Saturday, September 26, 2009

Enjoying the Quilt Show

What a great way to spend a few days. We are one of 3 vendors at the St. Lukes Quilt Show in Hastings. This is their first quilt show and it's off to a great start.
The ladies displayed their quilts in the most unique manor. They folded them in half and draped them over each pew... they must have had 300 or more on display. I wish the photo turned out better but the lighting wasn't the best. It rained so the stained glass windows didn't illuminate the room. The windows are fantastic when the sun is out.

Lola's "Starlit Paths" was one of the quilts on the alter. That's one of her Quilt Company Patterns and this particular quilt was made from a kit at our shop. I was glad she came to the show to see it. I was also pleased to see quite a few quilts on display that were from kits purchased at Fabric Town.
I recognize alot of the guild members from their visits to the shop. These ladies are very nice and friendly - something to be said for a small town guild.

My thanks to them for having us vend at their show. It has been a pleasure.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Our Butterfly....

Lily is getting ready for Halloween. I know you could tell right away that she was a Butterfly.... so obvious. She met Jeff at the door in costume and you had to see his face.
We still miss Quahog. Going from a dog to a cat was a change - but Lily made it easy. She keeps us laughing with her antics. She's very loveable and extremely vocal.She lets you know exactly what she wants or doesn't.
I hope you enjoy the "Butterfly" photo, we thought it was cute. You've gotta love the antenna hat.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Having more fun with wool...

I'm having so much fun learning how to work with wool. This pin cushion started out at 10:00 this morning as just two strips of cream wool and some small pieces of pink and green. I'm going to the shop tonight to get a few more colors and see what I can do with them.
Many thanks to Laurel from Bear Patch in White Bear Lake and Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage in St. Paul. They gave me the instructions for making the cream base. I never knew how to correctly felt wool. They both have wonderful wool projects in their shops, I'm learning from the pros.
Working on a small table topper - also wool. Cute for fall with a rust candle in the middle. Will take a pic when it's done.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

5th Quilt "Sewcial"

It's a Go!!! Carrie from Old Chicago called and we got our date booked.

Mark your Calendars for Saturday, February 13, 2010.

The fun begins at 9:00 AM.....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Halloween - The fun Begins

Fall means one thing.... Halloween !!!! A few Pumpkins, gourds and a little paint - there you have it. Fantastic decorations on the cheap.

Yesterday, one of our Fabric Sales Reps brought me a beautiful mum. I would call it a Merlot color. It has to have 500 buds on it, only a few flowers open -so it should last awhile.

My deck is going to be very "fallish" soon. I have my pumpkins, mum and just a few orange candles burning at night and I'm all set.

Working on my costume for the Birthday Buddies 2nd Boo Bash. It's held at CR's Billiards in Coon Rapids. Last year it was alot of fun, I went as a Banana... had the flu so I didn't get to stay for the entire evening - this year, I plan on being there til the end. We have raffles, silent auctions and drawings. Great way to enjoy the night with other "crazies" dressed up, plus we raised a considerable amount to help make the gift bags for the children. If you have a costume and no place to go, please join us on October 24th at CR Billiards. Go to the Birthday Buddies website for more information ( Have fun and help a good cause at the same time, now that's a win-win situation.

Gotta go finish up my painting, want my display done by tomorrow.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun at our 4th Quilt "Sewcial"

Yesterday, September 12th, we held our 4th Quilt "Sewcial" at Old Chicago Banquet Center in Apple Valley..

30 "Sewcialites" attended and the mix was fantastic. Everyone started arriving at 9:00 AM and within a half hour projects were underway.

Patti H. took some photo's and she will be updating our web site to post all of them. The two here are a few she took. The mugs filled with Chocolate were gifts for all that attended.

Also shown here is Steve Wilson, better known to our attendees as "Stevie Wonderhands" - (dubbed that by Becky Bielke) He arrived at 5:00 gave his unbelievable massages..... not only nice, good lookin' and friendly - his hands are golden. After an entire day of quilting, eating and laughing.... we were glad to see Steve arrive. Next year he's going to arrange to have the entire day available for us and arrive early in the afternoon.

The menu stayed the same this year, but we have decided we're going to mix it up a little next time. Old Chicago has great pizza but I do think it's time for something else. The request was for Lasagna or Spaghetti..... can do
Next time we are going to plan to have show and tell right after dinner.... that way you can eat and relax a little before getting back to sewing. One thing that I personally enjoy is seeing the projects that everyone has made, so next time it is going to be a scheduled part of our day.
Many requested that we pick the date for our 5th "Sewcial" now, so they could plan in advance. The new date we are considering is Saturday, February 13th, 2010. I have to check with Carrie at Old Chicago to make sure the date is open. If it is, we will post it here and on the website.
To all who attended, thank you. I look forward to planning our next sewcial and making it even more enjoyable.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

There's something about Mary...

No, not the movie... Mary Rickart. Many of you know Mary from your visits to the shop. She helps us out from time to time making kits, helping with customers as well as co-hosting our Civil War Miniatures club. Mary is one of those people that can do anything - and do it well.

Here are a few of the new wool projects that she made in the past 2 weeks - yes, 2 weeks. She is also working on other projects for herself as well as the shop.... makes a person feel a little inadequate. (I bet her house is clean too!)
These two table toppers are really fun for the holidays, just add a candle in the center or a bowl of candy and it would compliment any room. Do them in different colors and you could use them for any occassion.
These stockings are fantastic. Her color selection is what makes them. The ornaments just sparkle and the snowmen are cute as can be.

Many thanks Mary, your efforts are greatly appreciated by not only myself - but everyone who gets to enjoy your fantastic samples. You inspire us all.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm on a roll....

Today, I finished my second Fall project in 2 weeks. For me that's a real feat. The photo doesn't do it justice. It's appliqued onto a warm tan linen background and then stippled. The leaves and bucket have detailing and it really added a more realistic feel to it.

I decided not to just sew a fabric frame on it for a wall hanging, I wanted it framed like a picture. The frame is black and plain. Looks pretty nice.

I really enjoy working with the warm rich colors of fall. Makes me think about hot chocolate and casseroles for dinner.

Our "Spooktacular Ghost Event" started today. Visit us between today and October 28th and receive a "Ghost" with every purchase.

Then bring back the "Ghosts" you've collected between October 29 - 31st to redeem your "Ghosts" for a discount on purchases. You may redeem up to five "Ghosts" at one time for a possible discount 0f 25% - 50%. (If you participated in our "Egg Event", you know how much fun it was).

That's all for tonight, now that I mentioned casseroles I just remembered I haven't had any dinner. Think I'll grab a bite then go home and read my new Quilt Sampler Magazine. One of my favorite things to do.