Friday, April 23, 2010

New section in my Etsy shop

I decided to try a new "customize it yourself" section in my Etsy shop. I posted a few unquilted tops yesterday (and have many more!) with the option to have it personalized with names, dates, words...anything. I started this years ago with my customers. I put names and words throughout the quilting so the quilt has special meaning for each recipient. My daughter has a ducky quilt I made her years ago with all the pet names she had acquired over the years written in the borders. I also made a wall hanging for my best friend with the names of all her children and many words throughout that have meaning for her. She told me they had so much fun finding all the different ones. This is a pic of the center of that quilt...sadly you cannot see all the digital camera was not as high quality back then. I'll have her send me some newer ones and repost later.

Country Threads Quilt Shop

On our way home from our trip to Minneapolis we stopped at one of my all time favorite quilt shops. This place was so much fun for my entire family. They live on a farm with chickens, goats, lots of kitties, and a couple of dogs and the quilt shop....well, it was amazing!!!

My dogs were welcomed both indoors and out! They ran through the shop and greeted cute! And, a shop with cats running around is always a welcome sight for us. The owners were soooooo nice and such wonderful animal loving folks. One owner takes her time and gas to pick up condemned dogs from one area of MN into Minneapolis to be adopted every week. They have my undying devotion both for running a fabulous quilt shop and loving animals as they do.

My favorite fabric line purchased that day can be seen in the as yet unquilted table runner in the pic above. This stuff is fabulous!!! I wish I'd purchased much more of it. Maybe I'll have to go's only a couple hours away. Here's a link to their shop They publish a quarterly newspaper called the "Goat Gazette". You can purchase a subscription (they gave me one free...probably because I spent a small fortune there) is worth the $12/year.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


I have been a bit neglectful of this blog of late. March and early April are always busy times with my daughter's birthday falling on April 4 and easter coming along somewhere in there. We have spent the last 4 days in MN visiting my husband's cousin and going to the Mall of America to do the American Girl store and Nickelodeon Universe/aquarium and such for Meg's bday. Am. Girl store was much fun for her...found many treasures and had the chance to eat twice at their little restaurant. I'll post pics when I return home:) Overall it's been a nice trip. We'll return home today and hit a somewhat famous quilt shop on the way home...a little something for mommy.

I have been busy quilting back home...5 baby blankets to quilt/bind then get put up on my site. Still waiting for my banner...will have to contact her when I return.

I've been asked to do an 'art in the garden' show in May...not sure yet as the logistics of getting things there, dealing with possibility of rain and such are tough. I don't have a truck to transport or a tent to utilize at this point so although it may be fun, I may not do it. Not sure it is really the place for my quilts, but you never know until you try, right?

Ok, all for now. Will post pics tomorrow :)