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The month of June holds many "month ofs" but having grown up on a dairy farm,  it stands out as "Dairy" month to me!   We have a new project coming to represent "dairy month" but for now it is still in the "stitching stage" so stay tuned for that!!  Here in MN, we are setting records for the heat so if you eat slow like I do, you may want to order an ice cream treat that comes in a cup rather than a cone!!  I am an animal lover and cows rank #2 on my list of favorites.  What an amazing animal they are!!  I am going to share with you some fun "cow facts" that I found to be quite interesting!!  This is not quilting related, but it is a very important chapter in my life and shaped who I am today so........ it is quilting related in my designing world!!  


Until the 1850's nearly every house had their own cow
There are roughly 350 "squirts" in a gallon of milk

Cows have 32 teeth, all on the bottom, with a dental pad on the top
Cows drink 35 gallons of water a day - almost a bathtub full
A cow chews her cud for up to 8 hours a day, that is almost 30,000 chews daily
Before milking machines were invented, a farmer could only milk about 6 cows  an hour
It takes less than 5 minutes to milk a cow with a milking machine
Dairy cows give more than 7 gallons of milk  a day.....that is 400 glasses of milk a day
Cheddar cheese is the most popular cheese in the US

We are very excited to share our latest wool project with you as a block of the week sew-a-long.   This project began several years ago.  I found (4) stitched wool quilt blocks in a bag which had originated in our brick & mortar shop as a "new project" that was never completed. I still liked the blocks so decided to make a few more and see what developed.   They were a lot of fun to stitch while I watched the Stanley Cup Playoff games.  I stitched all the blocks but the four that were already stitched years ago during the hockey playoffs, so the name had to have something to do with hockey.... SCRAPSHOT seemed perfect.  This is a great project to use up those wool scraps we just can't seem to throw away.  The project finishes in a 16 x 20 inch frame (frame pictured purchased at Hobby Lobby).   Each block is worked individually and pieced together once all blocks are completed (just like a quilt would be!!.   I used the same spool of 12 wt Sulky black thread for the entire project.  

Cost for the sew-a-long is $15.00 (covers the 12 weeks).  The complete pattern will be available for purchase in October for $18.00.  

Block patterns will be EMAILED as a PDF each Wednesday beginning July 7th.  This will be a 12 week sew-a-along.  Some weeks you will receive more than one block and/or unit.

Join us as we travel in our own cars with our own quilting partners for a day of quilt shop adventure, fellowship, inspiration and fun!!!!
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What's New in Wool

This is our latest springtime pattern just in time for bunny season as well as 
planting season.  We chose to frame our project off, but you could easily buttonhole or fly stitch the dividing lines for each of the four sections.  

This pattern is available as a digital download.

Click here to purchase the pattern for download

Our Wool Best Sellers

 "Cotswald Circle" Pattern includes either the star background (left) or the circle background (right) and six patterns for the inner circles that can be changed for the season or occasion.  Inner circles measure approximately 5 inches in diameter.




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