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!

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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

Christmas Wreath Runner in UK POPULAR PATCHWORK (December 2014)

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Hello, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.   I am excited to finally reveal the “full” story on this preview I had shown you months ago.  My Christmas Wreath runner is featured in the December 2014 issue of UK’s Popular Patchwork magazine.

This pattern is ONLY available through UK’s Popular Patchwork magazine.  For my US readers, click here to find out more on digital subscription of the magazine.

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The full story of the candle is that it is part of a Christmas wreath block that is part of a runner.

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The blocks are very easy to construct with lots of possibilities.  You can see here the runner is used as a dresser runner.  You are free to add more blocks to make the project into a festive bed runner, or a wallhanging, and a throw quilt!  I can also see the wreath part of the blocks being embellished with crystals and/or sequins for added sparkles and “berries”.

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Here, you see the close-up of the quilting.  I quilted straight lines around the candle for the “glow” effect, and a feather wreath on the wreath.  Click here for my Thread Talk post on quilting feather wreath.  Click here and here to read further applications of feather wreath.

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And you will already know what comes next — I quilt with my all-time favorite Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.  That combination works for me perfectly, every single time!

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I used RJR‘s Jinny Beyer Malam batiks for the runner because I liked having the variations across the batik fabricsfor a realistic look for the greens in the wreath.

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I have another project named Yuletide Snowflake featured in the same magazine issue.  More on that to come – as well as many featured projects that have been returned to me!

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Thank you for stopping by.  It’s an extremely busy week at the Ivory Spring household.  I will still be posting on my blog, but you probably won’t hear much from me (emails/blog comments).  But it is also a fun time.  I simply cannot leave today without showing you Miss Baby’s latest finished stitchery project.  She is waiting on the sewing elf (aka MOM/Me) to make it into a pillow ornament.  You can click here to read about Miss Baby’s crafting adventures.

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Have a great day, 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):

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

Recap: Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop

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Hello Friends,  I hope you have had a chance checking out the book reviews, as well as the Recreating Antique Quilts inspired projects made by fellow bloggers in the Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop.  I feel honored seeing the projects in Recreating Antique Quilts being used as springboards for quilters making their versions of the projects. Let’s have a quick recap of the hop, shall we?

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One major thought going into the projects featured in the book is versatility.  I think the blog hop ladies very effectively communicated that thought in the versions of their projects.

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Patches & Crosses, Recreating Antique Quilts

1.  Vicki made Patches & Crosses in a gradating colorway.  Vicki’s use of green and orange is absolutely brilliant.

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Read more about Vicki’s runner and book review here.

If you want to make your own version of gradating colorway, please please email Vicki, and she will help you out in picking out your fabrics.  You see, Vicki sells quality hand-dyed fabrics here.

Vicki has also included a separate set of cutting notes to be used with her gradating fabrics here.

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2.  Mary found seashell fabrics to make a nautical version of the pillow. She even quilted beautiful seashell motifs on the pillow — very cleverly done.

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Read more about Mary’s pillow and book review here.  While you are there, don’t forget to look at Mary’s quilt projects.  She works on the most fun and interesting projects!

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3.  Karen was able to adapt Garden Lattice to make a totally different looking quilt by not including the stripes in the quilt center, and her quilt turned out marvelous!

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Read more about Karen’s quilt and book review here.

Karen is also going to be teaching classes using the projects in Recreating Antique Quilts, woo hoo!  Click here for Karen’s class schedules.

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4.  Cathi, a hand quilter, made her version of Ivory Baltimore.  Cathi used the method of fusible applique method for the first time for her version of Ivory Baltimore.

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Read more about Cathi’s banner here.  Be sure to check out Cathi’s Inklingo’s posts.  She is an Inklingo expert!!

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I want to thank these very special ladies for a successful blog hop!  It wouldn’t have been possible without their friendship and support.

Next week, I will be posting a series of In Case You Missed My Market Schoolhouse posts with a few thoughts on how to use my book Recreating Antique Quilts to meet the needs of quilters in individual and group settings. AND… all the projects are back with me from the publisher.  So, I will be posting about individual projects in future posts.  So stay tuned!!

Meanwhile, you can read all about the book (posted so far) here.

You may purchase the book here and here (signed).  For non-US quilters, you might check with your patchwork shops to see if they carry the book, or you can also order the book from Amazon.  Overseas quilters have emailed to tell me that ordering from Amazon has been painless.

Thank you for stopping by!  Many of you are experiencing the cold weather at the moment — do stay warm!

Over the Fence: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  This is going to be really quick, but I thought you might like to see this sweet preview of my Over The Fence quilt!  More details on the quilt will be coming soon.

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How are you liking the gray and red combination?

Thank you for stopping by!  I have to be off to the next on my list!  Take care, Dear Friends.

THIS or THAT #4…

… Veterans style!  Are you ready, Friends?!  Our THIS (this, this, this) or THAT question for today is: AIR FORCE, ARMY, COAST GUARD, MARINES, or NAVY?

With a heart of gratitude, I wish a very happy and blessed day to Veterans and their families!

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Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1. Click here for Vicki’s follow up post.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #2.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #3.

Around The World Quilt Blog Tour: What, Why, and How I Create?

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  Today, I am excited to be tagged by Rebecca of Cheeky Cognoscenti to participate in the  Around The World Quilt Blog Tour.  Thank you, Rebecca!  Rebecca is an amazing sewist, and she works on the most beautiful quilt projects!

WELCOME to those who are visiting for the first time.  I hope you will have a fun visit here.

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So for the Blog Tour, I have to answer the following four questions.

1.  WHAT AM I CURRENTLY WORKING ON?

Because of the nature of my work that is almost exclusively for feature in various publications, I am not able to fully disclose exactly what I am working on currently or recently worked on, except for a peek that involves a fence.

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However, I can show you some of the projects I have worked on and completed.

1.  Recreating Antique Quilts, Landauer Publishing, 2014 — I have at various times in the last few weeks shared about my newly released book, Recreating Antique Quilts.

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Following are a few of the projects featured in the book:

Oh, Happy Stars!

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Calico Trail, Feathery Formation, Priscilla’s Garden Party

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Floral Fancy

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Ivory Baltimore

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You may click here, and here to read about, and what others have said about the book. And if you are still interested, check back within the next week – I will be sharing more about the book based on the Schoolhouse presentation I did at the most recent Houston Fall Quilt Market 2014.

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2.  A few 2014 magazine features.

Please click here to view the exhaustive list of all my featured work.

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

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Stars Aligned (Australian Quilters Companion, Issue 68)

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

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

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3.  Other favorites.

Coxcombs and Berries (The Quilter, December 2011/January 2012)

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Peppermint Parcels (Quilter’s World, December 2010)

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Urban Stars (Quilt Trends, Winter 2014)

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4.  I have also designed free-to-use patterns for various fabric companies.

Please click here to view the exhaustive list of free-to-use patterns.

Movement in Squares

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Pagoda Paradise

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2.  HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS?

I honestly aren’t quite sure how to answer that question.  I like to work on a variety of styles, but if I were to be pegged, I think I consider myself a traditionalist with a colorful twist.  I like to use colors in my designs.

Sunburst Melody (Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book)

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Nature Walk (American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar Cover Quilt, 2014)
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Scrappy Jewels (Fons & Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2013)

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I think I also like to make quilting integral to my overall quilt designs.  I am passionate about helping and encouraging quilters to try quilting their own quilts, and add their own flair of quilting to the quilt tops they make.  Check out my Learn to Machine Quilt class here.

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

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Oh, Happy Stars (Recreating Antique Quilts, 2014)

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Silver Maple (Fons and Porter’s Table Toppers Book, Cover Quilt, 2014)

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Sweet Meadow (The Quilter, August/September 2012)

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

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3.  WHY DO I CREATE?

I don’t think of myself as necessarily creating as I believe only the Creator truly creates.  I am merely assembling and arranging fabric pieces to pay a tribute to my Creator and to reflect His glory, albeit feebly executed on my part.

Stained Glass (Simple Quilts & Sewing, Spring 2013) 

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Rainbow Ketupat (Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts, 2011)

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I also quilt to be a part of the rich American quilting legacy.

Color Burst (Quilt, June/July 2013)

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Candied Pomegranate (Quilters World, February 2012)

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4.  HOW DO I WORK?

Oftentimes I get to preview upcoming fabrics because of my line of work.  So often times fabrics are the starting point of my designs.  What amazes me is that sometimes I can have totally different looking designs from the same fabric line.

From RJR’s Claridge Manor fabrics, I made…

Christmastide (Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts, Winter 2013)

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Rising Stars (The Quilter Cover Quilt, August/September 2013)

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Christmas Cheer (Quilter’s World, Autumn 2013)

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When my projects are not fabric specific, I indulge in extensive research in my stash to find the perfect fabrics for my designs.

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

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I also keep a journal of ideas of possible designs to which I refer regularly to mentally develop my designs before they become a reality.

Garden Mist (Quilter’s World, Summer 2013)

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And with that, I shall conclude my post!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I will be revealing later this week who is being tagged for the next Around the World Quilt Blog Tour.  Have a great week ahead!

Quick Weekend Update – and it’s ALWAYS about the kids!

Hello Friends!  I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.  This is my overdue “Friday” post from yesterday, but time totally got away from me yesterday.

Thank you to many of you who participated in my It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event giveaway.  Thank you also to SewCalGal who hosted the event, and Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring the giveaway!

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Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts (Comment #18) won the giveaway of a $25 gift certificate to shop at Fat Quarter Shop.  Congrats, Jill!   You will be contacted soon about how to redeem your gift certificate!  Thank you, you all, for playing along.

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I loved being apart of It’s All About the Kids blog hop.  And at this point in my life, it is always about a certain kid in my life.  So, I thought sharing with you my kid-themed projects would be a nice way to wrap-up the hop!

Please click on the quilt name for more information on the pattern etc.

Jungle Jim and Jane (Fons and Porter’s Baby Quilts, Fall 2010)

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Joseph’s Pinwheels (Fons and Porter’sLove of Quilting, May/June 2011)

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Bunny Foo Foo (Fons and Porter’s Kids Quilts, Summer 2011)

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Now I Know My ABC’s (Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, March/April 2013)

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Teething Rings (Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts, Summer 2014)

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

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Yay Day (Quilt It… Today, July/August 2013)

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Baby Steps (Quilter’s World, April 2010)

A Tale As Tall As A Tree (Quilter’s World, October 2012)

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Monkey Around (Quilter’s World, April 2013)

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Elephant Walk (Quilter’s World, Winter 2013)

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Blissful in the Clouds (Quilter’s World Special Issue Publication, Spring 2012)

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Sweet Shoppe (Simple Quilts and Sewing, Winter 2012)

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Princess Aiko (Free Benartex Pattern Download, November 2013)

A Midtown Story (Free Benartex Pattern Download, November 2013)

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First Thanksgiving (Free Quilting Treasures Pattern Download, April 2014)

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Dino Craze (Free Benartex Pattern Download, May 2014)

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Monster Mash (Free Quilting Treasures Pattern Download, June 2014)

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At The Pond (Free Benartex Pattern Download, October 2014)

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Expressions of Faith Infant Quilt (Free Quilting Treasures Pattern Download, November 2014)

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends! Have a lovely rest of your weekend. I will catch up again with you next wee!

My designs, your quilts!

Yes, your very own!!!  For me, one of the exciting aspects about designing quilts is that I get to contribute a tiny part in YOUR quilts through my designs.  I love it when my designs are used as springboard for quilters to make their OWN quilts by choosing their own fabrics, and adding their own flair to the design.

First off, Pam turned my Curious Cats quilt into a Christmas Quilt…

Curious Cat (featured in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Summer 2013)

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Pam’s Little Drummer Boy Christmas quilt:

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And Pam hand quilts her quilts.  Anyone who hand quilts is a hero in my book:

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Next, it’s Denise’s very sweet version of Owl Be Your Friend quilt…

Owl Be Your Friend (featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts, August/September 2014)

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Denise’s sweet version:

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Thank you to Pam and Denise for being willing to share their work with us!!

So — what are the deciding factors in a quilt design that compel you to actually make the quilt?

Thanks again for stopping by, Friends!  I shall catch up with you later!  Hugs to you all.

p.s. Click here to view other readers’ projects!

Curious mind WANTS to know…. if you could…

… have the Cadillac version of batting, what features would you like to have for the batting?!

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I liken the batting to the “meat” in my sandwiches – an ingredient of great importance.  And since I quilt on a domestic machine, it is crucial that I use a “great to work with” batting.  You can read my thoughts on my favorite battings by clicking here, and here.

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Recently, I discovered I also really like the recently released Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool batting (Blend of Fine Cotton and Superwash Wool).  It is still light and perfect for domestic machine quilting, but it has a bit more substance to the batting compared to the regular Tuscany Wool.

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I quilted my recently completed  A Scandinavian Romance with the Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool!  LOVE IT!

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SO – tell me, Dear Friends, what do you look for in your dream piece of batting?  Loft? Light? Resin coated? Natural fiber? ANYTHING – curious mind wants to know.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely rest of the week.  Hugs to you all.

p.s.  You can keep up with the latest on Hobbs by following their Facebook page here.   I met the Hobbs team at Houst Fall Market last month – the sweetest people!  I do regret the lack of pictures though – what was I thinking?!

FREE PATTERN: Expressions of Faith Infant Quilt

Hello again, Friends.  I am so glad you dropped by.  Last week I shared with you the free-to-use sofa quilt and tablerunner designs that I had designed with Quilting Treasures’ Expressions of Faith fabric line.  Click here for the sofa quilt pattern, and here for the tablerunner pattern.

Sofa Quilt:

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Tablerunner:

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Today, I am sharing with the infant quilts that I had designed with the Expressions of Faith fabrics.  The design comes in two versions: boy and girl!

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Click here to view the complete fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions for free.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely day!  I shall chat with you again tomorrow.

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

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

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

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

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

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

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

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

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

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

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

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

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

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