Friday, October 26, 2012

Special Announcement!!

Today is a special day. It's my 200th post.
Just to show how it all started, here is my very first post!!
Today is a new day. l have been considering starting a blog for some time,
 as l read others and get great enjoyment from all that you share.
It's time to give back. Who knows where this will lead, and how
  many adventures will come from knowing you all. It may end up
 in the bin at the end of the day. Please bear with me as l feel my
 way round, learn the ropes and decide on a game plan. l will share
 my quilting adventures, of which there are many, both past, present
 and future, and hope you enjoy the ride with me. When l figure out
 how to add photos, there will be plenty.
 Thanks in advance to those who read and follow.

Who knew way back in April 2010 that l would still be here,
blogging and having a great time. All of the above is still true.
l still get great enjoyment reading other blogs. l have a game plan.
l have had many, many adventures. And some of those adventures have been shared
with bloggers and quilters l have met along the way. Lots l now call friend.
Many of you have shared the ride. The joys, the highs and the lows.
 And l kept my promise of plenty of photo's.
And to celebrate this special day, l have my first self published pattern to release.
It all started when the decision was made to visit NYC in March 2011
for the Infinite Variety Exhibition. Most of you have read all about it on
 blogs over the past 18 months.
My daughter came to NYC with me, and as her special O birthday was that year,
l decided to make her a quilt. A Red and White Quilt.
So together we looked at all the photo's l took at the exhibit,
 and she chose 6 quilts that appealed to her.
 l chose from those 6 which one l would make.
This quilt instantly appealed to me. And as DD loves lots of open space
 for quilting, this one just seemed to fit the bill.
And Infinite Variety Revisited was born.
Over  the many months that followed l made slow progress on the quilt.
So many red and white quilts were in my head from that exhibition,
 and we decided at QITB that we would hold our own R&W exhibition.
To be honest, l have not counted how many R&W quilts l have made over
 the last 18 months, but l know Infinite Variety Revisited took the longest,
 as others jumped the que. Finally it was finished, and
 l sent it to be quilted by Helen Hayes,
 who's quilting my Daughter had always admired.
l knew she would turn it into a very special quilt. And she did.
 Thank You Helen for the superb quilting.
The binding was finally completed 2 nights before we hung the exhibition.
As DD wandered the exhibition over the next few days, l asked her several
 times which quilt was her favorite. She always answered MINE!!
Its taken longer than l hoped to make this quilt.
But its been a wonderful journey of discovery.
l have found there are still R&W quilts l want to make.
And so at long last here is Infinite Variety Revisited.
The front Cover!
The Quilt!

The Inspiration Photo!

Huge thanks to everyone who voted. There are certainly many lovers
of Red and White quilts out there in Blog Land.
And the 4 lucky winners of my pattern are Cheryl, Kathie, Merilyn and Lesley.
 l will be sending you an email.
As the voting stands, here are the quilts in order that scored the most votes.
And l am pleasantly surprised to see that our viewers choice
 from the exhibition is also our most voted for quilt here too!!
Fiona, who stitches with me once a month, made this quilt,
especially for our exhibit. Its been a crowd pleaser!!



Tonight the house is quiet and empty.
All my international guests have gone home.
 Its been a fun filled 4 weeks.
Over the next few posts l will share some of our adventures during that time.
 Many of them included quilts or quilting.
l look forward to sharing them with you.
Thanks for visiting.
 Have opened an Etsy shop to sell the pattern.
This is the link. QuiltsInTheBarn.
As a special incentive to buy my pattern,
l am going to donate 50% of the pattern price for the rest
 of this month and all of  November to Breast Cancer Research.
l will be adding more patterns in the near future.
If you are a shop owner, please contact me for wholesale inquiries.



  1. Linda, congrats on your pattern. It's gorgeous!! I'm sure your daughter will cherish it. Ann

  2. Congratulations to the winner and I loved to read your story.... reetings from France

  3. Congratulations on the release of your first pattern, the quilt is gorgeous and your daughter is a lucky girl to own it. Congratulations also on your 200th post, I consider myself one of the lucky ones that have become friends with you through blogging. Enjoy your lovely quiet home for a little while, you certainly deserve a rest. xxx

  4. A beautiful pattern and quilt.

  5. Hi Linda,congratulations on your pattern and the 200th post.
    I hope that you will share a lot off more quiltadventures and photo`s with us

  6. Fantastic pattern! The quilt is stunning and so perfectly pieced with exquisite quilting! I am so pleased to be one of the recipients of your new pattern. Congratulations on your 200th post, your beautiful quilt, publication of the pattern, and the completion of a spectacular quilt show. Well done!

  7. A big congratulations on your 200th post, your fantastic quilt show and your pattern release what a fabulous achievement.

  8. congrats on 200 posts!!! I am thrilled to win one of your FIRST patterns look forward to many more
    ok so wheres the link to the etsy store so we can buy your future patterns too????
    Must be so exciting to reaching another dream..
    so happy for you

  9. congradulations,
    love ur quilts .where can i get my hands on you patterns please?

  10. Congratulations - what a beautiful pattern!! Donating to the Breast Cancer Research is so generous. The world needs more people like you!!

    Congrats also to the four lucky winners.

  11. Congratulations on your 200th blogpost, may many more blogposts follow! And congratulations on your pattern and quilt too, beautiful!

  12. Hello Linda, congrats with your first pattern!

  13. Thank you, Linda. I love the quilt and look forward to my copy of the pattern.

  14. I love this piece and the quilting is magnificant. I got mixed up with the numbers because I didn't notice 4 & 5 on one picture, and I looked at the numbers from the slideshow you get when clicking on a photo! Silly me! It was amazing to meet and your daughter and Randy in NYC, I just had dinner with Lori (Humble Quilts) as she was in my neck of the woods this week. All because of blogging! Have a fabulous weekend!

  15. I am new to your blog and LOVE it. I wish I could have been a part of the Quilts in the Barn show, but alas I live in Texas. Thanks for sharing it on your blog as it was the next best thing!

    I also participate in the Civil War Bride Quilt blog and just finished my own to be published on Sunday. I will be looking for a new, exciting challenge...really like your red and white pattern!

  16. Congratulations on your 200th post, it is quite an achievement and always a joy to see what you are up to. I'm sure your patterns will be a successful venture and feel very privileged to have been one of the lucky recipients of your giveaway! I wish you continued success with your inspiring blog and your new pattern business!!!!

  17. Your daughters quilt is quite wonderful and the quilting really sets it off! Congrats on your 200th post and your new pattern. Looking forward to seeing more patterns soon. Enjoyed your enthusiastic post!

  18. Congratulations Linda. We have been visitors to your barn for a long time now and I have watched your interesting and inspiring journey through your blog. We have been lucky enough to be part of some of the journey and look forward to re-visiting familiar events and seeing the new ones in the future.
    Good luck for all future endeavours.

  19. Linda - this was my favorite quilt from the Red and White. Best wishes on your new venture.

  20. Congratulations on your 200th post and your very first pattern. We expect lots more in the future (no pressure then!!). Love the blog. x

  21. Huge congratulations on your first pattern Linda!! I am sure it will be a huge success! May it be the first of many more.
    Congratulations on reaching 200 posts. I am one of the lucky ones to have first found you through your blog and then meet you in person.

  22. Gorgeous pattern and well done on reaching your 200th post.

  23. Wow - 200 posts! Congratulations and well done on producing a lovely pattern. Thanks for all the wonderful blog posts.
    Best wishes
    Every Stitch

  24. Congrats on 200th post and a pattern's a beauty!! xo


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