February 16th, 2009

It is a beautiful day here today.  As I sit here typing, the sun is shining on the snow and everything just sparkles.  I can hear the snowmobiles on the trail across the road from the shop and I bet the scenery is awesome.  We have had some great days to be outside lately.  Whether on the skis, snowshoes, out ice fishing or just taking a walk, enjoy winter.  It will be over soon and we will have to put our snow things away till next time.  This picture of the Upper Tahquamenon Falls was taken about two weeks ago.   Unfortunately, we didn’t  have sun that day but the ice on the Falls was amazing.pict0392-1

As for what is going on in the shop, we just ordered some dazzling new fabrics for Christmas and Halloween.  Of course they won’t be here for a little while yet but we are very excited about them.  Some great new patterns and notions that are coming in as well.  Stay tuned there will be lots of new stuff coming soon.

Our National Quilting Day event that will be held on Sat. March 21st this year.  This is a free event that will allow you to try quilting and sewing.  If you already quilt and sew this will give you an opportunity to try new techniques and you will take home a finished mini quilt   I have to finish my models of all the techniques that we will be offering  that day but as soon as they are  ready I will post them.

I admit it.  I am scared of mitered borders.  Not anymore!  There is a new ruler that helps you get your mitered borders perfect and it works wonderfully.  I think every quilt and wall hanging should now have a mitered border.  Check out this quilt that I did with mitered borders and this great new tool.  imgp0122 The border of this quilt is actually a printed stripe fabric and even the little stripes on the border went together perfectly.

Vicki finished this sweater in Ara yarn.  The pattern is from Knitting Pure & Simple and is worked from the neck down.  There are 11 different colors of Ara and most of them are multi color through out the skein.  The one in the picture is blue, lavender and green.  imgp0125

For those quilters who like hand work too, we have a great line of patterns that feature snowwomen who would rather be stitching than shoveling snow and other snow activites that keep them from snowing.  This is a series of 12 different patterns, make one for a wall hanging for a friend or do all 12 and make into a quilt.  imgp0124


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