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Kids Quilt Round Robin hosted by BerryBarnDesigns.com & SarahGoerQuilts.com
Starting this month, I'm cohosting a round robin summer sewing project for kids along with my friend, Sarah Goer. We have a great group of young quilters joining in and we hope you'll follow #kidsquiltroundrobin to see what they create together!  
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In need of a Mother's Day gift? I adore these decorative tins for the mom who loves to sew as much as you, and GenX Quilters' Hoop Quilts Pattern is the perfect way to marry a quick mini quilt with the hoop art craze. How about teacher gifts? Here are two perfect projects: a cute lace zippered pouch tutorial from Fort Worth Fabric Studio, and Aneela Hoey's neat new Open Out Box Pouch pattern

If you like sewing bags, there's a great outreach effort going on now: the Quilter's Planner is hosting a Busy Bag Sew Along to benefit Sadie's Dream for a Cure.  

I enjoyed this video from Simple Pin Media about how to use the new image search option Pinterest Lens. I love that it generates search terms for you once you get started!


Etsy Studio just launched, where you can find materials to hand make your own Etsy-esque crafts. It's not much different than searching Etsy, but I especially like this new feature where they give you a tutorial and then link within it to shopping choices for each material you need

This month's "go green" links include 5 tips for greener sewing, how to make reusable Swiffer Duster cloths, and a cloth napkin tutorial to brighten up your al fresco dining space this summer.

Current fabric crush: I'm excited for Heidi Staples' new Five and Dime from Riley Blake! It isn't out just yet, but her sneak peeks have me wish listing the tag and checklist prints, and I love her receipt designAs for my latest quilt crush, look at this! The hot, hazy day shades of Annabelle Wrigley's upcoming Daisy Chain fabric paired with Red Pepper Quilt's simplified Pickle Dish pattern have me pining for summer. What new fabric or quilts are you loving right now?
Tuesday Treats - Fat Quarter Set Giveaway at BerryBarnDesigns.com
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Yep, that's right - TWO chances to win in May! Click above to enter on the blog, and click below to enter via Instagram.
Tuesday Treats - Fat Quarter Set Giveaway at BerryBarnDesigns.com
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My daughters have fabulous teachers this year so I've stepped up my gift game to create quilts for each of them. Next month I'll share the finishes, but in the meantime, check out these cute Kindergarten signatures I collected. (FYI these dual-tip Tulip fabric markers were *perfect* for the kids' labels, and have lots of other kid-friendly uses, including gift making for Mother's Day and Father's Day!)

I'm plugging away on my 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge entry, but I'm not ready to share progress shots quite yet. Fortunately there's lots of gorgeous green quilt candy popping up as others work on their entries, too!

#LoveforLinette blocks are pouring in and I want to thank all the kind and generous quilters who have donated nine patches to the project. There's still time to make a block (go here for details & block directions) or a small donation toward backing, batting & binding. 
Love for Linette - Call for Nine Patch Quilt Blocks
Love for Linette - Call for Nine Patch Quilt Blocks
I'm adding a new newsletter feature: a monthly meme to use as desktop wallpaper or to tack up in the studio as a creative reminder. With teacher gift sewing and the Kids Quilt Round Robin currently underway, these words seemed a fitting start...
Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains... - Loris Malaguzzi
If you'd like to weigh in on anything I've shared, please do. It's as easy as hitting "reply" to this email, and I'd love to hear from you.
Sarah Nunes of BerryBarnDesigns.com
In the meantime, happy sewing & creating!
P.S. Yet another great reason to unplug and slow down: idle time improves creativity!

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