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AUGUST 2022 Newsletter

AUGUST, 2022

Summer is cooking along at a rapid pace and we are enjoying seeing all the visitors coming through our town and store. We know many of you are busy in your gardens or on the lake, but you can still shop with us from our website ( First time shoppers get a 20% discount, so give it a try! We have some fun classes planned, but if you can't make it when we have them scheduled, we are happy to fit you in another day/time.  Remember our workroom is available for special sew days, too. If you have company and you want to work on a project together, give us a call to set it up! (406.883.3643)


First Friday

August 5

5:00-7:00 pm

We will be staying open late on Friday, August 5.  Bring in the family and friends and have fun making an easy-to-construct bag (we'll help if you don't sew) that you can stamp with fabric paint.  Shop at the other stores that stay open late, as well, and support your downtown small businesses.  We can't survive without you!

Eureka Montana Outdoor Quilt Show
Saturday, August 6
Be sure to attend the Outdoor Quilt Show in Eureka, MT held in Memorial Park.  Click here to visit the website for more information.

Call (406.883.3643) or sign up on our website ( ) today to hold your spot.

Mini Poppins Bag
Monday, August 8
9:30 - 4:00  $40.00 includes all materials
Join Judiee Goodman and create a fun, versatile bag for everyday use.  Choose from the mini or large Poppins bag or make the Large Katahdin bag.  Pick up your pattern and fabric ahead of time so you can begin creating your bag first thing the day of class!

Pop Up Windsock 
Saturday, August 20

10:00-2:00, $20.00 + supplies
This fun windsock can be made out of a jelly roll or 2 1/2" strips.  Make one out of your favorite team's colors!  Join Judiee as she walks you through making this project.

Flipping Out Case
Saturday, August 27
10:00-4:00, $20.00 + supplies
Join Viktra in constructing this fun travel case from by Annie.  It comes in two sizes and would make a great gift for your favorite quilter/knitter or with a special bottle of wine inside.

Color Dance Block of the Month
Starting Wednesday, August 24

10:00 - 2:00, $15.00/monthly session

Let’s dance...Color Dance that is...a new Block-of-the-month from @QTFabrics has arrived!

Learn the basics of making a quilt using two basic quilt block units.
Half square triangles (HST) and Flying Geese are used throughout this quilt in different sizes and blocks!

Designed by Wendy Sheppard of @ivory_spring this quilt is fun for beginners or for intermediate quilters who want to hone their skills for more accurate piecing.  This quilt is available in two color ways (Bold and Shy).  Sign up soon to save your spot and supplies!

Quilt finishes at 56" x 64".

Participants will need to purchase the BOM kit for $125.00 and will be able to attend monthly class sessions to receive instruction on constructing this beautiful quilt in two color ways (Bold and Shy).


From Northcott:


From Moda:


From Clothworks:

Ode to June

From Banyan Batiks:

Flower Petals

From 3 Wishes:

Happy Harvest

From In The Beginning by Jason Yenter:

Reflections of Autumn

Susan's Musings

The Lake is calling me and I still have a couple of hours of work. This HOT weather really beats me down. I realize that to many of our visitors this is not hot weather but to a lifelong Montanan this is hot. My internal thermometer is pretty wacky. In the winter when my bedroom is 68 degrees I freeze and need an electric blanket and flannel sheets. In the summer if the temperature of my room goes above 70 degrees I swelter. Those 2 degrees are critical to my comfort range. I need to remind myself how lucky I am to have a great place to sleep and gaze out on the Narrows, watch the moon rise and wake to marvelous sunrises.

My husband’s family is having a small reunion this week end at the lake. There will be about 15 of his cousins and their spouses gathered. The cabin that we live in has been in Pat’s family since 1951. His uncle bought it after selling a cabin on Placid Lake and used it for years as a summer retreat and a place to come in the fall when he would duck hunt in the area. Most of the cousins have childhood memories of coming out from Michigan, California, Missoula, or Bozeman for vacations at the lake. Though now Pat’s generation of cousins is spread from New York to California, the family roots they associate with are based in Montana. Most of them haven’t been to the cabin since Pat inherited it and we have done extensive remodeling and additions to it. It will be interesting to see their response to the changes. While we have tried to honor and maintain the integrity of the cabin it definitely is different place then when Pat’s uncle, the local catholic priest, lived there.

One aspect that has been maintained is the willingness to share the place with folks.  We love entertaining friends, old and new, sharing a cocktail, cooking a meal or taking a boat ride. We’ve enlarged the deck 3 times to allow more space for gatherings. Through the years it has been fun to meet people who came to the Lake with Fr. Bruce (Pat’s uncle). We’ve met altar boys from Butte who came up for several days and learned to water ski behind an old Chris Craft boat, caught salmon early in the morning and had them for breakfast and families who came to the lake to respite after losing a child. Even a couple who spent 2 days of their honeymoon there after Fr. Bruce married them. These are the memories that rest in the logs of the cabin. Our hope is that many more will be created in the years we have the honor of calling it home.

I hope you are having a summer of making memories. Sharing your stories with the generations and passing on the knowledge that you will never move forward until you put one foot in front of the other. Be brave take that step.