Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We are inspired

Our year has passed so quickly it's been a blur.  We took a vacation day yesterday and celebrated by visiting the American Made exhibit at Crystal Bridges.  If you haven't had an opportunity to visit, you have a few weeks as the exhibit closes Sep 19.  The exhibit contains items on loan from the American Folk Art Museum and is well worth the $10 admission.  For more info, you can visit Crystal Bridges

Sometimes a visit to a place filled with inspiration is all we need to get us inspired.  We hope you feel inspired each week when you read our newsletter or when you stop by the shop.  We try to keep things updated and fresh.

This week we are sharing what we think is one of the cutest Christmas designs we've seen in a long while.  Tiny Ornaments finishes 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" so is the perfect size to fit on an Ackfeld stand.  Your $14.95 kit includes the pattern, wool, background fabric, buttons, rick rack, and binding.......yeah......all for $14.95.
We also found a few more Mini Around the Pumpkin Patch patterns so have made more kits.  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, binding, and mini buttons for the border.  It finishes 16" x 19" so is small enough you can do some simple quilting and have it ready in time for the upcoming fall season.

The first photo is of the overall quilt.  The second photo shows the buttons which are sewn on the border.
While we're on the subject of inspiration, we'd like to share a couple packs of Lynette Anderson's raw wood tags.  Each pack is only $13.50 and contains 6 tags.  Please note, the buttons are wood and should not be immersed in water.

Let us know if we can reserve a pack (or two) for you of either Little Inspiration and/or Wise Words.
We are gearing up for our fall vending schedule which entails lots of cutting and packaging.  Recently several people who were at the shop stitching commented they see us walk out the back door empty handed and walk back through the door carrying all sorts of treasures.  They were very curious as to just what was behind that back we took them on a tour of our warehouse.  When we had the addition built to our shop we thought there was absolutely no way under the sun we'd ever fill it. Unfortunately, we are bursting at the seams and throwing around ideas as to how to add on again....... when you see us dashing back and forth through the back door just remember we are gathering raw materials to make treasures to inspire you.
Mark your calendar for the 29th annual quilt show in conjunction with Little Balkans days in Pittsburgh, KS.  The show is Friday Sep 2 (9-6) and Saturday Sep 3 (9-4) at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine.  Admission is $5.  For more info, visit Little Balkans Quilt Show

The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show is in Springfield MO.  Hours Sep 8 and 9 are 9:00-5:00 and Sep 10 from 9:00-4:00.  The show location has changed to the Ozark Empire Fairground E*Plex, 3001 N Grant Ave.  Admission is $8. For more info, visit Ozark Piecemakers

We will be back next Thursday with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

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