Wednesday, February 29

Happy Leap Day!!

As anticipated winter made its first big mark on our area yesterday into today and the clean-up of our snow piles has finally started. However, compared to some parts of the country we are quite glad that ours is just snow and slush and will quickly melt away with spring nearing.

Due to the weather and all area school closings (and as noted in our previous post) our

Leap Day sale will be held on Monday March 5.

Stop in for this one-day event featuring 29% off of bolted fabric (1 yd. min. cut) patterns, books and clearance kits.

Remember today is the last day to like us on Facebook and leave a comment on a February Post for our charm pack giveaway. Winner will be announced sometime tomorrow.

Sunday, February 26

Leap Day Sale Info

**Important info in regards to our Leap Day Sale**

Well--as you have guessed it old man winter has decided to make its appearance and seems to be thinking about spoiling our Leap Day Sale event. Because they have predicted this one out in a bit in advance we want to let you know our plan of action in case we do end up with the allotted amount of snow, ice and winds they think we may get.

IF area schools (MACCRAY, RCW, KMS, CMCS, Montevideo, Willmar, etc) are closed we will not have our sale.
It will be postponed until Monday March 5 (Hours: 10am - 6pm)

However, if it misses us and schools are open the sale will be held as advertised (Wed. Feb 29) With the hours of 10am - 6pm.

Leap Day Sale
Save 29% on bolted fabric (minimum 1 yard cut)
Save 29% on clearance kits
Save 29% off of patterns
Save 29% off of books

If you have any questions the day of the sale feel free to call us at the shop (320) 847-4040.

Thanks and we hope to see you all soon!!

Saturday, February 18

My Kinda Party. . .

Well due to snow, (yep--it finally remembered how to do that!) poor road conditions, and therefore no basketball this night we have some extra time to show and tell some fun new happenings. . .

For those of you surrounded by the icky snow-here's a little bit of color to cheer up your cloudy day.
Darci's hubby picked a winning bouquet for Valentines day this year with a beautiful array of flowers. Above is what we have been told are Orchids. There is no way for a picture to do any justice to the actual flower which just illuminated in the sunlight last Tuesday.

Those fun deep purple and aqua orchids were great mixed with this bright pink Gerber Daisy.

Certainly a day brightener in its fun pink vase with its aqua bow. Not only have we enjoyed it but so have those of you who have been in to see us.

Last Friday night us gals headed to the cities for Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party tour which fortunately had a scheduled stop at the Xcel Energy Center. Lacey has been counting down the days for this concert since Black Friday when she found out about its scheduled stop and Christmas when she found out she got to go!

Jason is kind of a country-rock kind of guy who sings about life in the country.

Jason also brought with him Luke Bryan (less rocky but equally as good) for his opening act.

Lauren Alaina (American Idol runner up) also joined the party.
We and 18,500+ other people spent the evening rocking out with Jason and the gang in what was an amazing show. We certainly didn't want the night to end but as in anything "all good things must come to an end" Certainly a Christmas gift WELL worth the wait ;)
We had great seats for the show. . .and they turned out to be even better when Jason left the stage and walked to meet Luke Bryan on this stage right in front of where we were at. The two of them played a small set with just their guitars before Jason returned to the stage to finish out the second half of his show. Fabulously amazing!!

Now on to quilting. . .

Darci finished up her Blessings quilt which features Moda's Beautiful Blessings by Mara Bochart. This is a quick quilt done up using the four large panels and has been a project many are finding themselves picking up to do for their church.

What a Hoot by This & That patterns is a fun and quick little embroidery pattern to do. This particular embroidery pattern by Sherri Falls has a bit more piecing on the outer borders but really gives it a nice finishing touch.

Wool Crazy is a class that we'll be offering in the shop in the next few weeks. Darci has been hooked on doing quaint wool applique and crazy quilt stitches on various things from this purse to a pin and a table mat (work in progress) for this group that will meet once a month.

If you are interested in crazy quilting and wool work the group is going to start meeting the 3rd Friday of the month starting March 16 from 1:30 - 4:30pm. Class is filling up quite nicely so if you are interested make sure you let us know soon!

We've also had a lot of fun getting samples stitched for a teaching & trunk show day we are doing later this spring up in Fergus Falls.

This little table topper (or wall hanging) is a really quick sample to sew up and is Darci's pattern called Crossroads & Variations. We really decided to showcase some decorative stitching in the more plain areas of the quilt to make it more appealing and different.

Lacey also got brave and decided to step out of the box and work with a bit more modern large circle and swirl print. We were quite thrilled with it's finished result and can now honestly say that you can use this pattern to showcase a nice large focal print like the one we've chosen.

(Two things to take note of in this picture)

Firstly. . .the quilt hanging to the right is also another Crossroads & Variations quilt. Isn't it amazing how different projects look when different fabrics are used? You almost can't tell this is the same pattern as the super decorative stitched one above.

Secondly. . .the runner hanging to the left is what we'll call our 10 minute table runner. It is a Pieced Tree pattern called Frame Up and not only is super, super quick and easy to sew but is also perfect for using up larger scaled fabric. It is also a really nice, usable size for a table runner.

Well. . .when I first started this post on Saturday before leaving to basketball I found this on my camera and decided to share it. I thought it was sort of fun that the icicle had formed and frozen like it has on the faucet and I actually was observant enough to see it before it melted!! Today the leaves on the well pit would be covered in a couple inches of wet heavy snow.

We hope you all have a wonderful week. Don't forget to leave a comment on any post we make this February to make sure you add your name in the hat for the charm pack give-away.

Thursday, February 16

Sharing the Love Give-away

Sharing the Love Give-Away

We've had a fantastic week of sample sewing and are in the mood to share some love with a charm pack give-away.

How to Enter. . .Doing both just increased your chances!!

1.) Like us on Facebook (click here)

2.) Leave a comment on any February 2012 Post here on the blog

Winners will randomly be chosen on Thrusday March 1st.

Make sure you check back early next week to see our fun stack of samples, currently at the Busy Binder's house, and pictures of our "big-night-out" tomorrow night at Jason Aldean concert in the cities!!

(Winner chooses the charm pack of their choice. . .Papillion by 3 Sisters, Grace by 3 Sisters, Cattails & Clovers by Kansas Troubles or Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree)

Monday, February 13

Hello again! Boy its hard to believe how quickly a couple of weeks can get away from you.

You've probably been wondering what we've been up to and the answer seems to be that we've been up to a lot but don't feel like we have a lot to show for it. . .

We've continued to enjoy this fabulous **new** Minnesota winter!! It is so nice not having to scoop snow every day, let your car run for 30 minutes before leaving, and bundle up with clothing so just your eyes are showing.

We've also had a fun new shipment with the new spring edition of Quilts & More arrive. The magazine has some fun project ideas in it, including patterns to use up those scrappy strips we all "have" to keep in a fun basket. On a fun side note, depending upon where you live you may see a different magazine cover! Some of you will see, I believe the bag featured in the upper right hand corner of our cover as for the first time ever there was a tie for the cover shot!

In the last issue of the Quilts & More magazine there was a fun little purse, perfect for carrying only the essentials while out and about. The pattern is called Pocket Posy by Maggie Bonanomi.

We've also had a lot of fun with our Generation gals who meet the first Thursday of the month and are in the middle of their row quilt. . .

Susan brought us show and tell of a little 30s project she had been busy working on. She is currently working on her "Generations" quilt with 30s fabrics too. . .

Betty also brought along show and tell of her second completed row.

Sharon and her two completed rows of her quilt. Sharon has decided to add some sashing strips to separate her quilt rows.

Generations is a class that will be offered in the shop. Details can be found by visiting our website. This is the quilt that those gals above (and a few more) are busy working on. The original quilt, which was shown in a previous post, is inspired by Darci's grandmother Harriet who has claimed the first quilt Darci sewed up for class.

While the gals meet, they work on English paper piecing (hexagons). This we have seen on many other blogs and magazine must be the new wave people are jumping on.
Sharon, as well as a couple other gals, have had so much fun working on making and assembling the little hexagons and came back with some fun show and tell.

This is the project most of them are busy creating. There are so many options when it comes to finishing the little mat so we'll have to do more show and tell as the ladies get their projects (and quilts!) done!!

We've also been busy knitting. . .

Darci finished her first (and maybe only) knitted scarf. The color and yarn she loves, the curling not so much, however once it's blocked it might be better. She has decided she gave it an honest and good effort, but crocheting is much more her style and is working on a gorgeous scarf.

Lacey finished her first scarf as well, doing all knit stitches. The scarf turned out a lot smaller than she expected and would fit a toddler or tiny teenager than it does on her coat. She found it much easier to knit with "Bling-Bling" yarn more than it was to crochet.

Lacey also did some knitting and pearling on a little wash cloth and will journey on to mixing stitches before starting her sampler quilt. . .
We've also been finishing up projects we started on a long time ago. . .

Late Bloomers by Sandy Gervais is a quilt that was just in need of the borders and is now ready for quilting. One of the many quilts now in a stack waiting for quilting. We'd show you our lovely stack of pieced backings but that isn't real interesting for any of you!!

We also had so much interest in the large Ladyslipper pattern that we had done up a few years ago that Darci decided to shrink it down into a small mat form. For whatever reason, our state flower is quite popular among people and both of us gals hope someday to see one of these beauties in person!

We've also had some fun new arrivals!

Reunion by Sweetwater has come into the shop. We've started out with charm packs for now and will see how working with it goes as to whether or not we do a lot of yardage with it or wait for their up and coming stuff. . .either way this is filled with wonderful and cherry reds, yellows, greens, blues and whites and has the subtle gray to go with it.
We have also had some fun new fun wool felt colors in vibrant blues, greens, pinks (and yellows, orange & purple at home) come into the shop. If you are looking for some great bright colors for spring and summer projects these may be up your alley. And for those of you who don't have the luxury of making a quick trip into the shop is that we are currently setting up an Etsy shop to make buying something you see on here a bit easier. . .

We've also been busy attending basketball games. . .

'Tis the season before tournaments and a busy time of the year. We've had such a fantastic time watching every game the group of young men have played and have enjoyed seeing their progress as the games have gone by. This is a contributor, along with classes in the shop as to why our posts and new sample turn around rate have not been real great. That and maybe spending a little bit too much time dreaming of vacation destinations, crafting ideas, jewelry, decorating and eats on Pinterest. . .

Until next time,

~Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs and it's your choice to put your hands up, scream, and enjoy the ride.~