Free Pattern – Winter Retreat

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern celebrates the snowy season, with a peaceful view of a sparkling winter landscape.

The unique quilt design combines a stained glass technique with a large scale scenic panel, creating a delightful winter vista.

A snow-covered path leads the viewer past a country gate, and guides the eye toward frosted trees painted in cool blue and white hues.
Retreat to your sewing haven and enjoy your ‘Winter Retreat’ pattern today!

… from the ‘Scenic Snowfall’ collection by Timeless Treasures.

To help with this quilt construction, see our special ‘eQuilter Quick Tips’ video titled, ‘Simplified Diagonal Corner Seams‘ featuring the ‘Autumn’ version of the quilt, and presented by Dana Lacy Chapman, our Customer Service manager.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Nudge – Japanese Mola Master

We had SO much fun this weekend at our Bernina Sewapalooza. We had 51 people (50 ladies and one husband) and 34 machines packed into our new classroom. It was Awesome! Stay tuned for future workshops and creative retreats….to be announced in our weekly newsletters.

Last week’s Midweek Creative Nudge featured the gentle hues of a Taupe quilt with appliqued blossoms.

Today I want to share something on the other end of the scale, also from the 2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival.

This is a Mola quilt (Reverse Applique) by Fumiko Nakayama, named ‘Flower the Macrocosm’. Some of you may recall that I talked about her on one of my appearances on Quilting Arts TV. She is the Japanese artist who created the entire ‘Tales of Genji’ series in Mola quilts.

The continuing cross-pollination of quilting techniques, being shared across continents and oceans, is fascinating and thrilling to me. I do love to see local culture being expressed in quilts (Celtic quilts in Ireland, Babushka quilts in Russia, Frida Kahlo quilts in Mexico, etc.) but I also love to spot Japanese Taupe and Indigo in the US, American applique in Europe, Paris-themed quilts in Japan, and Central-American applique in Tokyo! The internet has made the world a smaller place, and in the world of quilting, that provides even more inspiration.

Speaking of the internet and quilters…tomorrow I fly to Venice for a photo conference. A few days ago I asked on Facebook – “Anybody want to have dinner in Venice next weekend?” and I got a response! I am meeting a group of quilters for dinner there on Monday, but I am still looking for dinner-mates on the weekend. What fun! I will be doing some textile-related research while there, and photographing the start of Carnivale.

Wherever I travel in the world, there are quilters…our tribe of fellow-fabriholics who instantly recognize us as part of the quilting family. Aren’t we lucky? *smile*

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

Enjoy artist interviews, tutorials, and quilt festival tours, on our eQuilter Video Page.

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2017 Travel Calendar:
Feb 17-20 – Venice Photo Conference
Feb 24 – eQuilter Sponsored Cocktail Party at QuiltCon
(Front Lobby of Conference Center, right after show closes.)
March 26 – April 1 – Wash DC & NYC
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Great Migration – New Years in Africa – Taking Reservations NOW!

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Free Pattern – Ticket to Ride

All Aboard!….for this week’s Free Quilt Pattern!

Train Buffs and Steam Engine Aficionados will appreciate this Railroad-themed quilt design, inspired by a detailed panel featuring locomotive vignettes.

The train illustrations are set against a landscape backdrop, with a large scale border featuring train cars, pieced from coordinating blenders. This 61″ x 61″ square quilt can be a Lap Quilt, Crib Quilt, Playmat or Wall hanging!

… from the ‘Ticket to Ride’ collection by Exclusively Quilters.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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A Good Time Was Had By All

As this newsletter goes out, we are just concluding our first BERNINA workshop – a 3-Day “Sewapalooza” with 51 participants – in our new Classroom/Event space. What a blast!

Based on the enthusiastic response, there is no doubt that we are going to have more classes, workshops, and creative retreats in the near future. We are also renting out our 2000 sq ft event space to groups…apparently it is hard to find a space of this size.

So thanks to everyone from Blakeman Sewing who worked so hard to set up the 34 machines for this event. I had no idea we could fit so many people and machines into this space…wow!

Our teacher and some of our students stayed at the new Hampton Inn one block away, which is an award-winning property and oh-so-convenient. Students were treated to a studio tour and trunk show, and I got to talk about the quilt that is under the needle on my B790 at the moment.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Pet Selfies

“OMG… so CUTE!”

You just can’t help but smile when you look at this adorable quilt with illustrator Howard Robinson’s ‘Pet Selfies’ collection.

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern features dogs and kitties with cute expressions and fuzzy smiles, posing for Selfie photos.

This 66″ x 66″ square quilt is great for a crib, a playmat, or a happy wallhanging for your favorite grownup Animal Lover! (Maybe YOU?!?)

… from the ‘Pet Selfies’ collection by Howard Robinson for Elizabeth’s Studio.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Nudge – Taupe – An Appreciation

During my recent trip to the Tokyo Quilt Festival, I noticed 2 big trends:
1. More Bright Colors (less Taupe & Indigo)
2. More Machine Quilting (less hand-stitching)

These trends are just comparing to what I’ve seen over the last 8 years, since I started going to this show. So what it means is…the traditional hallmarks of the Japanese quilters are now transforming into something new!

With all the bright colors, the Taupe quilts seemed to stand out more this year. The quilt I am featuring here is Taupe, but it was also in the Original Design Category. Generally the Taupe quilts are somewhat symmetrical, with lots of cute flower and house applique details.

This is a detail of the quilt (with some complimentary eQuilter fabrics framing the top and bottom) with the delicate hydrangea blossom applique. Go to my photo page to see the whole quilt, with its innovative piecing that gives the illusion of glowing lights.

Please note that the name of the quilter is in the right lower corner of the quilt image. I only have the Kanji characters of her name, not the Romaji spelling. She has done such a lovely job with the delicate and subtle details in this quilt.

There are still a few spots open on the Tanzania New Years ‘Great Migration’ Safari one year from now, but it is filling up…please call to make your reservation TODAY!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

Check out our several NEW videos from the Houston Quilt Festival, on our eQuilter Video Page.

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2017 Travel Calendar:
Feb 9-11 – Bernina Sewapalooza By Blakeman Sewing at eQuilter Classroom!
Feb 17-20 – Venice Photo Conference
Feb 24 – eQuilter Sponsored Cocktail Party at QuiltCon
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Great Migration – New Years in Africa – Taking Reservations NOW!

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Free Pattern – Duck Lake Trail

Migrating ducks and reflective waters have inspired this week’s Free Quilt Pattern,
based on a 6-block panel with exquisitely detailed illustrations.

This 50″ x 62 quilt makes a great lap quilt or wallhanging, for a bird-lover
or wildlife enthusiast.

The Duck vignettes alternate with pieced blocks, using coordinate fabrics from the Hautman collection. Put a Flannel Backing on this quilt for a super-snuggly project!

… from the ‘Duck Lake’ collection by Hautman Brothers for Quilting Treasures.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Launching Our New Event Space

No matter what is happening in our lives, in our homes, with family and friends, and in the world… we have our quilting and sewing to make a space for peace and quiet contemplation.

Being creative is a way to tap into something deeper, and whether you call that ‘spiritual’ or ‘primal’, it allows us to tap into that part of ourselves that allows us to rediscover Joy, strengthen our soul, and heal our bodies.

February has always been the hardest month for me, because it seems like winter will never end. Of course, that means March, and Spring are just around the corner…but it doesn’t always feel that way! So I try to grab some sunshine dog walks when I can, but it is also my quiet time when I come up with some of my best ideas for the coming year.

How about you?

This coming week we are busy getting ready for our first event – and it is going to be a blast! Our BERNINA Sewapalooza with Blakeman Sewing has filled the 50 seats, and we are going to have 3 days of sewing on those gorgeous machines. We will also have lots of coffee, tea and snacks. You know, caffeine and chocolate are a quilter’s best friend sometimes.

Then the next day on Sunday afternoon we are having a fundraiser concert for Rocky Ridge Music Camp, which is the rustic music retreat on Longs Peak that Sophie, Sam and I have all attended. My cello teacher was one of the founders of ongoing summer events there. Sam and his teacher are playing some Cuban sax tunes, and we’ll have fiddle and clarinet folk music as well.

This is an invite-only event to raise money for the music camp. If any of you locals are interested in attending, please contact me in the next few days. Not sure if our rescued baby grand piano will get used in this event, but it looks great in our 2000 sq ft classroom/event space!

I hope you are enjoying our new collection of exclusive eQuilter Digital Prints – they are selling fast and we are tickled pink! You will see 2 designs with the colorful old cars from Cuba – photos from my trips to Havana. Enjoy!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Across the Universe

Got a Science Nerd or Space Geek at home?

This week’s exclusive Free eQuilter Pattern features a 42″ x 80″ panel with a life sized 5′ 6″ Astronaut Space Suit!… How awesome is THAT?!?

For that young girl or boy who wants to grow up to be an astronaut, or just hang it on the wall and you’ll never be lonely again. *smile*

With the Planet and Star coordinate border, this 65″ x 95″ quilt also makes a great bed cover for your Astronaut-In-Training, and the fantastic detail in this Digital Print will send you…to the Moon!

‘Across the Universe’ is an exceptional Digital printed fabric,
from the ‘Across the Universe’ collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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A Space Story

Happy February!

Last week I was honored to have 1 of 4 quilts in the “Space for Art” exhibit at the Houston Space Center at NASA in Houston.

Our quilts, from the Fly Me To the Moon exhibit, hung in the visitor center with lots of other artwork….by astronauts and rocket scientists!

I have visited the Johnson Space Center several times when in Houston for Quilt Festival, because eQuilter supports the NASA/JSC chapter of Engineers Without Borders/EWB. I have been honored to be on 3 VIP tours, and the last time I was invited to Mission Control for the International Space Station, and met the Flight Director. Oh, the places that quilting can take us!

So last week I flew down for the private opening reception, joined by friends from EWB. The thrill of the evening was that I met 3 women astronauts, as I mentioned in Saturday’s e-newsletter.

Due to popular request, I am including the image of my quilt in this email, along with some of my favorite eQuilter Space & Astronaut fabrics.

The story of this quilt was from my EWB friend Dr Jack Bacon. His hero is astronaut Tom Stafford (now General Stafford)and the story is about his cosmonaut friend Alexei Leonov. Their friendship was the foundation of the US – Russian space program. In this image, they pasted Vodka labels on 2 tubes of Spacefood, and were toasting in space. The image is a Photoshop collage of 2 photos. These 2 men are still friends, by the way. This quilt will go to a museum after the exhibit is finished traveling.

eQuilter supports the work of the NASA chapter’s project for children in Maua Kenya, and the CU Boulder EWB chapter for their project in Nepal. We thank you for your business because 2% of sales goes to fund EWB and other organizations in the eQuilter Charity Program. Thank you!!!

It looks like we’ve filled the 50 seats for our first classroom event – the BERNINA Sewapalooza with Blakeman Sewing. This is our first event, and we plan to have many more of these 3-day creative retreats. Looking forward to meeting more of you in person here this year!

A reminder that we have Very Limited openings for the Tanzania New Years ‘Great Migration’ Safari one year from now, and Feb 1 (tomorrow!) is the deadline to *guarantee* your spot with me…please call to make your reservation TODAY!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

Check out our several NEW videos from the Houston Quilt Festival, on our eQuilter Video Page.

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2017 Travel Calendar:
Feb 9-11 – Bernina Sewapalooza By Blakeman Sewing at eQuilter Classroom!
Feb 17-20 – Venice Photo Conference
Feb 24 – eQuilter Sponsored Cocktail Party at QuiltCon
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 –
Tanzania Great Migration – New Years in Africa – Taking Reservations NOW!

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