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. . .

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