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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

 

APR

21

2015

Aurifil Designer Of The Month!

The Aurifil Designer for the month of April is …

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John Kubiniec!

John caught the quilting bug while watching TV … that’s my kind of inspiration! He’s turned that fateful happening into a love of quilting that occupies a 600 square foot sewing studio! John also crochets, which is also one of MY loves.

I borrowed this picture from his website …

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I need a box like this! John must have a great sense of humor. I think I need to get to know this guy!

To read more about John please visit the Aurifil website.

John has designed a super cute mini quilt for the month of April …

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Be sure to download your free pattern courtesy of John.

Please visit the other Aurifil designers each month …

January … Gudrun Erla
February … ​​Joanna Figueroa
March … Kimberly Jolly
April … John Kubiniec
May … Sara Lawson
June … Me and My Sister Designs ​ ​
July … Ebony Love
August … Nancy Rink
September … Valori Wells
October … Lynn Harris
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!

Barb

 

APR

15

2015

Just A Little APQ Update!

I’ve been making lots of progress on my APQ Quilt Along project!

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It’s gone from a whole bunch of four patches …

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To something starting to look more like a quilt …

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To rows this past week!!

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I hope to sneak in some MORE sewing time to get this top finished!

How’s your quilt coming along?

Barb

 

APR

06

2015

New Pattern Of The Month!

Every month we feature a new pattern download and put it on sale!

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The bargain for this month is Crumbs! It’s one of our oldest patterns and it’s still selling strong.

Mary and I took this pattern with us to one of our first Quilt Markets in 2005.

Crumbs is made using 24 fat quarters and some additional yardage.
This pattern is a must for your collection!
It’s fat quarter friendly and timeless.

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Hope you enjoy the new pattern of the month. It’s only $4.50 for a limited time. Downloads only please.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

MAR

26

2015

House Work!

Update!  We’re still living in the RV parked in the backyard post house fire.

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It’s getting warm here in Phoenix so it gets really hot in the afternoons. There is AC in the “big can” but it’s easier working and sewing outside in my very glamorous sewing space most afternoons.

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Things are coming along. I have new wiring, ducting, walls and ceilings …

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And the new floors are finished …

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That job took over 3 weeks but well worth it!

We have a whole new roof and yesterday new insulation was installed.

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We also had a minor set back. One of the installers fell on his buttocks and made a “butt” dent in the ceiling. That’s being repaired today.

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Demolition in the bathrooms and laundry room continues today. We figured that since everything else was new why not re tile everything?

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Yes … we’re crazy!

Hubby removed the window so the workers can take out the old tiles and not have to cart junk through the house …

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I dream of using a real toilet again someday!! I get all excited when I go to the restroom at the grocery store.

The worst is still having to go to the laundromat!

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I miss these guys!

Painters start on Monday!
We should be able to move back in at the end of April.
Barb

 

MAR

20

2015

Aurifil Designer Of The Month!

The Aurifil Designer for the month of March is …

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Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop!

Kimberly is a wonderful friend and a very talented quilt designer! You’re really going to enjoy reading about her and seeing more photos on the Aurifil Blog.

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One new thing I found out about Kimberly, that I hadn’t known, is her love of pink! I think I have a sister that could match her pink for pink and them some! Mary loves pink and when her daughters were small she dressed them in pink from head to toe daily. To this day they both hate pink! So Kimberly … be careful outfitting Emma!

Kimberly has designed a super cute mini quilt for the month of March!

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Be sure to download your free pattern courtesy of Kimberly.

Please visit the other Aurifil designers each month …

January … Gudrun Erla
February … ​​Joanna Figueroa
March … Kimberly Jolly
April … John Kubiniec
May … Sara Lawson
June … Me and My Sister Designs ​ ​
July … Ebony Love
August … Nancy Rink
September … Valori Wells
October … Lynn Harris
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!

Barb

 

MAR

13

2015

Pre Cut Primer!

We have a new book coming soon!

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The folks at Fat Quarter Shop talked us into this book when we visited Austin last year.

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It’s been a big secret until now but we’re ready to spill the beans … or the precuts!

Our favorite quilts have always been made using precuts. I just love sewing with precuts, so it wasn’t difficult to envision a book using them!

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There are 12 different quilts patterns in the book. Two using each of the 6 Moda precuts!

Things start out with “Grade 1″ and a quilt made using a “Moda Mini Charm”.

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A mini charm is a 2 1/2 inch square of every fabric in a collection.

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These are our new “Hi De Ho” mini charms that ship to the stores this June.

You’ll be schooled all way up to “Grade 12″ and a quilt using “Moda Fat Quarters”!

The book is available for pre order now and if you decide to take the plunge you’ll get this pattern free with your pre order!

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More fun reveals coming down the road but pre order your copy today!

You’re going to love it!

Barb

 

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