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 :)

1 comment:

  1. Love your new format girls and do so love the updates and comments. Keep up the good stitchin' Dawn