Tuesday, February 8

Well...now that the football season has come to an end (wasn't the Superbowl a great game?! We sure enjoyed the game and a handful of commercials. . .or at least those of us who managed to keep our eyes open did!) But now, we all start looking forward to-you guessed it- baseball!! A few weeks ago, we ventured to Willmar to the Twins Caravan to see Dan Gladden (see man to the above) and Matt Tolbert and Danny Valencia (see below)

These three gentleman put on the best Twins Caravan we have ever been to, and we were not the only ones to say so. It is wonderful that the Twins organization brings their players out to see all of us and we always like to take advantage of their trip out to see us. Having Heard stories of the upcoming baseball season and the start of spring training in sunny Florida, we left with the "want the sun" itch.

so much so that we decided to change the shop around to show off our spring spirit.

We have sewn up enough samples that we could take darn near everything off the walls out front and re-arrange it with new samples!! We have smiled as those that know the shop as walking into bright and bold yellows, blues, greens, and reds is so not what we are known for! But stepping out of the box and changing things up is fun, and keeps things fresh.

Isn't this just Lovely?
The projects above used the new Lovely fabric by Sandy Gervais.
The runners are a G.E. Designs pattern (quilt as you go) called Double Duty Runners.
The bag is a Beach Bummin' Bag by This & That patterns.
The best part about the photo above is that if you cut carefully you should be able to get both table runners and the bag out of one charm pack!! Talk about a great way to use up the whole thing in many projects!!!!

This cheery table runner is a free pattern on the Moda website (not bake shop)
It features the Fresh Flowers fabrics by Deb Strain and has cute little dimensional buds in the border created with the charm pack!

Keeping the merriment of working with fun colors we did up this bag out of the new Kate Spain fabrics called Central Park. Earlier the day the bag was made, we received a shipment of the newest Quilts & More magazine. While looking through the mag, we noticed the bag and loved it. A few hours later, the UPS man brought us the fabric. It was a match made in purse heaven. This bag is not only super fast to make, but is also reversible!

Now, unfortunately although we have tried to bring spring in with samples we haven't convinced mother nature of the change yet. We want to say a big THANK YOU to all of the ladies who ventured out and about last night in the Arctic air to take in the "break out of winter" sale in the shop. It was so much fun to see you all with your bread bags, snow pants and hats.
(We were sure glad we didn't suggest dresses & P.J's!)

Until next time, keep warm and happy sewing!

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