Happy New Year

January 26th, 2017

I was questioning whether it was too late to wish you a Happy New Year. Yesterday I received an e-mail from the Quilter’s Dream Batting Company. I liked receiving it and thought maybe you would too.

As the new year
Unravels its mysteries,         
May each stitch
And each new pattern
Be filled with rich
May your days
Be bright with new hopes
And your heart
Be happy with love!


Do you ever wonder what you accomplish during a day?  I do. Many times it doesn’t seem like much and I am disappointed.
This week I am retracing what I’ve done in hopes I won’t have wasted the days.
Monday I was invited to a lefse making party. I had never known anything about lefse until we moved to MN as newlyweds. One of Bill’s friends at the U of MN Vet School shared lefse with the other vets in the staff coffee break room. When we moved to MT he would send lefse every Christmas holiday. It was fun to learn a something new and the lefse was delicious. My friend Jan told us about other Norwegian traditions. And I learned how to spell Ufda! If you would like I will send you my friend Jan’s lefse recipe.

Another day I had coffee with my friend Jean at a new place, the Treeline, where I had never been. I loved the atmosphere—so many cleaver ways to use recycled materials.  Among other things we talked about were our unfinished projects. Jean sent this picture of her sweet dog Bailey “helping” her finished her HOME retreat quilt.

Farro Minestrone
(Farro, or spelt, is an ancient, unhybridzed former of wheat)
1 c. uncooked Farro
    Place in saucepan, cover with water to  2" above Farro. Bring to a boil, reduce. Heat and cook until tender....20-30 minutes.
1 T olive oil
1 c. coarsely chopped onion
1/2 c. diced carrots
1/3 c. finely chopped celery
3 ounces pancetta, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
   Heat oil, add above ingredients, saute 8 minutes or until mixture is very fragrant and beginning to brown.
5 cups fat-free chicken broth
1/3 c. dry white wine
   Stir in broth and wine, scraping bottom of pan.
1 c. butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 c. quartered Brussels sprouts
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
    Add these ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
    Add Farro and tomatoes, cover and cook 10 minutes.
Serve with Parmesan.
Buono  mangia!

A longtime friend invited me to coffee and we talked for hours about days long gone. It was amazingly fun.  I think we both were very thankful for our friendship of over 40 years.
My quilting/book club met. I had only read 69 pages of the required reading. I was ready to give it up but my friends encouraged me to continue. I thought of sending the book to my sister-in-law to read while she is recovering from terrible toe surgery. I may finish it before sending it to her. She can’t put any weight on her foot for 4 months so she’ll have time to read it.
At book club the table was set with pretty little placemats with sweet little embroidered strawberries.  They were such a delightful change from Christmas/winter decorations. Lunch was simple:  fresh sliced pears and a delicious soup from a recipe from Christine’s sister in VT.
I met with the art teacher at Monforton Elementary School. I’ll be helping the 2nd graders at this country school make a quilt for an April fund raiser. I think the kids will enjoy making the Welcome to the Neighborhood quilt from my Quilting in the Country book. Page 17,  if you have the book. If you don’t you can order a copy. I have very few remaining. Follow this link to order.
It has been many years since I have given any presentations to school kids.  I’ll be giving them a few simple history lessons on  quilting and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
It has been many years since I have given any presentations to school kids. I’ll be giving them a few simple history lessons on  quilting and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Finally I finished the batik table runner I didn’t get to complete before we left for our nieces Indianapolis wedding last July. It’s one of those projects I didn’t get back to when the health issues became top priority.  The runner and ceramic soup mugs will be in the mail soon. Maybe I’ll include a copy of Kristine’s great soup recipe and copies of Daily Desserts and Cookies to Share for our niece. Somehow I think her husband might help out in the kitchen too.


If you would like to make batik runners you can come for a class. We’ll use the product "QuiltSmart" which makes the project unique because the piecing is really random and fast.
Take the "Really Random" table runner class on Thursday, Feb. 2. Ground Hog’s Day! 11-3.  I’ll make some soup.  Don’t worry it won’t have anything to do with Ground Hogs! Order a pattern. Email to register for the class. $20.  Maybe you’ll want to think spring with some bright and cheery scraps. I hope so! You will need to purchase QuiltSmart from me.


​2017 Fat Quarters

​Here's a fun way to celebrate the new year: get 20 fat quarters for $17! These are the bolts of fabric I have in my bunkhouse that I'd love to give a new home. Let me pick out a fun assortment of 20 of them and send them your way for just $17. Order by following this link or replying to the email for local pick up. And if any of these fabrics look like just the backing you've been needing, shoot me an email and let's see what we can work out!


Lots of Great Markdowns!

We just got done marking down everything on our Books and Patterns page of our catalog! Most everything is 30-40% off or more! Here is the link to the page so you can browse through the entire selection. Remember to reply to this email or call Jane at 587-8213 if you are local and would like to stop by and pick your order up. The following are a few of our newest markdowns: 

These three Bird Brain Designs patterns were always quite popular in the shop and we have a few of each left. They're now just $6.50 a piece or order all three for $14.50! 


Love, Dream, Friendship



The Hen Delivers

Order by following this link. Local customers, please just reply to this email or call (587-8213) to avoid shipping.

Harvest Towels


Snow Happy

If it there is as much snow out your window as there is out mine (or you just wish there was), this is the perfect book for you! 80 pages of adorable products now 40% OFF!

Order by following this link. Local customers, please just reply to this email or call (587-8213) to avoid shipping.



Modern Quilt Relish Patterns

These two patterns are simple and fresh. They also both come with directions for various sizes. Fun! They were $9.99 but now both are priced at $6.99 each!

Order each by clicking on their picture or name. Local customers, please just reply to this email or call (587-8213) to avoid shipping.

Tasty Measures



TV Dinner


More Goodies from the Bunkhouse

These are for local pickup only. Three great rulers, call (587-8213) or email Jane and make an offer!

5" X 24"


6 1/2" X 24"

8 1/2" X 24"