. Joe is big on this. The whole family visited Hutchinson last weekend
to the NTPA tractor pulls. They really are quite a sight with the smoke, as seen above.
There is a lot of power in these things!!!

Darci also has a large love of cows.
She grew up on a dairy farm right along the
Minnesota River. Although there are no longer cows at any of our houses,
she will always love them, and the peace the nature setting brings her
when she is back at home.
Of course, being girls we do enjoy shopping.
Lacey loves to take photos,do some small scrapbook projects and read.
Darci loves to design and create original patterns for the shop, and walking.
So, that's a look at the PastThyme gals.
Was it what you'd expect???

Friday, July 10

Cancer Quilt

A couple of years ago, our shop participated in National Quilt Pink day.
Our quilt, shown below was sewn together with love by many, many different people.
The individual split rail blocks were sewn by individuals who passed through our shop,
and the top by the ladies shown below.
One quilt was donated to Susan G. Koman foundation to raise money for breast cancer research and the other donated to a local Relay for Life team.
Today, we learned that the quilt was won by a local woman, who is a breast cancer
survivor. It brings a smile to our face to know the stitches of love put into this quilt
are keeping a lucky local lady warm each night.
Thanks to all the people who participated in the event.
Your hard work was greatly appreciated!

Anchor's Ahoy!!
(This is our new monthly pattern...kits are available!)
Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, July 7

Bags & Aprons

This week has brought some fun additions to our shop samples.
Bags...and Aprons! Both are always fun to make as they don't take much time
and are something everyone can use.

The picture above is from a pattern called Snap Happy by the Stitchin' Sisters
These are super fun and super simple bags to make that "snap" open quickly.
I had so much fun doing various quilting and embellishing with both bags.
I used the newest variegated heavy weighted thread by Valdani Threads for my quilting
and embellished the red bag by adding iron-on crystals.

I saw this bag when we were in market in Pittsburgh and fell in love with it in part
because of it's different shape, and the way it closes. (ties on the bottom)
It is called the Penelope bag by Sew Unique Creations. It is a fun bag to put together
and is loaded with different pockets of various sizes!!
We also put in Clover's new Shape & Create bag bottom to add some nice stability in the
bottom of the bag. (I felt it was a great way to keep the bag from "bottoming out" and was
nice and easy to work with and sew on)

This bag is called Pocket Perfect and was designed by Indygo Junction, Inc. This is a bucket
bag with the main pocket on the front and a fun bag from carrying around essentials.
I used the new wrap and fuse piping by Clover, and although I had never worked with
piping before thought it was wonderful and very fun to use. You simply cut, iron and sew.
What a time saver!!!

The apron shown above, as well as below is from Mary Mulari and is called the Clothespin Apron. All of Mary's patterns are reversible, as seen from my photos. These are super easy
to do and don't take much time! As you can see I had fun adding rick-rack to my mine.

The last apron, shown below is a new apron pattern by Mary Mulari called the Hotdish Apron.
This also was quite fun and fast to put together, and we used some of the newest coffee fabric that had come into the shop.

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
Have a great week...