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Any class can be ordered as a pattern/workbook.

Price is $12 plus $6.95 shipping, California residents add 7¼ percent sales tax.
Order from:
Linda Ballard & Co.

22526 Bridlewood Lane
Palo Cedro, CA 96073

You may order by phone.
Simply call (530) 547-3461 between 9am and 5pm Pacific time.

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Linda's Update


Hi Everyone,                                                                                                               March 2019

Welcome to the fall Let’s Quilt newsletter from me, Linda Ballard & Co. I can’t believe it’s time to be thinking about the fall retreats, seems like we’re just getting into spring. But like all businesses, we’re always thinking ahead, plotting and planning and trying to keep the momentum going. I hope you can find time to participate in at least one of the options I’m offering …. Remember, the retreats are more than just a quilt to make, that’s only part of it …. it’s about fellowship, food, laughter, merriment and treating YOURSELF to something that’s just for you! As short as the fall schedule is let’s see if I can’t make something happen for you!

My schedule since the last mailing has been busy and that’s a good thing! What this tells me is you still like what I do …. In the way of classes/retreats/cruises. I work hard to make everything appealing to you and I most certainly thank you for the support.

A recap of what’s been happening these past 6 months or so…. went on my Mediterranean Cruise the last of September into October 2019 …. Oh, my word, was that unbelievable! Seeing sights, I thought I would never see …. The Coliseum and you think wow, they did all those races/battles/and made history and then you realize it’s right in the midst of downtown …. Not what I expected. I’m thinking out in a countryside! We made a turn in downtown Rome and boom, there it was …. Wow! And for all the ports we went to it kept getting better and better. Can you tell I was pretty impressed? My favorite I think was Barcelona and Aux en Provence …. Amazing and quaint.

Besides the cruise (my 14th one), I traveled to various guilds in CA and then I taught in Houston for Quilt Festival. So much fun to meet sooooo many quilters from all over the world. If you’ve never been, you need to put this on your ‘bucket list’! Of course, I offered many Let’s Quilt retreats and retreats for private groups who hire me (always a treat to do this for you. Here is a quick view of things coming up, but consider going to my website calendar for more information:

May - 3rd Annual retreat in Clovis, CA (can’t wait) …. Santa Maria guild I’m excited to be back with you …. Private retreat with a group …. Annual Mystery Retreat on the River in Redding. Of course, classes here and there.

June – starting off with Let’s Quilt Retreat in McCloud, CA …. classes from Redding and around the north state …. Vacation with my sewing buddies …. More classes …. Let’s Quilt Retreat in Trinidad, CA (yes, the CA coast again …. Ahhhh).

July – BJ’s Festival of Classes in Bend, OR (oh boy) …. On the road to offer a Let’s Quilt Retreat in Brookings, OR, as well as a one day class (class still has openings) …. Home enough to do laundry and then more classes. Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA (so excited to be coming back!)

August – Shady Cove, OR. (ladies I’m a coming!). They are such a great bunch, we’re going to have soooooo much fun! …. …. Then off to Fresno, CA for another one of the Fresno Retreats (what great people) …. Home only to change gears and off to Harmony Ridge Lodge for a private retreat …. Some classes in and around then my Let’s Quilt Retreat in Grass Valley, CA a private retreat with a great bunch of ladies …. Next a few days with the VQG in Yuba City, CA (my secondary guild) …. More classes in and around the north state.

September – I have my 23rd annual retreat in Mammoth Lakes, CA (always a fun time) …. Then to Southern CA for the Orange Grove Quilt Guild …. My first Let’s Quilt Retreat at Harmony Ridge Lodge (hope you can come, you’ll love it) …. Quilt shops in and around the north state.

October - Weaverville retreat for Let’s Quilt …. Classes galore everywhere …. Off to Santa Barbara quilt guild (so looking forward to coming) …. Private retreat

November- no Houston this year but I’m still busy. Let’s Quilt Retreat the first weekend of the month …. Classes in and around …. Getting ready for the holidays

December – of course that’s my time for family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2020 – booking already and I would love to have a chance to come and visit your guild/conference/camp …. All you need to do is just ask me.

Family, you always want to know what’s happening …. here is the latest:

Dave – he had cataract surgery and he’s said many times it’s so clear and bright. Getting used to seeing him without glasses, but I do see a ‘cheater’ pair on when he does a few things …. yes, that’s the Dave I know. Otherwise he’s good, always helping me out with the workbooks that you all love …. Thanks honey!

Jim and family - the grandkids are growing like weeds. They will be 13 and 8 this summer and have they gotten taller. We saw a big difference at Christmas, but they still like to hang with their Papa and Grandma which is cool. Jim has a new office building and he’s quite excited at all the newest and greatest for his practice (sort of boys and their toys). Courtney is the one who holds this family together …. She’s an amazing daughter in law and we love her.

Cheri – my dad always called her Cheri baby and sometimes it’s hard not to do the same. She’s my baby girl, my daughter who is willing to help if we give her a call. So lucky she lives in our area. She’s busy with her life and job and her 4 legged kids …. Never see her enough.

For myself, I’m the same but I think that’s a good thing. I love what I do, I believe I’m good at what I do and I enjoy making everyone happy. My health is right on track which is always a good feeling. Can I complain? Of course, but why should I, whatever the problem it will pass and I just move on. Doing a few things around the house which always takes time and we’re now of the age where we want to hire it out …. What happened to work ethics?

For the Ballard’s as a whole, … In February we had a heavy snow and no power for 5 days. Haven’t seen this kind of weather since 1968. We lost a tremendous amount -of trees …. Our acreage looks like a war zone. Some of our bushes/hedges are artfully rearranged …. Our gardeners will have to take care of them. But, Dave has a chain saw and will be cutting and stacking limbs and burning over our 5 areas before we get into the ‘no burning’ months. Cleanup can always be a blessing …. It looks good when you’re done but you hate to take the time to do it. Anyway we survived …. Honestly, I only had it bad 1 day and then I left to quilt with my friends in another town that had electricity. Dave played adventurer …. He held down the fort, learned why and how so many quilts will keep you warm and was creative in his eating and cooking (can you say camp stove). But all is well and we probably won’t have anything like this for another ??? years.

So, I’m never sure if I’m going to do another quilting cruise and YES, here I am doing my 15th next year. This is a Let’s Quilt Cruise! I will be sponsoring this cruise with my friend Jill Schumacher and we’re working with Avanti Travel in Redding. As of this writing we are very close to having 50 people, but there’s always room for more. This is a 9-night cruise of New England into Canada cruising from August 27th – September 5, 2020. We will be using RCCL which is wonderful because we sew in a room that’s ours …. Yes, we do not have to pack and unpack our sewing machines, we get to leave them set up in the conference room! Now you might say this isn’t going to be when the fall colors happen but you never know …. Stranger things could happen. The ports are wonderful and you’ll have lots to see and do, its just a matter of deciding. The last port is my favorite, Bar Harbor …. Can hardly wait! Anyway, if you’re interested, I’m attaching the brochure so you can view the details and if you have questions you call me or the travel agent. Oh yes, before I forget, you do need to bring your machine …. Trust me, it’s not that difficult when its in a rolling bag and your carry on.

I still have lots of products to sell to you …. rulers I use in my classes, my workbooks and of course my project bags are still available. If you need anything, you just call or email me and I’ll be happy to take care of you …. ok, so will Dave …. he’s the one who’s home more than me and he LOVES quilters!

Finally, before I close, you know I have to say Thank You for all your support both at classes and my retreats. Many have started with me as retreaters and then proceeded to start their own retreats, but know I’m not going anywhere ... I love that you support me and I hope to see you in the future.