Recently we were in a campground outside of St. Louis on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. I asked our adviser to set a route home (Webster City). Iowa) through Missouri on the west side of the river. She loaded down a route that took us up the east side through Illinois.
I called back, got a different adviser, and explained the problem. But got the same route through Illinois. I love the drive through Illinois. It is beautiful but it is shorter to go up the Missouri side.
We decided to drive across the river, start north then ask for further directions.
This time we were politely asked to make a "safe and legal u-turn", cross back over the river and head north through Illinois.
Not ready to give up yet, I decided to change our destination. I called and got a new adviser. I asked for a route to Waterloo, Iowa.
He promptly sent us to Napoleon, Missouri.
We found our own way home.
This is the last month for our current free BOM "Linda's Flutters and Flowers". I hope that in the next month or two when you finish your top you will send me a photo of it. You don't have to have it quilted. I would just love to see how your top turned out.
For the next four months I will be giving you a free block pattern each month. These are block patterns that I have designed over the years but have never gotten around to including in any quilt. The designs are given as is. I haven't stitched them myself nor has anyone else. If there is a problem with them I would love to hear about it so that I can correct it.
These will all be 12" square blocks. You can use them in any of your favorite projects that require a 12" block. Or you can design your own set for them. All 4 blocks will be floral motifs. That means that you could put them all together in one wall hanging if you choose. The first one, Twirling Roses, is shown to the right. The pattern will be in next month's newsletter.
Rita Borger of Athens, Ontaraio
Rita sent me the following photos of her work. The first two photos show her interpretation of Jennifer's Hillside. The front of the quilt is shown in the photo to the left below. The back is shown in the photo to the right. As you can see, Rita used the quilt-as-you-go method to make this quilt. It is beautifully done.
Rita has also shared photos of the blocks that she has completed in Linda's Flutters and Flowers. She has chosen some truly remarkable fabrics for her flowers. The petals are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with us, Rita. We really appreciate it.
Celine Chabot and Madeleine Leclerc
We have come to expect beautiful blocks from these two gals and they have not disappointed this month. Thanks so much for sharing.
Celine Chabot, Quebec, Canada
Madeleine Leclerc, Quebec, Canada
Our 2016 Travel Schedule
Next year we will be traveling to Florida in January and February. Then in August, September and October we will be going to Ontario. I'm booking trunk shows and workshops. There is a listing of the bookings that we have so far. If your guild would be interested in having me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org As you can see we have time for several more trunk shows and workshops on each of these trips. Send me an e-mail if you are interested and I'll send you two PDF files that tell about my trunk show and workshops. Florida January 7 & 8, 2016 - Country Road Quilters', Ocala, Florida - trunk show/workshop January 18 & 25, 2016 - Cape Coral Quilters' Guild, Cape Coral, Florida - trunk show/ 2 workshops February 13, 2016 - Hibiscus Guild, Lake Worth, Florida - trunk show/workshop February 20 & 21, 2016 - Pieceful Hearts Quilters Guild, Atlanta, Georgia - trunk show/workshop
Ontario These are the dates that we will be going to Ontario. We will be stopping along the way in Michigan.
August 11, 12 & 13 2016 - Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild, Petoskey, Michigan - trunk show, 2 workshops September 14 & 15, 2016 - Kincardine Sunset Quilters, Kincardine, Ontario - trunk show/workshop September 22 & 23, 2016 - The Island Quilters Guild, Mindemoya, Ontario - trunk show/workshop October 13, 2016 - Tall Pine Quilters Guild, Newaygo, Michigan - trunk show/workshop
Linda's Flutters and Flowers
This month we will be publishing our final block in Linda's Flutters and Flowers.