Tuesday, April 23


Welcome to "Sprinter" in Minnesnowta
"Sprinter" you may ask....why?  Well the answer is simple.
It is suppose to be spring....but it looks more like winter.

I think I speak on behalf of most people when I say that I sure hope the last coating of snow yesterday will be it until winter. 

Although I love the peacefulness the fresh fallen snow provides each week this month I am ready to look outside and see lush green grass, and even think the idea of mowing lawn sounds much more appealing that shoveling heavy, sticky, slushy snow.

We both had some interesting moments and commutes the past few weeks, as did many of you who have come into the shop.  And although we have complained feel very blessed that our snow will melt quickly and provide much needed moisture.  Compared to what many people in other areas of the country have faced the past week or two snow is pretty minor. . .



We spent last Friday- Sunday in Mankato at the
Deep Valley Quilt Guild's quilt show. e both enjoyed our time spent in Mankato and loved seeing some familiar faces!!
If you had wondered what had happened to us the past week or two, that would be it.  We made a huge push to get a bunch of new stuff done in time for the show and a couple of other commitments we had going on last week.  It was a total team effort that wouldn't have been possible without the help from our fabulous "Busy Binder" who bound up around eight projects!!

Some of those that have already been photographed will be shown below. . .the other's will later on in the week!!

Boxwood Garden
by: Bonnie Sullivan of All Thru the Night patterns

As usual, the photo of this quilt doesnt' do it one bit of justice.

This quilt is all flannel...front and back.  And was quilted with a wool batting...which we love.  Provided a great drape for the quilt!!

Many people over the weekend thought we'd either painted on the flower motifs...or that they were appliqued on.  Although we'd love to take credit for all that extra work, the truth is they are a cheater panel that has been fussy cut!  Fun quilt pattern that had great finished results!!

We are currently out of kits and panel fabric.  IF you are interested in fabric or a kit please contact us.  We hope that we are still able to get more of the fabrics. . .

Paul Bunyan~ PB & J Style
by: Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Patterns

We just love using this pattern in our shop and seem to add little variations to it every time we sew the pattern. 

The fabrics are PB & J by BasicGrey of Moda and provided a much needed color burst during our winter days these weeks.   This quilt used up a whole charm pack and featured that wonderful orange focal piece of fabric.

This quilt is a very quick top to assemble, and requires little cutting.  It's a great one for a beginner, and fun for those who are just looking for a quick, easy change of pace.

Rooster Parade
Pattern is in the Home to Roost book by Whimsicals

This is the large panel picture found on the new Home to Roost panels by Whimsicals for Red Rooster fabrics.

This little pattern is featured in her Home to Roost book, which contains some really fun quilts, sewing caddy & pincushions.

We really like the border effect that this quilt has-a fun way to add an interesting twist on an outer border.

We have a couple more projects in the works with both the panel and a couple other "extras" found in her book that we are anxious to finish and share real soon!!

And for today we'll leave you with some Candy Slices.
Boy have we loved working with those new moda candies!!
This little guy uses up one candy pack and features some raw edge orange peel slices, which of course gave us a reason to dig out our Leaves Galore ruler!

~Until Next Time~


Tuesday, April 9


Anchor's Ahoy!
For those of you wondering what we have been doing the past couple of weeks the answer is that we have been floating.
Floating in a sea of new samples and shop arrivals.
I should maybe be honest for a moment and say this would have been a more exciting thing to finish typing had I got it done yesterday like had been planned.  Today....well it's sort of starting to snow.  A sad sight considering we had pretty much gotten rid of all of that, and are now set to get dumped on with more.  There are lots of "wonderful" words that come to mind today as I watch the snow roll off the roof, so I guess thinking about summer and boating might end up being a good thing!!
This whole "floating" topic got brought up Sunday on the trip home from picking up product in the cities.  We happened to notice is the very nice boat along Highway 7 that is for sale.
You will have you use your own creative minds to imagine what this boat looks like as we didn't get a photo to share.  We can tell you that it may need a little TLC before it could make its maiden voyage as the USS Quiltica.
We decided that the sky could really be quite the limit for this new thought of ours.  We are quite sure that there would be many brave souls who would think that a day out on the water, quilting, with us gals would be quite the time.

We can just see it now, doesn't it look like we would have a grand time?!  Think of how relaxing this adventure could be soaking up some rays of sunshine while quilting in the beautiful surroundings of whatever body of water we choose to travel to.


Last week the body of water that happens to split the driveway into two halves decided to flood.  Luckily it only required a day of taking the alternative route.  This little part always keeps life interesting in the spring...would be sad to have any dull moments!
We slowed up to find the phone to take a picture of this rare sight.  It isn't very often that you come across a cop that will pull over semi's.  There are many who blow by the shop that we joking think need to be pulled over, but never see it happen.  Obviously, it didn't take a whole lot to intrigue us Sunday night!

While getting pulled over wouldn't have been real sweet, we have had a sweet time floating in new samples done up using those wonderful little 2 1/2" pre-cut Candy Packs by Moda!
Sweet Sixteen
by Pieced Tree Patterns

This was a very quick little table topper to create that used two candy packs of Pheasant Hill by Kansas Troubles.

We decided to make a minor change to the pattern as we thought trimming a tish off our candy squares wasn't necessary...therefore there was no cutting involved for this project, except for the setting triangles and binding strips!! 
Vintage Love
By: This & That Patterns

Our busy binder was busy embroidering this new arrival that is so sweet for spring.  We were also thrilled that the colors she chose for her embroidery wound up being a perfect match to the new Collections for a Cause- Mill Brook.

Therefore, the outer border of this cute little hanging comes from one Collections for a Cause- Mill Brook candy pack!

One Cute Chick
By: This & That Patterns

I believe that a long, long time ago you saw a sneak peek photo of this little guy.  We had high hopes of having him done by the time that Easter rolled around, but didn't quite make it.

Part of that came from the fact that when Lacey did the embroidery for this, she had a little goof...which required alternative finishing layout.  So for anyone familiar with this pattern you will notice there are a couple minor changes, which we now think are a good thing!!

We also decided to jazz this one up a bit more by coloring in the flowers, butterfly and chick.  We have really enjoyed using the Inktense watersoluble ink pencils by Derwent.  They provide great coloring on projects and really add a little extra pop to things.

Old Glory Gatherings
By: Primitive Gatherings

This cute little guy also was done up using two candy packs from    Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings, and of course includes some signature wool applique by Lisa.

Speaking of Primitive Gatherings, there is still room for you to board our bus out to visit her quilt shop, and shops in seven other towns as well.  Our two day trip will leave on Friday July 12 and arrive back home Saturday July 13.  Overnight arrangements have been made in Appleton, WI.  Cost is $175 based on double occupancy.  Sign up deadline is June 12.

(Info or Questions:  (320) 847-4040 OR shadesofpastquilting

Goin' to leave you with a bit of a teaser!  This, as well as a huge stack of quilts and toppers was brought over to our very busy binder last night!  We are very, very anxious to show off the new stuff real soon!!

"It makes me happy to know that none of us get a how-to guide , we're all just kind of winging it."