Wednesday, March 31

We've been having a hoot creating and brainstorming up new projects this week . . .Meet Owlivia the cute pincushion, or buddy from Sandy Gervais.
Her recipe can be found on ModaBake Shop and she is truly a hoot to make.
Owlivia features the popular jumbo rick-rack and Frolic, Sandy's newest fabric collection.

Something else we've been hooting about has been
Martinique by Moda's 3 sisters.
This beautiful fabric arrived today and Darci has already begun designing with it!!


Also hot off the press is this cute little wallet by
This & That patterns.
The fabric shown is Looking Back by Brannock & Patek.



This is the inside. Notice the spots for credit/gift cards,
a zippered coin pocket, and behind that a nifty place to store cash!
A project that would be perfect to make before our bra hop starts . . .



. . .speaking of the Bra Hop. Darci has been busy brainstorming up new ideas for patterns to showcase during the hop.
The Bra Hop starts Thursday April 8th and ends Saturday April 9th.
Participating shops include: Marshall, Litchfield, Kimball, Paynesville & New London
The grand prize is a $150.00 long arm quilting certificate to Penny at Gone to Pieces in Kimball.

The apron above is a works in progress (and is using Martinique) and pear applique. We have a lot of fun project ideas up our sleeve, so make sure to either mark your calendars and stop in or keep checking back here for our pear progress!!




Friday, March 26

Do any of you ever have those projects that are finished and just in need of binding-yet you can't manage to get it done? This poor little table runner
has been a topic of conversation between us for a couple weeks and still has no binding to show for it! Either way, this is a fun and very different table
runner style for us at the shop. The fabrics we used were from a Botique charm pack (Moda's Chez Moi designers) and the pattern is a newer book from
Heather Mulder-Peterson called "On the Run" This is definitely a "happy" table runner just in time for
spring!







Frolic . . .isn't that an interesting word for fabric?
I was curious just exactly what that fun little word meant and smiled when I saw it.
Frolic: full of fun: merry

Today our favorite UPS man dropped of a "fun" box containing . . .
Frolic by Sandy Gervais



The fabric prints and colors truly are fun and have endless possibilities.
PastThyme Gal Lacey was thrilled when she got PastThyme Gal Darci's text
telling her to "frolic" back to town after her Chem lab to see the box she had
been looking forward to seeing!
The gals aren't sure what projects they'll make with
their yardage and charm packs as they are enthusiastic to start.
Lacey swears she's going to make the cute little Owl Pincushion/pillow that Sandy designed for the Moda Bakeshop. . . but I guess only time will tell!

Thursday, March 25

Recipe

Caramel M & M Bars

Crust:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Topping:
40 caramels
4 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup M & M chocolate candies
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Melt 3/4 cup of butter and add oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, soda, and salt. Stir ingredients together until mixed thoroughly. Reserve approximately 1/8 of the crust mix to crumble over the top of the bars just before the final baking. Pat the rest of the crust into the bottom of an ungreased 9" x 13" baking pan.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, combine the caramels, milk and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until caramels have melted. Stir the caramel mixture often while melting.
When the crust is done, drizzle the caramel mixture over the crust. Then sprinkle the M & M's evenly over the caramel topping. Crumble the remaining crust over the top.
Bake again for 15 minutes. Allow to cool and cut to desired size.
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Now. . . if I was a good blogger I would have remembered to take a picture of these wonderful little bars to show you what they look like. The only problem was I thought of this after the last bar had been taken out of the pan a mere two days after the pan had been made!!
They are simply delicious, and of course, like all other goodies, are calorie free!!

Friday, March 19

Our famous Lake of the Past, or as Joe would say "Newski Lake" disappeared Thursday night and Friday.
Little did we know that that would be the start of a week of water . . .


This photo was taken shortly after sirens went off in town for sandbaggers on Tuesday evening in Clara City. Typically you cannot see the water in the banks unless you walk into the temporary pond by the service road. Two large ice jams posed problems and thousands of sandbags were laid to save homes.
Thankfully the water both here in Clara City, as well as in Maynard has gone down and our flood threat appears to be gone.

(a step aside from quilting for a brief moment) Our MACCRAY boys basketball team had a fantastic season this year and in the past two years the boys have amassed a record of something on the lies of 43-2. The photo above was the celebration of the Section 3A North title game from Saturday night. Last night, in the game to send the team to state, the boys fell short.

I think we all felt a little down today, seeing what was a fantastic ride come to a halt too soon. And as we PastThyme Gals think about the game and what could have been, we remind ourselves of what was. It was truly an awesome experience sitting in Marshall last night watching SO many community members show up to cheer them on . . .the gym was absolutely packed. Even though they fell short of state, the game played was like the state title game to the fans that were there and the many, many people listening on the radio. And as hard as it is I hope the team can look back and see what kind of an influence in the town they made. Even if you lose, bringing that many people from three towns together is something that truly counts, and after days of flooding, was something we all needed. I think we'd all agree that we were all proud of them, winning or not.

BUT, back to quilting!! We were thrilled to get in some new fabric by Deb Strain.
Her "Cherish Nature" fabric has wonderful, fresh and fun colors and like the name
suggests-deals with nature (butterflies, eggs, and a couple cute bugs)

Speaking of cherishing nature, at Joe's last basketball tourney in Granite
we drove by the river and seen these fun guys! We all thoroughly enjoyed
rolling down the windows to listen to them quack, and then fly into the water and
float downstream.


This is also some new fabric we've gotten in from Blank Quilting
Very pastel in nature and the bottom bolt of scripted words is about friendship.

It had been a while since we've made a new bag, so last week that's what we did!

This bag is one from This & That and features a cute zippered pocked in the back.

Hope you all have been able to enjoy the brief sunny and warm spring days we've had, have been able to do some sewin' of your own, and have been able to avoid sandbagging, and water in your houses!

Wednesday, March 10

Thinkin' Spring

"Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush"

~Doug Larson

We have decided here in the shop that instead of shoes full of slush, we have shoes full of water as our "famous" Lake of the Past continues to grow. It's funny in a sense that both gals enjoy the lake, and are now located in "lake front property" We continue to try and find humor in all of the water and have decided if it doesn't start draining soon we'll dig out the rubber ducks and the yellow rubber raft Joe won at the races one night! That outta look cute in front of the shop!

Today we have our monthly Wool on Wednesday meeting and we are workin' on spring!
The eggs (pattern by Brenda Gervais of Country Stitches) have been quite popular and are fun and quick to stitch. We've also smiled- for those of you who love to knit or chochet with eyelash yarn it makes wonderful Easter grass!!

This is their monthly project from Starry Pines patterns.
Who knew that when we started this the day they came to stitch they'd need their umbrella!

The above "Just for Bee'n You" is Darci's newest monthly creation.

For those of you who know Darci well you know this isn't exactly her
signature style and colors, but she's got spring fever and those juices were flowin'
The mat was inspired by a bouquet of spring daisies (shown a few posts ago) that
were given to her by some dear friends . . . just for being her!


Monday, March 8

Bullock & Butterflies

There has been some interest in the new fabrics that Kansas Troubles has put together for spring. The new fabric line is called "Butterfly Garden" and has her signature gold, blue, black, green, purple, red and cream tones. It is beautiful fabric and as always would fit into your stash at home.



The photo above is all of the pieces in the collection taken out of a charm pack.

I'm currently working on a purse called "Everyday Fancy" by This & That.

Hope to have it as show and tell soon :)





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We didn't watch the Oscar's that were on a couple days ago but wound up reading about them on the net the day after. Both the PastThyme Gals enjoy watching movies that Sandra Bullock has played in and were happy for her in winning an award for Best Actress.




While reading an article about her that day, Bullock shared a quote that struck both gals as being so very truthful.




"Don't aspire to be in these shoes. Walk in your own. Everyone's unique and that's what makes people exciting to watch, I think. So, just savor who you are and not what everyone else wants you to be."


Truth that was so very well said! Each and every single one of us is so very unique and that's what makes people exciting . . . it just seems that so often we all get caught up in aspiring to be like others, that we lose touch with ourselves. We forget to remember that there are people out there that might aspire to be like us in some way. Take time this week to celebrate the things that make YOU unique!

Lake of the Past

Many of you know that Minnesota is known for their land of 10,000 lakes.

As spring continues to move in, our snow continues to melt, and of course as the snow melts it tends to . . . settle in one spot. This year, like a few in the past, the water has settled in the front of the shop.

Therefore, we have declared our water hole as "Lake of the Past" part of the 10,000 lakes that are in Minnesota!!

PastThyme boy Joe and his good friend and neighbor at the shop have thoroughly enjoyed their time at the lake. They put together boats made out of plastic plates, cups and pencils and attached a string to keep them from floating away.

It's been so fun to watch the boys play out in front of the shop and having fun with the temporary lake that has made its home around the shop.


View outside the front of the shop.

Outside out work room/classroom window.

Saturday, March 6

Spring Cleaning


Fig Tree threads sure puts out some cute patterns. This particular one arrived a couple weeks ago and the gals have been anxious to see what it looks like made up!!


Both Gals love the cute scalloped edge at the bottom and the way it ties in
the front of the apron.


There is only one problem . . .

. . .neither can decide on what fabric to use!

PastThyme Gal Darci suggested this and PastThyme Gal Lacey kindly asked if they could keep looking. Being too anxious, Lacey decided just to use the fabric Darci liked. It may not have been her first choice, but she was anxious to start. Besides, it was kinda cute in its own way.

After getting 16 strips sewn together, the PastThyme Gal decides she can tackle the scallop edge before Darci comes back. Can't be that hard can it?
Of course when you are excited about a project and want to have it almost finished as a "surprise" things happen. . .or as our friend Murphy would say
What can go wrong will go wrong

My first indication I may have trouble is when my template doesn't fit the foundation.

The little quilting light bulb should have come on but it doesn't- after all you can change the pattern if you need to. I needed to square my fabric up so of course that would make my template not fit. Ever do that and wish you would have stopped there and said "hold on"

The light bulb does however, flick on when I read that "scallop edges should match the chalked line you have traced onto your foundation exactly" By the looks of it (in my picture above) I might have a slight problem. . .
I decide to move forward and continue to pin, maybe by the end it will have improved a bit.
Anxious/Nervous/Determined I head to the sewing machine.


By the end of my scallop trimming I decide (nervously) to see how off I got.
Turns out that it was about as bad as I thought.

But hey, don't they say that one leg is shorter than the other??


I decide I have had enough "Spring Cleaning" for today.
PastThyme Gal Darci comes back to the shop and too decides that
it may need a little assistance on the scallop edge. She is confident
that some rick-rack and attention will make it cuter than the pattern.
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I guess only time will tell.


Thursday, March 4

Bra Hop: Hooked on Pairs


A Bra Hop: Hooked on Pairs
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For those of you looking for something new and fun to do this spring we have a unique shop hop for you and your friends in April!


We, along with the quilt shops in Marshall, New London, Paynesville, Kimball and Litchfield are putting on the Bra Hop: Hooked on Pairs.


Dates are April 8, 9, and 10th.



All of us shops will feature a "pairs" pattern.
Upon completion of all of our shops you will receive a fun ornament to remember your day and will be eligible for a long arm quilting certificate.



We ask that you stop in the nearest quilt shop to pick up your passport.
Real one or Fake.
Each shop has a fun decoration as our stamp on your passport.
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Tuesday, March 2

Remember this fellow?

Why yes...our dear old friend the skunk, the creature who
delights us all with its wonderful fragrance!!
Last Friday night on our way home from a boys basketball game in
Minneota we smelt skunk...not once but twice!! We hope that Mr. Skunk
knows something we don't, that maybe, just maybe spring is near.
On the whole spring kick, its the 2nd day in March. And our
million dollar question is whether or not March will come in like
a lion or leave like a lamb, or vice versa.
So far I'd have to say our friend
the lamb has tamed the lion, but only 2 days in is a
bit premature to make the call.
What do you all think?
Who knows...maybe this year the lamb and lion will live in peaceful
harmony like our picture would like to think! We can dream right.
We are ready for spring are so enjoying our beautiful sunshine!!
Fig Tree & Co. put out a fun pattern called Whimsey Fresh.
This pattern features 6 different projects!
This fun little flower is meant to be a floor cover. We used
a fuzzy white fabric to give our flower some fun texture.
Also something new in the shop that has been really popular is the
new spring fabric from Whimsicals. The fabric has a unique
distressed, muted feeling and the border prints are filled with
thoughtful sayings about life and angels.


While sitting down at the computer and uploading pictures
I came across this tiny little book chuck full of fun little sayings.
I enjoyed reading them all but want to share this one with you:
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May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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Hope you all have a great tomorrow!!