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Hello Friends, I feel like I have been living in the world of smalls… the following photo shows what I mean by that. :)

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If you are like me — you hate throwing away scraps that are 2″ and under, but so often don’t know what to do with them — I am hoping my World of Small Stars would be a delight to you.  You know I do not like piecing, but I have to say I really enjoyed making those small stars that make me just go “awww”!   Do stay tuned for details.

So, curious mind wants to know if you are a saver of tiny scraps, or do you just scrap them? [Oh... don't you just love the English language with the play on words?!  I have always adored the English language, even as a non-native speaker!]

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back tomorrow when I share with you a run-down on my currently featured quilts…. HUGS to you all.

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Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  I am happy to share a little more about my “Roundabout Feathers”, as dear friend Joyce calls them.  Joyce gave me her permission to coin the name “Roundabout Feathers” for these fun feather wreaths with a twist!  These feathers are free-hand quilted with very minimal marking, as shown later.

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[Sorry about that little piece of lint in this following picture!]

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SO — you have this open space that is perfect for quilting something feathery!  For this particular quilt, I have A LOT of open space that I needed something feathery…. but I wanted to add visual interest to the feather wreaths, and not have all of them look identical… so I thought off-centered and concentric wreaths would do the job.

First, I looked through my piles of dishes, and found two bowls – one large, and one smaller.  You can decide what sizes work for you – just make sure one is smaller than the other.  And I then trace the circles on the open space.  The circles then form the spines of the wreaths, and are the determining factor of the placement of your wreath.

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The key is to remember the inside feathers of the inner ring MIRRORS the outside feathers of the outer ring, as shown.  You can definitely mark the orientations of the first feather on each ring before you start if the feather wreaths on your quilt are direction-specific.

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Then, you would start filling the outside of the outer ring, and inside of the inner ring with feathers!

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Then, it’s time to feather the inner feathers of the outer ring.

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For the outer feathers of the inner ring, I don’t do “full” feather lobes on some of them just to give the eye a bit of rest — instead I quilt the effect of overlapping feathers, as shown in the schematic.

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I find these roundabout feather wreaths to be very versatile.  I can place them wherever I want on an open space, and I can decide how large or small my rings would be, and thus further customizing their appearances.  I hope you can see what I mean with the pictures of the wreaths quilted in real life that I had shared with you earlier in this post.

I hope you will give these wreaths a try!  Curious mind would love to know what you think of them! :)

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week!

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Click here, here, and here to read my other Thread Talk posts on quilting feather wreaths.

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!!

Hello Friends, it’s lovely to have you visit again.  I truly appreciate all the comments you have left on my blog of late.  I do apologize for not getting back with you quickly enough… I am hoping another 7-10 days, my life will be more normal again.  Here is a sneak peek of my Feathery Formation quilt for you — you know I do love quilting feathers!  Feather Formation is quilted with my domestic sewing machine, Bernina 640 Artista.

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And I jumped right into these fabrics after Feather Formation.  I love love love these fabrics — I am really going to try to work with more Batiks/Balis!

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#1.  if you quilt with Batiks/Balis

#2.  if you have tried feather quilting

AND, what your assessments are for #1, and #2.

Thanks for stopping by.  I haven’t forgotten about the Thread Talk post on the feather wreath I had posted earlier this week.  It’s taking me a little longer to get the tutorial ready.  Stay tuned – hopefully, it will be ready before this week is over…

Hugs to you all!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Thank you for visiting again.  I shipped out Owl be your Friend last week.  Look for this little delight to appear in print not too far in the future.

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Stay tuned for more details on the project.  I will be able share them with you when I am able to.  Meanwhile, I do appreciate you for being my friends!

I have seen a lot of owl fabric popping up lately — are you liking them?  I actually do myself, and so does Miss Baby.  She has claimed this quilt for herself after the “quilt lady” (editor) is done with it.

Alrightie, I shall catch up with you later.

Hello Dear Friends,  I hope the quilters among you had a wonderful National Quilting Day weekend.  Yes, I did quilt…. [Miss Baby comments that her Mom always plays a game called "quilting!"].  Here you see a sneak peek of what’s on the quilt back.  I will be posting a tutorial later this week on how I did these “feather wreaths with a twist”.  Meanwhile, you may click here, and here to read about my other tutorials on feather wreaths.

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We have a white and cold and snowy St. Patrick’s Day this year.  We are snowed in for sure!  Miss Baby’s school is canceled again, and the dedicated snow plow just came by as I type.

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I find the life of the “Apostle of Ireland” fascinating.  With the emphasis of missions at my church, I am inspired by St. Patrick’s love and dedication in teaching about God to the Irish people back in the 5th century.  My Celtic Cutwork runner attempts to capture that spirit of reaching out with the green heart.

I don’t have any quilts that I have made that is exclusively green.  The best one I can find is my Nature Walk quilt.

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I also have to confess as a dishaholic, I don’t have anything green or shamrock-y in my collection either.  But I have been looking…. and thinking…. specifically Belleek’s Basketweave.  Might you have any thoughts for me?

SO, curious mind wants to know if you have anything green in your collection (quilts, needlework, home decor items, dishes etc) to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a blessed St. Patrick’s Day, and a lovely week ahead!!  Blessings to you all!

Happy Friday, Friends.  I hope you have had a good week.  Friday always comes a little too soon for me, but I am happy I got quite a bit accomplished this week.

The last time I shared with you on my progress on Miss Baby’s birth sampler was Fall last year…

I spent the first three months this year completing the next motif on the sampler.  And here is the latest progress picture.

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Miss Baby’s birth sampler is one thing I would like to finish stitching this year.  So, anytime I can add a few more stitches to the sampler is time well spent.

Speaking of the little Miss, she delivered to me a note she wrote all by herself without assistance… I am SO going to frame this for the future! :)  I thought the note would give you a chuckle or two too.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed weekend!  God’s blessings to you.

 

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  I definitely do feel the madness of March quite keenly due to work.  But again, I am not complaining, and that’s not why I post today… Benartex team is doing a March Madness contest on their blog for quilters like you to pick their favorite quilt patterns that have been featured recently.  I am excited that a few of my designs made the contest lineup, shown in the following.

[If you haven't already done so, click on the following quilt names to download the pattern instructions for free!]

1.  It’s Electrifying!

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2.  Midori’s Place

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3.  Silver Lining

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4.  Everything’s Coming Up Rosey

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5.  Movement in Squares

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6.  Space Odyssey

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Please click HERE to vote!  You are under no obligation to vote for my patterns.  Just go there, join in the fun and vote your favorites.  Voting is only open through this Friday (3/14/2014).

Thanks for stopping by.  You have a lovely lovely day!

Hello Again, Dear Friends!  It’s Tuesday – that means a quick check-in with you before I go off gallivanting on extra curricular activities with Miss Baby!  How about another free pattern – a black/white quilt at that?!  I have always wanted to do a black/white design (and a bit of… *gasp*… gray!).  Here is is… my Poseidon’s Adventure quilt design:

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This design uses Benartex’s newly released fabric line: Neptune’s Dream.  The imagery is just exquisite.  You have to check out these fabrics, especially you have nautical interests.  So, are you a nautical fan?

Click here to view the entire fabric range.  They do have a non-black/white colorway.

Click here to download the free pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you have a stupendous day!

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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

Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I am alive and well, and have been working hard to meet some hard deadlines.  But like I often tell many of you in my personal correspondences, I really don’t have anything to complain about.  Work is good, and I really don’t mind the work… here is a sneak peek of one of my recently finished projects:

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Oh, what a surprise — GRAY again!  This time, it’s gray + pink + orange + taupe + brown = another unexpectedly pleasant color combination (don’t you think?).  When I set out to design, I don’t really give myself any constraints.  So, I guess subconsciously, this gray thing continues.  I can’t help but wonder if this gray trend coincides with the phenomenon of my hair turning increasingly gray… Lightheartedness aside, you can see my other “gray” quilts here:

1.  Winter Wonderland (The Quilter, Holiday 2013)

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2.  Home is where the Quilt is (Quilter’s World, December 2011)

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3.  Urban Stars (Quilt Trends, Winter 2014)

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4.  Manhattan (Quilt Trends, Fall 2013)

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5.  Spiral Squared (McCall’s Quilting, January/February 2014)

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6.  Persian Rug (Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle, Fall 2013)

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7.  Starry Dance (Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffled, Fall 2013)

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8.  Silver Lining (Free Pattern Download for Benartex, July 2013)

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9.  Moonflower (Free Pattern Download for Quilting Treasures, October 2013)

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On a more serious note, this past weekend was an emotionally unsettling weekend for me due to the missing Malaysian Airline plane.  Being from that part of the world, I am certainly not foreign to the major airlines of the region.  Though I do not know the passengers on board the missing plane, anyone from my immediate and extended family could have met the same fate.  Once again, I am reminded, just how little control we have over our life, and how swiftly we can pass from this life… I have been hugging my little one a little more tightly and more frequently because of that reminder.

I continue to anxiously wait for news updates on the situation this week… and do pray for the families during this trying time.

Thank you for stopping by, dear Friends!  Hugs and blessings to you.

Hello Friends, I thought it would be fun to show you some of the quilts I have made/designed in the past with fabrics from the same collections (thus “cut from the same cloth”) to illustrate concept of possibilities!

1.  Benartex Perennials II — a.  Flower Duet (American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2012), b.  Sweet Bouquets (Quilter’s World, April 2012)

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2.  RJR Garden Frolic  — a.  A Sprinkle of Spring (Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, May/June 2012), b.  What’s the Buzz? (Quilts and More, Summer 2012)

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3.  Blank Quilting Mayu — a.  Spice Garden (The Quilter, August, September 2011), b.  Thanksgiving Topper (Quilter’s World, October 2011)

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4.  Riley Blake Avignon — a.  Not Too Square (The Quilter, December 2012/January 2013), b.  In & Out (Quilter’s World Quick & Easy Quilts, Spring 2013)

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5.  Quilting Treasures Monkey Around — a.  Free Pattern I, b.  Free Pattern II, c.  Monkey Around (Quilter’s World, April 2013)

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I hope you have had fun seeing these quilts as proof of possibilities in quilting.  I think the idea of countless possibilities is what excites me about quilting.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  Your sweet comments have truly encouraged me to soldier on this week.  Hugs to you all.

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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