More Thread Journey sightings & Part 2!

Hello Friends, the Thread Journey quilt center pictures are still trickling in — and I am loving all the pictures you have sent!

Here is Jody’s version:

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Here is Deb’s version:

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Here is Ruth’s version – Ruth creatively turned part of the original design into a pillow!  Brilliant!

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Thank you, Ladies, for sharing the pictures!  Keep those pictures coming!!

And… part 2 of the installment is up on Aurifil’s blog today.  Click here for the next steps!

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Have fun, and Happy Quilting!  Hugs to you all.

News & FREE PATTERNS using Windham Fabrics’ Grace Collection

Hello Friends, I hope your week had gotten off a rousing start!  Remember this little snapshot of a Christmas quilt I had been working on?  Well, 48 blocks, and 1024 patches later — it’s quilted, bound and off to Australia!  It’s a fun quilt to piece if you are into Log Cabin blocks, just sayin’!  More details are forthcoming later this year about this quilt.

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Do you remember this book, written by my friend Jeri Simon, that I had recommended to you last year?  I had written a review of the book here.  This is a perfect book for any beginners in case you are looking to gift someone with a handbook on beginning quilting.  And of course, this book is great for all experienced quilters because of the nifty charts included.

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Well, this book won the 2015 Foreword’s Review Gold Medal Award of the Independent Book Publisher Association! The news broke just yesterday!!!  I am so excited for Jeri, and my publisher Landauer Publishing.  You can purchase the book here, and the pdf format here.  Congratulations again to Jeri and Landauer Publishing.

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So Christmas sewing is done at Ivory Spring…. and now, I get to play with silver and gold and neutrals!  Keep your eye out for these beautiful fabrics at your local quilt stores / or online quilt stores – they really elevate neutral fabrics to a different level!  Click here to view the entire fabric group.

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I have designed the following free to use designs using these fabrics – ALL using precuts strips sets:

Winter Flowers – click here to download the instructions.

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Coastline – click here to download the pattern instructions.

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Boxes – click here to download pattern instructions.

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Thanks for stopping by, Friends!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your day.

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion: Little House on the Hill

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

ABC des Maisons: Part 1

Before I proceed with today’s post, I have been asked about this quilt I posted in yesterday’s post.  The quilt is called Gwendolyn Dream Garden.  It is a pattern found in my book Creative New Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash.  You can view all the projects in the book here.  Gwendolyn’s Dream Garden is named for Miss Baby.  She fell in love with the quilt when she saw it, and told me it reminded her of a flower garden.

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Speaking of the girl, this summer has been a stitching summer for Miss Baby!  The last time you saw her completed stitched project was a few months ago… I shared about her stitched ornament.  You can read more about it here.

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From the stitched ornament to this…. a full-sized sampler! And she is quite a determined stitcher too – because she is having a contest with my sister (who is stitching the same thing) to see who finishes first.  They are stitching ABC des Maisons by Prive Jardin.  You can purchase the chart here.  That’s how it’s supposed to look when it’s finished.

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AND…. this is Miss Baby’s latest progres.  And she is intent on changing the colors to suit her taste. *rolling my eyes here*  Let’s just say sometimes I wish my little one would just stay inside the box, and not try to think too much outside of the box, hahaha!

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Have I ever told you I have always wanted a daughter?  And I am thankful to God He gave me one.  I have enjoyed my little girl.  I missed those baby/toddler days for sure, but I have also enjoyed the more grown up version these days.  I did a double-take the two days ago when she said to me out of the blue, “Mom, I think you are the best Mom I have ever sampled.  I think I am going to keep you.”  What?!  Sampled?!

Thanks for stopping by.  I have more work to do still… Hugs to you all till next time.

Another Thread Journey sighting… and totally unrelated question!

Hello Friends, I hope your summer has gone well for you.  We are already entering the last week of our first month of summer vacation.  I was so happy to see another Thread Journey quilt center completed… this time by Vicki.  If you haven’t known about Thread Journey, you may click here to find out.  Instructions to make the quilt center are posted here.

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Please keep sending me pictures of your work, not just Thread Journey.  I love seeing what you are working on – because I am nosy!

Meanwhile, we are enjoying our summer activities – library, museums, and stitching for us among other things. What are some of your favorite things to do in the summer?

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Come back tomorrow – I shall share about Miss Baby’s summer “busy work” stitching!!!!  It is soooo adorable.  I am tempted to stitch it along with if I weren’t up to my eyeballs in deadlines.

FREE PATTERN: Charleston

Happy Monday, dear Friends!  I hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend.  I have to be honest, mine was a bit weird because it’s the first one my own father is no longer on this side of heaven.  There was a sense of loss as I went through the day, but yet, I was comforted to know he is in heaven.   Heaven has become so much more personal to me because my Dad is there.

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We did have a blessed time celebrating the day with an amazing father  whom Miss Baby absolutely adores!

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And here we are, another new week!

I am so glad to receive a picture of Miriam sent me of the quilt center of her Thread Journey Quilt.  Let’s just say Miriam didn’t waste ANY time!!! :)  If you haven’t heard about my Thready Journey Quilt Along, click here for information.  And the instructions to make the quilt center are posted here.

Mine:

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Miriam’s — SO very gorgeous, don’t you think?!!!!

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You can join in the fun.  And I do hope you will keep working on the project.  I am working on a big giveaway for those who complete the project in a couple of months.

I also have a free pattern to share with you — for my floral-loving friends!  Be sure to check out a new floral line, Charlestonreleased by Quilting Treasures.  The following is a free to use pattern I had design to highlight the Charleston fabrics.

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Click here to view the fabrics.  

Click here to download the free to use pattern.

You may also purchase the kits here.

That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  I have a date with my sewing machine tonight…. more piecing to do on my current quilt.  Have a great week!

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion: Little House on the Hill

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Thread Journey Quilt Along Part 1 & Other News

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Dear Friends, today is THE day!!!! Go on over to Aurifil blog today for the first step in making my Thread Journey Quilt by clicking here.

The original Thread Journey quilt was made mainly with batiks.  You can see my version 2 is made with Windham’s solids and fabrics from their other basic lines.

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A point I want to stress is I hope this quilt will bring much quilty joy in your own quilting/thread journey.  And remember… it is your quilt!  You can change and spice things up anyway you would like.  I think the following quote from Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said it best, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.” :)

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Meanwhile, the new Aurifil’s Designer of the Month block for June just released yesterday. Click here for the details on how to make Block #6!

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And that’s all the excitement I can handle for the day!  I have to get back to that green/red quilt that has many pieces. I still have quite a few blocks to go. :(

Have a lovely day!!!

Do you love mysteries?

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I have to admit I am not a huge fan of mysteries.  Even when I read a book or watch a movie, I have to know the ending first before getting into it.  But…. I am collaborating with Quilting Treasures and hosting a Summer Mystery Sew-Along starting July 9.  Go figure!!!

We get to play with these beautiful fabrics!

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I can promise you that the things we have to do aren’t going to be demanding — because it’s summer after all.  The instructions come in 6 installments (July 9, July 16, July 23, Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 20) to make a 46″ x 66″ lap sized quilt.  I hope you will join me?

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Click here if you haven’t known about the incredible Harmony Line, newly released by Quilting Treasures.

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Below are the official participating shops where you can contact to purchase the supplies.  If you are customers of these shops, please tell them I thank them for being a part of this cooked up Mystery!

Candy’s Quiltworks, Northridge, CA

Nimble Thimble, Gilroy, CA

Blue Iris Quilt Shop, Palo Cedro, CA

The Quilt Corral, Willows, CA

Country Cloth Shop, Angels Camp, CA

Kathy’s Fabric Trunk, Del Norte, CO

Quilter’s Dream, Loveland, CO

Rossville Quilts, Rossville, IN

Sew Unique by Jackie, Granger IN

Sew What’s New, Las Cruces, NM

Patchwork Angels, Endicott, NY

Quilty Pleasures, Geneva, NY

Pinwheels & Posies, Dickinson, TX

Tea Time Quilting, Houston, TX

Sew Much More, Nederland, TX

Quilters Crossing, Tomball, TX

Quilter’s Apprentice, Terrell, TX

Sew Let’s Quilt It, Dallas, TX

Savvy Quilters, Savoy, TX

Patti’s Last Resort, Acton, TX

Rahrah’s Fabrics & Quilting, Lubbock, TX

Tomorrow’s Quilts, Waco, TX

Wimberly Stitch Studio, Wimberly, TX

Beefore It’s A Quilt, Lavaca, TX

FREE PATTERN: Hoffman’s Rustic Refined

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again.  I hope you have had a great start to your week.  Things are happening at my end.  Among other things, I have been making these blocks — many of them with MANY tiny pieces. Those bright red squares finish at 3/4″.  I am seriously believing I have a screw or two loose somewhere!!  You know how I feel about piecing.  But more often than not, I end up doing A LOT of piecing for my quilts.

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I have had the pleasure to play with Hoffman’s newly released (and beautiful) line Rustic Refined a few months back, and came up with this design!

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I really love how these rustic-theme fabrics look!  You have got to check out the fabrics.

View the entire fabric group here.

Download the free to use pattern here.

Purchase the quilt kits here and here.

Thank you for stopping by.  I need to run and finalize things for Thursday’s instructions for Thread Journey’s Quilt Along!  Are you joining along?  I hope you are. :)

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion: Little House on the Hill

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Another Salt Lake City Spring Market Sighting at Windham’s booth

Hello Friends, Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I am excited to share another Spring Market Sighting with you today — this time it’s at Windham’s booth.  Here is a quilt called Our Block that I had designed for Windham using one of their upcoming lines call Maribel.  Click here to see the fabrics.

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I designed two quilts patterns using this line that are available for sale (hopefully) at your local quilt shop.  If not, you might ask them to contact Windham for details.

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Smokey & Friends (in honor of Windham’s mascot Smokey the Cat).  Click here if you haven’t read about Smokey being Miss Baby’s “pet by proxy”. :o)

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Here are the blocks I have made for my the quilt — this will be a present to Miss Baby.

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I am anxious to make more of these kitty blocks…. once I get a breather.  That’s all for now, Friends.  I shall catch up with you later!  Hugs to you all.

Project Sneak Peek: Packages

Hello Friends, how are you all doing this Wednesday?  I hope you are well.  I am excited to show you this free-motion quilted Christmas motif I quilted on my most recently completed quilt!

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The best machine quilting advice I can give anyone is to keep quilting because you WILL get better. :)  That’s all for now.  I have to get back to work…  Hugs to you all!

DONE: My Aurifil Designer of the Month Block 5

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Hello Friends, thank you for visiting again!  I completed my Block #5 of 2016 Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program!! Block #5 is designed by Amy Friend.

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For an added interest, I embroidered a bird in the block center using Aurifil’s cotton Aurifloss! I have absolutely loved stitching with Aurifloss.  I stitched with 2-strands of floss for the bird embroidery.

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Have you been following and sewing along?  If you haven’t, you still have time to join in the fun. Click here to download the instructions for making Block 5.

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Now I am ready for Block #6.  Some of you have asked when my turn is for Aurifil’s Designer of the Month 2016… VERY SOON! :o)

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If you haven’t seen my previous blocks, here they are.  All my blocks are made with Windham Fabrics’ Blush & Blooms fabrics.

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Salt Lake City Spring Market Sightings & NEWS! – Quilting Treasures Harmony

Disclaimer: All photo credits belong to Quilting Treasures, and make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page for an exciting announcement.

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I hope you are well.  As you know, I wasn’t at the Salt Lake City Spring Market this past Spring, and so, I have been having to wait for pictures from Market to be posted…. and I am REALLY REALLY excited to see samples displayed at Quilting Treasures’ booth, made from my designs using their newly introduced tonal and textural line, Harmony!!!

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You know I love working with basic fabrics, and you might remember the cover quilt of my Creative Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash book, Crossings, was made using Quilting Treasures’ Lola Textures and Quilting Temptations (previous tonal basic lines).

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The following samples shown at Market show the different palettes of the new Harmony Line:

#1.  Brights (the butterfly quilt on the right is my design):

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#2 & #3.  Neutrals (Row Quilt) and Warm (Modern Precuts Fat Quarter Quilt) — both designs are mine.

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Now, to make things even more exciting, Quilting Treasures and I have teamed up to offer a Summer Mystery Quilt Along!  Ask your local quilt shops if they are participating to purchase the supplies and for more information!  If not, the shops are welcome to contact Quilting Treasures for assistance.  More details will comes soon, but the first installment of the instructions will be offered here sometime in July!  I hope you will join in the fun.

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And right now, Quilting Treasures is having a giveaway of 1 Bright Strip Set.  Click here to find out how.

That’s all for now.  It is another super busy week at my end… but it will be a good week!  You all have a great week yourself.  Hugs to you all!