'Tis the season for a new blog post
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We both hope this finds you all filled with holiday cheer as the day draws nearer and nearer. I'm not so sure that everyone in family has found the holiday cheer as it seems each year it "feels" less like Christmas. This year could be due to an early celebration and poor planning on that holiday list!
But at any rate, it's been a while since we've sat down and shared life with everyone.
So I'll crank up my new found song favorite "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry and get this post started!!
Lacey celebrated a successful end to her first semester back in school this week. We are all glad to have her home for the rest of this year and hope to cram in all sorts of fun things before she heads back in January. We have had many laughs about her new "job" as a student and how much of a change it was going from calculating quilting yardage, blocks, kitting and typing patterns to measuring proper fits for wheelchairs, canes, crutches and walkers. That and the proper body mechanics to carry out tasks. Lucky for all of us, especially at the shop, this was unknown knowledge. Imagine the disapproving looks we would have gotten (herself included) by hauling around fabric bolts stacked to our eyeballs and hunched over positions cutting kits or fabric!!
Darci is continuing to design. She is excited to start working on some requested holiday patterns. There are lots of irons in her fire with trying to get all of the ideas floating in her head into the cloth, but slowly but surely they will come. We are still waiting on our market samples to come home, but will get some great photos from Patti when they arrive. So hold tight. . .they will come!! She has also bonded with her long arm machine as 'tis the season for custom quilting. Lots of customer quilting has been accomplished this month as well as some custom quilt tops. For anyone who was turned away from quilting in the past, but wants one done, drop us a line. There will more than likely be more time in 2014 for extra quilting!!
|Sweet Vanilla Taffy|
Literally hot off the press!! This was finished moments before the post was started. We decided it was time to think about Valentines Day and wound up with something that is beautiful and non-seasonal. This has been one of our most popular patterns in the shop this year as it's quick, easy, uses up one of those fun candy packs and features one of quilter's favorite blocks.
"Mid-Winter Reds" by Minnick and Simpson is absolutely gorgeous fabric. The tones and designs are truly wonderful. It gives any project a sweetly aged feel with the classic red and brown tones.
If you like the project you can check out our Etsy page here to find pattern, kit or just pre-cut ordering information. This is the perfect pick me up project after the holiday season to get you ready to sew-sew-sew into 2014.
|Pointy edge table topper--perfect for the kitchen island|
|Remember the Mini-Twister? Well he found a new home on a floor cabinet that we got on our Florida trip!|
A tiny project for a tiny cabinet piece.
|How many remember Prairie Women's Sewing Circle??|
Well. . .one project found a home on the dining room table.
Anyways. . .we have been out in full force since Thanksgiving having fun gearing up for the holidays and spending time with dear friends of ours. . .
|On a lighter note. . .we stopped by the Bonnie Mohr studio near Glencoe. She had her annual open house which is always a fun time. Bonnie is one of the best artists who depicts cattle and farm life so well. I think her most popular print, however, is the "Living Life" print that is found all over stores. I believe if you are interested in her stuff you can visit it by clicking here.|
|If you enjoy art she is truly worth the trip to see. The farm site itself is gorgeous. We suggest you make a day of it. Start with her and travel on to the Pines 'N Tiques antique barn in Plato!!|