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MAR

02

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

Our newest Pattern of the Month is …

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Milky Way!

It’s one that we did a few years ago using our “Hubba Hubba” fabrics.
Since the very first day we introduced the quilt, Mary has been saying that she wanted to make the quilt in different tones of blue solids.

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I didn’t hold my breath but slowly the blocks began to take shape.

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Over the years more and more of the quilt showed up at quilting retreats and late night sewing sessions. More and more of these pictures stared being saved on my desktop for the day I would get to use them.

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Finally we had some blocks finished in Savannah …

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I didn’t think the rows would ever be started! But her new resolution to finish some already started projects finally brought this new quilt back from our quilter.

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I have to admit that it was worth the wait!

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Try it in prints or solids … It’s a winner!

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

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

FEB

22

2016

We’re In APQ!

We’re in the newest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine!

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The April issue is chocked full of fun new projects …

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Including a little something from us on page 28!
Our quilt is called “happy tiers” and is made using our new Dot Dot Dash fabrics …

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It’s the perfect way to use that jelly roll you’ve been wondering about.

And “Dot Dot Dash” jelly rolls are in the stores NOW if you don’t already have one!

So whether you see chandeliers or birthday cakes, this quilt offers stacks of joy!

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Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

FEB

08

2016

Book Of The Month!

Our new Precut Primer Book is featured this month at the Fat Quarter Shop!

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It’s on sale for the great price of $11.96!
Where else can you get 12 great quilt patterns in one booklet at such a good price?

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

FEB

05

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

The pattern of the month is “Buttons and Thread”!!

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Both “Buttons and Thread” quilts are made using ONE CHARM PACK!

That’s right, one charm pack makes both small quilts!!

All you need to do is add the usual backgrounds, bindings and backings.

We used our new Dot Dot Dash fabrics.

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They worked out perfectly because we could use the stripe fabrics in the spools …

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And the dot fabrics for the button jars …

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We love the way these fabrics worked out perfectly, but any of our other charm packs would substitute beautifully. In fact we made a set using our “Hi De Ho” fabrics!

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

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

JAN

20

2016

All In A Row Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the celebration of this fun new book with lots of beautiful rows!!

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We’ve been paired up with Barbara Brackman today!
I just love how the designer pairs in this blog hop are such opposites!20-Double-Stars-quilt-designed-by-Barbara-BrackmanWe made Barb’s traditional double star row using a scrappy combination of our fabrics from several of our fabric groups.

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What a difference a little bit of color makes!

Be sure to visit Barb to see her take on our row.

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Of course … our row had to include DOGS!!

This new book has been so much fun to work on . Not only did we get the chance to work with so many of our friends …

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But we got to work with the great staff at Martingale and participate in all the zany things they think up for us to do.

First there was a Beauty Pageant. It was held this past Quilt Market In Houston at Schoolhouse. Schoolhouse is a series of lectures the shop owners attend to hear about all the latest products and get ideas to share with their customers.

It’s always fun … but this time it was crazy fun!! Each designer channeled their inner beauty pageant queen and presented their row as a pageant sash!

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Mary and I chose to bring out our inner “Toddlers and Tiaras” look. We were dripping in diamonds and attitude. Mary is really working her inner Diva! It however just felt strange and hot having so much hair.

The beauty of a pageant had a second part … we each had to confess a hidden talent.

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I’ll bet you didn’t know I could write and dance to rap music for dogs! Well I can … I compose songs that I only sing to my dog Bella.

So get a beat going and sing along with a boom! boom! boom!

Bella’s got butt and there’s no denying.

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The other dogs they be cry’n.

Just look cause there’s no denying … Bella’s got butt!

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She has booty like Khloe and Kim.

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She can shake it from deep within. She’ll never never be very thin. Bella’s got butt!!

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Move over MC Hammer and Ice T. I have many more songs but I’m just a bit shy about sharing. I wonder if Bella will ever forgive me for this humiliation? Enough about my VERY hidden talent!

There are some great rows in this book and some great prizes being given away.

There’s a contest that begins after the blog hop. It starts on February 1st and runs until March 15th.

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What you’ll need to do to enter the “It’s a Beauty of a Book Contest” …

Buy the book and make your favorite row or rows. Then join the Facebook Group #AllInARowQuiltAlong and post a picture with your quilt top of rows joined together.
One row … one entry.
Two rows … two entries, etc.

Your FB name is the name that will be entered into the contest and the winners will be privately messaged for details on where to ship the prizes (open only to USA entrants).

There are 5 major prizes … like the five finalists in a beauty pageant. Plus weekly random drawings for related “beauty” prizes. All to be drawn from entries mentioned above.

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THESE PRIZES ARE OUTSTANDING, SO EVERYONE WILL WANT TO JOIN IN!!

First Prize … the “All In A Row Quilt-Along Queen”  will receive a Fat Quarter bundle every month for 9 months (April to December 2016) from Moda AND two newly released books every month for 9 months (April to December 2016) from Martingale.

Second Prize … the “All In A Row Beauty First Runner Up” will receive a Fat Eighth bundle every month for 6 months (April to August 2016) from Moda AND two newly released books every month for 6 months (April to August 2016) from Martingale.

Third Prize … the “All In A Row Beauty Second Runner Up” will receive a Layer Cake every month for 4 months (April to July 2016) from Moda  AND one newly released book of the month every month for 4 months (April to July 2016) from Martingale.

Fourth Prize … the “All In A Row Book Third Runner Up” will receive a Layer Cake each month for 2 months (April and May 2016) from Moda AND one newly released book of the month for 2 months (April and May 2016) from Martingale.

Fifth Prize … the “All In A Row Beauty Fourth Runner Up” will receive one Layer Cake (April 2016) AND one newly released book for April 2016 from Martingale.

THERE  WILL ALSO BE SOME OTHER PRIZES …
Weekly Drawings from weeks 2-3-4-5:
• Miss Congeniality: (wait for it) 2 Charm Packs and 1 Book
• Talent Winner (hidden or otherwise): 2 books and 2 Mini-Charms
• Stash Accumulation Award: 1 Mini Charm, 1 Charm Pack, 1 Layer Cake + 3 books
• Social Media Butterfly Award: Carrie Nelson’s House Row

It’s sure to be loads of fun and you might win some great prizes!!

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Happy “ROW” quilting you beauties!!

Barb

 

JAN

13

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

The pattern of the month is Starlett !!

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Starlett is made using fat quarters and fat eights and is shown here using our “Bandana” collection, but any of our others would substitute beautifully.

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You’ll also get the pattern for the mini Starlett quilt in the same pattern booklet.

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

Happy Quilting!

Barb

DEC

20

2015

Aurifil Designer Of The Month!

The newest Aurifil Designer for the month of December is … Celine Perkins!

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Celine is a chocolate and popcorn loving lady who lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.

She lives about a half mile from a beautiful park reserve.

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If I lived near a beautiful place like this I don’t think I’d ever come indoors!

Unless … I had a wonderful quilting studio like Celine’s.

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Celine learned to sew at the age of seven and has always made things. I was very surprised to find out that her favorite color is pink! Looking at her traditional quilts I would have NEVER guessed it.

To find out more about Celine visit the Aurifil Buzz Blog.

Her quilt this month is called “Winter Stars”.

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Download her free pattern here.

Please visit the other Aurifil Designers who participated this year …

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’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone a bit better over this past year and all the cute free patterns!

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 a special thanks to our hostess this past year … Pat Sloan!!
Barb

 

DEC

04

2015

Grow Swatches!

If you haven’t already noticed …

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There are some new fabric swatches on the website!
Just click on the “fabrics for moda” page and start dreaming.

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Grow ships to the shops this March!

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

DEC

02

2015

Smitten For Mittens!

Making some easy mitten ornaments is the perfect way to get the Holidays started!!

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I used our Makin’ It Cute Smitten for Mittens Templates and hand stitched a pair of mittens for the tree.

There are so many things you can make with these templates.

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You’ll get 5 different templates in the package. Mix and match them in different combinations to make all kinds of decorations.

I sandwiched two mittens together and made a cute silverware holder for my Christmas buffet.

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You could even sew a small ribbon loop to the top and party guests could take home a keepsake ornament.

I decorated a cute bread basket.

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And made a super simple wreath for my front door.

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I really went crazy with an old stick from my backyard and made a wall hanging.

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The possibilities are endless!! Many of these ideas came from the minds of the talented ladies at My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe in Utah.

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Turn the kids loose with some fabric scraps and see what they come up with!

Merry Christmas and Make It Cute!

Barb

 

NOV

27

2015

Great Savings!

Shop Small November 27th through the 30th and save 25 percent on all our pattern downloads!

Just use this code when you check out … SMALL

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Have Fun!

Pattern downloads only.

Barb

 

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