Wednesday, March 6

The march of the new stuff


Seems like this month we are going to get the coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb!!  Which considering Easter is at the end of the month is sort of fitting.  

In-between snowstorms we decided to freshen up the shop to reflect the season we are anxiously awaiting. . .spring.

We love most everything about spring.  Seeing color come back into the landscape, seeing the snow melt and turn the hard ground to muck, seeing farm equipment scattered in the field and smell of dirt as it is turned over, the smell of fresh falling rain, and seeing some of our feathered friends return.  Ah yes-we've got you thinking happy thoughts now, don't we?

So welcome to a fresh greeting at Shades of the Past.

You'll be greeted by two of our most popular samples,
"The Prayer Shall" and "Peace Prayer of St. Francis"
both of which are created using the lovely Audra's Iris Garden fabrics.
The peace prayer quilt is a nice wall hanging quilt that uses one of those cute little candy packs that are new by moda.  It also requires the peace prayer panel, and bit of coordinating yardage for the borders and binding.  It is a very quick quilt to sew together and is a perfect companion to the Prayer Shall quilt.
Something else that spring brings is butterflies, dragonflies and herons.  This is the first quilt we've created using the new Enchanted Pond fabric by Holly Taylor.

Although we enjoy the quilt as it is, we are hoping to do a scallop edge on it. . .giving it a different effect for a wall quilt in the shop.

This too, is a quick project to sew together and showcases the beautiful panel squares and coordinating yardage perfectly.

For the longest time neither of us gals could figure out why this pattern was so popular...then we sewed one together.  Wow.  It is a very quick quilt to whip up as it's all strip pieced and showcases a nice focal print very well.  Although Lacey was tempted to "go big" and do a bed quilt, we held the reins back and went with a lap quilt, that would look perfect over a couch.

When our fabric rep braved the winter storm a Monday or so ago he showed us this fabric line by P&B Textiles called Silvia's Garden.  Lacey loved it immediately and was beyond thrilled when it arrived at the end of the week.  It is probably one of the fastest samples she's put together, out of pure excitement over the fabrics and one of the quickest that Darci has quilted and our Busy Binder bound. Needless to say it's currently one of our new fav's!!

With the left over focal fabric Lacey decided to dig out an old pattern from Darci's archives and revamp it.  We still have not decided upon a the original doesn't cut the mustard!

This is a very quick table runner that is also perfect for showing off a fun focal center piece.  We stuck to very simple quilting to make the project stay quick and easy from start to finish.  It will be a perfect coordinate to go with the Arcadia quilt when it makes its journey home!!
We often times find that it is very hard to find fabrics that are geared towards men.  Who knew men aren't excited about having flowers all over their lap??

If you know a man (or woman) that enjoys duck hunting we have a few pieces that we think will work perfect for them.  They got our stamp of approval in "real" appearances and are sure that the men we know would approve of them as well.

We also have baseball fabric. . .the great American pastthyme.
We are anxious to step into the batter's box and take a swing at a quilt using this fun fabric.

Also in this week was the fun arrival of. . .PB & J
by BasicGrey of moda.  If you are hungry we suggest taking a bite out of these great new pieces.  We are ready to whip up something with these fun charms and cannot wait for the yardage to ship.

We invite you to slide on in before the next snowy event this weekend and pick up a fresh and fun new project to work on while it snows!!  Also make sure you check back next week as we will post some details on a little giveaway!!

~Until next time~

"Use what talents you possess.  The woods would be very silent if no birds sang, except for those that sing best."
Henry VanDyke

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