May 29 - 31 SHOP HOP at Quiltin' Cousins

Friday, May 22, 2015

Post and Beam giveaway(s)

meet our second new pattern

Post and Beam

fabric shown is

you may have seen this pattern version of this design
EE Schenck/Maywood Studios
in some of the Spring Market photographs

but you probably have seen this version of the quilt too
it was featured in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine special edition,
21 Best Tradition with a Twist Quilts
this version has a scrappy charcoal background
and a little
"kitchen sink"
thrown in
the accents are a bundle of little dots from

you can incorporate
a fabric line
with your stash!  with your scraps!

we'll be selecting two winners for this giveaway
Fresh Water Fabrics batiks bundle
"Cycles of Life fabric collection by Kristen Berger of Kite Flying Society for Maywood Studios" bundle
(bundle available mid june)
(thank you EE Schenck!)

leave us a comment
and answer the question:
what is your favorite scrappy background color?
neutral?  white?  black?  red?  beige?  or another color?
let me know!!
(and tune in tomorrow for a new pattern!!)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Merry & Mod giveaway(s)

Spring Market

it's true
we have new patterns
to be exact
and we'll be taking a look at each and every one of them
this weekend

Merry & Mod
has created a lovely set of fabrics
Mount Snow
is the perfect blender!
I have two bundles
to give away to two lucky people who comment
and tell me the following:
what's the next thing you plan on doing
on your
bucket list?

a friend wanted to name this

what's your YOLO moment?
we'll be announcing the long weekend's winners
on Tuesday

ps - have you left a review for the book
A Modern Twist?
please do.....
on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Martingale?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Not for the faint of heart.....


Spring Market, Minneapolis, Minnesota

quilt market prep
is not
for the faint of heart

most people think of seasons as spring + summer + fall + winter
but professional quilters think of only two seasons

spring quilt season
fall quilt season

these seasons coincide with Quilts Inc. International Quilt Market(s)

this Spring Market
I am so lucky to be speaking at a Schoolhouse about my very own book
A Modern Twist
and will be attending book signings
at your favorite Distributors' booths
and at the Martingale/TPP booth
you will also find me in my own Booth 323

I have been making quilts
from new patterns designed just for Spring Market 2015

writing patterns
after testing blocks, pairing them with new release fabrics
testing the blocks for color
making the quilt tops
(while correcting step by step instructions and confirming yardage requirements previously created)
sending the top to the fabulous Quilting is my Bliss quilter
working back and forth with Teresa to come up with quilting that is appropriate for the design
and binding, binding, binding
then shipping, shipping, shipping to meet fabric companies' May 4 deadlines

then there is the graphic designer
that has sent new business cards, catalogs, handouts, and book flyers
(along with the new pattern booklets)
to the printer

throughout the whole process
pattern orders must still be filled
bills paid, checks written
must go on
while this pic at first glance seems to say
 it struck me that this pic
really describes the amount of
 that the quilt industry designers
put into our work
patterns, notions, fabrics, books
quilts, bags, garments, homegoods 

a little bit of our life is poured into every design we present to you
so the next time you purchase a yard of fabric
a pattern
a book
please remember this picture
and remember to support a quilt you know, or one that is just starting out
a pattern is the cost of a deli sandwich
a book is only the cost of two (or maybe three) patterns
a magazine has many, many patterns in it for the price of a fancy coffee
or a few pots of home made coffee
fabric travels around the world to come home to your local quilt shop
for somewhere between 8-12 dollars a yard
a quilt will take you months to make
for the cost of about one four hour round of golf at a public course
won't you click on one of those links below this blog
and purchase a book from one of my blog friends
or from me.... 

quilt market prep is not for the faint of heart
  take some time to read
blog posted by Joanna Figueroa's husband 

(thanks, Vic, for house/dog sitting for me while I am away!!!)

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes

A Modern Twist

by Natalie Barnes with Angela Walters

we are the sum of our parts


it's something I think about every day
every morning that I wake
and every evening before I retire for the evening

we are truly the sum of our parts

if you have purchased a copy of my very first book
the first thing you will notice is that
the by line is shared with Angela Walters

and if you read the first page of script, you will find
"...we are the sum of our parts. 
We truly stand shoulder to shoulder, and we are better for it."

if you have ever attended one of my trunk shows
the first thing I will tell you
is that it was Jill Marie Landis that encouraged me to create 
beyond the reef

 when I look at the photo above, it is rich in color to me
I see gifts from Steve and Jill
and knitting I have shared with Lisa
I have candlesticks given to me on the Ranch
and shells from my ex business partner
I see trivets and coasters from other friends
and of course a lovely artisan piece
that was my mothers
the lamp, from my Aunt Laura
there are twigs, and a feather, and butterfly wings
all with a story to tell

even the hutch
was hauled home in the back of a truck with the help of my friend Anne
even tho she's in Buffalo, the times we spent together in the past
are still a part of my life today

A Modern Twist
just wouldn't be the same without the help of 
the same way that 
"..a quilt's not a quilt until it's quilted."

and you all know, in your own lives
quilting wouldn't be the same without the people you meet along the way
so the next time you pull out a piece of fabric
think about the person you were with 
when you purchased it

the next time you start to work on a swap mini quilt
think about the time you have shared with your swap partner

and the next time you are at a quilt show or a retreat
and you see someone sitting alone
do as my friend Leslie would
invite them to join you at your table
you never know
you might just make a friend for life

ps - want an autographed copy of the book?  visit the website.
or purchase any of the bookblogtour authors' titles
using the links below!!

want to hear more?
tune in
Monday 20 April
to listen to Natalie with
Pat Sloan!!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Simple Life....meets clover clip thingeys

(this is not a sponsored post)

A Simple Life....

here's the thing I want to admit to all of you out there
I sew and quilt and knit a simple life
I am not that
gadget girl 
okay, it's not that I have anything against those people that love their gadgets
no, no....
but if you and I have ever chatted about quilting, you know my first statement is always,
"you can do it!!!"
and then I will tell you that all you really need is some fabric, some thread and a needle
I'll try to tell you that quilting is nothing more than a simple running stitch
and that applique is just a blind hem stitch in disguise
for this simple girl, pins are held in jars that remind me of great mornings on Kauai
and threads are few, small, and sorted in canning jars that came from a neighbor's garage sale

if a beginner asks me about a machine, I tell them not to worry too much
about saving thousands of dollars before they can begin to quilt
the family straight stitch machine is a great place to start
truly.  really.  honest.

(my sewing machine quiver doesn't include a machine post-1980!)
while out and about promoting
my very first book

A Modern Twist
A Modern Twist

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at EE Schenck in Portland
In. The. Warehouse.
full of fabrics and patterns and books and.....
my travel companions convinced me that these would really come in handy
with all of the binding I sew down for Quilt Market and the likes
I don't even know how to use I thought I would ask all of you
is it red on the stitch side?  red on the back side?
is the clip pushed all the way to the edge of the binding?
how far apart do you clip?
do you clip the mitered corners?
when do you remove the clips?
and more importantly

where do you put your hands while you are stitching?

if these gadget thingeys can save me some time - any time - I'd be happy to try them
but this simple life girl
needs your help!!

on another note....
this week and next week are filled with boxes and bubble wrap and sorting and lifting

I have been helping a friend pack up her family home
and while I will miss her and her hubby
I know she will always be my
no matter her location

the gifts from her - from her home - are being re purposed into 

a simple life

and the wooden bowl that lived atop her refrigerator
 will greet me every morning 
when I tackle the day's early morning knitting project

please leave me a comment with some direction about these clip thingeys

and I hope you will take a look at
(I'm so proud.....)
add it to your library, or if you have a copy, please leave a review on Amazon
or Barnes and Noble
or Martingale!

A Simple Life....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

...with Angela Walters

there is one more post!
(because you have to go back to yesterday's post!)

...with Angela Walters

for a chance to have your own copy of
A Modern Twist
random number generator drawing will take place March 15 
for a signed copy of the book A Modern Twist (US) or ebook (International)

...with Angela Walters

I think of Angela as a revolutionary quilter
that really changed how we look at finishing a quilt
it's important that we all know about quilting our finished tops
turning them in to quilts
and not just leaving them as tops

and it's important to quilt our tops in a manner that enhances the quilt
it's important to think about
color + contrast + composition
in quilting

thank you, Angela, for adding that concept to

if you can't attend a conference and take one of Angela's classes in person
there are a lot of ways that she makes her ideas available to us

 on a more personal note
I have enjoyed Angela's work - quilting, fabrics, books, lectures
for quite some time now
(how many of you remember this quilt on the cover of Quilters Newsletter Magazine?)
 so it would be an understatement to say that
was a joy to create with Angela's contributions to the book
not only the beautiful quilting
but the beautiful spirit 
that is Angela.
mother, wife, quilter, teacher

thank you so very much....

....with Angela

means the world to me!

remember - you have until March 15 to leave a comment on any or ALL
of these posts!!

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amy Ellis is here! Amy Ellis is here!

Amy Ellis is here!

thank you, Amy, for being a part of the Book Blog Tour

yes, Amy Ellis is here.

 Amy seems to be a constant in my quilting life
she wrote the very first book I ever reviewed for Martingale/That Patchwork Place
long before we ever met
she participated in some of the compilation books of which I was lucky enough to contribute
and then one day she was the big sister I was calling on
for quilting advice
regardless of how much Amy has going on at any given time in her OWN life
she always seems to be able to graciously still have time for friends

 Amy Ellis is here!


Amy Ellis is here!


okay, you get my point

but, before I go, I have to tell you a story about the last place I saw Amy
it was at
I was in the beyond the reef booth, helping someone with a fabric bundle explanation, 
and ringing up another someone, and writing up an order for even yet another someone else

and all of a sudden

I felt a presence
a presence.

and there was Amy Ellis.
peacefully, quietly, standing shoulder to shoulder with me.
she was just

t h e r e.

and that, my friends, is Amy Ellis.

'nuff said.
head on over to Amy's site - there is a whole lot going on!!