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November 3, 2018
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Oh, what fun we had during the Quilters' Quest! Make plans to join the adventure next year. 
What a busy time of year it is!  As you read this newsletter, I am in Houston at the Fall Quilt Market. "Market," as we call it, is a five-day trade show for the quilt industry where we gather to see and hear about new products and trends in quilting. I'm involved in both sides of the show as a fabric designer showing my upcoming fabric lines and quilt patterns and as a shop owner looking for new and interesting products to carry at the Studio.

For the past two weeks, I've been caught up in Quilters' Quest, our annual shop hop. We had more than 800 quilters visit the Studio and I enjoyed meeting each one of you from my spot at the front door. It may be an exhausting event but it is also a lot of fun.

In this month's newsletter, we have new quilts and projects to share along with a quilt tip plus the final clue for our Kyoto Mystery
Piñata Table Runner
Just like the bright colors of a traditional Mexican piñata, our table runner will add a feeling of fun and celebration to your table. Featuring the vibrant fabrics from the Malam VI batik collection, the runner is available in two colorways and finishes at 7 ½" x 60".
For more information on the Piñata Table Runner, click here.  The pattern is a FREE DOWNLOAD.

2018 Row by Row Virginia Reel Kits are Now Available
Each summer we participate in the Row by Row Experience, a worldwide shop hop. Visitors to the Studio can pick up our exclusive Row by Row kits and patterns but, by rule, we are not allowed to offer them to you online until November...which makes them available now.

With the theme, "Sew Musical," our Virginia Reel "row" pattern has two options - either an 18" square or a 9" x 36" row, either size perfect for a table topper or wall hanging. Plus, we liked our row so much that I designed an entire quilt for you based on this pattern.


My Virginia Reel quilt is a traditional pattern with simple piecing. I've given it a touch of elegance by finishing it with one of my border prints. This 52" square quilt is a great project for a confident beginner.

For more information on my Virginia Reel projects, click here.

Quilt Tip - Bias Binding
With the last clue to the Kyoto Mystery revealed in this newsletter, it won't be long until you are ready to apply the binding to your quilt. There are various ways to bind a quilt but the method I prefer using is bias binding. Binding can be cut on the straight of grain or on the bias. I believe bias binding is more durable with less damage due to wear and due to the short distance of the exposed diagonal threads.

In the " Tips and Lessons" section of my website, you'll find links on three topics related to binding. Click here to find my bias binding lesson.

Kyoto Mystery - Clue 8
Congratulations! You have made it to the finale of our 2018 Kyoto Mystery quilt. You started this project not knowing what was to come but by sticking to it you have accomplished far more than you thought, such as piecing with paper foundations, using templates, working with border prints and mastering set-in seams. 

If you think you missed your chance to make this quilt, it's not so. In addition to this month's clue, the download link below will give you access to all the clues and videos we've shared so far.  Don't wait though. Kyoto Mystery free downloads will only be available until December 31, 2018.

Please note that just saving the newsletters is not enough.  You must click on the clue link below and download each clue.

[Download link available in subscriber e-mail only]

It's never too late to join in the fun. We have kits available or dig into your stash and start stitching.  For more information or to order kits and related products, visit the Kyoto Mystery page on our website. 

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