Monday, March 4

Quilting up a Storm


It's been a couple of weeks again since I've found a brief moment to sit down and share happenings with you all.  We have been busy adjusting to the new changes that have happened here in the shop and think that each week, things continue to get a bit smoother.
 
We've had a lot of progress made as far as new samples go and as this is being written the quilting machine is busy singing!!  Not only will our Busy Binder be excited to have a job again, but we are as well to share a stack of finished quilt tops with you all!!
 

Last week we went to Cottonwood to watch the boys play their last regular season basketball game of the season.  This game happened to coincide with an annual benefit that was being held at the school in honor of those who tragically died in a bus/car accident a few years ago. 

On hand that evening was Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot.  He was absolutely amazing.  This was one of the many super dunks that he preformed that evening.  It was easily one of the funnest games that we have attended all season!!  We even have to say kudos to the refs of the game as they were great sports about playing along with the fun shenanigans that Crunch pulled on them :)


We have had some good laughs here in the shop the past month as it seems that every Monday it is either snowy or foggy.  Enough so that one of our group of gals who are at the final stage of the project they are working have not met for over a month...needless to say we are all getting anxious for spring!!

But, beings we live in Minnesota and it's March and snow is still possible we will not only embrace the snow but celebrate with a new fabric arrival...Snowman Gatherings. 

We have been anxiously awaiting the arrivals of this fabric as we are hoping to get a new Wool/Cotton Block of the Month quilt started before the fabrics actually arrive sometime in April.

 
Story Strips

When our brave fabric rep drove out to us a couple weeks ago during the last snow storm this was one of the interesting things he showed us.  We are eager to create a story (pattern) with these new strips.  Each box contains 20 strips of coordinating batik fabrics...there is even a little pattern included in each box. 

Of course with the snow we needed a little "sunshine" to brighten our day.  Two things to take note of in the picture. . .

First is the bag. 
Lacey is in love with this bag pattern, not only because of it's cute little shape, ruffle & flower, but because it is really quick to assemble.  We chose to revamp our shop sample using Ticklish by Me & My Sister for our fabrics.

Second is the fabric.
We are excited to have some new batik charms to play with!  This new collection is called Island Sun Batiks and is a perfect punch of summer on a chilly winter day :)
Also, keeping in the mind set of spring is the new Holly Taylor fabrics.  This beautiful new collection is called Enchanted Pond.  We have been busy working with this beautiful collection, particularly the lovely panel squares.


As I mentioned before, our quilting machine is singing.  Hopefully by the end of the week you will be able to see our stack of quilts which include a finish lap quilt out of the Noteworthy fabrics, a brand new gorgeous Arcadia quilt and coordinating table runner, plus a quilt & scallop wall hanging from the Enchanted Pond collection and Prayer of St. Francis wall hanging.



~Until next time~

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