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Sitges International Patchwork Festival

What a wonderful week I had. I just returned from the Sitges International Patchwork Festival put on by the Association Espana de Patchwork.

 

Outside the exhibit hall
Outside the exhibit hall

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 and extremely friendly people. The weather was perfect every day with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 50’s.

 

1. narrow streets
Narrow streets!
Beautiful buildings
Beautiful buildings
Seaside cafe
Seaside cafe

 

I was invited to be one of the guest artists and to have an exhibition of my quilts at the show.

 

5. outside exhibition hall

 

Preparing for the exhibit
Preparing for the exhibit

Since I did not want to ship the quilts or check them, my son, Sean, accompanied me and we packed all 12 quilts in carry-ons.  It was quite a feat getting them all in the small-enough bags that we would be allowed to take on the plane.

The hall that held my exhibit was in an old building right on the water. Large windows looked out onto the sea so the lighting was excellent. Once the show opened, I was amazed at the crowds of people. The organizers expected more than 10,000 people to attend.

 

Looking out from the hall
Looking out from the hall

 

 

8. inside hall

 

Other artists with exhibits included Anna Dolanyi, Katie Pasquini, Danny Amazonas, Maoli Lozaano and Willyne Hammerstein. Unfortunately, because of the classes I was teaching and the time spent in my exhibit greeting people, there was not time to visit all of the exhibits which were scattered around the old part of the city.

 

With Katie
With Katie Pasquini

 

 

With Danny
With Danny Amazonas

 

 

Danny's horse art quilt
Danny’s horse art quilt

 

 

The eye of the horse - spectacular!
The eye of the horse – spectacular!

 

In the room next to my exhibit was an exhibit of work by children and I was so pleased to see the effort the patchwork association was making to encourage quiltmaking by children.

 

13. children with quilts

 

When we arrived at our seaside hotel we were a little sorry to see giant tents being put up along the promenade opposite our hotel.  We thought what a shame it would spoil our view, but then we saw a large “Bernina” sign being put up and realized that this series of tents was the vendors area! The tents were full with people the entire time.

 

15. inside tent
Inside the tent

 

We had a fabulous time and I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity to take part in it.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

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 it even more fun for you.

 

Group in Gazebo

Last week our meeting took place here at the Studio. Besides normal business, we decided to put together a little video for you about us and the Quest. More on that after I tell you a bit about the Quest itself.

Every November our ten shops, located in Maryland and Northern Virginia, join together and open our doors for ten days of fun, fabric and friendship. This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Action.”  We have each selected a movie and will transform our shops so you can experience the magic of Hollywood!

 

Quest Colors 2017

 

From November 9th through the 18th, 2017, you will be able to participate in this FREE event that sends you on an adventure to explore each of our shops. You also have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes.  If driving from shop to shop seems a bit daunting, you can leave the driving to us and take one of the buses leaving from various shops.

 

Tote Bag One
Every finisher gets a cool mesh bag and more!

Tote Bag Two

Hosting the shop owners at the Studio and preparing for the video involved meeting with the videographer, set design (aka, rearranging the classroom) and preparing lunch where I proceeded to nearly cut off my finger. (Don’t worry—it was only a pinkie finger and not needed for sewing.) Thankfully, I did not bleed on lunch.

 

Jackie from Patches Quilting and Sewing
Jackie from Patches Quilting and Sewing

 

Rhonda from Crazy Cousin
Rhonda from Crazy Cousin

Filming began inside with a script written by Amy from Material Girls and Kelly Ann from Kelly Ann’s Quilting. It can be intimidating sitting under the lights with cameras on you, text to read aloud with others watching but soon silliness erupted from our many flubs and miscues.

 

Quilt Group One

 

Quilt Group Two

 

Quilt Group Three

After lunch, we moved outside for more filming.  I don’t know if it was the fresh air and bracing wind or that we had full tummies but everyone relaxed and the silliness increased.

 

Silly Two

 

Silly One

 

Silly Three

 

Silly Four

Our color Palette is fresh and new and each of our shops has put together a unique set of eight 6” squares in the Quest colors. Collect them all and all 10 of our FREE quilt patterns. I think it is safe to brag a little and say that our shops design beautiful quilts each reflecting its own style.

 

Here are the Colors of the 2017 Quest. Each shop will choose their own fabrics.
Here are the Colors of the 2017 Quest. Each shop will choose their own fabrics.

Sign up for the Quilters’ Quest newsletter! In addition to staying up to date on our breaking Quilters’ Quest news (such as the premier of our video), bus schedules and sign ups and fun previews, you will also gain access to the monthly Quest Block of the Month quilt pattern. Stay tuned, the results of our fun day will be ready soon and we will share the video with you!

Sign up now at http://www.quiltersquest.org/

We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

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Holiday Greetings from JBS and Gus and Luke, too

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.

 

Happy holidays from Luke and Gus!
Happy holidays from Luke and Gus!

 

Speaking of photographs, it has been a while since I shared any information about our dogs, but they are here to give you good wishes as well. Gus is now 10, a mellow guy who is getting grayer and grayer by the day. When he is not hoping to get food, he is sleeping.

Luke, on the other hand, is a bundle of energy, carries two balls around all the time hoping someone will throw them for him to chase. He chases squirrels, groundhogs and anything else that will run from him. When he is tuckered out he likes to go to his special place…the bench part of our trestle table. What he doesn’t seem to realize is that he has grown since he was a small puppy and discovered that spot.

 

Luke relaxing in his favorite spot.
Luke relaxing in his favorite spot.

 

 

Both dogs are looking forward to the holiday because they know they will each receive a new stuffed dog toy. Gus will take care of his, use it as a pillow and just carry it around. Luke will most likely have his in shreds in a manner of minutes. He proudly carries around the remnants.

 

Gus is asking Santa for a new toy to rest on and carry around.
Gus is asking Santa for a new toy to rest on and carry around.

 

 

Luke with his current toy fragments.
Luke with his current toy fragments.

 

So we can take time to enjoy the season, here are our hours for the holidays ahead. And remember, that we are always closed on Sundays.

Saturday, December 24: 10-2

Monday, December 26: closed

Saturday, December 31: 10-2

From the entire staff of Jinny Beyer Studio, we wish you the happiness of family and friends and the joy of the season.

 

Holiday Wishes

 

 

 

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Whirlwind Month

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 our shop is located.

 

A walk in Portland with grand kids.
A walk in Portland with grandkids.

 

 

Jinny in Nepal
A view of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas

 

 

Gorgeous Nepal
Buddhist temple in Kathmandu

 

 

After a long day of sightseeing some stitching and relaxing at the Hyatt in Kathmandu.
After a long day of sightseeing some stitching and relaxing at the Hyatt in Kathmandu.

 

 

With friend, Alex Anderson at Quilt Market.
At the International Quilt Market with friends, Morna of The Professional Quilter and Alex of The Quilt Show

 

 

Sean giving out candy for Halloween at the shop.
Sean giving out candy for Halloween at the shop.

 

We worked hard to finish our preparations for our annual Shop Hop, Quilters’ Quest, which starts today! I finished hand quilting the inside of the quilt and a portion of the borders and will complete it after Quest. If you are in the area, please stop by and receive a free pattern for our quilt, sign up for prizes, see our demos, get some of our shop hop fabric and so much more!

 

The free pattern for Labyrinth is available if you stop by the shop during Quest.
The free pattern for Labyrinth is available if you stop by the shop during Quest.

 

 

Brand new fabrics available!
Brand new fabrics available and exclusive to the Quest shops

 

Happy Quilting!

Jinny

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Another Beyer Book

Darren photoMost of you know me as a quilter first and foremost. But there are other aspects of my life that you know very little about. So this blog is a bit of a departure. My husband and I have three children—two sons and a daughter. We are proud of all of them. Our oldest, Sean, works in my quilting business, our daughter, Kiran, is an emergency room doctor and our other son, Darren, worked for NASA on the Space Shuttle program for ten years and then left to pursue his interests in science and web technology.

Darren is the one who more than 20 years ago came for a visit and told me he needed my credit card because he had to do something for my business. He said to just trust him, because if he told me what he was going to do I would probably say no.

The outcome of that was that he had designed and set up a website for me. He needed my credit card to make it go live. That was the beginning of my web site and his creativity and technical knowledge helped to make the site what it is today.

Screen shot of home pageDarren has always been interested in space technology and science fiction and for the last few years has pooled his knowledge, experience and creative bent into writing a three-book series.

Book 1 of the Anghazi Series, Casimir Bridge, has just been released. It combines political intrigue with realistic science and technology to create a science fiction thriller. Its unique blend of genres will appeal to a wide audience.Darren's BookHere are the bullet points from the back cover:

*A deep space survey ship is lost while exploring the distant Rho Indi star system.

*A nuclear terror plot is thwarted just across the river from Washington, D.C.

*A conspiracy is uncovered to lay blame on the company that holds the key to interstellar travel.

*The search for truth crosses four star systems and five planets in its attempt to determine who is behind the conspiracy that could threaten the very future of humanity.

If you or someone you know are interested in a fast paced, heart pounding thriller set in a science fiction backdrop, give this book a try. It is available in Kindle format or paperback on Amazon and a variety of ebook formats on Smashwords. If you order from Smashwords, you can use the coupon code HE83G to get it for 50% off until April 10th.

Proud Mom,

Jinny

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Shop Hop Planning

snow 2 (1)We have had an amazingly warm November, December and January so far, but it looks like winter is finally going to catch up with us as weathermen are predicting a blizzard with up to two feet of snow this weekend. Many of you will be affected as well, so I hope you have a nice quilting project to keep you busy.

As it is the middle of winter, it is hard for many of you to imagine that we are already in the throws of planning for our two shop hop events this coming year. Row by Row has been a lot of fun and we have already signed up for 2016 and have designed our row. The theme this year is “Home Sweet Home.” Once we finish the row and send the image to the organizers, we will share it with you.

Row by Row 2016Many of you may be new to quilting and may not know what Row by Row is.  The event runs from June 21 through September 6. It is a very different shop hop with stores in all 50 states and parts of Canada taking part. Each shop designs a “row” quilt design that finishes 36” wide and up to 9” tall. All you have to do is go into one of the participating shops and collect a free pattern for that shop’s “row”. Then make a quilt with at least eight different rows from 2016 and be the first to bring it to one of the shops and win 25 fat quarters! People have planned their whole vacations to allow them a route that will take them to participating shops. We look forward to the event as it brings a lot of new faces from all over the US and Canada. Check it out and come see us this summer!

Quest logoJust this week we had the organizational meeting for our annual Quilters’ Quest shop hop. The ten participating shops (all in Maryland and Northern Virginia) meet once a month to plan the event. We have already started planning the shop hop fabric design, the Scavenger Hunt quilt and the Block of the Month quilt which will be free to Newsletter subscribers.

In addition to those projects, each year we plan a color scheme for the Quest. Each shop prepares a set of swatches made up of some of the colors and participants either buy the swatches or get them free with a purchase of a certain amount. The shops get together and trade so each one has a complete set (the same as what the participants will have). Then the fun begins. Each shop designs a quilt using the swatches and then writes a pattern for the design. The pattern is free to anyone coming into the shop during Quest. That is 10 quilt designs to choose from using the quest swatches.

Questers fun1

Questers fun2Many people enjoy the Quest by letting us do the driving and most shops already have the dates for their bus trips. We have many people from all over the US sign up for these buses, so we hope those of you from far away will want to join us for this great event. calliope Palette quilt final sm

Last year our quilt and free pattern was for Calliope. I was working on it when my granddaughter was visiting and she fell in love with it and asked if she could have it. How can I resist? I plan to baste it and put it in the frame so I have something to do during the upcoming blizzard. It has been a long time since I had a quilt in my frame and I am looking forward to getting started.