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Last Monday, one of my friends on Facebook posted a link to a video tutorial to make decorative NO sew trees and I thought it would be fun to have a get together with friends to make them.  So off went an e-mail to my quilty buddies and on Friday, we had a little holiday get together with food, fun, and crafting.

Let's take a look.

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So here is an update on my Paradise In Blooms.  I am making great progress and staying on task!  Trying to do a bit each day and keeping it light so my back stays in check.  Wait until you see what I have finished.  I am pleased so far and now my juices are flowing to press on (no pun intended)!

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Two days ago I began cutting and piecing the new Technique of the Month from Judy Niemeyer that is due to be published and available the first week in January, 2015.  Why am I already making it you ask?  As one of Judy's Certified Instructors (CI) and Certified Shop (CS), I will be selling this and teaching it throughout the year!  And you can only get it through a CI and CS.  

 I will be posting my progress in pictures as I make this quilt, so you will get to see it all come together!  You can see my blog post on selecting fabrics by clicking here, I chose a palette that is a little out of my box.  Let's take a look at where I am at so far.  

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On Sunday, I spent the day with friends piecing the NEW raffle quilt for our Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show at the New England Air Museum in September, 2015!  Let me just tell you this quilt is going to be gorgeous! I am so excited to show you some of the process and can't wait until we finish it!

All the fabric was donated to us by Timeless Treasures and we are extremely grateful for these gorgeous batiks!  Thank you, Timeless!  Let's take a look...

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Over the last couple of days, I began selecting fabrics from the shop to make a NEW project.  I am so excited to begin sewing again after lots of travel.  The planning phase always seems to take me the longest.  I tend to agonize over the design and where I want the colors to fall.  So I really take my time. Does anyone else have that same problem?  Well, maybe not a problem, just the part that goes a little slower.

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Today is the day that my best friend and I were married 25 years ago!  In celebration of this day, I thought I would share a few photos and sentiments with you.

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Yesterday was another glorious day in Arizona and we went for a hike in the desert with friends.  We went to the White Tank Mountains that are on the west side of the Phoenix Valley.  Here are some of the images from our morning.

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One of the things that always amazes me is cotton.  Since I was a little girl and when I had first found out where cotton came from, I was alway astonished that it grew in fields on a plant!  I mean really, this fantastic fiber that we utilize in so many ways, clothing, home dec, not to mention... quilts!

So while on my Thanksgiving Holiday in Arizona, we took walks everyday and we pass fields and fields of cotton.

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Welcome to Day Five of The Reclaimed West Blog Tour!  My name is Jackie Kunkel and I am the owner of Canton Village Quilt Works a Certified Judy Niemeyer Shop and I am also a Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor.  I also am a designer who has been designing for fabric companies and magazines for 6 years and have my first book coming out next year!
When I was asked by Timeless Treasures and Judy Niemeyer to be part of this blog tour, I answered immediately with a YES!!  It was a chance to design with Judy and Judel's new fabric line!  How could I refuse?  But, I also get to offer my readers a fantastic giveaway too!  Oh and we DO have the fabric in, but are waiting to put it up on the site as we will be kitting it in one of Judy's very popular patterns... you will see it at the end of this blog post.
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I finally feel I am back to a "normal" schedule.  Whatever normal actually is, right?  I am home and feel like I am getting things accomplished.  It is great to be home with my hubby!  You are probably wondering where I was.... I was traveling and teaching in Arizona, NJ, and then hosted a quilting retreat for a week. Whew!
During the quilting retreat, it was a bring your own project, including me!  So, I was able to work on a project that I had been planning, the Vintage Compass.  You can find the pattern by clicking here. We will have this kit available soon too!

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Whew... we had a very busy and FUN Quilt Market last week and I wanted to give you a glimpse into what we did for the time we were there.  We had lots of fun and saw LOTS of great product that we are bringing back to you!!!

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This is a special post!! My friend Michele Muska wrote this beautiful book, Quilting the New Classics that is currently available!!  The book is not only beautiful but there are 20 projects in the book.  Both traditional and modern versions, which makes it ultra cool!
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Last Thursday through Sunday, I was teaching a quilt retreat in Rangeley, Maine at Threads Galore!  I can't begin to tell you what a great group of ladies they were.  They were all working on one of three projects.  The Cactus Flower Table Runner, The Arizona Cactus, or Island Breeze (my design).  So I wanted to show you what they created!  Lots of great pics... enjoy!

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Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to teach in my own studio!  Yup, no traveling!  I was happy to be at home and teach a phenomenal group of ladies, who did some of the most awesome work.  

This class is so fun to teach as the wall hanging is really a great size to hang anywhere in the house. Some of the advantages of this pattern and class too is that you learn multiple techniques in just a few days.  Curved piecing, floating points, inserting a flange, pieced borders, and of course the Judy Niemeyer way of paper piecing.

Let's take a little look inside my studio and at the student's work...

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Me again... I know, I know... where are my regular quilty posts?  They are coming I promise.  But in the meantime, I teamed up with my friend Amy Smart a while ago to do this giveaway today!!!

Amy Smart of Diary of A Quilter is sponsoring my giveaway today.

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One of the things that has been keeping me busy, was the Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show.  It is a show I began 3 years ago and have become very fond of as well as the people who help make it happen.

I wanted to share a few photos with you of the show and the Viewer's Choice Winners too!

Meet Jackie

Jackie Kunkel

I am a quilter, online quilt shop owner, Nationally Certified Judy Niemeyer teacher, designer, podcaster, mother, and wife. I have been quilting for 20 years and in business since August, 2000. I love networking and having fun doing anything quilty! Learn More…

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