Thursday, January 28

Look what the UPS man brought us on this cold winter day!!!

Blush by Moda's BasicGrey
Isn't this just what we all needed to see?
Some fresh, fun, sweet fabrics to remind us that spring is on its way!!

Monday, January 25

It's Just Another Day

I guess today is just another day. In the game of life there always has to be a winner and a loser. In the game last night, we were the losers in long, hard fought battle in a city thousands of miles away from us. Showing our true pride, and doubt at times we stuck with the purple until the end, and sadly watched what was suppose to be the start of a two week celebration to the Superbowl slip through our pun intended for those who watched the game. However in the long run, we believe we were the winners. Did anyone notice the pride people showed last week? It was absolutely delightful to see people anxious, wearing purple, gathering with friends and family on the weekends, and joining together to cheer for a common cause. Superbowl or not the guys brought out hope and excitement in people like I hadn't seen for a while and THAT is something for them to be proud of.

While this is not my barn, I have to say it does a fairly good job representing what our current weather situation is today! Yep-we have a blizzard - well maybe not quite a blizzard but conditions aren't real ideal.
However, this type of weather = quilting progress :)

The project currently in progress is call "Sweet Sugar Swirls" by Fig Tree & Co. It uses a honey bun. We are just doing a table runner, so stay posted for our finished results in the near future!

With the weather we've managed to work on some U.F.O's. Does anybody have any of those? I didn't think so ;) All that was left to finish was the quilting, which Darci quickly did on the long arm. Now it's off to the Busy Binder to be finished. We are hoping to do a retreat on this Twister pattern once the weather clears up a bit.

Isn't this a refreshing change of fabric?!? This quilt-as-you-go bag was a This & That pattern featured in the APQ Fast and Fabulous magazine. It was a very quick and very fun, easy bag to put together. The rick-rack, yo-yo, buttons and grommets really added some flair to the bag!

Thursday, January 21

Welcome 2010

Well...almost a month ago we closed the door on 2009 and graciously opened them up for 2010. After staying up to say "good-bye/hello" and seeing no difference I went looking for some inspiration and found this wonderful little quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce:

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

It is true indeed that at the end of a new year is the opportunity, be it an opportunity to do more sewing, an opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, or other opportunities. I also liked the saying by Ellen Goodman:

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

Upon walking into our doors at the start of 2010 you'll find some "crazy" fun new samples. . .starting with this crazy quilt Phyllis (Darci's mom) finished. It was her dream to construct a quilt of this nature and she has finally got it completed. All of the pieces were carefully hunted for, cut, and sewn together. All the stitching is done by hand. It not only contains beautifully sewn crazy quilt stitches but personal dates of birthday's and her anniversary. It is truly a one of a kind quilt that will be a treasured family heirloom. If you are in close distance of the shop it is worth a trip to see!

We've also completed our quilt for Astor Manor!! The quilt pattern is Darci's design which Lacey absolutely fell in love with.The border of this quilt is out of Chenille. It is a very fun addition to a quilt, was easy to work with, washes nice, and adds a new and fresh touch to a quilting project.

Lacey took the "opportunity" to branch out of her box and work with fabrics that she typically doesn't work with. The quilt above is Happy Camper's by American Jane and her original quilt is called "I Spy". What started off as a children's book turned into a wall-hanging that was very fun and very simple to do. Every now and again stepping out of the box is a good thing!

The focus in this picture is to be the "Follow Your Heart" original woolfelt creation by Darci.
This fun little wall-hanging was a hit at our monthly wool group and put all of us in the mood to see some spring time birds, and new green buds coming to life on our dead looking trees.

Darci had Lacey pinwheeling out her box again before winter break ended. Lacey typically avoids pinwheel blocks, and doesn't work with 30s...both of which were used in the table topper above. Both gals thoroughly enjoyed their 20 below day sewing on these and other quilting projects and finished with a topper and runner to boot!! Both are fun and easy to do and are a great way to use up that stash. The one on the left is a This & That, and the one on the right is an original by our very own PastThyme patterns gal Darci.
This is the 2010 exclusive Quilt Minnesota fabrics!!! The fabrics have been designed by
Holly Taylor this year and will begin to arrive in shops in May and July. We are taking
pre-orders on the fabrics which will sell for $9.49 per yard and will be shipped or picked up starting July 30th.
Not only can you look forward to touching the fabrics in the future but blog posts with our state sample progress!!
While we have been busy thinking about state sample ideas we have been using a lot of imagination, as have other gals who have been coming in to pick up fabrics for new projects.
We heard this fun little quote by a very smart man that made us smile.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
~Albert Einstein
May your imagination soar in 2010!
Darci & Lacey