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Hello Friends!   I hope you have had a lovely Fall!  We have had some glorious as well as wet days.  You remembered the foxy jumper I showed you last week?  Miss Baby modeled the jumper at a recent event.

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I want to also show you these postcards about my Learn to Machine quilt class that just came in the mail today.  Click here to read more about the class.  Click here and here to view students’ class sample.

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These postcards have on them a $5 off offer code that is good through 12/31/2014.  They are available for distribution at your quilting group or quilt guild or quilt shop at no cost to you!  If you would like to have them at your quilt group meeting, please email me your mailing address and the number you need at wendy2@wendysheppard.net.   Also, please write “postcards” in the subject line.  I will get them mailed to you!

Meanwhile, have you checked out the behind-the-scenes thoughts that shaped my book Recreating Antique Quilts hereDon’t forget to enter the giveaway while you are there.

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For the FIRST time in months, I am able to say I won’t be feeling guilty for sleeping more than 4-5 hours a night!  So, you know I am going to sleep well tonight.  I have still a lot to do, to be sure, but at least I think I will be able to put in a good night rest tonight before tackling what’s next on my list!

Have a great weekend, my Dear Friends — and goodnight!

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are well.  I am glad many of you, like Linda, have been keeping up with Plain & Fancy BOM quilt — unlike me! :(  I am stuck in Block 2. So it is extra exciting to receive from Linda a picture showing the 6 completed blocks on her design wall.

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Linda wrote, “I thought I’d share with you a photo of my six finished blocks. I’m really happy with how easily the blocks go together, and the fabrics are so beautiful. Thank you so much for this awesome pattern!  (((hugs))) to you and Miss Baby!”

Hugs right back at you, Linda!  And thank you for sharing your Plain & Fancy progress picture!  It made my day.

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I need to get right back to my pre-Market frenzy… busy, but exciting time!  I shall catch up with you tomorrow, hopefully.

 

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It is official!  Recreating Antique Quilts are now shipping.  I have already gotten word that the books have arrived at their destinations from some of you! Thank you for letting me know.

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I thought I would share with you a picture showing three of the featured projects in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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The quilt on the left, Calico Trail, is my husband’s favorite of all my book projects. It is actually a very easy quilt to construct.  Click here to go to Landauer Publishing’s blog to read more about the “behind the project” thoughts on Calico Trail, and a couple of other projects.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment there to be entered in the giveaway of a free copy of Recreating Antique Quilts!  I am turning off comments here so that you can leave your comments at Quilt Books and Beyond!  Also, be sure to note my Fall Market appearance if you (or someone you know) plan on being at Fall Market this year.

Information on signed copies will be forthcoming.  Meanwhile, you may order your own copy of the book here.

If you have missed previous features and want to catch up, click here, and here.

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Over time, I will share more about each project.  But it is the aim of Recreating Antique Quilts to meet the needs of quilters in an individual and group setting through treasures of the past.  And I hope you will have the time of your life attempting/making the projects in this book.

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Thank you again for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you soon.

Happy Monday, Dear Friends! I hope your week got off with a rousing start! I am feeling a bit disoriented from the things I have to get done before I leave for Fall Market next week. So, this will be a quick post… :)
Do you remember these fabrics?

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These fabrics are from Benartex’s Leap Frog fabric collection.  I designed a free-to-use design using fabrics from the same collection: At the Pond.

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I like this fun pattern – I can see it done for a kid’s playroom, especially for a boy, or an adventurous girl who loves bugs!

Click here to view the entire Leap Frog collection.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I need to hop (pun intended!) for now to get back to work.  You all take care, and have a lovely week!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under "FREE PATTERNS" on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

pudding warehouse!!   Inside these boxes upon boxes in the warehouse of Landauer Publishing are….

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… copies of Recreating Antique Quilts, my very first book!!!

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Let’s take a closer look…. just to make sure.

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This is all quite exciting and VERY NEW to me!  I was just telling my sister that it was after I saw the pictures of these books at Landauer’s warehouse that I believed Recreating Antique Quilts is really for real!

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You have already seen pictures of Oh, Happy Stars!  and Ivory Baltimore.

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Feathery Formation is another project that is featured in the book.  I love love love how it is photographed.  There’s just about a quilt on a porch.

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There will be copies of the book coming my way.  I don’t exactly know when that will be, but they are coming.   Meanwhile, you may purchase the book online here.  Would you prettyplease spread the word, and help empty these boxes?  You may also read a little about the book here.

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Someone asked me if I felt any different now that I now have a book out.  Quite honestly, I don’t.  I feel the same, and I remain the little ol’ me I have always been — my heart is ever filled with gratitude for the opportunities afforded to me, as well as the amazing support many have extended to me (including you all, my sweet bloggy friends).  And lastly, my greatest hope is to reflect the glory of my Creator and Savior through my work – though done to the best of my ability, yet still bound by my feeble humanity.

I hope you all have a blessed weekend.  I will be working (again!) and spending some time with my little family.  Hugs to you all.

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Dear Friends, lookie here!  Do you remember my Silver Maple quilt?  It made cover of Fons and Porter’s book Table Toppers!

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Silver Maple  was featured in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2012).  Click the link to read more about the project.  Silver Maple is now being included in Fons and Porter’s  newly released Table Toppers book! This book features a total of 12 table projects.  Click here to read more about or purchase the book.

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  Please come back tomorrow – I have something “behind the scenes” excitement to share with you!  Till then.

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My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

he Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

Growing up with Lucy!

What is girlhood without jumpers for a little girl, right?  Miss Baby has had various jumper outfits, and the “Lucy” versions have been my favorites.   Miss Baby’s Lucy’s are all made using Children’s Corner’s Lucy pattern.

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Here are the Lucy’s Miss Baby has had through the years since she was about 9 months old.

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And here is the LATEST Lucy!  Dear Friend Annelle did a marvelous job making the jumper.  We are foxy fans in the Ivory Spring household. So, I was more than just a little tickled when Benartex sent me these Feeling Foxy fabrics to play with.  I ended up sending the fabrics to Annelle to have her make another (!) Lucy for Miss Baby.

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The jumper front is cut from the panel print in the collection – there was not piecing or applique involved.  Isn’t the fabric just the cutest?

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Annelle monograms always look great!

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I purchased a foxy hair bow to go with the outfit.

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We recently bought Cinnabar, the One o’clock Fox.  This book was out of print, but was back to circulation only very recently.  It is a story about General George Washington’s estate and its surrounding area, told from a fox’s point of view.  It is a fun local interest read for our family. Miss Baby absolutely loves Cinnabar!  In case you wish you purchase the book, you can get the book here.

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I hope you have enjoyed Miss Baby’s latest fall outfit this year.

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But wait, there’s more…. I just need to show you the back of the jumper before I leave, done in the “Fox Hole” fabric from the same fabric line.

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Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I shall catch up with you later when I am able to do so!  Meanwhile, get those Feeling Foxy fabrics while they are still current.

Hello Dear Friends, I am still alive.  I have to say I am rather glad to leave the past week behind me.  In addition to my tight work deadlines last week, our little family fell sick, one after another!  It was not fun at all.  Nonetheless, I was reminded of God’s grace being sufficient for me, regardless of my outward circumstances.

I am glad that our new week has gotten off a rather positive start.  I want to wish you a Happy Fall!

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If you have known me a while, you know I can’t quite resist using gray in my quilts… Click here for my gray thread.  I am working on another gray quilt with a bit of Scandinavian twist.

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This quilt uses really cute fabrics.  I can’t wait to share about the quilt and the fabrics with you. :)

So, curious mind would like to know if you ever use gray in your quilts, and if you do, when the last time was you used gray in your quilts.

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a lovely week.

… well, more like this, this, this, or that for this round of Quilty THIS or THAT!  The question for this THIS or THAT round is runner, baby, throw or bed?  What size of quilted projects do you like or usually make?

Runner (or Banner)?

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Throw?

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Large or Bed Quilt?

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Let our little game begin, and do let me hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Everything is converging on me this week.  Nonetheless, please know that I appreciate your visits and comments.  Hugs to you all!

p.s.  Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1

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… about my upcoming book Recreating Antique Quilts!  Yeah, the Pat Sloan!!  I still can’t quite believe it, the very very FAMOUS Pat Sloan and I chatted a bit on my book!  Thank you, Pat, for spending a few minutes with me talking about my book!

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Click here to listen to the podcast of the interview.   You will hear a little more about Ivory Baltimore, one of the projects featured in the book.  Could you detect that slight Southern drawl mixed in with the Asian accent in the way I talk?  I get that comment quite often.  So I am just curious if you get that feeling too…

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Meanwhile, you can also read about Landauer’s Meet the Author feature on little ol’ me here.  While you are there, feel free to add to the comment section.  In fact, I would love  for you to do so.

Thank you to those of you who have kindly commented on Landauer’s blog – thank you, thank you!  Some of you wrote me over the weekend telling me your comments were not showing – that situation has been rectified. Your comments ARE showing now.   Please know that I am supremely grateful for your kind comments, and count myself extremely blessed to have friends like you – MANY of you – you know who you are!!!

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You may purchase your copy of the book here.

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I will be sharing more snippets on my “baby” book in the very near future!  Hugs to you all, and Happy Week!!

The sweet Landauer ladies love and treat their authors well!  I have had a very fun adventure working with these ladies on my book Recreating Antique Quilts.

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Recreating Antique Quilts will become official really soon (in a matter of days/weeks).  I shared with you before pictures of the cover quilt, Oh, Happy Stars!,  when I first announced the news about Recreating Antique Quilts.

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Today, I am excited to show you Ivory Baltimore, another project featured in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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You may pre-order Recreating Antique Quilts here.  Meanwhile, do head on to read Landauer’s latest Meet the Author blog post here.  They did a feature on little ol’ me!

I am turning off the comments here on this post, and would really appreciate it if you leave comments on Landauer’s blog instead of over here.  Would you also share about the post with your friends?  Again, I owe you one, Dear Friends, for getting the word out on Recreating Antique Quilts.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely weekend.  It is going to be a working weekend for me – here’s to getting lots done!  Hugs to you all.

Hello Dear Friends,  I hope you are doing well.   I had to re-arrange the priorities in my work list.   And after a rather circuitous route, I finally finished and shipped off Hostess with the Mostess.  You remember these fabrics I had shown you a couple of weeks ago (posted here)?

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I will share with you in a Thread Talk post thoughts from my experience of quilting allover spineless feathers on the project.  Stay tuned. :)

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Things are still a bit crazy, but I think I have been able to deal with my new schedule a bit better this week.

Curious and nosy mind wonders what your go-to dish is to elevate your hospitality status to “Hostess with the Mostess.”  I am interested in something that doesn’t take forever to make. :)

Thank you for stopping by!  I always appreciate your visits.  Later!

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