Wednesday, April 28

In Progress . . .

It seems as if progress on new shop samples has sort of come to a halt the past few weeks, which makes it rather difficult to come up with a new blog post. But today, as I was frustrated by this I asked myself what I was defining as progress? As when I stopped to think there really had been a lot of it made in the shop, even if it wasn't in terms of samples . . .
Most of our progress that's being made is in terms of spring market . . .and this is a good thing considering in a mere three weeks we'll be tackling a new adventure with our patterns.
On Monday, a couple of our dear friends (friends we'd claim as family) came to help in the shop pack patterns. (Who would have though that when the quilt shop journey started we'd have a "Busy Binder" and "Pattern Packers" among our list of helpers-ha) These two women accomplished packing hundreds of patterns that will head with us to sample spree in one afternoon. They were such hard workers and will never know how incredibly thankful both PastThyme gals are for both their friendship and their support and willingness to help.

On Tuesday, the delivery man brought us a box with new magazines!!

This spring Quilts & More really does have a nice variety of different projects of all shapes and sizes in it. Of course-as soon as Darci seen the bag she thought of bag lady Lacey and as soon as Lacey seen the pattern she wanted to make the bag.

Which brings us to shop sample progress . . .

Of course we must make the bag!!! The fabric we are using was from a charm
pack given to us by a quilt guild after a presentation. Neither gals knew exactly what
to do with it considering we don't have the fabric in the shop--but this bag will be its home.
(This is my bag back)

Two of these strips will be my front bag bottom and I will admit to having not read far enough into the pattern to know where the third strip goes . . .
Hope to have a new bag post by the weekend...shall see if the progress fairy takes me that far!!

Thursday, April 22

Racing to baseball, cooking, sewing, and magic

I guess we'll begin by suggesting you fasten your seat belts and hang on tight as this will be a long ride!! It's amazing how many pictures can accumulate on a camera with good intentions to make a blog post and a week later they are still waiting...calling your name...

Last week, Lacey headed up to Alex (no not this track) with the racing gang to open up the 2010 season. It was such a beautiful weekend and she enjoyed catching up with old friends not seen since the off season.

Meanwhile...back at the shop Darci was busy getting ready for market.
How thoughtful of Lacey to ditch this huh?
We are currently busy packing patterns, and re-vamping pattern fronts.
For those of you who are familiar with our wool "To Everything there is a Season" quilt you will be surprised to see a cotton version ready to head to market with us. The above bock is just one sampling of how different and fun the cotton looks.

Phyllis, Darci's mother has also been busy doing some embroidery work.
We've been thrilled to see the market starting to produce more and more embroidery patterns all the time and are anxious to see if that trend continues at this spring market.
This particular pattern is by CrabApple Hill.

After returning home from the races, we found turkey's in our yard!!
Too bad they aren't real . . .just the decoy's Joe has been using as he is
gearing up to go turkey hunting this weekend.

Darci and Lacey headed to the Mall of America on Sunday to meet Miss. Trisha Yearwood at her cookbook signing. She was truly, truly one of the nicest famous folks we've met and super personable. It was amazing to us that she came and greeted each and every person in the line, asked what our names were and thanked us for taking a picture with her. She then went back to the table, introduced her mom and sister to us, and thanked us for coming to see her! Besides being so nice and personable she has fabulous recipes!!!!

Trisha (right) - Trisha's mom (center) - Trisha's sister (left)

On Monday Joseph came home from baseball practice and told us he wanted to go fishing in the creek. We have a creek that splits our driveway and this year there are creek chubs in there!!! It has been many years since they have arrived and Lacey always enjoyed going down there to fish.

So...Lacey and Joe grabbed an ice fishing pole, dug some worms, and headed to fish.

We simply knelt on the bridge and fished off the end, or if we were careful we'd put the line between a couple of the planks to get to the bigger fish. Because the fish are spawning they went nuts over the "pink invader" entering in their territory.

This was the first catch, we both managed to get one up out of the water onto the bridge. We caught many, many more, but of course they flip-flop so darn much they end up falling off along the way

It was just too pretty walking down the driveway to the bridge with all the pretty bright green buds and leaves spring to life on the trees and the smell of freshly plowed black dirt in the air.

The view from our bridge, where we sat fishing. It was truly peaceful and very calming to sit and listen to the ducks further up stream quacking, or the sound of rooster pheasants cackling and flying in the grove, and also hear the various song birds chirp as the sun began to set that day.

But all peaceful things must come to an end for a while and ours stopped as we headed to watch Joe play his second baseball game of the year. Who knew that so much. . .drama? could be found in a 7th grade game!! The boys played very, very well and we all look forward to the remaining games.

This is a little bit off topic but while we were in the cities this weekend we shared many laughs at how many people were texting on their phones! It was crazy. The guy above was suppose to be in charge of sound system and making sure nothing happened to the equipment in the box . . . and the cop below to make sure people without wrist bands stayed out of the roped off area-only he spent much time texting on his phone.

Tuesday, April 13

We were thrilled last Saturday to hear such a beautiful sound coming from the front of our shop.
To our joy there was this cute little red headed bird (look on top of the heart by the light) singing to us.
We have only had one bird make a nest in our store heart and loved watching her fly in and out and care for her young, and entertain us with her beautiful music. We surly hope that her music and presence will continue to surround us this spring and summer . . .
Not that these flowers have much to do with quilting we just had to share their beauty with all of you!!
These lovely daffodils were won by a dear friend of ours and given to us yesterday.
They have put smiles not only on our faces but on the faces of those those who have have come in this week as well.

Darci has been frolic-ing around with this fun new fabric to go along with
little Miss. Owlivia. Again-for those of you who know Darci well you know this
isn't her forte but she has had fun stepping out of the box. Only time will tell how
this cute little quilt gets finished!!

Well . . .last weekend was our BRA HOP: Hooked on Pairs.
We had a terrific time decorating and designing for this hop and hope that those of you out and about on the hop enjoyed your time.

Darci's newest wool creation (and free pattern of the month/hop) is above.

As promised in an earlier post we'd show our bra decor. Lacey sat and decorated bras one evening by sewing buttons on them and concluded that they are bullet-proof. When you need to dig out pliers to attach a button you know the quality of the bra must be quite well.

We chose to hang various size/shape/decorated bras in our bathroom on a make shift clothes line and hung information about the "uplifting" history of the bra.

It was truly wonderful listening to the many comments our bathroom brought as well as the comments on the earrings bra hanging above.

It was an up-lifting experience and we thank everyone for the support!

That evening (Saturday) Darci was recognized for her hard work and time put into the music department for church. She was awarded the bishop's medal of service with two members of the other two parishes. All of us family members, and parish members are so happy for her on this wonderful honor she received.

This little guy is Darci's grand-nephew Jackson who was in church to see his Auntie get confirmed.
Jackson sat across the isle and had a lot of fun looking at us, making faces, and pointing at us.
I don't think he got much out of church and by the looks of my picture...neither did I.

Thursday, April 8

Come on in . . .

So often we get asked in the shop if we have a lot of “this stuff” in our house, and often times we respond with “well no actually we don’t” and often get “really?!” in return. It is sort of a strange thought, it does seem natural that we’d bring home samples no longer in use in the shop, but we really don’t. . .

Welcome to our house. . .this lovely picture was taken on Easter as Joe welcomed everyone into the house with his fun sidewalk chalk art

Enter into our porch…the room where our dogs spend most of their time. After decorating to have Easter at our house, a couple samples were brought out of storage and put out. For a while we had a cute little penny rug on display . . .but apparently little Miss. Abby didn’t like it and chewed a penny off. We now tend to be a bit more careful what we hang up here.

Remember how popular the Chocolate fabric line by the 3 sisters was? This was fabric put out by Moda around three years ago or so. The above quilt was a cheater panel that was very, very popular in the shop.

It found a home in our dining room on an old rocking chair and doll that provided inspiration at one point in Darci's life while she was creating dolls under the name Darci's Dolls . . .

Also in our dining room is a display with one color way of the quilt Lynette Jensen designed for our section during the 2008 Quilt Minnesota shop hop. No-for those of you wondering, nobody in our family plays violin. It was a gift given to Darci, and as much as both her and Lacey would love to play, we just can't find the time.

Lacey's chair, and her Northern Solitude quilt to with it.

Heading down stairs, into our log and "cabin" haven. This quilt was never one that was a sample in the shop but rather a project Darci did a long time ago with her mother. The quilt has pretty much year-round residence in the family room, and is generally found close to decoys, the paddle Owen made & wood-burned and deer antlers from a previous years hunt.

Darci sewed these quilt blocks to fit behind the glass panels that create the door on a
cabinet in our laundry room.

No...we really don't have an overflowing dirty laundry basket but rather a stained tablecloth from Easter dinner...guess somebody spilled dessert. The quilt hanging on an old clothes rack was an old block of the month in the shop. It, unlike many samples, made residence in our household shortly after it was done in the shop. I also believe the Raggedy Ann & baby Ann dolls were sewn by Darci when she created cloth dolls under the name Darci's Dolls.

This cute little hanging . . .also part of a monthly group in the shop found a home on the
door leading into the laundry room.

As you may have seen before, we live in a lot home and have the log home feel in the inside, including these ducks leading you down into the basement. In our landing, we have a quilt that was from one of our first changing seasons shop hops. Each block of the quilt was created by each of the participating shops. Can you guess which one Darci designed??

The wool project in this picture was sewn for Darci by her mom. It is a woolen scissors keeper with a crocheted bottom adorned with buttons. It was one of the first woolen shop samples.

Well . . .now that you got to see what old shop quilt samples we kept to put in the house we'll show you the latest!
The table topper above is quite unique. PastThyme Gal Darci was (to Lacey's surprise) very excited to start creating with Martinique by 3 Sisters. Typically this is Lacey's forte, but not this time. . .

The center block has Texture Magic on it, as do the stripe pieces. If you haven't worked with this stuff it is fun and add some great, subtle dimension and texture to your fabrics.

Also-for the bra hop Darci created a reversible apron pattern.

We hop you enjoyed our photos of not only the quilted projects we have in our house, but also what we created for our bra hop. We hope to share photos of our funly decorated bathroom and shop with all of you soon. It will be such an "up-lifting" post :)