Sunday, August 30, 2009
With the hectic pace we've been keeping, the fantastic weather combined with a peaceful deck gave us the much needed down time.
Hope everybody got a chance to enjoy the day.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This in one of the nicest quilt patterns I've made in a long while. As always, it was easy to understand and fun to make. I know this one's going to be a hit so I doubled my pattern order. Kits are all cut and just waiting for the patterns to arrive. If you would like a kit, give the shop a call and we'll put one aside with your name on it.
When you stop in the shop, look at the fun quilting that Patti H. (Quilts from the Trail) did on it. She always knows exactly what's going to enhance each quilt. Kudo's to her for the fantastic job. Also, if I hadn't gotten my Bernina from Bear Patch my seams wouldn't be as accurate. I had been using a featherweight and it sewed OK but I was not very consistant on my 1/4". I love my new machine and it's really made me want to sew . Thank you Laurel.
While I write this, Lily Jane is laying on my lap, purring and watching the words as I type. She is quite the character. We love her dearly... just wish that she'd set her alarm for a little later than 5:30 in the morning. That's the time she starts pouncing us.
Have a good day tomorrow Patti
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This adorable wall hanging was made by Becky's daughter Christy. Hard to believe it's her first attempt at working with wool. She is very good at it and has made several wonderful samples for you to enjoy.
I love to decorate around the house or the shop with Holiday dishes, vases etc. I was at a thrift shop and found these "Leaf" dishes and was thrilled. There are 4 to the set, 2 smaller green ones (not pictured) and these two.
They are alot larger than they appear in this photo. We have the large one on the table holding a few kits for a table runner Theresa made.
The smaller one is holding the kits for my wool project.
The added touches really add to the Fall feeling.
I don't know if it's the wonderful cool - crisp nights that I like so much. Maybe it's the colors. One thing for sure - I love pumpkins and Mums. Pretty soon my deck will have both on it and I'm sure the shop will too.
Stop in and check out our new fall and winter fabrics and projects. We've got something for everyone.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Just a few shots here, but to see the entire event go to http://www.birthdaybuddiesmn.com/.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Roseann from "Rosebud's Cottage" has joined the Birthday Buddies Team.
Rosebud's Cottage will be a drop-off site for toys and supplies needed to complete our birthday bags.
With the economy in its current state, the demand from families has grown. We are working very hard to insure that every child's special day is an eventful one. Many of these families never thought they would be in a situation where they required help. When jobs are lost or sickness drains a family financially - birthdays fall low on the priorities list. Our goal is to see that every child receives a custom built birthday party in a bag.
We now have 3 locations to drop off items or make donations. For more information on how you can help, check out our website at http://www.birthdaybuddiesmn.com/.
Thank you Roseann, for supporting Birthday Buddies.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
an entire bag of Cotton Candy for
breakfast... the sugar buzz lasts
all day !!!
Got here this morning and immediately put the fan on. We have a pretty nice breeze from the side doors but pray the breeze doesn't come from the ends... that's where the cows are. Where there's cows - there's "used" straw, and after 6 very hot and humid days it gets odiferous.
This was one of those times when you call it a learning experience and let it go at that.
Have contacted the State Fair and they are sending me information about doing the 2010 fair. That sounds like fun and would be a wonderful place to promote the shop.
Tomorrow ends this fair and the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. I hope everyone had fun at both events. We enjoyed seeing everyone and look forward to the hop next year. Nothing better than an event that brings quilter's together.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
For those who don't know how it works:
You stop in the shop and purchase a kit for $3.50. In the kit you receive all the fabrics and pattern to make 1 block.
You make up the block and turn it in to Fabric Town. Your name and phone number will go into the "Lottery".
All blocks must be turned into the shop by October 31st. On November 1st, we will draw a name from the entrants and that will be the Lucky winner of the Radiant blocks.
In the event of 40+ blocks being turned in (like one year), we divide them so that we have a couple of winners.
This is your chance to win a quilt top for as little as $3.50
Keep in mind that the more blocks you turn in, the better your chance of winning. Also, please turn in your blocks as soon as you get them done.... everyone gets excited as they watch the wall fill up.
Don't miss the fun...stop in today and pickup your block kit(s).
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I really want to thank everyone for stopping and expressing how they feel and the wonderful compliments on the changes to the shop. We are still a work in progress but have made some headway. Hopefully when this economy finally does an about face, we can continue with the renovation. Knowing that our efforts are appreciated makes us want to continue to improve.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This is the first time Fabric Town has had a booth and I wasn't sure what to expect. So far it has been alot of fun. I've seen a lot of our customers, chatted with some friendly ladies that are interested in taking classes and also a few gentlemen. Nice to share stories with the men about the quilts they had as children. Many still have the worn out, very loved quilts their grandmothers made them. Nothing like an heirloom to pass down, no matter what the condition.
I did get a chance to check out the animals. OK, so the piglets are not tiny. I expected about 5 lbs and pink... 40 pounds and all colors. I found out that they were as afraid of me as I was of them.
Goats were the next to be viewed. I petted a couple that were friendly and glad to have someone rub their heads. Turns out they have been bottle fed since birth so they are more like dogs.
I'm bringing some hand work with me today. The hours for the fair are 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM, so I'll need something to do while sitting here. I thought about bringing my machine but there's not enough room.
Hope you can make it out to see us!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I wanted to share with everyone the cute tote bag that Becky made.
This was our project using not only the Quilt Minnesota Fabric but a clever way to display all the charms that were given out by the Metro section the past 2 years and now this year as well.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
It's great to see all the Quilter's that came to Minnesota to take part in this event. So far we have had visitors from Oregon, Atlanta, Kansas City, 3 from California, Alaska and Portugal. The comments have been wonderful, they love the shops and think we are very friendly.
One lady wanted my web site address as well as any other shop websites that I could give her to pass on to her friends. She said her guild likes to sit together and browse sites. I gave her the Quilt MN newspaper and she was grateful. Now they can brew a pot of coffee and surf.
We have a booth at the Dakota County Fair this year. The fair runs from Aug. 10 - 16. This is the first time we have done the fair so it'll be interesting. I'm just looking forward to seeing all the fair goers, the quilts and possibly holding a baby piglet. Being a city girl - farm animals are a novelty. I was told not to hold the piglet until I was about to go home - dirty and smelly. So if you come to our booth and one of us is dirty and smelly, I guess that person held a piglet.
I have been on my feet since early this morning, time to sit and relax. I think I'll work on the last block of my 30's Block of the Month. It's really turning out cute. I have several ideas for the finishing kit - hope to be able to work on it at the fair.
Have a nice day tomorrow.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
In our group this year were shop owners from as far as Atlanta and Seattle. Julie from Seattle was a familiar face, she attended with us before as well as Shelly from the Quilted Forest in Forest City, IA. Karen was from Siren, WI, Melissa - Atlanta, Julie - Eau Claire, and Jeannie -Block Party Studios - IA. Several Owners from our Local shops were participants, Laurel from Bear Patch, Roseanne from Rosebuds Cottage, Sue from Gruber's and Elaine from Silver Lane. All the ladies were a joy to be with. Quilts are not the only things made at Terry's retreats, wonderful friendships are formed.
Our first night we had a Charity Quilt contest. We were divided into 3 groups and given a kit and pattern for Terry's "Piecrust Pileup". The object was to get the quilt top cut, sewn and pressed faster than the other teams. It was fast and fun.... 12 women laughing, sewing and having a great time. Within 38 minutes we had our top done. WE WON....
The finished tops will be quilted and donated to different charities.
I'm thinking of having an event like this at the shop. We can choose a charity and then have a
sew in. Who wouldn't want to be part of something that helps others and is fun at at the same time?
Yesterday started the Quilt Minnesota's State wide shop hop. I hope everyone is planning on "Hopping". A lot of shops have put forth an extra effort to have many new, creative samples, kits and ideas to make your quilting experience the best possible. Enjoy yourselves, drive carefully and have fun.