Thursday, September 10

Good day. Last night our evening wool group met at our local Vineyard. We have discussed doing this since spring and decided to hold off on our visit until fall to see the vineyard in color. It was beautiful and not a one of us was disappointed!!

We began our evening outdoors with the sun setting over the vineyard and Karen giving us an overview of the vineyard.

We were also given a tour of the area in which the wine is produced and ended the evening tasting the various types of wines that Hinterland produces. If you haven't had a chance to visit them, you WILL NOT be disappointed. They are open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays to the public. They also serve a catered sit down supper once a month excluding the upcoming harvest months of September and October. I am excited that Hinterland is a supporter of our upcoming Art Meandor and hope that our visitors will take time to stop out and see one of Clara City's finest destinations!! The photo below is my newest pattern creation. Although none of us stitched this particular session, I decided my pattern had to reflect our outing. I hope that you like it and if you do make sure to stop in and pick up the pattern as it is our September freebie!!

My outing with Joseph to the State Fair last week brought a couple of encounters with people I did not know before that day. The first encounter was with a man that was about the same age as I was that was racing go carts with Joe. When he finished the race he came over my way and asked if Joe was my son. We talked about our boys as they were close in age and then told me that he also had a boy with autism and a little bit about his story. It is funny how we pass by people every day that have struggles in life that we don't even know about. His name was Paul and I don't think i will ever forget him. As we were just leaving the cities the alternator on my Jeep decided to quit for the day so we pulled off the interstate into a Amoco station. My 3rd trip into the station brought the second encounter with someone who ihas faced a struggle in life. She told me of Matthew Birr who was severely injured in Afghanistan on August 9th. He was enjoying time off duty and the building he was in was hit by a surprise small arms fire attack. He was hit in the head by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade. The shrapnel entered the right rear side of his head, exiting near his right eye. Part of his skull needed to be removed due to severe brain swelling. She told me they were doing a benefit for him this Saturday, Sept 12th, and they could not get businesses to donate to his benefit. (I had told her I had a quilt shop) She asked if she could give me his information and if I would donate to the cause that would be great and if not that was fine too as she did not even know my name. As I waited that night for Owen & Lacey to come and pick us up I wondered why God had touched my life that day with these two strangers. It is funny how that happens - it is unexplainable, but I know there is a reason. The picture below is the bag and Tic Tac Toe board Lacey made for Matthew's benefit. We hope that it will help in some small way. I shared this story with a good friend who comes by the shop. She too must have been moved by this as she sent a quilt down for the benefit as well. Lacey and I talked about how different it is in a large town vs the small town as a benefit for that here would most likely have more items than they would know what to do with.

If you care to follow Matt's story, WCCO has a link to his caring bridge website. Please remember him and his family in your prayers. Well back to the sewing machine. Take care and blessings to all! darci

Tuesday, September 1

It is another beautiful "fall-like"day today!! Fall is my favorite season of the year and I am hoping that it will be a long season this year!! I enjoyed a day with my son, Joseph, yesterday. We did something that we have never done before and had a "Mom and Son" day. It was great. As we were leaving home in the morning I told him it would be a great day to be at the State Fair and he agreed. We decided to make it a date and with a little hesitation (we were missing Lacey and Owen) we headed to Falcon Heights for a pronto pup, music, baseball, root bear floats, animals, gyros, a skyride, walking, sunshine, a parade, chocolate chip cookies, go kart racing, pork chops on a stick, cotton candy, and a caramel apple sundae! I have not spent a day like that with my son before and it was very very enjoyable!! Because it was a spur of the minute decision, I did not have anyone lined up to watch the store so I locked the door with a note that you could check in with Owen next door. If I missed you I am sorry! There is a phrase from a song that played through my mind more than once that day and it goes like this~"Have you ever seen a headstone with these words: "If only I had spent more time at work". I felt guilty for locking my door but taking time to enjoy the people we love is so much more important than all the demands and pressures of our lives. The day was priceless with Joe and I will always remember it!!
We are anxious to get a couple samples made up
with "Vine Creek" which arrived in the shop
on Friday. Lacey is back in school now so I am
missing her company and her quilting projects.
I have also gotten the directions for our Double
Nine Patch table runner posted on our website.
It is pictured below and uses "Frosted Memories" by Holly Taylor in the plain block squares. If you
haven't looked at This & That's pattern book
using this line, stop in and take a look - it is one
of Lacey's favorites right now.

Double Nine Patch Table Topper
uses the 9 inch block pattern we handed out during the 2009 MN State Shop Hop

I am working on putting the finishing touches on our Garner Bus Trip today so check the website for more details regarding that. It is sure to be a fun filled day!!