Windham Fabrics announces Natalie Barnes as a part of the Fabric Design Family!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

(and a little extra)


we're still in the swing of things for
#marketprep

it happens twice a year
but the good news is that all of that posting hoopla
means new fabrics and new quilt pattern designs
yesterday, I had the chance to "take over" the Windham Fabrics
instagram account
(go take a look and hit that little heart on the left of the posts!)

and for some of our existing patterns
we print with a new quilt cover shot updates
(thank you @iheartdl!!)
this beautiful version of the pattern Hang Ten
was made by Leslie and just turned out to be a sparkling quilt!
she made it for QuiltCon2016 in Pasadena
thank you thank you thank you
(and she's a mom!)

but back to Mothers Day

(ykw - and my mother)

(and her mother)

mothers come in all forms
but they have that one thing
that tenaciousness that love that softness that not so softness
that makes them worthy of the title
mother

and I for one, thank you for that commitment

so, when you wake tomorrow at the crack of dawn
celebrate
YOU
and to celebrate
YOU

WE
are having a storewide sale on all of the things
on sale or regular price
at the new ETSY shop

just add the code
LOVEMOM

at the end of your shopping for your discount
(and of course, free first class shipping within the US)

HappiestDays.
HappiestMothersDays.

Natalie.

be.do.create


Monday, May 2, 2016

How long does it take to make a quilt?

"how long does it take to make a quilt?"

is my most often asked question

I used to answer this question
with a question

"well.....how big is your quilt?"

but I have learned my lesson
the next time I am asked that question

my answer will be
"well.......how many friends do you have?"

to the people that have come to sit and sew around the dining table
that have given their time
and their expertise
to help with samples
for
Hand Maker
for
Windham Fabrics

I offer my most humble thanks.

the list is long, and at the risk of omitting a name at this juncture
in #marketprep
may I just say, "you all know who you are"
until I can with a clear head compose the list of all of the names of all of the people
that have helped along the way

(it's true....my very first fabric line)

HappiestDays.
Natalie.


 be.do.create



(or shop with us in our new shop)
(between now and Mother's Day, use the code LOVEMOM for a 20% discount!)














Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter.

Easter.

Spring.  Passover.  a Promise.

it's one of those things
I've done since I was a kid

my mother and I stood side by side in the church choir
singing
Halleluja Chorus
from sunrise service to pancake breakfast

one year I rode my horse to the top of the mountain
for the community service

these days, I walk to the bay alone and watch for the sun to rise
today, the neighbors joined me
and we sat in silence
there was a heavy overcast
and sunrise never came
we just sat in
silence

but as I was walking home
I realized something

regardless of whether we could see it
the sun actually did rise
there was indeed a sunrise

the promise remains

as quilters, we know this better than anyone else
we look at a stack of fabrics
or a basket full of scraps
and we see the finished quilt



so this year, I am reminded that whether or not you can see it
or believe it
each new day brings a bright and shining promise of a life well lived

Passover stories will continue to be told
Easter will be celebrated
the garden will bloom and the shrubs and trees will produce each and every year
and 
fabric will indeed turn in to quilts.

natalie.
be.do.create

www.beyondthereefpatterns.com

ps - we have our shop site link on the website
and we now have an etsy shop
beyondthereefshop

please come visit and purchase a pattern or a bundle
...something new for Spring!





Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Road to California Countdown Giveaway - FINAL DAY!

it's the final giveaway!

this is the last post for the

Road to California Countdown

is a proud sponsor at the Road to California quilters conference

we will be in booth 312/314
and we'll see you this coming weekend, starting on Thursday!

thanks to
we have this lovely the giveaway
of a 10" square bundle of Fig Tree & Co. fabrics

confirm you are following us on Facebook, and Instagram and Pinterest
when you leave your comment
(please let us know you've signed up on those sites)
(did you know that kind of thing is a really important reflection of our business image?)

and please answer the following question

where is the number one place you purchase
fabric?
notions?
patterns?

we want to hear from you!!!

this is the last post we'll be doing as a countdown giveaway
it has been really fun for me to hear from all of you

...for those of you who have asked or wondered...
I will, I promise, be more actively looking for a new puppy
...not to replace Buddy...
but to honor him by giving a new stray/abandoned dog
the love and care and sense of
home
that Buddy experienced
I thank you all for your kind words and notes and sympathy


be.do.create.
natalie.


fine print:  shipping to US addresses only for this series
all seven winners will be announced on Wednesday 20 January 16

Monday, January 18, 2016

Road to California Countdown Giveaway - DAY 6

it's a giveaway!

Road to California Countdown


thanks to
for TWO giveaways on this post
(two two yard pieces!)
this lovely woven was designed by Jennifer Sampou
Studio Stash Yarn Dyes for Robert Kaufman


confirm you are following us on Facebook, and Instagram and Pinterest
when you leave your comment
(please let us know you've signed up on those sites)
(did you know that kind of thing is a really important reflection of our business image?)

and please answer the following question
are you sewing bags and garments as well as quilts?
if so, please name one pattern you have recently purchased

please come by the booth at Road
we'll have samples of three different fusible interfacings
and of course, as always,
canvas and InsulBright
and
lots of new patterns for bags and garments


we want to hear from you!!!

 there are just two days of giveaways left
is proud to be a sponsor at the Road to California quilters conference

we will be in booth 312/314
and we'll see you on Thursday



be.do.create.
natalie.


fine print:  shipping to US addresses only for this series
all seven winners will be announced on Wednesday 20 January 16

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Road to California Countdown Giveaway - DAY 5

it's another giveaway!

Road to California Countdown


this post is different....it's time to remind you about 
b e y o n d   t h e   r e e f

the first thing to remember about "us" is this
when I say "we"
it's because I truly believe we all get there together
we are the sum of our parts
and for me that includes so many people...
I just wouldn't have made it to the finish line for "Road"
had it not been for a group of very good hearted quilters
from the 
Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild

thank you Francesca, Kim, Zina, Tami and Deb
we're also going to have demos in the booth
at
Road to California
we'll be posting about that too
(see what I mean about the "we"???)
you'll see the projects the MQG team made
and you'll even meet a few of these folks!

confirm you are following us on Facebook, and Instagram and Pinterest
when you leave your comment
(please let us know you've signed up on those sites)
(did you know that kind of thing is a really important reflection of our business image?)

(five new beyond the reef patterns!!!)

and please answer the following question
do you go to your favorite website for tutorials
or do you immediately search you tube
or do you go to your local quilt shop for help?

we want to hear from you!!!
please comment

be.do.create.
natalie.


fine print:  shipping to US addresses only for this series
all seven winners will be announced on Wednesday 20 January 16


is proud to be a sponsor at the Road to California quilters conference

we will be in booth 312/314
and we'll see you on Thursday
(it takes a team to make it happen - workers, helpers, and housesitters!!)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Road to California Countdown Giveaway - Day 4

it's a giveaway!

we're continuing with our 

Road to California Countdown


thanks to
we're continuing the giveaway with this lovely bundle
of fat quarters
we used these yummy fabrics to make a new version of our pattern

POST AND BEAM

Studio Stash 3 and Studio Stash Yarn Dyes
by Jennifer Sampou
for Robert Kaufman

confirm you are following us on Facebook, and Instagram and Pinterest
when you leave your comment
(please let us know you've signed up on those sites)
(did you know that kind of thing is a really important reflection of our business image?)

and please answer the following question

have you ever made a quilt
using different types of fabrics?
yarn dye and printed
linen and cotton
lawn and lawn?
and
were you happy with the results of your efforts?

we want to hear from you!!!

we'll be posting through tuesday nite of next week
that's seven straight days of giveaways

be.do.create.
natalie.


fine print:  shipping to US addresses only for this series
all seven winners will be announced on Wednesday 20 January 16
is proud to be a sponsor at the Road to California quilters conference

we will be in booth 312/314
and we'll see you on Thursday