Friday, April 29

The good old alarm clock rang this morning at 3:45 a.m. to wake me up for something that I had not initially intended on watching.

As many of you know today was day that William & Kate celebrated their love

for the whole world to see. . .

Both of us gals decided that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for

the both of us to spend our morning watching a little piece of history.


And although the press may get a bit carried away with their constant spotlight on the couple it was nice to see something more positive and exciting in the news for a change of pace!

Many people remember the day that Princess Dianna had what seemed to be the fairy tale wedding to her Prince Charles. She was a person whom captivated millions of people.

It has been fun hearing people this week chat about getting up to watch her wedding.




For us here in the states this seems to be such a fascinating experience to watch.

It seems as if the whole world feels a connection to the two young men that Dianna & Charles had which seemed to have made this particular royal wedding something special.





It was a very touching thing to watch in its own special way and although I could spend more time rambling on about how intrigued I was at many things I saw, I'll spare you the details.


However, both of us gals seemed to have noticed one particular fashion trend:


Hats.


It seemed as if every lady had a hat on.

Plain hats.

Flowered hats.

Feathered hats.

Hats of all shapes.

Hats of all sizes.

Hats of all colors.

You get the idea. . .

And if a lady didn't have a hat--there was some sort of feather/flowered piece in her hair.


Can you imagine trying to get a good clear view in such a vast sea of hats?


As nice as many of them looked on the women who wore them, I hope this isn't a trend that will catch on too quickly here. I can't say as I can picture many of your regulars walking into the shop with a donned fancy feathered hat--although some of you would probably pull them off quite well. . .


But no matter what fashion trends may come from this (which will be fun to see) both of us gals and those who got up early to watch it as well will always remember the day they got up to see the wedding the whole world watched.

Thursday, April 28

Welcome back to this week's edition of the Pastthyme Blog post.

We certainly hope that you all had a wonderful and safe Easter with your families & friends.

It was sure a nice surprise to have a nice sunny day to be outside

we all certainly enjoyed watching our 5 year old relative run around the yard collecting the remaining Easter eggs that our 2 year old black lab decided not to pick up.

(I guess the dog didn't get the memo that she wasn't an Easter rabbit. . . and I'm sure she'd tell you she was simply just trying to help!!)

Today we too have been blessed with a beautiful sunny day. Man oh man do I sure hope they are here to stay! After our here today gone tomorrow sun on the weekend I think we all felt a little blue that the rain, wind and snow came back to visit. . .

but just when you get to feeling disgusted about all of it--pictures of this (below) show themselves on the news or when you get into the Internet and things snap right back into perspective.

We have sure been thinking about the beautiful country side we traveled through on our way to Florida just two months ago and the sad and drastic changes it has saw this past week.


It sure makes a person appreciate going home tonight to a house that is (hopefully) still standing and being able to turn the power on our T.V sets, ovens/stoves, light fixtures and maybe even that source of heat. . .


But--on a more bright, positive note--


Ah yes, Quilt Sampler has arrived!!

As usual, there are lots of neat featured shop (including Gathering Friends in Bird Island) in this issue as well as pictures of many shop samples ranging from brights to darks, and traditional to contemporary piecing. . .


As both of us gals sat and looked through our magazine last night we began to chit chat about how many Minnesota quilt shops have been featured in this magazine--all of which really aren't too terribly far away from the comforts of our home!! Kind of neat :)



We've been busy piecing together some new quilt samples to put up on our newly re-arranged shop walls. This little guy (who will probably end up in a picture frame) is out of the Nine-Patch Gatherings by Primitive Gathering's Lisa Bongean. This book features a nifty method for piecing your 9-patch blocks together. Many of her patterns in this book are miniatures; however there are a few larger options available for you.




The Mini Bow Tucks Bag.


After a very nice visit with a dear friend I know have a hard time saying

"BOW TUCKS" and not "BOTOX"


Anyways--this is a super fun bag to make that is absolutely loaded with pockets on the inside of the bag. I just love it and can't wait to take it out for a day of shop hoppin'.

This bag is out of a new book that arrived in the shop called Baby, It's You! by Amy Hamberlin featuring 10 Quilts & Bags. The bag above "Katie's Favorite Bag" can be used as a diaper bag (like the pattern intended) a beach bag, or simply larger hand bag. It too has lots of pockets in the inside, as well as the outside.




And last, but most certainly not least is our projects out of "Grace" by Moda's 3 Sisters.


I have decided to make you wait a post or two for the finished table topper/wall hanging. (For those of you who don't like surprises you can search for "Madeline" by Carrie Nelson--this is a Schnibbles pattern) and try to imagine what our finished sample will look like. Things always change soo much when they get quilted and this particular project will look much prettier all complete. . .


BUT, with my left over charm squares I made one of the five "Tuffets" on the Tuffets pattern (again a Schnibbles by Miss. Rosie) by Carrie Nelson. (see the pin cushion upper right) I hope to have more tuffets to stick pins into by the next post with our finished Madeline.


Until next time. . .


Wednesday, April 20

That kind of day. . .

Ever had one of them days?

Let me give a little background info

Today we spun our wheels, trying oh so very hard to get them going

which isn't an easy task with all of the rain, snow, sleet ball & mud we've had this week. . .


Getting ready for Easter can be a bit stressful, especially when everyone

is coming to your house. So often times a nice glass of wine and the end of one of them days is refreshing...however my day continued into my wine opening process.

Please learn from my mistake if you decide to serve wine for your Easter Sunday guests.


Carefully check the top of your wine bottle.


This can be tricky as most wines have cork stoppers


--not the screw tops--


but either way the foil at the top can be deceiving. . .as I inserted my cork screw in top "cork" I noticed a whooshing sound of air--note this means your wine does NOT have a cork and you have just put a hole in the safety seal of your screw on top.


After much laughter between us gals--we were finally able to enjoy our

glass of wine and eat some of the most delicious cookies. . .


Before I share my cookie recipe I do want to let you all know that

we received information in regards to an event we think would be a lot of fun

to attend. It is called Quilts & Wines and is a quilt show/wine tasting event in Kimball.

For all of the information please click here


"The Best!!" Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:


2/3 cup- butter, softened


2/3 cup- brown sugar


2 large eggs


1 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats


1 1/2 c. flour


1 tsp. baking soda


1/2 tsp. salt


1- 6oz. pkg. Craisins


2/3 c. white chocolate chips or chunks


Preheat oven to 375. Using a mixer beat butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.


Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.


Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and cool on a wire rack.


Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Friday, April 15

This week seems like it has just flown by. . .and although we really did feel like we had a good week of accomplishments in the shop it doesn't really seem like we have a lot to show for!

But. . .what new we did get done we are excited about and can't wait to show you...

The "Busy Binder" and Lacey ended up doing a double-team on this beautiful quilt top.

The pattern, "Here, There & Everywhere" by Prairie Sky Quilting, gave us many options to use for the quilt top. Simply choose 3 fabrics (we may have, as usual, changed that to four) and one of the three block patterns given to use for your quilt top.

The quilt above is a nice lap size, although the pattern gives directions to go from a crib to king.


I believe a couple posts ago we showed these wonderful blue & yellow fabrics.

Now we have our sample using them.

This is a very different color scheme for us but love the way it turned out.

The pattern is called "Just Can't Cut It" by All Washed Up and is a super, super pattern to use a nice focal print for, and creates a quilt that can easily be sewn up in a day.


Wouldn't this photo have looked absolutely lovely on a lush green lawn?

Dreaming that spring (and dry conditions) will be here soon!!


Darci is back at it again with her wool creations and is very excited about here newest stuff.

The above project is the start of a monthly collection designed by her.

The background (with the pennies on it) will always be your background giving you the option to change out the rug center (daffodils) each month.

It's been a long time since she's been quite this excited about one of her projects

and we are anxious to see where this road leads her!

(If anyone happens to be interested in this. Kits for the background are $25. The background pieces are cut to size & all of your pennies have been pre-cut in the shop so all you have to do is simply grab some thread and start stitchin'!!! Each months mat will vary in price)

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With the Easter holiday shortly upon us we want to wish you all very safe travels to and from your destinations and wonderful times with your family and friends.

Blessings to all of you!

Tuesday, April 5

Something New

Ever wish you could get those quilt projects done in a jiffy?


Well blogging friends, we have discovered the art of staple sewing!!

If only it would work out that way!!!

We most certainly had a laugh when we returned from lunch to see this though! Funny how the quilt top and border piece just landed like it did in front of the stapler. . .

That staple project turned out to be our first project in

Prairie Women's Sewing Circle Journey number two.

While Darci stapled away, Lacey battled the sewing machine into making Pinwheel Twist out of the new Strawberry Fields fabric by Fig Tree. This is just one of the those refreshing fabrics that truly fits the season we are in now (that being spring) If you haven't got your pattern yet you can still find it on the bakeshop here

Having taken some time off from stitching in the evenings we've done a little reading . . . Darci set aside the book below and picked up The Art of Racing in the Rain which she absolutely breezed through and loved and would certainly recommend for anybody who is looking for a good book. If you are a dog lover (or even not) this is a fantastic read!! The Help. This is a book that both us gals picked up to read. Darci is still in the process of reading it and Lacey finished it. Lacey would say this is one of the best reads she's had in a long time. We are looking forward to the movie due out hopefully this year. . .should be interesting!! Fiesta Flair. I'm only showing part of the quilt because this is a bigger lap, or small bed quilt. This was a very different quilt using panels. Very fun-- fun colors, fun blocks. Both the pattern and the fabrics are by Gudrun Erla of G.E Designs. This quilt uses some background yardage, a jelly roll & the strip tube ruler, which was a fun new method to try for a change of pace. I chose to create the "Radiating Out" pattern shown above. If you cut your strips careful, you'll end up with some extra blocks that can be made into another project (like my runner above) or added onto the quilt to make it bigger. Sentiments. New baby fabric (panel and coordinating yardage) This is a free pattern on the Andover website.
This is just a fun, fun project for spring.

It's also a free pattern on Modabake Shop. Find it here

Great way to use a pre-cut!

And if you follow the pattern it can be a runner & placemats-kind of neat!


Also in-we've gotten in some fun new fabric.

Blues & Yellows by Sentimental Studios.

Gorgeous colors--a truly must see!!


Well. . .we must rush off and select a project to start to quilt on.

If only we could just staple the layers together!