12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: #8 and #9

Friends, if you have been following my blog, you will know that I have been stitching my 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments for a looong time.  From the very first one back in December 2012…

… till I had a set of 6…

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… and then the 7th…

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I won’t have the entire set finished by Christmas this year, but I did finished #8 and #9.

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And elsewhere on our tree this year….

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And tucked sweetly in a very special spot… is this very special sled ornament, stitched for me by Mary.  Mary does fabulous work, both quilting and stitching, and is always making special things to bless her family and others. THANK YOU, Mary!

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a blessed pre-Christmas week.

Migration in American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar 2015

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  I have been wanting to share with you a couple of quilts before the year ends.  The first quilt is Migration, and it is featured in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 2015 calendar.

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Migration is a little different from my usual style.  It is a geometry-centric design that focuses on the use of flying geese units in different color gradients to achieve a captivating (I hope) visual effect.  I had the GREATEST fun making the quilt, and I felt I was rather hip after completing the project.

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Migration uses fabrics from Island Batik — check out Island Batik’s website here for similar fabric swatches that can be used to replicate the quilt.  Actually I would really love to hear what other color combinations you have in mind!  I am thinking a fiery yellow and orange and red combination would make a very stunning visual impact.

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The quilt design lends itself to much negative space for quilting.  The following picture partially shows the back where I had quilted circles randomly across the quilt, and then filled in with feathers.

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Here are a few close up pictures of the quilting on the quilt front.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I honestly don’t think I will enjoy the quilting process as much as I do if it weren’t for the Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads I am using.

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I included the following shot to show just how tiny and tight Aurifil’s Mako 50 Cotton thread allows me to quilt in the background fillers in the picture above.

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I wanted my quilt to lay flat and not stiff as cardboard after all the dense quilting.  So I opted to use Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting as the “meat” of my quilt.  I also made a hanging sleeve for this quilt because I know for sure I want to hang this quilt up somewhere.

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Want to make Migration?  American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar comes with a separate booklet with complete instructions for all 12 projects.  You may purchase the calendar here. The calendar and booklet would be great for anyone who wants to do a QOM (Quilt of the Month) regimen.

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I actually have two projects featured in the calendar.  I will be sharing about the other project next week.  So do come back! :)  It is that star quilt on the top right corner — and you know what I think of star quilts!

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Tell me what you think of Migration.  And this rounds out a very intense week for me!  I intend to work still, but will take things a bit more slowly.  Have a blessed weekend, Dear Friends!

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

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

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

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

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

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

The 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

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love by Benartex

Flower Basket Sneak Peeks & Christmas Snippets

Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  Thank you for stopping by again.  I thought I will share with you my Flower Basket quilt that had “refused to be finished”, but is now finally completed and shipped off.  I am exploring the use of basic solid and batik fabrics together in a quilt.

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Meanwhile, here are few Christmas snippets from my British country hutch.  Those snowmen ornaments were featured in Quilter’s World’s Autumn 2013 issue.  Click here for more information.

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Both ornaments were on our Christmas Tree last year, but I decided to place them among my dishes this year. :)

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What do you think?  Do you think I made a good move with these snowmen ornaments this year?

Gotta run for now — I am exhausted, but I still have a few things to get done before I can go to bed tonight. Later, my Dear Friends!

FREE PATTERN: Sew Lovely

Hello Friends!  I hope you have been well.  I have been working, and working, on a quilt that refuses to get done. You know sometimes, there is that one quilt that just ends up being a bit problematic.  Well, my latest completed quilt was a bit like that.  I will have sneak peeks for you in a different post.

For now… I am going to share with you a new free-to-use design Sew Lovely.  How do you like the button blocks? How about the sewing machine and thread spool sashing pieces?!  For the record, Sew Lovely is one of my favorites of my designs. :)

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Sew Lovely is designed with one of my all time favorite fabric lines by Benartex, Made With Love. You can see that the quilt design is a heavy on the sewing theme due to the theme of the fabrics. :)

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You may recall I had used Made With Love fabrics in the pillowcase I made for American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 million pillowcase challenge.  Click here to read more.

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I have also used the fabrics to make Miss Baby’s thread spool stitchery into a hanging pillow ornament.  Click here to read more.

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Click here to view the entire Made With Love fabric range.

Click here to download Sew Lovely  pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have been able to squeeze in a bit of crafty/sewing fun this Christmas season. If so, what have you made?

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

2014 lineup

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

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days / Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love by Benartex

More quilty previews

Hello Friends – another week has come to an end.  It’s been a busy one at my end.  I woke up at around 3am on Thursday morning to make cupcakes for Miss Baby’s class – for all intents and purposes, that was my first time making cupcakes.  I have always done muffins, but not cupcakes.  I thought the cupcakes were alright, but not as “cakey” and “fluffy” as I had expected — if you have any tips for the perfect vanilla cupcakes, please share!  I am thinking perhaps use baking soda instead of baking powder as the recipe I used recommended?

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I have a couple of quilty sneak peeks to share with you.  Can you tell I have enjoyed myself?

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a fun weekend.  It will be work and more Christmas activities for me.   But I can’t complain!  I always love the Christmas season.  Hugs to you all.

Joy of Needle and Thread: Part 3

Hello Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  (Christmas) joy of needle and thread is felt by all at the Ivory Spring household.  I got my act together (finally), and finished up Miss Baby’s cross-stitched Christmas tree piece into an ornament. IMG_8149 Miss Baby stitched 2 threads over 1 on 11-count Aida. IMG_5886 And I used the fabrics from Benartex’s Holiday Magic collection.  You may recall I had done a “hen and chick” style pillow ornament ensemble tutorial here, using the same fabrics. IMG_7147 Image11 The Christmas Tree ornament is a handmade Christmas gift exchange between Miss Baby and my sister.  My sister made Miss Baby a doll, and Miss Baby stitched the ornament for my sister in return. IMG_8143 IMG_8145 I added a pocket for keepsakes at the back of the ornament pillow.  Miss Baby’s note to my sister fits in the pocket nicely. IMG_8188 IMG_8183 I hope you liked Miss Baby’s ornament.  She is stitching another Christmas ornament right now – also a Christmas tree – for herself.  But her progress has been a little slower compared to the last one.  I am suspecting it’s because she is stitching on 14-count fabric instead of 11-count.  My local craft store ran out of their nice 11-count fabric.  So I had to settle on the 14-count fabric. Before I say goodbye today, I thought you would like to see Miss Baby’s gumdrop topiary.  It was really fun at first, but then it quickly became a training in perseverance.  I made Miss Baby finish what she started to complete the topiary.  She was very happy she stuck it out when she saw the final result of the topiary, placed beside this snowman teapot I have had for almost twenty years — we were newlyweds, and my husband had to have it when we were out and about after Christmas.  Bringing out that snowman each year reminds me of simpler and much younger days… when all we had to worry about was getting through school.  Time has changed. :) IMG_8169 Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall catch up with you again. *** Click here, and here if you missed Miss Baby’s needlework adventures.  Click here for the summary of my crafting journey with Miss Baby.

Quilty previews

Hello Friends, I have had the pleasure of focusing on the quilting part while working on some exciting projects.  Here are a couple of sneak peeks.  They have the feel of rich hot dark chocolate with a hint of raspberry and marshmallow…

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How is your Christmas shaping up?  We are slowly seeing more and more Christmas around the house.  And with Miss Baby, it’s almost like we are in all things crafty when it comes to Christmas.   I will have pictures to show you later on.

But I cannot leave today without sharing with you this very quilty Christmas ornament.  Being an aspiring artisan (sort of, and I can at least dream), I am always sourcing home grown artisan Christmas things for my collection.  I am always amazed at just how talented some people are out there.  You can purchase this star ornament here.  [I will have a few more noteworthy American made ornaments to share with you before the season is over.]

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Thanks to you all who have shared about your Advent Calendar here.  I enjoyed reading about your Advent Calendars.  Now, curious mind wants to know if you have a favorite ornament, and if so, what it is like.

Christmas tradition: Advent Calendars

Hello Friends!  Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have had a lovely day.  One of the most exciting Christmas traditions at the Ivory Spring household is the Advent Calendar we bring out every year for Miss Baby.  She is always excited to open the “next” door.

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I was browsing the news and came across this Wedgwood Jasperware Advent Calendar — more aptly known as Advent House!  Each window opens to a different Wedgwood Jasperware ornament.  WOW!!!  Click here to read the article, and to see the ornaments.  I am a dishaholic, but I do not collect Jasperware items.  I am really tempted after seeing these ornaments…

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While most of us mere mortals aren’t probably not going to be able to afford a 12,000 pound Advent House (especially due to the fact that only 3 were made!), the idea of Advent Calendar is a nice reflection of the anticipation of the buildup to Christmas, much like the Jews longing and desiring for their Messiah to come. And as we look forward to Christmas each year, we too look forward to salvation in its fullest sense.

So, curious mind is curious if Advent Calendar is part of your family’s Christmas tradition.  If so, what kind of Advent Calendar do you have?

Yuletide Snowflakes in UK POPULAR PATCHWORK (December 2014)

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Hello Friends!  Happy Monday.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  My little family had a wonderful time with friends.  And I have to say it was good for me to unplug for a few days — that’s why my blog wasn’t updated for most of the week last week.  But now that we are in the leftover turkey mode, I am back to work mode!

I had shared with you about having another featured project besides my Christmas Wreath runner project that is featured in UK’s Popular Patchwork December 2014 issue.  Click here to read more about the runner.

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I am happy to share with you another Christmas project Yuletide Snowflakes.

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Many of us simply adore star blocks.  And this particular block reminds me of a snowflake, thus the name Yuletide Snowflakes for the name of my quilt.

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And I just had to use Lynette Anderson’s Starry Night fabrics to make a star quilt for the holiday season.  The Starry Night fabric line is current, and is released by RJR Fabrics.  I love adding a bit of blue in the traditional green/red mix because that way the quilt can be used throughout the winter season.

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Here are a couple more pictures of the quilt.  I always love that Lynette Anderson’s fabrics lend themselves to a scrappy look without much effort.

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I quilted allover swirl and Jester’s Hat to give a nice texture to the quilt.   The nice thing about quilting allover motifs is that once you are familiar with the stitching paths of individual motifs, you can easily customize you own quilting by combining motifs!  Quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!

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Before I leave, I thought I would give you a run down on projects I have done using the Starry Night fabrics besides Yuletide Snowflakes.  Click on project names for more information on individual projects.  I have two more Starry Night projects to share – so stay tuned.

1.  Stars Aligned in Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68)

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2.  Santa’s Sleigh

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I hope you have enjoyed Yuletide Snowflakes.  Speaking of snowflakes – we are expecting rain and sleet tonight and tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week, and HAPPY DECEMBER!!

Click here for information to purchase/subscribe to Popular Patchwork.

Click here for information on my online machine quilting class that covers free-motion quilting swirl and Jester’s Hat motifs.

Click here and here for my virtual trunk show on star quilts.

Click here and here for my virtual trunk show on Christmas projects.

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

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

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

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

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

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

The 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

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner in Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70)

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Happy Monday!  I hope you are well.  We are in Thanksgiving / gotta get stuff done mode at Ivory Spring household!  I just made three batches of cookies this evening…

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You have seen A Mother’s Love banner that is made with RJR’s Pocketful of Daisies fabrics by Lynette Anderson. Click here if you are interested in reading more about A Mother’s Love.

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I am happy to share with you another Pocketful of Daisies banner project featured in the latest issue (Issue 70) of Australian Quilters Companion.  This banner is designed for that tight and narrow little spot we all have in our house that just needs a bit of something to dress up — meet Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner.

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This banner project is another collaboration with the beloved Lynette Anderson.  Here you see Lynette’s signature adorable bird!

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The magazine copies are already on Newsstands.  Click here to purchase digital version of the magazine at a very good price.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this cute sweet banner!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your sweet friendships.

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

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

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

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

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

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

The 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

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

In Case You Missed Market Schoolhouse #1: Recreating Antique Quilts

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I feel like this week has zoomed by all too quickly.  I am not out of the woods with my sewing saga…. but I hope to be able to share some snippets about the saga with you before too long.

At my 2014 Fall Quilt Market Schoolhouse presentation about my book Recreating Antique Quilts, I shared about the premises of the book, as well as how the book can be used by quilters in group or individual settings.  I thought I would share my thoughts here as well.  At least I have more than 30 minutes to cover thoroughly the various aspects of the book.

My main purpose in Recreating Antique Quilts is to connect present quilters to the quilting treasures of the past – the quilters as well as the quilts!

In many aspects, the book is a reflection of my own quilting journey ever since I started quilting back in 2005.  You can read about my very humble start to quilting here.  The following is a picture of my first quilt – with no prior sewing experience.

I credit my dear friend and mentor Barbara for getting me started in quilting.  You see, she did not insist on me making her “standard” beginner’s quilt.  And I will forever be grateful to her for being gracious and patient enough with me when I showed her the quilt I wanted to make for my first quilt.  Keep in mind — at that point in time, I didn’t know how to sew.  YET, Barbara took me under her wings and showed me everything!

After that first quilt, I kept on quilting because of  how much I had enjoyed THAT first quilt!

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BOOK PREMISE #1:  Many quilt because of that first quilt, and many do not quilt because of that first quilt.

In my designing career, I have always striven to come up with easy to construct designs with the illusion of “difficult” – because I think making a really nice looking but easy to make quilt as a beginning quilter will encourage the beginner to keep quilting.  At least that’s my personal experience.

So naturally, I included such projects in Recreating Antique Quilts. Calico Trail, Ginkgos on Prince Street,  and Garden Lattice make the “That First Quilt” list!

1.  CALICO TRAIL

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Calico Trail is made with just one block colored by a variety of fabrics in two colorways, and different block orientations give the overall quilt design a very polished look.

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In a teaching setting:

A quilting teacher can easily use Calico Trail, spread out over 4-6 weeks, to teach essential quilting techniques: accurate cutting, HST construction, color values – dark and light, block orientation etc. There are quite a few blocks to construct to be sure for Calico Trail, but a beginner doing repetitive piecing will soon find improvements in her piecing skill, and start coming up with tips and tricks of her own. I remember that’s how I learned, through many repetitions. But, I think one thing going for Calico Trail is that the quilter will not find the repetition boring because it is a design that uses more than just 2 or 3 fabrics.

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Taking it further:

A teacher (or a self-taught quilter) can also use Calico Trail to explore the effectiveness of the various techniques used to construct HST units – Thangles, Rulers, Chain Piecing etc.  There are many HST units to make, why not spice things up a bit by constructing the HST units using different techniques and see which one makes the most beautiful HST units.

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2.  GINKGOS ON PRINCE STREET

I also included an easy pillow project that uses fewer blocks (constructed the same way), but with a asymmetrical twist to the setting and layout for a totally different look – my Ginkgos on Prince Street pillow.

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Ginkgos on Prince Street can easily be a meet-and-greet project.  For a social and “work” quilting get-together, quilters can easily chat and sew up this pillow in no time.

For the individual setting, Ginkgos makes a quick home decor or gift project.

I included the directions on how to quilt the Ginkgo motifs (easily adapted for other motifs) in the book. Traceable Ginkgo motifs are also printed in the book.

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3.  GARDEN LATTICE

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Garden Lattice is a throw-sized project that is great for stash busting! I imagine many of us have fabrics we have saved but never used.  Karen certainly did with her version of Garden Lattice!

Teaching Setting:

This project is a great primer to quilting with sewing only strips, and not having to deal with a lot of cutting and small fabric patches in individual block construction.  A beginner learning how to quilt will have fun with this quick and easy to complete project, and most of all,  I imagine she will have loads of fun choosing the fabrics to go into her quilt!

Individual Setting:

This project makes a great project for a gift, or a to-be-used quilt. Sorting through your stash to find just the right perfect fabrics to go into the quilt would be so fun!  You have some stripe fabrics that are just laying around – they will be great for Garden Lattice.

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I would like to take this opportunity to pay my tribute to all of you who have helped someone else catch the quilting bug.  Please know that you have done something very meaningful when you connect someone else with the rich quilting legacy we have!  It is my hope Recreating Antique Quilts will play a small part in inspiring quilters to be proud of their contribution to the continuing of this very rich quilting heritage we enjoy.

This concludes our first In Case You Missed Market Schoolhouse post. I hope you have some great ideas on how to use the projects I have shared with you in today’s post.  I will have more to share with you. Stay tuned.

Now, I would love to hear your “first quilt” quilting stories – whether as a teacher or student.

Have a great weekend!  I simply must get back to work.  I will catch up with you next week.

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All the posts to date about Recreating Antique Quilts may be found here. 

Book copies may be purchased here and here.

FREE PATTERN: Sunshine

Hello Friends, I feel like I have been living in a deep freeze the last few days.  I know many of you in North America are feeling the same way.  It was 16 degrees Fahrenheit this morning when I took Miss Baby to school.  I am a wimp when it comes to the cold weather.  So, how about I share with you my Sunshine quilt design, happy and sort of sunshiny?

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Sunshine uses stylized pieced sunshine blocks in Benartex’s Sunny Days / Sunny Bonnet Susie fabric line. These updated  30’s prints make the blocks look really sweet.  The patchwork inner border pieces are actually cut as strips from a patch print fabric.  I shan’t spoil it for you… so,

click here to view the entire fabric range.  You simply have to check out the patch print sku, and there is even a doll panel!

click here to download the pattern instructions.

I hope you will enjoy making the Sunshine quilt.  I have had a bit of a sewing drama (am still in the thick of the drama) that I will share with you later! Thank you for stopping by.  Take care, and hugs to you all!

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

2014 lineup

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

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days / Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex