Tuesday, January 31

Sewing up a Storm

(Thank you Charmaine Zoe (dailymail.co.uk) who posted a pic of the northern Lights on Pinterest)

This past week was suppose to let us see an absolutely incredible display of the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, our part of the state saw cloud cover on the "best" nights to check them out so we settled for the spectacular pictures and videos we'd see on the news. . . and those that people who were lucky enough to see them in person posted on Pinterest. It's truly amazing at some of the things Mother Nature puts on display for us!!

Darci finished her version of our Block of the Month. She used a fat eighth bundle of her favorite designers (Kansas Troubles) newest fabric line Sandhill Plums. This quilt (compared to the one Lacey did out of green, cream & black) features 13 quilt blocks and a courthouse steps setting block. It also finishes to be about 80" x 80" but as Lacey showed in hers, this can easily be sized up to a queen with some extra blocks and borders.

Our block of the month program starts in March and all of the details can be found on our website under the "classes" page.

We've also had some requests for a revamp of our "Beginners Basic" table runner.

The runner above features the fabrics "Blueberry Crumb Cake" by Blackbird Designs of moda.

and this beginners basic features Urban Cowgirl fabric by Urban Chicks of Moda.

(This just so happens to the fabric we have LOVED sewing with the past week or so!!)

We had this beautiful border print arrive and have wondered what to do with it. We decided to give the ever popular 60 degree table runner a try with it and absolutely love it. This runner is perfect for fall as it's rich in gorgeous golds, rusts, browns and blacks, and even features a metallic-like brushing on the brown basket weaved border and some berries.

Just Can't Cut it by All Washed up was perfect for the Persia fabrics that arrived in the shop. This quilt (much more beautiful in person than in the photo) is quick and fun to sew up.

Back to Urban Cowgirl. Kind of a step out of the Kansas Troubles box but perfect fabric to make you smile!! This quilt is out of the 10-minute Quilt Block 2 book. This is a great quilt for anyone looking to try out a new quilting method with the dimensional blocks in the center of the quilt. And for an added effect you can simply fold the edges (gently) and stitch into place to give your center block a great curved look.

This big runner is out of the Quilt & More winter magazine and was designed by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. This is a great runner for people who have a nice wide, and long table. It would also look nice put at the foot of a bed!

Winter Bliss by This & That patterns.

Our busy binder has been busy embroidering. Isn't this little guy cute?

We have also been pluggin' away with our knitting skills-remember we made learning to knit a new years "resolution" . As you can see, one of us found the attempt a bit frustrating (hint...it wasn't Lacey) We have still kept at it, and yesterday Lacey finished her first scarf, Darci is close to getting her first one done so we'll be modeling show and tell next time :)

We'll leave you with this. . .

Friends are like Underpants. . .

Some crawl up your butt

Some snap under pressure

Some don't have the strength to hold you up

Some get a little twisted

Some support you

Some of your favorite

Some of them are cheap and just get bent out of shape

and some of them actually DO cover your butt when you need them too!!

Thursday, January 19

New fun

Winter decided to make it's appearance here the past couple of days, and with temps below 0 we've decided to find that snowman spirit we were lacking on those days it was 50. . .

Flaky Fred made his debut last night for our Wednesday Woolies group.

This is a bit different look, size wise, for something Darci has designed but had good response from the gals who braved the cold to sip Mojitos. If you are looking for something to grace a door in your house or a larger space on a wall Fred is perfect. . .and for an added effect you could add a bit of fiberfill to give him some great dimension!!


This cute little guy is also one of Darci's new wool patterns. Stumpy is a good fit for the Penny Around background or looks cute simply hung up on a wall, or set facing you on a table.

Patches from the Heart

This is one of our newer favorites. It is also a bigger candle/table mat size.

It features four "pieced" and crazy quilted hearts and four smaller hearts with a fun crazy quilted wheel stitch in the center. (This is one of Darci's new fav's as far as stitches go!!)

It's all about Love

This little wool mat gives you some fun possibilities. . .it can be used on the Penny Around background, it can have a pocket added on the back to be used as a gift holder for your special valentine, or it can have a fun ribbon attached at the top so it can hang.

Speaking of "love" we have fallen in love with Pinterest. I say this with caution as it can get to be a bit addicting once you start looking on it but if you have a **few** minutes to spare and are wondering what to do. . .check it out!! (www.pinterest.com) If you are a do-it-yourselfer you will have found a fabulous new place to get inspired!! *We are not responsible for the "wasted" hours you may spend searching through the thousands of interesting ideas/quotes/pictures/etc!

When we have managed to pull ourselves away from the computer we've had fun working with some new fabrics and patterns!!

Madeline is a great pattern by Miss. Rosie's Quilt Co. that features charm packs for it's quilt top sewing. The above quilt has been a big conversation piece in the shop and we cannot wait until we get the boltage shipment later this spring. The wonderful fabrics above are Collections for a Cause: Friendship by Howard Marcus for Moda.

Equally as popular has been Twist & Churn by This & That patterns out of the new Redwork Rennesiance by Chloe's Closet for Moda. This is a charm pack pattern (a good usage of the whole pack I may add) that makes a fun shaped and nice sized table topper.

If you like charm packs but have trouble finding good patterns this one is a good one to add to your list. All you need is that one charm pack you absolutely love and some coordinating binding and you are all set my friend. . .sew away!

We've also been working in the Quilt's and More magazine.

The table runner will have to be saved for our next posting as between shop classes, basketball and Pinteresting progress was stopped for a bit!! The above project, however, is a quick one you can easily get done in an afternoon. It's called Sew Perfect.

It really is a perfect project for you if you are planning to go sewing with a friend or at a retreat. It has some nice pockets for making toting those essentials out and about fun and easy.

The fabrics used above are by Urban Chicks for Moda and are called Urban Cowgirl.

Speaking of Urban Cowgirl, next week we'll have the finished photo of our nice lap quilt using those fun fresh and springy prints. It features the 10-minute quilt block idea by Suzanne McNeill, which after a couple I really think you could whip them out in about that amount of time!!

We also hope to have the second color way finished for you all to see of our next Block of the Month Quilt. For those of you who missed the first one, it's back a few posts and it's green white & black. This one will be set different and is out of Kansas Troubles!!

January Blowout Sale

I shouldn't mention this but you can plan for snow next Friday Jan. 27 & Saturday Jan. 28 as we are having our January Blowout Sale!!

Stop on in to see all of our new class offerings for the winter/spring newsletter
and shop the sale.

Pattern Wall. . . Buy 1, Get 1 free (must be of equal/lesser value)
Book Bin. . . Buy 1, Get 1 free (must be equal/lesser value)
Bundles of snow (18- 1/3 yard cuts of coordinating neutral fabrics). . . Buy 1, get 1 free

We also have our holiday fabrics marked (mostly) at 40% off as well as select kits & patterns.

Friday: 10am - 5pm --- Saturday 10am - 3pm

Until next time,

Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could, some blunders & absurdities have crept in;

forget them as soon as you can for tomorrow is a new day.

You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with

your old nonsense.


Tuesday, January 3

New Year- New Post :-)

Well. . .now that it is official we want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!

It seemed as if there were a lot of us who were ready to watch 2011 leave and welcome in 2012.

I had found a quote a couple years back and smile each new year when I read it again.

"We will open the book. It's pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

May we all take advantage of the new opportunities that present themselves to us in 2012 and make it a great year!

Now. . .onto sewing!!

First- we are happy to have our second project published on the Moda Bakeshop.

Ringlets Table Topper

The recipe was posted today so make sure you stop over to the bakeshop and check it out!!

If you had a new years resolution to sew up some of your charm packs or use up some of your stash this might be a fun project for you to try.

Speaking of new years resolutions. . .both of us gals decided to give knitting a whirl this year.

The madness of knitting started last September on our trip up north when Lacey fell in love with a knitted sampler afghan. "Santa" was certainly paying attention and delivered the book, needles and some supplies to both gals over Christmas. Our goal is to have a project or two done before the year ends so hopefully we'll be able to share some knitting progress with you all in the near future!

One of Lacey's new years resolutions was to get this snowflake quilt done. It was started during the state shop hop a couple of years ago and was pushed to the side because we ran out of the fabric. It was put into a box with what was thought to be enough fabric to finish the quilt top and after one good long new years day of sewing it is finished. . .almost. Lacey ran out of outer border fabric for the top & bottom and thankfully found a chunk under our shop cutting counter to finish!! Hopefully with a good start like this it'll be finished, quilted & bound soon!!!

Darci's new years resolution was to have her shop samples for Woolie Wednesday done a few days before the group meets and to have her second Generations quilt rows done a few days before the group meets. Both Lacey & Phyllis give her a month or two tops to keep the plan. Time will tell I guess. . .

Both of us gals decided after Christmas to work on a class offering for after the first of the year. The quilt above is the color selection that Darci chose to work on using a "planned" color combination.

This project will be a class called "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"

as it is geared towards using up that stash we all have accumulated at home. The quilts can easily be sized up or sized down and finish as a nice big lap sized quilt.

Lacey chose 12 different fabrics--not necessarily coordinating and put all of her pieces in a brown paper bag and forced herself to sew whatever color she grabbed out. Although we were not impressed and laughed a lot during the assembly of this quilt we were both pleased by its finished outcome!!

Papillon in Prayers for a Friend

The quilt above is our prayer shall quilt. Block Party Studios has a wonderful prayer shall printed panel that is perfect for sewing with charm squares. One prayer shall panel and 2 of your favorite charm packs will sew up a wonderful lap size quilt for yourself or a friend in need of some comforting verses. We chose to use the new Papillon fabrics by Moda's 3 sisters as it is so soft, subtle and tranquil with it's flowers, colors & butterflies. We also quilted the top and then added Chenille-It on all of the seams and around the inner border.

Dora in Chloe's Closet

If you have not looked at or sewn out of the 3 Times the Charm book by Me & My Sister you really need to take a look at it. This book is absolutely perfect for those of you who love working with charm packs as all of the patterns really utilize your 5" squares and are a nice size projects that generally require very little coordinating fabric. (Plus it's only $9.95 and has 7 patterns!!)

"Dora" is sewn up using the newly released "Chloe's Closet" by Moda which is a 30s repo charm pack.

Greta in Salt Air

This work in progress didn't quite make the "finished" list yesterday but hopefully after a good day of quilting today it will be done. This quilt is also out of the 3 Times the Charm book and features the new fabrics by Cosmo Cricket called "Salt Air" This is all around a fun charm pack with fun designs and cheery colors to warm anyone up on a cold winter day!!

Until next time. . .