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Sitges International Patchwork Festival

March 15, 2017

What a wonderful week I had. I just returned from the Sitges International Patchwork Festival put on by the Association Espana de Patchwork.   Sitches itself is a gem of a city about 20 kilometers south of Barcelona, on the Mediterranean, with narrow cobblestone streets, beautiful old architecture, seaside cafes, wide promenades along the water… More »

Lights, Camera, Action!

March 7, 2017

Many of you are familiar with our annual shop hop we call Quilters’ Quest. What you may not know is that we start the planning for it as soon as the previous year’s Quest ends, meeting at least once a month throughout the year. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to make… More »

Building Art One Piece at a Time

February 27, 2017

I just returned from a visit with my grandchildren and their parents. One of the things we did was to go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to see their new exhibit “The Art of the Brick.”  We had to wait in line for more than an hour to get into the exhibit,… More »

Travel Delay Excuses

February 16, 2017

What a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with the grandchildren. My husband and I flew out on February 13th and almost missed Valentine’s Day altogether.     Our flight arrangements included a one hour layover in San Francisco. That would give us enough time to make our connection and arrive at our destination… More »

Don’t Miss the First Clue

February 2, 2017

The whirlwind at Jinny Beyer Studio continues. There is so much excitement about our new Mystery Quilt Block of the Month Moroccan Mystery. Our testers have finished their samples and all colorways have turned out great! David, one of our testers took some great photos along the way and we will show you his progress… More »

And the Hustle & Bustle Continues!

January 26, 2017

We continue to make kits non-stop here for our 2017 Mystery Quilt BOM, Moroccan Mystery. We’ve made so many that we have run out of the border. See video clip here that explains where we are with the BOM kits.     One day we sent out so many packages that our packages alone filled… More »

Busy, Busy Week!

January 19, 2017

What an incredibly busy week I have had! We launched our new Block of the Month for 2017. We have been overwhelmed by the response and the excitement this has generated.     When planning for our Block of the Month we always think ahead as to how many kits we may sell. We make… More »

New Block of the Month for 2017

January 6, 2017

  For the last several years I have been offering a free block of the month quilt pattern to subscribers to our monthly newsletter. A few months ago, we sent out a survey asking what type and style of project you would like to see for next year’s Block of the Month and we have… More »

Optical Illusions

December 27, 2016

One of our most popular quilt kits is the Optical Illusions design by Erin Underwood. This quilt is created by sewing strips of colors and background together and then cutting them out with a wedge ruler. The leftovers from one set of wedges creates the second alternating wedges. So, it is super simple to sew…. More »

Holiday Greetings from JBS and Gus and Luke, too

December 21, 2016

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and all my friends from around the world a very happy holiday season. During this past year I have been so thrilled to see the quilting you have all done and have loved seeing photographs of your work.     Speaking of photographs, it has been… More »

Perfecting Hand Quilting Stitches

December 14, 2016

Periodically we get questions from some of you about various aspects of quilting and we try to answer those questions when we can. The following came in some time back and I thought it would be a good issue to discuss: Learning to do hand quilting – any suggestions on how to practice my stitches?… More »

Borders – The Finishing Touch

December 7, 2016

My recent trip to Nepal this year and India last year was an eye-opening experience. I lived in that part of the world for nearly five years. At the time, I didn’t recognize the impact this region was having on me because I was not yet a quilter. Going back recently was like going home…. More »

The Treasure Box

November 30, 2016

I visited my grandchildren a couple of months ago and Polly carefully showed me her Treasure Box containing all kinds of items that were going to go into the trash that she rescued for projects. There were empty tissue and paper towel rolls, an interesting button, empty spools, odd pieces of yarn, etc. She and… More »

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016

In these times of uncertainty, families want to hunker down and be together. What better time than the Thanksgiving holiday where our thoughts go to family, cooking and the Thanksgiving day feast. This year I want to share with you my recipe for turkey stuffing.  It started out as a basic stuffing recipe, but each… More »

Whirlwind Month

November 4, 2016

October was a whirlwind trip for me. With trips to Oregon, Nepal and then Houston, I was home the equivalent of a week and ended the month with my son Sean and me handing out Halloween candy to more that 1,000 children who annually come for a big Halloween party in the Village Green where… More »