Saturday, December 29

Shades of the Past Top 10 of 2012

Welcome to our last post of the year 2012. 
We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family and that Santa was good to you all.
We were certainly were blessed with good travels, health, and family to be with this year and enjoyed every minute of it!  It's hard to believe how quickly Christmas went by. . .


This morning on our way into town we tossed around the idea of doing a "first ever" Top 10 list of the things we loved from 2012.  After all, it's not all much longer before we start a new year!
We also talked about how absolutely gorgeous it was like outside today.
My pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the frost covered land that we enjoyed this morning.
Definitely one of mother natures "good ones"

Our lovely window boxes just look so much better touched by Old Man Frost and we have been lucky enough that this shaded one has looked spectacular most of the day!!!

"TOP 10" FOR THE YEAR 2012

We decided to have some fun reflecting back on what we did last year. . .that is after we got our computer fired up to look briefly over the blog pots from the past year and what we've posted on our facebook page.    We've compiled all of our fun finding, and laughs this morning into our very own "Top 10" list from this past year which appear in no order of importance.  Enjoy!

I always admire the word clouds people put together on the websites and thought it would be cool to try one.  This is just a small smattering of fabrics we worked with. . .while uploading pictures I found more, but this was a fun start.  With all of the ones to choose from we picked  (drum roll)

Woolies Flannel picked by Darci  (Maywood Studios)
Joy picked by Lacey (Moda)

Appearing in no particular order we would have to say that

Little Black Dress
Jackie Paton's Too Many Men
Any Kansas Troubles
Woolies Flannel

seemed to be four of the most favorite collections this year

Bloc-Loc Ruler...hands down...
if you don't have one and work with half-square triangles you should really think about getting one.


Valdani Hand-dyed Pearl Cotton

Snowy Garden Stitchery by Gail Pan was just one of our favorite embroidered additions into the shop. 

Also worth mentioning are the Angels by Wellington House  Snow Happens by Birdbrain Designs and Halloween Boot by Crabapple Hill

We were fortunate to have lots of fun travel adventures this year.  Many of you have read them as they were posted. . .and we could not pick just one so. . .nods to...

New Ulm, MN 
We truly enjoyed the quilt show and the fun gals in charge of it, getting to know our fabulous neighbors Sharon & Becky, meeting Karen McTavish and admiring the amazing bathroom

Kansas City, KS
We didn't necessarily vend this show but took in International Quilt Market.  We loved getting to see all the hot new items, shopping the crazy sample spree, meeting new friends in taxi rides and most importantly getting do our "Market Party" when we got home!!

Rochester, MN
Our first time at setting up at the state quilt show.  We loved the room we were in with the amazingly done quilts, going "out" to celebrate with some of our SW sector gals, meeting many new faces and braving an interesting storm that rolled through town. . .

Omaha, NE
We needed this show to break out of our rut and loved the wonderful quilts that were on display and the over-the-top members that made our stay memorable.  We enjoyed our interstate sights, learning more about our "Fargo" accent and the experience of switching rooms with Hotwire. . .

Kearney, NE
This was the longest trip we've done.  We enjoyed our travels to get to the show, especially our time spent in Lincoln.  We loved the enthusiasm and pride of all the Husker fans and meeting some fun new people, including our neighbor and her dog

**If you missed out on any of those trip and the details above interest you you'll have to look back in our archives.**

"A Little Child will Lead Us"

"Checkerboard Twist" was the winner of the "most popular" sample award.

We truly enjoyed the crazy couple of weeks during the hop and getting to meet soo many new faces from all around the state and country.  We are already gearing up for 2013!!

No we aren't going to go hog wild and crazy with them but we've had fun working more with them and look forward to working a couple groupings this winter/spring.

We are also planning to start a gathering that works with all those fun pre-cuts that Moda has out.  We'll work with jelly-rolls, candy, honey buns, layer cakes and charm packs.  We are thinking a once a month project...we'll show more details as we get a couple more samples done!!

We have truly had a blast this year getting to meet so many wonderful people!!  You all are the reason why we desire to find fun new fabrics and patterns to keep us all inspired and creative and hope that you'll stick with us as we venture into next year!
We hope that you all have a Safe and Happy New Years!
~Blessings to you all~
P.S.  You'll notice that there is tab on the top of the screen now that says "For Sale"  We've decided that instaed of posting cost information about the samples we show from now on we'll put it under "For Sale" instead.  If you happen to see something on the main part of the blog that interests you, you'll be able to see if there is kits/patterns/fabric for sale on that separate page. Anything posted on that page is for sale and can be shipped out to you or can be held for you to come pick up.

Tuesday, December 18

Happy Holidays

We decided to do a little post before Christmas next week. . . To be totally honest, it doesn't really feel much like the holidays quite yet but ready or not here they come!

Wishing Well
by: This & That Patterns

This is one of This & That's newest patterns that was a perfect fit for our Love Letters charm pack (Laundry Basket by Moda).  The fun vase of greens was created at the design class one of us took last weekend at our local flower shop.  Wasn't it just the perfect fit for our table topper??

by: Quilt Moments

A looong time ago we showed a sneak peek of this quilt and finally got the borders, quilting & binding done on it!!  Above in (in poorly photographed space) is our lap size quilt.  The quilt was a fun kaleidoscope or four-patch posy or stack & whack quilt to put together.  The outer border fabric is what was used to create all the fun inner square designs. . .

Itty Bitty Snowman
By: Country Threads

Isn't he just grand?  We love him!!  This little snowman was made using our woolies flannel fabrics and is so cozy and quick to make.  Kits of this little guy are available in the shop and even come complete with the buttons!!

We also want to share another holiday recipe with you!
We are in love with this new cookie...and our batch did not last many days...we may need rehab for this new-found cookie addiction.  May you enjoy them as much as we have!

Minnesota Munchies
1c. butter, softened                         1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract                       2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder                      1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs                                             1/2 c. semisweet chips
1 c. milk chocolate chips                1/2 c.  toffee bits
(Note: We used 3/4 c. toffee bits 'cuz we love 'em so much, and 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips and 1/2 c. semisweet chips  and skipped the pecans 'cuz we didn't have any more left. . .)
Cream together the butter and the brown sugar until mixed.  Add in one egg at a time and beat well. Stir in the vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir into the creamed mixture.  Fold in the milk chocolate chips, semisweet chips and toffee bits.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. (Note: we like gooey cookies and only baked ours for 8-9 minutes) Cool and enjoy!!
Until after the holidays. . .we'll leave you with this fun little wish we found today.  We hope that you all have safe travels to and from holiday get-togethers and find time to embrace the true meaning of the holiday season.  
Simple joys, and little pleasures,
Laughter and smiles in big measures.
Friends, Family, Togetherness, Love. . .
The choicest blessings from Above.
Peace, Prosperity, and Happiness, too
All of these and more are our wishes for you.
Happy Holidays.

Monday, December 10

Snowing. . .

Greetings on this cold, snowy Monday in December. . .

. . .we know we really can't complain as it is December and we live in Minnesota BUT that doesn't mean that this first winter blast wasn't a bit of a painful shock.  After going to bed Friday night we believed the weather man's prediction of the Duluth area with 12+" of snow and our area with 3-5" of snow--We even decided that it wouldn't really be that bad and ventured out and about to do some more holiday shopping & eating before driving home in the snow Saturday night--and woke up Sunday morning shocked to have to wade through knee deep snow to feed a hungry dog.  By the time mother nature was done we wound up with a nice 16" leveling of beautiful white snow..a far cry from our Friday nights understanding.  However, we really could not complain as all family members were snowed in safe and sound at home while many were stuck as the roads around us were closed due to such bad conditions. . .and when all else fails one quilts & cooks!

We took advantage of a snow day and baked Christmas cookies.  We tried a bunch of new ones, (almond butter sugar cookies, cranberry pecan swirls, whoopie pie cookies) which we plan to share with you starting with these yummy Almond Butter Sugar Cookies which taste a lot like Spritz (a family favorite) but doesn't require near the work (bonus!!).  We also baked some family favorites including peanut butter balls, Lebkugans and pizelles

We have laughed at the good intentions we had starting the day about sharing many plates of cookies with people we know that have lost loved ones this year and although we still hope to do that found ourselves enjoying the dough/fresh warm cookies and wondering if we'd have enough left to share. . .  does anyone else have that happen?

Laughing about that brought about laughs about why it is that we wonder why our pants are tighter?  'Tis the season to find a pair of bib overalls, in which you can keep eating and worry about snapping jeans up later...after New Year's. 


Aside from the snow and baking we have lots of fun show and tell from the past week or so starting with this one. . .
Drunkard's Puzzle

This little quilt is Lacey's spin-off on our bonus block from the gals' block of the month quilt. She loves Drunkard path quilts and blocks with circles. . .so the table topper/wall hanging above uses one charm pack, background fabric and binding.  It is about 24" square in size and requires no curved piecing!!!  Fabrics used were  Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille of moda.  Patterns and kits are available in the shop.

Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea (makes us think of the couple from N.C that visits us during the state hop that we had a nice chat about sweet tea with!) is Darci's spin-off on the block of the month block this month. When the top was first put together her vision was to create gift boxes--and it was achieved by creating a cute little dimensional wool bow and centering it on the tops of each "gift box".  Patterns and kits are also available for sale in the shop of this 33" square table topper.

Redwork Angels

If our picture was better taken you would see that we did not do our sample in red work like the pattern name suggests.  This was all hand embroidered in colored DMC floss and features an angel for each month of the year that once finished is a great wall hanging size.  It was designed by Minnesota's own Beth Ridder from the cities.
Warm Fuzzy Snowman

Speaking of Beth Ridder, she graciously loaned us this wonderful wool sample until mid-January.  It has been such a topic of conversation in the shop with the amazing detail work that Beth did on it.  If you are in the shop, like the picture, or have a friend who likes snowmen make sure you check this little guy out.  We are inspired to dig our shop sample out and stitch on it again!!  We don't have kits for it, but patterns are here in the shop.
In one of our previous sneak peek photos you saw this reverse applique sample that Darci was working on.  This has created some interest in the shop, and due to it we hope to do a couple more samples with it and possibly classes after the new year. For those wondering what makes this technique different, the cream you see in the photo was one solid piece, and the rest was fused under it.  The center is not pieced--it's a cheater :)
Merry Christmas

This little guy has been a huge hit since it's debut in the shop.  The pattern is by Farmhouse Threads, a pattern company that has produced some cute, cute stuff!!  The runner is perfect for using a charm pack (We used Seasonal Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings) and instead of wool, chose woolie flannel instead.
Frame Up

This little Pieced Tree pattern is so much fun to whip up.  If you are still looking to make a quick gift for a friend/family member this holiday season this is truly a good pattern.  We chose to use Merry Medley fabrics by Sandy Gervais on our Runner.
Little Tree by Waltzing with Bears

Isn't this tree cute?!  We just love it.  The embroidery.  The fun and different border layout.  It's great!!  The pattern gives you the option of colored tree, fun border (shown above) or redwork tree and more traditional square border (not shown above).  Our Little Tree measures 14 1/2" x 22 1/2". pictures from our Ugly Sweater Party last weekend.
We had a fun time with those that came out in the snow and wore some fun "ugly" sweaters.  We were not wise enough to take pictures of our sweaters before we donated them to the Goodwill sale at Herberger's Saturday night.  But it's the ones below we wanted you to see, and to help us with!!!

Sweater #1

Sweater #2

Sweater #3

Sweater #4

Sweater #5

**Please help choose a winner by voting for your favorite Ugly Sweater shown above** 
 Either leave us a comment with the number you choose or use the poll that we have set up on the right had tab of our blog (right under the "like us on Facebook" photo & caption)  Voting ends on December 14, 2012 at 11:59pm.  Winner receives a wrapped gift box from the shop valued at $50.00.

Recycled Slippers

This is one of our own patterns using up those wool sweaters. They are a fun, quick pair of slippers to stitch up.  We do have the pair shown above, blanket stitched by hand, but also a pair done on the machine which was a bit more speedy!!

Then, Darci had fun finding some projects that are free online tutorials to make.  Aren't the bag & pincushion cute??  I really like the way the turned out and love the dimensional flower on the bag!

If you are liking the pincushion click here for the pattern.

If you are liking the bag click here for the pattern.

Lacey started this lemon bar craze and we can't eat just one!  It all started at church last Sunday night after a community concert.  Helping in the kitchen has it's perks- including sampling on what didn't get taken.  These bars got a "to die for" response from those that ate them, and we agree.  If you are looking for a good bar that won't last long around the house, this is a good one to try!  We hope you enjoy your pan as much as we did.

We also want to inform you that we are digging out the boxed up samples in the back room for another Sample Sale!


Shop hours are 10am - 3pm.
Items are sold on a first come first serve basis. 

Samples marked and ready to sell and range from table runners, toppers, to wool items, aprons, bags & lap quilts. 


One last item to mention: This is the final week to turn in mittens and/or pillowcases to be eligible for the $50.00 gift certificate. December 14 is the deadline.  Thank you to those who have turned in items!!