Friday, July 19

Catching our Breatht

Well it's been almost a whole month since I last sat down to fill you in on our happenings.

I am sure many of you have well past given up hope of seeing new posts on here, and I can honestly say I wouldn't blame you!!

I heard "Catch my Breath" by Kelly Clarkson this morning and decided it was time to sit down and do just that for a few minutes this morning, and let you in on many fun things that we have been busy working on the shop.

I do promise that we haven't been sitting here counting cars!!

We certainly enjoyed our 4th of July this year.  It was nice to have a weekend where the weather cooperated and it wasn't 100 degrees and humid.  We all took in the parade in neighbor city Maynard again this seems to be our 4th of July tradition, plus this year was the last year one of our members marched thru in the band.

Many of you know that our family is big on racing.  Thee of the four spend many of their summer evening sitting the dirt...and this year has been no different.  However two of the four family amigos took in a Willmar Stinger's game this year.

(I bet you can't guess who....hint, wasn't Darci.)

A brother/sister night at the ball park was a very enjoyable evening and for anyone who likes baseball but doesn't get to the Twins game in the cities should consider heading to the Beehive.   It really is a fun, family friendly event that is close to home and provides great entertainment.

Of course as the game started they spotted a man with a radar gun, and big clip board and realized there was a major league scout sitting a few rows down from them.  It hadn't dawned on either of them that they would see anyone there viewing the game, but there are players in leagues like the Stingers that get drafted into minor league systems for the majors.  This guy...he was with the San Francisco Giants.  Both kids thought that was neat and hope to pay attention enough to see if any players they watched are picked up.


Last weekend, we took our little summer trip into Wisconsin with thirty-one wonderful and fun quilting friends.  We had wonderful intentions to share our trip as we went. . .but failed after our first stop!

We spent two wonderful days traveling thru Wisconsin and seen shops in Alma, Onalaska, Sparta, Wisconsin Rapids, Menasha, Wausau, Eau Claire & Hudson.  It is amazing how one can travel and not see the same sample done up twice!  We quilters know that no shop is the same, and that sure makes the trip fun...that and spending time with wonderful people!!

But because I couldn't make well on remembering to take more pictures we'll share what we've got....I did do well on our first stop!
The Burlington Hotel & Quilt Shop are located in Alma.  They are in the process of renovating an old motel building into a quilt shop and have a wonderful start to a great shop.  Alma itself was a beautiful place...we are thinking that a road trip to watch a friend of the family race in nearby Fountain City is a "MUST" before summer ends.  A wonderful excuse to go back for a visit!!
We ordered food to go from the local "Pier 4 Café" and it was delicious.  I think our bus passengers would agree.  We had wonderful smoked turkey sandwiches with meat smoked right at the café, huge chicken salad sandwiches and smoked ham.  If anyone is in the Alma are-you truly need to stop. 

Darci, Lacey and Wayne (our fabulous driver) sat and ate while we waited to take our passenger to-go boxes with us.  We noticed "THE DANIMAL"  Do you see that on the menu?  THREE pounds of it in 30 minutes or less and it's free.  Eat it in 14 minutes and we'll name it after you.  I assume a man named Dan got this done.  Can you imagine????

These owners really did a nice job with the place and had such a fun atmosphere.  It just must have been a Wisconsin thing.  (Not that other states don't...they all mostly do)  But we all felt so loved!

Onalaska (Olive Juice) was home to lots of fabric groupings that neither of us gals think we see much around here, especially Kaffe Fassett.  They were featured in last spring's quilt sampler magazine.

Sparta (The Quilt Corner) was home to an old house with three levels of fun to see.  They just so happened to have some Pastthyme Patterns and kits there....wasn't that fun?!?

Wisconsin Rapids (The Cotton Thimble) had tons of fabric.  Like 9,000 bolts tons.  They had an assortment of almost everything.

Menasha (Primitive Gatherings) all know is home to Lisa Bongean and her Primitive Gatherings fabric and wool.  She was more of the dark/primitive shop and like you can imagine had lots of her beautiful wools and kits.

Wausau (The Quilting Workshop) had beautiful hollyhocks that grabbed our attention as we got to the shop.   She had tons of fabric all over her little shop.  She also had a fun little needle work place that was a gold mine for cross stitchers.

Eau Claire (The Calico Quilt Shop) also had a little bit of this and that when it came to flavors of fabrics and also had a fun little gift shop attached to the building.  The thing that stood out the most to us was the unique "Yellow Brick Road" quilt out of the Quilt Wisconsin was really modern in nature, but a unique spin on a classic quilt pattern.

Hudson (Sew Little Time) also had a nice assortment of fabrics and lots of fun samples. Hudson itself looks to be a fun town to spend some time in...good places to eat and little shops to take in all within walking distance of one another.

But here on the home front...we have been busy getting ready for Quilt Minnesota in August.  Our quilting machine has been busy every night and the machines sing all day.  Here is just a sampling of the stack of "to be put out front" projects that are piling up in our back room. . .

Snowman Gatherings in a jelly roll was a perfect fit for this log cabin quilt.  It makes a beautiful table cloth. . .or looks nice over the back of a couch.  It is super quick to assemble, as all the strips are cut, and this grouping colored light to dark just perfect!
Jelly Jive is a pattern by Pieced Tree patterns.  It too uses up one jelly roll for the quilt top and just requires some binding.  I do believe there is like zero waste on this quilt!!!  Our busy binder's granddaughter has called dibs on this one and will be a perfect fit for a perfect little girl!

This was our first attempt at our free 9" quilt block for the state shop hop.  We are in love with the block as it provides endless options for quilting.  After a successful attempt at the math we turned it into a fun little table topper that highlights decorative stitching in the neutral setting triangles.

A Posh Pumpkin charm pack and coordinating fabric sewed up into a quick, easy and fun fall project.  This would be really cute with dark brown chenille added to it...or fall pumpkins appliqued in the corners...or maybe even some brown rick rack!!  We chose to leave ours plain and think it would be cute on the table or over the back of a furniture piece this fall.

The Our Father panels are a new arrival in our shop.  You actually get two projects out of one panel.  We bid farewell to the nun who had spent the past ten years in our parish this week and sent the second, smaller project with her as a keepsake for her new residence.  The second panel has the prayer printed on one piece instead of three separate sections like you see above.

We chose to use two of the new Renee Nannamann (Neel' Love) fabrics to frame them.  The black and white really keeps this looking sharp!  Some little crystals in the black outer border would be a great little accent to it as well.

Lacey jumped right into the jelly roll pack of Road 15 when they came into the shop.  (Remember....the home address is printed in this fabric was in our last post.)  We both like the colors this quilt gives with the brighter green and aqua complimented with the grey, brick red and jet black.  This quilt uses up the whole jelly roll (little waste!!) and is a nice lap size.  It is our Truffles pattern.  Those of you who purchased our cookbook from Quilt MN last year already have the pattern...and those interested can find single copies for sale come Aguust 2nd.

Christmas.  In July.  We had fun using up the cute coordinates with the 12 days of Christmas grouping by Annie Downs of Hatched and Patched.  We chose to do some fun placemats with them.  The "front" side uses up the stripe and accent colors while the "back" the tossed circle print.  The over-all quilting keeps the placemats reversible...which is a fun option to have.  The pattern creates a total of six placemats and is Table for Six by Pieced Tree patterns.

Our busy binder traded in the binding needle for a night or two and stitched up this fun little Candy Cane table mat out of the Holiday book by This & That patterns.  It is an embroidery book that contains around six holiday projects.

Trust us...the real thing is better than the photo.  But how do you get a good shot of an apron??  This little guy is a reversible apron and uses the adorable fabric by Kate Spain.  We went "all out" with this little guy and have chenille tabs on our pocket.  The flip side of the apron shows off mittens and has ruffles on the pockets and along the top V-neck edge.  2 yards of fabric and an hour of time can create you a fun holiday gift this upcoming season!!
This is a snap-shot of our project that uses the new Holiday in the Pines fabric that Holly Taylor did for this winter season.  It really is a great quilt that is geared towards the whole season of winter and is a perfect fit for the area we live in with the cardinals, snowshoes and cabin in the woods.  This is a great wall size quilt as is. . .and has the capability to be turned into the center piece for a queen/king size bed. 

Of course we have other non-Christmas projects.  This is Falling Leaves by This & That.  This pattern really could be used as a whole (see the project shown above) or would be cute with just that center block and borders for a smaller table topper.  The colors are perfect for our favorite time of year (fall) that will be upon us all too soon.

And last...but not least is the final project we've done out of the Home to Roost grouping by Whimsicals.  It features the four remaining small panels and a fun and unique quilt block to set them off.

 Well. . .
I thank you for making it to the bottom of this post and for sticking with us during our posting drought!!
We are about wrapped up with our Quilt Minnesota collection quilts and are excited to show them off. 
For anybody who is planning a trip to see us during the hop remember that our hours are as follows. . .
Monday- Saturday:  8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 5:00pm