Tuesday, February 12

Sample Blizzard

Well, we all successfully made it through "Orka"  I think that is what they ended up calling the snow storm that blew across the Midwest over the weekend?  Thankfully our storm was not as power packed as "Nemo" was, but at any rate we ended up with enough to give us a loong weekend...one we used to our advantage!

We love the look of the yard after the storm is gone.
It is so pretty, calm and serene.  As much as we are looking forward to spring coming, we'll miss the peaceful look that we find outside during the winter season.
We decided on Sunday to work on some quilting related projects.  We get asked all the time if the house is filled with quilts.  The answer is yes, to an extent, and the rest of what we think we absolutely have to keep gets folded and stuffed in the sewing room.  So above is the proof that yes, we do indeed really keep some of our projects and below is proof that they do get used in decorating. . .and used in the chair.  As you can see, we don't invest much time in organizing our stack...this looks pretty good compared to the pre-New Year's look!!
One of our "make-do" projects from Prairie Women's found its way home and out to be seen on display.  We often have just as much fun reminiscing over the projects as we do using them.
Another Prairie Women's table runner found its way onto a wall at home to be enjoyed more than it was piled up in our store room at the shop.
Many of you may remember this popular version of Arcadia.
We decided it was time to move on from snowflakes in the living room and freshen things up for spring.  This was a perfect fit.
Some of you may also remember the Sunkissed fabrics that were created by Sweetwater a few years ago.  This little lap quilt also found its way into the living room for an added spring punch.
Try as I may, camera lighting in this window just never work!
This was a special quilt that has become part of the family from a dear friend.  
(A friend I hope may check this post out so she can see it is being enjoyed!!)  It is a yo-yo quilt...done entirely by hand in the days before the clever clover yo-yo maker.  It is truly a treasure!
I am not sure how many of you know this little factoid but before Darci began the quilt shop she designed and created dolls under the name of Darci's Dolls.  She was pretty well known in the area for her Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls and Sugarbeet dolls.  She did, however do a few seasonal creations, one of which is this rabbit.

Now, onto our sewing journey. . .
We must admit that we are very spoiled.  We always get reminded of this when we sew at home.  We really can't complain about our sewing space there either, but we haven't exactly got all the modern convinces there simply because we never sew there.  We felt like we were quilting in the stone age, and this idea became quite evident after starting our first project.
"Frost" is a raw-edge applique table topper by Kansas Troubles.
All the fabrics were picked before heading home and we fortunately still liked what was picked when the time came to start sewing.

After spending a large chunk of time creating a nifty way of tracing a circle (i.e: we tied a rope on a pen and drew it...clever, huh?) it came time to cut.  Ever have a household that doesn't always distinguish the difference between a fabric scissors and a paper scissors?  Well, our fabric chompers bit the big one years ago.  We weren't smart enough to grab any good ones from the shop.  Darci sawed through the fabric until she got  two circles cut.  She wasn't looking forward to cutting out a bunch of wedges with those scissors, but ya do what ya gotta do.

Thinking the quilting would go easier we realized that we not only did not have any basting spray to hold our layers together but we also don't have walking feet for our machines at home.  Neither one of those made a real great combination.  She decided the progress made above was good enough with the tools we had at home and would wait for modernization to finish the rest.

So we moved on. . .

Spice Cupboard was a pattern we found at our little market meeting in the cities.  This is a sweet little pattern by This & That. We decided to change things up and use the new charm pack by French General called "La Belle Fleur" for this creation.

Every once in a while we struggle creating the project with the charm pack we pick.  (Yes, we too are human)  We really like the fabrics, patterns and tones in this fabric line!  We finally got it to this point and decided that we needed a piece of fabric that we didn't think to take home. . and so another one got set aside for later.
This is our new Prayer Shall quilt using one of Block Party Sudio's prayer shall panels and two charm packs.  We chose to use the lovely fabrics of Audra's Iris Garden.  We are absolutely in love with this quilt!!  We of course need to add borders, which again we didn't have fabric for at home.  We hope to have the finished quilt to show you real soon as we are beyond excited to get it done!
This batik quilt was started a couple years ago as a shop sample but never got done as we sold out of the fabric. If you follow us on here you would have saw that it was Lacey's project to get done last year.  It got moved to the back burner as she temporarily lost the fabric for the last two borders.  She decided she wanted to see it done. . .and there it is.  We both LOVE it and cannot wait to have it quilted to use.  It was a fitting quilt to finish this weekend, with it being snowy and all, and we capped it off by bringing it outside to photograph in the freshly fallen snow.  For those of you wondering this was Laundry Basket's "Let It Snow" batik line for moda fabrics.
Lacey also decided to start a new project using the itty bitty twister template and a couple of candy packs.  This is just a little teaser of a block, we aren't sure what direction this sample will end up spinning but can't wait to get it done to share!!

Of course the weekend wouldn't be complete without having handwork to do in the chair. . .
With Easter coming it was time to gear up for some festive projects.  The rabbit (which is now about stitched) is a great little hostess gift or cute decoration to be wrapped around a candle.

The heart can either be a cute little pincushion or simply a fun little decoration to keep out this time of year.

Both will be shown again once they are finished and on display in the shop.

For anyone who was planning to join us for wool group in February please note the change in date.  Due to Ash Wednesday services we will meet on Wednesday Feb. 20.

We also started on a new embroidery project.  This is one block in a four-block embroidery quilt by This & That patterns.  
Lacey also continued to knit on her infinity scarf.  She is hoping that she'll have it finished before the scarf trend hits the road!

And of course fresh baking is a must when it snows!
Oatmeal Crispies
by: The Pioneer Woman
  • 1 cup Shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 cups Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans

Preparation Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening with both sugars until well combined.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs together. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Add to the shortening/sugar mixture and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix carefully into the egg/shortening mixture until well combined. Now add the quick oats and mix well again. Finally add the finely chopped pecans and mix well to combine.
Divide the dough in half and place each half of the dough onto a sheet of waxed paper. Roll the dough into a log and then wrap it tightly in the waxed paper. Now you can either chill or freeze the dough until later or you can go ahead and slice the dough evenly into cookie rounds.
When you are ready to bake them place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until they are golden brown.

 We hope that you all had a safe weekend if you were out traveling and were maybe able to sneak in some sewing for yourself!!

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