Thursday, July 17

Sizzling Summer

 Greeting yet again for another edition of the Pastthyme Blog.
Hard to believe that the last time we sat down to visit we were about to celebrate the 4th of July.

Us Pastthyme glas hit the road with the whole family to take a trip up to a relative's antique store that was hosting a flea market in Battle Lake.  It was a trip that has been talked about since "Katie's New 2U" opened up a few years ago.
 Keith and his wife Kate have a fun flea market called Barter Town that is open on certain weekends and we all seemed to have found a treasure or two that we couldn't live without.  It's always a good time when the Baldwin and Schipnewski clans clash together for an outing and the most 'memorable' part of the day may have come from the laughs about a wild goose chase to a horribly poor garage sale in the middle of nowhere being tended to by three grown men who evidently had nothing better to do that laugh at those of us dumb enough to wander out to them.  We may have gotten the last laugh as far as all of that was concerned...but that's a story for another day :-)

Our little Miss Daisey has sure been keeping us entertained in the shop.  We just love the fun comments people have had on our little addition to our shop staff that we just had to share a photo of her sitting outside of the french door leading out to the porch.  Apparently she has realized that her name is that of a flower and flowers need to be planted.  She has taken a new found love to digging holes in the whiskey barrels and is always so happy and proud to show off her gardening skills.  Typical puppy is she, and there is never much of a dull moment.

 In light of a 'busy' life with the puppy we have been 'busy' adding samples in the shop.  With Lacey being back in the shop for about another month we have had the machines just a flying.  We have had LOTS of exciting things happen in the shop this past week that we will share more of in the future. For now we will show off some of the newest fabrics that have come in as well as samples and information on an upcoming quilt along.

Trader's Dice Night

We invite you all to mark your calendars for the first Wednesday in August to join us in our third night of Trader's Dice.  Dice drop on the table at 6:30pm and we play for fabric.  Last month eight of us played for Christmas fat quarters.  We had an absolute hoot as we munched on chips and enjoyed a nice beverage while we traded, borrowed and stole fabric from our neighbors.  
 August 6th at 6:30pm is our next shindig and we ask that all participants bring with (5) fall fat quarters to play with.  You will start the game off with one fat quarter to trade around and we play until all fat quarters at the center of the table are sitting in front of our participants.  We then set the timer for 15-30 minutes and trade/steal each others fat quarters until the timer dings so you collect and keep as much as you can.  We promise we have had lots of fun and invite you all to join in our new found craze.

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One of our faithful crew, Bev, brought in show and tell a mere week after we had met!!  The project was quilted and bound and we were quite impressed.  The fabric in the upper left corner was some of the fabric she won at our Trader's night and she added in fabric from her stash to complete the quilt top off.
Inspired by Bev's quick work, Lacey took one of her fat quarter's from that evening and crated a table topper.  

We invite you all to grab some fabric and sew along with us on our 2nd quilt-along.  We will start our colored tutorial (one step per day) on Monday July 28 and end on Friday August 1.  (Watch for a new tab at the top of the page)

Supplies for the 17 1/2" square table topper:
(1) FQ focal (shown black paisley, includes borders)
(1) 1/3 yd star/borders (shown red and includes binding)
(1) FQ background (shown cream)
(1) 2 1/2" strip of THREE coordinating colors (shown dk green, lt. green and solid black)

 New Fabric Arrivals

BasicGrey decided to expand upon their grunge collection.  Those who know us know we love our grunge.  I mean, it goes with everything!!!  We stepped out of box a bit with this group as it's much brighter than you usually see in our shop but we are happy with our finished result.  We did a variation of our "Truffles" pattern and can't wait to show off the quilt on our next post.

Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais is a fun new holiday (winter) collection that we are anxious to start creating with.  This grouping has the potential to create a really neat "stack and whack" quilt for anybody who has ever thought about doing one of them.  She seems to have knack for doing fabric that fits that (we have one at home from a shop sample a year or so ago) and did it again this year.  We have charms, candies and a few coordinating yardages for borders, binding and background to check out.

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings introduced a beautiful new grouping called Homestead Gatherings.  We love the scale and coloring of all her collections and think you all will be pleased by this new gem.  We have a few yardage bolts and candy packs and charm packs.  We started a row quilt for an upcoming shop hop (details in our next post) to show off to you all as well as a new version of the "Days of Togetherness" quilt (also be seen at our next post) that have been done using this great fabric group.

The Prayer Shall quilt is always a popular sample that adorns our walls and we swung into a different color grouping for this one.  It uses the beautiful 'cool' batik charm packs from "Snowbird" by Laundry Basket.  We love the variation of blue hues in the fabric and the beautiful designs that Edyta created for her fabric.  This is such a fun quilt to sew as it's super quick and makes up as a wonderful gift.  We do have the prayer shall panels back in our shop for those of you who have expressed interested a while back :-)

It's hard to think of snowmen when the calendar says July but the fabric guy says it's time.  These little guys are just cute.  Plain and simple.  This table runner is a great one for focal fabric and sews up in a snap.  We had sew much fun we sewed up another one (to be seen on our next post) using a totally different color scheme that is not seasonal.  If you are ever in need of an easy runner that requires little yardage this Pieced Tree pattern may be one to invest in.

The 3 Sisters were at it again when they created this elegant holiday grouping called Winterlude.  It makes me think of music when I hear the name, and to those of you observant in the picture, you can see it doesn't disappoint.  The main focal fabric contains our beloved music notes in it!! 
Speaking of the 3 Sisters we finished up a new table topper using some of their fabric!! Their Wintergreen group had such a beautiful floral focal piece with birds that it made a perfect fit for this charm pack friendly project.

We have also had fun working with the new Woolies layer cake squares by Bonnie Sullivan (All Thru the Night).  She came out with a group of patterns that use up one of these gems, and we have part of a lap quilt started showing off the beautiful tones of the fabric and sweet designs that look like we are working with wool.  We are also in the process of finishing up her "Birdie" block of the Month quilt that we hope to show off in the next post or so.

(We may have spent part of our 4th of July weekend at the races...cheering on a couple of friends...anybody shocked by that?!  I'm thinking those who know us are shaking their head saying 'nope'. haha)

We pray that our bus and the thirty ladies riding it with us will have a fun and safe adventure into our southern neighbors.  We head out early tomorrow to visit nine quilt shops in Iowa.  We are super excited and can't wait to share some of our adventures and finds with all of you on our next post.

We also invite all of you to enjoy our Sizzling Summer Garage Sale that will be held next Wednesday July 23 from 10am - 5pm.  Imagine step into our back room (and if you are lucky you'll come out alive) as you sort through boxes of fabric that has accumulated over the past TEN years of business.  Items WILL be priced to sell so we can get stuff out of back room.  Watch for pictures to be posted next Monday and Tuesday as we prepare.
We have kits...patterns...books...wool that has. got. to. go.

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