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Hello Friends, last year I shared about working on a quilt I nicknamed my “Iron Man” quilt because of the short amount of time I had to complete the quilt and the large amount of HST’s I needed to make for the quilt.  And on top of that, I wanted my points to match!

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The “Iron Man” quilt eventually took on a much more “quilty” name — Color Burst.   You may click here to view more pictures of Color Burst / “Iron Man”.

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Well, I am back at Iron Man-ning it this year — don’t know how — but here I am.  I have no idea what I am naming this quilt.  Right now it’s Iron Man II, and those HSTs finish at 1.5″.  You know how I feel about piecing.  All I can say is I probably have another screw loose!

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I had a lovely time with the sweet ladies of Mount Vernon Quilt Guild yesterday. Last night, with all sincerity, Miss Baby asked me, “Mom, how was your class? Did you have to take anyone to the principal’s office?” She wasn’t even trying to be funny!

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I finally had a few moments to random-generate and pick the winners of my McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014) giveaway.  My Owl Be Your Friend quilt is featured in that issue.

The Winners are #16 (Maryellen) & #30 (Danielle Kenyon). Ladies, if you would send me your mailing address, I will get the magazines sent to you asap. Congrats to the winners, and thank you all for playing.

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That’s all for now – Dear Friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  Please stop back by tomorrow for another giveaway!  Till then.

I will be spending most of my day with quilters from Mount Vernon Quilt Guild working on this… ought to be fun.  I am looking forward to it.

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How about you?  What are you doing today?  I hope you have a most lovely day!  Till tomorrow.

… or rather Song of Patriotism pillow!  The following pictures show what I mean.  Dear Friend Joyce made my Song of Praise pillow in patriotic colors, and she plans to display her pillow through the summer!  Isn’t Joyce’s pillow a beauty?

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I always like to quilt my pillow top before constructing the pillowcase because I think the quilting adds a dimensional look to the pillow top.  I never remember to take pictures of my pillow tops before they are quilted… but Joyce didn’t forget. Her pictures illustrate the dimensionless/before quilting and dimensional/after quilting looks perfectly!

Before:

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After (and I see Joyce has quilted my Jester’s Hat motif – she knows how to make my day!):

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Joyce is a woman of details – she even made her pillow back beautiful!  I love her blue/red pillow back.

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Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your patriotic Song of Praise pillow with us! Click here to read about my original Song of Praise pillow.

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Thank you for stopping by!  Now, do you have a favorite patriotic song? Curious mind would love to know.

I think mine would have to be My Country, Tis of Thee.

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My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
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My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
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Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
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Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Happy Monday and Happy Week to you.

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You can view more of Joyce’s work here, and here.

Hello Friends – I know you all are getting antsy Christmas is right around the corner, right?  According to the bookseller that comes to the church we attend, there were 150 shopping days till Christmas as of last Sunday!   Maybe that little fact would induce us to get ready for Christmas?   Well, I said all that to share with you today a fun little project I did for a Christmas in July blog hop at Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog!

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Look at these adorable fabrics I got to play with.  They are from Benartex’s Holiday Magic collection.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.

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But these fabrics aren’t it - they are just the supporting actors.  The star of the show are these patch prints from the same collection.  I have liked a lot of the patch prints that have come out.  But I realize sometimes they are hard to feature in a quilt design.  So, I have generally used patch prints as quilt backing fabrics.

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But not for my blog hop project today — I made the patch prints my feature fabrics!! Here is a peek of my Christmas blog hop project, in hen-and-chicks style, sort of.

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Head on over to Sew in Love {with Fabric} for further details!  Once there, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Holiday Magic fabrics.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fanta-bulous weekend, Dear Friends!

p.s.  Please don’t tell me you have started shopping/making gifts for Christmas this year…. okay, you may tell me anyway!!  :)

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Click the following links for my past blog hop participations at Sew in Love {with Fabric}:

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Christmas in July 2013

April Hop

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Happy Thursday, my Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  As promised, I am sharing another first time feature with you — this time it’s my Hole in The Wall quilt in Generation Q‘s May/June 2014 issue.

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You do see why I named this quilt A Hole in The Wall, don’t you?  [Hey, for once, the editor kept the name I had suggested for my quilt!  Maybe there's hope for my quilt-naming skill after all.]

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I wish you could see this quilt in person to get a hold of the fabrics used in this quilt.  The quilt uses fabrics from rather unlikely combinations – kids themed fabrics mixed with florals, for example – to give an “unexpected” element to the final design. The fabrics I used are all from Benartex: Gramercy, Solids, 10000 BC, English Rosey, Palm Springs, and Florabunda.  You will find A Hole In The Wall very user-friendly for any fabrics you might have in your stash.

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What I really like about the quilt is the quilting on this one!  Quilting is free-hand on my domestic sewing machine using Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

This is the very quilt that I spent a day ripping out stitches after the quilt was about 1/3 quilted.  The original quilting scheme quit speaking to me, and it was a battle within me to decide whether to keep going or hunker down and get the seam ripper ready to work.  The seam ripper won!  And I have to say I am very happy with how the quilting turned out.

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I hope you have enjoyed Hole In The Wall.  Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for being such sweet friends!

Till tomorrow.

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Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

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’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

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

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

Before we get into what I am sharing with you today… I have to tell you I discovered something disturbing, distressing and downright depressing yesterday!    I always try to email my acknowledgement when you comment on my blog, especially if you leave just your email addresses and not your blog addresses.    But apparently, those email replies that I have spent hours writing have NOT been getting to you, since about March this year!   I do not know what the deal is at this point.  But I said all that to say this, I do NOT mean to come across as rudeness personified.   If you haven’t heard from me for a while after commenting – chances are I did write, but you just didn’t receive my emails.  Grrrr.  Ever since I discovered the problem, I have devised a work-around for the interim.  My response/acknowledgement to you will come in an email with the subject line “Blog Comment”.

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Hello Friends, I have been sewing – I promise you.  It might not seem like it from my recent posts…. but I really have been sewing. :) And my One Small Light is proof.

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Stay tuned for details on my One Small Light project.  For now, I hope you will have a lovely day, and light up someone’s life today! Come back tomorrow – I will be posting about another exciting editorial feature.  Hugs to you all.

Awwwwww ALERT!

Did you go awwwww seeing these cutie booties?!  What do you think?

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No, it is not an encrypted message indicating Miss Baby will be having a sibling. Mom here is a tad old for that to happen!  The reason I am sharing these cutie booties with you is because my sister had made these cuties for a friend of hers.  I asked if I could share the pictures with you, and she said yes.   While there’s not a sibling for Miss Baby is sight, seeing these booties does make me wish Miss Baby to be that tiny and baby-ish again!

Besides quilts, do you make anything else to bless a new life?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day!!

 

I am always appreciative of many of you who look out for me.  You send me interesting links & stories you find on the internet. You even write to tell me my quilts appearing in publications before I see those publications.  Some of you have written to tell me you have seen Recreating Antique Quilts being available for pre-order on Amazon.  I checked it out, and sure enough it is!  Click here to pre-order your copy:

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The official synopsis of the book mentions beautiful photography.  I can tell you that the quilts are beautifully photographed.   Here is a tease for you.

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I will be sharing more about Recreating Antique Quilts between now and the official release.  Meanwhile, I hope another snapshot of the cover quilt would induce you to pre-order the book?

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Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Monday and Happy Week!

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Hello Friends!  I hope you have had a great week so far!  Let’s see, Miss Baby and I have done the usuals this week.  We also squeezed in our schedule to see a Reptile Show at our local library, where I learned more about certain crawly creepies than I wanted to know.  Miss Baby was brave enough to pet this large albino snake (gross!).

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I am really thrilled about another Australian feature in the midst of all the craziness.  Since I am currently working on things I can’t show you just yet, I am happy to show you something I had worked on months ago. Meet Stars Aligned, my new design featured in the No.68 Australian Quilters Companion issue! You will be able to purchase the magazine on newsstands if you aren’t a subscriber and live in Australia.  If not, you are able to easily purchase the digital version here.

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See my name and quilt on the table of contents page?!  I am very excited.  You will also see my friend Lynette Anderson has a project featured in the same issue too!  Yay to Lynette. :)

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I do like the layers of stars in Stars Aligned.  Are you able to spot the starry layers?

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Stars Aligned is made with fabrics from Lynette Anderson‘s Starry Night and Bread & Butter, released by RJR Fabrics.  Fabrics are now in stores.

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Since the actual sample, made by Jill – a wonderful sample maker, is in Australia, Lynette graciously sent me these pictures from the Down Under.

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If you wish to purchase the quilt kits, Lynette has them for sale here.

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Lynette also has the kits for Santa’s Sleigh (download pattern instructions here) for pre-order here, our joint design using the same Starry Night fabrics.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to read about snake and stars.   I am not nearly as excited about my slightly increased knowledge of snakes as I am about my continuing starry quilting journey!

God bless you all!

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Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

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’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

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

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

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well!  Many of you mentioned in yesterday’s post that runners are  your projects of choice when you think of “quick”, and more importantly for some, the reason you like runners is because runners are perfect for practicing free-motion quilting!  NOW – that’s music to my ears!  So I thought I should share with you some runners I have made or designed.  Click on quilt names for more pictures or information.

1.  Attention to Detail (American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2011)

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2.  Quilting Around the Applique Block (Quilter’s World, April 2011)

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3.  Quilting Around the Block (Quilter’s World, February 2011)

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4.  Christmas Hospitality (Quilter’s World’s A Quilted Christmas, Fall 2011)

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5.  Hot Chili Peppers (The Quilter, January 2011)

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6.  Lollipop Spring (Jump-start Your Quilting, House of White Birches, April 2011)

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7.  Pumpkin Patch (Log Cabins Today, House of White Birches, September 2011)

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8.  Modern Country (Simply Solids, Annie’s, November 2012)

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9.  Persian Rug (Fat Quarter Shuffle, Annie’s, October 2013)

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10.  Solar Star (Dazzling Diamond Quilts, Annie’s, May 2014)

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11.  Verde Runner (Quilting Treasures, February 2014)

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12.  First Thanksgiving (Quilting Treasures, April 2014)

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13.  Fun with Frosty (Quilting Treasures, April 2014)

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14.  Sweet Meadow (The Quilter, August/September 2012)

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I hope these runners got your creativity running (lame pun alert!!).  Alrightie, I’ve got to run for now – more pattern writing to do!  Thanks for stopping by.  Love you all!

p.s.  Have you checked out my other Virtual Trunk Show posts?

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Hello Friends – Happy Monday, and Happy Week!  I hope you are well.   I am very happy to share with you my first ever feature in McCall’s Quick Quilts!!!  First features in any publications for me are always extra special!  Come meet Owl Be Your Friend, featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts’ August/September 2014 issue.  Click here to purchase your magazine copy.  Click here to read McCall’s synopsis on the quilt.

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Here is a photo of the quilt I took nestled in the shade of a tree.  After all, one would expect to see forest friends peeking out from among foliage, yes?

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Owl Be Your Friend is a quick and easy quilt to construct — the rows are constructed using rectangles of different sizes, and oriented differently for an interesting visual effect.  My Owl Be Your Friend was pieced by Sherry McConnell of Indiana.

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A new design element I tried out in Owl Be Your Friend is the use of solids for quilt borders.  The aqua solid I used ended up tying up nicely all the busy prints in the quilt center.  You might try that little trick the next time you are stumped on border fabrics if you already have busy prints in your quilt.

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I absolutely love the prints used in Owl Be Your Friend.  They are from Benartex’s Forest Friend-zy collection.  If you like forest friends, you will have SO MUCH fun with these fabrics!

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I quilted swirls on this quilt – swirls in the quilt center, swirls in the sashing, and modified swirls in the outer border.  And what made my swirls come to life are Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Bleached Cotton batting.  I normally quilt with silk.  But if I were to choose a cotton batting, Hobbs Tuscany Bleach Cotton is my choice.  It is very light and airy,  and thus perfect for quilting with a domestic machine.

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Owl Be Your Friend is a versatile design — you can easily use your fabrics of choice.  However, if you are in love with the Forest Friend-zy fabrics like I am — exclusive quilt kits are available for purchase here.

And speaking of Friend, I do want to thank you for being my friends!  You have made my quilt designing journey VERY fun!

Thanks for stopping by!   Love and hugs to you all, Dear Friends!

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Now for the giveaway — between now and next Monday, please leave a comment about what kind of quick projects you like to make (kids quilts, runners, pillows, mug rugs etc) to be entered in the giveaway.  I will pick TWO winners to receive a copy of the latest McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine.

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Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

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’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

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

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

Free to use designs:

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

Hello Friends!  I hope your week has gone well for you.  I have been in a scrambling and panic mode this week.    But all’s well that ends well… I managed to sign off on a couple of things, including A Mother’s Love.  I had the greatest time quilting A Mother’s Love.  Here is a final peek for you.

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You probably aren’t surprised by now sometimes I tend to end up working on small pieces.

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Curios mind wants to know if you care to share with us any tips on working with small applique pieces.

Thanks for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you later.  I am starting to respond to emails/comments – yay!  Hugs to you all.

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