I noticed after sitting down today that October is already half over and the only thing that has changed on this blog has been the font color--Pink--in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month. But today, we'll do better with a post...a LONG post. So, before I begin I found a recipe that sounded quite delicious on a chilly, drizzly Minnesota day. You may just want to whip up a cup and sip it while you read our most recent travels from Clara City to Rochester & Nebraska!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
found on the Tasty Kitchen from the Pioneer Woman Website
1/2 c. Milk (2%, whole, or skim)
1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp. Light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 c. espresso or 1 c. brewed coffee
Sugar to taste
Whipped cream & nutmeg (optional garnish)
In the microwave-pour the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 1 minute 30 seconds, or until the milk starts to rise up and is frothy. Pour into mug, add the coffee, garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg. Enjoy :)
As some of you may have heard while in our quilt shop we planned ourselves into a busy late September and early to mid October with quilt shows and shop events. We started by taking a girls week (after the fun we had last year) to Rochester...just Darci, Lacey & Phyllis. When we returned we got ready for the Art Meander/Sample sale and concluded by taking a trip to Nebraska last weekend to cap it all off. So naturally we've been a bit distracted from sitting down here to blog and our apologies for that absence. . .
|We began our journey at the Rusty Truck which is a cool old barn that has been turned into a fabulous little stop along Highway 7 near Mayer, Minnesota. (If you travel this road often, look for this "must stop" destination to be on your right hand side of the road-if you are headed into the cities-shortly after the first round-a-bout) And truthfully, this was the second stop of our day, the first was an "estate" sale, which was pretty much just motorized scooters, wheel chairs and commodes---yea-we didn't think a picture was a necessity.. .but back to the Rusty Truck.|
|The displays were so cute and there was so much to see!! Lacey loved the table above. . .|
If you want to see more you can check out their Facebook page or website.
|While we getting in our car to leave, we found humor in seeing this cute little older gentleman in his flaming ford pickup. Sometimes it doesn't take much to crack the three of us up|
Part 2: Art Meander Weekend / Annual Sample Sale
Part 3: Nebraska Road Trip
Our trip to Threads across Nebraska in Kearney
Last weekend we headed to Kearney, Nebraska.
(Pronounced car-knee...not keer-nee like we were saying!)
Those follow us on the blog know that we really enjoyed our time spent in Omaha earlier this spring. We were very excited about this trip, which was about two or so hours further west into Nebraska. We left a day early to do some sight-seeing and while we didn't get much of that in we did have a lot of fun with what we saw. . .
|This cemetery was HUGE and so peaceful with lots of squirrels running around and beautiful trees and shrubs all over the place. This particular statue, as you can see, was dedicated to all of the fallen Nebraska Firefighters.|
|Another very touching memorial sight was that of the Holocaust.|
This was a giant 3D statue with black and white holographic looking photos all around it. All around it was a rock garden type setting and to close to it stood the Memorial wall.
|This beautiful bridge welcomed us into our destination of Kearney.|
The picture does no justice to this beauty in person. Kearney is considered to be almost the center bulls-eye of the United States.
|There were also a lot of beautiful quilts that were on display. One of the articles that captured our attention upon driving in to unload was the Turkey quilt called "Bernet's Backyard". This was an original design by Gwen Stengal who created this based upon a picture she took! The thought into the quilting process and the applique/piecing process was unbelievable and nothing like we'd ever seen before!|
|Alpine Wonder was done by Esther Kleinkauf. The coloration in her fabrics for the background and tree were perfect. The shading really made this quilt. And the neat part about the ornaments is that they were embroidered on her machine and then attached to the quilt and the snowflakes are those plastic snowflakes with a pearl in the center of them. Very clever and different.|
|This was a block of the month wool quilt designed by Lisa Bongean. It was fun to see all of the wool applique that was done on this quilt...very fun, but of course those that know us know we love wool!|
|And our last piece of show and tell (among the many more we have on our camera) is this block of the month quilt from a shop in Nebraska. It wasn't the piecing so much we saw on the quilt that was like "oh my goodness" but it was the border.|
|It is a printed piece of fabric and quilted just perfectly!! It's amazing what quilting can do to a finished project. . .|
|On Saturday we packed up the booth, hopped into the car and made the 8 1/2 hour journey back home. We loved our time in Nebraska and are so blessed to have met so many wonderful people!!|
Part 4: Back Home Show & Tell!!
probably what you have been so patiently waiting for
|Two quilts, both done up out of Coquette by Chez Moi.|
Quilt one is the scallop quilt which out of the Little Quilts 4 Little Kids by Heather Mulder-Peterson. It is called "Cutie Pie" and features just the scallops on the top & bottom of the quilt.
The second is the one tied to the side that you saw before in a photo called Truffels which is in our Southwest Sector cookbook. The quilt is a nice lap size or perfect for a crib quilt. It uses up one jelly roll, with very little left overs.
|Sugar & Spice|
by Farmhouse Threads
This is a fun little quilt that is perfect for using up scraps!! It is very quick to put together and can be finished off with either wool (or cotton) gingerbread men in a cute little bowl.
Patterns are $9.00 and the kits are $21.99.
by Buttermilk Basin
This little mat is perfect for the season we are currently in--fall. It's been a while since we've done a wool mat with pennies so this was a fun change. Two things to look for in the near future. . .the same sample done up out with a cream background (yes-the one above was done by Phyllis while we were in Nebraska, and Darci just so happened to have the same pattern done up out of cream in her bag while in Nebraska. The crazy thing, is that neither of them knew the other was stitching on the same sample. . .and they managed to grab the same exact piece of wool to use in the same exact spots in a few of the locations on their samples!! Guess great minds really do think alike!) The second thing to look for, if you like this one, is the rest of the seasons: Winter, Spring & Summer.
by: This & That Patterns
This little project is perfect for a table topper. We have just LOVED working with the Little Black Dress fabric line by BasicGrey of Moda. (We finally have charms in as well. They have been going quick so speak for one if you want or they'll be gone soon!)
Patterns are $5.00 and the kits are $21.99.
|Heartstrings Lap Quilt with Chenille.|
Looking for a really quick quilt to make for a friend or yourself? Simply grab some of the Heartstrings panel by Whimsicals, add a couple of borders and quilt with chenille. Wash and Enjoy. We are currently working on the new fabrics by Whimsicals called "Simply Imagine" which is a panel with a wonderful little saying and gorgeous colors! Show and tell soon
|Which Witch's Boot|
by Crabapple Hill
Remember in our last post the sneak peek of this draped over our new antique trunk? Well this was the finished result. If you google the pattern name you'll find we did some major changes to the finishing part of this pattern are very, very happy with the results. We added prairie points around the embroidered motif and had a lot of fun coloring in the design with colored pencils. Those that have seen this in person will agree I can't take a photo to do justice to this sample.
Patterns are $9.00
This is one of Darci's new wool patterns that is a simple reminder of her love of our life in the country and her love of barns.
Patterns are $5.00 and kits are $12.99
by Pastthyme Patterns
This is the spin off of our October block for Block of the Month. We have been in love with that outer border piece of fabric ever since it came into the shop and finally found the perfect project for it. The flowers that are appliqued on there come from one of the floral designs in the border.
The finished size is 38" x 38"
Patterns are $5.00 and the kit is $39.99
|Cardinals in the Silence|
by Pastthyme Patterns
This is a pattern that we revamped out of new fabrics. The phrase "I will come to you in the Silence" is a lyric line out of one of Darci's favorite songs that is sung in our church. This is a quick quilt top to sew up and features some minor applique for the cardinals and some embroidery.
Pattern: $5.00 and kits $21.99
|Petite Crazy Pumpkin|
by Pastthyme Patterns
We are still having so much fun with crazy quilt stitches on wool applique. Watch for another group to start meeting in our shop real soon! This little guy has been a hit since its debut at our wool group meeting and quilt show in Nebraska.
Pattern: $5.00 and kits $12.99
|Our sneak peek into one of our fun finds in Kearney are these folded coasters. We are in the planning stage of putting together a list of holiday items to make for quick gifts and having some sewing days in November/December. These will more than likely be a fun little class. Stay posted for details (and our finished samples) real soon. . .|
|Well I want to thank you for rolling through this long post until the very end. We have had a lot of fun outside of our shop and have collected some fun ideas that we are currently sewing on. We hope to have a fun stack of show and tell for you all in the next week or two, and promise a post that is shorter than this windy one!|
Until next time. . .