October 5, 2019
Open Book, our 2019 Quilters' Quest quilt.
October is a beautiful month here in Northern Virginia with its cooler weather and striking fall colors.  It is an extra busy time around the Studio since our Quilters' Quest shop hop is taking place soon.  The planning has been going on for months. We are sorry to say that one of our Quest shops, The Crazy Cousin, will not be open for the shop hop. There was a fire last week in an adjoining business and they suffered smoke damage. We wish shop owner Rhonda the best of luck as she works to clean up and open again. 

Just days after Quest ends, I will be heading off to Houston for the annual Quilt Market trade show.

We have lots to tell you about in this month's newsletter. There's new fabric, a new version for a classic project and more.  And, make sure you scroll to the bottom to check out the next lesson in our Block of the Month, Stellaris.
Introducing my New Fabric Line, Andalucía
Inspired by the diverse geography of this region of southern Spain, my Andalucía collection reflects the water, flowers and textures of the area.

This 28-fabric collection includes four border prints, useful tone-on-tones, and fun, flowing dots. It is available in four distinct colorways - Cerulean, Khaki, Royal Blue, and Sienna.

RJR - Andalucia
Watch this quick video for the inspiration behind Andalucía.

The Andalucía fabrics are available by the yard and in fat quarter bundles.   
Click here to see the entire Andalucía collection.
New Christmas Tree Skirt Kits
In the Beyer household, we always decorate with a large tree for Christmas. I created this tree skirt pattern many years ago because I wanted a tree skirt which you could see under these big trees.  
Now, in addition to kits featuring my Miyako border print, I have added another version which uses the Aruba border print. The Christmas Tree Skirt pattern features scrappy red flying geese and large triangular sections with very little piecing.
The only thing difficult is deciding which one to choose.
Click here to see the two Christmas Tree Skirt kits.
Quilters' Quest Starts Soon
It's been a hive of activity here at the Studio preparing to receive the many quilters who will visit us during the 10 days of the Quest running from October 11th through the 20th. This year's theme is "Books" and participants will be on a book tour as they visit all 9 shops throughout the region.

Each shop features a specially designed quilt in the same palette of colors along with free patterns, fabulous prizes and lots of fun throughout the 9 participating shops. Finish the Quest by visiting all the shops and you'll get a free tote plus a reward card which entitles you to receive a 15% discount on regularly priced merchandise at all the shops throughout the coming year.

Our bonus quilt, Stacks
Our Quest quilt, Open Book, uses the Quest Cuts, 10-inch squares, the Questers can pick up at each shop. We also have a bonus quilt, Stacks.  With the Quest squares and one of our finishing kits, you can make both quilts.

We have a few spaces left on one of our buses for those who would like to leave the driving to someone else.

To learn more about the Quilters' Quest and the download the Event Packet, click here.
Teaching Children to Sew
I have been teaching piecing and quilting for many years but I think one of my favorite things to do is to pass this skill on to children. Our book for Quest is The Mary Frances Sewing Book: Adventures Among the Thimble People which teaches children how to sew while also telling the story of Mary Frances's new friends, the thimble people.

We have put together a sewing kit with children in mind which should have everything needed to start the next generation on the path to sewing.

The first project I have children make is a puzzle ball.  This fun project can be sewn by hand or machine.  In addition to puzzle ball kits, I also have a book, Patchwork Puzzle Balls which includes nine quick and simple designs and four more challenging ones.
Around the Studio
Flowers for My Wedding Ring quilt kits - We have these kits back in stock!  RJR Fabrics has found a few more of this popular kit, designed by Judy Niemeyer and featuring my Malam batiks. If you have one of these kits and would like some instruction on the piecing and applique, we have a series of classes to help.  You can see these and all of our classes here.
Quilt Tip - Sewing Partial Seams
Some blocks that look like they require an inset seam can actually be constructed using a much faster technique: a partial seam.  This is a great method to learn for times when you have to surround a center shape as you do in adding to your central star when making the Stellaris quilt.  In addition to the video lesson with Stellaris, check out this lesson on the " Tips and Lessons" page on my website.
2019 BOM, Stellaris - Lesson #7
The finish is in sight! This month you will be sewing together compass blocks and learning about inset seams as the center of your quilt comes together.
This is a free program available to just our newsletter subscribers. Each newsletter will have a link to a new written and video lesson plus you will have access to all past lessons.

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For more information or to order kits, available in six colorways, and related products, visit the Stellaris page on our website. 
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