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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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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 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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[image source: RJR Fabrics website]

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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, the last couple of days have been busy.  I worked hard to push through a few things.  Autumn Sky is now on its way to the editor.  I am experimenting with quilting with straight lines.  Honestly, I find quilting straight lines MORE difficult than free-motion quilting.  I am exploring a few visual effects in straight line quilting.  I still have much to learn- don’t you just love all the learning opportunities in quilting?

Anyway, here is a sneak peek of Autumn Sky:

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The fabrics might look familiar to you… yeap, you are right, the fabrics you see are some of the fabrics you see in my Bird Watching quilt.  You still have time to enter the magazine giveaway in my Bird Watching post here.

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Meanwhile, our summer is shaping up quite nicely.  Yes, we are feeling the heat, including heat from the oven!!!  You see, Miss Baby and I are working in a bit of baking in our summer routine.  Miss Baby is crazy about those cranberry pecan rolls!  [Doreen's bread recipes are the absolute best!!!   Click here for Doreen's recipes.]  So, I am not the greatest cook in the world — I had to write Doreen and asked just how long we should wait for the bread rolls to rise before sticking them in the oven to be baked.  Doreen is  most gracious in sharing her bread making wisdom – thanks, Doreen!

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How is your summer shaping up?  Are you doing any traveling this summer?  If so, where…?

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to post about another editorial feature tomorrow — I realized I needed to take a few more pictures while working on the post.  Till tomorrow.  Hugs to you all.

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… Frogs…

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to… bugs!  But these are “LuvBugs”! :)  Take a look at these cute fabrics with which I am playing right now.

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And my stack o’ blocks are even made!!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have been well.  I honestly do not know where my time went these last couple of weeks.  It’s like I woke up from my weekend, and it is Tuesday!   Well, I think I do know why, at least partly… and I shall share about that later this week.  Meanwhile, have yourself a lovely rest of the week!  Do tell me what you are working on this week…

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday to you all!  I hope you are doing well.  I am still trying to get over my cold.   I am definitely getting better though… so, at least I have that going for me.  I did finish my Ivory Baltimore.

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It’s been a while since I did this type of tone-on-tone dense quilting.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy this type of quilting where the echoing is 1/8″ or less apart.  So, it was an absolute joy to quilt Ivory Baltimore.  The last time I did this type of quilting was a looong time ago when I quilted my Harrison’s Urn quilt block.  You can read more about the project here.  I am hoping to release the quilting pattern for sale in the near future if there’s enough interest.

Anyway, I am finishing up another quilt this week… and after that, I will be able to breathe just a little bit more easily.  Here’s to health and productivity! :)

I would love to know what you are working on this week…

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Hello Friends,  I enjoyed reading all your thoughts on feathers & batiks/balis from yesterday’s post.

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Here is a sneak peek of what I have done with the batiks/balis.  The squares on this piece finish at 1 1/2″.  You can get a sense of the scale of the quilting.

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I had used the same method to quilt the snowflakes on my Midwinter Night pillow (method described in the post).

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So, back to Gingkos… the gingko quilting motif is inspired by a certain little girl who loves to pick leaves and flowers… and who has brought immense joy to my life.  The picture below shows Miss Baby picking up and playing with gingko leaves last Fall.

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  It’s back to work I go.  Hugs to you all!!

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Hi Friends, we have been well acquainted with snowflakes this winter (quite well, actually).  We had two rounds of snow last week, and just had another round yesterday, a rather big one at that.  Miss Baby’s school was canceled yesterday and today.

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As for stars, since we live in the city, we don’t often get the luxury of enjoying a full sky of twinkling stars very often… but I thought Stars and Snowflakes seems an apt name for a recently finished quilt.  The sawtooth star block is the favorite of many, and I thought I would show you a cute way to quilt the block.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am running behind on things — that’s what I haven’t been by your blogs to visit you, or responded to your comments.  Please know that I have not forgotten you.  Meanwhile, my pile of published quilt is piling up quickly.  As soon as the weather gets warmer, I will get out there and work in photo shoots of these quilts in order to share about those quilts with you.  It is just too cold for an outdoor photo shoot with the temperatures hovering in the mid-20′s.

So tell me what you are working on this week…

Hugs to you all!

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Hello Friends,  I hope you are doing well.  I was excited about working with some gorgeous floral prints, I mean G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!  The florals from Benartex’s Rosemont Gazebo have a very English feel to it, very Lady Carlyle-ish [click here for my Lady Carlyle post] if I may say so myself.  I have named the quilt in honor of one of my favorite cousins.  I used to want to grow up to be just like Priscilla when I was a kid, and I still want to grow up to be just like her.  Priscilla grows the most beautiful garden, and so, I am imagining if she were to have a garden party, it would have a color palette similar to what’s on the quilt!

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What do you think of these sweet, dainty and elegant floral prints?  And whom would you like to be when you grow up?

Thanks for stopping by.  It’s back to work I go!  I am responding to comments/emails tonight — you might just hear from me.  :)  Hugs to you all!

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Hello Friends, I have been busy working on various things.  When asked how her Mom was doing by a family member, Miss Baby looked at me and said, “She is pretty good.  She has a lot of work to do.”  My little Miss Baby has been a source of encouragement to me.  She stays close to me working on schoolwork/art/crafts while I work… or sometimes we just chat while I work.  She told me one night before she went to sleep, “Mom, don’t worry.  God will give you strength to do your work.”

Calico Trail has been completed for a while — sorry it’s taken me a while to share the sneak peek with you.

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I had shared with you these fresh and updated calico prints… they are from Quilting Treasures’ Petals and Matrix collections.  Click here and here to view the full fabric ranges.

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You might also recall I had designed a free to use pattern.  Click here to see the different colorways (purple, green, blue, brown, rose) of the design, and information on accessing the pattern instructions.

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And of course, I have shared with you the BOM program I have designed.  The BOM program has already started in some quilts shops.  Come back later this week – I will have a list of quilt shops that are participating in the program.

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Unfortunately, the month of February is going to be a stressful (very stressful!) month for me.  I will more than likely be sporadic.  If you haven’t heard from me — please know that I haven’t forgotten about you.  I just have been wearing too many hats, trying to meet all the challenges of an overbooked schedule.  Now, you know why Miss Baby’s encouraging and assuring words meant the world to me.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week ahead!  Hugs to you all.

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Hello Friends,  I hope you are doing well!  It’s wet and gloomy where I am at, but I know…. spring will be here soon!  At least that’s what I tell Miss Baby when she muses about wanting to fly to Southeast Asia to escape this cold spell because it’s warm in SE Asia!  Among other things this past weekend, I worked on my Bird Watching for an upcoming editorial feature.

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The fabrics are from RJR’s upcoming line Flutter.  Click here to view the lovely fabric swatches — and you know you will want to get the fabrics when they are released to shops!  I am having quite a few projects using Flutter fabrics coming up!  Stay tuned for details.

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Meanwhile, be sure you make a note to visit my friend’s Vicki’s blog when she starts her birdwatching posts this year.  In my estimation, Vicki lives in paradise.

And before I sign off, here are a few bird quilts I have done in the past.  Click on the names to view more pictures of the quilts.

1.  Song of Williamsburg (addendum, pattern no longer available)

2.  Carols of the Cardinals (The Quilter, Holiday 2008)

3.  Nestlings (The Quilter, April/May 2011)

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4.  Out of the Nest (The Quilter, August/September 2012)

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

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6.  Midwinter Night (The Quilter, Holiday 2012)

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7.  Spring Nesting (House of White Birches, March 2011)

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8.  Modern Country (Annies, November 2012)

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So, are you a bird person?  Are you a bird quilt person?  Can you use more bird quilts in your life?

Thanks for stopping by.  Please know that I always enjoy hearing from you even though I have been scarce lately.  I am in the midst of sewing up a storm — more details to follow.  Hugs and love to you all!!

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Hello Friends, I finished up another quilt this week for another editorial feature.  My friend Kay Harmon (her blog here) graciously constructed the top for me, and all I had to do was to quilt it!  Here is a sneak peek!

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And I was wrong when I told you a while back that my American Farm Crossing quilt was the last quilt that used Lynette Anderson’s Mending Fences fabrics.  I had forgotten about Sunshine & Sunflowers.  So Sunshine & Sunflowers officially makes my 4th Mending Fences design.

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In case you have missed my Mending Fences quilts in the past… here they are.  Click on the title to view more pictures.

1.  Country Stars – free to use pattern

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2.  “Australian Farm Crossing” in Australian Quilters Companion, Issue 64

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3.  “American Farm Crossing” in The Quilter, December 2013/January 2014

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Stay tuned for more information on Sunshine & Sunflowers.  I can’t wait to share with you the details!

Meanwhile, I hope a great day awaits you.  Thanks for stopping by.

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