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                                                                                                                  February 2014

 
Everything Old is New Again...

I have had the privilege of teaching my good friend's daughter how to quilt. She asked me when she was 12 years old. She wanted to make a quilt from start to finish. I loved the journey of teaching new things to one so eager to learn.

Our first visit to a fabric shop was a magical time. Her mother just rolled her eyes as the daughter and I went from bolt to bolt touching, feeling, oohing and ahhing! She quickly had the store mapped out and knew the locations of all the colored prints and solids, the batiks, the animal prints etc. We were amazed how she had everything organized after a quick run through.
There was a special sale that day featuring a scrap pile. You could buy all the scraps you wanted for a certain price, but they had to fit into a small box that was provided. (Of course you could use as many boxes as you wanted, but you had to pay for each one.) It was amazing to see the many ways fabric was folded and stuffed into a box as no one wanted to pay for more than one, but that is another story.
We started digging in the scrap pile and the big find for my little sewing friend was the "Thirties" fabrics. She just went crazy each time she found another pattern in the pile. She soon had 10 or 12 women helping her search for her "magical" fabric. It was quite a sight to behold. Now I thought her favorite fabrics would be bright florals or animal prints or colorful batiks, but I was wrong. We did end up buying quite a few boxes!
Well time has passed and she is soon to be 16. She has made 4 or 5 quilts, some for herself, others as gifts. She still loves fabrics and when we visit the fabric stores, the same scenario is played over and over again.
In early December, we were shopping for fabric and we came upon this darling Christmas fabric with Santa Claus. Only this was a Santa Claus from the old story books way back when. My young teen went nuts and had to have it. She couldn't wait to add it to her stash. For Christmas, her mom took the fabric and made the cutest apron for her and she absolutely loves it. 
It is delightful to see that old things which bring back memories for some can evoke such joy in the younger generation. It is like they almost want to get back to basics that they have never known, as the world has changed so drastically. Maybe they just want to get back to "Square One". Whatever the attraction, it is nice to know that my young friend likes and appreciates old things so there is hope for me!
My Monthly Special
February is a very special month for me. It will be my 26th wedding anniversary plus there is Valentine's Day as well. Not only do I think about love, but mention Valentine's and I think about Chocolate! (Well who really needs an excuse to think about chocolate?) So my special for this month is my pattern, Chocolate Crunch. There is a 25% discount off of the regular price. Quite a bargain plus there are no calories! Get your chocolate now!
I am a Designer for Island Batik for Spring Market!
I am happy to announce that I am going to be a Designer for Island Batik Fabrics for the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh! I am thrilled to have this opportunity and am enjoying working with their lovely fabrics. Aren't they beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished quilt! See all the designers!
 
Wags & Whiskers
Wowser
Animal Haven
New York, NY - USA
Wowser trying to make a new friend, but it doesn't look like he is having much luck!
Wowser! Yep, that is his name. We think it's pretty self-explanatory. Be prepared to be WOWED!

For more information on adopting Wowser or any other dog or cat in need, please visit Animal Haven’s website at animalhavenshelter.org.

 I met Animal Haven staff when I was working with the TQPM Kennel Quilt program right after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They are a wonderful organization and help animals in so many ways. They appear on FB a lot trying to find good homes for animals as well as letting everybody know of events going on. If you have a chance check out their page at www.facebook.com/AnimalHavenShelter

Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.  Founded in 1967, they operate an animal shelter in Manhattan. They also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.

And if you are not familiar with the TQPM Kennel Quilt program, Read about it here - TQPM Kennel Quilts!

 
My Guest Bloggers for February
This month I will have two guest bloggers and I am so pleased.
Brandy Lynn Maslowski & Anna Branch
                Brandy Lynn Maslowski                                                             Anna Branch
Brandy Lynn is a Quilt Teacher, Speaker and Judge, and also the Host of Canadian Quilt Talk. (She interviewed me last month). She loves to share tidbits of quilting info everywhere she goes and is truly living the dream.See Brandy's Blog.

Anna Branch is also living her dream.  She and her husband  moved from a large city to a 10 acre rural property. She is an avid quilter, a designer and also writes articles for several magazines. See Anna's Blog.
 
Square One Share
It is time to share my Square One blocks. I haven't had a lot of time this month as I have been busy making a quilt for Island Batik plus I have 2 new patterns that are coming out this week. I will be posting on my FB page.

So having said all that I did manage to do a few and here they are. Have no idea where I am going, but I have made a start.

Have any of you made some blocks from your squares. If you have please share on my FB page . It will be so nice to see what others have done. So until next month - back to Square One!
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