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New ‘Bundles Of Joy’ Quilt Pattern: Every Quilter’s True Joy

What brings more joy to a quilter than a fresh, new bundle of fabric?

When I thought of designing a quilt that featured little bundles of fabric wrapped with ribbon, I knew I wanted to save this pattern to use with Amy Sinibaldi‘s fabrics.  If you know me, you know that her fabrics have been a favorite of mine as long as I have been quilting. (See other quilts I have made using her fabric here and here).

One of the things I love about the fabric I picked for this quilt, ‘Mayfair’, are the colors and the tiny designs on the fabric.  Let me share a few ‘Bundles of Joy‘ blocks and you can take a look for yourself.

Bundle Of Joy Blocks

A close up of 'Bundles of Joy' quilt blocks using 'Mayfair' fabric by Amy Sinibaldi. These blocks are blue and purple.

Can you see the tiny flowers in the top fabric?  There’s hints of yellow, along with the dreamiest blue.  You can see a pop of the yellow fabric on the right, and notice the purples, pinks, and deep blues.  The colors make this fabric line turn any quilt into something you would find at a cute boutique.  Maybe, for instance,  a cute store in London?  The entire line is inspired by Amy’s  time spent in London, so that’s very fitting.

One 'Bundle Of Joy' Quilt block with a pink ribbon and blue and pink floral fabric.

In this close up of a quilt block, you can see how Amy’s hand drawings are turned into the perfect, whimsical fabrics.  And if you are drooling over that custom quilting (come on quilters, you know you are), I’ll leave a link so you can find out who the magical hands behind that was:  CUSTOM QUILTING. You can also try HAND QUILTING to give your quilt a custom feel.

Drawings Turned Into Fabric

Here are some of Amy’s hand drawings.  Notice her flowers here and in the quilt block above.  I just LOVE them!

Amy Sinibaldi's black and white ink hand drawn flowers and vases.

QUILT ALONG

If you like this fabric and the ‘Bundles Of Joy’ quilt, you are in luck!  I am starting a Quilt Along to help you make your best ‘Bundles Of Joy’ quilt, and it starts Wednesday, the 25th of March 2020.  No matter when you read this blog post, you can access the Quilt Along with all of it’s tutorials and tips HERE.

Want to get your hands on this fabric?   I’ll link a few online shops that sell it HERE and HERE.

A Bundle of Mayfair Fabric with the Quilters Candy logo in the bottom right corner.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

One last thing I would love to hear from you about is this: What do you see when you look at the ‘Bundles Of Joy’ quilt?  One quilter said it looks like a gift bundle.  Another said this reminds her of a stack of quilts.  Another said it looked perfect for a baby shower.  I’m not sure what she saw the bundles being, but I like it!  I’m curious what you see when you look at the quilt top?

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Bundles Of Joy

If you want to get this pattern and make your own ‘Bundles Of Joy’ quilt, you can get the pattern HERE.

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Everything You Need to Know about Quilt Retreats

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I am excited to have a guest on the blog today who knows ALL about quilt retreats!  Let me introduce you to Kiley Ferons.

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My name is Kiley Ferons, and I’m a stay at home mom of three (almost four) little minions.

I started quilting as a creative outlet 10 years ago.  5 years ago I bought a longarm machine and began quilting for others.  Then three years ago, I started an annual quilt retreat here in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.  Needless to say, quilting has become a major part of my life for the past 10 years.

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Organizing quilt retreats each year is probably one of my favorite things.  Everyone should experience a quilt retreat at least once.  There’s nothing quite like getting together with other like-minded people to share your passion.

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Let me share a few things I’ve learned about Quilt Retreats over the years.

What kind of Quilt Retreats are there?
There are three main types of retreats:

  1. The first is called a “sit-and-sew” where you bring your projects and work together in a big room.  People bring WIPs (work in progress), and UFOs (unfinished projects).  Often, these retreats have show-and-tell time so you can show off each project as you go.  It’s relaxing, and you get to hang out with other quilters.  Everyone works at their own pace and their own speed.
  2. The next type of retreat is “classroom” style.  This is where a class is offered to teach new skill or pattern.  This is a great way to learn things you may not normally do on your own.  You have a teacher there to help you along the way who shares tips and tricks for that specific pattern.
  3. The last type of retreat would be a quilt convention.  This would be Quilt Con, Paducah, AQS Quilt Festival, Etc.  These have so much to offer.  They often have vendors, classes, and quilts on display for inspiration.

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What is it like at a Quilt Retreat?

Each quilt retreat is unique.  You will find that each retreat offers different places to sleep, different food options, you can go with friends you already know or plan to make new friends.

Because each location is different, you will want to look into each retreat’s specifics.  I can share a bit more about what it’s like where I host Quilt Retreats.

My retreat is located at the Clarion Hotel in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, along the Shenandoah River.  We are just down the road from Historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.  When you come to a retreat here, you book a room at the Clarion Hotel and that’s where you stay for the retreat.

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For meals, the hotel includes a continental breakfast.  We provide a boxed lunch each day in the ball room where we are socializing and sewing.  At night we head to town and eat dinner at one of the favorite local restaurants.

During the three day retreat, guests sew projects, learn new skills (if there is a guest instructor), work on make-and-takes, get some goodies and giveaways, and make new friends.

Retreats are one the highlights for me as a quilter.  I hope you get a chance to attend one.  There are many to choose from, but if you find this location and time of year to be a good fit for you, we would love to meet you and have you join us.  Regardless of which retreat you choose to go on, I hope you love your experience.  Hopefully what I shared here today motivated you to try a quilting retreat or attend another one if you’ve already gone to one.