Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hello August!

Well....I have survived the heat wave here in CT.  I was on a loop of walk the dog, water the plants, go inside, repeat......

I recently finished this UFO that I started last fall.  It is the "Pockets to Go" pattern.
 The zippered sections are my favorite part.  If you take the time to read the words, I think you'll get a chuckle!
Here is how it looks like filled with quilty tools.
I have often been encouraged to write a book, but actually I have written 6 so far.   They are all full of inspiration, tips, tricks, photos.
 The organize every post into a table of contents.
This is a gift I give myself every year.  I use Blog2Print.   I have published my blog year 2015.   They do an awesome job.
I must say I'm pretty proud when I see these 6 books I have written on my shelf.   If the web crashes, I'll always have these.
On The Road~
Next week I'll be visiting the Ninigret Quilters.  I will present a lecture and trunk show on Tuesday, August 9 at 7pm at the Westerly Senior Center. On Wednesday, August 10, I will present her Liberated Houses workshop at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown.

I have just booked my first date for 2018, so if your guild or quilt shop would like to book me for a lecture or workshop they can find info on the tab above or email me.  I am currently developing a new mystery workshop and will add it soon.

Swap News!
It is on again for 2016.  I'll be posting the tutorial for making the blocks along with inspiration.  Sign up begins on August 15th.   I  will not be taking early sign ups.  I will host 40 swappers in both the Reproduction and Modern Groups.

Here is a little hint~
A photo of me doing the 2015 swap.
Quilt Show this Weekend!  I will have 5 quilts on display and Hanna and I are hosting the "Baby" display.  I will also be doing a little gallery talk on my Mother's Garden Quilt on Saturday.
It will be opening day for my Sumptuous Stars Quilt.
The Clamshell Quilt Guild 2016 Quilt Show will be held at the Connecticut College Student Center, Mohegan Ave., New London, CT.  August 6, 9am-5pm and August 7, 10am-4pm.

Come see the show if you're in the area.
xo

33 comments:

  1. I never get tired of seeing your Mother's Garden quilt. Have you done a blog post with the story about making the quilt? Surely you must have. The color combo and being strong colors and the words.....well everything about the quilt impress me.

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  2. I would love to see your Mothers Garden quilt in person sometime! You have a lot going on, so much good quilting FUN to share. It's a brilliant idea about the books. I have often wished I had my blogs from my time in Japan in book form - and voila you have a great recommendation for that!

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  3. The books are a very good and clever idea ! How many great souvenirs are they in all of them ?...I-love-your-Mother's-garden-quilt.....
    Enjoy the time spent with Hanna and congratulations for all your lectures ! You are Barb, the busy wonderful quilter !

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  4. Love the books! And any time I see Mother's Garden is a good day! Clever hint, too, wink, wink! Your Pockets to Go turned out great. I'm tempted to make another, but it will have to get added to the loooong list of projects.

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  5. So excited about the new swap... thanks for the clue and I think I know what we're sewing :)
    Thanks for the reminder about printing your blog. I want to do that and just haven't yet.

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  6. Always brightens my day to see your posts. you and Hanna enjoy the show. I think I know what the swap will be, looking forward to the posting and tute!

    Rondi

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  7. So cool that you have your books!! As far as the swap- maybe broken dishes block? :)

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  8. You have such action packed blogposts!! I love how you get your blog printed into books. It's such a great idea and a way to see the achievement of keeping up a blog. I would visit that quilt show in a flash if I could. I'd love to see your Mothers Garden in real life one day. Great photo of your Sumptuous Stars! Have fun at the show. It's great Hanna will be there too.

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  9. Hi Barb: Excited about the swap. Your hint has led me nowhere! I'll be excited to learn all about it!!! I saw your books in real life. They are truly fabulous! You continue to inspire all of us.
    Norma

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  10. Hmmm...great hint! Can't wait to learn the details for the swap!

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  11. Love the pockets to go and the blog book. I'm a fan of both.

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  12. I have no desire to blog but seeing you blogs put into book form is very inspiring. How cool to have such a lovely record of you creative life. Hard copy is good!

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  13. Wonderful post! You've got a lot going on. Such fun fabrics in your Pockets to Go. I must check out Blog to Print again. Thanks for the reminder :) Your My Mother's Garden is one of my favorites. So beautiful! Looking forward to your block swap :)

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  14. Thanks so much for the info on Blog2Print--I had no idea this existed! Have to do this! And have set an alert for August 15.

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  15. What a great idea to print your blogs! I never knew you could do this. Excellent - especially since I have stopped documenting all my quilts in a photo album. Love the pocket to go organizer - great to have a UFO done! Good luck at the quilt show.. wish I was around this weekend - I would take ride. Have fun!

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  16. I've been meaning to do the blog2print since you first mentioned it a couple of years ago. Now I'm just that much further behind. Good for you though, I think it's important to have these records in print. You do have quite a nice little collection. As for the swap hint, I'm guessing 'broken dishes'? LOL
    You do know how to keep it fun!

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  17. I'm so happy your teaching has taken off! I'd love to take a class from you!
    After seeing another post on your books I started doing it too. Such a great idea.

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  18. Wow, you are going to a busy teacher this year. I wish I could get you up here. I might just have to take up a private collection! Thanks for the Blog to Print idea. I will order one year at a time to ease the pain! Great idea though. Have fun with the swap. I have to stop somewhere! Too many sew-a-longs just now.

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  19. Your blog is so inspiring. I love to read about everything you do. For me, its the first time I have seen your Mothers Garden quilt and I love it.
    Must remember to keep an eye out for the 2016 swap. Sounds very interesting.

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  20. I may be able to attend the Clamshell Show on Saturday afternoon--hope to see you there--would just love to see your quilts in person...hugs, julierose

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  21. You always post fun and interesting things. Wish I was closer to visit your quilts in person. I'm anxious to see what the swap plans are. I like the book ideas for save your thoughts and photos.

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  22. How nice that you have your blog printed in to books! Lots of fun going on here as usual...that Mother's garden quilt is an all time favorite :)

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  23. How nice that you have your blog printed in to books! Lots of fun going on here as usual...that Mother's garden quilt is an all time favorite :)

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  24. Great post Barb, have fun at the show.

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  25. Nice to make your own books. Great idea, something to think about! Love your projects. Eager to see your new block!

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  26. You certainly have LOTS of wonderful events going on!
    Love your Blog Book idea! I received one as a gift in 2015 and treasure it.
    Excited to learn of the next block swap, this time I'm able to join.
    Wishing you a fabulous August!

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  27. a good basket usefull! the blog's book are very good idea!

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  28. What a fun tool box! I love your blog book idea! Broken dishes say ye????? Best wishes at the show!

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  29. Loved your talk today at Clamshell quilt show. Your Mother's Garden quilt is so beautiful and precious. I l lost my mom this May at 89 and miss her so much <3

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  30. Loved your talk today at Clamshell quilt show. Your Mother's Garden quilt is so beautiful and precious. I l lost my mom this May at 89 and miss her so much <3

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  31. Thanks so much for the link for printing blogs in book format! My husband has been suggesting for several years that I print mine and now I have an easy way to do it. I am wondering though whether you back-up your blog posts? I backed up mine a month or so ago, but know that I should make it a habit and do it every time I write a new post.

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  32. Yes! Blog2Print is awesome! I have printed up several years of my blog as well. I plan to sign up for the swap next week!

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