Tuesday, September 11

Spinning Samples

Although we feel like we have been busy spinning our wheels since the shop hop ends we realized that we have more samples to show than we thought!  Guess a little sewing today here and there does equal some progress in the long run!  So we'll start with our vacation pics in Duluth and finish with that progress!!  Enjoy.

A few weeks ago, we left our shop in the good hands of our busy binder to head up to Duluth on our family vacation.  It has been a hundred years (ok-not really but a really long time) since we've gone and done a whole extended family get together.  We were so blessed to have had gorgeous weather during our stay there--as you can see our view of Duluth from the cruise we took out on Lake Superior.

One of the main reasons for the trip was the fishing excursion that the men in the family booked earlier this year.  There were two boats that left the docks and took all but Darci & Phyllis out fishing.  So while the two of them toured and shopped around town, the rest of the gang headed out to try and catch some fish on the lake.

(Owen, Joe, Lacey, Trisha, Stan)

Lacey was thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to have such an experience with her cousin, dad, brother and grandpa.  It definitely made for memories that will last a lifetime.  Their boat was lucky and landed 11 fish--all of which we were allowed to keep and that the guide cleaned!!

(Steve, Jordan, Ashley, Jackson & Terri)

The second boat also had good luck (and no they didn't out fish the top group)  They also had 11 fish, one of which was the biggest of the day.  (Note: Grandpa Stan had one on that size in the first boat but the"first mate" misnetted it and it got away!!)  At any rate all fishermen had a wonderful time and we grateful to have caught the fish. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Duluth, it is a town where you can spend days looking at the little specialty shops, sitting by the lake, touring the sites and watching barges, like this one, come in.  If anyone is considering taking in the Minnesota State Quilt Show next spring, we both would strongly encourage you to go up or stay an extra day and take in the sites and the lake before you leave. 

Lacey and her little brother. 
She says little but as you can see that isn't so much the case!!
It truly is amazing to see the size of these ships as they cruise under the lift bridge!

Can you imagine living on one of these?  Not being able to see land?
Neither of us gals think we'd be good boatmen. . .

. . .nor drivers of such large ships.  It was quite fascinating to see how quickly and effectively the barge could turn to get itself into the right channel.

And of course the Coast Guard following to make sure things flow smoothly.
It was fun watching them (not this particular group) of Coast Guards in their rubber-looking raft hook onto a large log floating a little ways out from the lift bridge when we were out fishing.  From the stories the captain and first mate told, they were quite busy collecting various items (fuel barrels, desks, chairs, lamps, etc.) after the floods came through the area earlier in the spring.

The Rose Gardens.

We stayed in a condo-style place right along the lake.  It was so handy being able to take the short trek to the board walk and just walk. . .and walk. . .and walk and enjoy the view of the lake.  It was just a ways down from where we first got to the board walk and was well worth the walk to go and see!!

Well. . .on to some quilting related stuff which is really what you are after, right?!

House of Mirrors

This has been a surprisingly popular item here in the shop.  This started as the block that our block of the month girls were sewing this month and morphed into this whimsical looking hanging.  It features some fun applique, and quilting.  The trees (see side of house) have been quilted in, the tops of the pumpkins are solid quilting, the grates on the windows and top of the house quilted in and there are tufts of grass in the green bottom. 
Patterns for this project are $5.00 and kits are $13.99


This is one of Darci's newest little creations just in time for our wool group meeting!
Hoot is perfect for autumn and all owl lovers (like Lacey)

Patterns: $5.00  Kits: $12.99

Black Jack

The second of Darci's newest creations, just in time for fall.  This little mat featuring the ever popular black cat and pumpkins is in time for Halloween and fall nights.

Pattern: $5.00  Kit: $12.99

Christmas Prayer

Block Party Studios featured this new panel at spring market and we were excited to get a sample done using it.  This is a very quick and easy wall hanging to display or gift during the holiday season.

Center Stage

This quilt used two Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and the Center Stage pattern by Miss. Rosie.  It was a very well written pattern for anyone thinking about doing a lone star quilt and seemed to do a good job of utilizing charm packs.
Denim Snippets

This cute little denim quilt is a nice lap size and quite cheery with our brightly colored flower applique and fabric.  Those that know us know the colors don't scream Shades of the Past but the quilt is quite fun!!
This little quilt is done up out of one charm pack (we used Gypsi Girl by Lily Ashbury of moda) and one roll of pink Chenille-It.  It is a very quick quilt to sew together and is fun, bright color scheme!
Merry Medley

This quilt is fun to sew up using the large focal piece of Sandy Gervais' holiday line.
It is amazing-the fun designs you can create using just solid squares and half-square-triangle units!
Star of the North

This quilt is the same pattern as the pattern we did for the state shop hop but out of the Sentiments fabric by 3 Sisters.  This has been one of the most popular holiday quilts we've had this year (doesn't scream holiday though does it?!) 
Peace on Earth

Our Busy Binder was busy embroidering on this over the winter and we are thrilled have had it finished!!  This little guy is perfect for the winter season and for anyone who loves to embroider.


This is a Kansas Troubles pattern that features raw edge applique.
This pinwheel mat would make a wonderful center piece on any table.


This pattern, by Atkinson Designs, is a fun, quick little table runner to sew.
There are fun sizes (small for the toilet tank to large runner) to sew up.
We used the Merry Medley fabric line by Sandy Gervais.

Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheels

This little mat uses one of moda's newest candies (2 1/2" squares), some border fabric and the Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheels tool by Primitive Gatherings.  The fabric used in the sample above is by Barbara Brackman called Metropolotin Fair.

Emmeline Apron

This pattern by Sew Liberated is one of our new favorite apron patterns.
We used Little Black Dress fabrics by BasicGrey (the kind of little black dress both us gals would actually like to wear)  The apron is totally reversible (look at the bottom photo for the better coloring of the apron the right but without the blurriness) One of the main reasons we love this apron is not only the gorgeous colors, but the fit--the pleated skirt and the ruffled bodice.


This quilt uses ONE jelly roll (we did ours out of the newly arrived Coquette by Chez Moi) to make this quilt.  This pattern was our shop's pattern in the Southwest Sector cookbook and was perfect for this quilt.  You have very little scrap left over, which is always nice.  We are hoping to add a border to the quilt to make it a tad bigger.  Quilt is a nice lap size. . .or can be a nice crib size.

Medley Lane

This little quilt top is out of the "Just Around the Corner" book by Kari M. Carr
or the New Leaf Stitches gal.  We are planning to offer this as a class this fall.
The group (we hope to start a couple) will meet once a month and the project will take you
about three-four months to complete.  It is a great quilt to start learning, or doing applique on (see my quilt above--followed the direction) and also teaches the Easy Mitered Scallop Border as you also see in the photo above.
This is also the Medley Lane quilt, but done up out of the Little Black Dress fabrics.  The picture does no justice the sample itself!!  Instead of adding the flower applique I chose to add some old tatting, laces, and buttons instead.  This will get a black picture frame around it, once I find the right fit!  It too has that easy mitered scallop border on it.

The class fee is $30.00 and includes the cost of the book.  The quilt can certainly be put
together using your scrap pile at home, or can be bought as a kit upon request.  We are hoping to have an October start date. 
Anyone interested is encouraged to contact us!
Telephone: (320) 847-4040
E-mail: shadesofpastquilting@yahoo.com

Wasn't this a pretty sunrise?  It was just so calming to see out on the lake.
One of the many "good ones" Mother Nature gives us.  There has been a lot of sad happenings around our area these past few weeks to people we know, and people we've never met.  As I washed dishes last night I looked at this plaque I have in my bay window last night and thought I just have to share this, as we just never know what our tomorrows may bring. . .

Today is non-refundable.  Make it unforgettable.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week and we'll share more progress real soon!

P.S.  To anyone who is planning to attend the Threads Across Nebraska quilt show on October 12 & 13 in Kearny, Nebraska stop on in our booth and say hello.  We have decided to pack up and come vend at the show beings Lacey starts school in February!! 


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