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Hello Friends, I have been working on my Yuletide Snowflakes quilt that uses RJR‘s new Christmas line Starry Night by Lynette Anderson.  I absolutely love this blue/cream Christmas combination, despite the fact that I am pretty much a green and red person when it comes to Christmas colors!  I think those particular shades of blue just strike a very soothing cord with me!

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This is the last of my Christmas project for 2014.  My 2015 schedule is starting to fill up – it’s really weird thinking about how this year has gone by so quickly for me. In the back of my mind, I am still thinking we just celebrated Christmas (2013).

I’ve got to run for now.  I am thoroughly exhausted, but I do have some cute stuff to share with you later this week.  Stay tuned!  Hugs to you all…

Curious mind wants to know – do you use any blue in our Christmas decorations?

Coming soon to a publication near you…. The Stars Are Brightly Shining!   Here is a sneak peek for my Dear Friends:

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This quilt promises to be cozy, and very starry!  Stay tune for details. :)

This is going to be an extremely busy week for me – my life has been complicated about Miss Baby-related activities.  So I will more than likely not be able to respond to your comments/emails unless the are urgent.  Hopefully, I will get this school routine down soon so that I can actually get work done!  And speaking of work…

I have more starry pursuits in progress.  Will show you a sneak peek tomorrow.

Have a most lovely week, Dear Friends!  Hugs and love to you all.

p.s.  Have you seen my other starry quilts here, and here?

A day of reflection…

America, the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates (1913 version):

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
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O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
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It’s a solemn, yet a prayerful day here at Ivory Spring on the 13th anniversary of 9-11. My heart is heavy for the untold losses — and yet my heart of hearts cries out with hope to God for healing.

Hello Friends!  The joy of needle and thread in Miss Baby’s life continues.  I finished up Miss Baby’s second cross-stitched piece into a hanging ornament pillow for her. ‘

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In her first stitching project,  I had Miss Baby work on stitching rows with spaces in between rows so that she could just focus on the concept of making individual stitches and not get confused on when to poke the needle upward or downward etc.  Click here to view more pictures of her first project.

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After she successfully stitched her first project, it’s time to get down to “real” stitching — stitching rows and not be confused by the concept.  So, I had her stitch pink row after pink row… and then, we finished off with a few brown rows to make a picture of a thread spool.

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And I have these REALLY REALLY REALLY cute fabrics from Benartex’s Made With Love line.  You may recall I have used the fabrics to make a pillowcase for the 1 Million Pillowcase Campaign.  Click here to read more the pillowcase.

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So, Made With Love has this REALLY cool patch print fabric that has a perfect patch to go with Miss Baby’s stitch thread spool…

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I used one of the patches from the patch print fabric and a few scrap pieces from the pillowcase I made to finish up the hanging pillow ornament for Miss Baby.

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See the little thread tail there — that was an afterthought, Miss Baby’s… not mine. She insisted (with no wiggle room) the thread tail to be stitched before I finished the pillow ornament. So I traced out the tail with my washable marker for Miss Baby to put her backstitching to practical use.  Sometimes I wonder where she gets her strong will!!  Erm… yeah, let’s not go there. :)

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We will be working on Miss Baby’s 3rd stitching project soon… as soon as Mom gets the supplies ready.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.  I do feel much better today — thanks for your sweet wishes and prayers!  I shall catch up with you later.

… Prewash Fabrics or Not?  This is our first This or That question.  You bring home lovely stashes of fabrics from your favorite quilt store — do you prewash or do you not prewash your new  fabrics prior to cutting them up for a project?

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I generally don’t because I am always in a hurry unless I am using RED fabrics in my quilts.  For my red fabrics, I do prewash multiple times.  I have been burned too many times by not pre-washing my reds!

So — curious mind wants to know what your response is to Ivory Spring’s This or That question!

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Happy Monday and Week, Friends!  I hope you are well.  I all of a sudden succumbed to a nasty cold over the weekend.  I am recovering, but not totally up to snuff just yet.  It’s a terrible feeling being sick and having to still try to work.  I shall catch up with you later!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.   It’s time for the next quilt on my list.  So, I got my fabrics ready for Hostess with the Mostess. You will see why…

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And you might remember these fabrics from the free to use table ensemble designs (table topper, runner and reversible placemats) I shared with you a couple of weeks ago.

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The fabrics are from Quilting Treasures’ Hot Little Dish fabric line.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions for the wallhanging / table topper.

Click here to download pattern instructions for the table ensemble.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I hope you have a most wonderful weekend!    Let’s chat again next week.  Hugs to you all.

Help me pick a favorite?

Hello Friends, dear reader H.  offered to superimpose my husband’s quilty deep thought onto my quilt images.  THANKS, H!

#1:

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#2:

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#3:

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So, would you help me pick a favorite?  Please leave your favorite in the comment section.    I tried embedding a poll – unsuccessfully (Grr!). Thanks so much.

I have GOT to run for now.  It is close to 10pm my time, and I can honestly say I haven’t done a thing work-related today, and I have to get something checked off my list before I drag myself to bed tonight.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall see you again tomorrow.

Hello Friends – I worked till wee hours this morning in order to complete Out Amongst the Thistles.  It feels really good to be able to check my 80-block quilt off the list.

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This quilt has an unexpected element of surprise!!!  I am SO tempted to spill the beans on what it is.  But I am making myself wait till the quilt is official!  So stay tuned. :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have had a good day and week so far.  I can’t believe it’s already Thursday tomorrow… Thank you again for being such sweet friends.

My husband muses… “Quilters never grow old because they are always playing with…. BLOCKS!”  How very reassuring on the “forever young” sentiment! :)

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So what do you think of my husband’s musing?

Thanks for stopping by.  I feel rather “young” right now because I am still in crunch time, and I just came through an exercise of monotony and made 80 repetitive blocks!!!  I shall catch up with you later.

Hello Friends, I hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  I ended up working through most of my weekend because the quilt I was working on ended up to be a bit more work than I had expected – but that’s okay!  REALLY! :)

Most of you know I am Oriental –

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I am most excited to be able to share with you Pagoda Paradise, a free to use pattern I designed for Benartex using their Little Harajuku  fabric line.  I have to say Pagoda Paradise certainly ranks one of my top favorites!!

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Aren’t those pagodas just so darling?!

Click here to view all the swatches of Little Harajuku.  You will love the fabrics!

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  Hugs 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

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

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a lovely day!  I am happy to see a happy quilt shipped out – Sunny Delight!  This quilt has so much white mixed in that it took me forever (or it seemed like) to quilt all the extra quilty happiness on the quilt.  But here is a sneak peek — you can see I opted the informal look for the quilting.  Quilting this quilt has been a learning experience for me.  And I have more to learn for sure.

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You probably noticed the fabrics are Benartex’s Luv Bugs fabrics.  More about the fabrics here in yesterday’s post.

Meanwhile, it’s back to school at the Ivory Spring household.  Miss Baby gets to eat lunch at her school cafeteria on some days this year — and she thinks she has arrived, and that being able to eat lunch at the cafeteria is the best thing ever since mechanically sliced bread!!!  It’s always fun to see the world through the years of my five year old.

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She also wrote the following note to her new teacher.

[In case you need translating -- Dear Mrs. Bischoff, I can't wait!  I saw your card.  I glad there will be more girls than boys.  I hope you will be very nice.  Love, Gwen.]

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Alrightie – Dear Friends, I have to fly for now.  I just realized my next quilt is a bit more complicated than I had expected.  And I am under the gun to get it completed.  So, you won’t be hearing from me email-wise…. you all take care. Till next time.

Hello Friends!  Happy Tuesday to you.  I hope you are well.

I have shared with you a couple of weeks ago Lovey Buggy, a free to use pattern.

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Lovey Buggy uses the red colorway of Benartex’ Luv Bugs collection.

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I am sharing with you another free to use quilt design that uses the multi-color colorway of the same fabric collection.  Come meet Sweet Hearts!  Sweet Hearts would make a super darling quilt for a little one – the size is very manageable, and constructions should be relatively quick as well.

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Click here to view all the Luv Bugs fabrics.

Click here to download pattern instructions for Sweet Hearts.

Thank you for stopping by, sweet friends!  You all have been so sweet and encouraging to me these last couple of weeks.  I greatly appreciate 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

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

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