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Hi Friends, sooooo… you aren’t quite ready to think about Frosty after the looong winter we have had.  I totally understand that.  Trust me — I know, ha!  You can definitely file these free patterns away for the future… but since Fun With Frosty is one of the April fabric lines released by Quilting Treasures, I thought I will go ahead and share the free patterns with you in case you want to stock up on the fabrics while they are still current.

The Quilt:

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The Runner/Banner:

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download quilt pattern instructions.

Click here to download runner pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Things are looking up at my end, at long last.  More on that later…. meanwhile, blessings to you all.

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[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

Good morning, and Happy Monday, Everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  May the hope of glory Easter brings continue to encourage your heart throughout the rest of the year.

I thought I shall start us off with a sneak peek that speaks “freshness” and “growth”… I do so love spring because of the fresh growth the season brings…

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I am loving how Floral Fancy has shaped up.  More details to come about the project.

Meanwhile, if you are interested, feel free to:

click here to read about how I do my blanket stitches on these applique pieces.

click here to read about my schematic on my version of McTavishing.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week ahead!

p.s.  You know how I always work on projects off-season?  I just noticed — I actually worked on a project that is on-season!

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Hello Friends,  I do appreciate you stopping by.  I hope you have been well, and for those of you who are in the “under the weather” category like me, I hope you will get to feeling better very soon!

A few months ago, I had posted this sneak peek of my quilt, and asked for your suggestions in naming the quilt… click here to see all the suggestions.

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The finished quilt is being featured in the current April/May 2014 issue of The Quilter.  The editorial team of The Quilter officially named the quilt Tulip Trail, and you will see the reason for the name in the following image — the fussy cut border strips.

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Here you see the quilt in its entirety.

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Tulips aside, the combination of the light taupe and cooler color palette in this quilt reminds me of a walk on the sandy beach on a cool morning.

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Tulip Trail is constructed of large blocks, 15″ x 15″ (finished) for those who like to work with large patches.  For once, I didn’t make a quilt using tiny patches, eh?  You can probably also able to tell that these blocks are fairly easy to construct.  They are — because I have intended for this quilt to actually be used. :)

Click here to purchase kits.

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Tulip Trail uses fabrics from Benartex’s Palm Springs fabric collection.  You may recall I had designed a free-to-use design for Benartex, My Cozy Sweater, shown below.  Click here for information on the free pattern download.  Click here to view the entire fabric range… you can see how the choices of fabrics alter the “feel” of the quilt design.  Tulip Trail looks cool and airy, while My Cozy Sweater looks warm, and… cozy!

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Back to Tulip Trail,  I kept the quilting scheme simple, uniform and predictable with marked quilting.  Someone recently wrote and asked what kind of markers I use.  I generally use the blue “Mark-B-Gone” washable marker.   Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

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I hope you have enjoyed Tulip Trails.  You have to go to Ellen‘s blog to see her tulip pictures – real tulips!  They are incredible.

Later today, you also have to check out Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog here for further revelations on Tulip Trails.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed Easter weekend.  God’s blessings to you and yours.

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My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

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

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

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

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

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

Free to use patterns:

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

Hello Friends,  I just want to say a quick hello to you.  We are experiencing over here “the cold that lingers and would not go away.”  It was 29 degrees when I took Miss Baby to school this morning, and we are having a freeze warning tonight; AND I am still battling with my cold which seems to have taken a worse turn.  BUT — I am looking forward to better days when my life will be in order again…

[If you are needing to make something quick for Easter, that chocolate bunny pillow ornament is super easy to make.  Instructions are found here.]

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… with bunches of cherries!

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Meanwhile, I hope you have had a blessed holy week.  Hugs and blessings to you, Dear Friends.

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p.s.  If you have written me “business-related” emails or any emails for that matter, please know I have them in my inbox.  I will respond to you as soon as I am able to do so.

Hello Friends, Happy Monday to you all!  I hope you are doing well.  I am still trying to get over my cold.   I am definitely getting better though… so, at least I have that going for me.  I did finish my Ivory Baltimore.

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It’s been a while since I did this type of tone-on-tone dense quilting.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy this type of quilting where the echoing is 1/8″ or less apart.  So, it was an absolute joy to quilt Ivory Baltimore.  The last time I did this type of quilting was a looong time ago when I quilted my Harrison’s Urn quilt block.  You can read more about the project here.  I am hoping to release the quilting pattern for sale in the near future if there’s enough interest.

Anyway, I am finishing up another quilt this week… and after that, I will be able to breathe just a little bit more easily.  Here’s to health and productivity! :)

I would love to know what you are working on this week…

Hello Friends, this will be a rather quick post today.  I have another free to use pattern to share with you.  The blocks are easy to construct, and this throw sized quilt is easy to complete for an easy peasy and quick project.

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This quilt uses fabrics from Benartex’s newly released fabric line Sew Rousseau — it features beautiful foliage and animal prints.  Though my design uses the Safari animals, the fabric line actually also features bright and cheery tropical fabrics with flamingos!

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

Thanks for stopping by.  Curious mind would love to hear your thoughts on the fabrics and the quilt design!

Alrightie – I shall catch up with you later.

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[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

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Hello Friends,  thanks so much for your get well wishes.  I am not feeling any better today, but I am hanging in there (by a thread, pun intended, ha!) Nonetheless, I am most excited to share with you my “joint venture” feature with Lynette Anderson in the latest issue of Popular Patchwork (April 2014), a UK publication!  A special thank you to Kay Harmon for constructing the quilt top so that I could jump right into quilting it.

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Lynette added the applique portion to my pieced design, and made the quilt into a really fun one!

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Here are more shots of the quilt:

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Mending Fences uses fabrics from Lynette Anderson’s Mending Fences fabrics.

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You may recall I already have two other featured quilts, both named Farm Crossing, made using fabrics from the same collection.  Click here, and here to view additional quilt photos, and for information on the magazines in which the quilts are featured.

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Now back to UK Popular Patchwork’s Mending Fences quilt… this quilt afforded me many opportunities to do some fun quilting.  The following pictures will show you what I mean.  Quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The quilting is done totally unmarked and free-handed.

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See what I mean about the quilting being “fun”?  Can you tell I thoroughly enjoyed the quilting the quilt?

There are many things I like about this quilt, but I think what I love best is the feel of coziness that permeates throughout.

Now, I am not sure where one could buy Popular Patchwork issues in the States. If you do, please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this quilt.  Hugs to you all.

p.s.  I am still waiting for favorable weather conditions to take pictures of my other currently featured quilts.  Stay tuned for details.

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My 2014 lineup to date:

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

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

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

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

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

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

Dear Friends, welcome back to Ivory Spring, and I wish you a beautiful week ahead!  Please allow me to take this opportunity to welcome the new followers of Ivory Spring.  For my new friends, I hope you will find this blog a fun place to visit in the days to come…

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Meanwhile, I finished up my “World of Small Star” quilt, and have named it Oh, Happy Stars!  Some of you have commented about the “small-ness” of my sawtooth star.  You simply have to check out my friend’s Cathi’s work – Cathi specializes in small, and the even more impressive part is she hand-pieces her small blocks.

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#3.  Also, Laura, a quilter/blogger has a sit down longarm machine she is trying to sell.  Click here for more information on how you can contact her directly.

That is a wrap, my friends!  I am actually nursing a really really bad cold.  Grrrr…. talk about bad timing.  Miss Baby was sick last week, and I really didn’t think I would be beaten by the bug like I have…. So, if you would like bring by a meal, let me know and I will pencil you in on the sign-up list!  JUST KIDDING.  But I am going to lay down for a bit… I shall catch up with you later!

With permissions from McCall’s Quilting and the quiltmaker, I am very excited to share with you a blue version of my Spiral Squared quilt, made by Dolly in India.  It is a gorgeous quilt, don’t you agree?  Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled to have Dolly use one of my designs for her recently completed quilt.  For that matter, I am always over the moon when a quilter uses one of my designs.

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The following is my original yellow/gray version.  Click here for information on pattern instructions.

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If you have made this quilt in other colors, please please send me a picture of your quilt.  I should dearly like to see it!

Thanks for stopping by.   I shall catch up with you later.

p.s.  You may click here to see other readers’ projects.

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Some of you are probably like me… I love the look of contrast quilting, but sometimes, I am a little hesitant to use really contrasting colors on my quilting because contrasting quilting means easily spotted mistakes!  I have in the past done some contrast quilting, as shown in the following from Out of the Nest:

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More often than not, my preferred color scheme is tone-on-tone quilting, as in Coxcombs and Berries.

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BUT…. I have been experimenting with “subtle” contrast quilting in the last 6-9 months or so, and I am REALLY liking the look!  The resulting look is such at the quilting is emphasized without being overpowering and taking over the overall look of a quilt.

Here you see a beige on white color scheme in Rising Stars:

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And more recently in a couple of “yet to be official” quilts — variegated gray on beige, and light brown on beige.

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My favorite Aurifil thread color remains 2310 – I wouldn’t know what I would do without my 2310 spools!  But if you are wanting to try out how you like “subtle” contrasting quilting, may I suggest the following colors from Aurifil — 2843, , 2324, 5011, 2600, 4060, 2770, 2000, seen below on beige solid fabric.

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I know we are already into April in this year.  But perhaps it isn’t too late for you to try out some subtle contrast quilting?

I am eager for your feedback, and know I will love reading your comments on this post!

Thanks for stopping by.  It’s back to work I go.  Hugs to you all.

Hello Friends, I hope you have gotten a good start to another new week.  My weekend went totally not-as-planned, and now I am having to play catch up.  All that to say, I am well, alive and kicking.  I thought I would share with you before we go too late into April a couple of free-to-use patterns that were released in March.  First up, My Cozy Sweater, designed using Benartex‘s newly released collection, Palm Springs.  The Palm Springs fabrics are loud, happy, cheerful and cool.

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I like the name Benartex gave the design.  My Cozy Sweater is just that.  The happening design reminds me of the sweaters some of my Engineering professors used to wear in the 90′s.  :)

Do stay tuned for when I can share with you more pictures of my Tulip Trail quilt, recently featured in The Quilter Magazine(April/May 2014), that also uses fabrics from Palm Springs.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

While we are still on the subject of Benartex fabrics, I am happy to share with you my Movement in Squares and It’s Electrifying! designs made final four in Benartex’s March Madness games. :)  You have till tomorrow to vote between Movement in Squares and It’s Electrifying to usher either of the two to the final round.  Click here to vote.  I also shared more “behind the scenes” details on the designs in the same post if you are curious.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am not sure how much I will get to update my blog this week.  But please know that I do miss visiting with you all while I am working hard to push through a few things in the final stage of my “final stage” of things.  Hugs to you all.  And do tell me what’s on your plate this week…

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[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

Current Quilts…

Hello Friends!  Are you enjoying your spring, har har? :o)  It was 25 degrees when I took Miss Baby to school this morning.  I said all that to say this: I have this pile of featured quilts that have been waiting (and waiting) to be photographed, just as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer.  We have plans for a brief outing this weekend, but it’s supposed to thunderstorm etc.  So, we shall see…

Meanwhile, I want to give you a quick run down what quilts of mine are currently in print.  Many of you have written to ask to be alerted whenever my quilt(s) are featured in print so that you can purchase the magazine issues while they are still available on newsstands.  I have in the past posted about my featured quilts as soon as they became official, but I just haven’t been able to do that this winter, and I don’t want you to miss out on the newsstand issues should you be interested in any of them.

1.  Urban Oasis (Quilter’s World, Spring 2014)

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2.  Stardom (Annie’s Row Quilts, click here to purchase book)

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3.  Tulip Trail (The Quilter, April/May 2014; click here to purchase quilt kit)

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4.  All Squared Up (The Quilter, April/May 2014; click here to inquire about purchasing quilt kit)

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5.  Teething Rings (Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Summer 2014; click here to purchase quilt kit)

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6.  Mending Fences (UK Popular Patchwork, April 2014)

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I will be posting about these quilts individually as soon as I am able to squeeze in photo shoot sessions for them.

Meanwhile, curious mind is curious if any of these quilts caught your eye…

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Meanwhile, are you still playing Benartex’s March Madness game here?  I am happy that 3 of my quilts made the “Elite Eight Round“.  I have been walking around feeling like an elite, NOT!  Ha!  Trust me, my life as a quilt designer is no where near glamorous.  I am as normal as one comes, just doing my best to honor my Savior, and take care of my little family, and still dabble a bit in the working world.

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I always enjoy your visits and comments.  And a BIG thank you to those of you “night owl” ladies that emailed/commented last night while I was working!!!  It was really nice being kept awake by your emails/comments. :)  Hugs to you all.

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