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August 22, 2016
We are changing the format of the newsletters. In this and future issues, you will see it divided into 2 segments, possibly more, to bring you reviews, sweepstakes and to showcase everything we have to offer at the upcoming festival March 24, 25, 26, 2017!

Knit, Crochet, Fiber:

We’re thrilled to announce just one of the fantastic teachers you can look forward to taking classes with in March. Franklin Habit needs no introduction! He’s brilliant and witty. He loves the history of where patterns came from and what our grandmothers were doing in the good ol’ days. He has his own funny, personal, romantic and sometimes heartbreaking stories to share about his first teachers – all women in his family, which he draws inspiration from. He can charm you with antiquities and break down the complexities of Tessellations (interlocking patterns, often times seen in M.C. Escher’s works). This gifted and funny teacher is setting the fiber world on fire. With published books, he also has his own personal blog “Panopticon”, is featured on Skacel’s blog “Fridays with Franklin”, and is seen on Lion Brand’s Notebook. His original patterns can be found on Ravelry and he has published his own coloring book! We are thrilled to have him join us (The only tough part is selecting 5 of the 15 classes he submitted).

Classes in Knit, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Surface Design and MORE!!!

Quilting, Sewing and Fabric:

In the paragraph above, we mentioned Franklin’s recently published coloring book. Coloring books and Zentangle seem to be the latest rage! Pictured here, Gerry Benton, a Pittsburgh native, blends the multiple techniques of “Cross Crafting” (this term penned by our friends at Skacel). This block began as an Art Quilt Group Challenge. Gerry used Zentangle techniques in the larger circle, using a black marker, then machine quilted, machine appliqued and crystal embellished this beautiful 12″ x 12″ block. The theme was black and white fabric and Gerry did it brilliantly. She is a fiber artist, sewer, quilter, designer, knitter, crocheter, embroiderer, painter and Zentangle artist. She is tremendously knowledgeable about everything artistic and craft related. She will be teaching classes at the festival and overseeing the details of the Quilt Challenge. We are thrilled to have Gerry join the line up of teachers and we are grateful to have her share her ideas and suggestions with us. The title of the block shown above is Circles, Crystals and Triangles.

Sweepstakes Winners:

The winners of last months Sweepstakes Giveaways are:


MYSTERY BAG GIVEAWAY:  Trudy File of Pittsburgh, PA


INCREASE, DECREASE 99 Step-by-Step Methods by Judith Durant:   Joday Joseph of Slippery Rock, PA.


Stay tuned for more sweepstakes in future newsletters!


March 24, 25, 26th 2017

David L Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA



See you at the Festival!


Warm Regards,


Barb and Ann


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