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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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Hello Friends,  it’s good to have you visit again!  Tuesdays are “write-off” days for me as far as work goes because I end up working at my “other” job (aka being the Miss Baby’s chauffeur).  So this will be quick!  I completed my first quilt for 2014 shortly after New Year a couple of weeks ago… meet  Flower Boxes.

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I am not sure if my picture did the fabrics justice as it is harder to take good pictures in the winter light, but I do like that stripe fabrics very much! SO, curious mind wants to know what is on your agenda today, or if you have had a 2014 finish!! Thanks for stopping by.  I shall chat with again tomorrow, Lord willing.

p.s.  Oh, and speaking of Miss Baby… she is quite the Little Miss these days.  She turned 5 this year, and thinks she knows EVERYTHING, and is already looking forward to when she is 10!

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Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  I finished my Hole in the Wall quilt right before Christmas last year.

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Quilting this quilt was not without challenges.  About 1/3 into quilting the quilt, I had to admit to myself my initial quilting scheme was just NOT going to work… so, I became BFF with my seam ripper, and spent a day just taking out all the quilted stitches.  And the quilt was already late getting to the editor.  Talk about torturous frustration…

But… at least now I can honestly say I like second round of quilting MUCH better!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a blessed weekend.  I will catch up with you next week.  Hugs to you all.

 

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Hello Friends, I will be spending the next 7-10 posting about my 2013 residual items.  Thanks for bearing with me.  With that in mind, I am sharing with you a sneak peek of Solar Star that I completed on December 30th.  It was shipped to deliver on the 31st.

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I went the extra mile on the yellow stripe sashing.  I hadn’t planned to quilt it, and it had looked like this… The buckling effect was quite unsightly.

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I am glad I made the decision to go the extra mile and quilted the sashing down.  Going the extra mile is my motto for 2014.  With God’s help, I hope by going the extra mile, I can excel and be better in the various areas of my life, quilting included.  I hopeful you would join me going the extra mile this coming year, and we will see what we can accomplish regarding that pile of UFO’s (unfinished objects), ha!

That’s all for today, Dear Friends.  If you in the path of winter storm Hercules, do stay safe and very warm!  All I can say is it is getting cooooold where I am at – keep in mind I grew up in the tropics.  Hugs to you all.  Till tomorrow!

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  Last week I wrote and asked for your suggestions in naming this quilt.  I love all your suggestions, and ended up not selecting a name.  Instead I sent the suggestions to the editor and let her pick one – how’s that for passing the buck?  For now, I am calling the quilt “The quilt that will be named.”

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I managed to take a couple of parting shots before shipping the quilt to the editor.

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Meanwhile, I have been making these Hole in the Wall blocks.  They are fun, easy, and the fabrics are really quite cheerful!  More about my Hole in the Wall quilt coming up…

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So, tell me do you have a favorite “Hole in the Wall” restaurant?  Thanks for stopping by.  Come back next Monday – I will be posting about the last Christmas project for the year 2013 at Ivory Spring!  Hugs to you all.

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Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  We did experience the predicted inclement weather.

Life is a bit crazy right now with me trying to meet a bunch of deadlines before Christmas.  So, it’s only natural I should show you a quilt I just shipped off last week.  I can’t wait to show you this quilt in its entirety — you will see why it is named Teething Rings!!!

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Meanwhile, we are still working on our Christmas preparations!

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I am hoping to get to the craft store this week to pick up some supplies for the bird ornaments I have in mind to make with Miss Baby.  I am hoping to be able to find the craft birds at my local Michael’s.

SO, what is on your plate this week?  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!  Hugs to you all.

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