Shades of the Past Quilt Shop News http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Sun, 09 Aug 2020 02:26:39 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 COVID http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9382 <span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Good Morning, &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">I looked back and see that my last post was months ago and it was about Thanksgiving.&nbsp; Well fast forward through Christmas, a New Year, winter, and now the beginning of a new season called Spring.&nbsp; Life has changed for everyone as we begin "Spring".&nbsp; I looked up what does "spring" mean in the dictionary and found this definition:&nbsp; the season of the year between winter and summer lasting from March to June north of the equator and from September to December south of the equator, when the weather becomes warmer and leaves and plants start to grow again.&nbsp; While the weather will warm and leaves and plants will start to grow life for us seems to be&nbsp; winter hibernation season. &nbsp;<br /><br />With the final quilt show scheduled for spring cancelled on Monday, Lacey off from work, and my work being a very limited basis now, we are throwing around ideas for going forward.&nbsp; At this point, our bus trip is still on as well as the MN State Quilt Show in June in St Cloud.&nbsp; We hope to come up with some "virtual" ideas to keep you up to date with the new creations in the works here within our unfinished studio walls.&nbsp; Keep your chin up, focus on positive, limit the news you listen to, go to U tube and listen to "I AM" by Crowder, and stay tuned for our&nbsp; new project and "virtual" ideas...&hellip;&hellip;..<br /><br />Shalom~Darci<br /></span> Happy Thanksgiving http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8952 <span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Thanksgiving....a time to reflect on all the things we have been blessed with.&nbsp; Last night after a long day at work and an icy drive home to grab a quick bite, I really would have liked to spend the evening lounging in my flannel jammies under a cozy quilt.&nbsp; However, I needed to head back to town for the Thanksgiving church service.&nbsp; Lacey went with and I appreciated the company on the trip back into town.&nbsp; I much appreciate the option of a gravel road when winter comes with the ice.&nbsp; There are too many "??" people on the tar roads that don't slow down when conditions warrant it and it irritates me!&nbsp; There are not an abundance of cars on gravel so it was a peaceful ride to town with great company!! &nbsp; One of the advantages to growing up on the farm and having to drive gravel - you learn to appreciate those roads!! &nbsp; When we walked into the church building, the warmth of the lights and the people gathered to lead worship melted any "gee I wish I could be home".&nbsp; The piano has always brought a sense of peace to me whether listening to it or sitting down and feeling the music resonate from the keys.&nbsp; What a gift my parents gave me when I was 8 years old&nbsp;even tho I very much did not like those lessons!!&nbsp; I thank God for the gift of music which touches so many people on a daily basis!!&nbsp; Can't imagine life without it - it is SO much better than the TV noise!!!<br /><br />We have not spent much time in the shop creating since the last quilt show.&nbsp; The shop is still not in order but...I love the time I spend in it and as the winter settles in I have a feeling that the shop will also find paint and the finishing touches as well.&nbsp; Important to always remember to be content and happy where we are in life making the best of situations we wish may be a little different!!&nbsp; I would never want to build a new house because it just doesn't happen quite as fast and always go the way I think it should.&nbsp; I try to just smile and go with it.<br /><br />I am excited that I have had my first project published in "Simply Vintage".&nbsp; We worked with the publishing company which corresponded from France.&nbsp; I have kept the&nbsp;contract and shipping papers as some day my grandkids might think that is cool!&nbsp; The project is titled "Prairie Wedge" and uses one of my favorite crazy quilt stitches to add a simple decorative to touch to the seam lines. &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/451x454_prairiewedge1jpg.jpg" alt="" width="451" height="454" align="" /><br /><br />Two new boxes have arrived from Marcus so one new quilt is in progress and the flannels are stacked on the cutting table for the "processing" part of the design to occur.&nbsp; They are lumberjack plaids so very fitting for us Midwesterners especially after a snowfall and mitten season arriving.<br /><br />I decided to postpone the block of the week project until January.&nbsp; There are too many things to prepare for by the end of the year so January usually brings more sewing time and would be a good "new year" project so stay tuned for that.<img width="442" height="489" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/442x489_bomjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin=right: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" />In closing I want to leave you with the gospel lesson from our Thanksgiving service last night...<br />Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.&nbsp; And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.&nbsp; Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.&nbsp; Whatever you have learned, received or heard from me or seen from me, put it into practice.&nbsp; And the God of peace will be with you.&nbsp; Phillipians&nbsp; 4:6-10<br />Shalom my friend....Darci<br /><br /><br /><br /></span> Blessings...... http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8766 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin;left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/blessingspost.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" align="" /><span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">Blessings come in many ways, shapes, and forms.&nbsp; With fall approaching we have started our 2019 quilt show schedule.&nbsp; We made our trip to Madison Wisconsin to kick off the fall schedule. &nbsp; We laughed how the first time we ventured there we drove for 3 hrs and stayed overnight to finish the last leg of the drive the morning of set up.&nbsp; This year we had a few things to finish up before we left the day of set up and with a 6 hr drive ahead of us we ended up departing from home at 11:30.&nbsp; Wow - times change!!&nbsp; We have changed our set up and with traveling now our only means of physical display, we think we are getting smarter each year.&nbsp; Rolling carts allow us to pack up and be organized before the stuff ever is loaded up in Myrtle.&nbsp; She made the trip just fine sporting new tires and a new windshield.&nbsp; We laughed as the heater fan motor had an issue so we reminisced about the good old days when all we had for air movement was rolling down the crank window and riding with the wind blowing in our hair.&nbsp; <span style="color: #d0131a;"><em>Blessing </em></span>- it was cool out, we have crank windows which almost always work so all was well!&nbsp; We arrived at the Denny Sanford Convention Center around 6 pm.&nbsp; <span style="color: #d0131a;">Blessing </span>- we were one of the last 3 vendors they were waiting for so we drove right up to the door and unloaded in short order!!&nbsp; Who says it pays to get there early??&nbsp; For the first time ever, we set up our "walls" before we left the shop.&nbsp; We folded up the "walls", said a prayer, and unfolded them onto the piping. &nbsp; <span style="color: #d0131a;">Blessing</span> - it worked - we had just a few items to pin up in place.&nbsp; Set up took 2 hrs.&nbsp; Now off to the hotel which I thought was 6 miles up the road.&nbsp; With the trusty google maps, we entered in our address and headed off in the wrong direction from where I thought we were going.&nbsp; By this time of the day, I was tired and ready to put my feet up as was Lacey.&nbsp; We kept driving (Myrtle doesn't have a compass so not sure what direction we were going) but when we ended up out in the country I was quite sure google was out to lunch!! &nbsp; Lacey double checked the address and google was pretty insistent we were going to the right direction.......Oregon Wisconsin - have you been there?&nbsp; That was our hotel location for our stay - 10 miles from the convention center.&nbsp; Hmmmm...... why hadn't I been more careful when I booked???&nbsp; It was a brand new hotel.&nbsp; When we walked thru the door, the receptionist greeted me by name with a smile, a pizza menu to order in, and a very quiet comfortable room.&nbsp; When we departed in the morning we drove thru the country just like we do on any other given MN morning and bypassed all the traffic trying to get into the show.&nbsp; Yep - we will be staying there next year when we go back.&nbsp; It was definitely a <span style="color: #d0131a;">Blessing</span> in disguise!!! &nbsp;<br /><br />When I travel one of my favorite things about the adventure is the food!!!&nbsp; I usually spend the latter part of the day looking for the new spot we are going to check out for our evening meal.&nbsp; Thursday night took us with our Paynesville friends to Quivey's Grove. They are farm girls too so they didn't mind eating in an old stable. &nbsp;<br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/quiveys_stablegrill.jpg" alt="" width="290" height="193" align="" />Friday night we set out with Michelle and Jean to "The Thirsty Goat" for amazing brisket. &nbsp; I don't think any of us were disappointed that the goat wasn't greeting the customers at the door!!<br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/thirsty_goat.bmp" alt="" width="300" height="300" align="" />Take down went without a hitch and we were loaded up headed north to MN in 45 minutes.&nbsp; Woo Hoo!!!&nbsp; Our supper stop at Culvers on the way home brought us face to face with this......<br /><img width="1000" height="693" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/1000x693_house22jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: AUTO; margin-right: AUTO;" alt="" align="" /><br />It tickled our funny bone as we immediately took it as that was the builders "model" home and he would build it just like that!!&nbsp; No one else may find humor in like we did but we did!!<br /><br />We arrived home safe and sound around midnight - God is good!!&nbsp; To be continued......<br />Shalom~Darci<br /><br /><br /></span></div> County Fair Time!! http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8630 <img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/happiness_quotes_tumblr_9.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="333" align="" /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: comic sans ms, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt; color: #4a4a4a;">How many of you still attend the county fair?&nbsp; It is a favorite memory of my childhood - Mom always brought things from the garden to the fair - some in her name - some in my brothers name and some in mine.&nbsp; We couldn't wait to get to the fair to see what the judges had chosen!!&nbsp; Growing up on a dairy farm, I believe we had some good wholesome fertilizer for our garden so those sunflowers and pumpkins might have a bit of advantage!!&nbsp; I still enjoy a trip to the fair to this day.&nbsp; My favorite spots are the cow barn, draft horse barn, and the handiworks or "womens" building as I always knew it.&nbsp; The sights, smells, and sounds bring me to a happy time - one of those things I always looked forward to.&nbsp; Although my kids really were never too excited about the rides, it is something we did as family and still do to this day.&nbsp; I only attended the State Fair a couple of times growing up.&nbsp; The big city was never my Dad's idea of a fun time and attending the State Fair meant a stressful drive for him and having to find someone to cover the evening chores so we just didn't go often.&nbsp; Although we don't make it every year we certainly try to go every other and enjoy our time with the thousands of others that make that yearly event.&nbsp; Last week we made our way to the Kandiyohi County Fair.&nbsp; Lacey would like to bring one of these home to help with the lawn mowing and I would like to bring home the cows to assist.&nbsp; However, we do not have a manure spreader so.....&nbsp; I guess we will continue to put gas in the lawn mower and have our freedom to come and go without chores!!<br /><br /><img width="387" height="515" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/387x515_laceyjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><img width="382" height="510" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/382x510_cowsjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; float: right;" alt="" align="" /><br /><br />The Kandiyohi County Fair offers bull riding so we made our way early to enjoy smoked pork from the Holy Smoker booth and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars watching man vs bull.&nbsp; If you have never attended a bull riding event sponsored by the Great Frontier Bull Riding Company from Maynard, I highly encourage you to do so if you like that sport!!&nbsp; <br /><img width="954" height="716" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/954x716_img_1859jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: Auto; margin-right: Auto;" alt="" align="" /></span><span style="font-family: comic sans ms, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="color: #4a4a4a;">Last weekend I spent a couple of days in the cities while Lacey did some continuing education classes.&nbsp; With age, I am becoming like my Dad, and not enjoying that big city rat race so much!!&nbsp; It was SO good to reach the corn fields and outskirts of the cities Saturday afternoon.&nbsp; It's a nice place to visit but I am a farm girl thru and thru!!&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="color: #4a4a4a;">We are busy preparing for our fall schedule.&nbsp; Lacey has been posting pictures on our facebook page of our newest projects.&nbsp;</span> We will be starting a couple of sew alongs on Sept 5th with the kickoff to football.&nbsp; Stay tuned for more information and photos of those projects - one will be a hexagon project - the other a wool project.&nbsp; <img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/fdraft.jpg" alt="" width="631" height="811" align="" /><br />Shalom~Darci<br /></span> Let what you do each day be enough....... http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8540 <span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">This advice was given to me by a very wise lady whom I have had the privilege of calling my friend.&nbsp; She is far more than a friend to me.&nbsp; It is funny how when someone walks into your life you never know how deep their footprints are going to be.&nbsp; She came into the quilt shop to browse one day with her good friend, Jan.&nbsp; Little did I know it was the start of a deep friendship. &nbsp; The footprints she has left on my life&nbsp;are quite deep and you would definitely trip when you came upon them!!&nbsp;<br /><br /> I would stop to see her almost every night following my work day.&nbsp; She did (still does) our bindings, embroidery, and would watch the store when I needed to be gone. &nbsp; When talking about my day and telling her what I didn't get accomplished for the day, she would smile and say "<em><strong>but look at what you did get done today</strong></em>".&nbsp; Some days it was quite irritating as I wanted her to side with me on what I didn't accomplish, not tell me that I had done enough for the day and I should be grateful for that.&nbsp; I can tell you that when you look at the day through this glass - you find peace at the end of the day rather than the anxiety of the day NOT being enough.&nbsp; After all, what is enough??<br /><br />So I have no guilt in this blog post happening 4 months from the past blog post.&nbsp; Each day from then until now has had "enough" in it!&nbsp; I have settled up in the southwest corner of my new shop and am in love with the scenery!!&nbsp; It is very tranquil in my farmyard.&nbsp; The walls and floor are not done yet but this is my new home and I am making the best of it until it is completed.&nbsp; IT FEELS <strong>SO</strong> GOOD!!&nbsp; I have switched my website host to a company that works with quilt shops so as you are reading this blog post the brand new sight is visible and I am excited about this partnership with Like Sew.&nbsp; We hope that in this transition you find the new website easier to manage and navigate around in.<br /><br />If you have issues with our website, please let us know via email as this is the only way we can fix snaffoo's!!&nbsp; We have fabric on the website now and more will be added in the future.&nbsp; We hope to have some new offerings for you that include a free hexie sew-a-long as well as a wool sew-a-long.&nbsp; Stay tuned as now that I am home, feel settled, the creativity bug has bit both Lacey and I and we are busy sewing up new designs and projects that you will be seeing at a quilt show this fall. &nbsp;<br /><br />Shalom~Darci<br /><br /></span> Snow, Vinegar, and Tea... | Mar 3rd 2019 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8522 <div style="text-align: center;">God grant me the serenity to accept another snowstorm<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">The courage to drive in the snow and the wisdom to know when to stay home...<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Well I started this blog post last Sunday during the snowstorm and never got it finished - the photo below is our driveway which looks like many driveways you see along the countryside. It truly is an old fashioned winter - one of which is probably more normal of MN during my childhood years. We have reminisced this week about riding school bus and the kids getting out to push when the bus was stuck which could NEVER happen in this day and age we live in!! I don't know how they ever found people to drive bus back then or today for that matter. Hats off to those men and women who take the responsibility upon their shoulders. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">As the wind blows and the snow continues to pile up, we know that spring will come and it means that we will be moving into our new shop at some point in the nearing future!<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/233x209_13jpg.jpg" alt="" width="233" height="209" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Much to my disgust, I have had to cancel the first quilt show engagement of 2019.&nbsp; I appreciate the understanding shown from Susan when I called to tell her that we just couldn't make it.&nbsp; The trailer was buried in a snow bank and with the cold and no heat in the trailer, there is just NO way we can prepare for a quilt show.&nbsp; We hope that we will have an invite back the quilt show in 2021 as we were excited to get back out on the road and connect with quilters.&nbsp; If you are not aware, the Prairie Quilters 2019 quilt show will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday March 8th and Saturday, March 9th.&nbsp; It is the perfect time for a quilt show as we are all ready to turn the page on the winter season and start planning for our 2019 projects!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">So, while we practice patience for the new work space I want to share what we have been busy with.&nbsp; Those of you who know me know that I don't like white in regards to my work.&nbsp; If it is white or "too light" it must find a tea/coffee stain to help it look aged and old.&nbsp; So, as we are deciding the new work interior, the gabled area of the interior was going to be wood.&nbsp; Oh what color??&nbsp; I don't want it to be the same as what I had in Clara City as it is a new space so with grey and distressed white barn wood being popular my thoughts are that that will be my new color scheme.&nbsp; Off to Menards to pick up stain to make our new wood look old - we bought black, grey, cottage white and weathered grey.&nbsp; As soon as I got home we stained up some wood only to find that we liked black the best, but were afraid that would be way too dark.&nbsp; So..on to the internet to see how to make new pine boards look like old weathered wood.&nbsp; Much to my surprise I read that soaking steel wool in vinegar will give wood a grey aged look and if you want it more distressed looking tea or coffee works well.&nbsp; I brewed up a batch of black tea as well as a batch of vinegar/steel wool and watched the magic begin.&nbsp; It was the perfect stain.&nbsp; It is SO much fun to work with as you are not sure what your wood will look like when it is done.&nbsp; Different woods take the mixture differently so it is lots of fun to experiment with.&nbsp;<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/253x190_14jpg.jpg" alt="" width="253" height="190" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />The above photo is our wood without any stain on it.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">This is the wood starting to turn following the application of vinegar/steel wool.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">The next photo is the coffee/tea mixture over the vinegar/steel wool mixture<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/255x191_15jpg.jpg" alt="" width="255" height="191" align="" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><br />The photo below shows the boards with both mixtures.&nbsp; Each board has a different coloration which gives it lots of character.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/254x191_16jpg.jpg" alt="" width="254" height="191" align="" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />The next picture shows the boards with sealer applied - they darken a bit. Unfortunately the photo doesn't really do justice to the color of the wood. They seem to grey up a bit more as they dry. Who would have thought!! I had never heard of this before but it just seemed perfect as I have tea/coffee stained fabric for years and now the shop walls will have that same story to tell!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/257x193_17jpg.jpg" alt="" width="257" height="193" align="" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/258x193_18jpg.jpg" alt="" width="258" height="193" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />The gable end on one wall is almost complete - i can't wait to climb up the ladder and hang up some wool on the wall - it will be the perfect area to display our wool work and our mini charm quilts!! Our hexie works are going to get a lighter wall area for their home. The sheet rock is going on so the shop is once again starting to take shape and changing once again. I can already feel the creativity that will make its new home shortly!! <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/459x344_19jpg.jpg" alt="" width="459" height="344" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />So, we have been doing a little sewing - Lacey did a facebook post yesterday with the newest projects. Our goal is to have the trailer unloaded into the new space by the end of the month as we have our next quilt show scheduled for April 13th in Willmar. We need to get the concrete stained/sealed which should happen next week. Please keep our plumber in your prayers as he is going thru testing for severe headaches that have him out of working commission. Our bathroom area is also getting it walls but we there is no plumbing there yet. The walls are the distressed white barnwood and we are thinking the lower area will be old galvanized metal. My husband has the same vision usually with that type of stuff and knows my tastes pretty well. Our bathroom ceiling will be repurposed wood from the chicken coop that originally sat in our new buildings spot. It is fun to be able to incorporate that into this new building!! We decided on a wood wall up by the sewing area so slowly that wood look that we didn't think we would do is sneaking into the space. I have decided that it must be my love for barns that carries over. It is one of my favorite buildings to be in so I guess it is only natural that my creative space has that same kind of atmosphere. I realize that the new barns of today are constructed of steel and our buliding is as well. That good old homey feeling tho comes from wood and I am going to be very happy that it will once again surround me here in this new space. Shalom~Darci</div> Ripples | Feb 10th 2019 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8521 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/226x180_20jpg.jpg" alt="" width="226" height="180" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ripples......</strong> The ripple effect can be very relaxing when standing near a body of water throwing a stone in to see the design it makes. Ripples come in various forms. I haven't blogged for awhile as the new year brought excitement for the next chapter but the ripple effect of the plumber and electrician have not sustained the excitement and put a muddy effect on my creativity. It is hard to even feel inspired to blog as it seems to have put me in a funk!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I certainly know that my surroundings play a huge role in creating. Our new shop is still in the same state it was in November. I would have never believed that we wouldn't be moved in by the end of 2018. Here it is almost the middle of February and our shop still has no electricity or plumbing. I could live without the plumbing, but the electricity is an important feature as I don't have an operable treadle machine!! Once again it drives home the reality of our world today where people just really don't care. Even my husband's patience has wore thin. He is a do it yourself person and he can't put our shop environment together without the electrician doing his job. Patience is a virtue but...........<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We did have a pattern published in January in Primitive Quilts &amp; More. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We will also have a quilt coming out in the summer issue so also excited about that!! Lacey is working on a new contemporary style hexagon project while Millie is harassing Daisey. I have to say tho she has her priorities right that when Millie is ready to snuggle in for the evening, she picks her up and they are sleeping in short order. We all know time goes so fast and the day is approaching where Millie will be too big for Lacey's lap!! I have dug out the wool boxes and started to stitch the cold nights away. It helps to keep the creative spark firing!! I have ordered in a bunch of new wools to work with that are textured so a new look will be in store in the near future. We will reveal our new series shortly.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/231x300_21jpg.jpg" alt="" width="231" height="300" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Ripples....there are many things that happen in life that have a ripple effect. Being positive can have a ripple effect as well so with that being said, I am trying to stay positive, practice patience, and keep digging, cutting, and stitching in the wool box because things could be a whole lot worse!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom~Darci</div> Happy New Year! | Jan 1st 2019 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8520 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/331x331_22jpg.jpg" alt="" width="331" height="331" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Happy New Year!! We hope that you have had a peaceful holiday season and are ready to embark on 2019!! We are busy planning our quilting year ahead and look forward to connecting with our quilting family again beginning in March. Hard to believe in 12 wks we will have Myrtle on the road again!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We have to admit we have taken a break from our sewing machines and were both a little defeated when we tried dusting them off Saturday with no progress made. It is quite evident that we are in need of our sewing space to be creative!!! The trailer has no heat so it is no fun to try to dig thru the boxes for supplies that could be in the house in another box. After a couple of hours of that nonsense we gave in, cut out hand projects, and sat down to watch TV.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Today however was a new day, a new year and we both seemed to get both oars going the same direction with a totally different project plan and are happy to report we feel like we do still have some creativity and the sewing machines are warmed up and ready to sew - even with a little dust!! It could possibly been the bottle of Mango Moscato we enjoyed while the machines hummed but whatever it was we have one project completed and the start to a new block of the month miniature sampler quilt that we hope to debut in the next couple of weeks!! <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Also, if you need a new wine to try we highly recommend Stella Rosa Tropical Mango!! It pairs real well with fabric!!</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/346x260_23jpg.jpg" alt="" width="346" height="260" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Lacey finished up a new hexagon project The Flower Mill which is sure to catch the eye of you hexie lovers.It is a perfect project to bring warm thoughts of spring and summer to mind. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I finished up a wool project and parted with some of my buttons that I hoard and tried my hand at a fringed tree which gives the project some dimension. It is finished off with a old board for a background that will be home to more creations of this size. This has been a fun way to finish off wool and gives a whole new thought process to design. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Well after spending 45 minutes trying to get pictures of our new projects to load and when they finally did and I went to publish the post they dropped and I lost the last part of our post I guess the pictures of those projects will have to wait for another day!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">As for new year resolutions, I have never believed in them. I believe we need to live in the present, and take life as it comes to us each and every day. With faith, family, and friends we have the courage and strength to face the challenges that come our way and people to share joy and happiness that life brings as well! Shalom ~ Darci</div> Getting Closer... | Dec 30th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8519 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/343x257_24jpg.jpg" alt="" width="343" height="257" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Well it has been a month since my last blog post and I apologize for that. The days just go by way too fast and I am getting older so the days just go that much faster. It certainly isn't that I am getting slower!! The construction crew packed up their trailer and left the yard. We are waiting now for the plumber and electrician. We are so excited for this new space to be ready and be home to our new creations. I go down and stand in the inside every couple of days and know the walls will be full of inspiration just as walls in Clara City that we called home for 15 years were. Change can be so good if you are open to where it leads. Being back on the farm feels SO good and I already love to look out the windows at the woods and yard - even if it is black dirt!! I will be able to watch the sun set in the evenings and there is nothing better than watching that orange ball set on another day God has given me!! We are thinking now about the wall colors, the stain color for the concrete and whether or not to hang curtains!! This is the view from inside showing a little over half of the work area. Hard to believe that the ceiling is white but once we get our walls done - we won't even notice that!! I originally wanted a dark ceiling, but after working in our house light, I realize that with the age thing kicking in more and more - I need GOOD light and the guys assured me that it would be much lighter and brighter with my off white ceiling!! <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/351x263_25jpg.jpg" alt="" width="351" height="263" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">It seems that the creating has kind of hit a stand still for both of us. Holidays, long work hours, and the need for rest seem to be overpowering the creativity. I have cut out some wool to stitch on these cold winter nights so am hoping that will inspire the cotton creating once again!! At least we have no deadlines looming for a couple of months. &nbsp;<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Well I have a pile of wool calling my name on my island so am going to give in and try to start a new project for Valentines Day. We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and find some peace and rest as we wrap up 2018 and move on to a new year filled with a new year chapter in life!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom - Darci</div> Thanksgiving... | Nov 22nd 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8518 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/26.jpg" alt="" width="246" height="205" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading this blog post today. Thanksgiving - what does it mean? When I was a kid I believe I thought it was the holiday that brought out a turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie. I remember thinking it meant that Christmas was going to be here soon and I loved Christmas as a kid. I remember how disappointed I was because we would leave for Grandma's house during the Macy Thanksgiving Day parade and I would hope Dad would drive fast enough that when we arrived at Grandma's house I would get my way made through the relatives to the TV to see Santa Claus. It was one of my favorite things to see as I knew Christmas was well on its way then!! As we grow old, our perception of holidays changes. Many say Thanksgiving is forgotten because the retail world is busy enticing us with black friday sales and the stores are filled with Christmas decorations weeks before Thanksgiving comes. Thanksgiving is now a day of sentiment for me. It is a day to reflect on all the things that God has given to me over the years and a time to be thankful for the many many many blessings I have received. It is a holiday without any expectations, a day of contentment and without turkey on the menu as it never was my favorite food!! I hope your day was filled with good food, laughter, and a sense of peace and contentment with all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you as well!! Darci</div> Joy... | Nov 15th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8517 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/27.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="225" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />I seen this quote on facebook a couple of nights ago and felt it was worth sharing. It kind of sums things up as there are many times we are dealt things in life we do not like. Often they are minor issues but they sometimes cause us great anxiety. Once again news of someone passing on to a far greater place than we know here on this earth rocked our area. The death of a young person with so much life ahead of him yet. When I hear people talk about him they always have the same common thread in their description of him - he was always smiling which made those around him happy as well. He was a person who lived life the way I believe it should be - trying to take the "negative" things in life and finding positive in them while making those around feel joy as well. What a great way to be remembered!! So when I read this quote - thought about the hum drum way I felt when the snow has been falling too early in my opinion, it rang some truth out!! So tonight as the snow falls, I will find joy in it!!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I just cut out a project to start stitching on which will be found on the website as a free download upon completion so I am not going to blog much tonight but rather find my needle, thread, a quilt, and finish up watching the MN Wild game. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">One of the latest winter projects I finished putting together. Kits will be available next week for order off the website.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/233x253_28jpg.jpg" alt="" width="233" height="253" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">This is a hexagon shaped wool background with wool applique and fastened to a wooden snowflake. I had a lot of fun with this and have been intrigued to do some "finishing" on wood backgrounds!! The building is progressing along - the steel will be here tomorrow. I am eager for the next steps to happen as it is becoming easier to envision the end result. The reality of the matter is that we won't be in there until spring, but the winter will be a good time to be "finishing" the new creative space. I already know I am going to LOVE my corner with the windows as there is nothing better than sewing/creating with natural light!!<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/341x256_29jpg.jpg" alt="" width="341" height="256" align="" /></div> <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/341x256_30jpg.jpg" alt="" width="341" height="256" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">It looks bigger again now. It is funny how it looks like it is going to be small and then something changes and it looks like it is bigger - at any rate it is better than the space we occupy now!! Daisy has learned where the door is as she is pretty sure that she will be hanging out with us once we have moved in!! Speaking of dogs, I want to introduce you to Lacey's best friend - Millie!! She is a keeper and has become a member of our family quite quickly - even the other dogs have adapted well to her. Daisy has a new playmate.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/255x255_31jpg.jpg" alt="" width="255" height="255" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Now off to stitch!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom~Darci</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/325x244_32jpg.jpg" alt="" width="325" height="244" align="" /></div> <br /><br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/136x242_33jpg.jpg" alt="" width="136" height="242" align="" /></div> Be the Change | Nov 4th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8516 <div><img width="554" height="310" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/554x310_34jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br />When I opened up the calendar book to see what November had in store for wisdom this is what I read. It couldn't be more perfect for the upcoming week and the election. Sometimes we don't think we matter but the fact of the matter is each and every one of us does matter. Now if only we could do something to change this silly day light savings time business. I guess whoever came up with that idea thought the "change" would be beneficial so maybe they were just following Ghandi's advice. <br /><br />Change comes in many forms but it is a certainty in life!! It is hard to believe that almost one year has passed since we closed the quilt shop in Clara City and started this website. Thanks to those of you who support it as it continues to pick up business and we are grateful for that. We still enjoy our connection to you tho at the quilt shows where we can have a hug and share some face to face communication!! My folks were over to see the building progress today and Dad and I discussed how farming has changed with the technology advancements. We agreed that it is hard to wrap our heads around how the world has changed with the computer technology and we don't think we would want to go back. I guess it is kind of like the outdoor toilet and I don't know too many who would like to go back to that way of life especially with winter fast approaching!!!<br /><br />I didn't get a picture taken today in the daylight of the building progress. It is progressing MUCH slower than I anticipated but I guess it is progressing so unless I learn how to run saws and hammers I best be happy with the minor changes that occur each day. I don't think the construction crew has the same drive as we quilters do when we are constructing a quilt!! <br /><br />As I reflect on the past week there has been a lot of change. I lost my aunt who always had a sparkle in her eye and a warm smile to share as well as a dear quilting friend whose spunk and spark touched our lives in such a positive way. I played for a funeral this week at Immanuel in Clara City - this service had a special warmth to it for some reason. It had a feeling of peace and happiness - there were two children's books read - The Next Place and The Invisible String. I highly recommend both of them. The Invisible String was very fitting as Lucille was a quilter. I am sure she was smiling as the story was read!! It was a neat concept to have a children's book read - they have a simplicity about them but there is a lot of thought in the words. <br /><br /> We added a new canine to our family as well. Lacey and Millie met last Sunday night in the Fleet Farm parking lot - it was an instant connection and we are happy to have her spreading the unconditional love that only a dog can give. <br /><br />Well my wool is calling me from the other room so I guess it is time to change its looks and hopefully share it with you this upcoming week along with the some pictures of Millie, our building progress, and our handiworks. Shalom~Darci Answered Prayer | Oct 19th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8515 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/35.jpg" alt="" width="190" height="198" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">I am beyond happy to share with you my 3 year old niece received the news today that she is in remission. As with any cancer situation, it has been a road that my nephew and his family never imagined they would travel. The outpouring of love and support for them as been truly amazing!! I can only imagine the fear they felt as they waited for the test results today and I can't begin to imagine the relief they felt when the news was given them. Thank you to all of you who prayed for them and thank you God for surrounding them with your love, strength, mercy and grace. Please continue to pray for them as they continue the leukemia journey with Olivia!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Lacey and I have wrapped up our 2018 Quilt calendar on Saturday in Kimball. Penny from Gone to Pieces Quilt Shop in Kimball came up with a homerun idea in having a shop hop under one roof. We were grateful to be included in the event and are already thinking ahead to our spring event which will be held in MacGregor with the fall event returning to the Kimball area October of 2019. Thanks for all of you who attended and made it a success and for those of you who missed it - you will want to mark your calendars when the dates are available for 2019!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Before we wrapped up our Saturday market event, we took a road trip to our friends in the Sioux Falls area. We had an uneventful (thank you God!!) drive down and enjoyed the colors along the way. We even passed up the jerky stop in Ruthton this trip?? Waistline is saying I should have wore spandex and we would have stopped!! We had been invited out for a homemade meal at a friends house but had turned down the invite due to "our other jobs demands not knowing when we would really get on the road". <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We arrived with enough time to get something to eat before we presented. We always like to try something new so Round Robin Gourmet Burgers was our choice for the evening. I LOVE to eat!! Often that is one of my highlights of travel so it BETTER be good or I suffer major disappointment. Well I was disappointed. Growing up on the farm and knowing what "real" beef is - I will never be content with the man made filler products that burgers offer. The deep fried pickles were good and I am glad that I wasn't famished cuz.....well you know the rest of that story!! It may have been my fault as I opted to just have meat/bacon/cheese and said "NO" to the 2 sauces they wanted to smear on.That might have supplied the "liquid and flavor" needed to complete the paper thin patties!! We disagree with the slogan "Mmmm" and might change it to "Hmmm??" Oh well - I haven't blown away and yes I had to drive by the jerky again on the way home thinking how good that would have been!! We presented a program/trunk show on our favorite precut - Candy Packs. As Lacey packed up our samples and counted up the patterns, we were amazed to find that we have designed 77 patterns using those 2 1/2 inch squares and brought along 140 samples to share with the ladies in the guild. I hope we have left a little of the "candy" craze with those girls and enjoyed our time with them.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/36.jpg" alt="" width="226" height="202" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Friday morning presented itself with coolness and the job of loading Myrtle up. Thank goodness for that old van as you don't have to be too fussy how things go in.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/358x196_37jpg.jpg" alt="" width="358" height="196" align="" /></div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/38.jpg" alt="" width="291" height="204" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">I went down to the barn to get the "props" out and was greeted with the odor of those lovely black and white cats better known as a skunk!! Decided as long as I didn't see anything I was good - odor lingers so that didn't mean it was close anymore. I left the wood props out on the lawn and proceeded to get the rest of the "stuff" gathered up. Running behind schedule (first time that has EVER happened) I put the wood prop stuff in Myrtle, plugged in "Generations Ballroom" in the GPS, buckled my seat belt and listed to the voice tell me where to go. I don't know how many of you use this GPS off your phones but I swear by it. After Friday, I swore at it!! It told me to turn right at Hwy 7. Check - right turn. Use the 2nd exit at the round about. Check. Continue east for bla bla miles. Check. Turn left. Check. Turn right. Hmm?? but I did. I came to Hwy 15 so I was sure this was a beautiful short cut I experienced. I drove on Hwy 15 for a few miles and got "Turn Right". Check. I ended up coming into Darwin. Yup starting to wonder about this now, but I have not been led astray before and I don't know where this ballroom is so I continue following her directions to a body shop in Buffalo???? Now mind you we have from 3 pm to 5 pm to set up. I am SLOW at this and need ALL the time I can have. It is now 3:50 pm, I am in Buffalo, have no clue where I should be and no one answers there phone. Some days you just have to pull over and cry. Crying can be a good release but I can't release too long cuz the clock is also ticking!!!! With a battery nearing its end on the phone I manage to get a new address off the internet and arrive in Kimball at 4:20 with enough time to unload Myrtle who brought the skunk smell with us as well. I can laugh about it now, but it sure wasn't funny at 3:50 pm on Friday, October 12th. Moral of the story - do question GPS if your gut tells you something isn't seeming quite right with this route you are on. Also learned it is much nicer to travel with someone cuz they can navigate while you drive around lost. It is pretty hard to be typing destinations into the phone and driving at the same time - in fact I have heard it is against the law??!!</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/39.jpg" alt="" width="278" height="160" align="" /></div> <br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;">No I never seen flashing lights behind me - I was followed a couple of times but I only tried to enjoy God's nature coloring book. We enjoyed the little bit of visiting we got in with customers and were elated to see SO many familiar faces come through our booth. Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts for making our business succeed and continuing on with us thru our business changes!! <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">As for our building, well the concrete has "rested" or "cured" for 2 wks - longer than a lot of us when we have a major surgery?? The equipment and lumber are sitting outside my window this afternoon. We are hoping to share pictures next week of our new "walls" - right now you can only see the toilet pipe sticking up out of the cement on our side so I decided to keep that vision to myself and share "walls" with you next week!!! We hope you tie your hat down under your chin this weekend and that the wind is blowing your leaves on to your neighbors so you can stay inside your sewing room and create!!! That is what we have on tap for our weekend I think!!! Shalom~Darci</div> Progress | Oct 5th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8514 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/302x227_40jpg.jpg" alt="" width="302" height="227" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />This was the Friday activity at my house today. It is starting to become more of a reality now as in a couple of weeks we will have the shell of the building up and the new interior will start to take shape. I am SO excited. The timing seems to be working out well as we will wrap up our 2018 quilting commitments next weekend and concentrate on our new workspace. I will be going back full time to the tax office as well so it seems to be coming together quite nicely. The weather has proven to be challenging for the crew today but they are still here working in the not forecasted mist! Joe is up north hunting this weekend and when he called while driving in the Bemidji area told me the ground was white with a couple of inches of snow on the ground. I guess I won't complain about the mist!!<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/250x333_41jpg.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="333" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />I have managed to get some binding down and a couple more samples sewn today between watching the men at work. I opened up the button box and used some of the "saved for good" buttons that I have collected from antique stores. Still trying to decide if I should leave it like this or if every square needs buttons. This is one of our new patterns using a candy pack and will be available at the Fall Quilters Market on Saturday, Oct 13th. <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/214x292_42jpg.jpg" alt="" width="214" height="292" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Well off to do some binding so we can share more of our new patterns with you in the very near future. If you would like to spend your day quilting tomorrow, we have shared a crock pot soup recipe that we enjoy this time of the year. Check out the recipe page of our website and give the Crockpot Chicken Enchilada soup a try. It is super easy to throw together and you can sew while the smell of the soup fills the air. Shalom~Darci</div> Kindness | Oct 4th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8513 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/43.jpg" alt="" width="219" height="218" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Today was a girls day out!! Our destination for the day was "Woolstock" in Spring Lake Park. As we so often do, we have our day planned out and don't give a thought to the fact it may not go quite as planned. First stop was the General Store for some early Christmas shopping (not nearly as crowded with shoppers this time of the year) and a fun lunch with homemade popovers. Mission successful - the early Christmas shopping was really just a bonus as we hadn't planned on finding those things!! Out to the car we go only to have absolutely NOTHING when the key was inserted into the ignition!! Being married to a mechanic and he knowing I am not a mechanical person whatsoever - I do not carry jumper cables, booster packs or tools. I have bags for shopping, rugs, and Coke in my "trunk". I will never be thirsty and my bags could act as insulation if it is really cold!! I can use jumper cables, and probably after today will start to carry them, but for this adventure it is just Coke and bags - and Oh Yeah - a couple of rugs to put under my tires if I need traction!! So we decide there are some men in the restaurant eating so we might be in luck for the jumper cables. Lacey hit the jackpot as the first man out she ran after and yes indeed he had jumper cables. He brought his vehicle over, hooked up the cables, and yes we were in business. He only asked that we enjoy our day out as payment for his act of kindness. A decision had to be made whether this was the end of our girls day our or we take a leap of faith and continue on to Woolstock which was about 30 minutes away. Faith over Fear - we headed to WoolStock. With some GPS "you have arrived at your destination" - No this is a floor covering place not Buttermilk Basin - try again we found it and enjoyed the "WoolStock" event in Spring Lake Park and/or Blaine. Back inthe Jeep which we left run the entire time and off to try out "First Kiss" apples at the U of M Apple Orchard. As we were traveling the freeway, the lights flashed, (this was one of the signs we were told might indicate an alternator problem) but they quickly went out so we keep driving. The next time it did it I informed my co-pilot we maybe should worry a bit!! We made it with white knuckles to the edge of the cities with no lights once the heater motor was turned off. The orchard wasn't too far off our path so we decided to get our apples. Once again - left the Jeep run - only to find a sign on the door they were "SOLD OUT" of First Kiss apples. We had decided we needed to skip the antique store stop and be happy with our previous stops and pray we make it home. Well wouldn't you know - we are at the Hwy 7/Rolling Acres intersection on Rolling Acres road with cars lined up for a good mile ahead and behind. I had the blinker on and jokingly said "I better shut that off to conserve energy" and when I shut the blinkers off - the Jeep died. HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM NOW!! We just so happened to have a pickup with a trailer with a cement mixer on it so I ran up to him, scared him, (I did wear my witch hat today) and asked if he could please help push our vehicle off the road. He was more than happy to assist us. The man who was sitting behind us had a hard time rolling his window down (must have been the witch hat) as we wanted his four was flashers on to alert people we were having a problem. He did do it and with remarkable ease, the Jeep pushed off the side of the road. As we were getting back in to call for help, the lights came on - the man who helped us said to keep going - we had a couple hours before dark so wished us luck. We made it thru the stoplight and prayed we wouldn't have to sit anywhere in traffic. We did take a detour in St Bonifacious as the light was red LOTS of cars so we drove thru Holiday Gas station, up the hill, a u turn in a church parking lot, a roll thru a stop sign and when we came down the hill had a green light so we were in business. NO STOPPING!! We are convinced the kind man who helped us out wondered what we were doing as he knew we were headed to Prinsburg. We did catch up to him a few miles up the road. We stayed with him until Hutchinson - it was a feeling of security knowing he was within sight for some silly reason!! In this crazy world we live in with enormous amounts of energy, money and time wasted on trying to tear people down, there are still a lot of good people willing to help someone in need. Both of these men were blessings for us today, both sharing a smile as they assisted and asking nothing in return. We did arrive on our yard without another incident just as the rain was starting to fall. Thanks God for the timing of that as we didn't think we dared to use the windshield wipers!! Lacey purchased a "Blessing" jar for a Christmas exchange gift. I can assure you that will be the present I will be "stealing" when we play the exchange game. I have two blessings already that belong in the jar. The theory behind this is that after a years time or just a day you are feeling blue, you open the jar and read the papers with the blessings written on them. What a cool concept!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="407" height="227" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/407x227_44jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />I have had a few days to create before our outings next week. This is a quick to stitch project that is finished by adhering it to a board. I have a couple more I will share with you in the next blog post. Kits and patterns will be available at the Fall Quilters Market next Saturday, October 13, in Kimball at the ballroom. We have some new candy quilts and wool projects to share with you then. We are going to Sioux Falls next Thursday to do a trunk show in regards to Candy Packs. We are very excited to present this as it is our favorite precut to work with. We will share our new creations with you in a future post. Well I have binding awaiting me so off to find a needle and a hockey game. We are excited that the MN Wild will be kicking off another hockey season tonight. I will also be posting building pictures in the near future as we have been progressing along the past week quite nicely. I am eager for our new space but am content with the space we have for now. Remember - random acts of kindness come in many forms. It is always easier to be on the giving end of them but I have to admit that today it felt good and was humbling to be on the receiving end of them as well!! Shalom~Darci</div> It Takes a Village | Sep 28th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8512 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/45.jpg" alt="" width="232" height="218" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />As the days have passed by since my great niece's leukemia diagnosis, I have witnessed, thru the area communites and social media, the truth of this phrase. I can't imagine what her parents are feeling. Dealing with the diagnosis alone would be extremely difficult and the overflowing gratitude of support in the Dawson and the surrounding communities has to overwhelming in so many ways. Thank you for any prayer or act of kindness you have expressed during this trial in our family's life. <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/141x148_46jpg.jpg" alt="" width="141" height="148" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />I have spent the past 8 days of weekday work time at my job with numbers so I have no new shop project to share with you today. I have spent my "free" sewing time working on this project that I purchased on our bus trip to the Missouri Star in 2017. I have to admit that I wasn't sure what attracted me to it as I was cutting and sewing, but now that the applique is on, I remember!!! Very different sewing someone else's pattern - can't remember the last time I followed directions. I even dug out the Featherweight which I enjoyed!! I have a feeling tho it is going back to the darkness as the Bernina is waiting for its turn once again for shop work.<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/379x288_47jpg.jpg" alt="" width="379" height="288" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />And the picture doesn't want to cooperate and turn so you get the side angle!!! It has been fun but I feel guilty sewing on something to adorn my wall so it is going by the way along with the Featherweight for another day!! <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shop work is progressing very SLOWLY!! Once again my "Patience" virtue is being tested. Funny tho, the older I get, the easier it is to practice that!! I think I have reached a point in my life to know there really isn't too many things we should get so worked up about. It always works out in God's time, so it is best to just chill!! (if I step outside I will have some help with that!!)<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/373x373_48jpg.jpg" alt="" width="373" height="373" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />We are excited to share we have put on the finishing planning the route of our 2019 Wisconsin Bus Trip. We will travel as far east as Appleton Wisconsin. The finishing touches of the trip are awaiting response from a couple of our stops but can share that our final stop on the way home is the Riverbend Winery (photo to the left) in Chippewa Falls. We are still communicating with the quilt shops at this point so hope to share the final details with you in a couple of weeks. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">With a chill in the air, it is time to turn the outside yard and garden work to a close and open up our fabric stashes and begin the cozy fabric segment of our fall and winter seasons. You can pick up some new projects at the Quilters Fall Market in Kimball on October 13th. The little wool project shown above is a free download on the website so if you like to work with wool - this is a quick project to stitch up for you or a friend!! We are very excited for this new event and hope to see you all there!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom~Darc</div> Strength | Sep 18th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8511 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/49.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="315" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />As we all know, we like to believe we are in control of life. We have our days/weeks/and months arranged according to our terms. I am not sure if it wisdom with age or just that as there are more "things" happening to people that are close to me to make me once again realize just how fragile life is. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">This weekend my great niece (yes I am that old!!) was taken to Children's Hospital and diagnosed with leukemia. I can't imagine what my nephew and his wife are going through. Her name is Olivia and she will be 3 years old on October 1st. She is a spunky beautiful blonde little girl with the bluest eyes and a happy heart.<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/50.jpg" alt="" width="302" height="400" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />I know that I have many prayer warriors that I have become acquainted with over the years and I ask that you will keep little Olivia and her family in your prayers. We all know that prayer works and we have to trust that we are where we are suppose to be in our journey of life. If you wish to follow her story she has a caring bridge site set up: Oliviabaldwin. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I can do all things through him who strengthen me. Phillipians 4:13<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom~Darci</div> Just Chillin...Part 2 | Sep 12th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8510 <div style="text-align: center;">Just Chillin Part 1 was actually written before Labor Day hmmm.....where did those days go? I couldn't finish the post that night so put it on hold. Lacey said just publish it as Part 1 and add Part 2 - brilliant idea - i wouldn't have thought of that!! We really haven't been chillin and we didn't do any chillin on Labor Day weekend either. We successfully packed up with new cabinets I might add and headed east to our neighboring state of Wisconsin. We only stopped once for cheese curds on the way home and the one stop for wine on the way out there was quite successful I might add!! <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/176x234_51jpg.jpg" alt="" width="176" height="234" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />We enjoy Wisconsin wine and always stock up when we are there!! So with several bottles of wine, Green Bay Tostitos for a couple of our Packer friends, and Myrtle (our handy dandy Astro Van) we traveled the interstate to Madison to set up our Pastthyme Pattern booth in the rain. Our new cabinetry worked amazing!! The guys put together cabinets on wheels so we just lift them out of the van and wheel them in. We are very excited for the ease of booth setup going forward. It is important to always be open to change and enjoy the adventures along the way! <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/352x264_52jpg.jpg" alt="" width="352" height="264" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/351x263_53jpg.jpg" alt="" width="351" height="263" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />So as Lacey, Myrtle and I traveled down the road to the quilt show we discussed our morning commutes from home to Olivia or Clara City and how we would much rather drive behind farm equipment slowly than the interstate traffic zooming by and not knowing whether we were in the "right" lane or not!! Being a country girl, I can get some anxiety driving in multiple lanes of traffic so to avoid this sight we opted to find an alternate route which had just as much traffic but less lanes to contend with and I enjoyed the beauty of the Madison WI capitol each morning we traveled it. Downtown Madison is MUCH easier to navigate than Mpls/St Paul!! I have an AMAZING navigator that travels with me and neither of us usually get too excited if we end up someplace other than where we were trying to go. Sometimes there is something beautiful on the end of that wrong turn!!<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/251x335_54jpg.jpg" alt="" width="251" height="335" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/327x245_55jpg.jpg" alt="" width="327" height="245" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />We have enjoyed the grounds of the capitol when we have been downtown and there are amazing places to eat near the capitol. Our travels always include a new place or two to eat - something that the area is known for. Our first night of "new" eating experiences was a restaurant called Graze. I had researched it before choosing and it was a place that served local goods so we walked in and it seemed like "us" however after being seated and looking at the menu listing hamburgers at $21 a burger we decided that the beef raised for that restaurant must be something extra special that we didn't need to experience and left. We walked down the street to the&nbsp;had amazing garlic french fries, cheese curds, and $8 burgers - much more our style!!! It was a perfect evening for a walk near the capitol which rounded out our downtown excursion for 2018. It is always surprising to us that we connect with people we have met along the way at quilt shows that are that distance from home. But we were lucky to have friends stop by while we were there to give a hug, warm smiles and share "life" with us while we vended. Two of those friends travel with us on our bus trips. They have shop hopped their way out to the Expo the past two years and pick us up at the front door and we spend the evening with them. They, too, like to try new eating experiences while they are out and about so we ate at the Badger Tavern which is a good old fashioned tavern with a seasoned grill, a waiting line for eating-always a good sign, and a Friday night fish fry. We shared good food and laughter and have already chosen the Squirrel's Nest for our 2019 outing. &nbsp;<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/368x276_56jpg.jpg" alt="" width="368" height="276" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/354x388_57jpg.jpg" alt="" width="354" height="388" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/58.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="180" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />After another successful quilt show, we packed up headed north and gave a woo hoo when we reached the MN border once again knowing that there were a couple of canines waiting for our early morning return. The favorites of the Expo for our customers were Winter Village and Uff Da We're Home which was what we said when we pulled up in our yard early Sunday morning!!! There is no place like home and while we enjoy Wisconsin, we are always glad to be back in the land of 10,000 lakes, tractors, and beet trucks!!</div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom~Darci<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/311x293_59jpg.jpg" alt="" width="311" height="293" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/320x427_60jpg.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="427" align="" /></div> Just Chillin...Part 1 | Sep 12th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8509 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/313x235_61jpg.jpg" alt="" width="313" height="235" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Truly it is the simple things in life that bring the most happiness to a person!! Life is so busy that we often overlook the little things that can make us laugh out loud or bring a smile to our face. As I was coming back from my walk our cat "Gus" named before we knew she was a girl I might add was sitting under my Jeep just chilling. We should take lessons from our animals as they do an awful lot of chillin!! <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/378x504_62jpg.jpg" alt="" width="378" height="504" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />"Wheelie" one of our felines who was named after a car wheel because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time one morning when I left for work is also quite photogenic!! Not sure what she is expressing but Lacey and I sure got a good laugh from the photo!! <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I am enjoying the falling leaves outside my window while I work here at home and the ever changing countryside with the fall colors starting to show their beauty.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I am also enjoying the sight out the north east of the house because this is what it is looking like:<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">First it was this:<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/383x287_63jpg.jpg" alt="" width="383" height="287" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">and now it looks like this!!!<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/382x287_64jpg.jpg" alt="" width="382" height="287" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">So much has changed in a couple weeks time. It is a little easier to visualize now but most importantly we are going forward and the building should be up before the snow flies unless it comes before Halloween!!! Whoo Hoo as there is no heat in my trailer - we would be experiencing chillin in the form that speaks of temperature and not relaxation!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">So with that being said - I have been working on winter projects - here is a peak at what graced our quilt booth walls during the Quilt Expo in the "winter" area......</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/381x285_65jpg.jpg" alt="" width="381" height="285" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Diamond Charm from the Holly Taylor collection - Lacey decided to make a smaller version using a candy pack from our original larger runner pictured on the left. I liked it so well that I did a large runner and a small runner from the scraps of my charm pack so with the kit you will get both of these projects. Her mini runner is using a brighter line and with some embroidery added and looks like this.<br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/381x286_66jpg.jpg" alt="" width="381" height="286" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/381x557_67jpg.jpg" alt="" width="381" height="557" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">"Love Came Down" is my newest nativity project. This is a quick project to sew together using a candy pack. Wool applique and a little embroidery round out the project. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Rounding out our "chillin" post is a project whose occupants really do "chill". I enjoyed creating it and my hands didn't even get cold!! Shalom~Darci <br /><br /></div> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/431x323_68jpg.jpg" alt="" width="431" height="323" align="" /></div> Faith Over Fear | Aug 23rd 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8508 <div><img width="545" height="409" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/545x409_69jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Much to my surprise last night when I came down my road was the semi and trailer that hauled the equipment to start moving dirt. What a welcome sight that was. This morning while I watched them escavate, I thought about in my 55 years of life on this earth, this is the first time that I will have watched a building that I will "live" and enjoy time in be built brand new. I love the old but there is definitely a shiver of excitement knowing that I will also get to experience a brand new building during my lifetime!! Without a doubt tho, there will be some "old" wood that makes it way inside to keep me feeling comfortable!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I felt compelled to blog today and decided that I needed to follow that nudge from up above as I believe he deserves credit for my feelings of happiness and gratitude today. One year ago today I faced the most fearful day of my life thus far. I lost the use of my hand and today as I sewed, packed patterns, traced pattern templates, got dressed, etc. I thought about how very thankful I am for where I am at today!! FAITH OVER FEAR - a phrase that I hope to continue to live out the rest of my life and I can tell you it works - I lived it!! I am going to celebrate tomorrow eating and shopping and laughing with two very special ladies!! <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Not much to share for projects - these two projects were from our Little Red Hen Bus trip and are now available for purchase. Lacey and I each did our own version of the embroidered Little Red Hen. Lacey finished hers off for all you hexie lovers out there with hexagons and glued it to a wooden board for her background.....</div> <br /> <div><img width="408" height="299" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/408x299_70jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">I finished mine off with a candy pack and a little additional yardage for a wall hanging....</div> <br /> <div><img width="402" height="396" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/402x396_71jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">We will have more show and tell as we continue to post in the days ahead. There are lots of new projects in the finishing stages that we will share with you before we leave for cheese country in a couple of weeks.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Shalom ~ Darci</div> Spinning in circles... | Aug 17th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8507 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/72.jpg" alt="" width="263" height="192" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">You know that circle you see spinning when you are trying to search the web.....well that sums up this "in transition" work environment!!! I know that I am going upward but some days the stairs ahead seems to be tall and steep!!! Is it in the trailer? Iit upstairs in the house? What box is it in cuz it isn't in the logical spot? What was I looking for again? Oh look at that - forgot I had started that - wonder how I was going to do that? Hmm... now I am frustrated and I am not sure what I should do!! That describes my day today so I decided to update the once again very out of date blog!! I have been creating with baby steps and the building site is ready now for the dirt work so I am going to share some pictures of what was in our yard as well as some new creations that I seemed to have completed!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Below is "was" our chicken coop. Thank goodness it never was home to chickens since we have lived here as I don't mind eating chicken or eggs but that is as close as I care to get!! Those of you who know me well know that the barn is my favorite farm building!! That is still standing tall on our yard and God willing - will remain a part of our yard!!</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/73.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="88" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">My husband and son have spent many hours salvaging wood, tin, and windows from that building for future endeavors and a couple of walls for my our new studio. You just can't buy new wood that has the character of the old!! I am lucky that we all feel the same way and share that common thought that character comes with age and has to be embraced.</div> <br /> <div><img width="500" height="250" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/500x250_74jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />It was ironic as we stood inside the empty building, the guys told me that my new building will be exactly the same size as the chicken coop was - helped me to visualize the space that will soon be home. Square footage means nothing to me - I need to "see" it to visualize how it will actually look. This helped a little bit!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">TIMBER.............. and its down. More beams to salvage and a few surprises up in the rafters - this was built to handle angry chickens or high winds!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="570" height="228" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/570x228_75jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">And what was once there is no longer - Abbey thinks this is okay cuz the dog kennel was on the end of the building and she prefers to "kennel" in the house with me!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="523" height="264" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/523x264_76jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">After tree trimming we are now ready for the contractors. Next week should bring the dirt work and then the cement. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Baby steps.....upward!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">As for the creating - we are trying to get ready for the Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. We always enjoy our trip to WI for wine &amp; cheese and oh yeah the quilt show!! If you have not attended, this is something to put on your bucket list if you like quilting!! When I blogged the last time I left you with a quilt. When creating an applique quilt especially, I always think it would be fun for our customers to see "before" and "after" pictures. "Little Joe" was fused in place but didn't have his character added at that time. He is now complete and had his cover photo shot on the wall of the old chicken coop before they tore it down. After the photo shoot, the guys decided they would tear the wood off and build me a new wall with that wood as it works amazing for taking quilt pictures on ;).</div> <br /> <div><img width="389" height="440" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/389x440_77jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">My latest wool designs are made of hexagons and will be available for the Quilt Show in September.</div> <br /> <div><img width="338" height="332" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/338x332_78jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Irene's Flower Garden was named after my Grandma Irene who always had beautiful flower gardens. It is a hobby passed on to my Mother as well as aunts and cousins but not so much to me!! I don't enjoy the weeding and heat so I created my flower garden from wool, in the air conditioned house, on a comfortable chair!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="337" height="345" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/337x345_79jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">This new fall project hasn't found a name yet, but it is one of my favorites!! I LOVE fall and winter designing and will share the snowman project next blog post. This will also be available on the website as well as the quilt show in Wisconsin.</div> <br /> <div><img width="456" height="342" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/456x342_80jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">So once again, there is a circle. This is one of my favorite sights as a farm girl. By the end of today, these circles will be gone out in the field across the way - but I have enjoyed looking at them for the past 2 days. Circles are indeed good - they remind us that we are encircled by God, love, and beauty each day if we just look past the "spinning" that we seen when the circle appears before us on the computer screen forcing us to practice patience and pause for a minute in this hectic life we live. ~Shalom~ Darci</div> Book of Life | Jul 12th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8506 <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/81.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="225" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">As I pulled up the blog this afternoon, I thought about all the "filler" of my time that has happened since the last blog post way back in March. Even tho the blog entries are barren, our life certainly has not been!! We have been busy with a quilt shows, bus trips, and lastly packing up our shop. As Joe took down the sign "Enter as strangers, leave as friends" the tears began to come. SO many memories within those walls, too many quilts created to count, space that my kids grew up in, many life problems solved with laughter and sometimes tears around the old table, a little dog hair in the cracks of the floor, and countless friends made for life. There are several chapters of my life in the 16 years I spent in that buildin. What started out as a small wish or dream has taken me to a place I would have never imagined. However, it is time to close the door on that building now and create a brand new work space right at home where I can walk to work each day. I am looking forward to the peace and solitude of country life that I knew as a child. It is almost as if it is coming full circle. I had to take a photos of the building when I left Sunday afternoon. It is hard to believe we were able to get it packed up and that the building is ready for its next purpose. It would make a great lake cabin!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="358" height="478" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/358x478_82jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">So, today is the first day I have had a chance to sit down in the make shift sewing area of our dining room. Here is a sneak peek of my latest fall wall hanging.</div> <br /> <div><img width="358" height="404" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/358x404_83jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">It is just fused in place at this time so the next time I share it - he will have come to life and have his personality!! - he looks much better in person - the picture doesn't do justice to the color at all!! The fabric is Homespun Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings. I used a charm pack for the scrappy background and will also have a fall table topper from the remaining pieces to share as well. Time to get to work on that now!! Shalom.....Darci</div> Persistence | Mar 11th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8505 <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Persistence.</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">It has only taken us about four weeks to sit down and finish this blog post.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">The power of persistence. . .finally prevails.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Over the course of the past year, we have learned the importance of celebrating the little things.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">It's been just over a year ago since our "wild" year started on the day the "handyman's" shop burnt. Tickets were purchased back in November for a hockey game. . .that just so happened to mark the one-year date of that event. This wasn't planned and come that night, it seemed evident that God's plan was for us to all be together and to have fun that night. Plus. . the Wild were on fire! 8 goals meant 40 cents off gas the next day! Score.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">February also brought the excitement and celebration of two quilt patterns.</div> <br /> <div><img width="281" height="381" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/281x381_84jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Eclipse.</strong> <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We were seeing stars light up the sky come the start of February. This quilt pattern can be found in the March/April edition of Fons &amp; Porter's Love of Quilting magazine.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">This lap size quilt features "Authentic, Etc." by Sweetwater of moda. Those of you who like Sweetwater fabric know that their very first fabric grouping was called Authentic. This line made it's debut before we realized we liked their stuff. Lacey held onto the dream someday she'd own some of it, and the excitement she experienced on the day she seen this new group was like none other. Shortly after our box arrived this beauty was born.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Two weeks later. . .</div> <br /> <div><img width="312" height="468" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/312x468_85jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /><strong>Cherry Street.</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Spring-thyme flowers bloomed on the pages of Fons &amp; Porter's Quilting Quickly pages two weeks later. This quilt pattern is also in their March/April magazine that is currently on newsstands. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">For those of you faithful followers, this pattern was our very first published piece with the Fons &amp; Porter gals. Our original was done with aqua, brown, cream and black.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">This project shows combines both batiks and cotton that happens to have metallic in it. Very different mix for us gals, but we love the outcome.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We want to give a special thank you to Audrey Borning who did the beautiful quilting on this project. "Thank you dear friend!"<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We decided after all of this excitement we needed to kick it in high gear and create in our "one butt" sewing room in an effort to come up with some new projects to show off at the quilt shows we have coming up both this month and next.</div> <br /><hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /><strong>(Take a minor detour with us for a moment)</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We went and seen the 2Cellos when they were in the cities back in January.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Back in October we vended a quilt show in Plymouth. Those who joined us (and it wasn't many) would have heard this lovely music in our booth. Those of you who did indeed see us at the great quilt shows in South Dakota (Watertown &amp; Sioux Falls) heard this as well, and may have seen one of us "boogieing" on her stool.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We decided back in Plymouth that if these 2Cellos ever made a trip to the USA and happened to stop in the cities were were going. No if's and's or but's about it.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>And they did!</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We were part of the sell-out crowd at the newly renovated Target Center and the concert did NOT disappoint. As a matter of fact, we plan to attend the next time they come our way, and plan to take the men in the family with us. (Yes, even they were not only impressed but also rocked out cellos)<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We of course had a great laugh before we made the venue. Those who travel with us on our bus trips know they are an adventure, and no matter where we go this holds true. We were two country mice in the big city and we were out of our league. We missed the parking lot we planned to use, and thought driving around the block was no biggie. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">But it was!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We wound up at a light that cycled, and cycled and cycled and we were not able to cross. There were busses, and people both homeless and workers, and bouncers across the street by strip clubs and the light rail. It was truly sensory overload for us country mice. Traffic may have backed up a bit because we were too scared to goose it.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Eventually Lacey convinced Darci that she'd pay for the ticket to run the red light. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">And ya know what. . .she was one very proud daughter as her mom did just that. No flashing lights came.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We proceeded to the parking ramp we should have went to all along, where we not knowing any different got honked at for stopping too soon. Thankfully the honking man yelled at us for where to get our ticket. After carefully watching people we chose a group that we were sure was headed to the concert as well as we had no idea how to navigate the sky system. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Back to the music. . they are phenomenal!! We highly recommend checking them out.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">As we sew in our "one butt" sewing room, we tune into them. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We will share this first one with you, please imagine us sewing away to this song. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>By the way, we sew fast, and barefoot.</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">With that peppy song in mind, we invite you to see a few of our newest projects. We plan to share more before the New Ulm show in a couple of weeks. <br /><br /></div> <div><img width="327" height="327" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/327x327_86jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>"Magnolia Blossoms"</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">This project shows off English Paper Piecing and features three different hexagon sizes all of which work perfectly with a mini charm pack. This one shows off some timeless Kansas Troubles fabric. The embroidery in the center just seems to make this project.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/87.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="320" align="" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /><strong>"Abigail Lane"</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Lots of cold days and evenings spent watching hockey leads to an assortment of hexagon projects. This features one-inch hexagons and Bonnie &amp; Camille's "The Good Life" fabric along with some dainty embroidery in the centers. The name comes from the black lab who warmed my feet while it was being sewn.</div> <br /> <div><img width="356" height="267" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/356x267_88jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Inspiration Peak</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Lovely garden trails out of Hazel &amp; Plum by Fig Tree makes for a lovely embroidered garden pathway. Taking a more unique twist on shape, this oval is completed with two different sized hexagons and remains mini charm friendly.</div> <br /> <div><img width="374" height="280" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/374x280_89jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Meadows of Thyme</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We love Biscuits and Gravy (by BasicGrey) and the food. This charm friendly project shows some irregular edges and applique and is just fun for the transition from winter into spring.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Perseverance. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Continue to persevere in your creative projects and we will in ours!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Until next time,<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">(enjoy one more of our favorites)</div> <br /> <div><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pk0pSJRRyMk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> Where does the time go? | Feb 11th 2018 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8504 <div style="text-align: center;">As the phrase goes....Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... - Can't look back other than to see the last blog post was December 24th! WOW! There are lots of things that occupy our days and I guess at the end of my tax office work day, my fingers prefer cotton, wool or just some rest rather than the computer keys at home! We have been busy creating as there are upcoming quilt shows to have new items for as well as continuing to try to expand our website. We appreciate feedback on the website as we don't know what your shopping experience may be so please email us if you are having problems - it is the only way we can get it fixed and make it a pleasant experience for everyone!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">en we ordered our new fabric to create with we both ordered reds to work with. Lacey ordered from one of her favorite designers Sweetwater and I order from Minnick &amp; Simpson. She has her project sewn, quilted, and bound. I added the borders to mine this morning and layered it so...... she won!! It was our intent to have reds for February - I still have a couple of days to make the deadline which is how I like to work - lets not rush into these things and she of course is much more prepared and made the deadline before February came!! Hard to believe we are mother/daughter!! We laugh at how different our creativity is as she likes multiple blocks that are often complex and I like one or two of the same and then lets change it up with some large pieces to complete. It is a good balance tho in the quilting world! Her red project is named "Pigeon Falls". We are still waiting for the fabric to arrive - it shows it is ready to ship but the ship hasn't sailed yet with it!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">As soon as the fabric arrives in the shop we will have kits available on the website. The runner measures 13 x 22 inches and uses a candy pack. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Her latest hexagon project is called Abigail Lane. She used Bonnie &amp; Camille's "The Good Life" fabric line to create the project. The embroidery added a special touch to the project. Kits for this project are available on our website. Project measures 15 x 17 inches.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">I am saving my sewing projects for a later post as the quilting always finishes up the project. I have three projects I am creating using Farmhouse Reds, Home Grown, and Ahoy Me Hearties. I also have a couple of new wool projects that I hope to finish up while I watch ice skating during the Winter Olympics. <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">We have exciting news to share with you so stay tuned for our next post..<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">"Love the life you live....Live the life you love!"</div> Merry Christmas | Dec 24th 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8503 <div style="text-align: center;">Emmanuel...God is with us. What a powerful thought. As I look back over this past year the thought of this was so very evident. Christmas is different this year. Although I don't feel "Christmas" like i did when i was a kid, I do feel Christmas with a heart full of gratitude and stillness. Stillness and contentment is hard to find these days but I have felt it these past few weeks unlike before. I learned this past year that all the things that I was so busy with really don't matter. It is the people that we meet on our journey in life that matter not the dozens of cookies baked on the counter. It is watching a sunrise in the morning on my way to work which confirms another day has dawned and God is with us. It is the sunset in my rearview mirror as I drive home that peace can be found at the end of a hectic with what we accomplished for the day. The darkness which assures us that it is time to take in some rest. This little baby born centuries ago is the assurance that we are never alone in our life. With whatever happens along the way, God is always with us. May you find comfort and joy in this knowledge this Christmas. Please feel free to download the pattern for our "Humble Beginnings" shown below. Merry Christmas!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="480" height="471" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/480x471_90jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> Our first wool download is ready! | Dec 4th 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8502 <div><img width="302" height="398" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/302x398_91jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Here is our first downloadable "freebie" for the holiday season. I hope to continue to create a series of this size pattern for your stitching enjoyment!! You will need to sign in on our website and checkout in order to get the pattern download. Kits are available if you are interested! Happy stitching!!</div> Giving Thanks... | Nov 23rd 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8501 <div><img width="438" height="657" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/438x657_92jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><br />Wishing you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving Day!!</div> And the winner is... | Nov 18th 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8500 <div style="text-align: center;">Congratulations to our winners and thanks again for all those who visited us during the hop!! <br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Watch for our free wool pattern on our website next week!!</div> The red thread... | Nov 13th 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8499 <div style="text-align: center;">A heartfelt thank you to all of you who visited us this past weekend. The support, the smiles, the hugs, and kind comments were amazing. We are very humbled! We want to thank you for your friendship and support these past years. We look forward to our continued friendship with all of you.</div> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/93.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="476" align="" /></div> Meet Olaf | Nov 7th 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8498 <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Once upon a time in Minnesota prairie lived a mom and daughter who enjoyed quilting through their lives one seam at a time. This is the next chapter in their story....</strong><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Life inevitably will hand you scraps and it's our decision what to do with them. </em><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>We can stuff the scraps in a bag, cinch it up and stuff it in the closet. We can put them in a scrap bin or sort them out by color, size or scrap type. Or we can iron them out, trim 'em up and sew. </em><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>We make the choice to iron, cut and sew and piece those scraps into a beautiful array of quilting projects. After all, even the ugliest of scraps look lovely pieced together in a patchwork quilt.</em></div> <br /> <div><img width="207" height="45" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/207x45_94png.png" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">With that being said, we invite you to join us as we add another row to our life's patchwork quilt. We will be open for the last time this weekend for the "Stockings were Hung" shop hop.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Hours are 9 am to 5 pm both Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Pick up your complimentary pattern to create your very own "Olaf". Olaf is our snowman project for the hop. Each of the shops will have a complimentary snowman project available.</div> <br /> <div><img width="306" height="408" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/306x408_95jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Rumor has it Olaf will be serving snowman treats!!<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Our fabric bundle is a group of Christmas Fat Quarters. Come join in the fun!!</div> <br /> <div><img width="351" height="263" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/351x263_96jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> The next chapter beings... | Nov 4th 2017 http://www.shadesofpast.comhttps://www.shadesofpast.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8497 <div><img width="261" height="214" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9406/261x214_97jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <h1>"Let today be the start of something new"</h1> Indeed today is a new beginning for Shades of the Past. We want to welcome you to our new E-commerce website. We are very excited to begin this new chapter in our quilting journey. As I shared with you on our Facebook page, due to health reasons, I have to simplify my life a bit. For the next 15 months or so, my blog post will sometimes be centered around the quote for the month out of my monthly planner. As mentioned on Facebook, my planner began with August 1st, the day following my heart attack. The quote for the month of August was "Change your thoughts...Change your Life" I already was aware that I had to make changes and by the end of August we were well aware that changes indeed had to happen. The September quote read: "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year". I was thankful that with the help of my husband, Lacey, and my Mom we were able to fulfill our September quilt show schedule that had looked a little gloomy. The quote reminded me that we need to take one day at a time and live it to its fullest as one never knows what tomorrow has in store for you. The October quote instructs "Don't worry, be happy" - sometimes easier said than done. It is not one of my favorite quotes but there is a lot of wisdom there if you really think about it. We wrapped up our fall quilt show schedule in Sioux Falls and enjoyed a beautiful ride home with fall colors surrounding us. God's beauty is truly everywhere and if we trust in him, the worry is lessened!! So now for November's quote: "Today sounds so much better than someday". It is perfect for our first blog post on our new site - today is the day and we are excited to share our website and works with you. We ask that you be patient with us if we should have glitches in it as computer technology is not my gift!! If you experience any issues, please drop us an email at: shadesofpastquilting@yahoo.com.</div>