Friday, May 27

Greetings on this fabulous Friday ~a kickoff to a long holiday weekend.

This week we've had a very fun and productive week here in the shop,

and thanks to our Busy Binder have some fun (or at least we think so!) projects to show!!

Notice the bright yellow flowers on the machine?

Gerber Daisies are one of Lacey's favorite flowers. We both looked to their cheery-ness on this chilly and drippy day today. But what I really wanted to point out was. . .

. . .the twins!! We have 2 flowers that sprouted from one stem!

Last week we showed our sample out of Jovial and today we got some yardage.
So here are some of our coordinates (so new we haven't gotten them un-packed yet!)

Now-- on to our new show and tell samples!!

A while ago (back in late March when snow was falling) we showed this quilt.
After much thought into its quilting process Darci picked a home-run idea.
She utilized those stitches that many of us may have on our machines and used them to fill in the large cream areas on the quilt~giving it a drastic change in appearance~one that we LOVE!!

There has been a lot of interest in this as people have seen it being quilted.

If you have fun decorative stitches on your machine this quilt is a great one to play around on using those stitches!! Just get your bobbin's ready as it doesn't take long before you are out and anxious to start in again!

While Darci filled bobbins, Lacey battled the Bernina.

This quilt pattern is found in the Quiltmania magazine and is called Kites.

The fabrics used were Lilac Hill by Moda's Brannock & Patek.

Also-fresh off the machine is this super quick (and cute) table topper by This & That patterns.

If you are in need of a quick gift this is a great one to add to the list as it can easily be done in a short afternoon.

Now. . .if only next week will be as productive as this week. Our "to-do" stack will grow a bit smaller and our show and tell stack a little bigger!! Next week you can look forward to some "SW Recipes" show and tell, kids quilts, and dimensional pinked flowers. . .

We want to wish you all a safe and fun Memorial Day holiday and that we all take a moment to stop and remember all of those brave men and women who have given their lives so we can enjoy doing what we choose to do each and every day.

And also to take a moment to appreciate the things that we have around us. As rain continues to stream down our windows and interrupt our plans we are thankful that all it is-is rain.

Tuesday, May 17

Last night we had the privilege of attending the annual spring band concert.

It's always fun to hear the music that the kids have all worked so hard to learn

during the second half of the school year.

Joe put in some extra hours with a handful of other students in the Jr. High Jazz Band.

This group of kids woke up extra, extra early one day each week to practice their

songs before school would start in the morning. Such dedication from them sure paid

off as they sounded wonderful :)

We've also found a bit of time to sneak in some new projects!!

"Flair" panels make a wonderful center square for a table topper.

This topper has been such a popular pattern here in the shop and is a quick one to sew up. The pattern is called "Dynamic Duo~ Soprano" by New Leaf Stitches and the fabrics used are "Flair" by Gudrun Erla of Red Rooster Fabrics.

Now that the weather has shaped up a bit outside it's a bit fun to take some outdoor shots.

About a month ago we showed you a sneak-peak of this un-quilted "Madeline" quilt and it's finally done and ready to show! The pattern is a Schnibbles by Miss. Rosie called Madeline and the fabrics used are by Moda's 3 Sisters called "Grace"

And last, but certainly not least is "Charlotte" which was previewed in last weeks post.

This has been a well received and quite fun table topper out of the new Jovial fabrics by BasicGrey (yes--it is winter fabric) The pattern, also quite fun to sew, is out of a fabulous book by Me & My Sister Designs called 3 Times a Charm. Both the book and sample are "must-see" item the next time you stop into the shop!!

Hope you all have had a chance to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather this week!
We have most certainly enjoyed the chance to do some much needed yard work, and give some attention to our flower beds and boxes!


Make sure next Monday that you check our our SW Sector Blog as we are the featured shop!

Each of the ten southwest shops will be featured for one week on the blog-giving you all a chance to get to know each of us a little bit better!! We'll also feature the projects that each of us shops have designed to put into our Southwest Cookbook--which you will be able to purchase during the shop hop. (July 29 - August 14)

Monday, May 9

Little Bits

Sure doesn't seem like spring has made its final arrival quite yet but we'll start with little bits of that.

It's been a busy couple of weeks here in the shop--so busy that I didn't seem to get my posts in!

But with the new arrivals of fabrics and patterns, and new samples sewn up we seem to have found
a nice collection of things that reminded us of a little bit of spring, a little bit of summer and a little bit of winter

~A Little Bit of Spring/Summer~

Just last weekend we celebrated Mother's Day and hope that all of you moms had a fantastic day being pampered for the hard work you put into keeping your families going!

Of course we couldn't have spring without having Prom.

Remember those days??

Spending yesterday chatting a bit with our moms and grandmas we enjoyed hearing and talking about how much prom dresses have changed over the years. It's always fun (and sometimes quite embarrassing) to look back at yourself in time. . .

We were fortunate to have a beautiful evening here in town for the annual walk through Lion's Park as it has been a few years since the weather has fully cooperated without gale winds, rain, or bitter cold.

As much fun as it always is to see everyone all dressed up in their tuxes, pretty dresses with the fun flowers, and sporty cars we were sure glad that we were headed home in our jeans, t-shirts and flip flops. . .

With a brief break from the rain the 3 racing junkies (Darci excluded) headed north to watch their friends go fast and turn left around the track in Alexandria. All 3 thoroughly enjoyed getting the season underway and look forward to more nights to come. . .

. . .meanwhile Darci has stayed busy tapping into the surge of creativity she has found in planning her new monthly wool series here in the shop.

Spring time always gives way to lots of fresh blooming flowers-one of those flowers being Lilacs. We sure can't wait for those lovely colored, fragrant flowers to start showing themselves by the shop soon!!

The second of the monthly patterns for this Wednesday meeting is the watering can bouquet.

For those interested--the wool group meets this Wednesday (May 11) at 1:30pm & 5:30pm

~New Arrivals~

These two new items are wonderful additions to any sewing collection.

They work wonderful for traveling to retreats or to class and are loaded with pockets to help keep all of your notions separated. The pattern is Pockets to Go by Atkinson Design and pattern contains both sized bags.

We used the Tangled in Threads fabrics by Whimsicals.

~A Little Bit of Winter?~

This word Winter isn't really a popular word to use around here after the one we are trying to finish up with. But none the less that is part of the new arrivals in fabric. Not just winter. . . but Christmas.

Yes--scary word when we don't have flowers and fields planted but it's good to plan ahead!!

Jovial charm packs are one of our newest arrivals in the shop by BasicGrey from Moda.

These at the moment are Lacey's favorite holiday arrival due to the non-traditional blacks, bright greens, turquoise blues, fun reds and white whites. It's fun to play with different colors!!

This is the start of our "Charlotte" sample using those Jovial fabrics. Very fun table topper that uses up most of the charm pack. Should be fun to see the final results!!

For those of you not into the trendy holiday fabrics this is simply fab fabric by Holly Taylor!

Wonderful greens, reds and creams. Great cardinal panel will arrive late this summer and is something that you won't want to miss out on!!

~A Little Bit of Shown 'n Tell~

Our Prairie Women's Group has been keeping themselves quite busy working on finishing up their first journey and jumping right into Journey 2. It is always such an interesting meeting session learning about the past and seeing the beautiful show and tells that they all bring in with them. We sure hope that you all enjoy their hard work they have put into the projects as much as we do!!

Beautiful baskets by Betty.

We love the skinny red border she added the quilt top!

Betty's yo-yo mat.

Sharon and her basket quilt.

Sharon and her yo-yo mat. We love the shape she chose to use!!

Sharon's "Spools" version of the Bow-Tie quilt from Journey #1.

It's always fun to see everyone's perspectives on patterns and how they all use their creativity!

Phyllis and her basket quilt.

We love the 2-color basket combo that she used on the quilt!!

And last but not least Susan and her basket quilt.
Using 30s fabric sure gave it a different twist doesn't it?

Until next time. . .