Tuesday, October 28

Falling out of October. . .

 "I am so grateful that I live in a world with October."

Oh how we cannot believe that October is about to come to a close.  The leaves have fallen off of the trees and we are starting to think about turkeys and gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The past couple of weeks have been busy as we prepared some quilt tops to be done in time for quilt market that took place the past few days in Houston, Texas. 

But in-between sewing and celebrating the numerous October birthdays in our family we had to take some time to admire the handy work that is presented every fall. 

Lacey smiled as we were chatting on the phone one day last week and captured the moment of the beautiful tree outside of her apartment patio with the sun starting to set.  The laugh? The next morning every leaf had fallen off from the wind!  Talk about good timing. 

Hopefully those of you with changing trees got to take in their beauty as well this season.
A couple of weeks ago we headed to Pipestone to join a group of scrapbooking and quilting gals at their retreat.  We want to thank them for the fun afternoon and allowing us to share our trunk show of Pastthyme Patterns and creations out of wool. It was awesome to see some smiling familiar faces!!

Of course we laughed when we left the shop about whether or not we'd make a pit stop at our favorite little gas station in the town of Ruthtown.  It doesn't take a genius to figure out our motive for the stop.  Jerky.  We didn't even take a picture 'cuz y'all know what the bag looks like we've shared it so much. . .and we may have polished the bag off before we could use it for a photo op.
The answer to that silly question was that "of course" we should stop.
Any gas station that has a gravel road leading to it with a sign that says they sell "Homemade Jerky" is a must stop in our book.  And it was that day as well.


Ever since the night at the Chippewa county fair...and the encounter with a werewolf...we have had lots of laughs about haunts.  

When we arrived at the Calumet Inn and were searching for the group we did a little looking around.  We admired the vast array of beautiful hand sewn quilts on display over railing and counter on the main floor and the upstairs.  We even went down stairs and marveled at the natural stone walls that made up the inside of the building.  While both of us gals felt an "errie" sort of sense in the basement, we didn't comment on it until we seen the book above when we called to see where the group was at.

Yep.  
Google the Calumet Inn in Pipestone, Mn and you will find that many people have had some 'supernatural' experiences. Doors that randomly close.  Lights that flicker.  Writing in a steamed mirror.  You can even read about them in that book above.

The younger of us two Pastthyme Gals (aka: Lacey) persistently poked the older of the two gals (aka: Darci) with eyes the size of dinner plates as she frantically pointed at the book.  It is quite obvious that one of us is a bit. . .afraid. . .of having such an encounter.  It was then we both admitted to having an "errie" feeling when we were in the basement. Needless to say it would take a lot of coaxing to get Miss. Lacey to venture back downstairs.  We think we could have a lot of fun with her!!!

But seriously, we truly enjoyed our time with the gals.  You all were working on some wonderful and quite fun projects and we hope you enjoyed the remaining part of your retreat and weekend.  Thanks for letting us be a small part of it :-)

Bare with us, we found humor and hope a couple of others will too.
Why are we showing you Lacey's dash??

Well two weeks ago she was headed home from South Dakota and noticed that nearly every pick-up, van, tahoe, suburban, car and camper was being driven by a man who was wearing an orange vest with passengers wearing orange vests. In some cases it was a hat.  And in nearly every case. . .there was an orange hat for every passenger in the vehicle in the dash for the whole world to see.

She got to laughing by the time she reached Dawson about the blaze orange.
Why is it that every person headed west in hopes of finding a beloved pheasant felt like they needed to place an orange hat in the dash window?

When you go out shop hopping (or at least when we do) there are never place fat quarters up on the dash.  We don't place fabric bolts on the dash. . .or pull trailers with quilts painted on them to haul our treasures home (tho that might not be a bad idea!!) She got home and shared this with all of us. 
Some of you may have even read this on Facebook.

Well. . .the "handyman" next door (aka: dad) was paying attention.
While her truck sat in town, he went into the shop, grabbed a wool swatch ring, a couple of charm packs, a fat eighth bundle and candy packs and put them in her dash.  Locked the truck up and didn't say a word.

When us gals went into town to get her truck late that Sunday night she got quite the surprise.
She loaded up her sewing machine and projects in the back seat and when she opened up her door to get behind the wheel. . .well her eyes again looked like saucers.

It's so fun to have a family in which one can freely joke around with!!


 Now that you all are probably looking at me like this. . .we'll move onto quilting stuff!
Sometimes we wish dogs could talk. . .and moments like below. . .it might be good they don't!
We marvel at the fact that Miss. Daisey loves quilts.  
Who would have thought she'd make such a good quilt shop dog.
And don't worry. . .we don't let her "snuggle" on any fabric or other quilts, this one was different because it is one of ours to keep. 

New fabric arrivals??
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Beautiful tan tones and adorable garden themed prints make up the bolts that arrived from the "Patchwork Garden" by Kathy Schmitz. 

We are very excited to find a moment (or two) to create with this.  
We have visions of a log cabin out of the colors above with a potential splash of red and black.  
To see what we do you'll have to stop back!!



We also had a fun arrival of these two pre-cuts.
In case you haven't heard (or read on our Facebook or website page) moda fabrics has put together a Piece & Comfort Quilting Challenge.  
(Read all of the information about the challenge here)

Sandy Gervais put together a grouping of more traditional red, white, and blue (dark and light) with more of a whimsical feel to it.  It's name. . .Red, White & Free

Two in-house designers at moda created "Because of the Brave" which is a more masculine fabric grouping that has darker color tones with camo prints, solid burlap print, dog tags and words.  This is the group that we have chosen to order for the challenge. . .and just to sew with for fun.

We will be posting more at length information as the start date draws near and when our fabric order ships and make this a fun event here in our shop.

We also received in these two fun pre-cuts to play with!

Rue Indienne is a beautiful grouping by French General.  It shows off beautiful reds, greys, yellows and tans and has some lovely florals and prints in it.

Hearts Content by Laundry Basket and it's batik.  Both of us gals are in love with the colors the batiks in this grouping have.  The pinks, blues, purple, green and tans of this upcoming line will be fun to play with.

We also got in the last Primitive Quilt magazine for 2014.  This winter edition has some very cute wool snowmen projects in it, some rug-hooking, some fun gift tags, and cotton quilts.

We also got in a fun new Quilter's Reference Tool.
This little guide has everything in it that we quilters would need.  Guides on cutting, guides on sizes, guides on how to assemble various quilt blocks.  Borders. Binding.  It's a good one, and it's small in size so it is easy to take on the run, wrap up for a stocking stuffer or set by the machine.

Now back to a couple of non-quilting things before we let you go

Last Friday night, the Pastthyme gals and our dear friend that we'd claim as an adopted family member (can never have too big of a family!!) went to the Nested Feather occasional shop by Roseland.  We had such a fun time checking out Jeanette's place and came home with this fun find.

Darci went to work and put up this fun new item in the freshly painted hallway.
It was the perfect fit to show off some vintage treasures and spruced up the hallway in the upstairs quite nicely!!


Lacey also had quite the surprise when she arrived home this past weekend.
We really should have had some before and after photos just so you could live in the "oh this is much better" moment with our family.  Those that know Miss. Lacey know she ain't really the pink bows and unicorn types of girl and yet if you looked at her room you'd question that statement.

You see back in the day this was her style and the room reflected that.
And even though she isn't there to take in the pink. . ."mom" was determined to make it nice.
So on her golden birthday. . .she got what she called "her big girl room" a room she wasn't scared to show people a photo of.  

Good bye pink. . .hello grey.
Good bye pink bow curtains. . .hello lace.
Good bye plaster & lathe around the window. . .hello wood trim.
Good bye clothes hamper/night stand. . .hello nightstand with adorable lamp.
Good bye clutter (ooh how she cringed at the thought somebody else had to do that icky part). . .hello clean, simple and fresh.
Hello Pastthyme Samples.  
Hello love.  

She is now pretty excited to visit that room. . .
and even spend a weekend evening at home reading in it!


Can't you tell who is Daisey's favorite?!?!  
This was just too perfect to not share: dog watching her mom pin on a quilt.

So before we get back to quilting. . .we'll leave you with this.

Lacey came home and shared this with everyone this cute video that her teacher shared with the class.  We enjoyed it and thought there was a fun little lesson to be learned. . .hope you do to.

That's all until next time!




1 comment:

  1. Love the Video...Your new room looks great Lacey! The new fabric looks wonderful and I will let hubby know you have new things in the shop....His favorite place to shop at Christmas time!

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