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.
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.