Tuesday, August 9

It's been all too long since the busy beavers have been able to sit down and let you all in on all of the latest and greatest adventures we've had here in the shop.


Thankfully none of those adventures revolve around skunks and woodchucks like they did almost a whole month ago--but rather meeting and greeting lots of people on the hop!!


Believe Batiks graced our shop the week before the hop started.


We always step out of the box into batik land once a year around the holidays and have to say this was, once again, quite fun to work with. There is a fabulous focal scene (see block centers) with words and pictures, great snowflakes, and a gorgeous red. A true must see for those of you who like batiks or those who are eager to try working with some.




We also decided to quick sew up a couple things with Sandy Gervais' charm packs.

"Prairie Pinwheel" out of Late Bloomers hangs to the right

and

"Diamond Charm" out of Reindeer Games hangs to the left.

Collections for a Cause-Comfort has been a huge success during the hop.


This pattern- Simplicity- by This & That has been quite popular also.


We were also quite excited to work on some fall samples--especially some using wool!!


This is a very fun and unique pattern is by New Leaf Stitches and does use some great wools and has added dimension with the sunflowers and scalloped border!




~ To the hop~


We dug in our back room to find a sample from each of the five years that quilt Minnesota has been going. It's been really fun to hear feedback on how the fabric has changed and to hear the "favorites" that people have had through the years!



Upon trying to come up with a pattern for our bus Darci stumbled upon a really quick
creation that she's called Crossraods. If anyone is looking for a quick gift for the upcoming holiday season this is a great one!!


Another "Crossroads" sample done up as a variation and has added wool applique.


And our conversational piece.
We have always wanted to do an autograph quilt to have as a momento of the event but never seem to find the time to get quilt blocks assembled. Thankfully our sector seemed to have a cooking theme and an apron was quick to do.

We had high hopes of having a full apron by the end of the hop-and by the end of the first week found ourselves with an apron full of names. We have truly been blown away by the number of people who have traveled near and far to come visit us during the hop and will treasure the apron once the hop is over!

We have met SO many wonderful people whom we have been so grateful to meet and laugh with during their visit. We hope that we'll see many smiling face come back to see us soon!!

(Special thanks to "bubbles" "the 3 blind mice" and "pirate eye" we very much enjoyed our visit with you all and wished we could have cashed your car ride during the hop!! If you are reading this you'll know who you are--thanks for brightening our day!)


Until next time. . .

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