Happy New Year

Thimbles has officially closed the retail store. There were rumors the shop was sold, but unfortunately that did not happen. I’m in the process of updating the website and you can continue to reach me through the website.

The fixtures from Thimbles have been relocated to a new quilt shop opening in the Spring located in Port Wing. As soon as she opens, road trip! Can’t wait. The shop is called FisherUnderCover and Tammy has so many plans for the shop it’s exciting to hear and see her enthusiasm.

It’s taken a few weeks, but my home sewing studio is set up and ready to start sewing. I haven’t had a chance to sew for many weeks and turning on the machine and letting it do magic is music and tranquility to my heart. It’s such a wonderful feeling to lose yourself in the zone of sewing, especially when we seem to be in a deep freeze that won’t end.

The color of the year is ultra violet, but looking at trends for the year, I’m seeing a lot of blue and white (could be due to the cold throughout the nation). First quilt will be a scrappy purple….it’s the color.

As mom always said we must learn to play well together I’m starting to see it in quilting. The Modern quilting trend started and the industry didn’t quite understand where to go with it so they let the younger generation define the market. The rumors out in the industry said it would never last….not only has it lasted, but it is going strong and it is changing ever so slowly. At the other end of the spectrum we have seen embroidery come to life again. From there it moved to wool applique and now we’re seeing both trends start the blending process. And where it’s headed is for a more natural look. A blending of hand and machine work and types of fabrics used in the final product. Simplistic designs. And all is well as everyone is playing together in the sewing room again.

I’ll be starting the Kim Diehl’s Simple What Not Program soon. So excited. If you want to sew along, The Calico Shoppe in Eau Claire (715-834-9990) has the complete line of fabrics and patterns. Call and they will mail or you can pick up at the shop. I’m starting with “Small Talk”. If you’ve never done these before they are little mini’s. They’re great fun and a little challenging… and we all love a challenge. Patterns can be viewed on the Henry Glass website under Kim Diehl Simple What Not Program.

Pat Bluemel will continue to drive to Spooner to pick up and drop off quilts at a new location. You must contact her to let her know if you have something for her and she will update you on location, dates and times.

Stay Warm and e-mail me if you have any questions. Enjoy your week!