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I'm Moving - 15% off all orders!!

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I'm moving!  It's been in the works for over a year now but I'm finally moving to Idaho.  My house isn't done but there is progress on my new home, check out my Instagram stories for pictures of the build.  In the mean time I'm moving to a rental home before school starts in September.  Moving is hard and any help I can get is very much appreciated so to, literally, lighten my load I'm having a moving sale.  All orders are 15% off with code: moving15 .  The sale ends August 9th, 2022 and includes all items in my shop, https://quiltachusetts.com  My books are on sale:   All fabric is on sale: Patterns are on sale:   Even quilt kits are on sale:   Please check out the sale and help me move to a new home and use code moving15 for 15% off your order now through August 9, 2022. " For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly d

Come Quilt With Me!

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Hello everyone!  It's been a while but that's because there has been much going on behind the scene.  First off, I have some great retreat/workshop opportunities to share with you.  Because my daughter is still young I don't like being away from home much so I am very picky about where I choose to travel and teach. My next quilt retreat is at the Madeline School of Arts in August :   This is a comprehensive class that will touch on how to make dynamic curve quilts.  Finding your creative voice is so important and this class will give you tools to guide you on that journey while learning the ins and outs of curve piecing. Next up, I'll be teaching again at Empty Spools Seminars in April 2023 !     In this class we will work on a quilt while learning different curve piecing techniques.  Each day there will be an introduction demo with a pretty flower block.  Each flower is made in a different way front he others.  By the end of the class you will have a bad full of new

Mod Texture Handwork - Aurifil Artisan Challenge

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When Aurifil announced a machine quilting mixed with hand stitching challenge for their artisans I knew I wanted to make a mini quilt for the challenge.   I love adding texture to a design with hand work.  I know a few embroidery stitches, I think I used all I know, except for french knots, on this mini.  My favorite thread weight for walking foot quilting is 28 wt Aurifil and for the hand working I used 12 wt Aurifil.       I had a collection of neutral colored threads from a previous project that went perfectly with the neutrals of my Mod Textures fabric line and the matching Painter's Palette Solids both by Paintbrush Studios.  In the picture below you can see the difference in the 28 wt walking foot stitches and the 12 wt chain stitch in side the rainbow.   The overall look the project is very soft and tranquil.  I used standard piecing to make the arches in the rainbow and I improv pieced the sky with the sun breaks in the clouds.  The printed fabrics were mixed with solid and

New Fabric Line - Mod Textures!!

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I can't believe that my third fabric collection for Paintbrush Studios is finally available.  Mod Textures has 24 prints, 12 warm and 12 cool and 6 unique designs.  This collection is perfect for adding subtle texture and interest to any project and the two colorways will blend effortlessly with other fabrics.   The Mod Texture prints vary in density, size and value but this fabric collection didn't start as a monotone collection.  I original had a color palette close to my Sidekicks palette but after working with Paintbrush Studio we came up with a warm and cool colorway for the line and I couldn't be happier!   These prints can play a supporting role in your project or become the main feature.  They can be the foundation of a great design or the spice up what is already there.  I love how the Mod Texture prints are so versatile. I mixed the Mod Textures with my Sidekicks fabric line to create a Mod Hexies quilt kit using both fabrics.  This quilt was a surprise.  When

Christmas Stockings with Aurifil 12 wt

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Merry Christmas!  I love this time of year.  The family gatherings, giving presents and decorating.  Since I packed up up house back in March/April I don't have access, without extra considerable effort, to my Christmas stockings so I took this opportunity to make some stockings for CoraJoan and I.   Since these will are just temporary stockings I went with a non-traditional Christmas color palette for the stockings and my jumping off fabric was the fruit fabric.  I pulled out the reds, navy and off white form the fruits and raided my stash for solid fabrics that would work.   When I was growing up my parents always included a fruit in our stockings, usually an orange.  I've read many reason why this is a Christmas tradition but in our house my parents included the fruit as part of an old family tradition, both my parents would tell us what a special treat fruit at Christmas was when they were growing up. I used a stocking template and the quilt-as-you-go method to make this st

New Spoonflower Fabric Line

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I began fabric designing about 5 years ago and there have been plenty of ups and downs.  I've been blessed with three fabric collections with Paintbrush Studios, Sketchbook ,  Road Trip and Mod Textures .  I've also invested in offering an exclusive line of basics, Sidekicks , in my shop .  Along with those fabric lines I've had the same number of fabric lines not picked by Paintbrush Studio.  Some of those fabric collection were a little rough but one of them standouts, Landscapes!   Landscapes by Heather Black on Spoonflower.com   The Landscapes fabric collection is one of my favorite collections but Paintbrush Studios passed it by, which is fine.  I sat on the collection for many months wondering how I can share it with other people and then I thought of Spoonflower .     These prints are inspired by an oil painting that I did when I was younger and includes two feature collage prints along with a mix of medium and small blenders.  The prints all have a theme related to