APRIL 20 - AMERICAN PATCHWORK & QUILTING RADIO with Pat Sloan

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes

A Modern Twist

by Natalie Barnes with Angela Walters

we are the sum of our parts

 

it's something I think about every day
every morning that I wake
and every evening before I retire for the evening

we are truly the sum of our parts


if you have purchased a copy of my very first book
the first thing you will notice is that
the by line is shared with Angela Walters

and if you read the first page of script, you will find
"...we are the sum of our parts. 
We truly stand shoulder to shoulder, and we are better for it."

if you have ever attended one of my trunk shows
the first thing I will tell you
is that it was Jill Marie Landis that encouraged me to create 
beyond the reef

 when I look at the photo above, it is rich in color to me
I see gifts from Steve and Jill
and knitting I have shared with Lisa
I have candlesticks given to me on the Ranch
and shells from my ex business partner
I see trivets and coasters from other friends
and of course a lovely artisan piece
that was my mothers
the lamp, from my Aunt Laura
there are twigs, and a feather, and butterfly wings
all with a story to tell

even the hutch
was hauled home in the back of a truck with the help of my friend Anne
even tho she's in Buffalo, the times we spent together in the past
are still a part of my life today

A Modern Twist
just wouldn't be the same without the help of 
the same way that 
"..a quilt's not a quilt until it's quilted."

and you all know, in your own lives
quilting wouldn't be the same without the people you meet along the way
so the next time you pull out a piece of fabric
think about the person you were with 
when you purchased it

the next time you start to work on a swap mini quilt
think about the time you have shared with your swap partner

and the next time you are at a quilt show or a retreat
and you see someone sitting alone
do as my friend Leslie would
invite them to join you at your table
you never know
you might just make a friend for life

be.do.create
natalie.

www.beyondthereefpatterns.com

ps - want an autographed copy of the book?  visit the website.
or purchase any of the bookblogtour authors' titles
using the links below!!

want to hear more?
tune in
Monday 20 April
to listen to Natalie with
Pat Sloan!!



 




Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Simple Life....meets clover clip thingeys

(this is not a sponsored post)

A Simple Life....

here's the thing I want to admit to all of you out there
I sew and quilt and knit a simple life
I am not that
 
gadget girl 
okay, it's not that I have anything against those people that love their gadgets
no, no....
 
but if you and I have ever chatted about quilting, you know my first statement is always,
"you can do it!!!"
and then I will tell you that all you really need is some fabric, some thread and a needle
I'll try to tell you that quilting is nothing more than a simple running stitch
and that applique is just a blind hem stitch in disguise
for this simple girl, pins are held in jars that remind me of great mornings on Kauai
and threads are few, small, and sorted in canning jars that came from a neighbor's garage sale

if a beginner asks me about a machine, I tell them not to worry too much
about saving thousands of dollars before they can begin to quilt
the family straight stitch machine is a great place to start
truly.  really.  honest.


(my sewing machine quiver doesn't include a machine post-1980!)

beyondthereefpatterns.com
while out and about promoting
my very first book

A Modern Twist
A Modern Twist

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at EE Schenck in Portland
In. The. Warehouse.
full of fabrics and patterns and books and.....
notions!!!!!
my travel companions convinced me that these would really come in handy
with all of the binding I sew down for Quilt Market and the likes


beyondthereefpatterns.com
I don't even know how to use these....so I thought I would ask all of you
is it red on the stitch side?  red on the back side?
is the clip pushed all the way to the edge of the binding?
how far apart do you clip?
do you clip the mitered corners?
when do you remove the clips?
and more importantly


where do you put your hands while you are stitching?

if these gadget thingeys can save me some time - any time - I'd be happy to try them
but this simple life girl
needs your help!!


on another note....
this week and next week are filled with boxes and bubble wrap and sorting and lifting


I have been helping a friend pack up her family home
and while I will miss her and her hubby
I know she will always be my
"sister"
no matter her location

the gifts from her - from her home - are being re purposed into 

a simple life

and the wooden bowl that lived atop her refrigerator
 will greet me every morning 
when I tackle the day's early morning knitting project


please leave me a comment with some direction about these clip thingeys

and I hope you will take a look at
(I'm so proud.....)
add it to your library, or if you have a copy, please leave a review on Amazon
or Barnes and Noble
or Martingale!



HappySpring
from
A Simple Life....

be.do.create
natalie.





Thursday, March 12, 2015

...with Angela Walters

there is one more post!
(because you have to go back to yesterday's post!)

...with Angela Walters

for a chance to have your own copy of
A Modern Twist
random number generator drawing will take place March 15 
for a signed copy of the book A Modern Twist (US) or ebook (International)
 

...with Angela Walters

I think of Angela as a revolutionary quilter
that really changed how we look at finishing a quilt
 
it's important that we all know about quilting our finished tops
turning them in to quilts
and not just leaving them as tops

and it's important to quilt our tops in a manner that enhances the quilt
it's important to think about
color + contrast + composition
in quilting

thank you, Angela, for adding that concept to

if you can't attend a conference and take one of Angela's classes in person
there are a lot of ways that she makes her ideas available to us

 on a more personal note
I have enjoyed Angela's work - quilting, fabrics, books, lectures
for quite some time now
(how many of you remember this quilt on the cover of Quilters Newsletter Magazine?)
 so it would be an understatement to say that
was a joy to create with Angela's contributions to the book
not only the beautiful quilting
but the beautiful spirit 
that is Angela.
mother, wife, quilter, teacher

thank you so very much....

....with Angela

means the world to me!

 be.do.create.
natalie


remember - you have until March 15 to leave a comment on any or ALL
of these posts!!

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
www.generationqmagazine.com

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
www.jaybirdquilts.com

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
www.blog.shopmartingale.com
 
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
www.rosehughes.blogspot.com

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
www.diaryofaquilter.com

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
www.carolynfriedlander.com/blog/

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy
www.quiltingismytherapy.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amy Ellis is here! Amy Ellis is here!

Amy Ellis is here!

thank you, Amy, for being a part of the Book Blog Tour

yes, Amy Ellis is here.

 Amy seems to be a constant in my quilting life
she wrote the very first book I ever reviewed for Martingale/That Patchwork Place
long before we ever met
she participated in some of the compilation books of which I was lucky enough to contribute
and then one day she was the big sister I was calling on
for quilting advice
regardless of how much Amy has going on at any given time in her OWN life
she always seems to be able to graciously still have time for friends

 Amy Ellis is here!

 and

Amy Ellis is here!

 and....

okay, you get my point

but, before I go, I have to tell you a story about the last place I saw Amy
it was at
QuiltCon
I was in the beyond the reef booth, helping someone with a fabric bundle explanation, 
and ringing up another someone, and writing up an order for even yet another someone else

and all of a sudden

I felt a presence
a presence.

and there was Amy Ellis.
peacefully, quietly, standing shoulder to shoulder with me.
she was just

t h e r e.


and that, my friends, is Amy Ellis.

'nuff said.
head on over to Amy's site - there is a whole lot going on!!

be.do.create
natalie.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meet Latifah Saafir!!! I am proud to say.....a friend.

I am so proud.  Honestly.
It's true.

is on the

Thank you so very much, Latifah.
 I have known Latifah for not so long.
But I can say I KNOW Latifah.
We would see each other at quilt shows, saying hello, asking each other if we were "doing okay".

and then.
I asked if she knew someone
who might want to be my roommate....

and before I knew it, 
we were talking all the night through
and sharing family recipes!! 
(Latifah Saafir, Triangulate)

You might just recognize this quilt, Triangulate, from 
30 Quilts, 30 years, Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons
  
Rocket-88, Latifah Saafir
Enough said.
If you have the chance to meet Latifah, at a show, or representing Janome in your class,
or if she is teaching a class
Say, Hey!
Convergence, Latifah Saafir
You will be greeted with a "you doing okay?" and a great smile.
And maybe.
Just maybe.
you will walk away with much much more than you started with.

because.
that's Latifah.....

be.co.create.
Natalie.
Molehills, Latifah Saafir

head on over to Latifah's blog post
and leave a comment about her post
the book is A Modern Twist
comment to have a chance at owning your very own signed copy
of the book!

be.do.create
natalie
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Carolyn Friedlander + Color

Carolyn Friedlander + Color

A Modern Twist BookBlog Tour
I want to take just a moment to let you know
A Modern Twist
BookBlog Tour today is being hosted by

 Carolyn Friedlander + Color

Robert Kaufman Fabrics
one day, while walking down the aisle at Quilt Market with Carolyn,
I was trying to carefully ask if she had time in her days to post about other folks' works

she was gracious, and quiet, and let me fumble around for quite some time
before she said
"are you asking me if I will be a part of your book blog tour?
 simply stated.
Robert Kaufman Fabrics Doe
 a bit like her studio pic
everything in it's right order
Totem, Doe, Robert Kaufman Fabrics
 not only is Carolyn producing her own patterns
and if you head on over to her site
you will find
this part, along with
is what I find to be the most exciting part of Carolyn's vision about quilting
 which is why I want to say,
simply stated,
thank you! Carolyn.
for taking the time to be a part of the BookBlog Tour
for
please remember, you have until March 15 to leave comments on every blog post
in the series

and each post has information from the quilter and artist
on 
Color + Contrast + Composition

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
www.generationqmagazine.com

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
www.jaybirdquilts.com

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
www.blog.shopmartingale.com
 
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
www.rosehughes.blogspot.com

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
www.diaryofaquilter.com

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
www.carolynfriedlander.com/blog/

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy
www.quiltingismytherapy.com


be.do.create
natalie.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

OUR Amy Smart

it's Amy!  it's Amy!
(not the woman that was in Robot Chicken)
 THIS
  
crinkle your nose, smiling, happy, fun
sparkle in her eyes,
lovely, thoughtful, grounded
AMY

 see that smile?!?!???
that's OUR Amy Smart!!!

(okay, now that we have THAT straightened out!!)
www.martingale-pub.com
our Amy Smart has been a busy busy quilter
she has a new book of her own
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1940655048/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=7000636871&hvqmt=p&hvbmt=bp&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7wtt4xy2ty_p
 and she has contributed to

but here's the thing

OUR Amy
 has a way of being gracious
while
writing and contributing to books
creating patterns
 posting tutorials
attending industry events
teaching, traveling
and
sharing

THAT
is the Amy for which I am thankful

I hope you will take a moment to visit
Amy's post about A Modern Twist
she has added some great information of her own

thank you, Amy, for your sparkle
and thanks to all of you
for visiting
and leaving comments on everyone's BookBlog Tour posts
for a chance to have your very own copy of

 be.do.create
natalie