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Well fall is in the air and the leaves are just beginning to show their brilliance.

The block at the left reminds me of fall. It was made by Carol P of the Carol Doak Yahoo Group as our first clue block in the new Twisting Mystery Quilt I started last week. Mystery quilts are a leap of faith as the components are cut and labeled, not knowing how they will be used together. So far the blocks posted are varied and interesting and I am confident all the finished quilts will be spectacular. Perhaps a mystery quilt will inspire its maker to go places they would not have ventured on their own. There is still plenty of time to join the group and download the clues to participate in this fun project. To join, just click on the group name above.




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I decided to place the 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars bundle on sale for the month of October.  This bundle  includes the book, a video CD in the book, and the Foundation Factory CD to print the foundations. The focus of this book which is destined to be a classic, is an 8-Pointed Star for each state in the United States. The block at the right has been designated as the Ohio Star and has been used many times to make award-winning quilts.

I love the simplicity of the units that produce such dramatic and varied star blocks in this book. The bonus is the video CD that is included inside the book that shows you exactly how to make these blocks easily from start to finish. It is like taking a one-on-one class and you can watch it again on your computer when you need a refresher. Separately the cost would be $43 but this month you can purchase the bundle for $38. Take advantage of the reduced price this month to add this winning combination to your quilt library.



I have decided to place all the individual Miniature Patterns on sale this month. Each pattern includes all the directions, including finishing directions and all the foundations to make each quilt. Let me warn you, these little darlings are addictive and you may not be able to stop at just one. They are normally $10 each and this month they are on sale for $8 each. You might want to whip up a few for Christmas gifts.



So What Can You Expect On a Quilting Cruise?

I am often asked lots of questions about what it is like to take a quilting cruise so I thought I would answer some of the frequently asked questions here. First, the answers vary somewhat depending upon who is sponsoring the cruise, but generally these answers would apply. Typically classes are only held on the days the ship is at sea so you can take full advantage of the port visits and the night life on the ship. On all the the cruises that I have taught on, the sewing machines have been supplied. The facilities are somewhat like a conference center so the lighting and tables are good. The one thing that I love about combining quilting and cruising is that you really get to know your students and everyone returns home having made lots of friends. There is lots of laughter and fun and what happens on the ship stays on the ship. This is one of those trips where you can travel as a single (and be matched up with another quilter to share a cabin), or travel with your sister, friend, mom, husband and they can enjoy the events on the ship while you are in class. My next cruise is scheduled for March 2012 and I understand there are a few space left if you would like to jump aboard.

March 4-11, 2012

Royal Caribbean's, Allure of the Seas, for a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise filled with the paper-piecing experience of a lifetime!!!

Join Carol Doak, Gail Garber and Eileen Sullivan for three fantastic classes. Carol, Gail and Eileen have collaborated to create a very special quilt, Tropical Delights. You will make a section of the quilt in each of the classes learning a variety of paper piecing methods. To see this first ever collaboration, click on the postcard and read all the details about this very special cruise!


New Free Pattern

Be sure to check the free pattern section of my web page frequently because I am always updating this page.


Recently I uploaded the 4500 Member Celebration Block. Enjoy.




On the Road Again...

I just returned from a lovely trip teaching at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon where I enjoyed teaching students and seeing the lovely exhibit. My next trip will be to the Houston International Quilt Market and Festival.

You can always see where I will be teaching by checking my travel schedule on my web page.

Until next time, happy paper piecing,


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