Free Pattern – Rose Melody

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This week’s Free Quilt Pattern is a 63″ x 79″ visual symphony of delightful roses, with stunning detail and color. This Rose Garden stretches to the horizon, with Blue Skies beyond…

Digital printed florals are some of our most popular fabrics, so we wanted to close out the year with this joyful quilt pattern that makes us want to sing a happy tune!

From all of us at eQuilter.com – we wish you a most wonderful Happy New Year!

‘Garden Roses’ is an exceptional Digital printed Floral Collection by Elizabeth’s Studio.

And don’t miss today’s Bonus ‘Tulips on Parade’ free pattern.

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The center panel is printed to look like a pieced wall hanging, so
this bright, sunny 44″ x 54″ quilt is super easy to make!

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Creative Nudge – The Feisty Princess

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Today we lost a funny brave soul who played a feisty princess and became an icon to Sci-Fi fans. I started the day thinking about writing an essay about creativity for the New Year, but then we heard that we’d lost Carrie Fisher.

Recently Sophie and I went to see the Star Wars Costume exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, and one of the displays that drew the most crowds, was the famous metal bikini worn by Princess Leia when she disposes of Jabba the Hutt. Carrie hated wearing that costume, but it made for a memorable scene! (See the photo above, from the exhibit)

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and Lucasfilm Ltd., and will be at the Denver Art Museum through April 2, 2017.

Remember when The Power of Myth and Joseph Campbell were on PBS, and the word “iconic” took on deeper meanings, especially around the story of Star Wars? We were searching for female heroes then, and Carrie’s ‘Leia’ gave us a new kind of hero.

As we prepare for the start of a new year, may we carry the spirit of brave Princess Leia with us…and May the Force Be With You.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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2017 Travel Calendar:
Jan 18-22 – Tokyo Quilt Festival
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 – Walkabout

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Today’s Free Quilt Pattern takes us to the land Down Under, with the distinctive style and colors of Australia’s aboriginal artists.

Fussy cut Australian animals (or Sea Turtles, in the 2nd version) which are set in blocks made with black and white dots, and Sandscapes swirling textures.

This has been one of our most popular fabric collections recently, so we are excited to offer you a pair of quilt patterns to showcase these eye-catching designs!
(check out the main fabric design – it will make you smile.)

…from the ‘Goanna Walkabout’ collection by Fabri-Quilt.

And you won’t want to miss the fabulous ‘Sea Turtles’ version of this quilt!

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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JOY

Dear Friends and Customers,

Tonight as Sophie and I finish wrapping gifts for our Christmas Morning family gathering, the two things I am thinking about are JOY… and Gratitude.

JOY …..it is the mission of our company to bring you Joy (among other things).

Gratitude ….that we can make a living, bringing you Joy!

Through our business, with your help, we have raised $1.4 million for our list of charities, and the many arts non-profits that we are able to support.

We are an international company, spreading joy throughout the world with our charity work, and by sponsoring quilt festivals and quilt exhibits in the US, and in many other countries.

We are honored that you choose to read our weekly newsletters, and that you buy your fabric and quilting/sewing supplies from us, so we love to spread the joy and bring smiles to faces around the globe.

The best part about our business is our wonderful customers, because you share our feelings about giving back to those in need. With the help of Mission of Love, and the thousands of quilters and guilds who have contributed to our quilt drives for disaster relief, orphans, and children living in poverty…together you have donated and we have distributed over 12,000 comfort quilts. That is truly mind-boggling and we are humbled by your generosity.

What it all comes down to, is LOVE. That is the foundation of the holiday season, and we feel so fortunate to be part of an industry that is so often about expressing love to our family, our friends, and sometimes to a stranger we will never meet.

We make quilts, we put love into every stitch, and we give them away.

Those stitches full of love may last longer than we do, but they will still express our love and speak for us to future generations. The love of creating and giving, that came from my great-grandmothers, and my grandmothers, is still speaking through me, as I share that love of creating with all of you. What a blessing….thank you.

Many thanks to our eQuilter staff who share our mission to spread Joy and Love around the world, one package at a time.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons to you and your loved ones.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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Free Pattern – Wild Safari

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Travel to the grasslands of Africa and India with this week’s Free Quilt Pattern, featuring a finely detailed wildlife panel and coordinates.

Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Tigers, Leopards and Hippos are set in beautifully framed vignettes, with a vintage map background.

Pieced blocks combine animal portraits with earth-tone coordinates, and a Hoffman Hand-dye.

This 53″ x 68″ quilt makes a lap or youth quilt, or hang it on the wall to bring a Safari ambiance to any room.

… from the ‘Out of Africa’ collection by Tina Higgins 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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Creative Nudge – New Years Eve on Safari

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One of the things I love most about travel is capturing images with my camera, especially wildlife in their native habitat. This is why I’ve travel North to photograph the polar bears 3 times – because nothing takes your breath away like gazing into the eyes of an animal living wild and free on the tundra, the prairie, or…the Serengeti.

In 2014 I was honored to travel with Carolyn Mazloomi’s guild, to be part of a celebration of 20 years since the end of Apartheid in South Africa. We first traveled to Johannesburg to the quilt festival, to see the quilters’ work hanging in a show to honor Nelson Mandela.

Later we visited a Game Park, to see and photograph the Big 5 in their natural habitat. That was just one day out of the trip, and I’ve been itching to get back to Africa with my camera ever since.

As the end of this year looms, with extinction of many species threatened around the world, my thoughts are turning to the polar bears, the elephants and rhinos, the lions and tigers, the sea turtles and whales…and I want to capture their faces, their stories, to hopefully share their plight and raise awareness.

So, a year from now I will be traveling to witness the Great Migration in Tanzania, and to toast the New Year with those of you who choose to join me.

We know that you love wildlife as well, because you love the beautiful fabrics with these animals, just as much as we do! The collage above features some of our most popular fabrics in stock now.

Watch for a special newsletter from us on Christmas Eve.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Tanzania Migration Safari – New Years Eve 2017/ New Years Day 2018

Tanzania Migration Safari – New Years Eve 2017/ New Years Day 2018

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(Photo: David Luck)

Join Luana Rubin to toast on New Years Eve 2017 on the Serengeti Plains of Africa!

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Dear Adventure Traveler, we have posted the full eQuilter Tanzania Migration Safari itinerary and details below on this page, including contact details for our eQuilter adventure specialist Aly, at Natural Habitat.

This will be the 4th trip I have taken with Natural Habitat. (Previous trips to see the Polar Bears in Churchill Canada) Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. Their excellent guides have consistently impressed me with their knowledge and professionalism. You will find additional information on our Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018  trip also at this link:

http://www.nathab.com/africa/tanzania-migration/

Because of my busy  travel schedule, I want to give you Dana as your eQuilter contact person: service@eQuilter.com

If you want to send me a question, please direct it through Dana, so she can chase me down for the answer in case I am out of the office. Due to the high volume of emails that I receive, you are more likely to get a timely response if you email Dana.

Space for this special trip is VERY LIMITED so please understand that to guarantee your place on this tour, you need to call our eQuilter agent ASAP at NatHab to give a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to hold your place.

We are so lucky to have Aly Jacobsen (Senior Adventure Specialist at Natural Habitat) as our wonderful coordinator for this adventure, and we are looking into a possible extra day before the tour, to have a local village/craft/textile  experience.

Also, I will be doing the Ngorongoro Crater Extension post-trip, so if you want to join me, we can spend a few more days together!

Every confirmed traveler on this trip will receive a special packet of African wildlife-themed fabrics, in your welcome package. Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you for New Years Eve 2017 on the Serengeti!

Best wishes,

Luana

 nathab Please do contact Aly directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer. Her phone number is 800-543-8917 eQuilter Polar Bear Adventure

Email: alyj@nathab.com

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(Photos, L to R: Justin Gibson, Patrick Endres, Matt Goddard)
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018

DAILY ITINERARY

The Great Tanzania Migration Safari

A Luxury Mobile Tented Safari Across the Serengeti in the Midst of the Herds

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Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania Arrive in Arusha and transfer to Machweo, a luxury boutique inn perched on a quiet hillside high above the bustle of the town below. Enjoy the terraced gardens that offer a relaxing respite after your long travels, take a dip in the pool, or relax with a drink and admire the panoramic vistas. This evening, we gather for a welcome dinner.

Days 2–4: East Central Serengeti—Namiri Plains The legendary Serengeti derives its name from a Maasai word meaning “endless plains.” We fly to Serengeti National Park, where vistas of golden savanna stretching to the horizon beneath deep blue skies provide iconic images of Africa. Meeting our safari vehicles and drivers, we set out on our first wildlife drive.

Our destination is Namiri Plains, a newly accessible area located in a remote sector of the Serengeti that has previously been off-limits to visitors for two decades. Surveying open grasslands and kopjes—rock outcrops— the camp offers fabulous wildlife viewing in diverse habitats, particularly of the abundant feline predators that live and hunt in this area. In fact, Namiri means “big cat ” in Swahili.

Namiri Plains Camp provides exceptional seclusion: guests are alone on the vast private concession, and the next camp is a 45-minute drive. The isolated location ensures that we experience our natural setting, rather than tourist crowds. Evoking the classic safari atmosphere of an earlier age, just eight spacious canvas tents offer surprising comfort in a very remote setting.

Set in the shade of giant acacia trees, the camp offers 360-degree views of wildlife traversing savanna and the river with its perennial vegetation and dense green reed beds that attract birds and smaller animal species. Enjoy thrilling animal encounters on wildlife drives and discover a more intimate view of our environs on a walking safari with one of the resident specialist guides. We also have the exclusive opportunity to glean insight from our Expedition Leader on zoologists and cheetah researchers working in the area.

Days 5–7: Southern Serengeti—Natural Habitat’s Migration Base Camp, Serengeti  Depart this morning for the southern Serengeti with a wildlife drive en route. The days of heavy canvas hunting camps set for the likes of Roosevelt and Hemingway were nearly over until photo safaris gained popularity. Natural Habitat’s Migration Base Camp exudes the ambience of old, with silver-service dinners presented on white linen by candlelight. While home to a profusion of wildlife year-round, there is nothing like the Serengeti during the phenomenon of the Great Migration.

We spend three full days among the sea of mammals, following them in open-topped 4-wheel-drive vehicles that offer superb photography access. The vast herds of wildebeest trek annually from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to the southern Serengeti in search of new grass during the short rains, then back again. The wildebeest migrate with thousands of zebra, whose superior vision and hearing serve as an early warning system for predators.

We are in the region just as the 3-week birthing season is typically beginning, when the herds are mostly stationary. We’ll hope to see infants (though timing on the calf drop is weather-dependent), as well as prey interactions. Predators seek out the most vulnerable members of the herds, and we may behold a lion taking down a sick wildebeest or a cheetah overtaking a newborn. Leopard, hyena and jackal also prey on the migrating herds while vultures hang in the air, waiting to feast on carrion. While the spectacle is at times grim, its primal drama is a wonder to behold.

Day 8: Arusha or Ngorongoro Extension / Depart Today our safari concludes, leaving us with a slate of memories to treasure forever. We enjoy breakfast in camp before transferring to the nearest airport. In Arusha, a day room awaits before a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for evening international departures. Guests continuing on our Ngorongoro Crater extension with Luana will bid farewell to fellow travelers, where they will remain in pursuit of more remarkable wildlife encounters.

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(Photos, L to R: Matt Goddard & Greg Courter)

ADVENTURE INFORMATION

ADVENTURE FEE & DEPOSIT

$9295 per person, based on double or shared occupancy.

We welcome guests traveling solo, however we do not have guaranteed single rooms available on this trip. Every guest traveling solo must be willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, and will be booked at the double occupancy rate listed above.

Over the years, we’ve found that matching solo guests works out very well. Most of our guests have a lot in common, with similar interests in conservation, wildlife, and in this case quilting! Some even meet new friends to travel with again down the road.

It’s highly likely that we will find a roommate to match with every solo traveler. In the unlikely event that we are unable to find a roommate to match for a solo traveler, there will be an additional single room fee of $420 for that guest.

A $500 per person deposit is required to confirm your space on this trip. Please call Aly Jacobsen at 800-543-9817 by January 15, 2017 to make a booking. You may also email Aly with questions at alyj@nathab.com.

Final payment will be due 90 days prior to the trip’s start date, on September 30, 2017.

For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

The program fee for your adventure includes:

Internal light aircraft flights, accommodations, all meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch on final day, non-alcoholic drinks at camps, with meals, and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and camp staff, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, permits and entrance fees, and all taxes.

Your program fee does not include:

Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, required medical evacuation insurance, and optional activities with Luana Rubin.

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Free Pattern – Polar Express

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Merry Christmas from all of us at eQuilter.com!

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern is a special treat for fans of the Polar Express movie!

Now through Christmas Eve (while stock lasts) we are giving you 25% off this holiday favorite from Springs! (Main Panel and ALL coordinates)

PLEASE NOTE: The Sale Pricing will be applied in your Shopping Cart for this limited time only, December 20-24, 2016.

Based on a central panel, this quilt captures the magical moment when our hero discovers the big steam engine in the swirling snowstorm.

For all of those Train lovers – young and old – who dream of riding the rails up North…This 53″ x 60″ quilt makes a great wallhanging, crib quilt, or back it in flannel for a snuggly warm lap quilt.

Save 25% Off this Holiday Favorite quilt, from the ‘Polar Express’ collection by Springs.

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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Job Opening, Comfort Quilts, 2017 Events

Attention Colorado Quilters – we have a full time customer service position openread the job requirements and if interested please send us your resume and fill out our online application. If you love quilting and sewing and fabric, and are a people-person with CS experience, we’d love to hear from you!

We now have 6 videos posted from the 2016 Houston Quilt Festival, with a total of 170 videos online from quilt festivals, TV shows, artist interviews and tutorials.

Our current project to distribute comfort quilts for disaster relief, is for the fire victims of Gatlinburg Tenn.

If you wish to make and donate a quilt, drop off at eQuilter’s office by Jan 5, or ship *directly* to Mission of Love, to be received by Jan 15th 2017:
Mission of Love / Kathleen Price
2054 Hemlock Court
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

If you have questions, please contact Dana at eQuilter Customer Service.

Please send with a tracking number to confirm delivery to Mission of Love. They do not have an office staff …only volunteers who will be unpacking boxes and organizing this relief effort.

Well it is that time of year again…1 week to Christmas…2 more weeks to the New Year. What will 2017 bring? The state of the world is chaotic at best, but you may be thinking about your goals for 2017, and how your creative work can keep you calm and centered, or perhaps how your sewing can help others.

Our next comfort quilt drive will be for the street children of Maua Kenya, who were living on the dump. The Johnson Space Center/NASA chapter of Engineers Without Borders is supported by eQuilter’s charity program, and they are currently in Maua to further develop the home and school for these kids. In March they will send another group over and we will be able to send some quilts with this group of rocket scientists who are working to help these children. How often can you say Rocket Scientists, Africa, and Quilts all in the same sentence?!?

On Tuesday night I will be announcing a very special adventure trip for New Years 2017/2018 (one year from now) so watch for that in the Midweek Creative Nudge, and on our Travel Page.

This year’s trips to Cuba and Churchill (Polar Bears) were just awesome, and I send holiday hugs out to my 3 groups of travelers who came along to share these amazing experiences with me. I miss you!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Winter Wildlife Wonders

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Enter a Winter Wonderland with this week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern…you can almost hear the crunch of paws on the snowy trail, the quiet swish of a snowy owl’s wings as she glides overhead, and the heavy silence of the snowfall in the forest.

Silver metallic sparkles on the wildlife panel, and all of the atmospheric coordinates,
giving this 53″ x 59″ quilt a shimmering luxe ambiance.

Enjoy the peaceful vignettes of this North Woods scene, as you sit by the fire and sip some hot cocoa. Hang it on the wall to tell a Winter Story, or back it in Flannel for the coziest Lap Quilt!

… from the ‘Winter White’ collection by Lynnea Washburn for Robert Kaufman 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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