What is the 4th of July? Is it just another day off from work or does it really have a deep meaning. I never was much for history when I was in school and it still is not my strong suit!! I decided to type in "what is the 4th of July" in the google search bar and learned that it became a federal holiday in 1941 but the actual tradition dates back to 1776 when a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson was adopted by congressional delegates. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. I also found it interesting that John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826--the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. So there is your history lesson for today - no tests - just a fun little fact!!
Last night we spent anoth.er evening with great friends/customers playing Trader's Dice. If you haven't joined us for this event, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 6th at 6:30 pm. Bring (5) fall fat quarters to play with. We played for Christmas fat quarters last night. We don't know if the fat quarters will ever turn up in a completed project but we sure had exchanging and fighting for them last night!! Watch our facebook page for our next "quilt along" project using fat quarters coming soon!! We will be starting "Stitch Therapy" on Wednesday, July 9th. Please call the shop if you are interested in joining us!!
Look out Iowa, here we come...... We are also very excited about our upcoming bus trip to Iowa. If you have been contemplating this trip, make sure to call us and get your name on the list. We are visiting Old Alley Quilt shop in Sherburne, The Quilted Forest (home to Pieced Tree Patterns - those little laminated cards) in Forest City, Iowa, Merry's Stitches(home to Patchabilities) in Jessup, IA, Pine Needles in Cedar Rapids, IA, Fern Hill Quilts (home to Stephanie Brandnburg -Frond Designs) in South Amana, Heritage Designs in Amana, Iowa, The Woolen Needle (Quilt Sampler shop) in Williamsburg, IA, Block Party Studios in Nevada, IA, and Country Threads in Garner Iowa. We leave on Friday July 18th and return home Saturday, July 19th. We will be making history in Iowa with a great group of ladies!!
We hope that your 4th of July holiday weekend is filled with relaxation, friends and family, a new puppy to dig up the flowers and unroll the toilet paper, a smore, fireworks in the night sky, and happiness. We will be unveiling our new fabric arrivals next week. Until then, happy sewing and God Bless you today and always!