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Monday, September 30, 2019

Circa 1880 Blocks ~ Oops, I did it again!

 Yup....I did it again!  I forgot to post last week's Circa 1880 Blocks.  (groan)
Last weekend, I traveled to the Grand Rapids area to visit with the West Michigan Quilters Guild.  I was packing and trying to do a few hundred things (you know how it is!) and plum forgot to write my post.  I remembered when we arrived in Michigan....a lot of good that will do me.

I had just the best time with the West Michigan quilters.  I gave a lecture and enjoyed spending the day with them during two workshops.  I always receive a warm welcome and have a good time with quilters.  We share tips back and forth and just generally have a great time.  I'm always in sewing envy, though, wishing I could be sewing along with them.  

The trip this past weekend marks the end of my travel this year except for one trip to NYC with my daughter in November.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I really enjoy traveling, and I also really, really enjoy teaching, but this teacher is kinda cooked from all the travel and fun.  

I am home for the next 5 months and have only booked two events next year to give myself a much needed rest.  I came home with a renewed vigor of plans to begin doing some things I haven't had time for in a long time.  Change can be just the thing we need sometimes.  

My workshop update is..... Debbie and I finished my Rachel's Tribute BOM quilt and it's now in the hands of quilter extraordinaire Vegas Val (aka Valerie Krueger.)  I am so jazzed to see what she comes up with!  

My New Circa Essentials & New Circa Shirtings fabric sample yardage arrived and is being starched.  I'll begin cutting for the new quilt tomorrow.  More photos and info to come.  The manuscript for my next book with Martingale is also on my desk for proofreading.  Another fabric line in all browns and cheddars called Cheddar & Chocolate is also in production and nearly complete....very exciting.  New quilt designs are being worked on as well, so needless to say, I'm never bored.  But...I don't know a quilter who is!  

So that's the latest from me.  Watch for my next blog later this week when you'll be able to meet Rachel for the first time.  I can't wait to introduce you!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch & Sneak Peek At Rachel's Tribute!!!!

Rachel's Tribute Sneak Peek!!

Here's a look at all of the fabrics coming very soon, all found in my 2020 BOM called Rachel's Tribute!  Oh...I can barely wait to show you the quilt, but for now, this will have to do.  

I adore all of these prints.  They are small, sweet prints perfect for the BOM and the many other quilt projects you have going.  Hoping the big reveal will be this week!
In the meantime, here are this week's Circa 1880 Nine Patch blocks.  There are a couple of fun fussy cut blocks in this batch, too.  

Enjoy your week...summer is hanging on here and I'm going to soak up all I can!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

Here are this week's blocks.  Some cute fussy cuts in this batch.  The green flower in the center of the block at the right is easy to spot.  Do you spot the fabric with the bicycles?

That is the F*U*N of putting Fussy Cuts in your blocks!!  Little surprises.  

Need help Fussy Cutting?  I've made it super easy....click here to read more.

Be well....Happy Stitches always.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cobbler & Flannel

We are nearing a change in seasons.  Fall will soon arrive, but for now, we are still enjoying the fruits of summer....literally.   Anticipating the cooler season, my first ever flannel collection, Maple Lake Flannel, is in quilts shops now.  I took many of my favorite prints from my On Maple Lake collection, along with some gorgeous new prints, and put them in autumnal colors for your piecing pleasure.

I have just a few fat quarter bundles left of this warm & cozy collection.  Click here if you'd like to grab one before they're gone!
Very Berry Crisp
You will enjoy smelling the berry goodness  baking in the oven as you sew.  Right now, all of the berries we love are ripe, plentiful and inexpensive.  Here's a berry crisp recipe I enjoy making all year round (you can also use frozen fruit.)

You can print my Very Berry Crisp recipe here.

This week, Debbie and I are piecing my 2020 BOM, called Rachel's Tribute.  I should be able to show you the quilt and the fabrics next week when it makes its big debut at Marcus Fabrics.  
Lovin' the fabrics!  Lovin' the quilt.  Can't wait to show you!!  It's so hard keeping secrets!

Sit outside and stitch a spell....and then....have dessert!  Enjoy.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

This will be short and sweet.  It's Labor Day and I'm taking some time off....well, sort of.

Went for a 3 mile walk this morning, sat outside...the weather is perfect....and have a few chores to do.  I plan to sew this afternoon...which is the 'chore', but not!
Hope you're doing something fun to recharge and enjoy!  

For our friends dealing with hurricane Dorian, I wish you the very best possible outcome.  Above all, be safe.  Keeping you in my prayers.