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Meadow Walk Quilt Pattern by Sarah Nunes of Berry Barn Designs
Do you like surprises? Bright colors? Have a green thumb? I love to garden and delight in the unexpected hues that start to pop this time of year in our hemisphere. Because we move so often, I get fresh surprises with each new yard, and it was the huge swaths of daffodils that appeared the first spring at our last home that inspired this pillow design. I won't be that lucky with every new address, but I'll always have this cheery pillow and a matching table runner to brighten up my home!
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"People who make things are my favorite kind of folk." I like how Nick Offerman's thinks, and I'm curious to see what he and Amy Poehler challenge makers to do on their new show, The Handmade Project. (Oh, and if you're one of Nick's favorite kind of folk and feel up to the task, they're accepting applications!)

I strive to implement green practices when possible, relying heavily on cloth for cleaning & diapering, and incorporating more mending & upcyling into our clothing routine. But I was unaware of the issues with microfibers, and am discovering there are more of them in my household than I thought (because I'd be lying if I said I didn't do most of my sewing in yoga pants ; ) Watch the video and then check out these tips for reducing microfiber pollution.

Pattern Jam has offered their print-your-own-quilt process for a while, and this week Spoonflower announced Fill-A-Yard to print "cheater" quilts and the like. Has anyone used one of these sites to print a custom quilt panel? They seem like tempting solutions to last minute baby shower gifts, and could cut down on leftover fabric scraps while still allowing you a lot of variety in prints.

This timely piece was published earlier this week, and while it discusses a divide in the quilt world (and taken with Tula Pink's controversy this week, has added up to some far reaching & occasionally heated exchanges in the past 48 hours), it's thoughtful in its discussion of past and present for such a short overview. I definitely stand in the "quilts can be political" camp because I think quilts can be anything you want them to be like any other art medium (and anyone with even a modicum of quilt history knowledge knows quilts have had agendas for centuries). But I thought Mary Fons words toward the end were particularly interesting set against our country's current political backdrop: "[Quilting's] where we all meet in the middle.... When quilts get so political, it disturbs that place where we come together." The parallel between strong partisanship in both national politics and the quilt world is symptomatic of the deep divides facing our citizenry in many arenas, but I'm not sure about the implied sacredness of quilting as a space to "all just get along." Thoughts? Is or should quilting be just about the process and not about the politics?  

Current fabric crush: Boho Fusion from Art Gallery Fabrics. I like the blues, pinks and purples and the warm summery feel of all the cottons. And check out this quilt crush of mine - I adore nontraditional shapes in quilting! What new fabric or quilts are you loving this month? I'd love to share what readers are enjoying this spring in my next newsletter. Hit reply and let me know!
A perfect little set whether you're new to embroidery or an old pro - two kits and mini snips! Click below to enter!
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My most recent finish was this sweet little hoop I started at an Eat, Drink, Stitch embroidery happy hour. It fit perfectly with the theme for my daughter's birthday party, so it's been gifted to one very happy child who believes in all things magic. Speaking of birthday parties, I now want my own to include cocktails & crafts! The stitching event was such a fun night out.
Last month I mentioned starting Undercover Maker Mats... I'm pleased to say they're finished & getting lots of use! While my mom visited over spring break, the girls sewed up a storm with her and loved having their own tools at hand. Their favorite finishes were these adorable little boho bags

Currently on my cutting table: lots of greenery! Are you working on something for the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge? The contest runs through May 29th, so you have plenty of time to get quilting if you want to join in!
April is crazy in our household - three birthdays, our annual "family day" celebration to commemorate our adoption, and as always, relatives in town for Easter (which is also a birthday this year, so double bonus!) We'll be eating treats the whole month through and hopefully enjoying enough bike-riding-to-school weather to burn off all the calories. But all that celebration made me think to mention this neat website that I'm utilizing for gifts in case you, too, have any young artists or fabric designers to shop for in the coming months : )  
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. Did you hear about this mobile sewing portraitist? Watching her at work in the video below is heartwarming - such amazing talent!
~ "Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!" Albert Einstein ~
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