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Shades of the Past Quilt Shop


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Happy 4th of July to all of you!
Here is a little 6 x 6 inch quilt project that is perfect to use up your scraps.  The largest piece you will need is for your binding!!  

Click here for the downloadable pattern

We are excited to
announce that we have finalized the plans for a bus trip. "On the Road Again" is official!!! We are planning a day trip on Monday, August 1st, to the South Central section of the Quilt MN Shop Hop. You will receive a bundle of (8) fat quarters at the last shop of the day. We will leave Clara City at 7 am and travel east to Cabby's Corner Quilts & Fabric in Gibbon, staying in the easterly direction, we will then stop at Sue's Quilt Shop in New Prague. Once again we will travel easterly to reach Quilting by the Hearth in Lonsdale. The bus will turn south and stop for lunch (included in bus price) and shopping at Quilters Dream in Montgomery. Continuing south, we will stop at River City Quilts in Mankato and once again start north for home stopping in New Ulm to visit the three remaining shops there as well as grab a bite to eat (supper on your own). We hope to be back to Clara City around 8:30 am. Cost is $79.00 per person. We ask that you fill the form out on our website.

Please send a check to us at: Shades of the Past, PO Box 765, Clara City, MN 56222.


Flag Day Bouquet

June 14th is Flag Day.  In a world of turmoil, the flag is still a powerful symbol.  As Ronald Reagan stated, "When we honor our flag, we honor what we stand for as a nation - freedom, equality, justice and hope".  Words well said.  This is a quick to piece project using machine applique.  It requires one charm pack and a small amount of additional fabric for the applique and binding.  Project measures approximately 23 x 28 inches.  We used Woolies Flannel from
Maywood Studio in our sample

To order a kit or pattern click here 
Nordly's Way II is a quick to piece table topper from Moda's fabric grouping "flower pot" by Lella Boutique.  Table topper finishes 12 1/2 x 35 inches.  Buttons and simple embroidery adorn the table topper.  Machine quilted using 12 wt Sulky thread and a decorative stitch.  

**kits will ship upon arrival of charms to the quilt shop - hopefully sometime next week!!**  (kits include all fabric (including the backing) as well as buttons & pattern - pearl cotton NOT included)

To order the kit click here 
Who would've guessed that 20 years into this crazy quilt shop and pattern designing ride we would learn that we landed a cover project on American Patchwork & Quilting.  We are so unbelievably blessed and humbled by this honor.   Magazines are available for purchase using the link below!

Click here to order your copy of the magazine

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. ©2022 Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.


This elegant English Paper Pieced Table Topper
is sure to
capture the attention of visitors!! 
Finishes approximately 14 x 25 inches

Embroidery finishes this off with a charming touch!!

Click here to order (pattern or kit option available)
is our latest wool release.  Finished size of the table topper is approximately 14 x 14 inches. 
Hand applique with various embroidery stitches.  

Click here to order (pattern or kit option)

New Additions

Our Wool Best Sellers

We are excited to announce we have published our very first book
"Wool Snippets".

This is a compilation of  fourteen patterns that we have offered as single patterns or downloads on our website over the past few years.  It also contains a new fall project that fits perfectly on the little cutting board titled "Blessings" perfect for the season of Thanksgiving that is coming quickly upon us.  



We are happy you are visiting us on our website and hope you find this shopping experience enjoyable! .  Sit back, grab a glass of wine, relax and browse!!