In Case You Missed Market Schoolhouse #1: Recreating Antique Quilts

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I feel like this week has zoomed by all too quickly.  I am not out of the woods with my sewing saga…. but I hope to be able to share some snippets about the saga with you before too long.

At my 2014 Fall Quilt Market Schoolhouse presentation about my book Recreating Antique Quilts, I shared about the premises of the book, as well as how the book can be used by quilters in group or individual settings.  I thought I would share my thoughts here as well.  At least I have more than 30 minutes to cover thoroughly the various aspects of the book.

My main purpose in Recreating Antique Quilts is to connect present quilters to the quilting treasures of the past – the quilters as well as the quilts!

In many aspects, the book is a reflection of my own quilting journey ever since I started quilting back in 2005.  You can read about my very humble start to quilting here.  The following is a picture of my first quilt – with no prior sewing experience.

I credit my dear friend and mentor Barbara for getting me started in quilting.  You see, she did not insist on me making her “standard” beginner’s quilt.  And I will forever be grateful to her for being gracious and patient enough with me when I showed her the quilt I wanted to make for my first quilt.  Keep in mind — at that point in time, I didn’t know how to sew.  YET, Barbara took me under her wings and showed me everything!

After that first quilt, I kept on quilting because of  how much I had enjoyed THAT first quilt!

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BOOK PREMISE #1:  Many quilt because of that first quilt, and many do not quilt because of that first quilt.

In my designing career, I have always striven to come up with easy to construct designs with the illusion of “difficult” – because I think making a really nice looking but easy to make quilt as a beginning quilter will encourage the beginner to keep quilting.  At least that’s my personal experience.

So naturally, I included such projects in Recreating Antique Quilts. Calico Trail, Ginkgos on Prince Street,  and Garden Lattice make the “That First Quilt” list!

1.  CALICO TRAIL

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Calico Trail is made with just one block colored by a variety of fabrics in two colorways, and different block orientations give the overall quilt design a very polished look.

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In a teaching setting:

A quilting teacher can easily use Calico Trail, spread out over 4-6 weeks, to teach essential quilting techniques: accurate cutting, HST construction, color values – dark and light, block orientation etc. There are quite a few blocks to construct to be sure for Calico Trail, but a beginner doing repetitive piecing will soon find improvements in her piecing skill, and start coming up with tips and tricks of her own. I remember that’s how I learned, through many repetitions. But, I think one thing going for Calico Trail is that the quilter will not find the repetition boring because it is a design that uses more than just 2 or 3 fabrics.

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Taking it further:

A teacher (or a self-taught quilter) can also use Calico Trail to explore the effectiveness of the various techniques used to construct HST units – Thangles, Rulers, Chain Piecing etc.  There are many HST units to make, why not spice things up a bit by constructing the HST units using different techniques and see which one makes the most beautiful HST units.

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2.  GINKGOS ON PRINCE STREET

I also included an easy pillow project that uses fewer blocks (constructed the same way), but with a asymmetrical twist to the setting and layout for a totally different look – my Ginkgos on Prince Street pillow.

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Ginkgos on Prince Street can easily be a meet-and-greet project.  For a social and “work” quilting get-together, quilters can easily chat and sew up this pillow in no time.

For the individual setting, Ginkgos makes a quick home decor or gift project.

I included the directions on how to quilt the Ginkgo motifs (easily adapted for other motifs) in the book. Traceable Ginkgo motifs are also printed in the book.

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3.  GARDEN LATTICE

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Garden Lattice is a throw-sized project that is great for stash busting! I imagine many of us have fabrics we have saved but never used.  Karen certainly did with her version of Garden Lattice!

Teaching Setting:

This project is a great primer to quilting with sewing only strips, and not having to deal with a lot of cutting and small fabric patches in individual block construction.  A beginner learning how to quilt will have fun with this quick and easy to complete project, and most of all,  I imagine she will have loads of fun choosing the fabrics to go into her quilt!

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This project makes a great project for a gift, or a to-be-used quilt. Sorting through your stash to find just the right perfect fabrics to go into the quilt would be so fun!  You have some stripe fabrics that are just laying around – they will be great for Garden Lattice.

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I would like to take this opportunity to pay my tribute to all of you who have helped someone else catch the quilting bug.  Please know that you have done something very meaningful when you connect someone else with the rich quilting legacy we have!  It is my hope Recreating Antique Quilts will play a small part in inspiring quilters to be proud of their contribution to the continuing of this very rich quilting heritage we enjoy.

This concludes our first In Case You Missed Market Schoolhouse post. I hope you have some great ideas on how to use the projects I have shared with you in today’s post.  I will have more to share with you. Stay tuned.

Now, I would love to hear your “first quilt” quilting stories – whether as a teacher or student.

Have a great weekend!  I simply must get back to work.  I will catch up with you next week.

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All the posts to date about Recreating Antique Quilts may be found here. 

Book copies may be purchased here and here.

Christmas Wreath Runner in UK POPULAR PATCHWORK (December 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have a great day, Dear Friends.

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

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

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70):

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

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

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

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

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

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

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

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

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

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

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

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

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

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

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

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

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

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

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

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

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

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

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

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

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

Recap: Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop

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

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

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Patches & Crosses, Recreating Antique Quilts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signed copies: Recreating Antique Quilts

Dear Friends, I hope you are well.  I am slowly getting back to the swing of things. I didn’t know just how exhausted I was from Market.  I made some blocks yesterday, and hope to finish up the entire quilt by this weekend.  This is going to be a very fun “on the fence” design. :)  Stay tuned for designs.

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I am now able to ship you signed copies for my book Recreating Antique Quilts. However, I am a one-woman operation – I hope you understand.  And I have a limited number of books.

So, while I am trying to waiting for my husband (who works long hours) to work out the fancy way to speed up the checkout process for your purchase, for now, we have to do it the Mom and Pop way.  If you would like to purchase a signed copy of Recreating Antique Quilts…

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1.  The cost is $24.95 (book) + $5.75 (shipping) — total of $30.70.  

Note:  The $5.75 shipping cost is what USPS charges for a Flat-rate envelope (with tracking number) that I feel will give the book some support during shipment.  If you would like your book shipped via regular Media Mail in an envelope.  The shipping cost is $4.

Please email me if for shipping cost if you live outside of the US.

Please also email me if you would like to purchase multiple copies of the book as that will affect the shipping charges.

2.  You may send payment to me electronically via www.paypal.com to wendy2@wendysheppard.net.

Please email me if you would like to send payment using a check via snail mail.

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3.  Please also include a note about how you would like me to sign your book.

a.  Just signature?

b.  To a certain person – do spell the name clearly?

c.  Date?

d.  Any special message to include?

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4.  After I receive your order, I will

a.  send you an initial email acknowledging your order

b. follow-up with another email with tracking information (if shipped USPS Priority) after I ship your book.  I will include a receipt of payment with the shipment.

And of course, anytime you have any questions, just ask!

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If you live close to, or in northwest Arkansas, feel free to purchase the book from Rogers Sewing Center.  I will be in the area April 2015, and I will sign your books for you then!  Contact Rogers Sewing Center for further details.

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And today is the last day to enter the giveaway of a free copy of Recreating Antique Quilts over at the blog of Landauer Publishing, Quilt Books and Beyond.

If you wish to purchase the book directly from my publisher, just click here.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow for a few thoughts I have about crafting with kids.  I am participating in SewCalGal‘s It’s About The Kids Craft Blogging Event!

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More on Recreating Antique Quilts & Giveaway

 

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It is official!  Recreating Antique Quilts are now shipping.  I have already gotten word that the books have arrived at their destinations from some of you! Thank you for letting me know.

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I thought I would share with you a picture showing three of the featured projects in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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The quilt on the left, Calico Trail, is my husband’s favorite of all my book projects. It is actually a very easy quilt to construct.  Click here to go to Landauer Publishing’s blog to read more about the “behind the project” thoughts on Calico Trail, and a couple of other projects.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment there to be entered in the giveaway of a free copy of Recreating Antique Quilts!  I am turning off comments here so that you can leave your comments at Quilt Books and Beyond!  Also, be sure to note my Fall Market appearance if you (or someone you know) plan on being at Fall Market this year.

Information on signed copies will be forthcoming.  Meanwhile, you may order your own copy of the book here.

If you have missed previous features and want to catch up, click here, and here.

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Over time, I will share more about each project.  But it is the aim of Recreating Antique Quilts to meet the needs of quilters in an individual and group setting through treasures of the past.  And I hope you will have the time of your life attempting/making the projects in this book.

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Thank you again for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you soon.

The proof is in the….

pudding warehouse!!   Inside these boxes upon boxes in the warehouse of Landauer Publishing are….

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… copies of Recreating Antique Quilts, my very first book!!!

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Let’s take a closer look…. just to make sure.

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This is all quite exciting and VERY NEW to me!  I was just telling my sister that it was after I saw the pictures of these books at Landauer’s warehouse that I believed Recreating Antique Quilts is really for real!

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You have already seen pictures of Oh, Happy Stars!  and Ivory Baltimore.

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Feathery Formation is another project that is featured in the book.  I love love love how it is photographed.  There’s just about a quilt on a porch.

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There will be copies of the book coming my way.  I don’t exactly know when that will be, but they are coming.   Meanwhile, you may purchase the book online here.  Would you prettyplease spread the word, and help empty these boxes?  You may also read a little about the book here.

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Someone asked me if I felt any different now that I now have a book out.  Quite honestly, I don’t.  I feel the same, and I remain the little ol’ me I have always been — my heart is ever filled with gratitude for the opportunities afforded to me, as well as the amazing support many have extended to me (including you all, my sweet bloggy friends).  And lastly, my greatest hope is to reflect the glory of my Creator and Savior through my work – though done to the best of my ability, yet still bound by my feeble humanity.

I hope you all have a blessed weekend.  I will be working (again!) and spending some time with my little family.  Hugs to you all.

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A Mother’s Love in POPULAR PATCHWORK UK (September 2014)

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are doing well.   Many of you have seen my Nestlings wall banner that was featured in The Quilter magazine a few years ago.

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I am SO excited now my friends in the UK will be able to access the pattern in the September 2014 issue of UK’s Popular Patchwork magazine!    My US friends may find out more on how to subscribe to Popular Patchwork by clicking here.

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A Mother’s Love is a remake of Nestlings in very soothing colors, using Lynette Anderson’s newly released A Pocketful of Daisies fabrics, released by RJR Fabrics.

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Here are a couple more shots of A Mother’s Love.

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I normally don’t remember to take the “before quilting” shot, but I did for A Mother’s Love.  It is my firm belief that quilting adds the third dimension to a two-dimensional unquilted quilt top.

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The transformation is amazing, isn’t it?  Here are a few quilting close-up pictures to share with you.  I used Aurifil Mako 50 threads for the applique, piecing as well as quilting.  Batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Wool.  Talking about adding dimensional effects, Hobbs wool batting does the job perfectly… and beyond!

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A Mother’s Love is my little tribute to celebrate motherhood.   I know Miss Baby won’t always stay in my little nest, but I do treasure the special moments I have with her — like when she told me when she grows up, she is going to just be a woman and live with me for the rest of her life.  And that she and I will make quilts to earn our living.

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I leave you with the poem The Mother’s Hymn, by William Cullen Bryant. My heart’s cry is aptly expressed in the last stanza:

Lord, who ordainest for mankind
Benignant toils and tender cares!
We thank Thee for the ties that bind
The mother to the child she bears.

We thank Thee for the hopes that rise,
Within her heart, as, day by day,
The dawning soul, from those young eyes,
Looks, with a clearer, steadier ray.

And grateful for the blessing given
With that dear infant on her knee,
She trains the eye to look to heaven,
The voice to lisp a prayer to Thee.

Such thanks the blessed Mary gave,
When, from her lap, the Holy Child,
Sent from on high to seek and save
The lost of earth, looked up and smiled.

All-Gracious! grant, to those that bear
A mother’s charge, the strength and light
To lead the steps that own their care
In ways of Love, and Truth, and Right.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely 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

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

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

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

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

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

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

Hole In The Wall in GENERATION Q (May/June 2014)

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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

Stars Aligned in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 68)

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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

Owl Be Your Friend in McCALL’S QUICK QUILTS (August/September 2014) & Giveaway!

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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

Song of Praise in THE QUILTER (August/September 2014)

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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

Stardom in Annie’s ROW QUILTS, LONGITUDES & LATITUDES

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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