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May 5, 2018
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What a month it has been! In the past few weeks we have launched a new website and are still working out a few issues, my home and gardens were part of a tour, I taught four classes and have been trying to keep up with the everyday tasks around the Studio. Yes, it's been busy but what fun we've had! And there's more to look forward to in May.

We have just finished this short video tour of our retail shop and mail order business and how I got started in quilting. Take a look!

Looking ahead, we have new fabric, products and projects for you, a wonderful quilt show, shop hop updates and, that all-important second clue in our Kyoto Mystery quilt.
Introducing My Latest Collection, Midnight Garden

This collection was inspired by a walk through my beloved gardens at night. I've incorporated these vivid colors, elegant designs and unique textures into this collection of 37 fabrics including my signature border stripes, large-scale prints and some versatile tone-on-tone designs.
 
This collection is available in fat quarter bundles as well as by the yard.
 
The Midnight Garden quilt features softly shaded stars and intricate-looking but easy-to-make medallions from the border print fabric. The diamond units are constructed from simple strip-sets. The quilt finishes at 69" x 69".

Midnight Garden comes in two colorways, blue and red, and the pattern is a FREE DOWNLOAD. You can find complete details of the Midnight Garden quilt on our website.

Join Me at the Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show
I'd love for you to join me at this Northern Virginia guild's 45th annual show, June 1st through 3rd. I will be the guest speaker at their annual meeting on Saturday evening, June 2nd. In addition, I will be teaching classes Friday and Saturday. All are welcome and membership is not required.

Also, there will be a special exhibit section of members' quilts inspired by my designs and fabrics.

For more information on the show including the times, classes, directions, a list of the dozens of vendors and more, visit the  Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show website. 

Quilters' Quest Takes to the High Seas
Come October, it will be "Anchors Aweigh" as we take off for another fun-filled 10 days with our annual shop hop, Quilters' Quest. The shop owners have put all the details together in another entertaining video filmed at my house. Watch it here.

We will once again have two buses. Each two-day journey will allow you to cruise to all 10 shops in relaxed comfort with some of the nicest quilters around. Learn more about our Quest bus here.

Visit the website and sign up for the Quilters' Quest free newsletter.

Kyoto Mystery Notion
Wooly Felted Ironing Mats are back and we now have a new size.

I first saw these American-made, 100% wool ironing mats at Fall Market and, when watching the Kyoto Mystery videos, you'll see that this is all I use now for pressing blocks and seams. And for all you knitters out there, it is great for blocking knitting projects as well.

We carry these in four sizes: 8" x 8", 13.5" x 13.5", 17" x 17" and now the larger 17" x 24".

For more information on these Wooly Felted Ironing Mats, click here.

Kyoto Mystery Tip

This month's clue involves border print fabric. When sewing a border print fabric to another fabric, sew with the border print on top. This allows you to follow a line from the border print, making it easy to get the border fabric sewn on perfectly. Don't miss tips like this one in each month's clue.


Kyoto Mystery - Clue 2
Last month, you learned how to make and use templates and to sew together irregular shapes. This month, you will be using your border print fabric. I will explain the design features of these fabrics and how you cut them.

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.

[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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