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July 7, 2018
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The old saying "time flies" never seemed truer than it has this past month.  

I began the month of June by teaching and lecturing locally at the Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show to be followed shortly after by teaching at the Shipshewana Quiltfest in Indiana. At these events it is always a pleasure to meet old friends and to make new ones. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the painted barn quilts which adorn not only Shipshewana's historic barns but many of the buildings around town.
Painted quilts were everywhere. I saw several friends and made new ones!
   
 
And just last week I had a wonderful visit with my grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law which included a Washington Nationals ballgame.

 
In this month's newsletter, you'll read about a new quilt, products, tips and more along with Clue #4 of the Kyoto Mystery.
All New Palette Pizazz
Designed by former staffer Barbara Hollinger, Palette Pizazz features fabrics from my new updated Palette collection in a quilt which sparks with energy.
    
Palette Pizazz is foundation pieced for ease of construction. The quilt comes in four colorways and finishes at 58" x 72". Each kit includes all the fabric you need for the quilt top and binding. You get 40-2½" strips in the included Pixie Strip roll for great variety of fabrics and fast, easy cutting.

The pattern for Palette Pizazz is a FREE download. Click here for more information.

Check Out Our Collection of Pixies
Malam batik Pixies seen here with many more available on my site.
The Palette Pizazz quilts use Pixie Strip rolls featuring Palette fabrics but did you know we also carry Pixie Strips from my Malam batiks?

Pixie Strip rolls give you lots of different fabrics and work well in many projects such as Crayon Box for palette and batik fabrics, and Red Fort. These precuts certainly speed the process along.

You can see all of our Pixies and other precuts by clicking here.

Keep Tools Close-by with Your Nest Organizer
Whether by your sewing machine or next to your comfy chair when hand piecing, Your Nest Organizer will keep your essential tools handy.

The organizer easily holds a wide variety of tools, large or small like rulers, rotary cutters, pens, pencils, markers or even your cell phone.

Your Nest Organizers come in four fun colors. Click here to learn more.

Our "Sew Musical" Row by Row
Row by Row is underway! This unique shop hop lasts through the summer with quilters visiting participating shops to receive a free pattern for a row which can be used to create a unique quilt. For more information, visit their website.

With the theme, "Sew Musical," our Virginia Reel pattern has two options - either an 18" square or a 9" x 36" row. In fact, some like it so much that we have designed an entire quilt for you based on this pattern. As with our row kits and patterns, they are now only available to those who stop by the Studio (but we can offer them online starting in November).

Setting Sail for Quilters' Quest
What is bringing quilters from states as far away as Michigan and California and even from other countries including the United Kingdom and Canada? Why, they are all coming to hop on the bus to take part in our annual Quilters' Quest Shop Hop. With the theme "Anchors Aweigh" and a beautiful palette of fabrics in the colors of sea glass, you're guaranteed exciting travels as you explore all 10 Quest shops.

Visit the Quest website for details and sign up for the Quest newsletter with free patterns and more. To join one of our Quest bus tours, click here.

Quilt Tip: Conquer Those Inset or Y-Seams
 
In this month's clue for the Kyoto Mystery quilt, you will have to sew Y-seams. Many quilters tend to shy away from these but it really is easier than you think. Besides the video with the clue, you may want to watch this video lesson on our website. 

Kyoto Mystery - Clue 4
You've worked with odd angles and border prints and foundation piecing. This month, you'll tackle Y-seams. If you've avoided them in the past because you thought they were difficult, you'll be surprised at what you can master with just a few basic tips.

This is a free program available to just our newsletter subscribers. Each newsletter will have a link to a new clue and video lesson plus you will have access to all past clues. When you click on the link below, you will find links to past clues also.

[Download link available in subscriber e-mail only]

For more information or to order kits and related products, visit the Kyoto Mystery page on our website.

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