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MAY

26

2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis!

I had such a great time at Quilt Market!

Even though Mary wasn’t able to attend at the last minute because a a very sick cat, I still managed to have just a small amount of fun.

I arrived a day before the set up began and spent the day with my friend Sherri Falls visiting lots of fun places in Minneapolis. Mary was supposed to visit some of the local yarn shops with her but I took Mary’s place and managed to find a project or two. I bought a kit for this beautiful shawl which I conned Sherri into making for me.

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I usually get Mary to do the knitting for me but my powers of persuasion apparently work on Sherri too!

Sample Spree was a riot as usual.
The calm before the storm …

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And the storm …

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There were lots of our new “Dot Dot Dash” fat quarter bundles available and I’m happy to report a sell out.

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I managed to grab a few things for myself and apparently Laurie Simpson did too!

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Lots of mischief makers …

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And more fun at the Moda party!

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That’s Iced Tea if your wondering and the tablecloth is our “Hi De Ho” fabric!

I managed to meet “Dog the Bounty Hunter” aka Nick from Primitive Gatherings.

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And found these lovely ladies at the after party on a street corner.

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I showed our new “Dot Dot Dash” fabric to anyone who would listen …

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And gave out lots of our buttons!

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Had many a fine dinner and lunch with this fine bunch of ladies …

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Happy belated Birthday Doug!

Found out that my stitches are tight …

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I stuck a few pins in it …

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Not in these guys … look at the sign in the upper left corner!

And found out that I don’t need a face lift if I hold my neck up with BIG scissors!

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And whoever said that what happens at Quilt Market stays at Quilt Market was so wrong!

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So VERY wrong …

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More market fun and photos to follow …

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And while I was having all the fun at market …
Poor Mary organized her closet!

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But I’m happy to also report that the cat is doing well and feeling much better! I can’t say the same for Mary.

Barb

 

MAY

20

2015

Aurifil Designer Of The Month!

The Aurifil Designer for the month of May is …

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Lynn Harris of Little Red Hen!

Lynn lives and quilts on a farm in Michigan and also loves photography!

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She loves scraps and color, so visit Lynn and see lots of  beautiful quilts and photographs.

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Be sure to download your free pattern “Spring Tiles” courtesy of Lynn.

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Please visit the other Aurifil designers each month …

January … Gudrun Erla
February … ​​Joanna Figueroa
March … Kimberly Jolly
April … John Kubiniec
May … Lynn Harris
June … Me and My Sister Designs ​ ​
July … Ebony Love
August … Nancy Rink
September … Valori Wells
October … Sara Lawson
November … Bonnie Christine
December … Celine Perkins
Host … Pat Sloan

Hope you’re enjoying getting to know everyone a bit better and all the cute free patterns so far!

Be sure to add the quilts you create from this Designer Series to the Aurifil Flickr Page. We’d love to see them and remember each month one person will win a 12 spool Aurifil thread kit!

Happy sewing with Aurifil and see you next month!

Barb

 

MAY

05

2015

Smitten For Mittens Blog Hop!

Welcome to the “Smitten for Mittens” Blog Hop!
We’re celebrating our newest “Makin’ It Cute” family member!

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I think you’re really going to like these mittens! They’re fun to make and have lots of uses. I need to make a bunch of samples for our booth at Quilt Market and then I plan to re cycle them as gift tags on my Christmas packages this year!

Lets get started! I’ve cut my batting and fabric squares 7 inches. You can use smaller pieces, I just have so many to make that I want to have leftovers to mix and match.

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I’m using our newest fabric group called “Dot Dot Dash”. It’s full of great dots and stripes (or long dashes).

This is all you get to see until Quilt Market next week.

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Be looking for these fabrics in your favorite local Quilt Shop this October.

Make your “fabric sandwich” with 2 squares of fabric and a square of batting.

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I have an assembly line set up. I can spray 6 at a time outside on an old sheet of cardboard and carry them back and forth.

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Whoops! I’d better flip the turquoise one over. I want to spray the “wrong” sides with fabric adhesive spray!

I’ve got all my prep work done and I’m ready to start tracing.

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I like using a Frixion Pen because my lines will all disappear after I’ve sewn around my shapes, when I touch them with a warm iron! The templates are nice and sturdy and easy to trace.

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Next I sew around my mitten …

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Then cut out my shapes. I used pinking sheers to cut around my mittens to give them extra texture. Now it’s just a matter of arranging the shapes and adding a button for embellishment!

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I plan on stringing these up in our market booth with ribbons. That’s why I placed 2 cuffs back to back. Then no matter which side shows … they’ll look great!

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Get your “Smitten for Mittens” templates at the Fat Quarter Shop today!

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Please visit the other “Makin’ It Cute” hoppers today …

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Melissa of Happy Quilting
Pat Sloan
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Sweetwater Fabrics

Better get busy makin’ more of these!
Quilt Market is only a few short days away!
Barb

 

MAY

03

2015

Pattern Of The Month!

It’s that time again! Every month we feature a new pattern and put it on sale.
The newest Pattern of the Month is Suburban! …

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Suburban was made with our “Good Morning” fabrics and is Layer Cake or 10 inch square friendly. You’ll get both these great patterns for the price of one!

Mary came up with a new technique with the house blocks. It’s kinda fun! You piece one block and cut it in half. This gives you 2 different houses! One with a pointed roof, one with a flat roof, one with a tall door, one with a shorter door, one with a window and one without a window! I have one smart sister!

Our quilter, Sharon Elsberry also had fun quilting different things between the houses …

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You could customize your neighborhood!

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This is another one of our favorites and we hope it will become one of yours.

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Hope you enjoy this newest Pattern of the Month. It’s only $7.50 for a limited time. Downloads only please.

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Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

MAY

01

2015

New Patterns!

We have two great new patterns!
Both are pre cut friendly and each pattern features 2 projects!

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They’re available NOW on our website for download or find them in your favorite local or online quilt shop.

It’s the last day of the Moda Designer Blog Takeover!

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Be sure to visit …

Jan Patek
Betsy Chutchian
Laurie Simpson and Minick and Simpson
Sandy Gervais and Pieces of My Heart
Corey Yoder and Little Miss Shabby
Sherri McConnell and A Quilting Life

It’s also the first day of the Farmhouse Sew Along!

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Mary and I will be sharing our block on June 5th.  Every Friday there will be 2 designers making their way through the book and sharing the blocks they’ve made. But until them you can visit the Fat Quarter Shop for more details.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

APR

30

2015

Hi De Ho Swatches!

The new “Hi De Ho” fabric swatches are on the website!

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Visit our “fabrics for moda” page to see all these cuties!

“Hi De Ho” fabrics have just been shown to your favorite local quilt shop owner. Start planning for delivery in late July!

Today is also the forth day in the Moda Designer Blog Takeover!

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Be sure to visit these designers …

Deb Strain
Jen Kingwell
Lynne Hagmeier and Kansas Troubles
Vanessa Goertzen and Lella Boutique
Karla Eisenach and Sweetwater
Janet Clare

It’s another great day to be a quilter!
Barb

 

APR

29

2015

Reality Blog Takeover?

It’s our day!!
First of all this blog was supposed to be taken over by my darling husband …

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But he ran off to Florida. He says it’s for work but does it look like he’s working?? I think he’s just very happy to be away from me this week. Besides all he wanted to talk about was my mood swings and “bad” qualities. Yes, he thinks I have some. So on to Plan B.

I tried to get the dogs to takeover …

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But they’re kind of busy policing my outdoor sewing room! Yes, this REALLY is where my market quilts are being cut and pressed. I’ll be getting into those wardrobe boxes next week looking for my “market” clothes.

My husband has been looking for the mate to his boot on that top box for the past 2 weeks. If you happen to see it in any of these pictures please contact me immediately. On to Plan C.

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Next I tried to get the “workers” that are at my house everyday to takeover …

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They won’t even pull the weeds, so trying to get a takeover volunteer was out of the question. Plus they’ve seen me in action without my morning donuts and are fearful. Do you see a trend here? Lets try Plan D!

That leaves my “adorable” sister …

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Need I say MORE! I love you Mary and thanks for being a good sport about this picture … I hope. And yes, your hair doesn’t look too flat on the left side. The hairdresser did a fantastic job on your market haircut.

So I’m taking over the takeover!! This should have been my plan all along.

This is me getting ready for Quilt Market …

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All kidding aside, getting ready for Quilt Market is like juggling a village. It’s a bunch of work and not very glamorous BUT it’s all worth it when we start seeing our friends arriving at the hotels and convention center.

In reality, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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Make sure to visit all the other Designers today …

April Rosenthal
Alma Allen and Blackbird Designs
Brenda Riddle and Acorn Quilts
Kate Spain

Have fun!
Barb

 

APR

28

2015

We’re On The Moda Bakeshop!

Yes!!

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I just love it when our fabrics pop up on the Moda Bakeshop!
Thanks ladies for the darling quilt using our new “Bandana” fabrics!!

It’s also DAY 2 of the Designer Blog Takeover!

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I hope that you enjoyed reading all the blogs yesterday. If you didn’t read the Bunny Hill Blog yesterday, I would backtrack and read it today. It’s so cute!!

Be sure to visit these blogs today …

Kathy Schmitz
Brigitte Heitland and Zen Chic
Vanessa Christenson and V & Co
Moda Fabrics and Lissa Alexander
Edtya Sitar and Laundry basket Quilts
Rachel Brenchley and Basic Grey

See you tomorrow!
Barb

 

APR

27

2015

Reality Blogging!

Join the Moda designers this week while we tell you what it’s REALLY like to prepare for Quilt Market!

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Our blogs will be “taken” over” by a family pet, a spouse or maybe even an imaginary friend!

Join in on the fun and visit these designers today …

Amy Ellis
Anne Sutton and Bunny Hill
Pat Sloan
Lisa Bongean and Primitive Gatherings
Joanna Figueroa and Fig Tree

Mary and I will be seeing you on Wednesday!
Barb

 

APR

24

2015

New Smitten For Mittens!

We have a brand new Makin’ It Cute!

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It’s called “Smitten for Mittens”!

There’s a great tutorial featured on the Fat Quarter Shop today that will show you a bit more about this newest product in our line up.

These are some of my original test mittens …

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I strung two mittens together with some simple twine and made a pair of mittens for hanging. The possibilities are endless!
Get on over to the Fat Quarter Shop and order yours today!

I’m SMITTEN!
Barb

 

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