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My Antiquing Adventure

I love visiting my cousin Marti and relaxing at her cabin in the countryside. It’s not only fun to catch up with my favorite cousin and my sisters, but we often go antiquing! I love looking at antiques, especially vintage fabrics, quilts, and embroideries.

During a recent trip. I saw this beautiful quilt, artfully displayed. It was in very rough shape but the hand quilting on it was delightful!

I spotted this cute wooden box decorated with honeybees, and a beautiful collection of antique pincushions.

I thought this was a clever way to recycle a coverlet.

My sisters and I had a blast digging through the antique embroideries and selecting our favorites. Antiquing made for a really enjoyable afternoon.

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Tell me…do you ever go antiquing? What treasures have you found?

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Berry Cross Quilt Along: Details

I’m so excited! I have decided to host my second quit along using my new pattern, Berry Cross.

Because I want you to be able to finish your quilt for Christmas if you want to, I’m not wasting any time!

Here’s the quilt along schedule:

Fabric Requirements and Color Options – October 7th

Linkup and Giveaway – October 14th

Fabric Cutting – October 21st

Linkup and Giveaway – October 28th

Creating the Block Units – November 4th

Linkup and Giveaway – November 11th

Building the Blocks – November 18th

Linkup and Giveaway – December 2nd

Assembling the Quilt Top (Flimsy) – December 9th

Quilting, Binding, and Final Thoughts – December 16th

Show and Tell Linkup and Giveaway – January 27th

If you participated in the Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop, then you’ve seen Berry Cross and you know how versatile it is! For the quilt along, I’ll be offering instructions for these three options and one size: 48” x 60”.

Blocks A and B

Block A only

Block B only

My last quilt along was fun and friendly and I know this one will be too! There is a private Facebook group and a Flickr group you can join to share in-progress photos, get and receive encouragement, and to ask questions. You can join these groups anytime now and start sharing your excitement and ideas about the quilt along. I hope you’re excited because I sure am!

I know you have other quilt projects, but to make this quilt along more fun, I’m offering the first of many prizes—your choice of a free downloadable pattern from my shop and a free copy of the downloadable version of Berry Cross as soon as it’s ready! You have several chances to win, but you must act by midnight EST on October 6th.

  • For your first chance to win, simply leave a comment here to let me know that you’re on board for the quilt along. Please enter your email address when prompted—it won’t show here but I need it to track contest entries.
  • For an extra chance to win, help me spread the word about this QAL and then leave a comment here letting me know how you’ve shared the news—on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on. If you share on Facebook, tag The Inquiring Quilter in your post. If you share the news on other social media, be sure to use the hashtag #berrycrosssqal and @InquiringQuilter. Share the news in multiple places for extra chances!
  • If you’re a blogger, then for another chance to win, post about your plans to quilt along and include the Berry Cross button in your post. Then comment here to let me know that you’ve done that.

I’ll announce the winners in my post on October 7th.

So will you quilt along with me? Leave a comment and get ready for the fun, fun, fun!

If you’re joining in, here is a button for your blog.

Berry Cross Quilt Along

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email!

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Tell me...if you made a Berry Cross quilt, what colors would you use? Would it be for you or for someone else?

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My Faves: Recent Fabric Acquisitions

I have a large stash. A stash that lets me design and play and have fun with quilting. Still, there are holes. How does that happen? I go looking for a particular red or a certain yellow, and can’t quite find it.

Sometimes though a fabric acquisition has nothing to do with adding a particular color to my stash. It’s about love. Fabric love.

Here are some recent additions to my stash. I hope you love them. <wink>

I saw this lovely collection while on retreat and had to get it. I was sure I had written down the name, and this is one of those fabrics where they don’t print the name on the selvage. Drat! The name might Kaleidoscope or something similar, but if any of you recognize it, please let me know!

I love me a good batik, especially when they are on sale. Aren’t these beautiful?

I’m also very fond of lime, as you can see. I found this lime batik (gotta love that!) and a bunch of lime print fat quarters from the Wrens & Friends collection by Gina Martin for Moda.

Love brights, love bling! This beauty caught my eye with its light touches of gold and it said, “Take me home please!” It’s from the Basic Glitter collection by Laurel Burch for Clothworks.

I love, love the Bee Creative collection by Deb Strain for Moda, and in fact, I’ve already used some of it to make a cute quilt block zippered pouch.

Now you know I love brights, but I also love neutrals. And these two fabrics, from Sound of the Woods II by Avery Tillmon for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, are to die for!

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Tell me...have you added anything to your stash lately?

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Quilting at the Lake

I belong to a bee that has a quilt retreat twice a year at a lake house owned by one of our members. I know, I’m really lucky! The lake house has plenty of space for us, and the lake view is gorgeous. Going there always makes me feel reinvigorated. I’m deeply appreciative of the time we get to spend there because not only do I get a lot of good quilting done, I also get an opportunity to grow closer to my quilting buddies.

Did I mention the great sunsets?

And the tea parties?

Bee retreats are awesome! <grin>

We had another of our bee retreats this past weekend and I got a lot of good quilting done. First I worked a bit on the rainbow version of Charming Stepping Stones. I’m quilting it using several modern quilting patterns but I don’t want to show you much right now. I want to get the quilt finished first then I’ll feature the quilt in a post.

Next, I worked on some dotted blocks for a bee challenge. You may remember that my bee got crazy about dotted fabric a while back and decided to have a block exchange.

We’re making a block for each person in the bee, in either 6” or 12” size or some combination. We can make our blocks all the same or make different ones. At the end of the exchange, I’ll have one block from each of the members of my bee. It’ll be a wonderful memory of these girls I’ve grown so very close to.

Finally, I pieced together the rows for the gradations version of Charming Stepping Stones. I’ll sew the rows together this week, or at another retreat that I’m going to this weekend.

I know! Another retreat? I’m really lucky.

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