Vintage Spool News

ALL AMERICAN AUTUMN WORKSHOP SIGN-UPS OPEN SOON

Our fall workshop theme has been announced. Come join us for an ALL AMERICAN AUTUMN! This fun workshop will take place on November 13, 14 & 15, 2015. Students in attendance will receive one of Verna's patriotic patterns, the darling wall hanging Three Cheers, the classic Faded Glory or the upcoming release Liberty Blooms. We will be celebrating the release of Verna's latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics, INDIGO ROSE. Our sign-ups for this terrific event begin on August 11, 2015 for past attendees and on August 12, 2015 for new attendees. Be sure to sign up early you won't want to miss this awesome fall workshop!

Vintage Spool Summer Holiday 2015

The Vintage Spool will be closed for summer holiday from 6/27/15 to 7/5/15. All orders placed during this time will ship on Monday, July 6, 2015. Thank you for your understanding.

2015 Workshop Dates Announced

2015 VINTAGE SPOOL WORKSHOPS

SPRING WORKSHOP
Alamo, CA
March 27, 28 & 29, 2015

Sign-ups begin December 15 & 16, 2014


SUMMER WORKSHOP
Alamo, CA
July 17, 18 & 19, 2015

Sign-ups begin April 22 & 23, 2015

FALL WORKSHOP
Alamo, CA
November 13, 14 & 15, 2015

Sign-ups begin August 11 & 12, 2015

Autumn Jubilee Sign-Ups Fast Approaching

We hope you will join us for our fall Vintage Spool workshop. Our Autumn Jubilee will be a wonderful event full of great instruction, wonderful friends and as always tons of Vintage Spool goodies! Students will be able to choose from several of Verna's autumn patterns. This awesome retreat will take place in Alamo, CA from November 14-16, 2014. Our sign-ups for this event will open up for past attendees on August 13th and regular registration will open on August 14th. Our workshops do fill quickly so please sign up early. For more information visit our products/retreats page.

25 Days Until BOM Now Available!

We are excited to announce the release of our newest block of the month 25 Days Until. This adorable Christmas advent style quilt is so much fun to make. The pattern includes full size applique pieces and photos of each of the 25 blocks. For more information and on how to order visit our products/block of the month section of our website.

Vintage Spool Summer Holiday

The Vintage Spool will be closed for summer holiday from 6/29/14 to 7/6/14. All orders placed during this time will ship on Monday, July 7, 2014. Thank you for your understanding.

Snapshot Debuting At Spring Market 2014

We are excited to announce that Verna's new collection Snapshot is debuting at Spring Market. It began with sepia as it is so representative of an old photograph. Then pink, such a natural companion was added. Next came aqua, green and a hint of yellow all colors used in days gone by. The prints have delicate roses, small birds and more. Bit by bit Snapshot grew into something both lovely & nostalgic. The Snapshot collection is beautifully suited for quilting, children's clothing and items for the home. We hope you'll enjoy a peek at the prints. If you are attending the International Spring Market in Pittsburgh, PA please stop by the Westminster Fibers booth to view this fresh romantic collection.

Christmas In July Workshop Almost Full!

Hurry! Hurry! Our Vintage Spool summer workshop Christmas In July only has a few spots left. This fun event is sure to sell out and not to be missed! We will applique, stitch and piece for three days. The workshop includes instruction and Verna's soon to be released new design, 25 DAYS UNTIL. You will flip over this new advent countdown to Christmas quilt. Students in the class will be the first to receive this darling holiday pattern. If you've not attended one of our workshops before now is the time. For more info check out CHRISTMAS IN JULY

FOUR SEASONS Pattern Collection Now Available!

We are so excited to release our latest pattern collection, Four Seasons. These adorable wall hangings sell individually and as a set. Once you make one you will have to make them all. The set includes Spring Abloom, Summer Dip, Autumn Gathering and Winter Frost. For more information check FOUR SEASONS

ROSEWATER COMING SOON!

We are so excited to announce that Verna's newest collection Rosewater for FreeSpirit Fabrics is arriving in stores as early as March 15th. This collection is oh so romantic, full of the vintage inspired shabby aesthetic you have grown to love from Verna's fabric collections. Take a peek at these swatches, it is a must have collection! You will want yards and yards of all of it.

Join Us At The Spring Fling!

Haven't had a chance to check out one of our workshops? Well pack your suitcase and get ready for a springtime treat Vintage Spool style. Verna invites you to celebrate the arrival of the season at the Spring Fling. Come spend the weekend with friends and stitch to your hearts content. We will applique, piece, embroider and sew on fun projects. Sign-ups open December 15th for retreat returnees and December 16th for first time attendees. For more info about this fun filled weekend check out Spring Fling

Retreat Dates For 2014 Announced!

Our retreat dates for 2014 are as follows:

Spring Workshop
March 28, 29, & 30, 2014
 
Summer Workshop
July 18, 19, & 20, 2014

Fall Workshop
November 14, 15, & 16, 2014
 
All workshops will be held at the Alamo Women's Club in Alamo, CA. If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of our events now is the time to treat yourself. Beginner's are welcome. Sign-up information for these events will be coming soon.
 

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from The Vintage Spool. The studio is filled with pretty decorations and our creative juices are already flowing for fun 2014 projects. The coming year will bring two new fabric collections Rosewater in the spring, Snapshot in the fall. These wonderful collections will inspire terrific new patterns!!! We are also excited to announce that our Vintage Spool workshops will continue in the new year. We will offer three, spring, summer & fall. Stay tuned for dates. As always we thank you for support and hope to continue to inspire you in the coming year.

A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle Now Available!

We are so excited to announce that A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle is now available! Verna's debut book release is full of wonderful vintage inspired sewing and quilting projects for the home. Beginning and experienced sewers will be enticed, there is something for everyone. To catch a peek at this terrific book and order your signed copy today click A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle

Billet-Doux, Debuting at Spring Market 2013

Billet-Doux is French for love letters. I can't imagine anything more romantic than putting what is in ones heart in the form of a letter. Often times what can't be said face to face can come quite easily in the written word. When pen is set to paper the words flow, almost as if the writer were a poet writing a sonnet to his first love. There in pen and ink the words hold true forever.

One day while shopping an open market in Montevideo, Uruguay I came upon a vendor with a few vintage items. I fell in love with and purchased a small booklet with a message inside. When I took it home I came to realize the written words were a love letter a man had written to his one true love. I have kept it ever since as I am a true romantic and new that I would treasure the message even though it was meant for someone else. I've often wondered if it was ever read by its intended recipient.

Inspired by this lovely booklet, my new collection Billet-Doux is full of romance and timeless elegance. Bouquets of roses, dainty dots and delicate stripes coordinate beautifully in a color palette of rose pinks, berry wines, pearl whites, emerald greens and smoky greys.

Billet-Doux is beautifully suited for quilting, children's clothing and items for the home. This collection will debut at the International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon in May of 2013. Billet-Doux is due in stores in September. Here are a few of the fabrics I'd love to share.

Important Dates To Remember

We have so many wonderful things planned for the upcoming months, here are a few we'd like to share. 

 
INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, SPRING
Portland, Oregon
May 17, 18 & 19, 2013
 
ROMANCING THE SEWN, SCHOOLHOUSE SESSION
Portland Market -Rm B119
Portland, Oregon
May 16, 2013 at 4:20pm
 
A SEWN VINTAGE LIFESTYLE BOOK SIGNING
Portland Market-F & W Media Booth #2019
Portland, Oregon
May 18, 2013 at 11am
 
A SEWN VINTAGE LIFESTYLE by VERNA MOSQUERA
published by DAVID & CHARLES
Debuts in Stores
June 30, 2013
 
CAMP SPOOLIN' AROUND
A VINTAGE SPOOL RETREAT
Alamo, California
July 19, 20 & 21, 2013
 
A SEWN VINTAGE LIFESTYLE BOOK SIGNING
In Between Stitches
Livermore, California
September 21, 2013 from 12:30-2:30
 
PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL 
Santa Clara, California
October 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2013

INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, FALL
Houston, Texas
October 26, 27 & 28, 2013
 
VINTAGE SPOOL RETREAT, FALL
Alamo, California
November 8, 9 & 10, 2013
 

Check Us Out In Sew Shabbylicious!

We were over the moon when we were contacted by Kerryanne English who asked to feature Verna's Danville, CA studio in the creative spaces we love section of her beautiful online publication, Sew Shabbylicious. If you haven't seen this magazine and you love all things pretty, vintage and romantic it is a must see! Thanks Kerryanne, we here at The Vintage Spool just LOVE Sew Shabbylicious!

Join Us At Camp Spoolin' Around

Haven't been to camp since you were a kid? Well pack your suitcase and get ready for some Summer fun Vintage Spool style. Verna invites you to celebrate the release of her new book, A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle. Come spend the weekend with friends and stitch to your hearts content. We will applique, piece, embroider and sew on fun projects of each student's choice. For more info about this upcoming event click Camp Spoolin' Around

Verna Guest Blogs At Free Spirit

Stop by the Free Spirit blog to check out Verna's recent guest post where she talks about what inspired Pirouette, her latest fabric collection. She takes you on the journey of where the creative idea began and how it progressed into a fabric line.
 
"The delicious colors in the celo bag reminded me of those wonderful paintings of ballerinas I had seen so many years ago." Click here Free Spirit Blog to read the entire November 3, 2012 post.

Prima Ballerina Coming Soon

This adorable ballet themed applique quilt is soon to be on our shelves. Do you have a dancer in your midst? Then this romantic quilt is a must do! The musical notes dance across the top of the quilt and the ballerina takes center stage featuring the perfect romantic fabric.
 
This quilt was designed using Verna's latest collection Pirouette for Free Spirit Fabrics. Estimated pattern release date is December 1st, 2012. Click here Prima Ballerina to view a photo of the entire quilt.

Check Out Pirouette On Sew 4 Home!

Hi everyone. The gang at Sew 4 Home has selected our newest collection Pirouette for their Happy Holidays series of posts. Oh you must check out the wonderful projects they have come up with and featured for all you sewing enthusiasts!
 
Check out www.sew4home.com to view these darling projects and start stitching for the holidays today. Thanks to everyone at Sew For Home for such wonderful holiday inspirations.

Pirouette, Coming in December 2012

Inspired by a painting I had seen years ago on a visit to Paris called Ballerina Dancers In Pink by Edgar Degas. The wonderful taupes, pinks and ivories were just stunning together. I recently had a wonderful time gathering vintage treasures whose colors reminded me of the painting. Ribbons, lace and trims in these gorgeous shades became the inspiration for my newest collection for Free Spirit, Pirouette. Be on the look out for this collection of 26 cotton prints in your local quilt shop or online retailer as early as December of this year.

You can be sure we will be creating some romantic new Vintage Spool patterns from this collection in the coming months. We will keep you posted as they are released.

Important Dates To Remember

We have so many wonderful things planned for the upcoming months, here are a few we'd like to share. 


PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL 
Santa Clara, California
October 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2012

INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, FALL
Houston, Texas
October 27, 28 & 29, 2012
 
PIROUETTE COLLECTION by VERNA MOSQUERA
for FREESPIRIT FABRIC
Debuts in Quilt Stores
December of 2012
 
PARLET VOUS BALLET
RETREAT SIGN-UPS OPEN
DECEMBER 5, 2012
 
PARLET VOUS BALLET
A VINTAGE SPOOL RETREAT
Alamo, California
March 1, 2 & 3, 2013

Vintage Spool Book Update

Where have we been? Why no updates? We have been busy, busy working on our very first Vintage Spool book. It has been so much work but so much fun and we hope it will WOW you upon it's release. If all goes as planned the book will feature 20 patchwork, applique and embroidery patterns for the home. It is filled with Verna's collections for Free Spirit Fabric so you will be able to use all those fun fabrics you have been collecting. The book is set to debut in May of 2013. We will keep you posted with more info soon!

VERANDA Now Available!

Verna's newest collection Veranda, for FreeSpirit Fabric is now in stores. This gorgeous collection screams romance. Cabbage roses, vintage inspired paisleys, stripes and dots set the mood for wonderful summer & garden projects. A delicious collection of 30 cottons and 4 laminates are sure to inspire so many projects. Perfect for quilting, home decor, children's and adult garments and so much more!

A Book, YES A BOOK!

Where have we been you ask? Why no updates? Well, Verna has been working very hard on her first Vintage Spool book. Yes, finally!!! We will be sharing so much more about it in the coming months but here is what we know so far. It will have over 20 terrific projects for the home in our very romantic style. It will be released in 2013 and we are hoping to WOW you with all that it has to offer. So sorry to be away for so long but we have been very, very busy designing! We have the first 10 projects in the works and are thrilled with how they are coming along. More info coming soon we promise.

October Skies Now Available!

We are so excited to share our latest fabric line, OCTOBER SKIES for FreeSpirit Fabrics. The colors in this gorgeous collection were inspired by autumn sunsets, persimmons, acorns & so much more. The 30 prints combine vintage inspired florals, a paisley, a dot and a stripe. October Skies will create Verna's vision of Autumn in 2011. This will include wonderful autumn patterns like Autumn Sunset and Hidden Forest. We hope you'll enjoy a look at some of the swatches. To view the entire collection including Verna's October Skies Voiles click here. The collection is now available for purchase so please check your local quilt retailer.

Thank You Alden Lane!

What a wonderful experience to be chosen as the guest artist for Quilting In The Garden this year. Not only was it the loveliest setting to display our Vintage Spool designs but all of those involved with putting on this event were AMAZING and oh so kind! Thank you, thank you to everyone at Alden Lane Nursery for making it such a lovely weekend. We hope you'll enjoy just a couple of our photos.

No News Is Good News!

Hi all, sorry to have taken such a long time to update you on the goings on here at The Vintage Spool. We promise, no news is good news. We have been very busy preparing for the many events coming this fall. We are in the studio designing new fun projects and look forward to sharing some sneak peeks very soon. Please be patient, we promise Verna's latest fabric collection, October Skies is totally worth the wait!


We also hope to see you soon at the next Vintage Spool retreat, The Haunted Harvest. We still have spots available if you'd like to join in on the fun. Check out our retreats page for more info.

Be back soon, so keep checking in!

Important Dates To Remember

We have so many wonderful things planned for the second half of 2011, here are a few we'd like to share. 


THE VINTAGE SPOOL, HAUNTED HARVEST 
Sign-Ups Begin Online 
July 13 & 14, 2011 

THE VINTAGE SPOOL, SWEET RETREAT
A 3 Day Retreat 
Alamo, California 
July 23, 24 & 25, 2011

QUILTING IN THE GARDEN-VERNA GUEST ARTIST
Alden Lane Nursery
Livermore, California 
September 23, 24 & 25, 2011

THE VINTAGE SPOOL, HAUNTED HARVEST
A 3 Day Retreat 
Alamo, California 
October 7, 8 & 9, 2011 

PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL 
Santa Clara, California
October 12th-16th, 2011

INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, FALL
Houston, Texas
October 29, 30 & 31, 2011

OCTOBER SKIES 
A Bittersweet New Fabric Collection 
By Verna Mosquera For FreeSpirit Fabrics 
Debuts October 2011 

Hooray for the RED, WHITE & BLUE

Hello friends of The Vintage Spool. We hope your holiday weekend is filled with sun, fun, family & friends. We are happily enjoying some California sun and a traditional holiday parade & gathering with friends. Hooray for the FREEDOM we enjoy!

Tea Cakes Now In Stores

We are so excited to announce that our much anticipated new collection of fabrics Tea Cakes is just arriving in stores across the USA. Check with your local quilt store to view and purchase these new fabrics. Please visit our pattern page to view our five new patterns we have just released to support the collection. 

Salt Lake Here We Come

The samples are finished, the boxes are packed and we are ready to hit the road. We are so excited to debut Tea Cakes and our five new patterns at Spring Market. If you are attending market please stop by our schoolhouse session, TEA CAKES, A CELEBRATION on May 12th at 2:10 in RM 251E. Or visit our booth #2244. We look forward to seeing you there.

Five New Vintage Spool Patterns

Spring Market in Salt Lake City brings a new fabric collection and 5 new Vintage Spool patterns. Princess Tea Party, Sugar Kisses, Raspberry Parfait, Pillow Parade and Sweet Treat Pincushions. All of these great new patterns were inspired by Tea Cakes a new collection of 30 gorgeous prints by Verna Mosquera for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Check out our product page to get a glimpse of these exciting new designs.

A Sweet Retreat

Thanks to all who attended our Vintage Spool, Unwound retreat. We really enjoyed having you and look forward to the next time you'll come and stitch with us. 


We are excited to announce that our next event is not that far away. We do hope you'll join us. It will be a delicious affair. A SWEET RETREAT is coming this summer. The dates are July 22, 23 & 24, 2011. Students will choose from wonderful new patterns inspired by Verna's latest fabric collection, TEA CAKES for Freespirit Fabrics. Here's a tiny peek at just one of the blocks from an upcoming design. 

Pre-registration for past attendees is May 6, 2011. Regular registration starts May 7, 2011. This event will fill quickly so sign-up early.

FREE Viewing of VERNA On The Quilt Show

Don't miss Verna's guest appearance on The Quilt Show. Our customers will be able to watch Verna's episode #806, Having It All With Hand Applique for FREE from March 21-27th, 2011. 


The Quilt Show is also offering our customer base a 20% discount on a Quilt Show Membership. If you like our episode and want to learn more about other artists in the industry, take advantage of this great offer by using the coupon code 145850434891 when you sign up. 

Starting on March 21st, 2011 watch the show by clicking this link
WATCH VERNA ON THE QUILT SHOW

Tea Cakes, Sneak Peek!

Tea Cakes was inspired by a tea house Verna visited in San Francisco, CA. The collection is a celebration of all that is playful and whimsical about tea time. The fresh color scheme was dervied from such things as mismatched vintage china, milk glass cake plates, petit fours with fondant frosting, lemon curd and cucumber sandwiches. The vintage prints are brought to life when combined with these fresh colors.
 
It is every little girls dream of playing tea party. A fresh new take on something familiar. This line would be terrific in home decor, children's and women's clothing not to mention quilts!
 
Please keep on the lookout for fun new Vintage Spool patterns made exclusively from the line. Tea Cakes should arrive in stores late Spring 2011. We hope you enjoy a peek at the swatches.

Verna's Guest Appearance On The Quilt Show

The time is almost here for us to share Verna's appearance on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Verna shares about how she got started in the industry as well as a trunkshow of her favorite and most popular quilt designs. It also includes a few of her special applique tips. The show airs for current Quilt Show subscribers on March 14, 2011. Our customers will have special viewing dates from March 21-27, 2011. If you have not signed up for our e-list now is the time. You will receive a link in the coming days to watch Verna's episode for free. Not to mention a special discount to subscribe to The Quilt Show. Don't miss it!

Alden Lane, Guest Artist

We are excited to announce that Verna will be one of the guest artists for the 2011 Alden Lane Quilting In The Garden Show in Livermore, CA. Verna will give an applique class, lecture and sell Vintage Spool products throughout the weekend. Look for more info about this great show coming in September 2011.

Tea Cakes, Coming This Spring

That's right, we have a new fabric line coming this spring. Tea Cakes is a fresh new collection by Verna Mosquera for FreeSpirit Fabrics. The look is romantic, the colors gorgeous. Our working yardage should arrive very soon. As soon as it does we will be working away in the studio designing amazing new patterns. Check back as we will have more info and sneak peeks coming soon. Fabrics are due to arrive in stores late spring 2011.

The Quilt Show

Last summer we were lucky enough to film an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. It was so much fun to do the show. We are very excited that we will be able to share it with our customers this spring. Keep a look out for more information about the airing of our episode coming this March.

New Year, New Calendar

We have so many wonderful things planned for 2011, here are a few we'd like to share.

THE VINTAGE SPOOL, UNWOUND
Sign-Ups Begin Online
January 11 & 12, 2011

ROAD TO CALIFORNIA
Ontario, California
January 20-23, 2011

THE VINTAGE SPOOL, UNWOUND
A 3 Day Retreat
Alamo, California
March 25-27, 2011

TEA CAKES
A Fresh New Fabric Collection
By Verna Mosquera For FreeSpirit Fabrics
Debuts Spring 2011

APPEARANCE ON THE QUILT SHOW
Airing Spring 2011

INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, SPRING
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 13-15, 2011

Happy Holidays From The Vintage Spool

We at The Vintage Spool would like to take a moment to wish all of our customers a wonderful holiday season. May you enjoy all of the wonderful things this season brings.

Thanksgiving Holiday

The Vintage Spool will be closed from November 20-25th, 2010 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you have any questions during that time please direct them to Pam Stipic at pam@thevintagespool.com. We hope you will enjoy the day with family and friends.

Mon Ami Now Available

Mon Ami is finally complete and the pattern is currently available. Please go to products/patterns to view the entire design and order yours today!

Mon Ami Coming This November

We have been hard at work on our next pattern release, Mon Ami. The quilt is a Parisian Inspired applique quilt and it is turning out oh, so adorable! Fresh colors and whimsical designs make this a true collectible!. Here's a peek at a few blocks. The pattern will be available for pre-order very soon so please check back.

Come See Us At PIQF

We are crazy in the studio preparing for our biggest Northern California show Pacific International Quilt Festival. As usual we have fun treasures in store for all who come to visit. We've got a new spot, booth 108 so please stop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Only A Few Spots Left!

Hurry, hurry only a few spots left in the Spook N' Stitch, the first of our Vintage Spool fall retreats for 2010. We are just putting the finishing touches on the retreat pattern, EEEEK and it is ADORABLE! We have so many fun things planned around this event and would love to have you join us. For more info and to sign-up go to products/retreats.

Oui! Oui! Paris!

Looks like you all like Paris as much as we do. Our Weekend In Paris retreat is full! We often have cancellations so if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this event please contact us. We do still have a few spots left in the Spook N' Stitch retreat, so hurry, hurry! For more info on that event please go to products/retreats.

A Weekend In Paris Sign-Ups Start This Week

It's almost time to sign-up for A Weekend In Paris. Registration starts on July 29th, 2010. For more info on this event go to products/retreats. Hurry, hurry this event will fill quickly!

It's Going To Be Spooktacular!

Get ready for a fun filled weekend this September 10-12th, 2010. Join us at the Spook N' Stitch. Students will learn applique tricks from Verna and eat yummy treats all weekend long. We'll tour fun quilt and gift shops, as well as do show and tell and have fun Halloween door prizes. Attendees will be the first to receive our newest Vintage Spool pattern, EEEEK! Hope you enjoy a peek at the newest blocks. Sign-ups are now open and we currently still have spots available. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one, it is going to be SPOOKTACULAR!!! For more info and to sign-up go to products/retreats.

New Pattern Distributor

For years our wholesale customers have been asking if Checker Distributors carry our patterns. We are excited to announce this new relationship. You may now order our Vintage Spool patterns through Checker. To do so you may contact your Checker representative directly or go to www.checkerdist.com or call 1(800)537-1060. If you have any questions feel free to contact us directly.

International Quilt Festival in Long Beach

We are excited to be vending at the International Quilt Festival this summer in Long Beach, California. Our latest block of the month Noel will be available along with Heavenly Peace fabric bundles, wool bundles, hand made pin cushions, many of Verna's favorite notions and so much more! Show dates are July 22-25th, 2010. Stop by and see us in booth 833. We look forward to seeing you there.

Summer Holiday

The Vintage Spool will be closed for summer holiday from June 10th to June 20th, 2010. Orders will be filled throughout that time. You can place them via our website or call (925)314-1740. Please direct any customer inquiries to Pam Stipic at pam@thevintagespool.com. Thank you.

Fall Retreat Dates

We are excited to announce not one but two Vintage Spool retreat dates for this fall. We do hope you'll join as at one of these fun events. Past retreat attendees are permitted to use the pre-registration date. Please see sign-up dates below. Early sign-up is recommended. In an effort to be fair to all who would like to attend we can't allow any sign-ups prior to these dates please.

SPOOK 'N STITCH
Featuring EEEEK! (New Pattern Release)

September 10, 11 & 12th, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Alamo, California

Past Attendee Sign-up date June 23, 2010
Sign-up date June 24, 2010
For more info on this event go to products/retreats

WEEKEND IN PARIS
Featuring MON AMIE (New Pattern Release)

November 12, 13 & 14th, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alamo, California

Past Attendee Sign-up date July 28, 2010
Sign-up date July 29, 2010

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Is it really still raining in May? Am I really still wearing closed shoes and a jacket? Is it really going to rain on Memorial Day weekend? Isn't it supposed to be Spring? Will we ever see the sun in sunny California? Rain, rain please go away!!!!!!

Inspired & Rested!

Market was a huge success and it was great to spread the word about all the fun new products we have been working on. As always it was great fun to see what other designer friends from the Westminster family have been working on. Check this out, Amy Butler is doing yarns for Rowan in her beautiful colors (so pretty), Anna Maria Horner has a darling new book for baby called, New Beginnings, Joel Dewberry just released his first book, Sewn Spaces and has a new collection called Modern Meadow, Tina Givens has a new line called Opal Owl and patterns to go with, Erin McMorris has a new collection called Weekends and Scott Jarard has a fun new line called Zoomers Racing. Oh my too much to talk about and oh so inspiring! I've taken a rest and I'm ready to jump back in and start designing some fun new things. New patterns, new fabric and new retreats will all be coming soon so stay tuned!

Minneapolis Schoolhouse

Are you going to market? If so, we'd like to invite you to stop by Verna's Schoolhouse session at 2:45 in room 208C. It is the perfect time to see her Heavenly Peace collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics and her newest pattern designs, Noel and Christmas Treasures. There will also be a few fun giveaways so don't miss it!

Christmas Treasures Now Available

Our newest pattern, Christmas Treasures is now available. This fun design features instructions for a beautiful stocking, sparkly star wand/tree topper and fanciful fabric chain. These projects are so much fun you'll want to make them for all of your friends and family members. They are so easy even your kids can get in on the creative fun! For more info go to Products/Patterns.

Heavenly Peace Is Hot!!!!

The great news is Heavenly Peace is a hot ticket item. We just received word that the first printing of the collection is sold out!!! Bad news is we do not currently have kits available for Noel as they have also sold out. Due to the overwhelming response on the Heavenly Peace fabric collection we are currently unable to obtain the fabric. More is being printed and we will offer more kits late summer/early fall. Several quilt shops will also be offering kits. As soon as they are available we will post the sources on our website.

The fabrics are available by the yard in shops across the country. As always we encourage you to support your local quilt store and favorite online sources. If you would like to be placed on a list to be contacted when kits come available please use the contact us portion of our website. Thanks so much for your patience.

Upcoming Vintage Spool Events

Noel Block Of The Month
Pattern Release
April 25th, 2010

International Quilt Market Spring
Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 21-23, 2010
Verna's Schoolhouse Session
Room 208C from 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

International Quilt Festival
Long Beach, California
July 23-25, 2010

Pacific International Quilt Festival
Santa Clara, California
October 14-17, 2010

International Quilt Market
Houston, Texas
October 30, 31, November 1, 2010

New Vintage Spool Retreat
Fall 2010 (dates to be announced)
Alamo, California

More information on all of these events will be coming soon.

Stitch In Heavenly Peace Was A Huge Success

What a wonderful group of women we had at our Stitch In Heavenly Peace retreat this past weekend. It was Christmas in April here in Alamo, CA. From the decorations to secret santa to our pretty new Noel pattern, it was too much fun!!!! Thank you to all of our attendees and and to all who helped make this event such a huge success. A special thank you goes out to my amazing assistant Pam Stipic, you are truly the BEST!!! Great news is also on the horizon regarding future Vintage Spool retreats. Please check back as we will have more info coming soon.

Noel Now Available!

Our newest block of the month, Noel is now available. This wonderful bed sized holiday heirloom quilt has been designed exclusively out of our Heavenly Peace collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. We are so excited about this design. To order your pattern today go to patterns/block of the month.

Heavenly Peace Arrives In Stores

We are so excited to announce that our new collection, Heavenly Peace for FreeSpirit Fabrics is now in stores available for purchase. We can hardly wait to see what our customers will create out of this gorgeous line of fabric. We are having so much fun stitching with it and hope you will too!!!

Love To Collect

In case you haven't noticed one of my favorite things to do is collect things and you'd never guess my favorite color is PINK. A forever fan of Mickey Mouse I just couldn't pass up my little friend on a recent trip to Disneyland for my son Milo's 8th birthday celebration. I recently found the perfect spot to enjoy Mickey in my studio.

Stitch In Heavenly Peace Retreat is Full

We are excited to announce that our Stitch In Heavenly Peace Retreat is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this event please contact us at verna@thevintagespool.com. We have had cancellations in the past so it is always a good idea to get on our waiting list. Our retreat project is our new block of the month, made exclusively from our new fabric line, Heavenly Peace for FreeSpirit Fabrics coming this spring. Please take a peek at some of the blocks below.

Retreat Sign-ups Start This Week!

Hurry! Hurry! We are so exited to announce our next 3 day applique retreat, Stitch In Heavenly Peace. This event will feature a brand new holiday quilt project made from Verna's new fabric line, Heavenly Peace for FreeSpirit Fabrics available Spring of 2010. The dates for this fun filled event are April 23-25th, 2010. Sign-ups start January 23rd, early sign-up is suggested. Go to http://www.thevintagespool.com/retreats/ for more info on how to sign up. We hope to see you there!

A Successful Road Trip

What a wonderful time we had at Road To California this year. Thanks to all the great quilters and friends who stopped by to show support for The Vintage Spool! We hope you'll enjoy a few photos of our booth at the show. We are excited to be home and will be jumping right into the studio to start new designs from our latest collection of fabrics, Heavenly Peace. We promise to share details as they progress so please check back.

It's Heavenly!!!!

We are so excited to share our latest fabric line, HEAVENLY PEACE for FreeSpirit Fabrics. The colors in this gorgeous collection were inspired by Pink Poinsettias, Noble Firs & Silver Bells. The 24 prints combine vintage inspired florals, a paisley, a plaid, a stripe, a very unique diamond print and a toile that is so delicious you'll want yards & yards of it!!!! This collection will help create Verna's vision of HOLIDAY in 2010. This will include numerous romantic holiday patterns. We hope you'll enjoy a peek at some of the swatches. Fabrics will be available as early as late February, 2010. We plan to have a few fat quarter bundles available to you, so please check back.

Hitting The Road, So Soon?

Hard to believe the holiday decorations have been down for less than a week and the studio is already full of boxes preparing for our departure to Road To California. We are so happy to return, this show is so much FUN!!! As usual we have numerous treasures in store. Verna will be demonstrating hand and wool applique techniques throughout the show and sharing many of her favorite notions. We have new patterns, wool bundles, Cosmo floss packs & hand made pin cushions. Best of all will be a sneak peek of Verna's gorgeous new fabric line Heavenly Peace for FreeSpirit fabrics. Stop by and see us in booth #1708!

Merry Christmas To All!

We here at the Vintage Spool wanted to wish all of our loyal customers and all of those we do business with a very Merry Christmas and the most prosperous New Year! We feel so blessed to do what we love everyday and thank all who make that possible. 2010 holds fun and new inspiring fabrics, patterns and retreats. We'll be working away here in the studio and will be sharing everything with you soon. Happy Holidays!!!!

Snow In California???????

After an exhausting weekend celebrating my son Nico's 5th birthday I awoke to an amazing view of Mt. Diablo covered with snow! My dear friend Cyndy Rymer has been wonderful enough to share this gorgeous picture with me. It is such a rare thing to see temperatures drop below 50 degrees, so snow is a welcome treat in my neighborhood.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for here at The Vintage Spool. We just spent an amazing weekend with so many fun women at our recent Fall Gathering. The ladies were such a joy and the room was filled with so much creativity. Our Abundance pattern has been so well received by our customers, thank you to all who have supported us and our newest design. We are also so very thankful for being able to do something we so enjoy on a daily basis. Here's wishing you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Abundance Debuts At PIQF

Here's a small glimpse of the highlight of our booth this year at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara. Our newest pattern Abundance, had a wonderful debut and the show was an amazing success! It was so wonderful seeing so many awesome quilters I have met along my quilting journey, many of whom I hadn't seen in years! Thanks to all who stopped by to wish us well. Of course a huge THANK YOU goes out to my awesome team Pam and Laura Stipic, I could have never done it without you!

Sadie Rose Is Unveiled

Yes, here she is in all her glory. Sadie Rose greets the ever adoring crowds at Pacific International Quilt Show. What fun we had with all the amusing reactions attendees of the show had at her presence in our booth. She was a kid's favorite as some small visitors even stopped back by a second time to bid her farewell. Thanks to Laura Stipic for this awesome creative idea. We had so much fun creating her. Sadie Rose even plans to join us at our upcoming Fall Gathering in November.

That Just Doesn't Look Right!

What is hidden under that disguise you ask? We had a special friend accompany us to Pacific International this year. She was the first thing we loaded into the van and the last thing we unloaded. Shocking she arrived with her head on straight, literally! She would have had a great view of the scenery on the way if it wasn't for the plastic bag over her head. No, it's not the unknown comic, it's the unknown scarecrow.

Sunny California???????????

Here is the dreary California day when we loaded up the van for Pacific International Quilt Festival. It is utterly amazing that everything stayed dry and in arrived in one piece!

Fabric, Fabric, Fabric

I have just approved the final strike offs on my latest line of fabric. I'll be sharing all about it very soon. I'll just say I am so excited to work with it and my creative juices are already flowing. More info coming soon!!!!!

So Much To Do, So Little Time

I am off to The International Quilt Market this week to debut our newest fall pattern, Abundance. As soon as I return we are off to Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California. We have so many wonderful treasures to sell. Some fun things include our favorite and newest patterns, fabric kits, wool bundles, Cosmo floss, applique notions, handmade pincushions and even a great pattern sale section of soon to be discontinued patterns. We will also have signed copies of Australian Homespun, Volume 10 Number 9, featuring our adorable wall hanging, Rose Cottage. Stop by and visit us in booth 727! We can't wait to see you there.

Abundance Now Available!

Hooray our new fall pattern Abundance is complete and now available. We love the way this quilt turned out. It is such a romantic twist on autumn. Estimated ship date is October 9, 2009. This one is a must have!

Australian Homespun Magazine

We are so excited to announce that along with a designer profile on Verna, our design Rose Cottage will be featured on the cover of Australian Homespun, Vol 10 No 9. This magazine is a must have, this wall hanging is so darling! We will have the issue for sale in our booth at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA this coming October as well as a few copies for sale on our website. No pre-orders please. We promise to let you know as soon as they are available. Photography courtesy of Australian Homespun, Vol 10 No 9. For a closer peek check our gallery page.

We're Back!

What an amazing vacation I had with the boys in Whistler, British Columbia. If you've never been, put it on your list of must places to visit. What a fun filled, yet relaxing time we had. I'm feeling a renewed energy and I'm excited about all of the fun things ahead on our Autumn/Winter calendar here at The Vintage Spool.

Pacific International Quilt Festival

We are so excited to announce that The Vintage Spool will be vending at this years Pacific International Quilt Festival, in Santa Clara, California. We are already preparing fun treasures for the show. The dates are October 14-18, 2009. As soon as we have our booth number we will share it with you. If you are in the area we do hope you'll stop by!

Abundance Grows

These past few weeks we've been working away on our new pattern, Abundance. We couldn't wait to share the progress. This beautiful fall quilt is full of the splendor of the season. A warm palette of soft pumpkins, fern greens, pastel pinks and rich browns set the mood for this lovely heirloom. Fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, and a vintage scarecrow are just a few of the images included in this pretty quilt. We hope you'll enjoy a peek at these few blocks. Our estimated time of release for this new design is early Fall of 2009.

Fall Gathering News

We are excited to announce that the Fall Gathering sign-ups were a great success! The event is now at full capacity. Thank you to all who signed up. Due to the tremendous interest in the event we are trying to reserve spots for a few additional students. We have started a waiting list. If you are interested in being added to this list please e-mail Verna at verna@thevintagespool.com. We look forward to seeing you all in November.

An Autumn Attraction

THE VINTAGE SPOOL
Invites You To Attend

A FALL GATHERING

WHEN: November 13, 14, & 15, 2009

WHERE: Alamo, California

WHAT: Three days of small group applique/quilt instruction with Verna Mosquera
- A new Vintage Spool autumn pattern design, Abundance
- An additional small retreat project
- Mini autumn boutique
- Show-and-tell harvest luncheon with door prizes
- Private quilt store field trips
- And much, much more.

For registration information go to products/retreats. Space will be limited to 40 students so early sign-up is strongly recommended. We are already working on all of the special details, you won't want to miss this wonderful event!

Forget-Me-Not

Several months ago I was asked by my friends at Crabapple Hill Studios to be a part of something special. Meg Hawkey and Cyndy Peterson had organized fabric companies and fellow designers to donate fabric, time and their artistic talents in order to create a one of a kind quilt. This beautiful creation would then be raffled off to one very lucky winner. Each $10 donation supports the fight against breast cancer and enters you in a raffle to win this Forget-Me-Not quilt! The winner will be drawn on December 1, 2009. This block is my personal contribution to this very worthy project. If you'd like a chance to contribute and possibly win this beautiful quilt go to www.komen.org/quilt to view great photos of the entire quilt and purchase your ticket today!

Save The Date!

Due to the overwhelming response to our first Vintage Spool Retreat this last Spring, we are excited to announce that we are planning another one. Please save the date Nov. 12th-15th, 2009. More information is coming soon. Mark your calendars, we promise this event is not to be missed!!!!

In The Press In 2009

We are excited to announce that Vintage Spool patterns and Verna Mosquera will be featured in numerous publications this year. Please look for us in the following magazines:

Quilter's Home, Quick Cuts - Verna Mosquera
April/May 2009

McCall's Quilting, Bridemaid's Bouquet pattern
June 2009

Quilter's World, Romance In Bloom pattern
August 2009

Australia's Homespun, Rose Cottage pattern
September Cover 2009

A huge thank you goes out to Mark Lipinski of Quilter's Home, Beth Hayes of McCall's Quilting, Sandra Hatch of Quilter's World and Catherine Sanchez of Australia's Homespun for sharing our work with their readers! You won't want to miss these fun articles and patterns. Look for them at your local quilt store.

Celebration Of Spring Was A Huge Success!

What a fun filled weekend we had at our Celebration of Spring. After so many months of planning it was a joy to see this terrific event come together! A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved in making this awesome weekend possible. We are already planning the next Vintage Spool retreat so stay tuned for dates, trust us you won't want to miss it!

Nosegay - Milk

French Ticking - Grapefruit

Delicate Birds - Verbena

Rosebuds - Milk

Flowers & Lace - Geranium

Delicate Birds - Rose

Paisley Stripe - Grapefruit

Pin Dot - Milk

Sew Very Pretty!

I just had to share this lovely handbag and belt made especially by Bari J out of my very own Sweet Escape fabrics. For sometime I'd been hearing about her wonderful designs. Finally I sought her out and requested she make me these beautiful things. If you haven't seen her items you must visit www.barijonline.com and see all of the treasures made by this fabulous designer! There are fun handbags, patchwork belts, key fobs and these gorgeous french ribbon brooches. You'll have so much fun shopping!