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Facebook Live, Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show

I am part of a group of Quilt Pattern Designers and Tamarinis put together an event where 6 or so designers would share their Quilts on Facebook Live everyday from April 1st through the 10th. I know that by the time you receive this newsletter the videos will no longer be live but you can still check them all out. You can go here on my blog and you can find all the links to the various designers. Each of these Videos is 15 minutes long so grab a cup of coffee and your computer and enjoy!

Here is mine! Thank you for checking it out. Please remember this was my first time.

I am going to begin doing more Facebook Live posts and the next one will be different quilts and I am going to talk about ways to quilt them. If you are not on Facebook I will be saving the videos and posting them on my YouTube Channel. If you would like to subscribe to my channel you will receive an email when I add new videos.


Fabric Face masks

I have been reading many articles, pros and cons about fabric masks and saw the article below and decided it had a great explanation of the need and use of them. I am going to call my local doctor's office and see if they are in need and even thinking about calling Butch's veterinarian, consider contacting your healthcare providers and see if they may have a use for them. This is something we can all do, and we were made to do. It seems at this point that it will depend on where you are but please consider this. The following announcement was shared on social media and I thought this explained the potential need.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Due to the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers and in an effort to conserve masks for healthcare workers caring for isolation patients locally, a group of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center employees are sewing masks that can be used by healthcare workers in non-isolation situations.

CDC guidelines, found on their website, state if all other supplies are exhausted and in a state of emergency, homemade masks that meet certain criteria are acceptable.

"Historically, fabric masks were the standard in hospitals prior to the modern disposable mask," the hospital said.
All fabric masks will be sterilized and used repeatedly by staff caring for non-isolation patients, until the national shortage of PPE is over.
"If the public is interested in donating handmade masks McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center will gladly accept the masks that are made of 100% non-stretch cotton or cotton/poly blend," the hospital said. "Many variations of mask patterns can be found on the internet."
Masks that are donated will be sterilized and distributed to healthcare providers caring for non-isolation patients.
A yellow donation barrel for the masks is located at the main entrance of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
There are many tutorials out there. Just google Fabric face mask and make the style that will work for your health care providers.

Stay Safe!


Notions for Travel

Hawaiian Block Quilt PatternsTravel projects
It is that time of year when we begin to think about our travels. While traveling to Mexico City I wanted to have a project to work on in the airports and during stay. Needleturn applique projects are perfect for this and the Hawaiian Block Patterns are nice small pieces that can be prepared ahead of time. READ MORE >

Expo Patchwork 2020 in Mexico City

When Mark and I were looking into going to Mexico City to visit our son, imagine how happy we were to see there was a quilt show that we could attend. This was the Expo Patchwork 2020. While attending the 12th Expo Patchwork and Quilt show in Mexico City, we were introduced to the show organizers, Eduardo Cato and his family.They made us feel welcomed and introduced us to some of the local quilters.


Mark's Musing

Food and Friends, Part 2

I mentioned in an earlier article, one of the side benefits of traveling to quilt show: local cuisine. Another benefit is connecting with friends.

When we attended Pacific International in Santa Clara, CA, an old-time friend drove over from Fresno to attend the show. We met Heather and her family shortly after we moved to Hermiston, OR in 1987. She had a daughter and a son the same age as our children. Heather babysat when Connie worked and the kids attended pre-school and grade school together, until Heather moved away. We met at Disneyland a few years later, but the kids had not seen each other since.

Keeping you informed

Unauthorized use of our quilt images

Last month I shared the following quick note with you:

Earlier this month one of Nancy's students and an additional customer asked us if we had given our permission to a company that produces rugs and bedding to use our Herd of Turtles design. We were shocked to find out that this company APPEARS to be selling products with our Herd of Turtles, Halloween and Dragonflies in Flight designs on the products. This company, AZCOZY has not been given the rights to use any of our designs! We hold the copyrights.


New Favorite Laundry Item

Have you ever made a quilt and used scrap fabrics that you are not sure of their history and decided not to wash them before you began cutting out your quilt? I am sure we all have.


Taking care of your hands

Needleturn for hand health

As you know I am a needleturn girl and love the process of stitching by hand but I have found that when I do this for many hours and days at a time my hands tell me they have had enough. I am sure this is something many of you have experienced. Add to that a touch of Arthritis and you have the perfect storm. READ MORE >

Otavalo Ecuador

Textiles and More


While in Ecuador we took a little trip to Otavalo. Otavalo is known for it's textiles and their Saturday Market. We spent some time wandering and took it all in. I have created a slide show of some of the sights. We were there for the Saturday Market which is the biggest day of the week. It was a bit overwhelming there was so much, however we went back on Sunday and it was so much smaller but there were no food vendors. It was fun to be able to see the spices and fruits and vegetables out on display. I think the thing that got me was how these hard working people set up and take down each day. I just can not imagine doing a quilt show where I had to pack it all in, set up, sell all day, pack up and haul it out... Every single day!


Amigo Vision

Clinic Days

Amigo Vision patient

This is a bit of a diversion from my typical quilting Blog posts but I wanted to share a little bit about our recent adventure to Ecuador.

Our trip to Ecuador was primarily a Medical Mission trip with a few fun excursions in-between. We traveled as an Amigo Vision team of 16 people from Oregon and Washington to Quito. While we were in Quito we would travel by bus from our hotel one hour each way to a Nursing Home in the north end of Quito which was owned and run by the Rotary Clubs of Quito. They had a great space where we could set up and leave the clinic set up so each day we could just come and work. The local Rotary Clubs took care of scheduling 50 patients to arrive by bus every hour or so to go through the process of having their eyesight tested and evaluated. Some of the patience required additional help with glasses or a referral for additional services. In the 10 clinic days we were able to see 1957 patience many of them required glasses. Below is a slideshow of the photos I took of patience while we were there. It was an amazing experience. There were many people who were given the opportunity to see clearly for the what may have been the first time. You could tell by the smile that would come across their faces when they put on the glasses that were selected for them. This little guy in the photo to the left was one of my favorites. When I put the glasses on him he just grinned and gave me a huge hug! Then he would go back out with his Mom and came back in about three times. It doesn't get much better than that!

This was the first time Mark and I have ever been a part of something like this. It was so wonderful on many levels. I hope you enjoy these wonderful smiling faces!


Pacific International Quilt Festival

PIQF Booth with Mark

This month was the first time I have had the opportunity to vend at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara California. What a wonderful experience it was! It was a lot of work for sure but it was all worth it. I knew it was a large show with many vendors but it caught me a bit off guard. It is huge! Not as big as the International Quilt Festival in Houston but it was BIG.

So many of you came by and introduced yourselves and you were all so very kind! I have said it before and I will say it again, I LOVE my customers! You are an inspiring amazing bunch and THANK YOU!


Customer Question on Batting

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternChoosing a batting
Q: What batting do you use?
A: This is a question asked on-line, in our booth at quilt shows and classes quite often. Our answer usually begins: "How do you intend to use the quilt?" And that is a good question to ask yourself.
For our Hawaiian Quilts we use high-loft polyester bonded batting because it provides loft for our Hawaiian quilts. The air between the polyester fibers makes it easy to hand quilt, and keeps the batting fluffy between the rows of echo quilting. The quilting shows beautifully from across the room when you use a high-loft polyester bonded batting. We have never had any trouble with bearding (batting fibers migrating to the surface of the quilt), so we use it all the time for our Hawaiian quilts.

Echo Quilting

A characteristic of Hawaiian quilts

Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall Quilt

One of the distinctive characteristics of Hawaiian quilts is the echo quilting. Echo quilting is not a different way to make quilting stitches, rather it is the pattern of quilting lines that radiate out from the applique edges on a Hawaiian quilt. These quilting lines are often described as looking like the waves approaching an island, or the ripples created when dropping a pebble into water.

We have been told that many Hawaiian quilters used their little finger as a guide to space their parallel quilt rows. Put your little finger on a ruler and you will see that it is probably about 1/2 to 5/8 inch wide. Rather than use our finger, we prefer to use a ruler, or sewing gauge and a chalk pencil to mark our quilting lines.

Time is Valuable

Do More with what you have

Crowning Glory Applique Quilt Border and Runner PatternQuilts come together when you have inspiration, tools, materials, and time. The perfect blending of these four ingredients result in complete satisfaction. But, what happens when you find you have inspiration, tools and materials - but no time? Frustration, that is what happens. So, here are our tips for squeezing moments of productivity from your already too busy day.
  1. Whether you use a pillow case, a zip-close plastic bag, a shoe box or a pizza box...keep everything you need for a project in one bag or box. (Yes, even the special notions, thread and tools you need.) Having everything together in one place means that when you are ready to work on that project no time is wasted hunting for anything


Applique: Points

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

We find it is often the outside points that are the most off-putting to people considering an applique pattern. Far too often we watch someone put back a pattern with a comment like, "Too many points!" It makes us sad to think that someone would not choose their favorite pattern, just because they don't feel they can applique the points. So, we want to show you our technique for outside points, and hope that you will never again turn away from a pattern you really like, just because of the points.

Two Secrets for Sharp Points:

I want a Smaller, No a Larger Quilt

We are frequently asked if a wall-hanging pattern can be enlarged for a bed quilt. Or, if a bed quilt pattern can be reduced to make a wall-hanging. Here are our thoughts and suggestions.
In general, we design quilt patterns to be a specific size. We fill the available space with motifs and elements that are proportioned to that size. For a large quilt we can fill the space with more flowers, leaves or whatever the design elements are to create a pleasing arrangement that is typically more intricate than a smaller design. It is generally best to choose a pattern that you like from the patterns available in that size range. We believe you will be happier with the outcome.
If you want to make a small quilt larger: first consider these things:



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