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MAY

30

2016

Switzerland Part One!

Well … things have been a whirlwind of fun and adventure around here for the last few weeks! Not only we did have the once in a lifetime chance to teach quilting in Switzerland, but only 10 short days after we returned home, Quilt Market happened in Salt Lake City. I have so much to share I don’t know where to start!

So lets begin at Cotton and Color in Basel, Switzerland!
The ladies at the shop were so welcoming and helpful.

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Astrid, the owner in the pink dress on the left, kept us awake running errands around Basel all day to help us avoid jet lag and it worked! We even managed to sneak in a little sightseeing.

We had a trunk show the first night. The ladies were awesome and we gave away a special quilt that appeared in the recent April issue of APQ magazine.

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The winner couldn’t have been happier!

The first day of class we taught our Wild Jelly Rolls 3 quilt. We had some very nice fabric choices to work with and loved seeing how they all went together.

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This Jelly Roll fabric made it’s way to class, via a traveling husband, all the way from Las Vegas. It’s a small world!

I had a special treat when my email friend from Windsor (SL4 to the locals) showed up in both classes!

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Christine has been leaving comments on our blog for years … and for years we’ve been chatting back and forth. Just a few sentences here and there and I couldn’t have been more in love with her in person! We took a short hike into Germany one evening, to her hotel and had dinner together. What a special memory I now have of my friend … this is why I quilt!!

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The ladies sewed and sewed and we chatted and laughed …

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And laughed some more! What a wonderful day!!

My only regret is that I was having so much fun and eating Swiss chocolate, that I forgot to get a group picture!

So here are a few more shots that capture some of the day …

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Our second day of teaching had us starting a new project with some new friends. This time I remembered a group picture!

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We worked on our Slice of Cake 2 quilt and again had a fabulous day sewing!

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We even had some super prolific sewers that got lots accomplished …

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And I think we all had a great day sewing together!

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Thanks for all the fond memories, chocolates, pastries and gifts ladies!

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Astrid, her staff and her husband were the perfect hosts and we quickly became good friends! On our last night in Basil our husbands arrived and Astrid made us traditional Swiss fondue!! It was delicious and I’m now in search of the perfect fondue pot and recipe!

I hope that we get to see our new Swiss friends again someday soon!!

Barb

 

MAY

27

2016

Brighten Up Swatches!

Our new fabric group is called “Brighten Up” !!

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The swatches are on the website NOW!
Visit our “fabrics for Moda” page to see all the newest fabrics being shown to your favorite quilt shop owner today.

It’s scheduled for an August delivery … so you won’t have to wait too long!
Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

MAY

17

2016

Sew Sampler Box!

Well this little box of fun has been sitting on my desk for almost 4 weeks!

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It hasn’t been opened because I’ve been away form the office and trying to catch up before Quilt Market. I normally wouldn’t have had that much self restraint! If I’d been home I would have torn into it immediately.

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The presentation is sew cute! That’s one of the things I like about getting a package from Fat Quarter Shop.

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Every time I get a package from them it looks like it’s been packed with care and love.

What a box full of fun!!

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I especially LOVE this little gem and think it’s the best thing in the box …

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But I guess I’m a bit biased.

What an honor to have something of ours in the very first Sew Sampler Box!

There was even a little something for Bella …

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I can’t wait for the next one to arrive! I’m sure I’ll be home and ready for the next one when it hits the front step.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

APR

28

2016

100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

Welcome to our day of the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

This sew along features a collection of quilt blocks taken from different issues of “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks” magazines. The blocks have all been reduced to 6 inches and are perfect for making a Sampler Quilt!

Our “Happy” block #273 was originally featured in the second issue!

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I’m re making it today in one of our newer fabric groups. In fact these fabrics are so new, the shop owners are just getting to see them!

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The group is called “Brighten Up” and will ship to the stores in August this year.

Now that my block is sewn … I’ve decided to make a mug mat. My current mat is old and stained so this is the perfect opportunity for a new mat.

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Some simple “cross hatch” quilting …

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And some binding … I’m ready to go!

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Should I use it for this …

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Or this …

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Maybe I should just make another since I can’t decide?

There will be a new block every week. So make sure to join in on the fun! For more information visit the Quilty Pleasures Blog or to catch up on any of the blocks you might have missed click here.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

APR

16

2016

We’re Away!

Mary and I are starting our adventure teaching in Switzerland!

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We’ll be out of the office until May 7th. I’ll be checking emails whenever I can when internet is available. Sorry for any delays getting back to you in these upcoming days but we’re having another great quilting adventure!

See you soon!
Barb

 

APR

12

2016

Moda Bake Shop!

Some of our “Dot Dot Dash” fabrics were recently featured on the Moda Bake Shop!

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Deb Gehringer of Monday Morning Designs made the cutest place mats!!

Thanks for your creativity!

Barb

 

APR

09

2016

Switzerland Event

Mary and I will teaching and having fun in Switzerland very soon!

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We’ll be at fabulous shop called Cotton and Color for 5 fun filled days!!

The fun starts on the evening of Wednesday April 19th. There will be a small trunk show with snacks served and some great prizes! We’re even giving away a quilt!!

Classes begin on Wednesday and Thursday April 20 and 21st. We’ll be teaching this Jelly Roll quilt …

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Our second class is on Friday and Saturday April 22 and 23rd. The project for this class is made using a layer cake …

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Both projects will be made with our new “Grow!” fabrics.

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We’ll be sewing together for 2 days on each project. We have some exciting bonus projects planned each day and lots of prizes to give away throughout all 5 days!!

You don’t want to miss this … so if you happen to be in the neighborhood … give us a yodel!!

Barb

 

APR

07

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

Our newest pattern of the month is …

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Wild Jelly Rolls 3 and 4!

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It’s one of our newest “Jelly Roll Series” patterns and is made using a jelly roll from our new “Grow!” collection.

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These fabrics have just shipped to the stores.

We had both quilts on display this past Quilt Market in Houston for all to see.

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These are just the cutest quilts and you get both great patterns for the price of one! And to make things even better it’s on SALE this month!

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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.

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Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

MAR

28

2016

APQ Quilt Along 2015 Finished!!

Well it took forever for me to do this post and finish this quilt!

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I joined the 2015 APQ Quilt Along …

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Featured in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine April 2015 issue.

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With a little binding help from my friends … my quilt is finished and it only took about a year!!

I started the quilt soon after a fire started in my home. We were displaced when the entire roof, ceilings and all that were in it needed to be re built.

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We lived in an RV trailer in our backyard for about 6 months and my sewing space was limited to a very small table inside the RV and some makeshift sewing tables outside.

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I used our “Bandana” fabrics.

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The original quilt was done in traditional dark colors … but I went way outside the box.

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Lots of strip sets turned into 2 patches …

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Then into 4 patches …

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Into blocks …

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And eventually into rows!

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The quilt was sent away to the quilter and came back gorgeous! I love seeing how the quilting brings the quilt to life.

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This quilt took much longer to make than I had planned but I will always remember my outdoor sewing space and late night sewing in the old rental RV whenever I look at it.

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That’s what making a quilt should be … making memories!

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Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

MAR

23

2016

Grow In Progress!

Our newest fabric group “Grow” is here!
It arrived in the Moda warehouse recently …

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The boxes were opened and all those large rolls turned into bolts on the shelves …

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And MORE bolts on the shelves.

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The precut boxes were opened …

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Then jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles and all their precut friends shipped!
So be on the lookout!

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Grow is headed to your favorite Quilt Shop!

Barb

 

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