Tuesday, July 5

Back in action. . .

Greetings to you all on this beautiful July day!!

It sure has been a long time since we've sat down to share our shop happenings with you all as we've been preparing for the upcoming state shop hop.


We sure hope that you all had a safe and wonderful 4th of July.

It was nice to finally have such a beautiful day that wasn't super hot & humid. . .
. . .unfortunately the days leading up to the 4th proved to be a bit ugly for many area people.

We felt incredibly blessed to not have any damage done to our home other than being without power for a day or two. Isn't it amazing how much we rely on that power source?! None of us could believe how absolutely quiet a house can be with nothing running, and just how pitch black a house can get! So while the lights were out we decided to head on out, or rather over to our neighbors to the east--Wisconsin--for a racing road trip!


It was a beautiful day for a road trip. We loved the area leading up to Taylors Falls. The lakes were so pretty and peaceful!! And coming into Taylors Falls right along the river is always a great sight to see.


Once we crossed into Wisconsin we began looking for antique shops along our path.
Of course the window photographer didn't remember to continue to take pictures of our destinations much beyond this point. . . however you can find one of Darci's "treasures" in a photo a little ways down!


(photo credit: Rice Lake Speedway)

After two fun antiquing stops, and a quick stop along the side of a gravel road for some "Wisconsin Birch" we arrived at our destination- Rice Lake Speedway- to make a parts delivery.

And thanks to the Manley family we had primo seats in a private box above the track! It was an awesome place to cheer the guys on from and we didn't even get dusty! We were also treated to one of the best fireworks shows we've seen!! Dave and his crew certainly did not disappoint--it was the perfect way to end our visit to the track.




Of course back at home, we began unpackaging some new arrivals!


We hit up Moda's sample spree to bring you all fabric early!! We have pre-cuts of great new Moda arrivals that will finish arriving into the shop this fall



We have charm packs of


Collections for a Cause~Comfort by Howard Marcus ($9.50/charm pack)

&

Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket (new designer) ($9.50/charm pack)



Late Bloomers by Sandy Gervais ($9.50/charm pack)


Cattails & Clover by Kansas Troubles ($9.50/charm pack)



and. . .

Ruby by Bonnie & Camille ($9.50/charm pack)

We've also got some fat quarter bundles of the above lines as well!! We can't wait to get sewing some new projects up from these great fall lines.


In the mix of all of this we've been re-doing the shop for the state hop.

Once our sector decided upon doing a cooking-type theme Darci decided to run with it and began looking for an old cook stove to use in her display piece. A guy from a near-by town had offered her this stove back when she first opened, and would gladly let her use it over the course of the hop.

Unfortunately we don't have a good picture of what this looked like before it was brought into the shop, but I can tell you that it was quite rusty on both sides, and on the top. After a little T.L.C yesterday Handyman Owen got it looking like brand new.
Well maybe not brand new--but as cosmetically close to it as he could get.

It will grace your presence upon your arrival into the shop and will continue to be surrounded by our Southwest Section cookbook recipe quilts. It is also graced by one of our "Wisconsin treasures" that now sets upon the shelf. (Look for the bright orange creamer & sugar)



Many of our sector patterns have been sewn, quilted & bound.

You'll be able to purchase your copy of the cookbook (containing 10 quilt recipes & many, many delicious recipes to use in your kitchen) on July 29.


And what would cooking be without aprons?

Although neither of us gals use them in our kitchens we sure do enjoy sewing them.

We have a nice collection of assorted aprons that we'll throw on during the hop.

Remember the cute "My Little Apron" from our previous post?

Well--this is Darci's hop apron, using the same pattern, just minus the top.

It happens to be the favorite in the big bunch sewn up last week!


And the state fabric. We finally have the majority of our fabric bolts in the shop.

The fabrics are by James Meager this year and will sell for $9.99 a yard.

Remember that you can purchase your fabrics ahead of time but they can't leave the quilt shop buildings until July 29.


See the blue box? Yep--it's another fun find on our road trip stop!!

AND the birch trees!! That is am quite proud to have home with me. I plan to add a nice big log that the handyman so kindly hack-sawed to fit in the pickup box!


This quilt was inspired by earlier events this year--specifically floor tiles from Abbott hospital in the cities. It is very fitting of my family who are all avid outdoors men!!



And lastly, Phyllis got our newest wool sample sewn up!

This is a beautiful pattern by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings featuring

lovely baskets of pretty flowers.



Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Until next time,

Happy Quilting :)

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