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June 21, 2017
Summer has officially begun! We have already had a few busy (and fun) travel months that included the Lion Brand Headquarters in NJ, The Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival, several local yarn, sewing and quilt stores and concluded with The National Needlearts Association Summer trade show in Columbus. During our travels we had a chance to visit with many of our sponsors, meet new and old friends and meet with some prospective teachers and headliners to make plans for 2018!


The visit to the Lion Brand Studio in NYC as well as New Jersey headquarters provided us with great inspiration and fun ideas. We will devote an entire newsletter to their newest lines in the near future.


Along the way we had an opportunity to check out fabrics, yarns, notions and accessories at local yarn and quilt stores. It’s always fun to be able to shop and add to your stash!


The last stop was Columbus for TNNA. We saw a preview of the fall collection of yarns, fibers, fabrics and notions. Many of your local stores will receive their shipment in a few weeks. We have posted some of the “pictures from our travels” here.


In the next few weeks we’ll be making final selections for headliners for 2018. We appreciate all of your suggestions from the previous survey.  In the meantime we are offering 3 books for Sweepstakes giveaways.


June Sweepstakes and Book reviews:


Blue and White, Living with Textiles You Love by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson.


This book is a perfect summer companion for anyone who loves fabrics, home decor, quilting or rug hooking. The book captures the essence of “Americana” featuring simple antiques as a stunning background for modern textiles. Paired with new designs, the 2 blend perfectly, inspiring a simple minimalist look that is sure to appeal to everyone and inspire interior designers! Some of the quilts featured contain more than 50 or more prints but never look overdone or busy. A blue and white rug features 60-70 shades of blue and 10-15 shades of white. Both ladies are tremendously creative and the book is a pleasure to look at and would grace anyone’s coffee table.


One-Skein Wonders for Babies, 101 Knitting Projects for Infants and Toddlers, edited by Judith Durant.


Featuring a collection of patterns from many of our favorite designers, this book has many wee patterns for both boys and girls. Nothing is more adorable than children’s clothing. The book, 7th in the One-Skein Wonder series, offers projects for all skill levels and yarn types, including little leg warmers, booties, stuffed animals, cozy hats, bonnets, tiny jackets and “blankies” that kids can’t live without. The timeless treasures are appreciated when made by someone who loves them. For anyone who has a baby or toddler in their life, this is the perfect book for you!


Lucky Charm Quilts, 17 Delightful Patterns for Precut 5″ Squares, compiled by Lissa Alexander.


Join the Moda All Stars as they show how to use 5″ charm squares to make scrappy quilts with style. You don’t need a large fabric stash to make one. From table runners to lap-sized quilts, the book also features tips and tricks from each designer. With designs for every season, you’ll be sure to find a couple of favorites.


To enter sweepstakes: (one lucky winner will be selected for each book)


Please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title Blue and White by July 5th, 2017.


Please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title Baby One-Skein Wonders by July 5th, 2017.


Please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title Lucky Charm Quilts by July 5th, 2017.


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April 6,7,8th, 2018

David L Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA



See you at the Festival!


Warm Regards,


Barb and Ann

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