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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



Friday, January 15, 2016

Road to California Countdown - Day 3

it's a giveaway!

we are continuing our countdown - and our giveaways

Road to California Countdown

we will be in booth 312/314
and we're working on our demos as we speak
yes - demos!
more about that, in tomorrow's giveaway post

we have a specially curated bundle of Westminster Fibers
Free Spirit and Rowan fabrics
just ready to pair with some of your
Essex Yarn Dye
or another neutral of your choice
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?)

we want to hear from you!!!

please leave a comment below, letting us know
your favorite travel snack
for long days at a quilt show/conference

we'll continue posting nightly
through tuesday nite of next week

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Road to California Countdown Giveaway - DAY 2

it's a giveaway!

it's day two of our countdown to

Road to California is just around the corner, and we're counting down the days
we want to be sure we hear from you!
so leave a comment below, answering the question:

how many of you know about or subscribe to

(if you click on this link, you'll see my book
A Modern Twist
right on their cover page!!!! eeeeeep.....)

Thanks to the great founders of QuiltyBox, this day two giveaway
will be just that - a mystery box from QuiltyBox
so that you can see what it's like to receive something like this
in your very own mailbox!!!

remember to like our Facebook, instagram, pinterest pages
to be entered in the drawing

we want to hear from you!!!

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

be.do.create.
natalie.

b o o t h   3 1 2 / 3 1 4
fine print:  shipping to US addresses only for this series
all seven winners will be announced on Wednesday 20 January 16
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. Plans range from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month there are 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • The retail value of the products in the box is always more than $50