Saturday, June 26

Yesterday afternoon while we were busy working on our shop hop samples and enjoying a delicious smoothie with a dear friend of ours mother nature decided to show some furry.
We were very thankful that no high winds and tornadoes came through our town but did cringe as we watched out our windows as hail stones fell from above.

All of these were found behind the quilt shop roughly 20 minutes after they fell.

Wednesday, June 23

Offf-da goodness but where do our days go? We've been burning our candles at both ends to get stuff done for our market party (which we had Monday night) and to continue to gear up for the state hop. But, besides working we must have fun... On Saturday afternoon Darci decided to head to the Minnesota State Quilt Show in St. Cloud solo as her favorite daughter thought the races in Alexandria would be more enjoyable!! Darci left the shop with her camera and remembered to take photos to share of her findings....
This isn't something she'd probably create for the shop but is very interesting and quite creative. One of the fun things about the quilt show is always to see the wonderful works of art that people create. Amazing how many different ways there are to use fabric, huh?
Of course there are always those that remind us of the past and how hand piecing as the norm. This was an amazing quilt to see out of hexagons in the grandmothers flower garden.

Again, truly amazing to see all the quilts. Looking at this makes you appreciate the work to get the lamb to look realistic, but also if you were to have seen it up close you would have noticed that each ray of light above the lambs head had a word that was church/God related. Very unique and special!

I personally love the way this looks. From what we could tell this was a sort of log-cabin styled block with triangles on the ends to get that fun effect around the star. Very pretty to stand and admire...
The quilt show was very fun to attend, as it usually is but it's always nice to come home all inspired and ready to start sewing.

We received this fabric in the store last week and it's by Sentimental Studios (Moda) called "Waldens Pond" It's been SO fun to hear the conversations this fabric has brought as many people reminisce about the simpler times in the winter where skating on the ponds and being with friends was what life was all about.

On Monday night we held our annual market party and invited everyone to come and get the "scoop" on market. We served ice cream cones, handed out a simple newsletter and sold some of our market goodies. The night was so much fun and we not only thank all of you for coming in but also for the enjoyable evening.
A few posts ago you seen Moxie, by Andover's Kim Schaefer. We now have the project entirely finished with the flowers appliqued down, the top quilted and bound, and even washed to get that fun crinkled and used feel. This is a super easy quilt to piece together and goes together rather quick.

This is just plain fun. We picked up kits at sample spree for this cute little hanging out of Sandy Gervais "Lollipop" fabric line (due this fall). Her pattern is called Oopsie Daisy and features dimensional daisies. We do have kits available of this yet in the shop. Once they are gone-they are gone until the fall. Kits are $39.99 and EVERYTHING is in there!!

I apologize for the non-close up of this. I guess the computer went on editing strike today. The quilt top features the new 3 sisters fabric due in August called Luna Notte and the Comfort of Psalms panel. Makes a wonderful wall hanging and even gift!

Something else new from market and something we are excited to start here in the shop is called the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle and we will journey the threads of time. This is Darci's new club that will begin meeting each month. We have set aside four different time slots of four different days/times in hopes of accommodating every ones work schedules. There are seven different projects (smaller sizes nothing bed sized) that you can either "make do" with your stash at home or choose to use whatever you heart desires. More info can be obtained at the shop or soon on our website. . .

These fun little bundles are called Cinnamon Sticks. Each stick makes 27 "friendship triangles" and was also a market find and shop sewing day idea. You may purchase our cinnamon stick, sew the triangles using the paper provided (see below) and we'll keep track of your triangles brought in. In October we'll have a sewing day in which you will collect the number of triangles you brought in from our friendship pot, and work on a special project.
The paper you sew on is shown to the left as well as part of what the lines look on the back of the fabric.

Embroidery was also quite huge at market. This is a cute little fall runner with a small amount of embroidery as well as a little bit of wool applique.

Kathy Schmitz has also designed a cute and small little monthly embroidery "wreath". The snowman is one of the months. We will have an open day in the shop in which you can come in and sit, enjoy some coffee, friendship and embroider, or work on whatever your heart desires. More info can be found on our website in the near future.

Today the UPS man brought us a fun package. We have charm packs of the new (due out the end of the summer, start of fall) Fig Tree fabric...Breakfast at Tiffany's AND charms of Bonnie & Camille's....Bliss. Stop in and check them out!!! Super fun and fresh fabrics for the summer :)

Friday, June 11

Amidst the puddles of rain after almost four inches of rain last night stood my lovely Lilly plants. What once started as one plant about four years ago has by itself taken over the corner of the flower bed by the garage. Each year I seem to have this impulse to snap a photo that I never look at again of my blooming lilies. This morning was like all the other mornings when I see the first flowers bloom. I love how firm the petals of these plants are, how vibrant the colors look in the sea of green leaves and admire how strong the stem must be to hold up so many of these flowers. And this morning I just loved how pretty they looked with water beaded on the petals and leaves...

Well...I suppose I should share what has all happened in the shop the past couple of weeks as last weeks days went a little quicker than I was expecting!! We had Holly Taylor's new Christmas line arrive in the shop...I know, as hard as it may be for some of you to read about the word Christmas in...June, I personally feel the same way. BUT, we have had nothing but rave reviews about the fabric this year and the stripped sample is a huge hit!

Speaking of Holly Taylor fabrics, Phyllis sewed the sample above using Holly Taylor Classics. It was "sew" much fun to see this when we got home from Market!! Thanks to Phyllis' sewing afternoons with us and the Busy Binder quickly binding in between trips to the lake we have gotten samples done in record time once the new fabrics have come into the shop!

Again, those of you who know Darci wouldn't think a fabric line called "Moxie" would sound like something that would be up her alley. No dark earthy golds, blues, browns, blacks, reds, etc. but rather fabric with wild circular flowers, large scale circled print, crazy grey swirls and big grey paisley... like I said not typically her thing. BUT, just like the Kim Schaefer fabric from Pittsburgh last year this is destined to be a bit.
This quilt is super, super quick and easy to sew (no seam matching in the main part) and is framed with a mish-mash of checker-board for a border. The thing that will make this quilt is the large appliqued flowers.

This past Wednesday evening (and afternoon) we were graced by our Woolie Wednesday wool group. They came in and worked on Darci's newest Cherry Tarts pattern!!

We also have been "slowing down" a bit and doing some quilling-type projects.

And also been doing some more wool felt projects.
This one is a little stitches pattern by Bareroots.
Bit of business: You are all invited to kick off your summer right by enjoying a scoop of ice-cream while getting the "scoop" on what was new at spring market.
Our market party is set for Monday June 21st.
Party starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00pm

Come and see the newest samples, patterns, products, gizmo's, & gadgets.
We have fabric bundles of fabrics that won't be in stores until fall that we'll have on the selling floor on a first come first serve basis!