Summertime…and the Livin’ is Easy….

We’re hitting our first round of 90+ degree weather here in Boulder this weekend. The Ironman Triathlon is here tomorrow, so it is a good day to stay home and work in my studio and my garden. (roadblocks all over town for the event.) Sophie took a cooking class last week so now she is all excited about planting basil, squash and heirloom tomatoes. I am brewing up big batches of Earl Grey and Bing Cherry iced tea (my current fav combo) for those long summer afternoons. You may recall we live next to the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory …if you come to our classroom for a quilt retreat in the future, you will want to go check out their huge variety of flavors which don’t seem to make it into the grocery stores.

This week I booked my flights to Tanzania for New Years. (Great Migration on the Plains of the Serengeti) I plan to take lots of photos that will eventually turn into digital fabric designs. It will take me 33 hours to get there, so I am arriving a day early and doing a local textile tour. We still have a couple openings in case you want to join me!

Also we’ve had some queries about future Polar Bear tours. Since I am going to New Zealand and Africa later this year, I am doing the next Polar Bear tour in 2018. It will be the week before Thanksgiving.

Ocean Conservancy is one of our 7 designated charities. Perhaps some of you donate directly to this environmental organization. If you got their newsletter this last week, be sure to look for an article about eQuilter!

Our oldest son Mason got a new job with a music non-profit, and will be traveling more than me! If you see the Rockley Music Foundation having an event in your town, he is their new business manager and you can drop by and say hello. He is in Milwaukee this weekend, and will be in Dallas in a couple weeks. They sell all kinds of donated musical instruments to raise money for music scholarships…feel free to donate unused instruments to the cause! *smile*

Canadian quilter friends – I hope to see you at the Award Ceremony next Tues June 13 at 7 pm, and will also be at the show all day Weds June 14. Hope to see many of you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…

Luana and Paul

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Travel Calendar:

June 13-14 – Quilt Canada Festival in Toronto

June 19-21 – Cleveland – Fresh Quilting

July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away

July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK

Aug 26 – NEXT SAQA Symposium – Boulder CO

Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan

Oct 1-11 New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Wellington & Christchurch

Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour

Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California

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Free Pattern – Dutchess

Is there anything as fresh and irresistible as the patterns of blue and white china or porcelain?

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern is sure to be a sell-out, so if you are gushing over this quilt and this fabric collection like we are….better jump on it now! *smile*

We can see this 62″ x 73″ quilt as a fantastic coverlet in a guest room or a summer cottage, in a sunny room with a flower garden or a coastline glimpsed through a window. It’s a classic look with a contemporary update, and you just might have to make more than one!

…from the ‘Dutchess’ collection by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless Treasures.

PLUS – you’ll receive Free USA / 50% off INTL shipping
when you order the fabrics for this exquisite quilt pattern
(orders $100 and over, no coupon needed).

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 – What’s Your Spirit Animal?

Have you noticed, it’s kind of hip to ask someone “What’s your Spirit Animal?”

The topic seems to be in the air, because I also see tee-shirts saying things like “Coffee is my Spirit Animal”. Huh?

In case you are not familiar with this concept, a Spirit Animal is also known as a Totem Animal, or a Medicine Animal, and is a common theme among indigenous peoples around the world. When an animal shows itself to you, it is giving you a message or a blessing. When you become associated with a certain wild animal, that is your Spirit Animal. When the animal appears to you it can bring wisdom or healing.

This idea comes up in pop culture a lot. Think of the Patronus in Harry Potter, or the Daemons of The Golden Compass, or even the hoot owl in the song by Michael Murphy – “Wildfire”. Mysterious animals or birds (like eagles) are believed to help humans pass over from one world to the other. Over 1 million Medicine Cards have been sold over the last 27 years. (A card deck to help get in touch with one’s Spirit Animal.)

I see this in how people are drawn to certain animals in our wildlife fabric collections. Some people have a special affinity to wolves, for instance, and they buy every wolf fabric we carry when they discover our fabric wolf packs.

For others it is Elephants, or Tigers, or Whales, my favorite…Polar Bears. We can’t explain why, but we are drawn to the beauty and the soul of a certain species. It could be an Owl, or an Eagle…or a Hummingbird. When something about an animal speaks to you, or touches your heart, there is a blessing or a message for you.

What is your Spirit Animal?

To our friends in Canada – I hope to see you next week in Toronto at the Quilt Festival. I’ll be at the Tuesday night award ceremony, and I’ll be walking the show all day Wednesday. (June 13-14)

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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

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Travel Calendar:
June 13-14 – Quilt Canada Festival in Toronto
June 19-21 – Cleveland – Fresh Quilting
July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away
July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California

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Free Pattern – Hot Rods USA

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern features Classic Cars, American Hot Rods,
and other Vintage Autos modified for speed.

It is centered on a detailed Digital Printed panel with
Street Rods and Custom Cars, from the 30’s & 40’s.

Your favorite car enthusiast will appreciate this 66″ x 46″ quilt…as a lap quilt while watching a Classic Cars auction on TV…or perhaps as a wallhanging in a Custom Car workshop!

…from the ‘Artworks’ collection by 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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World Environment Day

Tomorrow June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day…which I know most of you will do anyway without being told.

Even more important…June 5th is World Environment Day, established by the United Nations in 1974. This year the host country is Canada, as part of its 150th birthday celebrations. A week from now when I go to the Quilt Canada Festival in Toronto, I will take photos of the quilts relating to this anniversary celebration.

Many people are wondering what we can do for the environment these days. I have had many emails about this in the last few days. The most important thing is to do *something*. Change your lifestyle, pursue more sustainable consumer habits, volunteer or donate to organizations working to save the rainforests, the rivers and oceans, endangered wildlife, but don’t wait for someone else to do something for you.

I just want to remind you for World Environment Day that 2 of our designated charities are doing amazing work on environmental issues – Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Ocean Conservancy. You may have read about the RAN event I attended this last week, in our Midweek Creative Nudge. I plan to visit Ocean Conservancy when I am in Washington DC next month. (They did a wonderful article about our charity program recently!)

In addition to donating 2% of sales to our list of charities, I also make art quilts on the topic. This is another way that you can help. My quilt Rocky Mountain Poison debuted at the United Nations in Geneva last year, and is now traveling in the Water is Life exhibit, to tell the story of a poisoned river.

I hope you will join me in pondering what we can do for Mother Earth on World Environment Day. As a mother, business owner, photographer and world traveler…I know too much and care too much to sit back and let someone else take action.

For our Canadian quilter friends – please note that I will be at the Award Ceremony on the evening of Tues June 13, and will also be at the show all day Weds June 14. Hope to see many of you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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p.s. We are just hearing about the events in London in the last hour. I am sending prayers for peace and healing to our friends in London and the UK.

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Travel Calendar:
June 13-14 – Quilt Canada Festival in Toronto
June 19-21 – Cleveland – Fresh Quilting
July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away
July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Aug 26 – NEXT SAQA Symposium – Boulder CO
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 New Zealand Quilt Festival – Wellington & Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – LIMITED SPACES!
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California

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Free Pattern – Beneath the Waves

Dive into a magical underwater world in this week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern.

The center panel is a fantastic photo-realistic scene of a coral reef, with colorful tropical fish, and a sea turtle up above, with the glittering waves beyond.

We’ve combined digital prints from a few different companies, plus a pearlized tonal border, to create this stunning 54″ x 66″ wallhanging. This fabrics are so gorgeous you might not want to cut them up, but please do!

This makes a great gift for a diving or snorkeling enthusiast, for a wall in a beach condo, or as a memory of a special vacation.

…from the ‘Beneath The Waves’ 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.

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 – Buzzing in my Garden

As I am sure you know, eQuilter gives 2% of sales to a carefully vetted list of charities, and tonight I was happy to attend a Rainforest Action Network (RAN) event as a corporate sponsor, where Paul Hawken spoke about the organization Project Drawdown and the book “Drawdown”, which features solutions for using humanity’s collective wisdom to solve the climate change problem. I especially like solution #6 – Educating Girls!

This time of year here in the Northern Hemisphere, many of us are busy with our gardens, planting vegetables and tending to flower beds. We invite pollinators such as Bees and Butterflies into our gardens, not always knowing that plants and seeds have been impregnated with pesticides that can kill those pollinators.

The eQuilter Fabric Garden happens to be lush with an abundance of flowers and bees and butterflies at the moment, (see the fabric collage above!) but I’ve noticed the last several years that there are less and less pollinators visiting my backyard garden. Our local beekeeper has sold our family jars of honey for 30 years, but this year he has no bees and no honey.

However we’ve seen lots of Bees on fabric this year, in fact I’ll say that it is a very hot trend. We can barely keep our best Bee fabrics in stock! And why? Because so many of you are concerned about the plight of Bees too. I can’t wait to dive into my new copy of ‘Drawdown’ to read about proactive solutions for our planet’s climate challenges.

To our friends in Canada – I hope to see you in Toronto at the Quilt Festival. I’ll be at the Tuesday night award ceremony, and I’ll be walking the show all day Wednesday. (June 13-14)

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Festive Cardinals and Ornaments

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern has two 45″ x 58″ versions – glittering Christmas Tree Ornaments, or brilliant Red Cardinals on Green Pine & Holly Boughs. Make one of each for a fantastic set of holiday wallhangings!

Start with a central panel featuring large-scale detailed birds or ornaments, add a pieced Inner Border, then add the larger outer border with more birds or ornaments. The Red and Gold Metallics really “pop” on the Black and Ivory backgrounds…perfect for a festive room full of holiday decorations.

These lovely holiday wall-hangings are sure to become part of your holiday tradition for years to come…or as a gift for someone special.

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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Quilt Market Preview – Part 2

Here are some more Designer Collections, Trends and Themes that we picked up at Quilt Market last week. Watch for these in our future newsletters over the next several months!

Wanderlust by Paula Nadelstern
Hydrangea Blue by Jackie Robinson
Hopscotch
Pretty Foxy by Ro Gregg
Best of Sarah Jane
Cat-I-Tude by Ann Lauer
Winter Games for Winter Olympics
Hummingbird Bouquet
William Morris 2017 – Victoria & Albert Museum License

Quilters Canvas РEmbroidery & Appliqu̩ outlines printed on Cotton/Linen
Metallic Mayhem – Metallic Lame Yarn-Dyes
Thoroughbreds (Horse Portraits)
A Ghastly Moment from Alexander Henry
American Country 17th – Bees & Honeycomb
Flower Sugar – Retro Roses from Lecien – Japan Import
Uncorked – cork texture cotton prints with metallic
Born Free – Raccoons, Meerkats, Otters, Parrots, Pandas, Crows and more
On the Go – Canvas Road Map, Tea Towel Calendar Panel
Got Your Back – Handwriting & Typeset – Quiltbacking
More ‘In the Patch’ Wooly Charms and Chunks pre-cuts

Trends to Watch:
Hydrangeas, Hummingbirds, Otters, Parrots, Tigers, Unicorns, Sloths, Llamas
Tropical and Retro Barkcloth is back!
Modern, flat Batiks – we are stocking precuts from several companies
Rustic, sketchy, old fashioned farm themes
Linen Prints expanding to include traditional themes and text

For our Canadian quilter friends – please note that I will be at the Award Ceremony on the evening of Tues June 13, and will also be at the show all day Weds June 14. Hope to see many of you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Zen Oasis

Enjoy the graceful beauty of Asian Florals and Butterflies in this week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern, featuring Chrysanthemums, Peonies and trailing Wisteria blossoms.

Delicate butterflies hover over Cream, Pink and Red flowers…with the drama of Gold Metallic details on a black background central panel.

Alternating Ivory and Black border panels embrace the central panel, and a lush floral engineered stripe creates the detailed outer border in this 58″ x 76″ quilt design. Inspired by historic imperial palace artwork, this quilt will bring an ambiance of regal elegance to a special room.

…from the ‘Zen Oasis’ collection by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless 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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