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Hello Friends,  I do appreciate you stopping by.  I hope you have been well, and for those of you who are in the “under the weather” category like me, I hope you will get to feeling better very soon!

A few months ago, I had posted this sneak peek of my quilt, and asked for your suggestions in naming the quilt… click here to see all the suggestions.

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The finished quilt is being featured in the current April/May 2014 issue of The Quilter.  The editorial team of The Quilter officially named the quilt Tulip Trail, and you will see the reason for the name in the following image — the fussy cut border strips.

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Here you see the quilt in its entirety.

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Tulips aside, the combination of the light taupe and cooler color palette in this quilt reminds me of a walk on the sandy beach on a cool morning.

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Tulip Trail is constructed of large blocks, 15″ x 15″ (finished) for those who like to work with large patches.  For once, I didn’t make a quilt using tiny patches, eh?  You can probably also able to tell that these blocks are fairly easy to construct.  They are — because I have intended for this quilt to actually be used. :)

Click here to purchase kits.

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Tulip Trail uses fabrics from Benartex’s Palm Springs fabric collection.  You may recall I had designed a free-to-use design for Benartex, My Cozy Sweater, shown below.  Click here for information on the free pattern download.  Click here to view the entire fabric range… you can see how the choices of fabrics alter the “feel” of the quilt design.  Tulip Trail looks cool and airy, while My Cozy Sweater looks warm, and… cozy!

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Back to Tulip Trail,  I kept the quilting scheme simple, uniform and predictable with marked quilting.  Someone recently wrote and asked what kind of markers I use.  I generally use the blue “Mark-B-Gone” washable marker.   Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

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I hope you have enjoyed Tulip Trails.  You have to go to Ellen‘s blog to see her tulip pictures – real tulips!  They are incredible.

Later today, you also have to check out Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog here for further revelations on Tulip Trails.

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

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My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

Free to use patterns:

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

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Hello Friends,  thanks so much for your get well wishes.  I am not feeling any better today, but I am hanging in there (by a thread, pun intended, ha!) Nonetheless, I am most excited to share with you my “joint venture” feature with Lynette Anderson in the latest issue of Popular Patchwork (April 2014), a UK publication!  A special thank you to Kay Harmon for constructing the quilt top so that I could jump right into quilting it.

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Lynette added the applique portion to my pieced design, and made the quilt into a really fun one!

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Here are more shots of the quilt:

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Mending Fences uses fabrics from Lynette Anderson’s Mending Fences fabrics.

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You may recall I already have two other featured quilts, both named Farm Crossing, made using fabrics from the same collection.  Click here, and here to view additional quilt photos, and for information on the magazines in which the quilts are featured.

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Now back to UK Popular Patchwork’s Mending Fences quilt… this quilt afforded me many opportunities to do some fun quilting.  The following pictures will show you what I mean.  Quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The quilting is done totally unmarked and free-handed.

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See what I mean about the quilting being “fun”?  Can you tell I thoroughly enjoyed the quilting the quilt?

There are many things I like about this quilt, but I think what I love best is the feel of coziness that permeates throughout.

Now, I am not sure where one could buy Popular Patchwork issues in the States. If you do, please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this quilt.  Hugs to you all.

p.s.  I am still waiting for favorable weather conditions to take pictures of my other currently featured quilts.  Stay tuned for details.

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My 2014 lineup to date:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

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

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With permissions from McCall’s Quilting and the quiltmaker, I am very excited to share with you a blue version of my Spiral Squared quilt, made by Dolly in India.  It is a gorgeous quilt, don’t you agree?  Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled to have Dolly use one of my designs for her recently completed quilt.  For that matter, I am always over the moon when a quilter uses one of my designs.

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The following is my original yellow/gray version.  Click here for information on pattern instructions.

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If you have made this quilt in other colors, please please send me a picture of your quilt.  I should dearly like to see it!

Thanks for stopping by.   I shall catch up with you later.

p.s.  You may click here to see other readers’ projects.

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Hello Friends, I hope you have gotten a good start to another new week.  My weekend went totally not-as-planned, and now I am having to play catch up.  All that to say, I am well, alive and kicking.  I thought I would share with you before we go too late into April a couple of free-to-use patterns that were released in March.  First up, My Cozy Sweater, designed using Benartex‘s newly released collection, Palm Springs.  The Palm Springs fabrics are loud, happy, cheerful and cool.

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I like the name Benartex gave the design.  My Cozy Sweater is just that.  The happening design reminds me of the sweaters some of my Engineering professors used to wear in the 90′s.  :)

Do stay tuned for when I can share with you more pictures of my Tulip Trail quilt, recently featured in The Quilter Magazine(April/May 2014), that also uses fabrics from Palm Springs.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

While we are still on the subject of Benartex fabrics, I am happy to share with you my Movement in Squares and It’s Electrifying! designs made final four in Benartex’s March Madness games. :)  You have till tomorrow to vote between Movement in Squares and It’s Electrifying to usher either of the two to the final round.  Click here to vote.  I also shared more “behind the scenes” details on the designs in the same post if you are curious.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am not sure how much I will get to update my blog this week.  But please know that I do miss visiting with you all while I am working hard to push through a few things in the final stage of my “final stage” of things.  Hugs to you all.  And do tell me what’s on your plate this week…

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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

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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.

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I am happy to share with you a free to use design I did for Quilting Treasures using their newly released Verde collection:

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I was tasked with coming up with something a bit more contemporary with the really fresh looking fabrics from the Verde collection.  So, I went for the “text box” look to reflect the texting culture of our world, thus the “…” at the end of the text boxes.  [Side note: Even Miss Baby would ask me to "text an email" to her teacher to tell her teacher something!  I think sometimes I forget just how pervasive texting is in our daily life.  I am an absolute minimalist when it comes to texting, and yet my 5 year old knows about texting!]

Bamboos are currently vogue in our culture, as in bamboo batting in the world of quilting.  So, I went to the traditional Oriental bamboo frames (like the one shown below) for inspiration to frame the blocks, bringing the traditional to be relevant (somewhat!) even our texting culture. :)

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I hope you like my Verde quilt design.  I can see each text box personalized in your version.

Click here to view the entire fabric range of Quilting Treasures’ Verde.

Click here to download the pattern instructions for free in pdf format.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please allow me to thank you for your well wishing comments.  I am feeling much better, and just need to get back to the swing of things related to work.

I shall catch up with you later!

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Meanwhile, if you haven’t checked out my other free-to-use patterns released in 2014, here they are!

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

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Hello Friends,  I have shared with you the Plain & Fancy quilt that I designed as a BOM program for Quilting Treasures/local quilt shops.

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The fabrics are from Quilting Treasures collections: Petals & Matrix

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I received in my hands the complete list of participating quilt shops, and set out to search the web address of these quilt shops, to the best of my ability.

*The ones in bold consist of direct mention of Plain & Fancy BOM, and often times direct links for you to sign up.

*The rest are just web addresses of quilt shops.  Neither Quilting Treasures nor I have information on when Plain & Fancy BOM is starting at the respective shops.  So, I shall leave you to contact the appropriate shops to inquire.

*Starting in March, I will be making the quilt myself as the BOM progresses .  So, one day a month for nine months, I will share with you my progress.  I will also share about construction tips for better and more precise piecing (I hope!).  Pattern instructions are proprietary, so I will not be sharing them…. only my thoughts and tips.

*So check out the list below, and see if your local quilt shop is represented.  I would love to hear about your experiences with the shops listed below.  Please note that many shops do online BOM transactions, in case your local quilt shop isn’t participating.  In going through the list, I found quite a few I would like to visit…

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COUNTRY CORNER QUILT SHOP
10872 HIGHWAY 392 W
HARRISON
AR
870-437-2299

THE CALICO HOUSE
1243 E IMPERIAL HWY
PLACENTIA
CA
714-993-3091

THE SEW N SEW
160 N GLENDORA AVE STE E
GLENDORA
CA
626-852-2223

B RIGHT ON SEWING & VACUUM
5 S 1ST AVE #1
BRIGHTON
CO
720-685-3392

LAUGHING LADIES QUILTING
349 MASSACHUSETTS AVE
BERTHOUD
CO
970-532-2130

SEW DOWNTOWN
824 9TH ST
GREELEY
CO
970-352-9230

HOMESTEAD VIKING
101 ELIZABETH ST
BETHEL
CT
203-744-3118

PAM’S FABRIC NOOK
8631 S US HWY 1
PORT SAINT LUCIE
FL
772-800-3019

CYNTHIA’S FINE FABRICS
8126 N UNIVERSITY DR
TAMARAC
FL
954-724-2900

TINY STITCHES/JUDY’S MATERIAL WISHES
2520 E PIEDMONT ROAD STE H
MARIETTA
GA
770-565-1113

STITCH N QUILT
5590 MABLETON PKWY SW STE 114
MABLETON
GA
770-944-3356

QUILTED TREASURES & RETREATS
3283 MERINO AVE
OSKALOOSA
IA
641-969-4444

ALLEY FABRIC NOOK
6485 HARRISON ST STE 102
BONNERS FERRY
ID
208-267-6665

THE QUILT CORNER
2037 SOUTH MAIN
MORTON
IL
309-263-7114

MA’S GOT’A NOTION
305 W MAIN ST
HAVANA
IL
309-543-6613

ERICA’S CRAFT & SEWING CTR
1320 N IRONWOOD DR
SOUTH BEND
IN
574-233-3112

QUILTS N’GIFTS
2190 COMMERCE DR, STE 2
BLUFFTON
IN
260-565-4438

CRAFT TOWN
3844 E SHORTS CORNER RD
PEKIN
IN
812-967-8696

CHARLOTTE’S SEW NATURAL
710 N MAIN ST
NEWTON
KS
316-284-2547

FABRIC ESSENTIALS
116 WEST SIXTH ST
CONCORDIA
KS
785-243-4755

QUILTERS PARADISE
PO BOX 646
BALDWIN CITY
KS
785-594-3477

MATERIAL GIRLS QUILT SHOP
306 N BUCKEYE AVE
ABILENE
KS
785-263-7787

CLARKS FABRIC SHOP
605 MAIN ST #313
KIOWA
KS
620-825-4985

STITCH UP A STORM
113 W MAIN ST
NORTON
KS
785-874-5152

SEW COUNTRY
SHEILA CORNETT
BELLEVILLE
KS
785-527-2332

HIDDEN TREASURES QUILT SHOP
101 N COMMERCIAL ST
MANKATO
KS
785-378-8020

SMOKY RIVER QUILT SHOPPE
307 CENTER AVE
OAKLEY
KS
785-671-3070

PRAIRIE POINT
11950 SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY
SHAWNEE
KS
913-268-3333

RED STICK QUILT SHOP
11200 INDUSTRIPLEX BLVD
BATON ROUGE
LA
225-456-2873

CAROLYN’S CREATIONS
149 E HILL RD
BRIMFIELD
MA
413-245-3662

QUILTERS COMMON LLC
364 MAIN ST REAR
WAKEFIELD
MA
781-587-0360

LAKE ERIE MERCANTILE
15555 S TELEGRAPH RD
MONROE
MI
734-682-3945
DEANNS COUNTRY VILLAGE SHOPPE INC
115 N SIBLEY AVE
LITCHFIELD
MN
320-693-9113

MILLIE P’S QUILT SHOP INC
217 E MAIN ST
ANOKA
MN
763-421-0367

BLUFFSVIEW QUILT SHOP
1671 1/2 W 5TH ST
WINONA
MN
507-458-8539

WRIGHT WAY QUILT & SEW
206 CHELSEA RD
MONTICELLO
MN
763-314-0445

FENTON SEW & VAC
180 GRAVOIS FLUFFS CIRCLE
FENTON
MO
636-343-8088

MARGIE PEARL’S
4743 S 131ST RD
BOLIVAR
MO
417-777-4913

YOUR QUILT SHOP
2051 SOUTHWAY DR
ARNOLD
MO
636-464-2929

CREATIVE HANDS QUILT SHOP
AND DECORATIVE PAINTING STORE
BELTON
MO
816-331-1992

CORNERSTONE FABRICS
108 S BRIDGE ST
SMITHVILLE
MO
816-873-0005

MATERIAL GIRL QUILT SHOP
213 W SNEED ST
CENTRALIA
MO
573-682-1320

A WINN ING QUILT SHOP
1002 DIAMOND RDG STE 1050
JEFFERSON CITY
MO
573-896-8880

CUTT N SEW QUILT SHOP
27 W SCHOOL ST
BONNE TERRE
MO
573-358-7887
CREATIVE STITCHES
3710 N MONTANA AVE
HELENA
MT
406-443-7540

MY SEWING SHOPPE
5910 DURALEIGH RD STE 139
RALEIGH
NC
919-784-9300

CALICO ANNIE’S
210 BROADWAY
FULLERTON
NE
308-536-2925

CLAUS ‘EN PAUS QUILT SHOPPE
3629 23RD ST
COLUMBUS
NE
402-564-1618

THE QUILT SHOP INC
301 MAIN ST
WAKEFIELD
NE
402-287-2325

SUNSHINE STITCHES
525 N 155TH PLZ
OMAHA
NE
402-504-1345

PLATTE VALLEY VAC & SEW
1804 BROADWAY
SCOTTSBLUFF
NE
308-632-3734

KEEPSAKE QUILTING INC
PO BOX 1618
CENTER HARBOR
NH
603-253-8148 X6641

THE SEWING DIVA QUILT & GIFT SHOP
16 MANNING ST STE 106
DERRY
NH
603-216-1647

AARDVARK & CO
748 SPEEDWELL AVE
MORRIS PLAINS
NJ
973-539-9033

ABBY’S QUILTING CORNER LLC
30 REDWOOD DR
EATONTOWN
NJ
732-671-7800

SEW RIGHT SEWING MACHINE
223-20 UNION TURNPIKE
BAYSIDE
NY
718-468-5858

SEW PIECEFUL
5541 COUNTY ROUTE 125
CAMPBELL
NY
607-583-4968

PUCKY HUDDLE DELIGHT
71 OWEGO RD RTE 968
CANDOR
NY
607-659-7743

THE SCARLET THREAD
85 DONOVAN ST
WEBSTER
NY
585-265-4910

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF QUILTS
PO BOX 518
LITTLE YORK
NY
607-749-2628

NANCY’S TRUNK
9211 W 9TH ST
RIPLEY
OK
405-413-5037

BJ’S FABRIC AND QUILTS
PO BOX 215
CLOVERDALE
OR
503-392-6195

CHARM SHACK QUILT SHOP
199 S OREGON ST
ONTARIO
OR
541-889-3085

ENDLESS MOUNTAINS
QUILTWORKS INC
TUNKHANNOCK
PA
570-836-7575

QUILT PATCH ETC
806 W MAIN ST
MOUNT PLEASANT
PA
724-887-4160

SEWING SOLUTIONS
6068 BUSINESS 220
BEDFORD
PA
814-623-2413

OUR GENERATIONS QUILT SHOP
70 HORSE FARM RD
NEW ALBANY
PA
570-363-2500

FRYE’S SWEEPER & SEWING
CENTER INC
ALTOONA
PA
814-943-5001

THE SEWING BOX QUILT SHOP
311 GEORGIAN PLACE
SOMERSET
PA
814-701-2635

SCHRADERS FABRICS BY BARB
2078 BEDFORD ST
JOHNSTOWN
PA
814-266-3113

FRIENDSHIP STAR QUILT SHOP
222 DESMOND ST
SAYRE
PA
570-886-2296

THE FINISHING STITCH
1897 HANOVER PIKE
LITTLESTOWN
PA
717-359-4121

CRANSTON CONSUMER PRODUCTS COMPANY
CRANSTON PRINT WORKS COMPANY
CRANSTON
RI
401-943-4800

A STITCH-N-TIME, AGAIN
1644 SAINT MATTHEWS RD
ORANGEBURG
SC
803-534-2612

QUILT CONNECTION
522 SAINT JOSEPH ST
RAPID CITY
SD
605-355-0178

NUTS & BOLTS FABRIC SHOP
PO BOX 5
EDGEMONT
SD
605-662-5758

THE QUILTERS NOOK
PO BOX 4045
CUSTER
SD
605-673-3606

STITCHERS GARDEN
209 S ROYAL OAKS BLVD STE 223
FRANKLIN
TN
615-790-0603

QUILTING BARN
6280 CHESTER ST STE 103
ARLINGTON
TN
901-867-4824

PASS TIME FABRICS
105 W CALIFORNIA ST
GAINESVILLE
TX
940-668-1747

PINWHEEL & POSIES
3335 GULF FWY
DICKINSON
TX
281-337-1213

THE NEEDLE NICHE
505 S PALESTINE ST
ATHENS
TX
903-670-3434

QUILTER’S APPRENTICE
118 E MOORE AVE
TERRELL
TX
972-563-3830

SERENITY QUILTS OF MANY COLORS
2018 S BRIDGE ST
BRADY
TX
325-597-3102

THE SCRAPPY QUILTER
1208 FM 78 STE J
SCHERTZ
TX
210-281-8667

THREADS THAT BIND
3100 INDEPENDENCE PKWY STE 205
PLANO
TX
972-867-5700

QUILTED WORKS
140 N 400 W STE 7
ST GEORGE
UT
435-674-2500
HURST ACE STORES
160 N BLUFF ST
ST GEORGE
UT
435-865-9335

HEARTFELT HOBBY & CRAFTS INC
407 W 9000 S
SANDY
UT
801-233-9028
MY SISTER’S QUILTS
12544 S PASTURE RD
RIVERTON
UT
801-810-3999

QUILTER’S CORNER
1257 SYCAMORE SQ
MIDLOTHIAN
VA
804-794-1990

LIB’S PLACE LLC
23147 PRINCE EDWARD HWY
RICE
VA
434-392-5427

A FABRIC OASIS
108 PLANTATION LN
STAFFORD
VA
540-286-2609

NORTON HOUSE-A QUILTERS PARADISE
PO BOX 579
WILMINGTON
VT
802-464-7213

LOVING STITCHES QUILT SHOP
306 STATE AVE
MARYSVILLE
WA
360-659-4006

QUILTER’S WORKSHOP
601 SE PIONEER WAY
OAK HARBOR
WA
360-675-7216

QUILT PATCH LANE
8023 N PANORAMA DR
SPOKANE
WA
509-467-0133

ANNIE’S QUILT SHOPPE
2505 OLYMPIC HWY N STE 220
SHELTON
WA
360-427-6164

CALICO THREADS
2727 N PEARL ST
TACOMA
WA
253-759-4415

EXPERIENCE QUILTS! INC
PO BOX 100
ODESSA
WA
509-982-2012

B’S FABRIC FUN & SEWING LLC
19467 VIKING AVE NW
POULSBO
WA
360-930-8210

QUILT REVOLUTION
7716 PIONEER WAY STE D
GIG HARBOR
WA
253-358-3856

QUILT CORNER LLC
219 N WATER ST
SPARTA
WI
608-269-1083

KEAMA’S QUILTS
91 W FLAMING GEORGE WAY
GREEN RIVER
WY
888-875-5461

3 B COM
COMPTOIR OCCITAN DELA MERCERIE
TOULOUSE
05-62-20-20-96

THIMBLES QUILT & KNIT
10 GLADSTONE ST
CAPETOWN
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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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Happy Monday, Friends!  I appreciate all your sympathy and empathy regarding my dalliances with a “temporary BFF” (click here).   The weekend came and went in just a flash!  I hope you had a good one.

I am happy to share with you my Hurry Home quilt that is featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Fons & Porter‘s Love of Quilting magazine.

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The colors of this quilt are inspired by the colors in the large print fabric used in the outer border.  This design concept might come in handy when you have a large print fabric with which you don’t know what to do — use it in the outer border, and then gather fabrics for the quilt center that have the same colors as the large print fabric.

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The fabrics are from Thimbleberries Sweet Home collection, released by RJR Fabrics.

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This quilt is designed for piecers, if you like to piece!!  I am blessed, my “piecing elf” Sherry McConnell actually pieced this quilt top for me!

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Quilting was done with my allover Jester’s Hat motif (click here, here and here to read about Jester’s Hat), using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting – my fool proof combination of thread and batting when it comes to free-motion quilting.

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This is my second Sweet Home published quilt.  You might remember seeing the following quilt, also made with fabrics from the same collection… but both quilts look totally different:

In the Meadow (The Quilter, April/May 2013)

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I hope you have enjoyed Hurry Home.  Being out and about during the winter time always makes me want to hurry home!   What makes you want to hurry home?

Have a lovely week, Dear Friends!

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My 2014 lineup:

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

January Free Pattern: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January Free Pattern:  Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

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

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Hello Friends, I had mentioned to a friend yesterday I refused to believe the weekend is upon us… and despite my denial, the weekend is upon us!  I hope those of you affected by the Arctic vortex (such fancy name!) will continue to stay warm and safe.

To round off this week, I am sharing with you another free downloadable pattern, Midori’s PlaceMidori’s Place is another design I have done for Benartex using their Gramercy fabric collection.

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If you recall, I had shared with you another quilt I had designed using the same fabrics: View on Lexington.

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Click here to download pattern instructions for Midori’s Place.

Click here to download pattern instructions for View on Lexington.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to read about thoughts on Gramercy by fabric designer Kitty Yoshida.

Tell me what you think of Midori’s Place and View on Lexington.  You do know I didn’t name the quilts, right?!  I am quite embarrassed to share with you the names I have come up with for those quilts… all I can say is that Team Benartex comes up with the coolest names for my designs, always!!

I am definitely thinking spring after talking about the Gramercy fabrics!  Alrightie, my friends — have a lovely weekend.  I shall catch up with you next week.

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2014 free downloadable pattern lineup:

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

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Hello from “snowed in” country!!  We are snowed in, and Miss Baby’s school is canceled for the second day.  It’s cold and a little frightful outside post-snow, but we are warmed in the heart by just being together at the Ivory Spring household.

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I am MOST MOST MOST excited to start off my 2014 with my first ever feature in McCall’s Quilting magazine!  It’s a dream come true!!!  Without further ado, here is Spiral Squared, featured in the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting!

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As you can see, this is another one of my “gray” quilts.  But the effect of yellow and gray is such that the gray really brings out the cheeriness in the sunshiny yellow, don’t you think?

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Spiral Squared uses rectangular strips to create the spiral effect, thus the construction is relatively simple.  You may purchase the magazine issue which contains the instructions for making Spiral Squared here and here.

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The quilt uses fabrics from Benartex’s Zest collection.  The fabrics in this collection have a shiny sheen to them, and I had the most fun turning them into a quilt top!

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Oh, I would be remiss not to show you the very cool fabric I used, also from Zest, for the backing fabric.

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Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!  The silk batting gave the large quilt a nice and soft feel, despite the fact the quilting tended toward the dense side.  Notice how the negative space is perfect for textured quilting!!!

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Since this is a two-color quilt design, I think it would look great in a number of color combinations: orange/green, black/red, brown/blue etc.  Curious mind wants to know what color combination(s) you would use…

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed Spiral Squared.  I know that some of you are attempting this quilt — so, please send me pictures of your finished quilt.  I would love to see your version.  I shall say goodbye for now… as more work awaits.  Have a blessed day, Dear Friends!

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My 2014 line-up so far:

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

January Free Pattern: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January Free Pattern: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

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

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are well.   Last Friday I showed you my Urban Stars quilt that is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Quilt Trends.  Today, I am sharing with you Enchanted Forest, the other quilt that is shown in the same magazine, but the pattern instructions are available as a free pattern download here.

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Enchanted Forest uses large rectangles to effectively feature print fabrics, and thus making the quilt top construction quick and trouble-free.

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Or, if you feel like doing a bit of applique to spice up the design, sprigs of leaves would add the visual effect!

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Here are a couple more shots of the quilt.

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If you have been visiting regularly, the fabrics used in Enchanted Forest shouldn’t been unfamiliar to you…. as I have ANOTHER magazine featured quilt also named Enchanted Forest, featured in QUILT August/September 2013.  Click here to view more picture. [Side note:   Do you remember I have also had two quilts named Farm Crossing (here and here), made with fabrics from the same collection?]

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The fabrics are from Silent Harmony by RJR Fabrics.  And you might recall I also designed a free to use pattern, Nature’s Harmony, for RJR using these same fabrics.  Click here for more information.

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So… back to the “Quilt Trends” Enchanted Forest… the quilt was quilted using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!  You can see that I quilted “swirly” trees amidst the random vertical straight lines on the quilt top to lend to the woodland feel…

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And now, my favorite part of the quilt – the informal pseudo feathers quilted in contrasting thread on the outer border!!

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You can read about my tutorial on the pseudo informal feathers here.  I hope you will get a feeling of how relatively simple it is to quilt these pseudo feathers from the tutorial, and if you try them out, I would love to hear what you think of them!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed my latest Enchanted Forest quilt.  Quilt kits (quilt top and binding) are available for purchase for $44.99 from Fat Quarter Shop by clicking here.

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Have a great week, Dear Friends — but not before you tell me if you find forests enchanting in general! :)

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Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

January Free Pattern: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

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

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