Free Pattern – Crystalline Zodiac

This one is for the Astrology fansour exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern made with our exclusive eQuilter Digital Printed fabrics!

Whether you are a professional astrologer, or a daily horoscope reader,
this gorgeous 73″ x 94″ quilt will illuminate the essence of all 12 signs.

Big enough for a bed quilt…stunning as a wallhanging for an office or living room…this quilt will be a lively conversation piece no matter where it is seen!

… from the ‘Mystical Zodiac’ collection by the Rubin Design Studio, designed exclusively for eQuilter.

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.

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 – A Kiwi in Morocco

My globetrotting to quilt festivals abroad continues to be an international experience in more ways than one. This week I’d like to feature the work of New Zealand quilter Valda Sutton, and her 2 quilts in the New Zealand exhibits that were inspired by the Middle East.

Ottoman Odyssey (vertical quilt on the left) was inspired by her visit to Turkey, and Memories of Morocco (green mandala) is self-explanatory. Her work reminds me of what I saw at the Alhambra in Andalucia in Spain last year, and also of the Egyptian quilters – the Tentmakers of Cairo. The Moorish and Islamic patterns and designs with flowers, geometrics and paisleys are so captivating, with the jeweltones of the glazes used in their ceramic tiles.

Every time I share photos of quilts from shows, we get requests for the pattern! These are one-of-a-kind original quilts created by the quilt artist. However I’ve created a collage of similar fabrics for those of you who are inspired by this design aesthetic. You can see more Kiwi quilts from the 2015 show here.

I’ve posted these quilts on my photo page with several detail shots, so you can admire Valda’s intricate piecing and applique work. I’ll be uploading more quilts from New Zealand throughout the week.

On the way back from New Zealand I had 2 long delays totaling 10 hours, ballooning my travel from 22 hours to 32 hours. My delay in San Francisco was caused by the smoke and fires, but I certainly couldn’t complain about a delay when thousands were losing their homes. I am sure many of you were following Pokey Bolton who had to evacuate from her property in Napa – and we are relieved to see she is back in her home with some damage from the smoke.

If you are aware of a California guild effort to make comfort quilts for fire victims, please forward that information to me through Customer Service. I will share that information with my network.

This Saturday we are having our 2nd Sewing Day for Hurricane Victims, and we thank The Presser Foot for providing the BERNINA machines for our upcoming event. You can see photos of the quilt tops we made last week, on our Facebook page.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
Oct 27 – Nov 2 – Quilt Market & Festival – Houston
Nov 8-13 – Color Marketing Group – Portland OR
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill

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Free Pattern – In Bethlehem

We are well into October, and many of us are working on Christmas gifts and holiday decor.
This week’s Free Quilt Pattern makes a quick 48″ x 56″ wallhanging that will bring the blessing of the Nativity into your home.

The central panel is filled with all the traditional details of the Nativity story, shimmering with gold metallic accents. You’ll find the Angel, 3 Wise Men, and even the animals in the stable, in this family portrait of Bethlehem. We appreciate the fine thoughtful details of this artist’s illustration, including the glowing windows of the background city, and the individual pieces of straw in the foreground.

The jeweltone coordinates are also highlighted with gold and stained glass effects, to make the pieced border. You will love working with this beautiful quality fabric as you cut and sew this very special wallhanging.

… from the ‘In Bethlehem’ collection by Liz Dillon 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.

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Sewing Days and the eQuilter Classroom

Wow, we had such a great day here in the eQuilter classroom! A fantastic group of quilters showed up, drooled over our fabrics, picked out their favorites, and made quilts for hurricane victims. Next week we will work on layering and quilting these quilt tops, and we’ll start making more tops.

We have interest in having a regular sewing group so in addition to next Saturday’s planned Sewing Day, I will announce one or two more days in November.

Many thanks to Blakeman Sewing for providing today’s beautiful BERNINA machines, and we look forward to The Presser Foot bringing us machines next weekend. Much coffee was quaffed, many cookies and donuts were consumed, and many lovely quilts were made! Some of the ladies are going to take them home to finish, so we are sending them home with batting and backing. I am just amazed at how prolific this group has been here today.

Our eQuilter classroom is open to groups or individuals who would like to get together to sew comfort quilts, to be delivered by Mission of Love to those most affected by these recent hurricanes.
WE PROVIDE THE FABRIC!

Next Sewing Day:
Saturday 10/21 – 9 am to 4 pm – Presser Foot Longmont providing machines.

PLEASE call us (303-527-0856) or email Customer Service, and RSVP so we know how many sewing machines we need, how much coffee to brew, and how many cookies to bring for you!

Our big news is that we are putting together a calendar of classes, creative retreats and other events for our eQuilter Classroom. Some of the events we have planned for 2018 include a weekend class with Australian artist Lisa Walton (who is also the new President of SAQA), and a ‘Chromazone’ color forecasting conference for Color Marketing Group. Stay tuned!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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Free Pattern – Wild and Free

Attention HORSE LOVERS – You know who you are… This one’s for you!

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern features this exceptionally detailed Digital-printed central panel with gorgeous horses running wild and free.

Top and bottom blocks feature small horse vignettes, and the quilt is finished with an engineered border made from a wide “stripe” of running horses.

Make this 58″ x 64″ quilt as a wall-hanging, lap quilt or small bed coverlet. It is a conversation piece for any Horse-loving family or community!

… from the ‘Wild And Free’ collection by Laurie Snow Hein 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.

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Creative Nudge – A Day in the Shire

Kia Ora! …..and many thanks to all of you who came out for my lecture here in New Zealand!

In a couple hours I am headed to the Christchurch airport for my 23 hour trip home. I’ve had a wonderful 2nd visit to New Zealand, in Wellington, Rotorua, and Auckland. When I get home (and catch my breath) I’ll post photos from my Lord of the Rings tour, and my visit to Hobbiton.

Many of us use Quilting, Crafting, Sewing, and Creative Making, to center ourselves in a crazy world. Many of us travel to beautiful places or conferences to push the Reset button in our busy lives. Going to a quilt festival does both!

My two favorite things on this trip (besides the Quilt Symposium, of course!) were attending the WOW show in Wellington, and visiting Hobbiton. For both experiences, I had a big happy smile on my face the whole time, just marveling at the creativity expressed in creating these fantasy worlds.

It was a pretty miserable cold rainy day when I went to Hobbiton, but I borrowed an umbrella and tramped up and down the Hobbit paths, immersing myself in the experience. Eventually I got to the place where I felt like I was really in another time and place, and my escape from reality was complete. I slept like a baby that night, and had lovely dreams.

This kind of experience explains the growing popularity of CosPlay, but it also underlines our need to get out in Nature to reconnect with our Humanity. The Hobbit Shire is immersed in the beauty of Nature, and to dream of such a life – even for an hour or two – helps us to reconnect with our top priorities as human beings who are just a part of this beautiful world we live in.

Next year in Nov. 2018, I am going to celebrate my 60th birthday with the Polar Bears, and YOU are invited to join me! This will be my 4th trip to photograph the polar bears in Churchill, and we are going to have a birthday dinner party out on the tundra at night. Reservations are open now and payment plans are available! See here for more details.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
Oct 27 – Nov 2 – Quilt Market & Festival – Houston
Nov 8-13 – Color Marketing Group – Portland OR
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Pattern – Majestic Woods

This very special eQuilter Free Pattern celebrates the beauty and grace of
our wise owl friends in their majestic outdoor habitats.

Andover’s splendid and detailed Majestic Owl panel is nestled between eight coordinating owl scene frames, all bordered by our Rubin Design Studio ‘Owls In Flight’ fabric in Fog Gray and Nighttime Onyx.

This 57″ x 72″ quilt captures the nobility of these beautiful and dynamic creatures and will be treasured by your bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast friends and family.

… from the ‘Majestic Woods – A Great Outdoors Collection’ by Kathy Hall for Andover 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.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.

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Hello from New Zealand!

Tonight I am writing to you from New Zealand, after spending the day with lots of talented enthusiastic Kiwi Quilters at the Quilt Symposium in Christchurch.

On Thursday I went to the WOW (World of Wearable Arts) show in Wellington, and I was truly blown away by this production. It is a wearable art contest, but has obvious ties to the film industry because it is full of fantastic costumes, and Cirque du Soleil-type dancers and sets.

I am flying to Rotorua NZ tomorrow to visit Hobbiton! I still can’t believe we got our Lord of the Rings fabric collection the same week I was on the LOTR studio & site tour here in NZ. I’ll be sharing photos from the quilt show and LOTR tours when I return home later next week.

We are opening up our eQuilter classroom to groups or individuals who would like to get together to sew comfort quilts, to be delivered by Mission of Love to those most affected by these recent hurricanes. WE WILL PROVIDE THE FABRIC!

Saturday 10/14 – 9 am to 4 pm – Blakeman Sewing Boulder providing machines.
Saturday 10/21 – 9 am to 4 pm – Presser Foot Longmont providing machines.

PLEASE call us (303-527-0856) or email Customer Service, and RSVP so we know how many sewing machines we need, how much coffee to brew, and how many cookies to bring for you!

Kathy Price at MOL is preparing two 40-foot containers full of Humanitarian Aid for Dominica and Puerto Rico, but shipping the containers will cost $7500 each plus other packing/loading costs.

I have just made an extra donation to MOL to help pay for these shipping costs, but she has not raised the whole amount yet.

Go to Mission Of Love NOW to make a donation for this urgently needed aid – thanks so much!

*LOVE YOUR MOTHER* Quilt Challenge:

BERNINA has generously donated a new model machine as first prize for the ‘Love Your Mother’ Quilt Challenge. Show your love for Mother Earth and join the Challenge.

To participate in this challenge you must use 1 of the 3 versions of the 43″ x 43″ challenge panels:
North/South Americas, Australia/New Zealand, or AFRICA (coming in one week).

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Mermaid Dreams

This beautiful Free Quilt Pattern is sparkling with the gorgeous Mermaid illustrations, an eQuilter exclusive! These beautiful sirens are captured with breathtaking, detailed hair, surrounded by glowing, multi-color bubbles.

Four shimmering mermaids are pieced between Hoffman’s detailed ‘Beneath the Waves’ Ocean scenic fabric, with pearlized aquamarine sashing.

Make this 74″ x 76″ quilt as a coverlet for a bed, or hang in a room to give the illusion of looking out into a magical ocean on the wall. It makes a great gift for those who love the ocean and coastal living!

… from the ‘Magic’ collection by the Rubin Design Studio, designed exclusively for eQuilter, and from the ‘Tropical’ collection by Hoffman 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.

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 – Middle Earth Adventure

Attention Fellow Tolkien Geeks – this one’s for you!

My arrival in Middle Earth just happens to coincide with the arrival of our Lord of the Rings & Hobbit fabric collection. How’s that for perfect timing?

Today I traveled through twisted forests, across tumbling rivers, rested in the Gardens of Isengard, then on to Rivendell and Helm’s Deep, in a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Nerd’s dream come true!

I arrived in New Zealand yesterday, and I’m spending a few days in Wellington to see the WOW (World of Wearable Art) show, and today I slipped in a full day tour of Weta Studios and LOTR filming sites. I was with fellow Tolkien Geeks, so we reveled in things likeā€¦.standing under the tree where Legolos posed, crouching where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders, and viewing Helms Deep.

Last night I wandered around Cuba Street (the ‘bohemian’ area) and landed at the community table in an Indian restaurant. The couple next to me had just been to the WOW show, and happen to live across the street from Peter Jackson’s studio with the largest green screen in the world. We had quite a lively conversation about what it’s like to live next to this active outdoor studio!

While touring the Weta Studios and seeing how they make costumes and props (sorry no photos were allowed) I met one of the WOW designers who also works at Weta Studios, and learned about how they fabricate things like lightweight fake chainmail, Troll feet, and Elven armor. We were all drooling with geekiness by the end of the day.

Next year in Nov 2018 I am going to celebrate my 60th birthday with the Polar Bears, and YOU are invited to join me! This will be my 4th trip to photograph the polar bears in Churchill, and we are going to have a birthday dinner party out on the tundra at night. Reservations are open now and payment plans are available! See here for more details.

For those of you going to the Quilt Symposium in Christchurch on Saturday, make sure you get tickets to my lecture ahead of time…they are expected to sell out.

Early next week I am visiting Hobbiton, so there will be more photos from the Shire and Middle Earth.

I leave you with this quote:
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – Galadriel

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
Oct 7 – New Zealand – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Oct 27 – Nov 2 – Quilt Market & Festival – Houston
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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