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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here kitty......

There just seems to be no end in sight as far as Helene Knott's Garden Patch Cats series goes!  This is her latest....#29 if I am not mistaken.  It's Rutabaga Catta and our Diane has once again made it up perfectly!  I am going to be out of wall space in the back soon, so I don't know where I am going to put any more of these *purrfect* little quilts!  Yes, we do have the pattern for this latest in the series.

Sorry I have been kind of AWOL from blogging lately.  Lots going on here at the shop and on the homefront.  Our grandson, Lukas, was in the hospital a week or so ago with some problems that we are hoping have been resolved.  We are also getting the house in Kenmore he lives in with our daughter, Lydia and his brother, Benson, ready to put on the market....LOTS of work to be done, and my sciatic nerve hasn't been too happy with me about that, so I am trying to pace myself.  Hmmmmm.......need more practice at that!  Are you good at pacing yourself? 

Around the shop, we're working on some new samples and trying to find homes for the bolts and bolts of new fabrics that have been arriving!  I'll hopefully be showing you some pictures of a few things we've been working on this week.  You're gonna like these, I think!

Right now, I am going to go sit in my chair and relax for a little while!   Hope you have a perfectly lovely evening......

Friday, July 11, 2014

Here a chick, there a chick.....

I've been wanting to show you this!  But.....we sold out of the magazines that have the pattern during Shop Hop.  I put in a phone call and we just now got some more.  This is a quilt Diane made using a block from the current Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.  There was a picture of one in the magazine, but we had a Fab-Etc huddle and decided to do it *our way*.  First of all.....the one in the mag didn't have any legs.....was not working for us.  Sew, we raised her up a bit on the block and gave her some legs to stand on!  She's much happier now!  We handed it off to Tracey and she did some very fun quilting on it....look for the chicken feet when you stop by!  All in all, this has been a happy addition to the wall by the counter.

Hey, if you live locally....it's WARM!  We've been enjoying having air conditioning at the shop this week, and it looks like we'll need it next week too.  Remember, feel free to pop in and sit a spell if your house is too warm.  Bring a project, a book or *whatever* and come cool off with us.

Okay....I need to get a move on and get over to the shop and open the doors for a fun-filled Friday!  Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day.....

Happy Independence Day to all of my readers in the United States.....thought I would share some of the *patriotic* projects we've had over the last few years.  Hope all of you are enjoying the day, whatever you may be doing!  And thanks to all, including my retired guy former Marine, who have served to make our country free.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


All right....I thought that since this is supposed to be the hottest day of the year so far, you might like to look at some snowpeople!  My spell check tells me there is no such word as snowpeople, but I am calling them that anyway ~ after all, there are some lady snowpeople and some guy snowpeople in this picture ~ right?  Okay, I digress greatly....this is a darling wallhanging called "Wheels" that Jan just finished before Shop Hop.  It's from the folks at Bunny Hill Designs and it's made using their fabric line from Moda, plus we used the Sulky 12 weight thread that worked super for this.  (Jan is always kind and says that she and I made it, but I really didn't do much....well, a couple of things and then there was the garage that I stitched entirely on the wrong side of the fabric ~ugh!)  It's really a cute design and the fabrics are great.  We have jelly rolls, charm packs and *by the yard* fabric, plus kits and patterns.  You'll have to take a look at it the next time you stop by.

Speaking of stopping by....please always remember that anytime you need a cool place during the summer heat, you are more than welcome to come and relax in our class area.  Bring your stitching or a book and just cool down if you need.  We love to have *company* on those hot summer days!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week....happy Canada Day today to our neighbors to the north and happy Independence Day on Friday to those of us in the U.S.  Okay....back to work....our fabric-loving public is calling!

Monday, June 23, 2014

One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Nine Hoppers later......

Okay....think the title may speak as to why I have been AWOL for the last few days.  Yup, we gave away 1529 block kits during the five days of Shop Hop.  In other words, we were *hopping* to keep up!  It's tons of fun as always.  The customers are having fun, plus the staff and *stampers* get to join in as well.  Today, I was moving a little slowly, but between Diane and I, we got almost everything put back where it goes.  Jan and I will finish most of it up tomorrow and then it will be on to even more exciting things!!

As I mentioned before, we had a *Treasure Hunt* as part of the Tri-County Quilt Merchants Assoc.  We changed up our clue part way through the Hop.....this was our last one.  Can you guess?

Whether you’re on the road or close to home, 
This little thing can help you to keep things sewn!

You can use this when you’re on the run,
And our polka dots are sure a lot of fun!

There’s needle, thread, snaps and buttons too.
And all tucked in this cute little *bag* for you!

What and where are we? 

Well, I guess the picture below might give it away, huh?  They didn't have that advantage, but everyone managed to find them....the retired guy was the *stamper* for the last hour or so, and he wanted to take one to the stamp station, but we wouldn't let him!!  These cute things are our Nifty Notion for the month.  And have you ever seen a sewing kit with so much good stuff in it?  It even has safety pins, buttons, and snaps, plus a seam ripper and tape measure!  And is the bag just too cute, or what!?!

Okay....I need to go put my feet up for a few....still have to make it through to the end of the week.  Back soon with even more fun! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wordless Wednesday....Sunset....

Friday, June 13, 2014


Okay....I don't know what pirates really say.  But I do know they were supposedly looking for treasure!  This is a picture of the three fabulous treasure chests that Carrol @ Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop put together for us.  If you're going on the Shop Hop next week, let us encourage you to visit the eight participating stores from the Tri-County Quilt Merchants Assoc.  Grab a treasure map at the first shop, then all you have to do is answer the clue correctly and we'll mark your map.  If you get all eight of them you can drop it off at any of our participating shops and shiver me timbers, you might just get to take that booty home to your sewing lair!  Seriously, this is the third year we've done this and all of those who have participated have found it to be a lot of fun....hope you come and see us....I better get cracking on my clue!

My, what a busy day today!  It started off kind of quiet...Tracey popped in to meet a few customers and to drop off a quilt she did for us.  Cannot wait to show you, but I really wanted to get the binding on first.  It's made using a block from the latest 100 Quilt Blocks magazine.  Right after I hit *publish* on this blog post I am going down to my machine and sew the binding on, so be looking for a picture soon.  Harriet and I were kept hopping later this afternoon.  We had lots of fun customers, plus we were also packing up Shop Hop pre-orders.  Hopefully, Jan and I will get those finished tomorrow, although folks are still calling their orders in....that's a good thing!  Okay, time for binding.  Have a super weekend everyone!