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Quilt Shop Rally Continued (shop hop)

Here’s a map of the area involved in the Quilt Shop Rally.  It will be beautiful in May.  Lots blooming in the mountains.


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Quilt Shop Rally (shop hop)

Join us for the annual Quilt Shop Rally through southwest, soutside, and central Virginia.  There are six fantastic shop with lots of different fun fabrics, projects, and displays.

Buy a pack of 2.5″ strips at each shop and end the Rally with a full spectrum jelly roll.  Each shop will have free directions for their jelly roll project using these strips.  Six FREE original jelly roll patterns!  Perfect!

Check out the prizes!!!  The first prize is a $100 gift certificate to EACH shop!

Whooo Hoooo!  Enter to win a Pfaff Select 3.0 sewing machine with Pfaff IDT (built in dual feed).  We are giving the sewing machine.  You must enter in person at Batiks Etcetera and Sew What Fabrics.  Limit one entry per day.

Each shop has door prizes and snacks.  Most will demo some fun tool or technique.

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Win Hoffman Batik from World of Quilts Travel

Click “Like” on World of Quilts Travel facebook page and be entered to win a stack of 5 yards of Hoffman Batik.  Click like before the end of the day on February 14th.  The winner will be announced on Feb. 15.

Deb Roberts is giving away the batik to celebrate another sold out tour to Bali.

AND SAVE THE DATE for our Batik Tour of Bali with Batiks Etcetera on May 4 – 14, 2012.  You have lots of time to save up!  Details will be available after July 2011.  We will explore Batik origins, make our own batik, and tour the Hoffman Batik factory. There will be time to enjoy the beauty of Bali and the Balinese culture.

Check out this slide show of the Bali Tour from 2010.  I can’t wait!  I’ve started exercising my walking legs!

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Quilting Is Murder… Aurifil Thread Prize

Quilting is Murder is in the 6th week.  There are 9 weeks total.  It is really getting good.  this week if you find all the clues there is a cypher to figure.  Soooo much fun.  I figured out the cypher.  Now where does that lead me????  I need to channel my Hercule Poirot.

There are 15 Killer Shops participating and we have weekly specials.  This week Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics is having a Killer Batik Sale! We really have some truly killer batiks on sale!

And the Killer Shops don’t know who did it!  We are playing along.  So I need to give myself some pondering time this week to figure out the word play.

It not too late to get in on some of the fun.  You can start collecting clues this sixth week.  There are prizes every week for detectives who collect all the clues.

This week the prize is Aurifil thread!  I love Aurifil thread.  We carry the solid color big spools 50 weight and 2 ply.  It is as strong as 50 weight, 3 ply piecing thread.  It is manufactured in Italy from 100% Long Staple Egyptian Mako Cotton. Aurifil Cotton Thread is ideal for machine quilting, detailed machine embroidery, red work, serging and lace design.

The thread is finer than what we have used for piecing in the past but just as strong.  I love that I get almost 20% MORE thread on each bobbin.  When I tested the thread I kept thinking I needed to change my bobbin and I kept checking it.  The bobbin went on and on!  Love it!  Also the big spools have more than 13oo yards.  They last and last.

My last endorsement is that I love anything Italian.  I was born in Italy when my family was stationed there with the Navy.  So I naturally lean toward Italian.  And who can blame me Italy is love!