Monday, January 7, 2013

Florida, here we come!

I'm packing to go to sunny Florida to the Ft. Myers Quilt Guild next week. If you live anywhere in the area, I'd love to visit with you at their guild meeting, or sign up to take a workshop from the Loose Change book or a Mini Table Treats class. Linda Kleinhenz is the contact person at 239-731-0251. I don't travel that far very often, so let's make it count!



The following week, I'll be attending/teaching at Gloria Parson's 5-day retreat in Jacksonville, FL. The retreat is held at Camp Blanding where Gloria has arranged for very reasonable (read cheap-cheap) accommodations/food and lots of space to sew. Call Gloria for more info at 904-742-1100. Everyone who's attended in the past keeps coming back and says it's a total blast!

Pam Bud of Heartspun Quilts is joining me to teach and play at Gloria's, too. Learn all of her hints and tips in one of her workshops. We've had a great time with our quilting cruises and are planning more events in the coming months. It's still not too late to sign up for our New England Cruise in September 2013. See more information on my sidebar.

Okay, the winner of this week's scrap bundle is .....the #1 comment by JollyWorkerAlice. Please end your mailing info and we'll send out your box of goodies before we leave (if we receive your info by Wed.) or when we return.

I'm sure my blogging time will be scattered at best during the next few weeks. If you comment between now and Feb.1st, you could win a new Pheasant Hill Dessert Roll and the new Dessert for Two pattern. The newest Moda precut features (20) 5" x WOF strips and offers a multitude of options for quilt making. Pheasant Feathers (a couple weeks ago) features a Dessert Roll as does our new pattern, Dessert for Two. It includes a lap quilt that takes just 1 fabric for border/binding in addition to the Dessert Roll. How economical and easy is that? By layering and stitching strips, it makes the best use of fabric with only a 1" strip left. I threw mine together in about 2 1/2 hours (it was 2 days before market). Obviously, perfection is not a key factor in this quilt :). Just pin the strips, stitch and go. I love the wonky waves created by varying the widths between strips. We've embraced the pinked edges as a design element so when it's washed, they will softly curl and fray for a wonderfully cozy look.

If you can't find a Dessert Roll in the fabrics you want, cut your own 5" strips with a pinked rotary blade. I used a scalloped blade for the strips on the included bag. It's about 14" square x 4" wide with an adjustable length handle. I carry my iPad, notebook & paperwork in it from home to work & back again. Don't ya just love the featured floral stripe???

Have a great January and 2013. See you later. Lynne




74 comments:

  1. I bet you hate going to Florida, away from cold weather. Take care and have fun

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  2. I love how it looks like a horizon. Have fun!

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  3. I love that pattern and the fabrics, really nice colors.
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Florida, I wouldn't mind a nice warm beach, right about now, lol.

    Debbie

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  4. Have fun! Wish I lived closer! Love, love, love the bag!

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  5. Have a great time in FL! Wish I could go with you!

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  6. You sound really busy! Hope you can relax and enjoy Fl! ;-) At least a little. Your bag is adorable~ I like the floral too. Safe travels!

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  7. Florida sound wonderful to me! Have a great time and soak up that warm sun!

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  8. Have a great time...wish I was closer too!

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  9. May you & Pam have a safe and lovely Florida visit! Your highlighted patterns are really nice.

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  10. Love the spools in a circle! Great design.
    The fabrics have a nice variety and I would enjoy working with them.
    Enjoy sunny Florida.

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  11. Have fun in Florida! I love te spool pattern you how. It's so cute.

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  12. Thanks for another lovely giveaway. I so wish that I could travel to one of your teaching venues in Florida. Please have a safe trip, and remember, weather temps go up and down this time of year here in Florida.

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  13. I really like the look of the raw scalloped edges on the bag. There are so many ways to use a great floral stripe, and I really like this one! Have fun in Florida!

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  14. Enjoy your time in Florida - I'm sure there will be LOTS of snowbirds there with you!

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  15. What fun teaching with Gloria, sure loved her shop The Olde Green Cupboard and was sorry to hear it closed even though I only got to visit once a year as it was a 6 1/2 hour drive.

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  16. wish I could come to florida too. Have fun and will be looking forward to your next post.

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  17. Have a great time in Florida. Thanks for another great giveaway. And Happy New Year.

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  18. Enjoy your time in Florida. Wish I could attend.

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  19. Have fun in Florida, wish I could go along. Love your bag! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. Have a great trip! Can't wait to get more desert rolls.

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  21. Shoot, any other winter we would be in Florida, but 'oh no, not this year'! Wish I was. You and Pam are going to have such fun and the lucky women that get to be with you, just don't know the treat they are in for. thanks for a chance to win some of your pretties.

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  22. Would love to go to sunny Florida right now. Have a great time and a safe trip!

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  23. Warm weather and sunshine is good for the soul...enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  24. Have a wonderful trip--wish I was headed toward warmer climes! The little spool mat is adorable!

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  25. Enjoy your time in Florida, and think of all of us in the Midwest with our snow. Thanks for the chance to win these great prizes

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  26. Love the wonky lap quilt...a nice break from patchwork precision! Have a nice time in Florida!

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  27. Have a fabulous time in the Jacksonville area - nice and warm! I love the lap quilt - scrappy always looks great to me!

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  28. Have a great time. I would love to take a class from Pam. She is my hero.

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  29. Welcome to the sunshine state. We've had a bit of cold weather over the holidays, but it is 80 degrees today in central Florida :-)

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  30. Enjoy the trip to FL ! I love the floral!

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  31. Love the "wonky waves" as you put it! Working on a project that doesn't have to be "perfect" - Priceless!

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  32. HAVE FUN!
    THE DESSERT ROLL SOUNDS YUMMY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  33. Oh to go somewhere warm!!!! Go somewhere with a friend!!!! Go somewhere to sew!!!! A recipe for FUN! FUN! FUN!!!!!
    Look forward to hearing all about it.

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  34. I like your spool design above and the tote. Enjoy your trip and stay in the sunny south!

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  35. I love your designs. Have fun in Florida.

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  36. I miss living in Florida with all the sunshine and blue skies. wish I was tagging along with you, but hope you still enjoy every minute of your trip.

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  37. Enjoy your trip to Florida :) Love the spool mat...so cute!!!

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  38. Have a fantastic time on your trip to Florida. Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. Wish I could be there.

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  39. Lucky you, Florida, quilt guilds plus classes....I want to go too. Enjoy

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  40. Love the fabrics. Such rich colours. Thanks for sharing. have a great time in Florida. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  41. Have a wonderful time in Florida, lucky you! Love the spools quilt and the fabric!

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  42. Is that spool table topper included in a book? It is darling. Wish I were close enough to take a class.

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  43. I like the size of the dessert roll, so many options when using one. Safe travels and enjoy the warmth!

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  44. I just love, love, love the spool table topper!
    Thanks for sharing. Have fun at the retreat, wish I was going!!

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  45. Love the purse!! Fabrics & pattern too...super job! Have fun in Florida....enjoy the Sun & Warm!

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  46. Love the floral bag, i would use it all the time too.

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  47. Wish I was going to Flordia this winter !! Have a safe and warm trip. Love the strip idea for a quilt ! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Love the rich colors of this collection and that fun, "wonky strips" quilt. Enjoy your trip!

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  49. Love the bag! I need to make one for my Ipad. Enjoy your teaching retreat in Florida!

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  50. Great iPad bag, I could use one of these yours is beautiful. Enjoy Florida, I wish I were in a warmer climate on a quilting retreat. Have a great time! ;->

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  51. Florida sounds good right now. I've been chilly here in NJ. I hope all your classes and activities go well.

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  52. I've had a pinking blade for years and have never used it. Will have to give it a try on the 5" strips as you suggested. Enjoy your time in Florida!

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  53. This is a lovely fabric line. Enjoy Florida!

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  54. The black floral stripe is my favorite piece in this line. Love the use of it for a purse. Enjoy your trip to Florida.

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  55. Have a wonderful trip. Would love to win your Pheasant Hill Dessert Roll and the new Dessert for Two pattern. Love working with all of your gorgeous colors! Lana

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  56. Hope you have a wonderful time in sunny Florida. And I hope I win the dessert roll and pattern:)

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  57. Love the Spool topper above! What a fun quilt and a lovely bag, it has a great shape. Safe travels to FL and return. Sounds like a great trip, going to FL for class. Enjoy!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

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  58. I'd love to be included. Have a wonderful time in FL!

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  59. Have a great time in Florida. Love to win the dessert roll. Been thinking about sewing a bag. This might be the fabric to use for it. Thanks.

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  60. Wish I was going along for the fun. A retreat and sun sounds like heaven. Have a great trip!

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  61. Have a great time and enjoy the weather for all of us up in the northern states!

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  62. Warm Florida, sounds so warm! Today I was FMQ on my little machine and I loved having the whole quilt in my lap. I was very comfortable. Have a great time. Love the purse. Thanks.

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  63. Ah, I love Florida and the beautiful beaches. Make sure you get outside and have fun too.

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  64. <3 the circular piece with the spools! Would be so happy to win the dessert roll, thanks for the chance!

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  65. Dessert rolls sound so versatile. Would love to win one and the pattern.

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  66. The fabrics and your projects look really nice. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for the drawing! And have fun on your trips!

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