Thursday, August 20

I want to begin by apologizing for the delay in the post that I promised to share Tuesday.
The state shop hop has come to an end leaving us truly pleased with the turnout of people who hopped through the shop. Thank you to each and every one of you who came in during those
17 crazy days. We enjoyed meeting all of you and hop to see your smiling faces soon.
Below you'll find photos of the challenge projects we had in our shop.
The winner received a $25.00 gift certificate and the runner up a $10.00 certificate.
Each project had to use the tan print with the green and red circles.

This project was the winner of the $25.00 gift certificate in the shop.
The project can be used either as a table topper or as a wall hanging.

This is a pillow with a fun exchangeable wrap around it. The detailing in the
center of the flower was quite fun.

A coffee collar. A clever use of the fabric and a fun way to adorn a coffee cup.
This wall hanging was our runner up. Winner of a $10.00 certificate.
Thank you to all you ladies who brought in challenge items for the hop.
We think you all had such wonderful and creative ideas for the fabric and are truly glad
we didn't have to pick the winners ourselves!!! You are all winners and thank you
for participating.

Friday, August 14

It's had to believe the 17 day state shop hop journey is coming to an end and very soon
the Mpls skyline above will be in our rear view mirror until next year rolls around.
We have truly enjoyed every day of the hop. It's been great fun meeting many many new people from all over the state, surrounding states, coasts, and even other countries!!
We have spent much time laughing as we have really accomplished nothing here in the shop.
It truly is a fantastic problem and we will never complain about it, but it does make for some
slow (slower than usual) blog posts. But.....we have been victorious and have got a couple things
to show ya!!!
For those of you who have come in and for those of you who haven't this particular pattern is of our FREE 9-inch square for the state hop. It's the double nine patch block. We used some of the state fabrics (red-green-cream burlap) and some of Holly Taylor's winter motif squares and red and green border pieces. The complete pattern will be on the website so check it out!
When we were in Pittsburgh this spring Lacey sat in on Fig Tree's schoolhouse session.
She left loving these cute little smocks called Little Picasso. They are suppose to be loose fitting play smocks for kids to paint in and play in. However we think they'd be a cute jumper!!
Lacey's awesome photography today doesn't show them well or do them justice but you get the idea. This one is the solid one...2 fabrics...goes together really quick.

This one would work wonderful with a charm pack. A little more work involved to piece the top together but also goes together really quick.
If you have young children, or grandchildren these are a must!!
With things slowing down....or speeding up?? hopefully we'll have some fun new things to show you for fall and the holiday seasons!!

Tuesday, August 4

Something to tide you over

The state shop hop has been off to a great start this year!!
It has been so much fun these first few days to see everyone out and about
and are thankful quilters are so hardy and have survived our detour.
So, to tide you over until we have quilting progress to show you all,
we'll share a yummy recipe.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
3/4 c. shortening
3/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1- 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 c. minature chocolate chips
3/4 c. chopped pecans (optional)
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans. Set aside a third of the dough for topping. Press remaining dough into a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Spoon over crust. Drop teaspoonfuls of reserved dough over filling. bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool, cover and store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 3 dozen bars.
(Something else fun for all of you. We here in the shop often wonder how fabric designers create their fabric lines. I happened to check out Sandy Gervais' blog yesterday and to my surprise found that her latest blog is about how she just finished her 2010 Christmas fabric!! If you have a minute, check her blog out. A link can be found under our fav's and is called 'Pieces from my heart' It's very interesting and a fun read- she's very entertaining!)

Saturday, August 1

Hop to it!

Yesterday began the Minnesota State Shop Hop for 2009. And today began August! It's so hard to believe how fast this summer has went. We'd like to share with you the things that we've made for this years hop.

"Diamond Terrace"

This is a different styled quilt for the shop. We used Chenille-It bias strips to cover up the seams and frame off our diamonds.

"Denim Snippets"

This is a great project to use up those old blue jeans in you'll no longer use in the closet. We made a lap quilt as well as a bag and ragged the seams. These quilts are easy to make, are very warm, and last forever!

"Game Day Trio"

This is a fun project making 2 different cloth game boards: Tic-Tac-Toe and Checkers.
We've also added a fat quarter tote bag so you can take your board games to go!

"Hexxety Hop"

This doesn't use the state fabrics but was shown a while back. The centers of all these table toppers (2 runners & placemats) are a cheater piece of fabric. Why the name you may ask? The middle shapes are hexagons, the last part of is from the gal who helped inspire the idea and hop comes from all the hopping up to iron and cut and down to do the sewing.
If you like the state fabrics or are thinking about heading out to do some hopping ehck out the website: