Flower Basket Sneak Peeks & Christmas Snippets

Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  Thank you for stopping by again.  I thought I will share with you my Flower Basket quilt that had “refused to be finished”, but is now finally completed and shipped off.  I am exploring the use of basic solid and batik fabrics together in a quilt.

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Meanwhile, here are few Christmas snippets from my British country hutch.  Those snowmen ornaments were featured in Quilter’s World’s Autumn 2013 issue.  Click here for more information.

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Both ornaments were on our Christmas Tree last year, but I decided to place them among my dishes this year. :)

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What do you think?  Do you think I made a good move with these snowmen ornaments this year?

Gotta run for now — I am exhausted, but I still have a few things to get done before I can go to bed tonight. Later, my Dear Friends!

More quilty previews

Hello Friends – another week has come to an end.  It’s been a busy one at my end.  I woke up at around 3am on Thursday morning to make cupcakes for Miss Baby’s class – for all intents and purposes, that was my first time making cupcakes.  I have always done muffins, but not cupcakes.  I thought the cupcakes were alright, but not as “cakey” and “fluffy” as I had expected — if you have any tips for the perfect vanilla cupcakes, please share!  I am thinking perhaps use baking soda instead of baking powder as the recipe I used recommended?

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I have a couple of quilty sneak peeks to share with you.  Can you tell I have enjoyed myself?

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a fun weekend.  It will be work and more Christmas activities for me.   But I can’t complain!  I always love the Christmas season.  Hugs to you all.

Quilty previews

Hello Friends, I have had the pleasure of focusing on the quilting part while working on some exciting projects.  Here are a couple of sneak peeks.  They have the feel of rich hot dark chocolate with a hint of raspberry and marshmallow…

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How is your Christmas shaping up?  We are slowly seeing more and more Christmas around the house.  And with Miss Baby, it’s almost like we are in all things crafty when it comes to Christmas.   I will have pictures to show you later on.

But I cannot leave today without sharing with you this very quilty Christmas ornament.  Being an aspiring artisan (sort of, and I can at least dream), I am always sourcing home grown artisan Christmas things for my collection.  I am always amazed at just how talented some people are out there.  You can purchase this star ornament here.  [I will have a few more noteworthy American made ornaments to share with you before the season is over.]

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Thanks to you all who have shared about your Advent Calendar here.  I enjoyed reading about your Advent Calendars.  Now, curious mind wants to know if you have a favorite ornament, and if so, what it is like.

Over the Fence: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  This is going to be really quick, but I thought you might like to see this sweet preview of my Over The Fence quilt!  More details on the quilt will be coming soon.

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How are you liking the gray and red combination?

Thank you for stopping by!  I have to be off to the next on my list!  Take care, Dear Friends.

A Scandinavian Romance: Final Sneak Peek

Hello Friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I have gotten A Scandinavian Romance finished for a couple or weeks now,

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and realized I haven’t shown you a final sneak peek!  Here it is…

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I loved working with the fabrics so much I am getting to work on another quilt with the same fabrics!  Stay tuned for sneak peeks.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week!  I have more Market preparations to do… I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all.  What do you have going on this week?

A Scandinavian Romance: Sneak Peak #1

Hello Dear Friends, I am still alive.  I have to say I am rather glad to leave the past week behind me.  In addition to my tight work deadlines last week, our little family fell sick, one after another!  It was not fun at all.  Nonetheless, I was reminded of God’s grace being sufficient for me, regardless of my outward circumstances.

I am glad that our new week has gotten off a rather positive start.  I want to wish you a Happy Fall!

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If you have known me a while, you know I can’t quite resist using gray in my quilts… Click here for my gray thread.  I am working on another gray quilt with a bit of Scandinavian twist.

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This quilt uses really cute fabrics.  I can’t wait to share about the quilt and the fabrics with you. :)

So, curious mind would like to know if you ever use gray in your quilts, and if you do, when the last time was you used gray in your quilts.

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a lovely week.

Yuletide Snowflakes: Sneak Peek #1

Hello Friends, I have been working on my Yuletide Snowflakes quilt that uses RJR‘s new Christmas line Starry Night by Lynette Anderson.  I absolutely love this blue/cream Christmas combination, despite the fact that I am pretty much a green and red person when it comes to Christmas colors!  I think those particular shades of blue just strike a very soothing cord with me!

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This is the last of my Christmas project for 2014.  My 2015 schedule is starting to fill up – it’s really weird thinking about how this year has gone by so quickly for me. In the back of my mind, I am still thinking we just celebrated Christmas (2013).

I’ve got to run for now.  I am thoroughly exhausted, but I do have some cute stuff to share with you later this week.  Stay tuned!  Hugs to you all…

Curious mind wants to know – do you use any blue in our Christmas decorations?

The Stars Are Brightly Shining: Sneak Peek

Coming soon to a publication near you…. The Stars Are Brightly Shining!   Here is a sneak peek for my Dear Friends:

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This quilt promises to be cozy, and very starry!  Stay tune for details. :)

This is going to be an extremely busy week for me – my life has been complicated about Miss Baby-related activities.  So I will more than likely not be able to respond to your comments/emails unless the are urgent.  Hopefully, I will get this school routine down soon so that I can actually get work done!  And speaking of work…

I have more starry pursuits in progress.  Will show you a sneak peek tomorrow.

Have a most lovely week, Dear Friends!  Hugs and love to you all.

p.s.  Have you seen my other starry quilts here, and here?

Out Amongst the Thistles: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends – I worked till wee hours this morning in order to complete Out Amongst the Thistles.  It feels really good to be able to check my 80-block quilt off the list.

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This quilt has an unexpected element of surprise!!!  I am SO tempted to spill the beans on what it is.  But I am making myself wait till the quilt is official!  So stay tuned. :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have had a good day and week so far.  I can’t believe it’s already Thursday tomorrow… Thank you again for being such sweet friends.

Sunny Delight: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a lovely day!  I am happy to see a happy quilt shipped out – Sunny Delight!  This quilt has so much white mixed in that it took me forever (or it seemed like) to quilt all the extra quilty happiness on the quilt.  But here is a sneak peek — you can see I opted the informal look for the quilting.  Quilting this quilt has been a learning experience for me.  And I have more to learn for sure.

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You probably noticed the fabrics are Benartex’s Luv Bugs fabrics.  More about the fabrics here in yesterday’s post.

Meanwhile, it’s back to school at the Ivory Spring household.  Miss Baby gets to eat lunch at her school cafeteria on some days this year — and she thinks she has arrived, and that being able to eat lunch at the cafeteria is the best thing ever since mechanically sliced bread!!!  It’s always fun to see the world through the years of my five year old.

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She also wrote the following note to her new teacher.

[In case you need translating — Dear Mrs. Bischoff, I can’t wait!  I saw your card.  I glad there will be more girls than boys.  I hope you will be very nice.  Love, Gwen.]

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Alrightie – Dear Friends, I have to fly for now.  I just realized my next quilt is a bit more complicated than I had expected.  And I am under the gun to get it completed.  So, you won’t be hearing from me email-wise…. you all take care. Till next time.

Pathway of Glory: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends, I managed to eke out Pathway of Glory in about 4 days!  I quilted the last stitch on the quilt at about 3am this morning. I feel immensely relieved now that the quilt is on its way to the editor.

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I want to thank you all for the sweet notes you had written to encourage me. We are doing well – as I said, I am immensely grateful for the blessings in my life, and I certainly count your friendship as one of the blessings!

I am taking tomorrow off to bake with Miss Baby because she told me over the weekend her Mom “shouldn’t have to work so hard” (her exact words)…. and then after that, I will be working on a rather sweet quilt.

Thank you for stopping by.  Love and hugs to you all.

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Fabric Preview: Benartex’s Caryl Feathers

There is only one word I would use to describe these fabrics – glorious!

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These are fabrics from Benartex’s Caryl’s Feather collection!  I am using them for my current quilt.  It is amazing to see how the quilt sparkles with these fabrics. Click here to view the entire fabric range.  The interesting thing about these fabrics is that there isn’t a focal print per se – sometimes, it’s the colors that make the quilt!

So tell me, do you like these fabrics?

My week got off with a bit of a rocky start, but the blessings in my life are far greater than the setback.   By the time you see this post, the quilt is being prepared to be quilted.  So come back again for a sneaky peek!  Have a most blessed week, Dear Friends!

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“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”    ~2 Corinthians 4: 17