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Topiary Quilt pattern by Sarah Nunes of Berry Barn Designs
This month's BIG news is the release of my new Topiary Quilt pattern! It's written for five sizes from Mini to Queen, and you can check out my Instagram feed for alternate colorway ideas from my stellar BBD Pattern Testing Team.
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Have you been following the Back to School Blog Hop 2017? My post will be live tomorrow. Please join me while I talk all things starch, and check out some of the helpful tips & tricks being shared by others.

Do you love mail? Me, too! Here's a fun subscription box that will have you "Sew Surprised" when it arrives. (My kids *may* have added this to their holiday wish list... just in case any family members are reading ; )

If you haven't heard, Nancy Zieman is retiring; she shared a warm but heartbreaking note with her viewers. I had just listened to Abby Glassenberg's excellent interview with her a few weeks ago. A truly remarkable woman and leader in our quilting community who's show will be missed. 


I "went green" last month with my new business cards - they're cotton cards from Moo and I absolutely love them! If you're someone working with textiles, you might want to give them a try, too.

Fabric crushes: I have some serious dino lovers at my house, and this new collection from Deena Rutter at Riley Blake Designs delivers the prehistoric goods! (Of course, we also have some unicorn fans who'd adore this bundle from Robert Kaufman.) And as long as we're on the whimsy theme, how about this Neverland collection by Jill Howarth? On a completely different note, Bari J's new Wild Bloom line from Art Gallery is gorgeous!
Fossil Rim fabric by Deena Rutter
Happy Little Unicorns fabric by Robert Kaufman
Neverland fabric by Jill Howarth
Wild Blooms fabric by Bari J
Quilt crushes: I love this new quilt from Anjeanette Klinder - the pop of b/w stripes is so great! Becca Bryan recently revealed her finished Modern Triangle Medallion quilt, which is stunning, but you have to see the quilting detail posted by @sariditty (scroll right on her images) - those butterflies!

What new fabrics & quilts are you loving right now? 
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.... - Alan Alda quote
This message resonates with me because I see life as a series of discoveries and adventures. Download a high res copy now - and good luck on your journey!
The Kids Quilt Round Robin has wrapped, and now all of our kids blocks are making their way back to their starting points so they can be stitched up into new quilt tops. My girls most recent finish was this star themed block for Silvia Sutters' daughter - I couldn't resist playing around with layouts of the completed blocks, and I can't wait to see her final design! We'll be sharing finished quilts in a hop the first week of November.
Kids Quilt Round Robin blocks
Kids Quilt Round Robin blocks
Last month I shared how much fun I had at a quilt retreat and asked for feedback from readers about their favorite locales. No one mentioned a specific spot, but a few chimed in that what makes a quilt retreat fabulous is when you get to sew with friends - whether a marathon sewing day with your guild or a long weekend with quilt besties from far away. While I was more than happy to meet new friends for my day out, I can appreciate how much fun it is to gather with all your closest sewing pals, too!

Last but not least, I started a new project this summer (here are my fabrics - not my usual but the recipient will LOVE them!) because [I'm trying to have a nervous breakdown]. No seriously, I wanted to join the #summertripwithme QAL because I've never made a Trip Around the World quilt, and also to knock a Christmas gift out early. I'm not done, but excited to have one present well underway!
Tuesday Treats - Topiary Quilt Pattern Giveaway at BerryBarnDesigns.com
It's not easy being green, but it IS easy to enter to win my new Topiary Quilt pattern!
Enter to win!
Back-to-school is well underway and I'm excited to be working in the library at my daughters' elementary school. Being surrounded by books all day - and all the gorgeous illustration that comes with them - has been giving me tons of quilty inspiration! I'm perennially drawn to Ezra Jack Keats work, which a half a century later feels so timely alongside aspects of the modern quilting movement. In a more contemporary vein, I'm enthralled with the art of Erin E. Stead; in a way it reminds me of the current sewing illustration trend a la Minky Kim (Erin's recent illustration in The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles is a beautiful example).
Do you have a favorite illustrator or artist who's inspired your quilting? I'd love to hear from you - I'm always on the lookout for new inspiration! If you'd like to weigh in on anything else I've shared, please do. It's as easy as hitting "reply" to this email.
Sarah Nunes of BerryBarnDesigns.com
In the meantime, happy sewing & creating!
P.S. The weather has only *just* started to turn, but I'm feeling the fall vibes... except there's no foliage to speak of where I currently live, so I'll seek it where I can get it ; )

~ "Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!" Albert Einstein ~
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