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Hello Friends,  I do appreciate you stopping by.  I hope you have been well, and for those of you who are in the “under the weather” category like me, I hope you will get to feeling better very soon!

A few months ago, I had posted this sneak peek of my quilt, and asked for your suggestions in naming the quilt… click here to see all the suggestions.

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The finished quilt is being featured in the current April/May 2014 issue of The Quilter.  The editorial team of The Quilter officially named the quilt Tulip Trail, and you will see the reason for the name in the following image — the fussy cut border strips.

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Here you see the quilt in its entirety.

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Tulips aside, the combination of the light taupe and cooler color palette in this quilt reminds me of a walk on the sandy beach on a cool morning.

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Tulip Trail is constructed of large blocks, 15″ x 15″ (finished) for those who like to work with large patches.  For once, I didn’t make a quilt using tiny patches, eh?  You can probably also able to tell that these blocks are fairly easy to construct.  They are — because I have intended for this quilt to actually be used. :)

Click here to purchase kits.

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Tulip Trail uses fabrics from Benartex’s Palm Springs fabric collection.  You may recall I had designed a free-to-use design for Benartex, My Cozy Sweater, shown below.  Click here for information on the free pattern download.  Click here to view the entire fabric range… you can see how the choices of fabrics alter the “feel” of the quilt design.  Tulip Trail looks cool and airy, while My Cozy Sweater looks warm, and… cozy!

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Back to Tulip Trail,  I kept the quilting scheme simple, uniform and predictable with marked quilting.  Someone recently wrote and asked what kind of markers I use.  I generally use the blue “Mark-B-Gone” washable marker.   Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

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I hope you have enjoyed Tulip Trails.  You have to go to Ellen‘s blog to see her tulip pictures – real tulips!  They are incredible.

Later today, you also have to check out Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog here for further revelations on Tulip Trails.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed Easter weekend.  God’s blessings to you and yours.

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My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

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

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

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

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

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

Free to use patterns:

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

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Hello Friends, this will be a rather quick post today.  I have another free to use pattern to share with you.  The blocks are easy to construct, and this throw sized quilt is easy to complete for an easy peasy and quick project.

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This quilt uses fabrics from Benartex’s newly released fabric line Sew Rousseau — it features beautiful foliage and animal prints.  Though my design uses the Safari animals, the fabric line actually also features bright and cheery tropical fabrics with flamingos!

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

Thanks for stopping by.  Curious mind would love to hear your thoughts on the fabrics and the quilt design!

Alrightie – I shall catch up with you later.

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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

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Hello Friends, I hope you have gotten a good start to another new week.  My weekend went totally not-as-planned, and now I am having to play catch up.  All that to say, I am well, alive and kicking.  I thought I would share with you before we go too late into April a couple of free-to-use patterns that were released in March.  First up, My Cozy Sweater, designed using Benartex‘s newly released collection, Palm Springs.  The Palm Springs fabrics are loud, happy, cheerful and cool.

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I like the name Benartex gave the design.  My Cozy Sweater is just that.  The happening design reminds me of the sweaters some of my Engineering professors used to wear in the 90′s.  :)

Do stay tuned for when I can share with you more pictures of my Tulip Trail quilt, recently featured in The Quilter Magazine(April/May 2014), that also uses fabrics from Palm Springs.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

While we are still on the subject of Benartex fabrics, I am happy to share with you my Movement in Squares and It’s Electrifying! designs made final four in Benartex’s March Madness games. :)  You have till tomorrow to vote between Movement in Squares and It’s Electrifying to usher either of the two to the final round.  Click here to vote.  I also shared more “behind the scenes” details on the designs in the same post if you are curious.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am not sure how much I will get to update my blog this week.  But please know that I do miss visiting with you all while I am working hard to push through a few things in the final stage of my “final stage” of things.  Hugs to you all.  And do tell me what’s on your plate this week…

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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

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Hello Friends!  Are you enjoying your spring, har har? :o)  It was 25 degrees when I took Miss Baby to school this morning.  I said all that to say this: I have this pile of featured quilts that have been waiting (and waiting) to be photographed, just as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer.  We have plans for a brief outing this weekend, but it’s supposed to thunderstorm etc.  So, we shall see…

Meanwhile, I want to give you a quick run down what quilts of mine are currently in print.  Many of you have written to ask to be alerted whenever my quilt(s) are featured in print so that you can purchase the magazine issues while they are still available on newsstands.  I have in the past posted about my featured quilts as soon as they became official, but I just haven’t been able to do that this winter, and I don’t want you to miss out on the newsstand issues should you be interested in any of them.

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

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2.  Stardom (Annie’s Row Quilts, click here to purchase book)

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3.  Tulip Trail (The Quilter, April/May 2014; click here to purchase quilt kit)

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4.  All Squared Up (The Quilter, April/May 2014; click here to inquire about purchasing quilt kit)

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5.  Teething Rings (Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Summer 2014; click here to purchase quilt kit)

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6.  Mending Fences (UK Popular Patchwork, April 2014)

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I will be posting about these quilts individually as soon as I am able to squeeze in photo shoot sessions for them.

Meanwhile, curious mind is curious if any of these quilts caught your eye…

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Meanwhile, are you still playing Benartex’s March Madness game here?  I am happy that 3 of my quilts made the “Elite Eight Round“.  I have been walking around feeling like an elite, NOT!  Ha!  Trust me, my life as a quilt designer is no where near glamorous.  I am as normal as one comes, just doing my best to honor my Savior, and take care of my little family, and still dabble a bit in the working world.

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I always enjoy your visits and comments.  And a BIG thank you to those of you “night owl” ladies that emailed/commented last night while I was working!!!  It was really nice being kept awake by your emails/comments. :)  Hugs to you all.

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Hello Again, Dear Friends!  It’s Tuesday – that means a quick check-in with you before I go off gallivanting on extra curricular activities with Miss Baby!  How about another free pattern – a black/white quilt at that?!  I have always wanted to do a black/white design (and a bit of… *gasp*… gray!).  Here is is… my Poseidon’s Adventure quilt design:

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This design uses Benartex’s newly released fabric line: Neptune’s Dream.  The imagery is just exquisite.  You have to check out these fabrics, especially you have nautical interests.  So, are you a nautical fan?

Click here to view the entire fabric range.  They do have a non-black/white colorway.

Click here to download the free pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you have a stupendous day!

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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

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Happy Monday, Friends.  Let’s start off the week with another free to use pattern, shall we?  The quilt shown in the following is designed with Quilting Treasures’ Hot Topic fabrics.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.  You simply have to check out these fabrics.  I won’t spoil it for you, but I am going to say I used to love doodling with Spirograh templates!  And the ombre fabric is just too cool!  And I am thinking summer and orange crush and azaleas when I see the fabrics.

Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely day and week.

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[Look on the my other free to use designs from previous years in 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

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Hello Friends, this is a super quick post as it’s Tuesday when I work at my other “day” job (Mom/chauffeur for extra-curricular activities).  Look what came in the mail – the fabrics for my Plain & Fancy BOM quilt!  Some shops are doing it as a BOM program, while some are selling the complete kits.  I got the kit, but will be showing you my progress on a month-by-month basis.

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The quilt sample that was shown at Quilt Market last Fall is now being shown at Quilt Events in Europe.  I wish there was a way I could tag along…

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Interested to be my Plain & Fancy stitching buddy?  Click here to see if your local quilt shop is participating.  If not, many shops are taking online orders for mail-order as well.  I still haven’t decided whether to do the pieced or applique version for the sashing blocks.  What do you think?

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Alrightie, Dear Friends!  I have to take off for now.  You have a lovely day, okay?

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Hello Friends,  I hope you are doing well.   I want to thank you for your kind words on my Verde Quilt design.  It’s always nice for me to receive feedback, positive as well as negative.  Seriously, you can tell me when you don’t like something I share! :0)  I won’t be mad at you.  Click here to download the free pattern instructions for Verde Quilt.

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I am happy to share with you today another free to use design — a smaller banner or runner project that uses the same Verde fabrics.

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This runner/banner can be displayed horizontally or vertically.  I kind of like it as a vertical banner a little better!  Green and soft taupe — a  fresh looking palette, eh?

Click here to view all the fabric swatches in Quilting Treasures’ Verde fabric collection.

Click here to download the runner/banner pattern instructions.

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today…. the snow/ice is clearly melting at my end!  My little family is happy about the slightly warmer weather.  Miss Baby never fails to ask if spring is here yet whenever we leave for school in the morning…

Later, Dear Friends!  You all take care.

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My 2014 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

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I am happy to share with you a free to use design I did for Quilting Treasures using their newly released Verde collection:

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I was tasked with coming up with something a bit more contemporary with the really fresh looking fabrics from the Verde collection.  So, I went for the “text box” look to reflect the texting culture of our world, thus the “…” at the end of the text boxes.  [Side note: Even Miss Baby would ask me to "text an email" to her teacher to tell her teacher something!  I think sometimes I forget just how pervasive texting is in our daily life.  I am an absolute minimalist when it comes to texting, and yet my 5 year old knows about texting!]

Bamboos are currently vogue in our culture, as in bamboo batting in the world of quilting.  So, I went to the traditional Oriental bamboo frames (like the one shown below) for inspiration to frame the blocks, bringing the traditional to be relevant (somewhat!) even our texting culture. :)

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I hope you like my Verde quilt design.  I can see each text box personalized in your version.

Click here to view the entire fabric range of Quilting Treasures’ Verde.

Click here to download the pattern instructions for free in pdf format.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please allow me to thank you for your well wishing comments.  I am feeling much better, and just need to get back to the swing of things related to work.

I shall catch up with you later!

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Meanwhile, if you haven’t checked out my other free-to-use patterns released in 2014, here they are!

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

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I appreciate all your sympathy and empathy regarding my dalliances with a “temporary BFF” (click here).   The weekend came and went in just a flash!  I hope you had a good one.

I am happy to share with you my Hurry Home quilt that is featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Fons & Porter‘s Love of Quilting magazine.

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The colors of this quilt are inspired by the colors in the large print fabric used in the outer border.  This design concept might come in handy when you have a large print fabric with which you don’t know what to do — use it in the outer border, and then gather fabrics for the quilt center that have the same colors as the large print fabric.

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The fabrics are from Thimbleberries Sweet Home collection, released by RJR Fabrics.

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This quilt is designed for piecers, if you like to piece!!  I am blessed, my “piecing elf” Sherry McConnell actually pieced this quilt top for me!

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Quilting was done with my allover Jester’s Hat motif (click here, here and here to read about Jester’s Hat), using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting – my fool proof combination of thread and batting when it comes to free-motion quilting.

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This is my second Sweet Home published quilt.  You might remember seeing the following quilt, also made with fabrics from the same collection… but both quilts look totally different:

In the Meadow (The Quilter, April/May 2013)

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I hope you have enjoyed Hurry Home.  Being out and about during the winter time always makes me want to hurry home!   What makes you want to hurry home?

Have a lovely week, Dear Friends!

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My 2014 lineup:

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

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

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

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

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

January Free Pattern: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January Free Pattern:  Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

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

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Hello Friends!  It’s so good to have you visit again.  In the midst of this cold spell, and right about now, I am more than ready for the vegetation to come up “rosey”!  For those who are in the cold spell (again!), are you keeping yourself warm and cozy?

Everything’s Coming Up Rosey is another design I did for Benartex using their English Rosey collection.  The rosey print fabrics in this collection take on a contemporary feel in that it is more “Monet-ish”, and not as Chintz-liked as a lot of the rose print fabrics you see in the market.  Everything’s Coming Up Rosey kind of keeps up with the contemporary feel of the fabric line, and it sort of has a feel of optical illusion to it.  But if you look at it closely, it is just due to the coloring of the blocks. :)  So, no tricks, no illusion… just plain fun and simple blocks!

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

It’s Tuesday — and you know what that normally means (i.e., I turn into the designated chauffeur for Miss Baby).  BUT today, I am meeting up with the ladies at Mt. Vernon Chapter of Quilters Unlimited!  I am excited!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a rosey sort of day.

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2014 free downloadable pattern 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

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Hello Friends, I had mentioned to a friend yesterday I refused to believe the weekend is upon us… and despite my denial, the weekend is upon us!  I hope those of you affected by the Arctic vortex (such fancy name!) will continue to stay warm and safe.

To round off this week, I am sharing with you another free downloadable pattern, Midori’s PlaceMidori’s Place is another design I have done for Benartex using their Gramercy fabric collection.

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If you recall, I had shared with you another quilt I had designed using the same fabrics: View on Lexington.

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Click here to download pattern instructions for Midori’s Place.

Click here to download pattern instructions for View on Lexington.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to read about thoughts on Gramercy by fabric designer Kitty Yoshida.

Tell me what you think of Midori’s Place and View on Lexington.  You do know I didn’t name the quilts, right?!  I am quite embarrassed to share with you the names I have come up with for those quilts… all I can say is that Team Benartex comes up with the coolest names for my designs, always!!

I am definitely thinking spring after talking about the Gramercy fabrics!  Alrightie, my friends — have a lovely weekend.  I shall catch up with you next week.

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2014 free downloadable pattern 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

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