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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God bless you all!

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

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

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

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

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

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

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

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

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

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

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

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

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

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

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

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

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11.  Verde Runner (Quilting Treasures, February 2014)

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12.  First Thanksgiving (Quilting Treasures, April 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

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

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

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

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

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

Free to use designs:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

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

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

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

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

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

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

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

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

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

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

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

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

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

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a blessed Indpendenced Day weekend!

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Now, life is back to normal… somewhat!  I have been up since 2:30am working on a very tight deadline.  Here is a sneaky peek for you!  By the time you see this picture, quilting is about to begin.

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I want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to you all for your kind words on the news of my upcoming book Recreating Antique Quilts.   Many of you emailed me personally – thank you so much!  Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to reply to comments and emails.  But please don’t give up on me just yet…. I have a few very tight deadlines in July, and I am working hard to meet them!   But I will make it a point to whittle down the emails/comments to which I have to reply!

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Hope you are all well.  Do tell me what you are working on this week.  Hugs to you all!  I must fly for now.  I shall catch up with you later.  Love and hugs to you all.

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p.s.  There is no doctoring or photoshopping going on here — that was exactly how the sky looked this past weekend – not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky! And do you spot that little white speck in the sky?  That’s the moon showing up at around 4pm my local time.

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Hello Friends – keep an eye out for Recreating Antique Quilts, an upcoming book to be published by Landauer.  You see, the book is written by little ol’ me!  Because of that, I am sort of doubly excited. Well, I am doubly excited!!!  I now have the green light from my editor (nicest lady!) about sharing the news.

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You remember this star block I had shown you a few months ago?  Why, that block made cover!!

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I will share more about my book when it is officially out (you can bet on it, ha!). Meanwhile, feel free to check out Landauer’s page on the book on their website.  More information will be added there too, I think, when the time gets closer.  Click here to view the page.

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Meanwhile, would you spread the word about Recreating Antique Quilts? Thanks so much.  I owe you one!

That’s all for now – I need to get back to pattern writing.  Hugs to you all.

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Hello Friends,  I want to do a quick post to let you know I am alive and well.  I have been working the last few days on a few exciting things coming up.  So, do stay tuned for details!  I hope you are all well.

I am able to share with you some fabrics I will be using into for a really sweet project.  Here you see the fat quarters from Lynette Anderson’s upcoming line, Pocketful of Daisies.  Click here to view the entire fabric range – the fabrics are really cute!

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I will be sharing with you in the near future (hopefully!) more information about a quilt Lynette and I designed with the Pocketful of Daisies fabrics. Following is a sneak peek.

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I hope you have had a great summer week so far.  Our summer has turned out to be busier than I had expected.  But I have nothing to complain about.  What do you have going on this week?  Are you doing anything special for Independence celebration later this week?

Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later!

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p.s.  Remember I asked for your advice on my inability to comment on some blogpost blogs a few weeks ago?  Karen told me that I am able to leave comments on her blog after she switched her comment setting from “embed” to “full page”.  I am also able to leave comments on Michele‘s blog after she did the same change on her settings.   So, just sayin’…

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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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