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Hello Friends, I hope you are well.   It’s time for the next quilt on my list.  So, I got my fabrics ready for Hostess with the Mostess. You will see why…

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And you might remember these fabrics from the free to use table ensemble designs (table topper, runner and reversible placemats) I shared with you a couple of weeks ago.

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The fabrics are from Quilting Treasures’ Hot Little Dish fabric line.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions for the wallhanging / table topper.

Click here to download pattern instructions for the table ensemble.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I hope you have a most wonderful weekend!    Let’s chat again next week.  Hugs to you all.

Help me pick a favorite?

Hello Friends, dear reader H.  offered to superimpose my husband’s quilty deep thought onto my quilt images.  THANKS, H!

#1:

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So, would you help me pick a favorite?  Please leave your favorite in the comment section.    I tried embedding a poll – unsuccessfully (Grr!). Thanks so much.

I have GOT to run for now.  It is close to 10pm my time, and I can honestly say I haven’t done a thing work-related today, and I have to get something checked off my list before I drag myself to bed tonight.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall see you again tomorrow.

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.

My husband muses… “Quilters never grow old because they are always playing with…. BLOCKS!”  How very reassuring on the “forever young” sentiment! :)

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So what do you think of my husband’s musing?

Thanks for stopping by.  I feel rather “young” right now because I am still in crunch time, and I just came through an exercise of monotony and made 80 repetitive blocks!!!  I shall catch up with you later.

Hello Friends, I hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  I ended up working through most of my weekend because the quilt I was working on ended up to be a bit more work than I had expected – but that’s okay!  REALLY! :)

Most of you know I am Oriental –

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I am most excited to be able to share with you Pagoda Paradise, a free to use pattern I designed for Benartex using their Little Harajuku  fabric line.  I have to say Pagoda Paradise certainly ranks one of my top favorites!!

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Aren’t those pagodas just so darling?!

Click here to view all the swatches of Little Harajuku.  You will love the fabrics!

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

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

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under "FREE PATTERNS" on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

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

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

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

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.

Hello Friends!  Happy Tuesday to you.  I hope you are well.

I have shared with you a couple of weeks ago Lovey Buggy, a free to use pattern.

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Lovey Buggy uses the red colorway of Benartex’ Luv Bugs collection.

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I am sharing with you another free to use quilt design that uses the multi-color colorway of the same fabric collection.  Come meet Sweet Hearts!  Sweet Hearts would make a super darling quilt for a little one – the size is very manageable, and constructions should be relatively quick as well.

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Click here to view all the Luv Bugs fabrics.

Click here to download pattern instructions for Sweet Hearts.

Thank you for stopping by, sweet friends!  You all have been so sweet and encouraging to me these last couple of weeks.  I greatly appreciate you all!

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under "FREE PATTERNS" on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

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

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

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

No, no… not by me though I wish it were so, haha.  My Plain & Fancy BOM quilt is still in its infancy stage.  I showed my finished Block #2 in my last progress report.

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BUT there is just something about seeing the completion of a quilt.  And if my Plain & Fancy BOM quilt were finished, it would look very much like what Diane of PA completed, posted on Endless Mountains Quiltworks’ Facebook page!   And Diane did an absolutely fabulous job.

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A big thank you to Karen for being my eyes and notifying me of the picture of the finished quilt!  If you would like to make a new sweet friend, check out Karen’s blog here.

Thank you for stopping by!  What is on your list to do this week? I wish you all a most lovely week.  Hugs to you all.

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a good week.  I am honored to be a participant in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge blog hop.

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Click here to answer the following questions you might have about the challenge:

1.  What is the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge?

2.  How do I participate?

3.  Where can I access the pillowcase patterns?

4.  How do I proceed after I make my pillowcase(s)?

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The following is the list of 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge blog hop participants:

· Alison Glass
· American Patchwork & Quilting
· Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
· The Benartex Design Team: Sew in Love with Fabric
· Debby Kratovil
· Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
· Heidi Pridemore
· How To Sew
· Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom
· Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts
· Karrie Winters of Freckled Whimsy
· Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle
· Linda Carlson
· Lori Mason
· Modern Quilt Studio
· Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
· Northcott: Patti’s Patchwork
· Shannon Fabrics: My Cuddle Corner
· Tammy Silvers
· Timeless Treasures: Sew Timeless
· Valori Wells
· Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool
· Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring — ME!!

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I used fabrics from Benartex’s Made With Love collection to make my pillowcase. This is a super cute line – you may check out the swatches here.  I won’t spoil it for you — but you have GOT to get a load of the adorable zipper print after you click on the aforementioned link to check out the fabrics.

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Seriously, how can you not swoon with this “buttoned up” paisley print?!

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I chose the Made with Love fabrics not only because the fabrics are just too adorable, but also for the spirit and sentiment the fabrics represent – something made with love to bless someone else.

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Here is the pillowcase I made – using Pattern #10, with the flying geese band! Click here to download the pattern instructions.

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American Patchwork & Quilting is also hosting the first 24-hour sewathon making pillowcases to further the cause of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge from September 19, 2014 3:00pm to September 20, 2014 3:00pm.  Click here for details on this very exciting event.

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I hope you will seriously consider participating in this worthwhile endeavor of reaching out to those in need.   Most of us quilters are blessed with stashes upon stashes of fabrics, why don’t we in turn bless someone else with a pillowcase (or two, or three, or four) made with love?

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“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”   ~1 Corinthians 13:13 (emphasis mine)

Have a most blessed weekend, Dear Friends.  I shall catch up with you again next week!

Joyce the winner!!!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  You have seen Dear Friend Joyce’s version of my Song of Praise pillow here.

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And look at the latest on Joyce’s pillow!!  Joyce’s pillow won first place at her county fair.  Congratulations, Joyce – the honor is well deserved!!

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And a big “Thank You” to Joyce for sharing her work with us!

Curious mind wants to know if you enter your work (quilts, pies, anything) in your county fair…

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely rest of the day.  Hugs to you all.

No longer…

Hello Friends,  I found out last week the magazines The Quilter and Quilt Trends are no longer, effectively immediately,  because the company All American Crafts is no longer.  My Song of Praise pillow was featured in the last issue of The Quilter magazine.  The Quilter has featured many of my designs.  I am sad to see it go.

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I can’t help but wonder what has gone on.  I received word that another quilting publication is going under as well.  What are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by – I do apologize for this rather discouraging post, but things are the way they are.   Nonetheless, my hope and prayer is that I will continue to be used to be an encouragement to you all, my Dear Friends!

In my line of work, I often move from turning in one project to working on the next project that has to be turned in.  I had a very brief down time over the weekend where I was able to work on my Plain & Fancy BOM quilt last Friday night!

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This is Block 1 from a while back.  Click here to read more about Block 1.

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And here is Block 2.

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Pretty much, I used the same tricks as I did for making Block 1.  The tricks were described in my Block 1 post.

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Even though I have felt like a loser for not being able to keep up with my BOM, it is nonetheless a great feeling being able to get another block finished for the quilt! It’s back to work-related quilting stuff for me!

If you are working on Plain & Fancy, I hope you have enjoyed the journey!  If you have yet to join in the fun, click here for a list of shops that are carrying the project, or you can see if Fons & Porter has filled up their spots for online signup here.

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Monday, and Happy Week!

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