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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

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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

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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

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Hello Friends!  I am happy to have you visit again.  Today, I am thrilled to share with you my Song of Praise pillow, featured in the latest August/September 2014 issue of The Quilter.  Song of Praise is my feeble token of appreciation to God for what He has done in my life, and inspired by the verse “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30, KJV)

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This is a snapshot from The Quilter’s website.  I love the styled shot very much.

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Song of Praise features a blue bird… with a “swoosh” for its wing.

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In keeping with the non-demanding feel of the project, I substituted the usually “expected” leaves and flowers with just buttons.  Sometimes, stitching 40-50 leaves around stems for an applique project is the last thing I want to do when I need a quick to finish project.  And, we all have buttons we aren’t using, right?

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I also meant for this project to entice quilters who have yet to try out applique. The pieces are few, and easy to to handle… so, if you haven’t tried out applique technique(s), perhaps, Song of Praise could tempt you, even just a bit?  Click here and here to read about my applique tips.  I used contrasting Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads to stitch my blanket stitches (tiny and close together) in finishing the applique pieces.

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For quilting, I outline quilted around the applique pieces, and quilted circles on the pillow top to keep with the look of simplicity.  But I think the pillow will take on a fancy look if quilted densely with feathers!  You may click here to read about the method I often use to mark “without marking” simple shapes used as quilting motifs.

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Song of Praise uses fabrics from Benartex’s Rainbow Bright Balis.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.  You will LOVE the colors, like I have.

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I hope you have enjoyed Song of Praise, and will continue to enjoy the rest of your summer (or winter for my southern hemisphere friends).

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Thank you again for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and I hope you have a most blessed week!

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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

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

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STARS!  I am astounded by just how many quilts are made with star blocks, mine quilts and designs included.  I am happy to share with you a few more of my star quilts since my first installment of Virtual Trunk Show on Star Quilts (posted here).  Click on quilt names for additional information for each design.

1.  Urban Stars (Quilt Trends, Winter 2014)

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2.  Starry Repetitions (Quilter’s World, Summer 2014)

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

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4.  Forest Floor (A Free to Use Pattern for Lecien)

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5.  Country Stars (A Free to Use Pattern for Lecien)

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6.  Rising Stars (The Quilter, August/September 2013)

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

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8.  Starry Dance (Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle, October 2013)

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9.  Towne Square (A Free to Use Pattern for RJR Fabrics)

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10.  To Eternity and Beyond (A Free to Use Pattern for Benartex)

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11.  Space Odssey (A Free to Use Pattern for Benartex)

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12.  Stardom (Annie’s Row Quilts: Longitude & Latitude)

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13.  Plain & Fancy (A Quilting Treasures BOM Quilt)

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I hope you have liked my starry quilts.  There is another reason why stars keep appearing in my quilts – you see, Miss Baby has been practicing her Twinkle Variations on her violin at least once a day, almost everyday, for the last 8 months, and is continuing to do so!  One can’t really blame me for seeing stars as I go about my daily life routines, eh? :)

So, what do you think of star blocks or star quilts?  Do you like making them as much as I do?

Thanks for stopping by.   I always appreciate your visits and comments.

p.s.  Click here in case you are wanting to know more about the stitched monogram piece.

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Hello Friends!  I have another free to use pattern to share with you today, just in time to get ready for “Back to School” in a couple of months!  Here is my Learning is Fun twin-sized quilt I designed for Quilting Treasures, using their Learning is Fun fabric line.

I see this quilt as a special gift to that child who is entering Kindergarten or First Grade, or for the child who is simply excited about school!

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There is also a matching pillow case.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

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Click here to download quilt instructions.

Click here to download pillowcase instructions.

Thanks for stopping by, Friends!   I shall catch up with you tomorrow.

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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

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Hello Friends, it’s lovely to have you visit again!  This is another overdue post of an editorial feature that has been official for a couple of months… but I am glad I am finally getting to it, and it is the last one in my pile of overdue posts.  Meet Stardom that is featured in Annie’s book Row Quilts – Longitudes & Latitudes.   The book is available for purchase here.

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Stardom  is a music themed quilt that features different variations of the sawtooth star blocks.

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Isn’t the Sawtooth Star one of the most fun blocks, ever?

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Stardom uses fabrics from Benartex’s Concerto fabrics!  These fabrics are MUST HAVES for music lovers!  Click here to view what this fabric range has to offer.

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I used the “Composer’s Ombre Gold” swatch in the border — I love love love this swatch!

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I pieced and quilted the quilt with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads – no surprise there, right?!  Batting is Hobbs‘ Tuscany silk batt.  I have talked about my choices of thread and batting here, and here.

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My Miss Baby had another milestone over last weekend.  The little Miss had her first recital!

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I was thoroughly stressed out over it, but not Miss Baby.  She did fine.  It seems a bit silly now thinking about just how stressed I was.

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So, I would love to hear any recital stories you might have – and tips too if you care to share!    Also, I would love to hear if you have ever made a musical quilt.

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Thank you again for stopping by!  I hope you have liked Stardom.  I shall catch up with you later, after I catch up on a bit of rest!

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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

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

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

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  Since my first ever feature in McCall’s quilting (posted here), I am happy to share with you about Bird Watching, my latest feature in McCall’s Quilting‘s July/August 2014 issue. You may purchase the magazine issues on newsstands, or online here. Exclusive quilt kits are available for purchase here.

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Bird Watching is a fairly large throw quilt that uses quick to construct large blocks.  The blocks are made interesting by the different fabrics I have used, and their respective orientations.

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This quilt uses fabrics from Alex Anderson’s Flutter line, released by RJR fabrics. This line features very rich and beautiful bird-related fabrics.  I especially love the focal prints.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

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The design of Bird Watching uses the mix and match concept regardless of colorways within the fabric line.  Oftentimes, fabric swatches within a fabric line are grouped by colorways.  So, a fabric line would probably have 3 or 4 colorways with the fabrics within the respective colorways working well with each other in a quilt.  Bird Watching has fabrics from all the colorways for a summery scrappy look.  Sometimes using the most unexpected fabric may just be the pop you need for your quilt.  For Bird Watching, it was the pink and the blue swatches.  During the design phase, I was actually going for a red/brown rich look – but ended up really liking the lighter look with the blue and pink mixed in.

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[image source: McCall's Quilting]

Here are a few more shots of the quilt.

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Quilting is done tone-on-tone with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany bleached cotton batting.  The cotton batting gives the quilt a very flat feel, as opposed to the slightly airy and poofy feel with the Tuscany silk I normally use.  But I wanted a flat feel – so, I used the bleached cotton – which I really like as well.  By the way, have you checked out the Facebook pages of Aurifil and Hobbs batting here, and here?

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I quilted rows of my pseudo feather across the entire width of the quilt.  By doing that, I kind of use  quilting to add another design element to the overall very blocky look of the quilt.

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You can see here I alternated the directions of my pseudo feather rows.

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More pseudo feathers…. you can read about my Thread Talk post on pseudo feathers here.

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Now for the GIVEAWAY, I have two extra copies of McCall’s Quilting July/August 2014 issue to share!!!  Just leave a comment in the comment section between now and 6/20/2014 and tell me what you look for in a quilting magazine.  Two winners will be selected.  Winners will be announce on 6/23/2014!

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I hope you have enjoyed Bird Watching with me today!   Thanks for popping by. Love and hugs to 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

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

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

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“… You know, Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls…” ~Lucy van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had lovely week.

And today, I am happy to share with you another free to use pattern called Santa’s Sleigh.  You have probably seen the quilt in the following ad, featured in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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Santa’s Sleigh is designed with Lynette Anderson‘s Christmas line Starry Night, released by RJR Fabrics.

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Santa’s Sleigh is a teamwork effort – I had designed the pieced portion, while Lynette Anderson designed the applique and stitchery portion.  And for the record, I always love working with the amazing Lynette!

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And here are a few pictures of the quilt (hanging at RJR’s booth) I managed to snap at Spring Market in Pittsburgh last month.  This sample you see was made by Kay Harmon, who is a great designer herself!  The beautiful quilting is done by Sew Graceful Quilting.

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Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I hope you will enjoy making Santa’s Sleigh!

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I am running behind this week because I keep finding myself oversleeping! :(  I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all, and God bless!

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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

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Hello Friends – this is a terribly overdue post.  Due to various reasons, I wasn’t able to take pictures of my Urban Oasis quilt till a few days ago.  Urban Oasis was featured in Quilter’s World Spring 2014 issue.

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[image source: Quilter's World]

Urban Oasis is one of my gray quilts, as you can see. :)

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The design concept is based on making a quilt with a minimal number of pieced blocks, sort of like the orphan block treatment, with the finished size being enlarged by adding strips and borders.  So, if you have a few pieced blocks that you have made before, but don’t have enough to complete a full quilt, try adding strips here and there to add to the finished size  for a quick way to finish up a good sized quilt top.

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Here you see the template-pieced blocks.

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And here you see the strips.

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Urban Oasis uses fabrics from Benartex’s Urban Oasis fabric collection.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.

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You might recall I had designed for Benartex a free to use pattern, Silver Lining, using the same fabric range.  Click here for information on downloading the free pattern instructions.

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Back to Urban Oasis the quilt… quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread in lime green over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The lime green, I hope you can see it, gives a nice contrast to the gray in the quilt.

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The quilting motif is my allover Jester’s Hat motif that I talked about in my online “Learn to Machine Quilt” class.

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I hope you have like my “chic” Urban Oasis quilt.  I am really interested to know if you have other ways of treating orphan blocks and making them into bigger quilts!

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I hope you have a lovely and a most blessed weekend!

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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

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 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

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

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Hello Friends!  It’s lovely to have you back.  A few months ago I was asked to play and design with a fun group of fabrics called Monster Mash, by Quilting Treasures.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.

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And I came up with the following twin-sized quilt design with boy and girl versions.  The “pathways” you see between the blocks are inspired by how the characters move in the game Pac-Man.

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The quilts also come with matching pillowcases.

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Click here to download boy twin quilt pattern instructions.

Click here to download girl twin quilt pattern instructions.

Click here to download boy pillowcase instructions.

Click here to download girl pillowcase instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am off to more designing for now.  It’s been a full week.  I shall talk to you later!  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

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Hello Friends, I am happy to share with you my Solar Star runner project today because it is rather warm where I am. Solar Star is featured in Annie’s newly released quilt book, Dazzling Diamond Quilts.   The book is available for purchase from Annie’s online catalog.

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[image source: Annie's]

Solar Star uses diamond patches in its center feather star block.  You will notice there is only one block — that is intentional!  Solar Star is designed for those who want to try out diamond piecing technique, but don’t necessarily want to commit to a full quilt project.  So, trying out the technique with just constructing one block seems the best way to finish up a project without too much duress! :)  Of course, the project would make a quick to complete project for the advanced quilter as well!

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Just add border strips to the sides of the block to length the runner – and voilayou will have yourself a striking runner!

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You probably noticed the Benartex Palm Springs fabrics used are the same fabrics used in Tulip Trail (quilt picture is shown below – do scroll down – in other Palm Springs related images).  Click here to view the entire fabric range.  Solar Star uses the warmer swatches of the collection, while Tulip Trail uses the cooler colorway.

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Now about the quilting… quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Fairfield‘s American Spirit Classic cotton batting.  You can see I have quilted around the feather star to look like a large “Dahlia”, with pebbles and swirls in the negative areas.

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Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads are perfect for quilting the small pebbles without any thread buildup.

Click here to view examples for pebble power.

Click here to read about my Thread Talk post on pebbles.

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Here you see the quilting on the other parts of the runner.  I quilted on the fabric print.  See more examples here.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed Solar Star, and more importantly your summer season!

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Other projects made/designed with Benartex’s Palm Spring fabrics:

1.  Tulip Trail (The Quilter, April/May 2014)

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2.  Cozy Sweater (Benartex Free to Use Pattern)

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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

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 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

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

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