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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Interstate Gypsy

I've unpacked my boxes and bags from a wonderful couple of days teaching at Farm Fest, held each year at The Quilter's General Store, in Rockford, IL. 

This year, our project was Tussy Mussy.  It's lovely to see all of the different fabric variations my quilter friends used for their quilts.  All were wonderful, but I had to share the blocks of one quilter who chose to created hers from her Batik stash!  It's so different from what I would choose, and quite wonderful.  Don't you agree? 

I just love seeing how different and unique each quilt will be.  I don't sew with Batiks, but I sure to have an appreciation for how lovely they are! 

Our group just had the best time together!!  We talked about everything under the sun.......

Shared stories of our favorite quilt shops, good piecing tips and hints, and had a lot of laughs together.  I think I have the best job in the world!  It's great to spend a day with quilters!!

Given more time...I think we could have solved the world's problems!  If you'd like to attend Farm Fest next year, it will be held on July 19th & 20th.  Contact The Quilter's General Store right now, and ask to be placed on the list to receive the 2013 Farm Fest information packet.


Today, I'm all packed up and hitting the interstate again...this time heading to Iowa, which is conveniently about the half way point in between Lynne and me.  We're staying with Heidi Kaisand, former Executive Editor of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, and the woman to whom I owe my career!!  Heidi has opened a quilt shop called Hens & Chicks Studio, and a quilting retreat called The Nest.  Lynne and I will be working on the third quilt project for our upcoming Alaskan cruise.  We're getting so excited as the time draws near, and we'll be brainstorming all of the details while we sew.  I'll take lots of photos to show you....so stay tuned!

During our many conversations while at Farm Fest, I was talking about some of my favorite fabrics, and how I've run out of one of my all time favs.  Oh, how I wish I could find more.  Has that happened to you?  My quilter friends encouraged me to post a photo of the fabric I literally pine for, so here goes....

It's the dusty pink the basket is made of.  The fabric is several years old and was from the Beacon Hill collection by Pat Speth for Windham.  I still have it in other colors which is how I know the info.
If anyone has even a little bit they would be willing to sell me, I'd be ever so grateful.  Email me if you have any you'd part with!


Our Great Girlfriend Get-Away to Alaska is sold out, but we have two new
events coming in 2013.  If you'd like more information about joining us as we
spend a week in February, in Cancun, Mexico, and a week cruising the
New England shore to enjoy the Fall Colors, click here!
You know it won't be the same with you!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. I have been lucky enough to start on Journey One and want you all to know that the patterns are so very well written and easy to follow! No guessing what the pattern means! I look forward to leading a group through all the Journeys soon. Thanks Pam! You sure have a fan in me! I can't wait to tackle Tussy Mussy which I ordered a while back when it first came out!

  2. Darn. I have dozens of those civil war kinds of pinks, and I don't have that one! I hope you've found some. Your blocks you've been sharing go perfectly with the Brackman Civil War blocks from last year. Thanks for the quilt along