COVER QUILT ALERT: Close Quarters in American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017) & Giveaway

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  I just heard from the news that it will be a cold one for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.  Do bundle up and stay warm… and stay in Close Quarters.  *wink*

You see, that house quilt on the cover of the latest Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is named Close Quarters – and it is MINE! :)  I am so happy to make cover on American Patchwork & Quilting – my first by the way.  So, it is extra special.  Here are a few pictures I took when the quilt was still work-in-progress.

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This quilt is a very different from my usual quilts in that it is constructed entirely with solids.  I used RJR Fabrics‘ Cotton Supreme solids to achieve an updated Amish look.  It is basically a one block wonder quilt.  All the houses are the same, made interesting by the different fabrics used.  Full instructions are published in American Patchwork & Quilting Jan/Feb 2017 issue.

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Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I envisioned this quilt to be a home decor quilt.  I am so thrilled to see how Close Quarters was styled for photography by the amazing team at American Patchwork & Quilting.

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Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Incidentally, I have also used RJR’s solid fabrics to make a mini house quilt.  Click here to read more about the mini, and where to find the instructions.

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So you can see that RJR’s Cotton Supreme solids are my go-to solids! :)

GIVEAWAY: Between now and next Monday, leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely day and week!!  Hugs to you all.

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Pat Sloan’s Mega FUN Book Tour: TEACH ME TO MACHINE QUILT

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Hello Friends, I am SO happy to be a part of Pat Sloan’s Mega Fun Book Tour celebrating the release of Pat’s new book: Teach me to Machine Quilt!

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I always admire Pat for being so willing and ready to teach quilters.  I am excited to see that her new book deals specifically on machine quilting on a domestic machine.  You all know how I feel about domestic machine quilting. :) Pat spoke to my heart when she wrote in her book introduction about quilting our quilts is a “sweet ending” to our quilt projects!

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Pat has tackled the topic of domestic machine quilting from the very basic.  So, if you have thought about trying out quilting your own quilts on your machine, and are still hesitant, check out Pat’s book!  Reading through the book, I thought Pat has a fantastic treatment on preparing your quilts for machine quilting, among other aspects dealing with domestic machine quilting.  Pat also has videos showing the different basic quilting skills she introduces in the book.

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Pat also included a few fun projects – REAL projects, with full instructions, for you to make to practice machine quilting for yourself.

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I was inspired by Pat’s kitty quilt….

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… to make my version of of a mini kitty quilt.  Instead of applique, I traced the silhouette of a kitten on the fabric to make my quilt sandwich.  And I just fill the background with pebbles — very repetitive, but together, the pebbles make a nice visual effect.

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Sometimes it can be intimidating to a beginner machine quilter to have to try out the different techniques and motifs.  But if you just take one technique at a time, as outlined in Pat’s book, I think you will find yourself really proud of your machine quilting accomplishments a few months from now, a year from now, and many years from now!

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Here, you see my little mini quilt with the colors I used to quilt the mini.  The Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 wt remains a favorite weight of mine for domestic machine quilting.

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Seriously, you can SO do this!!!!  Pick up a copy of Pat’s book and let her teach you to machine quilt… today! :)

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GIVEAWAY:  Pat is giving away 5 copies of her book over on HER blog.
Here’s the direct link to enter the giveaway:  blog.patsloan.com/pats-mega-fun-book-tour/

HAVE FUN, Friends…. and with that, Meow!  See you next time!  And remember, machine quilting is a JOURNEY – a fun one because you will find yourself surrounded with friends who are always happy to share a tip along the way!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Hello Friends, it’s here — THANKSGIVING 2016 is here!  The attitude of gratitude is a noble one — being grateful for things, being grateful toward our fellow men.  Today, I am grateful to God, my Creator and Saviour for His bountiful blessings and everlasting mercy, and for the “… pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress; A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness!” My prayer this day is that I will always be inspired by the pilgrims so long ago who loved and pursued religious freedom more than comfort.

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I look forward to a few days of downtime with my family.  We will enjoy each other’s company.  Many many years ago, I made a quilt where I embroidered on every quilt block our family’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

You can see that the quilt was made QUITE a few years ago judging from the size of my assistant. :)

This quilt is one of my favorites because it “records” a bit of family history.

Friends, I hope you have a most blessed and safe holiday!  I shall catch up with you later.

Sew in Love {With Fabric}’s DREAMSCAPE Blog Hop

Hello Friends, the countdown is definitely on for Thanksgiving, isn’t it?  I hope you are as excited as we are over here about the upcoming holiday.  I know you are probably busy cooking, and playing at your sewing machine is the last thing on your mind.  But perhaps my block, contributed to the Dreamscape Blog Hop hosted on Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog, will tempt you to at least file it under “to be tackled later”?

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Instructions on how to make my Diamond Layer Block are posted on Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  Click here to go.  As you can see, this is a straight-jacket variation of the strings block, without stabilizer or a base for paper piecing.  Be sure you leave a comment on Sew in Love {with Fabric}’s post for today to enter a giveaway of a fabric bundle.  Comments are turned off for today’s post.

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Thanks for stopping by – and I hope you have a fun and blessed Thanksgiving eve.  Hugs to you all!

Another completed Thread Journey Quilt!!!

Hello Friends, I hope you’ve been well.  I truly apologize for being scarce of late.  Too much going on with work, and too much going on with Miss Baby — so much so that I totally failed to see a scheduling conflict between Miss Baby’s art and music commitments!  My daughter had to remind me the 19th last week was actually  Saturday, and not Friday.  But…. on the upside, I am finished with my major Christmas shopping, and about 75% done with wrapping the presents!  So, if you must know, I have kind of being “one” with Scotch tape and wrapping paper the last couple of days… :)

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Jody has actually sent these pictures of her complete Thread Journey quilt a few weeks ago.  I am SO proud of Jody attempting and completing the quilt!  Good job, Jody.  Would you please join me and letting Jody know she did a phenomenal job by leaving a comment for Jody?  Thanks so much…

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Jody did an amazing job with her feather quilting, don’t you think?

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Instructions to make the Thread Journey quilt, presented in installments, are found in www.auribuzz.com.   Though the Quilt-Along is over, you can still make your own Thread Journey quilt following the instructions.

Happy Monday, and Happy Thanksgiving week to you all!

p.s.  Click here you would like to see my version of Thread Journey (version 2).  Incidentally, the first version was photographed being shown by Alex Veronelli during one of his recent lectures – see below.  If you have yet to attend his lectures, you simply have to find out where you can attend one!

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image source: http://www.heirloomcreations.net

Kissing Balls in Australian Quilters Companion & Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday and Happy Week for you! I am still in my whirlwind of merry-go-round.  I shipped off a couple of quilt last week, and have a few more to ship out before Thanksgiving.  I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week!!!  It seemed ages ago when I finalized our Thanksgiving plans.  Anyhow, I am happy to share with you about one of my Christmas quilt being finally official!!!  You might remember this…

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Well, Kissing Ball is currently being featured in the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion magazine(#82).  It is a nod to my Aussie Quilting Friends, as well as “the” Aussie quilting friend of mine Lynette Anderson — who happens to be the designers of the fabrics I used for this quilt.  The fabrics are from Lynette’s Festive Fun fabrics for RJR Fabrics.

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You can’t really see it, but I quilted an allover holly sprig motifs on the quilt.  I am hoping you can see close up shot I took of a sprig here.

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I am sharing with you the schematic of the holly sprig motif for the Thread Talk portion of the post today.   Perhaps you could use the motif on a Christmas project.  You still have time, you know? :)

Step 1. First, I free-motion quilted the center berries.  It was perfectly fine for me overlap stitches because I use Aurifil’s 50wt thread, and the fine weight of the thread withstands stitching over stitches very well.

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Step 2.  Then I added the holly leaves.  I would do 2 or 3 leaves depending on the space I have.  Sometimes I added the veins in the leaf center, sometimes I didn’t.

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Step 3.  Swirls are the key to break out of a holly sprig to quilt subsequent holly sprigs.  I just picked a convenient spot to quilt a swirl, and then additional swirls until I end up with an area sufficient to quilt another holly sprig – starting with berries, and then holly leaves.

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Step 4.  And the process repeats.  Note where it was a bit tight for me to swing a swirl to get out of my holly sprig.  In situations as such, I would just echo the leaf a little and get out before I do a full swirl.  Real life quilting is full of off the cuff improvisations! :)

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I would keep repeating and repeating and repeating until my entire quilt was covered with the motif.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

p.s. Today is the last day for 20% discount on any of my online machine quilting classes.  Click here for the details.

My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Happy Veterans Day!

Hello Friends, a very happy and blessed Veterans Day to you!  My heart is grateful to so many who have served in the armed forces, and served honorably!  I also prayed that God would bless and watch over the wounder warriors amongst us.

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This year, I am very happy a Quilts of Valor (QOV) design is added to my design list!  Pattern details coming soon.

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Thank a veteran as often as you can.  Meanwhile, I hope you will check out Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Have a great weekend!

Aurifil’s Embroidery Floss Collection: Marmalade Meadows

Friends, you know I have a passion for handwork. Over the years I have done embroidery, smocking and cross-stitching. I love stitching with my hands, and feeling the needle and threads as the stitches are formed.  I am very excited to share more about Marmalade Meadows, an embroidery floss collection I curated for Aurifil.

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Firstly, these Aurifloss colors were selected to be companion threads for Quilting Treasures’ new group Bleecker Street!  I will share more about Bleecker Street fabrics tomorrow.  Spring on Bleecker Street is a collage quilt I designed using the Bleecker Street fabrics that involve a bit of piecing, applique as well as hand embroidery.  The hand embroidery part uses threads from Marmalade Meadows.

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The following picture was taken at this past Quilt Market of Spring on Bleecker Street.  Kits and patterns are available via your local quilt shops sometime in November!  Check and ask about the project with your local quilt shops that carry Quilting Treasures fabrics.

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And you here how the Marmalade Meadows embroidery floss is at play in the following pictures:

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I also designed and stitched a little wallhanging using the Marmalade Meadows embroidery floss, featuring Marmalade, the pot-belly bunny!  This is going to be a free pattern when the thread collection ships in December.

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I quilted the wallhanging with Aurifil’s Mako 50 wt cotton.  When quilting around embroidered motif, I like to quilt densely so that the embroidery will pop!

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I like that the Aurifil’s embroidery floss is wound on a charming wooden spool.  Some have asked if I feel a difference between Aurifloss and skeined floss.  One major thing I notice is that, with the other threads produced by Aurifil, the Aurifloss is very low on lint.  That allows me to have very crisp stitches.  [As to why Aurifil’s threads are low lint, you will have to attend Alex Veronelli’s thread lectures to find out — really worth your while if there is one offered in your area.  It is free to attend.]

So, here are the spools you will get in my Marmalade Meadows collection.  Even though they scream vibes of spring, I am actually working on a Christmas scene featuring Marmalade the pot-belly bunny!  Stay tuned for details. :)

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Again, the collection ships this December to shops.  You may place an order for the collection with any shops that carries Aurifil products.  I know http://www.followthatthread.com will have it.  If it’s not listed on the website, just shoot them an email, and they will take care of you!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Till next time!

WINNER of Annie’s Machine Quilting Class of Choice & DISCOUNT KEYCODE

Hello Friends, the winner of my Annie’s Machine Quilting Class of Choice Giveaway is: Gloria Cotten!  An email is sent to you to inform you someone at Annie’s will be in touch!

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I really wish I could give each of you a free class, but that’s out of my hands. :(  Thank you to all of you for entering the giveaway.  You know where to find me should you have a free-motion-quilting question you have while you are attempting to quilt your own quilts.

MEANWHILE, ANNIE’S IS OFFERING A 20% DISCOUNT FOR MY BLOG FOLLOWER between now and November 14, 2016 – ENTER KEYCODE: SHEPQLT

I hope this offer will be advantageous to you!  Again, here are my 5 domestic machine quilting classes offered with Annie’s.

#1. Learn to Machine Quilt – click here for more information.

#2.  Machine Quilting Level 2 – click here for more information.

#3.  Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks – click here for more information.

#4.  Learn to Machine Quilt With Stencils & Templates – click here for more information.

#5.  Learn Modern Straight Line Machine Quilting – click here for more information.

And I will be back soon with details about my domestic machine quilting book, due out in March 2017!

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Meanwhile, if you haven’t tried using Aurifil’s Mako 50 wt to machine quilt, I highly recommend it!!  It took me two or three stops at the Aurifil booth at Fall Market to “meet myself”. :)  They had a wall display with quilters’ thoughts on their threads.  I was surprised to find a quote from me!!!!

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First Blush FQ Bundle & Aurifil Thread Pack Giveaway Winners & Other Fun Kits

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.  My week went by fast from settling back in my routine post-Quilt Market, to tending to an under the weather little girl, and being behind on stuff!  Haha.  That “being behind” stuff — a friend from the industry and I were just laughing at how “being behind” is just a part of life.  We were hoping for a Market reset — but sadly, there’s no reset. :)  All is well!!!

I am happy to announce the winners of my FIRST BLUSH FQ BUNDLE and AURIFIL THREAD PACK GIVEAWAY! You may click here to view more pictures of the project I did with the fabrics.

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WINNER OF FQ BUNDLE: Jocelyn of Happy Cottage Quilter

WINNER OF AURIFIL THREAD PACK: Vicki Sprain

Please email me your mailing address so that I can forward to the right people to have your gifts sent to you!!!

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I have been receiving emails asking if you could purchase my patterns separately apart from the quilt kits carried at stores.  Answer is: if the pattern is offered as a free-to-use pattern on the website of fabric companies, then they are available to you for download for free.  However, if they aren’t, they are usually exclusive only to the quilt kits.  I currently do not sell my patterns via any venues like Craftsy for various reasons, but it is something I am considering doing.  But no decision is made on that front.  For now, I like the arrangements I have with the different companies for whom I design because it frees me up to design, and not mired in administrative responsibilities.

WITH THAT SAID, I am happy to share that Missouri Star Quilt Co is now carrying kits of a few of my patterns!

1.  Dixie Flowers Kit – click HERE to purchase.

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2.  Kaleidoscope Kit – click HERE to purchase.  This is a fun design in that it is a play on pinwheels blocks where I inserted pinwheels within pinwheels within pinwheels in a quilt block.  

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That’s all for now.  I have more magazine quilts returned to me.  I will share those with you next week, hopefully! Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend!

GIVEAWAY: My Annie’s Domestic Machine Quilting Class of your choice

Hello Friends, I am tired and groggy, but I went to Houston and got back safely.  It was a whirlwind of a trip.  I will share more about that later.  One of the major reasons I went to Houston is to present my upcoming book Stitching Pathways – a compilation of my Thread Talk posts in a book format and more.   The following pictures show snippets of the book projects that I have been working on to include in the Stitching Pathways book.

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SO, to celebrate domestic machine quilting, Annie’s has generously sponsored a giveaway of any one of my 5 online machine quilting classes of your choice!

#1. Learn to Machine Quilt – click here for more information.

#2.  Machine Quilting Level 2 – click here for more information.

#3.  Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks – click here for more information.

#4.  Learn to Machine Quilt With Stencils & Templates – click here for more information.

#5.  Learn Modern Straight Line Machine Quilting – click here for more information.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY – Between now and coming Sunday (November 6th), leave in the comment section which class you would like, and I will pick a winner to announce on Monday (November 7th).

Happy Monday, and Happy Week!

A rather unconventional bling!

This week, Miss Baby brought a ring home from school that she had purchased at her school’s ticket store.  She earns her tickets for good behavior at school.  So, she spent part of her “earning” from the last two weeks buying me the ring to wear while I am at Houston… to remind me of her!  The ring is a little big and quite unconventional, but it is coming with me for sure… to Houston!

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Guess what I will be doing while I am not out meeting with friends?!  I will be catching up with my letter Z’s!

I am not sure what this Quilt Market will bring, but I know they will be good.  I like catching up with my quilting friends, especially those with whom I exchange at least 10 emails a day.  :-)  If you had missed my Fall Quilt Market posts from last year, you may read them herehere (my personal favorite), herehere, and here.

Last year we had wet and cold torrential rain!  This year, I think I will get to wear sleeveless dresses!!  And here’s to uneventful “shoe situation” for me (you will have to read my personal favorite Market post from last year).  I will be back with post-action report.  Meanwhile, you may see neat Market pictures from my Instagram feed starting tomorrow by clicking here.  What fascinates me about Market are the props, sometimes more so than the quilts.  So, I will attempt so share with you the amazing and creative props used to decorate the different booths.