At each shop you will get:
~5" square of the official shop hop fabric
Here you will see an apron (pattern by Indygo Junction) and on the lower left you will see a super inventive pot holder/towel combo created in store. The picture does not do it justice!And now, moving on, you'll see three of the projects I created/worked on. The upper left is "Snowball Fight" which uses the charms and panel panes. The upper right is "Icicles" which is created using a jelly roll (2 1/2" strips) and a background fabric. Both these quilts were created by me. The little cutie on the bottom is "Storyteller". I can't take credit for this adorable work as It's a Schnibble by Miss Rosie. Did you know that if I could have dinner with anybody in the whole world, I'd pick Miss Rosie (AKA Carrie Nelson)? She's incredibly creative and just an all around sweet person...and a CELEBRITY in my world!
Look quick, it's a celebrity! No, I'm not talking about the person on the right, I'm talking about the person on the left...the one with her had on my shoulder....that's the one and only Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.(Miss Rosie is her golder retriever). If you don't believe me, zoom in on her name tag....it says "Carrie Nelson". I got to see her and talk to her at market in May....she even giggled with me! This is probably the coolest person I've ever had my picture taken with...that means she's cooler than Burt Blyleven! OK, back to the MN stuff....
New pastel line from Free Spirit
Cute little bundles of 5 fats....how can you resist?
Tons of fun new jelly rolls and layer cakes and charms....oh, my~
From one friend to another, there's some REALLY good stuff on the 50% off shelf at the shop....Hello Betty, Snippets, Hushabye, some nice civil war, couple bolts of pirate stuff, some 30's...I know I left with a "few" yards!
Just so you know, I never make a list of sewing things that need to be done...too many projects, too little time! Need more hours in the day, preferably between 5 pm and 11pm. If it's not too much to ask, I could also go for 8 days in the week so every weekend can be a long weekend...6th day for the garden, laundry, cleaning toilets and buying groceries,7th day to rest, and the 8th to sew :)
May you be as inspired to sew as I am right now.
What are you working on?
Oh yeah, I like cherry pies from McDonald's...don't know why...must be the trans fat that makes them all so good!
(from Friday night)
This has been one crazy weekend for me. Filled with mowing, laundry, cleaning, watering, writing the patterns for the two quilts I designed for the MN shop hop fabric and spending 23 minutes in the DQ drive up lane (one car ahead of me) waiting for my small sundae with butterscotch dip...no wonder it flew by so fast. I also may have -possibly- spent a chunk of time procrastinating and working on the double wedding ring quilt I started last year...but I also may not have, I'll let you figure that one out :)
As promised, I'll show you what I plan to do with the free black and whites I get from the MN shop hop....OK, so when I went to take the picture (singular), I found TONS (plural) of other things that would be fun too. Don't worry, I'll share all the great ideas.
You could make a "Bento Box" (Did you know bento box means lunch box?)
"Square Dancing" Once again, all you need is a little extra batik
You could make your 20 - half yard pieces into fat quarters and put the extra set in one of these great bags (I'd pick the black and white one) and give it to a quilty friend!
I bet you could make at least a bazillion (maybe 2) of these cute little "Cash & Carry" things by Terry Atkinson. Perfect size for change, credit cards, gift cards, Polly pockets, the feet for your sewing machine, reeds for your clarinet, coupons, the little rubber things you put on the end of your knitting needles....the possibilities are truly endless!
Truly, the possibilities are endless. I encourage you to take out that box of patterns and sit and thumb through them as you sip iced tea (with the lemon on the rim, of course!), while rocking in your big ol' rocker on the front porch, as you are serenaded by crickets chirping and the neighbors dogs yapping in the background to the tune of "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra...I think I just described the American dream!
What do you plan to make with yours?
Don't forget to comment on my last post...I don't want ya to miss out on a free charm pack!
~Katie (from Friday night)
Enough rambling, to get our blog off on this new voyage, Carolyn has generously offered to give a FREE civil war charm pack to the first 25 people to become a "follower" of our blog and comment on this post. All you have to do is tell me what your favorite fabric genre is (batik, civil war, brights, 30's, funky stuff, outdoorsy, etc., etc., etc...).
~Katie (from Friday night) likes the soft, vintage look of Fig Tree and 3 Sisters~If you are one of the first 25 to comment, I will send you a message!
Katie ~ (from Friday night
Then I went into the back room and found Linda folding stacks and stacks and stacks and stacks of these fabrics and then putting them in cute little bags.
If you haven't heard already, one of these stacks is our gift to you for FREE if you go to all the shops in the SE section of the MN shop hop...no purchases necessary at ANY shop...just simply go and get your passport stamped!
That's 10 whopping yards of fabric...all from the same manufacturer...for FREE...because we like y'all...and trust me, they feel REALLY nice :)
So....call your friends together, plan a road trip and hit all of the shops. How can you go wrong with 20-1/2 yard cuts of black and white fabric?
Check out the official website( http://www.quiltminnesota.com/ ) for all the details.
I'll try to post a picture tomorrow of what I plan to do with my FREE fabric!
Enjoy life and don't forget to make someone smile!
As you can see I hope to keep you "in the loop" (as well as I can) on everything you don't want to miss out on in a million-trillion years at the CH.