Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spring is arriving at the shop

We've all been working on different things for Spring. Here is just part of our displays. This topper was made by Lola, it's one of  the patterns by "This & That". There's something cheery about 1930's prints.
Theresa made this adorable Bunny runner. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. It doesn't do it justice.
Wouldn't this be perfect for your table on Easter? I could see children getting excited about it.
This little runner was made from a few floral prints I had collected. I was planning on making a watercolor log cabin and it turned into a French Braid runner. I decided to make it smaller to fit on a little end table. The soft floral says "Spring".
Here's a close up of the prints. 

We're still working on getting the kits done and the samples out for the other projects. They should be ready by the middle of the week. I'll post them when they're up.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New face lift for my blog

Wow, I'm so pleased with the "Wintery" look of my blog.

I asked Patti H.. aka Other Patti (OP) if we could give my blog a new background.  She does all my web work, actually Patti and her daughter Ruth.  If you know me very well, you know I'm not techy, so I rely on those two ladies to do it for me.

They both have alot of patience. I keep calling with things I would like done, and have no idea how to do. Like changing my blogs appearance.

Thank you ladies, I really love the new look.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wool Make & Take Class

   Grab your BFF, a sharp scissors and a needle and come have some creative fun with us.    
Thursday, March 1st   6:00 - 8:00    or   Sunday, March 4th   1:00 - 3:00 
  Choose from the Petitfore Pincushions or make a Scissors Keeper. 
Fee's include all you'll need to complete your project.

Scissors Keeper - $15.00  Pattern included
Petitfore Pincushion - $12.00  Pattern extra

Call the shop to reserve your spot. (952) 432-1827

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mystery Stash Buster Class

Lola is having her second "Mystery Stash Buster" Class.  When you sign up, you'll receive one of these cute little containers.

You take it home, follow the cutting instructions and put all the cut pieces in the box and bring it back to class. OK, it really doesn't get rid of much of your stash  - but it's fun. Call the shop and sign up, we'll put a little box aside for you.

Ribit Ribit

What little boy or maybe little girl wouldn't love to snuggle under their very own "Froggie" quilt?
 And what makes it even better, it has coordinating flannel for the backing.  With the weather the way it's been, the addition of  flannel will make it twice as nice. 
Lola pieced the top then brought it in for  Patti H. ("Quilts from the Trail") to quilt. Look at the fun dragonflies she free handed all over the border. Just one of those little touches that makes it special.

Kits are available as well a coordinates for pillow cases and more.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Quilts Remembered

Large quilt is called "Civil T", runner is "Olives Table runner" and the wall hanging is "Jeffersons Eagle"
 If you've been in the shop lately, you probably noticed that we expanded our Civil War section. We did this to showcase our newest quilts and these lovely runners, wall hangings and quilt on loan to Fabric Town by Annemarie Yohnk, designer of  "Quilt Remembered".
Framed quilt is not part of the Quilts Remembered trunk show, it's called "Dipped in Chocolate" and was made by Sandy Delzer.  The cute little quilt is part of the show and is called "Old Time Pinwheels".
 For years we have made and displayed different quilts and runners from Annemaries patterns. If you're like us, you'll love them. She writes in a way that's easy to follow, has great diagrams and does not exaggerate the yardage required.
Laura's 1870's Cradle quilt.
We'll have the show until February 17th, so if you haven't seen it, stop in before then. If you can't come in and would like to see more of Annemaries quilts go to www.quiltsremembered.com

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Designing and Creating

I'm home today, watching Quahog. He's  recovering from his surgery so while sitting here I decided to try to design a new pincushion. This is what I came up with.  I got the top done but somewhere between  making the top and putting it together the whole plan changed.

Before I knew it, I was cutting out more flowers, adding stems and working on either a runner or a pillow.

Here's a close up of one of the flowers. The center will have a button in it - like the pincushion does.

This is not the best photo for color but this is the fabric that I want as my borders. If you could see it really close up you'd see that the gold of the applique background is in the print. I think when it's done it'll have an old feel to it. I do plan on adding some embroidery vines  and who knows what else.  For now this is a start.

Friday, January 20, 2012

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Two thumbs up... Valley Diner

I finally found a place to go for breakfast, sit and relax before my day gets rollin' - Valley Diner in Apple Valley. When you walk in Jacquie meets you with a great smile and a hot cup of coffee.

Then you see Tony. He's at the grill flippin' pancakes and cookin' up a storm.

On the walls are nostalgic posters of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis. The walls are done in soft yellows and crisp blues. Here's a little sitting room where kids can play and Mom's can chat. The red faux suede couch is great

I loved the tile walls.. they give that diner feel. Your meal is served on Fiesta ware dishes that match the tiles.

If you feel like sitting and watching CNN in the morning, they have a big screen TV. Start your day off knowing all the happenings from around the world.

They serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Open 7 days a week....  You've gotta give them a try. And for the record, they have great Malted Waffles with strawberries.
                          Valley Diner   15322 Galaxie Avenue    Apple Valley, MN  55124 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bus to the Minnesota Quilter's Show

Are you going to the Minnesota Quilter's Show in Rochester?

Why spend the money on gas and parking? 
Fabric Town has chartered a coach  to take you to and from the show.

On Thursday, June 14th, our bus departs Fabric Town at 9:00 AM. 
You'll arrive at the Civic Center approximately 10:30. Spend the entire day enjoying the wonderful quilts and vendors, then get back on the bus at 4:00 PM. We'll have you home by 5:30.

Upon boarding the bus, you'll receive a $10 gift certificate to Fabric Town, and a treat bag. 
Our way of saying Thank you.

Our seat charge is $29. 

We are trying to get the cost of a pre-paid wrist band to get you into the show without waiting in long lines. This will be in addition to the seat charge. When you sign up, let us know if you would like a wrist band and we will contact you with the cost.

Last year we filled up and had a waiting list.... call as soon as possible to reserve your seat. 
(952) 432-1827

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

 Are you superstitious? Do you think that a black cat walking in your path is bad luck?

Friday the 13th... it's just the day after the 12th and right before the 14th. No big deal, just be sure to carry a rabbits foot in your pocket and all will be well.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New, fun fabrics arrived this morning.

A fun new line arrived this morning. When we ordered it we had a plan. "Fire Escape" by Atkinson Designs.

The soft teal against the lily pad green gives a great contrast. Add just a touch of metallic and you get just a bit of sparkle.

Gotta love Dimples. From a distance they appear solid or slightly mottled.

Close up you can see the texture and pattern. I love these for blenders. I'd like every color in all the shades.

I fell in love with this colorway. Fall is my favorite season and nothing says it like a rich rusty orange

and a gold and orange combination.

When I look at these I can picture a fall bag or tote. Stipple down the background of the large print and watch the design really pop. Tomorrow I'll have to find a new pattern.  What I really need is more time, so many ideas, and never enough time.