Dear Friends….



Dear friends,

After an exciting, but very hectic year (15 shows, 4 trunk shows, and 1 workshop), we have decided that we would like to take a step back from the show circuit and refocus. Overall, we had a fantastic time: seeing new things, visiting new places, and spending time together. It has been fabulous meeting new quilters and sewists, and becoming part of the vendor “family”. However, it has also been a lot of work to spend so much time on the road, and that meant very little time for designing.


We are writing to let you know that the next chapter of our journey would involve closing the Kindred Quilters business, and for each of us to start our own design business. We don’t view this as an end, but a new beginning. As of October 15th, Kindred Quilters will be officially closed. Our designs will still be available, and we both plan on continuing to design and market past designs, and new ones as well. Our Kindred Quilters patterns (and new patterns) will be available through our new design businesses. We both have many exciting new ideas for the future.


Lois can be found at LJ Studio Designs at

Shari can be found at Sewn in the Valley Designs at


Our last show is this weekend, October 7th and 8th at the Shoreline Quilters Guild show at 29 Bradley Road in Madison, CT. Our patterns and hardware will be 50% off, all of our kits and metallic thread is on sale, and many of our pattern samples are for sale, as well. We hope that you will come down and see us, and all of the wonderful quilts that the very talented Shoreline Guild has on display.


This is not goodbye; but a new beginning for both of us. We appreciate each and every one of you, and look forward to sharing our new designs with you. We hope that you will continue to follow us as we start a new journey.


Shari and Lois

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Now that our Circle Style Nesting Pouch has been out for a few months, we discovered this past weekend that there is an item missing from the materials list.  It is essential and we are so sorry that it was not included in the original patterns that are already out there in the world now.  The materials list should include – one yard of heavy-weight tear-away stabilizer.  This is needed for the Circle Style technique, when creating your circle panels for the pouches.  The Circle Style Panel Preparation instructions on the second page (third page for the downloadable version) of the pattern should read as follows:

Circle Style Panel Preparation

  1. Fuse the 12” x 35” piece of fusible fleece to the wrong side of the 12” x 35” Circle Style Panel fabric, per manufacturer’s instructions included with the fleece.
  2. Cut the 12” x 35” strip into one 13 1/2” x 12”, one 11 1/2” x 10 and one 9 1/2” x 9” pieces.
  3. Cut the heavy-weight tear-away stabilizer into one 13 1/2” x 12”, one 11 1/2” x 10 and one 9 1/2” x 9” pieces.
  4. Referring to the insert at the back of the pattern create Circle Style panels with the pieces of Circle Style Panel fabric fused with fleece and the heavy-weight tear-away stabilizer pieces matching sizes (the stabilizer will be on the bottom).
  5. After Circle Style Panels are complete, remove the large pieces of tear-away stabilizer from the back and cut out large, medium and small pouches using pattern pieces.
  6. Be sure to transfer the pattern markings to the right side of the fabric.

Again, we apologize for this error, and hope
that it didn’t cause too much confusion.  We pride ourselves on creating patterns with clear and simple directions, and we have to admit this one got away from us.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at  Thank you so much for your continued support of our business.

Lois and Shari

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MQX, Here we come !!

What is MQX, you ask ? MQX is a fantastic quilt show in Manchester, New Hampshire! The dates this year are coming up soon – Wednesday April 5 – Saturday April 8. Show hours are Wed preview night 7-9 and Thurs 10 – 6, Fri 10 – 5 and Sat 10 -5. MQX stands for Machine Quilters Exposition. We have been to this show many times as visitors and always have a wonderful time looking at all the beautiful quilts and shopping all the great vendors. This year we get to VEND !! We are so excited. Click the above image for more information about this wonderful show. You don’t want to miss it !  Come see us at the show, check out our new patterns, and be sure to watch our demonstration on our Circle Style Technique.  We will be so happy to share with you.  Can’t wait to see you at the show !!

Can’t wait for the show to begin !

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Our Great Adventure Recap

Our Big Adventure began on Tuesday, February 21st and we returned home on Sunday, March 5th.  We had such a wonderful time, and met some very nice people on our journey.  First stop was a night in Reading, PA at Shari’s son Liam and his wife Lynn’s house. Thank you so much to Liam and Lynn for their warm and wonderful hospitality!   Early morning departure from there to Hampton VA for setup and open house for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

The before view of our booth space

The AFTER view of our booth…. much better  Ready for Open House at 7:30 PM

Thursday Morning the fun really began with the official opening of the show.
We were so excited !!
We could hear the crowd enter the building
and the noise level rise as they swarmed the aisles.

Busy day at the quilt show!

Friday morning we arrived early to get a look at the quilts.  We were so busy during the day, we never got out of our booth to explore at all !  Here are some of the beautiful quilts we saw.  (If you see your quilt in our post feel free to contact us and I will add your name to give you credit for your wonderful work.  Thank you )






We found our friend Linda Ramraths Quilt…






Log Cabin Quilt Shop, Lancaster County, PA

It was, overall, a fantastic show and a fabulous experience. We did circle demo’s all day long and everyone loved it. The show closed at 5 on Sunday and we packed up and headed back to PA for a couple of days off.

A little retail therapy and buying sample fabrics in Lancaster, PA. So much fun







Wednesday the 1st, we said goodbye to PA and headed to New Jersey for the Sewing and Quilting Festival of New Jersey.

Every Set up is a bit different

The New Jersey Show ran from Thursday through Sunday.  A big big Thank you to Jacob Migdail-Smith for helping us with setup and take down.  We met some really great people, visited with our vendor friends, ate really good food and continued our adventure.  In the mornings, before the show opened, we would wander and check out the vendors and the quilts…

Love this NY Beauty

Spectacular in person






The show closed on Sunday at 4, and after repacking everything into the car, we headed for home. Home Sweet Home ! We had such a wonderful adventure. We probably shouldn’t mention the bathrooms issues at the hotel (we got a new room) or the key cards that wouldn’t work… every night in VA. The long trip from VA to PA… long drive, late night. Or the shoe shopping… (what?) what shoes… oh those comfortable shoes…
Until next time.. Happy Sewing, friends.

Lois and Shari

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We did it !

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We are so excited to announce our three new patterns.  We begin with the “Uptown Sass Backpack”.  You will love this sassy new shape.  This is a fun new design featuring a snap shut flap, many many pockets inside, and … Continue reading

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Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home…

We are feverishly getting ready for a busy show season which starts extra early for us this year.  We have three, possibly four new patterns in the works!


Wait until you see what Shari has been working on…. Squeeeeeeeee !!! It is ADORABLE ! You will want to make one…. or twenty, I promise.  Sneak Peak… just a tease – 


We are so excited to announce that we have signed on to vend at some really exciting, big quilt shows this year!  The first is Hampton Roads Virginia.  We will be leaving on the 22nd of February to prepare for the show, which runs from Thursday February 23 – Sunday February 26, 2017.  

We would love to see all of you there.  For info, click the banner above.  Gather your friends together… ROAD TRIP !!  This is Mancuso’s 28th Annual Show here and advertised as the Largest Quilt Festival on the Eastern Seaboard !  There are workshops, lectures, demonstrations, over 500 quilts on display… and… US !!

We have a few days off after the Virginia show, which we will spend on the road.

The next big show, another first for us, is the 13th Annual Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey.  For information, click on the banner.  The dates are Thursday March 2 – Sunday March 5, 2017.  This show will be held in Somerset, NJ.

Over 400 quilt, wearable and textile works on display, workshops, lectures, shopping… and US !!!! Another wonderful opportunity for a ROAD TRIP !!



Check out our Classes and Events page for more information about our upcoming schedule.  We will be at MQX Quilt Festival in New Hampshire in April.  More information soon.  Aren’t we all lucky to be able to spend time together, sharing our craft, inspiring each other, seeing all the innovative new products on the market and always learning new things?  We can’t wait to see you at all the shows !!

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Busy Schedules and Magnet Snaps

Hi Friends,
We have a busy schedule coming up.  This weekend, April 1 -3 we are vending at the Pioneer Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show.  This show is at The Cedars Banquet Hall 375 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA  01118.  The show is Friday April 1 from 5PM – 8PM, Saturday April 2 10AM – 5PM and Sunday April 3 10AM- 4PM.  We would love to see you there.  It is sure to be a fabulous weekend!Air-Museum-Show

When you see us at shows these days, you may notice that we have started to carry magnet snaps. Several of our patterns utilize magnet snaps. We prefer the magnets to velcro or other closure options, for some areas of our projects. Have you used them before ? In case any of our customers are not familiar with the installation of magnet snaps, we have created a one page instruction sheet covering the use of these snaps. Click here for this handy instruction sheet  magnet snap installation.  We hope you find this information helpful.



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On the Go Diaper Bag

It’s HERE !!!  It’s a bag !!!  We are so excited to announce the birth of our

On the Go Diaper Bag

On the Go Diaper Bag

On the Go Diaper Bag

This fresh new bag has lots of fabulous features to make your day on the town easier with baby.    The On the Go Diaper Bag features a roomy inside plus multiple interior and exterior pockets of varying sizes to hold all of baby’s necessities. Pattern includes instructions to create diaper bag, changing pad, stroller straps and two insulated bottle bags. Perfect for the young family on the go.



Etsy stroller
Finished Size – 14” wide x 11” high x 5 1/4” deep
Pattern includes yardage amounts and instructions to complete one diaper bag, two bottle bags, two stroller straps and one changing pad.

Etsy inside - Copy




Lots of pockets inside to organize all the necessities for a day away from home with baby.  Center portion of the inside bag has lots of room for diapers, etc.  The handy outer pockets hold the insulated bottle bags or even a water bottle for Mom or Dad.  The larger side pocket easily holds the diaper changing pad for those quick cleanups anywhere.  You will love making this diaper bag for yourself, friends, or family members.  This bag is sure to be a big hit.

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Pencil Pouches

Defective Pouch Recall

It was recently brought to our attention that some of the organizer pouches that we carry for the Sew Stylish Organizer are defective. The grommet holes on these pouches do not line up properly. The color pouches that are affected are royal blue, dark pink and dark purple. If you have purchased any of these pouches we would be happy to send you out replacements. Please email a photo of the defective pouch(es) to us at: along with your name, address and the color(s) of the replacement(s) that you would like, and we will pop replacements into the mail for you.  The replacement pouches are available in the following colors (as shown in the photo below): green, purple and pink.


We apologize, and hope that we have not inconvenienced you in any way.

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Harvest Quilt Show

Join us at the Shoreline Quilters Guild Quilt Show, “A Harvest of Quilts” on Saturday and Sunday October 3 and 4.  The show is held at the Madison Senior Center, Madison CT. Show hours Saturday 10 -4 and Sunday 10 -3. For more information, click here.  It is sure to be a great show and a fun fall outing, especially if we get the rainy weekend as forecasted.  Stop in and see our fun “Circle Style” Demo!!  See you there!!Air-Museum-Show

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