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Any class can be ordered as a pattern/workbook.

Price is $12 plus $5.05 shipping, California residents add 7¼ percent sales tax.
Order from:
Linda Ballard & Co.

22526 Bridlewood Lane
Palo Cedro, CA 96073

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Simply call (530) 547-3461 between 9am and 5pm Pacific time.

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Linda's Update

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                            April 2018

               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 stay ahead.  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 we can’t make something happen for you!


               Since the last letter I’ve been busy traveling all over and of course I’ve enjoyed it all (yes even the layovers in airports or traffic on the roads.  The last letter you received was in September/October so I finished up the year with great classes in and around the area for quilt shops, traveled to a few guilds for the first time and really enjoyed meeting everyone.  The holidays snuck in and yes vacation was on my schedule …. Did that fly!  Had fun with the family in Utah for the holidays, came home sick but hey, that’s all good because I want to be with them, right.  First of the year I was almost immediately in Tucson and that was soooooo much fun, what a great group of ladies.  Two lectures, one workshop …. they were most attentive and very supportive.  I then traveled throughout CA visiting guilds and quilt shops, burning up the interstates to say the least.  All in all, it’s been good and of course the fun isn’t stopping too soon …. take a look at what’s coming up for the rest of the year, maybe I’ll get to see you somewhere or sometime soon!

               May – 8th Annual retreat with Quilters Anonymous …. 2nd Annual retreat in Clovis, CA (looking forward to this ladies) …. Another private retreat with the Twisted Stitchers (always fun) …. Gone for a week with hubby …. 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 to Sonoma …. Vacation with my sewing buddies (we’re off to the Ore coast for cooler weather and great sewing time) …. More classes …. Let’s Quilt Retreat in Trinidad, CA (yes, the CA coast again …. Ahhhh).

               July – Southern CA for a guild and then home to a retreat with the Moonlighters in Oroville, CA …. On the road to offer a Let’s Quilt Retreat in Brookings, OR, (still openings, a one day and a 3 day) …. Home enough to do laundry and then more classes.  Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA …. I will miss all of you this year!

               August – Shady Cove, OR ladies I’m a coming!  Love these ladies, we’re going to have soooooo much fun!  A Let’s Quilt Retreat in Grass Valley, CA …. Then off to Fresno, CA for another one of the Fresno Retreats (what great people) …. home only days and then off to Lancaster, PA where I’ll be teaching at new conference called Lancaster Fiber Festival …. look them up on the web and see if maybe some of you from that area won’t come and be part of it  …. Home only to change gears and off to 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 22nd annual retreat in Mammoth Lakes, CA (always a fun time) …. Right to a private retreat for a few days …. flying to South Hampton England for the cruise to the Mediterranean for 14 days (hey, someone has to do it and it’s me!

               October – Still on the cruise until the 6th but flying home will take another day I’m thinking …. Let’s Quilt Retreat in Weaverville, CA (you can sign up now if you wish) …. more fun, off to Bend ,OR for a 3 day retreat at BJ’s Quilt Basket …. Home to offer a few quilting classes here and there …. Let’s Quilt Retreat in Colusa, CA at a darling quilt shop.              

               November – trying to put another Let’s Quilt Retreat together for the first week of November, keep watch for the calendar on my website for more information …. Teaching at Houston International Quilt Festival, remember it’s about a week late from it’s normal time frame, hope to see some of you there!  A few more classes and then starting Thanksgiving week I’m finished for the year.


               2019 calendar - As you can see, I’m busy but there’s always room to add more if someone has a desire to hire me.  I’ve gotten into doing lots of private retreats where a group will hire me to come and present one of my retreats …. It’s loads of fun and I have several options available, so I can ‘tailor make’ your event to fit you!  All you have to do is just ask and we’ll work on it.


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

                              Dave – he had reverse shoulder replacement surgery last June and he’s doing awesome!  So happy he’s not in the pain he was in before.  Other than that, he’s keeping busy what with my jobs for him and the things around the house.  He has a big trip planned with our son in October and he’s looking forward to that.

                              Jim and family – what can I say but they’re all doing well.  They just came home from a spring break vacation to Aruba where they all had fun doing vacation things (all water related of course).  Jim’s practice is thriving, Courtney is busy at the kid’s school chairing a big fund raiser/auction, Blake is becoming a tween before too much longer and gosh is he ever cute!  Elle is growing by leaps and bounds and she’s so much fun, keeps you very entertained.  We don’t see them enough, love them to pieces.

                              For myself, I’m the same …… I love what I do, can’t imagine not having quilting in my life.  I never get to see my friends enough, miss them terribly, but when I do it’s like we were never apart.  I’ve been creating lots of new patterns, just finding the time to write them and to let Dave put his touches on them so I can teach them.  I’m always amazed that my head keeps coming up with things, so glad everyone still loves what I do.  By today’s standards, it seems thread painting/machine quilting and fusing is what everyone wants ….. it’s all good just don’t forget the traditionalists. 

                              For the Ballard’s …. Dave and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary this May and we are taking a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine for a week.  We always loved this little port town when we would stop there during our fall foliage cruises and said we would come back some day …. this is the ‘someday’!  We have a lovely home for a week, we hope to drive around and check out the area.  Of course, our flights coming and going are going to be flights from hell, many layovers and of course we hope the weather cooperates.  I keep watching the news, I really don’t want winter, we’re hoping for spring!  Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer for us.  A question to you all …. How many out there have celebrated 50 years?  Did you feel the time flew by?  We scratch our heads and wonder where the time went?  I love this man and he loves me …. we can’t imagine life with another soul.  


               I do want to invite you to come with me and others to our cruise to the Mediterranean.  It’s September 22nd thru October 6th, 2018 and we’ll be on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Independence of the Sea.  If you are interested, please contact the travel agent you see posted on my website for more information.  One feature to the cruise is we get to sew in conference rooms …. there’s no setting up and tearing down the machines and transporting them to your rooms.  The bad side is you have to bring your own machines, but we have ideas on how to make this easy for you.  Consider coming, you’ll have a marvelous time with all of us.


               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.