Saturday, July 10

This is a bit late but we hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and that you all kept your fingers and toes while watching (or lighting) fireworks! We let the professionals at Madison speedway light them off as we sat in the pits and watched them explode above us. If you are ever in the Madison area next year their fireworks are definitely worth the wait . . . and their races ain't bad either ;)We also got the bug to do a bit of intensive cleaning at Shades of the Past.
Seems as if mother nature has goobered up the deck and considering it hasn't been washed since the shop opened we decided it was time to take care of business...
Joe found that pressure washing was his favorite new thing to long as he kept the sprayer off his toes! Thanks to his awesome skills we can now run onto the porch when it rains without fear of landing on our rear. Plus it just looks better!!!

See...even the little dog agrees!!!

We had a fun new sample brought in by our dear friend Miss. Pearl.
The fabric is called Bliss by Moda's Bonnie & Camille and the patterns by Atkinson Designs.
We are so blessed to have Miss. Pearl helping us out here in the shop, she does a fabulous job with her samples.

This (close but not quite done) table runner is out of the up and coming Fig Tree fabrics called Breakfast at Tiffany's (I used a charm pack) and the pattern is one by New Leaf Stitches.
Darci has been the Sash Sewer for the surrounding towns this week as Maynard celebrated last week and Clara City this week. It's always enjoyable when the town celebrates. This morning we all took in the annual Fireman's Pancake feed at the fire hall. It truly was fun sitting there this morning and knowing everyone we were eating by. I absolutely love that about my small town! On top of that, the vast majority of the people present were wearing hot pink shirts and walked this morning in the 5K for a gal in town who is battling breast cancer. I love that about my small town too. In a day and age like today it is awesome to be a part of a community of people who rally around one another and support them in the good and bad times!!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
~Darci & Lace

Thursday, July 1

Ever have those days when the brain just doesn't seem to want to cooperate?
It seemed as if neither one of us gals had a brain that wanted to function soley on the task at hand last week as we worked hard on completing all of our Quilt Minnesota Samples. (Yes-this year the gals are AHEAD of the game!!! Whoo Ra
Of course neither of us wanted to admit we were having the amount of "brain farts" so we turned to a better solution . . .

Did you know that these lovely rolls of sugar we call Smarties were made in 1949?
I'm guessing that by the name of the candy Eddie (Smarties creator) must have been having those kind of days we were having if he decided to name his candy "Smarties".
Anyways . . .
Lacey went into the back room in a last ditch effort to find some . . .rejuvination. We often times find that in a refreshing peach smoothie from the local coffee shop but beings it was after their hours we had to turn to something different. That something different was Smarties. After eating part of a roll and spilling the other part all over the floor to step on later we successfully accomplished our tasks at hand and would recommend the quick fix of Smarties.

This week has been more of the same in finishing up the quilting, binding and spur of the moment samples for Quilt MN as it is only 29 days away!
But today, it was time to start something new. . .

When we were at market we noticed that children's clothes were kind of a big deal the merriment of the summer season, and to catch the wave of clothing we made this cute "Flirty Skirt".
This pattern was super easy to follow and made sewing this skirt fun and easy and quick to do!

(while we are thinking fun and summer) We've also been spending time watching baseball games, basketball games, and listening to stories of marching band. Who knew that summer schedules were going to be busier than the one during school?!?

And lastly, Christmas. Yep-four months (?more or less) until the chances of snow flying are here. That's a depressing thought, huh? But for those of you who like to do hand made gifts that are quick, and reasonable, this runner may be for you!! The fabrics we used were the newest from BasicGrey (Fruitcake) and the pattern is a freebie on Moda Bakeshop.