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NOV

04

2015

Cozy Cottage Calendar 2016 Tour!

Today we’re celebrating the new Cozy Cottage Calendar by Lori Holt!

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The calendar is full of great photos of Lori’s cottage and lots of her style!

I decided to make the larger Cottage Block and started by laying out fabrics from our new “Grow” collection!

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I think I have an idea of where everything needs to go!

My cutting is complete and I think this block is going to be cozy and bright.

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Things are looking good and I’m almost finished.

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Finished!

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The instructions were easy to follow and the block was fun to make. I also LOVE the spiral on the top of the calendar. It makes it so easy to flip the pages. Now I have my own little cozy cottage.

I’d best start getting my calendar organized for next year!

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Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

NOV

03

2015

Moda Market Roll Call!

After every Quilt Market, I like to visit and show you all the Moda designers that had booths. This market was extra special for the Moda Team because the company celebrated their 40th Birthday!! In honor of this celebration more designers than ever showed up at market … so now I have more pictures than ever. Are you ready?

A great place to start is at the Me and My Sister Designs booth and my semi annual picture of my darling sister Mary! She loves posing for this picture every market.

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Now going around the Moda area clockwise …

We have a hoppity Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill.

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Next is picture perfect Pat Sloan.

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Then we have Lella’s Boutique and a happy Vanessa Goertzen.

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Now it’s the always smiling Allison and Basic Gray.

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The cheerful Vanessa at V & Co.

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The cute mother and daughter team at A Quilting Life.

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Another cute mother and daughter team called Bonnie and Camille.

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The super talented Edyta Sitar and Laundry Basket Quilts.

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The happy team and Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings.

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From “down under” a happy Jen Kingwell.

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The always beautiful Sandy Gervais and Pieces From My Heart.

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The super talented and huggable Jan Patek.

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Smiling friend Lynne Hagmeier and Kansas Troubles.

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Darling Deb Strain.

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A smiling Kathy Schmitz.

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Some Blackbird Designers called Barb and Alma.

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A very French General named Kari.

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Betsy C! Such a nice lady.

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A very neutral and smiling Amy Ellis.

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A happy new mom, April Rosenthal and Prairie Grass.

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Kate Spain had to catch a flight but I know she’s smiling somewhere!

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Cute couple Joanna and Eric from Fig Tree.

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New guy and great dancer Luke Haynes.

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Bubbly Brigitte and Zen Chic.

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Janet Clare and Tony from across the pond.

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New designer Northern Quilts all the way from Norway.

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Sandy “klippity”Klop from American Jane.

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Karla from the sweetest ever Sweetwater team.

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And more friends, Posing Polly and Laurie of Minick and Simpson!

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We are family!!

Barb

 

OCT

31

2015

Moda Bake Shop!

A friend let me know that there is a project on the Moda Bake Shop using our “Hi De Ho fabrics”!!

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Hop on over to enjoy and thanks Megan for the cute project!!

Here is the direct link to this project.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

OCT

30

2015

Girlfriends Day Out 2015!

Mary and I recently had the pleasure of teaching at the annual “Girlfriends Day Out” hosted by “My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe” in Logan, Utah!!

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That’s Kris the shop owner and creative mastermind behind the event in the center with the pink sweater.

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The event was held on the beautiful campus at Utah State University and the theme of the weekend was “Cute As A Button”.

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Hundreds of buttons decorated the venue inside and out!!

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Those brightly strung buttons clanked in the breeze and could be seen and heard all over campus!

We had 2 fun filled classes!!

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Both groups made our Slice of Cake 2 pattern.

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Saturday we had a lecture, trunk show and a make and take for about 150 ladies!! I was a bit nervous so Kris helped ease my nerves with a slide show presentation. She knows that I love watching “Dancing with The Stars” and got a few laughs from the audience by showing a few pictures like this …

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We had such a wonderful time sewing, meeting new quilting friends and eating “Aggie” ice cream!

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Thanks “Girlfriends” for the fun filled weekend and for making my dream of dancing with Derek come true!!

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We love Girlfriends!

Barb

 

OCT

20

2015

“Dot Dot Dash” Shipping Soon!!

My super top secret “Moda Warehouse Spy” sent me these pictures from the warehouse last night!!

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Out of the sight of security cameras, the fabrics are in the prep area and ready to be rolled into bolts!!

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I think my warehouse spy has some shopping ideas of her own in mind?

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I’ll take some too! Great work super warehouse spy!! Could you throw a roll of that pink stripe in the basket for Mary?

Start looking for “Dot Dot Dash” in your favorite quilt shop VERY soon!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

OCT

19

2015

Aurifil Designer Of The Month!

We have a new Aurifil Designer of the Month for October … Sara Lawson!

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Sara lives and designs in the greater Chicago area. She’s far enough out of the city to spot a deer near her home now and then but also close enough to enjoy the downtown and it’s museums.

She worked in a pet store for 14 years and loves dogs!! I think I’d get along with this lady!!

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Her studio looks like a place where lots of ideas are born!!

She started quilting because her friends quilted and she didn’t want to be left out. Too funny!!

Her quilt this month is the … Penny Love Mini Quilt!!

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Download your free pattern here .

To read more about Sara visit her blog.

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

 

SEP

29

2015

A Special Knitted Gift!

I got a gift in the mail from a special friend!
Last Quilt Market in Minneapolis, I arrived a day early and got to spend some extra time with my friend Sheri Falls. She has a very successful pattern company called This and That.

I crochet and love yarn so we visited a lovely yarn shop. So of course I found the cutest knitted scarf and I don’t knit.

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Sheri offered to make it for me (with a bit of arm twisting) because she’s a knitter!

Recently, I got a box in the mail with a gorgeous surprise!

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LOVE my new scarf and can’t wait to wear it at Quilt Market next month in Houston.

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Thanks Sheri it’s beautiful!

I owe you!
Barb

 

SEP

26

2015

Moda Solids!

I got my Bella Solids Match Maker yesterday!

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It’s going to be a handy tool for my sewing room and just as important … it looks good just sitting there!

I love Bella Solids and so does my Bella!

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That’s her “I’m happy and I want MORE Bella Solids” face!

Happy Matching!
Barb

 

SEP

23

2015

Aurifil Designer Of The Month!

We have a new Aurifil Designer of the Month for September … Valori Wells!

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Valori says she was “born to quilting”.  That’s because she was made to hang out in her mothers quilt shop when she was only 2.

She is also co owner of a famous quilt shop in Sisters, Oregon.

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Her quilt this month is …

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Download your free pattern here .

 

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To read more about Valori visit her blog.

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

 

SEP

19

2015

YOU Did It Again!

Another reprint!!

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We couldn’t be more thankful!!

Thanks for all your support and making ANOTHER reprint happen!! I love getting these surprise letters.

Hugs!
Barb

 

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