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Holiday Solstice - Clue 5

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Welcome to Holiday Solstice Week #5!  I can't believe we are hear already, it is so exciting. 
This week's block is fairly easy, especially after last week's block.  You will be using two of the same techniques from last week to make Block #5, Go Jingle By.  
You will be using the Tucker Trimmer to make Shaded 4-Patch units.  Optionally, you can use the Four-Patch Square Up to make the Four-Patch units. 

Last week, everyone did a great job, it was a tough block due to the number of techniques and you had to have a good quarter inch. 
I do want to challenge you to be more careful with your pressing.  If your block has "ripples" you want to consider improving your pressing skills.     Pressing can really take your blocks to another level so I'm going to cover that today.   So please check out the tips below.  It will be especially important for the next step.  Plus, we are going to put the center of our Medallion quilt together!  Yep, that is right, I'm revealin…

Clue #4 Let the challenge begin!

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Sorry for the delay, it has been a crazy busy week.  On top of that, this week have one of the more challenging blocks in the Holiday Solstice Mystery Series.  The individually techniques aren't difficult, but you have to concentrate on having a perfect 1/4" seam allowance and keeping your orientation.  
I can not stress enough, how important it is to: Read the tips belowRead Clue from start to finish Read the tips belowGo step-by-step and don't assume anything.   If you read today's blog post, I cover all the place people typically run into trouble.
A lot to cover so I'm going to get started.
This week's block is Drifted Snow.  The Drifted Snow Block is made up of a Square Squared, Four-Patch, Shaded 4-Patch and a pair of mirror image Split Rects.  
 You will need the Square Squared™, Split Rects™, and Tucker Trimmer™.  If you struggle with Four -Patch units, you may want to consider the Four-Patch Square Up™.

Over the River - Clue #3 of Holiday Solstice

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Over the River....   Have you figure out the theme song behind the Holiday Solstices blocks yet? 


Everyone should have it by now.   Put your guesses in comments below. 

Clue #2 of Holiday Solstice plus a No-Hassle option and more

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Clue #2 is ready! It almost wasn't as it has been a challenging week for me.   Thank goodness for family, friends, true followers, and my garden.  


THIS PAST WEEK & THE CODE I'm going to be honest with you, I'm disappointed with the number of angry emails, IMs, and even phone calls expressing the "hassle" and "displeasure" with the code being implemented for the freeMystery series.  If it wasn't for the fact that I know so many true followers have purchased fabric and truly support me, I would have cancelled this Mystery series.  
Please note, that I plan to continue with using the code for this Mystery series.   You can get this on your newsletter.  I need to protect and track the copyrighted clues.  I am offering a No-Hassle option for a nominal fee, if you don't want to use the code and would like to avoid the download time constraints on the free Mystery series.   NO HASSLE SUBSCRIPTION
For those of you that don't want to be stressed gett…

Time to kick off Holiday Solstice!

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It is time to kick off my annual Holiday Medallion Mystery Series!  This year's mystery is Holiday Solstice. Are you ready to get started?   
Today I'm revealing Clue #1 - Block 1 - Ting-A-Ling-Ling.  It is actually a Square Cubed (Square-in-a-Square-in-a-Square), however I given it a fun name for this series.  You will be using the Square Squared for this Clue.
Here are both my versions.  Below I'm going to talk you through why I selected the fabric I did, to help you pick the ones for your quilt.

Time to get ready for Holiday Solstice!

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We are a week away from the kick off of my second annual Holiday Medallion Mystery Quilt Series!  That is right, just 7 days away. 
I know several of you are still waiting on fabric, but if you are waiting for Fig Christmas II, I'm it shipped this week!  So, fingers crossed, you will be able to get your fabric within a few days of the first clue!
Okay, today I want to focus on getting ready for the Clues.  

Let's Talk Color!  In preparation for my Holiday Solstice Mystery Medallion Quilt Series, I want to give you a few tips on sorting your Fat Quarters, and understanding your color plan, so you know best how to select your Fat Quarters over the next few months.  
So, let's begin categorizing your Fat Quarters into groups, so that I can help you to know when it will be best to use those fabrics.

By the way, if you missed the fabric requirementsor download at my Sew on the Go website (scroll to the bottom of the page).

First Online Class Released and Preparing for Spring Quilt Market

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I'm still fighting a bad sinus infection.  Thank you all for the well wishes.  I'm sorry about having to postpone Tutorial Tuesday.  I'm starting to feel a little better, and I'm trying to work my way through my to-do list.
I'm preparing for Virtual Spring Quilt Market, most specifically my School House presentation.  I have a short bit during one of the Studio 180 Design's School House and then I have my own spot on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 12:50pm EDT.  

For my School House, I'm talking to Quilt Shop Owners about selecting Block of the Month programs that work.  I've taken my Marketing and Industry knowledge and Lessons Learned from with working with some fabulous shops over the years.  Plus, some new ideas, that they could think about, in this Covid-19 world.  I think I have some great content and I'm hoping they will tune in.  

New Online Class -Technique Building Series plus a Holiday Solstice update

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Whew!  What a week.  So busy.  Unfortunately, there has been more rescheduling.  Plus, we had to cancel our Spring Getaway Retreat, in June.  We had hoped to pull it off, but with the Stay Home Stay Safe orders in VT, we can't host it.  
Then, Fedex lost 6 boxes of my new pattern, Dogwood Lane.  So, I will be launching in next week, when I know it has made it here safely.  I normally offer pre-orders, but with the slow mail, I want to make sure it is here.
I'm running late in posting and sending my newsletter due a packed schedule along with two color classes, yesterday afternoon and this morning.  Due to popular demand, I've offered another class.  Details are below.   
I've also have an update on Holiday Solstice's schedule, below. 
COMING SOON - ONLINE QUILT CLASSES
With more and more events being cancelled, many of my teaching engagements have been cancelled.  Therefore, I'm in the process of recording some Online Classes.  They are time consuming to record and …

New Tool, New Classes and a bunch more!

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Another week at home, but I've stayed really busy, which I find helps.   I have a new pattern that is almost ready to be launched and one in testing.  Stay tuned, I will be announcing it next week. 
Studio 180 Design's introduced a new tool, the Star 60.  I can't wait to start playing with this tool, my mind is racing already!  In the meantime, it comes with a free pattern.  I have a few tools available for purchase- Shop HERE






ADDED A NEW! Virtual Online Classes

Virtual Class: Color & Quilting 101.  The seats are going fast on these classes!  I have my first one tomorrow.  
I have two time slots you can sign up for:  

When:
Saturday, May 9th - 9:30am - 12:30pm - SOLD OUT
Friday, May 15th - 3:30pm - 6:30pm - Couple Seats leftSaturday, May 16th - 9:30am - 12:30pm - NEW Register: Virtual Class Registration



The Color & Quilting Virtual Class will arm you with the tools and knowledge to build your own color plans for your blocks, quilts and other projects. Learn how to make the …

Join me for the Designer Tips and Techniques Virtual Show

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Remember, today is the first day of the Designer Tips and Techniques Virtual Show!
I'm on Facebook Live at 4pm EDT and then I will be on Instagram at 4:30pm EDT.
You can join the Facebook GroupDesigner Tips and Technique Facebook Groupand see all the Video, once they are saved. So, there will be a slight delay for them to be posted. 

Here is today's schedule

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May 5
12pm ET   Cherry Guidry  https://www.facebook.com/CherryBlossomsQuiltingStudio
12:30pm ET Janellea Macbeth www.facebook.com/scrapstashticquilts/ 1pm ET Jen Frost https://www.facebook.com/faithandfabric
2pm ET Teresa Weaver https://www.facebook.com/yoursewingfriend
2:30pm ET Jo Westfoot - The Crafty NomadJo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomadhttps://www.facebook.com/thecraftynomad/
3pm ET Becca Fenstermaker (Pretty Piney Quilts) https://facebook.com/prettypiney
4pm ET Michelle Renee Hiatt https://www.facebook.com/sewonthego.net/
4:30pm ET Margaret Willingham-Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design https://www.facebook.com/EyeoftheBeholderQuilt/
5pm E…