Saturday, September 22

Signs of Fall

It's official.  My favorite season is finally here.  Although it looks like it with the amount of crop leaving the fields and the leaves that are steadily falling from my trees it feels more like winter today!!  I sort of wondered if this brave robin wished he would have flown further south than southwestern Minnesota on my chilly walk this morning. . .
There are so many wonderful things about this fall season.  I love watching the trees and weeds and vines change colors.  One part of our whole driveway looks like this. . .I've been told it isn't real great for our evergreen trees but it sure looks pretty this time of the year!  I also have enjoyed digging through my pile of quilts to pick one to use in the evenings and finding my comfy sweatshirts tucked in the back of the closet.

And of course fall means change in our landscape.  For those of you who came into the shop during the state shop hop, all of those fields of corn and beans and beets you saw are now looking like this.  It seems like harvest this year is quite early and it's amazing just how quickly crop leaves the field once it starts.  We often get people's comments about the big elevator bins on their visits to the shop, especially those who aren't around our area and we are hoping to have a picture of the hug pile of corn with the big bins next week.  The pile is big, but probably won't reach it's peak until next week or the week after. . .it's kinda cool so check back!!
Fall also means football.
Yep-the three musketeers have to pack in their racing blankets and dig out the football garb.
We enjoyed a wonderful half-time performance at the homecoming football game last night by the MACCRAY marching band.  These guys did an amazing job marching and performing on the field and ended their performance with the signature "M" formation!!  Between the bands performance and the football game itself it was a very enjoyable evening back at the old football field!

On a side note. . .those of you who live in our area probably saw in the newspaper an article on the football team that was printed last week.  In my last post I made mention to the plaque by the kitchen sink reading  "Today is non-refundable.  Make it unforgettable"
The team and the town has had a couple of tragic events happen in these first few weeks of September.  The best part about living in a small community is that everyone rallies around one another during hard times and although many of you will have no clue what we are talking about it never hurts to ask for a few extra thoughts and prayers for a family in need.  Just a few days after a car accident took the life of a vibrant community member and mom to three kids on labor day, another accident landed a young man, who is a senior in high school, in the hospital fighting for his life. We ask that you keep Jake and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers and that he'll be able to pull through this tough time and be on the road to recovery soon!

Now. . .on to quilting. . .

Fine Dining by Sandy Gervais

These cute little place mats are a perfect complimentary project to make using up the rest of your panel from the "Merry Medley" quilt by Sandy Gervais.  (The panel comes with a large bell focus panel in the middle, shown in the post below, and these fun small panels around it)  These are fun place mats to use during the holiday season and have a fun pocket to put in your napkins and silverware!!

Hot Stuff by Terry Atkinson

Speaking of food related items, this is a new casserole carrier by Terry Atkinson.
This is a really fun carrier (notice how the tabs at the top form a fun flower?!) that would
make a quick and easy gift for your upcoming holiday gift giving season.
Lilies & Lace by Moose on the Porch Quilts

Moose on the Porch Quilts has put together new and fun charm pack books.
The sample above is in the book called Simply Charming Mini's and the other book we have is called Simply Charming Modern.  This mini book has a lot of fun projects, mostly using just one of your favorite charm packs and a small amount of coordinating yardage.  We chose to use the fabrics of Sentiments by 3 sisters of moda for our project.  The finished size is about 16" square.

Simplicity by This & That

We just love this pattern.  It is a great quilt pattern for beginners wanting to dabble with charms or scraps because it goes together quickly and fun for those who have sewn a bunch because, well it's fun to grab something that doesn't require having to overuse the noggin.  We chose to use the new fabrics by Blackbird Designs called Cinnamon Spice, which as you can tell has wonderful hues of tan, red, pink and a green/tan color.

Scaredy Cats by JoAnn Mullaly (JAM)

JoAnn has introduced a new book and handful of patterns using Chunky Embroidery.
(please note we want you to check out the cat & pumpkin and not my cool and warty pumpkins!)
This little guy was fun to do and would make a cute little fall hanging!  We chose to use an 8 wt. Valdani pearl cotton thread (as suggest by JAM herself to us at market) for the project.  This is something we are hoping to do more of so if you like it, you'll want to make sure you keep tabs on our journey into chunky embroidery. . .

We also got in some new wools by a In the Patch designs.  This is a brighter color palate that we typically work with, but it has some fun new and fresh colors.  They also have an awesome orange and green in case anyone is looking. . .

We also felted up some new wool felt colors.  National Non wovens came out with some fun new pinks (Lacey is in love with the very heathered pink/black color) greens, tan/browns, purple, gold, reds, blue and cream.  So we now have new candy bars packaged and ready to use.
(**Special thank you to Miss. Cara who came in with a fun group of ladies today and spent part of her time helping  package these candy bars.  We hope you had fun while you were in the shop--we know that one day you'll be a busy quilter, too!!)

Lastly--we'll leave you with a bit of a teaser.  The "Busy Binder" traded in the binding needle and grabbed the embroidery one instead and has embroidered a fabulous new fall sample!!  It is currently being bound as we speak so next week. . .you can come back and see the finished sample.  It is definitely not something you'll want to miss out on, especially if you like the fall!!

~Until next time~

P.S.  The Art Meander event starts Friday October 5th- Sunday October 7th.  This is the weekend that we have our annual SAMPLE SALE.  Samples will be hung (weather permitting) outside and will be sold starting at 10:00am Friday morning.  Samples are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a comment below, or drop us an e-mail ( or give us a call (320-847-4040) 

For more information on the Art Meander itself you can contact us or visit the website 

Clara City is also home to Hinterland Vineyards. . .which has wonderful wines!! Come visit us a the quilt shop and head the 2 miles out to visit Aric & Karen at the vineyard and Corey the artist set up at the vineyard with his hand-made wine stoppers, knives and calls. 

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