What a week! Each day we had a morning chat and explored our creative assets as well as our creative obstacles. Each one of these beautiful quilts was created by the artist and in doing so they attempted new techniques. Each individual is encouraged to follow their on vision for the week. The LQVR retreat does not have a typical agenda where everyone does the same project. The results are great, but the internal results are what makes it such a unique event. I´m very proud to show you what these students accomplished. Naturally, much of it is in the details of their techniques and cannot be seen in these photographs. Nonetheless, I think it is great!

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Today we spent time in Germany - Many of the quilters chose to take a three hour train ride to Berlin, but we decided to stay closer to the ship and visit Rostock. It is a fascinating city that goes way back in time, but basically had to rebuild after WWII. The newer buildings are beautiful and then here and there you will see an old building. We ran into a quiltshop and noticed that a quilt show is next weekend. I was pretty thrilled when I saw that they had my Simply Stars book translated in German. But that was only to be topped when FINALLY I found pickled fish to enjoy (sorry Ricky) - so - so good!!




Over the next several days you will see many blocks from folks on the Baltic Cruise. They are all winners but tell us which one strikes your fancy and why. The blocks are numbered from 1-6 and the car tells you when number one starts.

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The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild presents their 18th Annual Quilt Show starting today!  "Quilters' Holidays" features over 150 beautiful quilts and has several exhibitions to help you learn the latest in quilting.  The show runs from August 1st - 3rd at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds-Newport.   It's a great way to get out of the heat and treat yourself to some fun.  And be sure to stop by the TQS booth.  Tell Virginia that you heard about the show here!  And if you go, send us a photo!  Click here for more information.  Have fun!



"Roses and Baby´s Breath" by Sue Garman

It´s August and just when you thought you had all of the stitching techniques down, Sue Garman brings out a new surprise to keep you on your toes.  This month you will be working on creating delicate baby´s breath and a floral vase insert.  Baby´s breath is a small white clustered flower stem found so often in romantic floral arrangements.  So let´s get romantic and create this month´s stunning block.  To download this Block of the Month pattern click here.


Photo by Gregory Case

Every couple of weeks I find myself in a quilt store perusing the latest that the store has to offer.  As I am lucky to have four stores in my area I can choose a store based on what I am in the mood for.  Each of the stores has its own feel and focus.  While one has a great selection of books, another has batiks to die for.  And then there is the store that has an amazing selection of beads, paint, bobbles and bangles.  What is a girl to do with so many choices?  Wouldn´t it be great if all of my favorite things could be in one fabulous store?  

Okay, since this is my fantasy, my dream store would be filled with lots of books, embellishments, useful quilting tools, as well as a wide range of fabrics from around the world.  Since quilting is not my only love, I would also include yarns for knitting as well as clothing patterns.  There would be lots of natural light for choosing fabrics as well as fun and snappy music playing in the background.  Comfy chairs scattered around would offer the visitor a chance to lounge a bit while shopping.   

Now it´s your turn.  What do you look for in a quilt store?  And if you could have a dream store what would it include?



and it is NOT Alex, Ricky, Justin.....................so perhaps John!!!!!.....and many more....................




Well, here we are mid-way through the week and lo and behold we got a package from DLQuilter. She attended LVQR back at the end of May. Dana went home with an idea spinning in her head that became a quilt. She sent it along with a message. I got the whole thing on video. Hope you will enjoy! Thanks Dana.



Arriving in Oslo by ship was breath taking. This wonderful capital of Norway is edged by fabulous small islands and light houses. After a great breakfast we took off on a ferry to see the Kon-Tiki boat and Viking vessels. The exhibits were truly breath taking, exact opposite of what we are enjoying on our ship. After a beverage in Oslo, we headed off to see the local church – we were surprised to find it both closed and covered in shrink wrap! It was John who spotted the local Bernina dealer, so we back tracked to meet the owner. He was a very nice gentleman who we enjoyed chatting with. The weather cooperated and now it is nap time, until dinner. The quilters are having a blast and enjoying the native textiles (we loved the clothing store with native garb) and folk crafts.




Summer is the time for travel.  (I wonder how Alex and John are doing on the "High Seas"?!)  And we all know that you can always take TQS with you!  But what are your tips for taking your quilting with you? Do you pack fabric to cut at the beach house?  Do you take books to Grandma´s to plan your next project?  Knitters take their knitting bags.  What do you take?  Besides TQS of course! 

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