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Meadow Walk Quilt Pattern by Sarah Nunes of Berry Barn Designs
Ever cut out an entire quilt then decide you hate the layout? I have! Fortunately a day spent rearranging all that precious Sleeping Porch voile found me delighted with the rainbow I stumbled upon, and Meadow Walk is the playful result. Because I started with every piece precut for my original layout, I wrote my cutting & piecing instructions differently, but a few astute blog readers have since pointed out that this design lends itself beautifully to disappearing 9 patch construction. So there you have it - one free pattern, two simple ways to piece it, and an endless array of color to enjoy you finish!
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I'm always hunting for the perfect quilt ladder, and I can't wait for Grace + James Design to start shipping this dip-dye version! In the meantime, @modernhandcraft shared this inspired IKEA hack the other day, but when I looked online, this was all they have now... except hello, quilts hung on the rungs AND a few folded and stacked underneath?! It's perfect!

I loved the huge variety of quilts on display this year at QuiltCon, even if only experiencing them vicariously through Instagram and blog feeds. Here's a recap of all the winners if you missed them. My favorite from this group is Katie Larson's "Whatever" - the fun color palette and playful shape sing to me!

Speaking of QuiltCon, Sheri of Whole Circle Studio unveiled her amazing paper pieced 270 Colors of Aurifil quilt, and now you can make one, too! Actually, even better - a mini version. Link up your finish by March 31st for a chance to win some awesome prizes! 

By now I'm sure the succulent craze has spread to every last corner of the globe, but it's neat to see that new twists keep popping up. If you're not of green thumb lineage, check out this gorgeous glass version and these equally delicate pottery pieces. (Heck, they even have something for Pokemon fans!) In a related vein, here are some root veggies to inspire you.

Current fabric crush: Laurel Canyon from Robert Kaufman. I'm falling for them all, but I think the Boulevard print is my favorite... screams 60's summer sheath dress! Oh, and speaking of fabric, Cotton & Steel fans should check out this: a new C&S Fan Club!
I'm thinking Spring with this month's colorful set of prizes! The giveaway runs through Saturday night on Instagram - click below to enter!
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My girls have been sewing with me in the studio a lot since Santa brought them each their own machine. (We're all rocking the Janome 8077 - simple, economic, and swappable feet!) They have birthdays coming up next month, so I'm making them each their own Undercover Maker Mat. I'll share the finishes soon on their new @berrybarnkids account - follow along for more #sewingwithkids!
Read about how tasty crow is (who knew?!) and see the full mix of machine and hand stitching I used to quilt my most recent mini on the blog. I love all the texture it created. What do you prefer? Machine, hand or a little of both?
My mom will be in town next week for the girls' spring break, and they have a bunch of sewing & baking projects lined up for her visit. Summer play dresses and blueberry pie are at the top of the itinerary. (Fun fact: I don't like pie! My idea of "making pie" looks more like this ; )
This was my trickiest newsletter to complete so far, and it actually had nothing to do with content. Our family adopted two young cats yesterday, and they decided my lap was the only place to be while I finished editing (they're batting at the keyboard as I type this!), so I've been alternately petting and typing, with a couple yelps from a surprise claw in there for good measure. Earlier today I spent a few hours trying to devise a way to keep them out of my sewing space, but after discovering they can leap the tallest of possible gates and much failed macgyvering, I'm resolving that I'll just have to keep the space really tidy and welcome my new studio pals : )

Do you have any sewing companions? If so, I could really use some tips! It's only day 1 and they've already been caught stealing pins and pushing scissors off the table. How can I discourage them from all the sharp things and still have what I need at my finger tips while I work? Any advice would be much appreciated!
And if you'd like to weigh in on anything I've shared, please do. It's as easy as hitting "reply" to this email - I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, happy sewing & creating!

P.S. Not sure what to bake for your next birthday? Hint: it's this - definitely this!
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