Happy Monday! I’m always glad when Monday rolls around. It’s the start of a new week and everything feels fresh and new. Last week was busy for me; this week is even busier.

I started two sessions of Beginning Quilting 1 last week. Introducing new people to this wonderful craft is always so exciting for me. It’s fun to see the quilting bug bite someone when they’re in class. I love the feeling I get knowing that I’ve just brought them into my world of WIP’s, UFO’s, fabric hoarding, overflowing scrap baskets, and more projects than they will ever have time for. Ha! It’s an addiction!

This week I will have the two BQ1 classes and will also start a three week class (1 session per week) teaching the first pattern I wrote – Floating. You can read about the different versions I’ve made here, here, and the latest Alison Glass one.

You may remember I am in the process of redesigning all of my patterns and printing them in booklet form. The most recent pattern I released “Summer Rain” was the first I had printed and I love the way it looks. Since then I’ve been able to add two others to booklet form – Spinning and Floating.

Spinning was originally written using 3 different fabrics (I used Quilters Linen in shades of blues and greens, my fav!).  The newest version of Spinning has instructions for making an ombre version. I had a lot of questions from quilters who wanted to make an ombre version after seeing the one I made, so it made sense to rewrite the pattern to make it easier to use ombre fabric.

Quilting Detail SLQ

Printing pattern booklets is progress toward my overall goal of marketing and distributing the Cooking Up Quilts pattern line. The booklets are available in my local quilt shop, and I would love for them to be available in yours. If you would like to see your local shop carry any of my patterns, please ask them to get in touch. I welcome wholesale inquiries!

To celebrate the printing of these two popular patterns, I’m offering a 20% discount on all my patterns. Yay! Who doesn’t love a sale? The discount includes PDF or print patterns, and no coupon code is needed – I’ve changed the price to reflect the discount. PDF copies are available through my Craftsy shop. If you would like a print copy, just email me and we’ll work it out (info@cookingupquilts {dot} com)

Along with the pattern printing, I’m also beginning the process of redesigning and updating the blog to reflect my new branding. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I’ve got a fantastic graphic designer leading me through it and, frankly, doing most of the work. I couldn’t do it without her!

As far as quilting progress, I finished another customer quilt and finally put the last stitch in the binding on the bird quilt. All that’s left to do is add a label and then I can give it to my friend, Leslie. She’s going to love it!

Binding on Bird Quilt

I love the stitching on these corners!

I also managed to get the Floppy Feathers video uploaded, but I’m not happy with it. I want to make a better one for you and I plan to get that done this week. I have seen that some of you have been playing with the design on your own projects. Keep it up! Maybe after I get a better video made for you we can have a feather linky party! I always like a good party – how about you?

I also want to remind you that registration for the 2018 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop will open in a little over a week. February 1 is right around the corner!

Wow! That’s a lot to crush on this week, and now it’s time for you to share yours. I love to see the projects that have you excited to be in your sewing space, so link them up! Here’s how:

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