Tuesday, October 15

Back in the saddle...

Fall greetings to all of you who still visit our blog in hopes of finding a new post!  I want to begin by introducing ourselves to you.  We are Darci & Lacey and we are still the Pastthyme Gals who continue to live out a life filled with quilting advenutres.      
   
Many of you are aware that our retail shop as we once knew it is now closed.  While we do miss the familiarity of what that chapter in our quilting adventure was like we both have really settled into our new roles and are enjoying the change. 
We have been quite busy trying to wrap up the loose ends at the shop before we transition everything over to an online shopping site.  During that process...we visited the Ukraine.  Although we can laugh about it now, we really do want to again apologize for those of you who received that scam e-mail.  Fortunately you all knew that isn't a place either us care to visit...brought it to our attention as the timing of that all was so poor and we truthfully wouldn't have caught it.  It amazes us that people get their kicks off of doing stuff like that and want to assure you we have more security measures than we ever thought we needed in place to avoid future issues.  Thank you for your patience in that process and for your humor in the midst of our problem. 

A few new projects that adorn our shop walls. . .
I ask that you excuse the poor photography.  I know this just a poor excuse, but the computer in use doesn't have the best photo editing on it...and well one of us lost our iphone cord to transfer pictures and the other one left theirs at home. . .so for today we will celebrate a new blog post after a month hiatus and keep our fingers crossed for photo improvements next time!!!!
 
Merry-Go-Round 
 This is our Kansas Troubles version of the Atkinson Designs pattern.  This pattern is a little gem if you are into the look of the hexagons...it has a really nifty way to cut those without needing a template.  Terri's directions are also great...most of us know they are ready to rock patterns that are quick and easy to assemble and this one is no different!!

Hot-Cross-Candy
 We are ready for the holidays...and today it feels like winter is here. Although this pattern is very versatile with fabrics and wouldn't feel like the holidays if we would have grabbed some Fig Tree fabric or Kansas Troubles fabric, the one above using Sandy Gervais Nature's Holiday is perfect for winter.  We wanted to do a project that was a reasonable price, easy to create and fast to assemble and got that with this.  It is a candy-pack, or scrap friendly project that gets jazzed up with some Chenille-It strips.

Candied Ringlets
 Lacey decided to put a new spin on one of our previous projects.  Candied Ringlets is a pieced project that is charm pack friendly and is perfect for a table as it is about 28" x 28" in size.  

She brought her favorite Leaves Galore ruler to Watertown with her and cut away to create a project that sort of takes on the look of a Double Wedding Ring project with a fraction of the work.  Although it was very time efficient the Leaves Galore ruler is not needed to create the top!!

We of course just wanted to have a fun project that required little thought and revolved around some fun, fresh, funky colors.  We used the new Bobbins & Bits charm packs by Pat Sloan for moda for our quilt top and the bright new Tangerine Chenille-It for some added seam fun.  It's a quick and colorful lap quilt that is fast to create.
       Mini Peaks & Valleys  Those of you who know Lacey know that she probably said at one time or another she wasn't going to hop the chevron train...and yet she did.  This little guy is created with a candy pack...just one...and is super quick to assemble.  It is a cute little project that finishes around 9" x 14 1/2".  Kits of this are limited so if you are interested you can send us an e-mail and still get it (and get it done!) by Halloween




Dovetail Batiks
 Jo Morton, who we typically think of when we think darker more civil war fabrics has come out with a wonderful new grouping of batiks.  The prints of just wonderful and the color tones are gorgeous.  We are very anxious to create our planned project with them, so stay tuned for more!!
We both are still busy working on new projects to add to our Pastthyme Pattern collection.  Lacey has been busy working more with cotton stuff.  Darci has been doing more with flannels projects to send to the Marcus booth for market next week.  We will show you the new grouping of suede flannel projects once the group has been photographed and ready to ship.  If you like snowmen you will want to make sure you check back as the larger project may be right up your alley!!

It's Here!!!!!  We are super excited about this magazine.  Our shipment of the winter 2013 edition of Primitive Quilts should arrive in our shop any day this week.  "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" can be found on page 82 of the magazine and is our first project to be published in a magazine.  While we weren't real sure about doing this event or not, we decided that upon all of the feedback and suggestions we had and have been getting to host a little celebration party.  If you weren't able to join us on our Sample Sale weekend for the Art Meander this is your last chance to come in and shop.    We are having our open house/party on Friday November 1st---starting at 5:30pm at Shades of the Past Quilt Shop.  Those of you who pre-ordered your magazine you can pick them up that evening.  We will also have kits of our project available that night as well.  The shop will be open that evening and both of us gals will be there to help you with questions or projects you are working on.  We hope you'll be able to come celebrate with us!
Well...it's time for the sun to set on our post.  You have probably heard this from us before, but we really do mean this when we say "thank you" from the bottom of our hearts.  We vended the Willmar quilt show a few weeks ago and were so humbled by the kind words and hugs and cares and concerns from so many smiling faces.  Neither of us knew that eleven years ago when the shop opened and that the simple sign of "Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends" would be so true.  We have grown so much the past few years and become friends with so many of you and we will always be truly blessed to met each and every one of you.  Thank you for sticking with us through this new transition.  We have lots of fun things planned to keep up to date with everyone and hope to have some time to actually sit down and not only spend with family and friends we put off seeing, but also projects that we are anxious to finish and share with all of you soon.


 "Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go"


~Until next time~


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