Friday, November 28

Countdown to Christmas. . .Day #1

Welcome to our little Countdown to Christmas!
A countdown that will feature roughly nine projects that are quick to make up for the holidays.

~Day One~

Say hello to 
Mini Peaks & Valleys

This project makes up a fun little table centerpiece or would be cute as placemats.
It features the use of one mini charm (aka: candy pack) or works well with scraps.

We chose to feature Sandy Gervai's Pine Fresh fabric for our project.

Today's letter is the letter "H"

Remember that you can bring in your letters on Saturday Dec. 8 to claim your free ornament while supplies last.  Hours are 10am - 3pm on that Saturday.

If you are intersted in a kit (or pattern) you can find it on our Etsy site in the Countdown to Christmas folder.

We hope that everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful and safe time.
I think we are still suffering from a bit of a "food coma" as we feasted a bit too much with all of that delicious food we seem to pig out on that one time a year.  (We will do a fun post on our pie experience later this week. . .we have fun, what can we say?!?)

Piece & Blessings until tomorrow

Wednesday, November 19

D.I.Y & Murphy's Law

Ever have one of those days?

Days where you sometimes think you should put those warm comfy pajamas back on, crawl back into bed, pull the covers up to your armpits and stitch. . .or read. . .or sleep. . .you get the idea.


It started in the morning.  We joked about how "hard" the job of a weather man must be.  "Less than an inch of snow accumulation (they said) starting around 10:00am (they said)" and here it was 8:30am and snow was falling (and did almost all day)

Pastthyme Gal #2 borrowed the jeep that was in the garage because she was running late for a meeting and didn't have time to scrape the truck windows.  While at the meeting, the jeep needed to be moved.  Another person hopped in to move it. . .no big deal, right?
Well. . .when Gal #2 got into the jeep to go home the seat was a mile away and she didn't know for sure how to move it, so she waited to let Gal #1 put it into the right spot and drove home with extended arms, tippy toes on the gas.  Gal #1 couldn't move the seat.  It was stuck and so she drove arms extended into town to have the "handyman" look at it.  His determination: the person moving the seat moved the seat off the track, causing it to 'wedge' sideways on the rails. . .super. Just exactly how does one manage to do that anyways???

After filling the "Handyman" in on the jeep situation, we fired up the computer.
Computers.  We all love them, right? 
Ours. . .decided to. . .quit/crash/whatever it is they do. And despite a heroic attempt by Gal #1 (darci) to solve the problem, we had to acknowledge defeat. We sat and stared at one another while we racked our brains trying to decide if we had all the important stuff backed up.
 (Luckily, we have gotten better at this and were hopeful we have it all)
We chose to not panic (too bad) and call our local computer wizard who said we needed a new computer.  We cringed, but know that she has done us well, and cheered when we heard he would be able to save our files. Like I said...a wizard...or maybe genie?

We eventually decided leaving the shop might fix old man Murphy and to Willmar we ran, in hopes of getting patterns printed to fill an order, do some retail therapy, to attend a church service and go out for supper.

The patterns. . .what should have taken 10 minutes took almost a half hour causing us literally skate (cuz remember it's still snowing and the crazies are out driving through red lights at night) into the parking lot right before the church service started.

What had the potential to be an uplifting or inspiring sermon (who doesn't love a talk about using those God given talents we all have?) turned out to be a video about giving money.

 While the company at dinner was good. . .most of our food was cold and the waitress nonexistant.

And retail therapy? 
Well Herberger's was closed despite their "open to 11 o'clock add"

So we picked up movies and headed home.

And the first movie we chose. . .a total dud...go figure. (Don't rent Barefoot)
  Rent "Million Dollar Arm" you can't go wrong with Disney! That was good.

We were excited when 10:30pm rolled around and we could call it a night.

We decided that when indeed days like that are happening, the bed, couch or chair with stitching, knitting, reading or sleeping just might be the best option.  Wouldn't you agree?
And how wonderful it is that we are given a new day the next day!!

 'Tis the season to look for samples.

We do this every year. Go through our stack of samples to see if there are any we can live without. The answer is always the same. No. We try, but talk ourselves into neatly folding them back up.

We know this looks ridiculous but this is what we've kept the past eleven years.
We have a beautiful stack of BasicGrey quilts. . .Kansas Trouble stuff. . .Christmas stuff. . .stuff that is just fun and not themed. . .and brights.
Yes. You read that last word right, brights!
Or as the youngest family member put things "umm...they don't go in this house."

Our goal was to sort through it all and see if we had anything we couldn't live without.
We are tossing around the idea of a sample sale (with our suit-case samples at the shop) in December so if you are interested in it, please check back to see if we find we have enough for it. If you don't see it advertised, we didn't have enough to make it happen this year and will try again.

But isn't it fun to reminisce?
 If you haven't done that, you should with your quilting projects. 
We had a good laugh over the fact that we have more quilts than we do wall space and coming up with fabulous justifications as to why we *need/must* keep them.

After all, this is Minnesota, and we wouldn't want to be cold. . .right?!?
Can you imagine that headline? 
"Family of quilt shop owners freezes due to extreme cold"
(nope-neither could we)

At the rate we are going (and the fact we feel we need to keep all of our original creations) we suspect that Miss Lacey will need to buy a gigantic house in which she can show off the creations.
And then invite all of us over for a quilting weekend. So we can make more.
 Sounds reasonable, right?
 Let's all tell her to get on that!

While the younger Pastthyme Gal folded and stacked our projects the older Pastthyme Gal and the "Handyman" went to work and put up tiles in the kitchen.

The gang redid the kitchen waay back when Lacey graduated (well not that terrible long ago) and are doing some minor new details to freshen things up.  Fun details to show at the youngest family member's graduation this spring. (Yikes. . .time does fly!!)

Of course us gals thought this would be an easy-peasy weekend thing.  How hard can slapping up some cement and sticking on squares be??  The problem was we just let it sat too long and well, can anybody see us running equipment with blades that could potentially cut off our stitching fingers in an effort to trim down some of those squares?

 (Yeah, neither could we.)
That's why the 'handman' and Gal #1 did the project.

The counter tops were covered with plastic to avoid any cringe worthy stinky cemented goop from getting stuck on them and the walls were sanded/scuffed to make sure that stinky cement goop would stick.  

With many laughs about the stench of the cement. . .drops of that goop onto the tiles before they got up on the wall. . .and slight "oh no" moment when the cement was setting up faster than tiles could be placed. . .the work was done and finished in a solid afternoon.

The results. 
As Martha Stewart would say were "a good thing"  (or at least we all think so!)

There it is.  
Amazing what a little work can do to change the appearance of a room!

Okay...we know we shared a lot of non-shop related stuff. 
We are holding out on you so here is a little 'carrot' to dangle before the BIG REVEAL next week.

We have sent a huge stack of stuff over to our Busy Binder. 
Our machines have been busy sewing to get ready for our Countdown to Christmas.
(Therefore you only get a sneak peak. . .can't share it all too soon ya know!)
But at least you know we are still sewing while these cold winter winds are blowing.

Thanks for riding along with us on our Murphy's D.I.Y journey!

We hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week and are able to be surrounded by all those you hold near and dear to you.  While we all can get caught up in the minor things of the day we all have soooooo much to be thankful for.  Despite what we sometimes think, we are truly blest.

Piece and WARM blessings until next time,
Darci & Lacey

Sunday, November 9

Introverted Extroverts

Happy Fall Y'all. 
Well as many of you may have heard we are anxiously awaiting the potential for the first snow of the season. While we are all secretly hopeful it will miss, we know that as quilters, boredom on blustery days is not a word you will find us saying!!!

One of us gals, bet you can't guess who, is thinking that the best part of all this cold is that the ice fishing scene above will be in her near future! Of course you know we are talking about Darci, right! :-) 

We have gotten in some fun new fabric this past week. We have to admit that this whole sailing or nautical theme that is sweeping the industry makes us giggle. 

And while we can't divulge details, part of our laughter about this theme may come from a surprise that you will see in July. Aren't we just mean? Making you wait for summer to come!?! But trust us, you'll be laughing along with us too. . .

At any rate "Lakeside Gatherings" by Primitive Gatherings arrived in. Despite the anchors on the front of this package, the grouping is filled with sweet little non-anchor prints in fun white, yellow, blue and black. We also loved the wovens in this group and have charms of those, too. 

The last group "Petite Prints" the beautifully printed reds, creams and browns. It has fabulous tiny prints to accompany those colors.

 We have a fun little project to show next week!! Anybody up for a miniature with embroidery?

Something new starting in December. . .

We again want to remind you that we will be open the first Saturday (and Wednesday) of each month.

The first Saturday of December will feature a Christmas sale AND will start our "Year of Love" club.

The club will meet the first Saturday of each month, with the exception of January. For $25 the club will provide you with (24) patterns and numerous cooking recipes.

We will start the club off with the three projects shown above. Each of these, especially the wine bag, gift bag and jar wraps, would be perfect to use on your gift giving list. They are also not only quick to make, but are great scrap using  projects!

To market, to market, to market we run.
While we didn't attend fall market a couple weeks ago we can share that charm packs (and other pre-cuts) of solids are an "in" thing. So, here's our take on them...

We did a new take on a new pattern of ours called "Crossing Paths" using two Bella solid charm packs.
The finished size is 30" x 30"

Bella's Treasure Box
This is our Kansas Trouble take on a few packs of those Bella solids. This lap size quilt also has potential to work well for a jelly roll.

Spinning in Circles

Isn't that phrase true? This pattern was one of Lacey's first charm patterns. We are thrilled with the look of this new version using the upcoming fabric collection called "Boat House" by Sweetwater for moda.

This pattern is perfect for a charm pack and tidbit of yardage. And for those of you who like speedy projects, those half circles are fused!!

We invite you to check back next week for show and tell of our market fabric finds that we hope to see tomorrow, and the projects currently being done at the ever Busy Binder's house!

Now for a little story. . .

Last Saturday we were blown away by the turnout we had in the shop for our big kick off sale that started our regular "open the first Saturday" hours.

The day went by so unbelievably fast and we thank so many of you for the wonderful visits. We apologize to those of you we didn't get to chat with but know it was fun to see your smiling faces!

That evening we headed to Green Lake Bible camp on the shores of beautiful green lake. We laughed in the car about a conversation we had earlier in the week, when the younger of us gals stated her thought of feeling socially awkward, and was texted back a quick message that she was normal and shouldn't fret about it.

This conversation lead Pastthyme Gal #2 to pinterest and and minutes of reading through pages of pins that lead her to reading about introverts. Upon arriving home she shared the news with Pastthyme Gal #1 who told her that she didn't think either of them fit that mold. Are we quiet? Absolutely! Many people will quickly label us as such. But then we look at all of the connections with you, the bus trips we've taken, and shows we've attended and realize we then fit the extrovert box. We came to the resounding conclusion that we are introverted extroverts. A perfect blend of both. . . 

Everybody can be quiet or loud. It just depends on the situation and people you are around.  We certainly thank you all for allowing us to be comfortable enough to let our more outgoing, quirky sides to show!

 And speaking of quirky sides. . .

As I stated Saturday night lead us to Green Lake Bible Camp to join Pastor Linda and her fun group of gals at their retreat. We loaded up a trunk of our own creations and hit the road. . .

Once we arrived we realized we had parked in front of a sign that read "Meadayto". We began to assume we were at the wrong spot and so Lacey went in to check it out. Upon entering, it appeared that our hunch of this building being an apartment building rang true with room doors labeled with name tags. Not sure of what she would find, she continued on and eventually made a fabulous first impression on the group with a quiet and uncertain " Is this Green Lake Bible Camp? "

Upon getting our spot set up, we had a wonderful time chatting with a group of ladies whom drove over for show and tell. They got in on some "wonderful stories" before we began and things snowballed from there.

We sooo enjoyed sharing our story and hope that despite the fact that we all learned that Lacey couldn't play the role of holding up quilts like Vanna White due to the armpit hole she wound up getting in her shirt, and that Darci couldn't read because she didn't have her glasses those in attendance enjoyed their night. We most certainly did and had an amazing display of show and tell from all those in attendance!!! Lots of talent :-) 

We say it often, there is really never a dull moment when you are on a ride with us. And we have no trouble laughing at ourselves, because life is too short to spend crying. 

Before we call it quits, we want to let everybody know that we have our bus trip to Missouri Star Quilt Shop set! Mark your calendars for June 25 & 26.
Pricing and stops to be shared soon!

Until next time,
Warm peace and blessings to you always!