Comfort Quilt Patterns & More

Happy Monday, Friends.  I hope you are well!  This week will find me feverishly piecing quilt tops… so, here’s to productivity to you and me!

1.  A little Behind-the-Scenes.  I am often asked about my designing process.  What comes first for me: design concepts in my head or fabric choices?  For my “work” work, more often than not, it’s the fabric choices.  What happens is fabric companies would send me images of upcoming fabric lines, and ask if I could come up with supporting quilt designs for the specific lines.  So I would look at and start getting a feel for the mood and theme of the fabrics.  I would then do research related topics based on the theme of the fabric groups to get ideas on how best to showcase the fabrics through quilt designs.  For example, I was asked to play with an upcoming fabric line that has the 50’s theme.  Mind you, I am not a child of the 50’s — still a whipper snapper that I am, just kidding! :)  So, I read up on a bit about the cultural aspects of the 50’s, and came up with this Movie Night design, accented by the 50’s style glasses!  Click here to see this fun fabric group – details on the quilt pattern are forthcoming! :)

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2.  Comfort Throw Quilts.  Every so often I get to work fabric themes that aren’t as carefree as the 50’s.  Last year, I got to work with one fabric group related with breast cancer (Anything Is Possible by Windham Fabrics), and the other with heart disease (Quilting Treasures).  It is my hope that these quilts, when made, will bring comfort to the recipients.

HOPE Quilt:

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Click here to download free to use pattern.  I know Keepsake Quilting was carrying the kits, but the last I check, the kits are out of stock.

Kick Heart Disease Quilt:

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Click here to purchase the quilt kit.

3.  Giveaway Winners / Windham Fabrics Atlas Charm Packs

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Congratulations to the winners:  kathrie2013, Sandy Allen, and Lori Morton.  An email was sent to you – please reply with your mailing address so that I can have the charm packs sent to you!  Thank you to EVERYONE for playing along!

That’s all I have for now!  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  Hugs to you all!!!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

 

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Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

FREE PATTERN: Stars and Stripes Forever

Hello Friends, lots of festivities are in town today!! It’s Inauguration Day!!!  Here is my fly-speck contribution to the patriotic festivities today!

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The quilt is designed with Stars and Stripes Forever fabrics by Hoffman Fabrics.

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Click here to download free-to-use pattern.

And I close today with a prayer for America by our first President, General George Washington:

Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

With prayers for the future, and always with thanksgiving to God, I hope you have a most blessed day!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Happy Monday & Sew Along & Scrappy Mystery & This and That

Hello Friends, Happy Monday and Happy Week to you!  I hope you are all well!  I will try to cover a few items today. :)

#1.  This is of utmost importance — I want to know who amongst you still has her Christmas tree up! :)  I found out over the weekend on Instagram there are quite a few still who are keeping their Christmas trees up to enjoy them longer.  With that, I will no longer feel self-conscious about keeping ours up for two weeks at least after Christmas!!! Truth be known, Miss Baby is still blasting Christmas carols and music at home.  And I sewed up these charm squares over the weekend.  So, Christmas is here to stay, I think!

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#2. Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along!  If you have expressed an interest in following with the sew-along, you will have received an email from me with a bit of logistics on how we will be doing things – all in an informal way!  Please know that you are able to join in the fun anytime!  It will be great if you just shoot me an email expressing your intention to join in the fun! :0)

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You may download the pattern instructions and templates here.

I will be using the Bleecker Street fabrics from Quilting Treasures for this project!  I am totally in love with these fabrics!!!!  You may use fabrics of your choice for the project.  However, if you want to replicate the original quilt,  I know of places listed below that are selling the kits/fabrics.  For the embroidery, I will be using colors from my Aurifil’s Marmalade Meadows collection.  Click here to read about the collection if you haven’t known about it.  I would imagine any Aurifil dealer will be able to order the floss for you.  Please know that I will be showcasing more ways to use up the floss in a couple of months.

* The quilt and floss kits are available from http://thimblemouseandspouse.com.  I think Lynn is still waiting for the fabrics and floss to arrive.

* Quilt kits from http://www.northerncomfortquilts.com/sales-and-specials

* Fabrics from Quiltropolis.

* Quilt kits from Hancocks of Paducah.

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Tentatively, I will be posting my first section on Feb 15th.  And then you will have a month between Feb 15th and March 15th to complete your section. :)

#3.  SCRAPPY MYSTERY Quilt-Along!  I asked, and you responded.  So, scrappy it is!  This will start in June or July 2017.  I am still working out the details, and will have more to share when I have more solid information.

#4.  Miss Baby’s Stitching Progress.  Some of you have written to ask about Miss Baby’s stitching progress.  Here is the last progress picture I took of her work.  Pattern is by Jardin Prive.  You may purchase the chart here. The latest completed house is the one right next to the letter “m”.  She actually messed up on counting her squares. Instead of correcting her mistake, she “improvise” to make her house work!  I am not quite sure how I feel about that yet… on one hand, I want her to follow the rules because I am pretty much a “dot my i’s, and cross my t’s kind of person.  But on the other hand, I thought she did a great job improvising!  Hahaha.  The original house has 3 windows, and Miss Baby’s version has 2 windows.  And of course, Miss Baby has totally ignored all the “suggested colors”, and picked out all her colors.

I have to say Miss Baby has made great strides in the last 6 months in that she has learned to thread her own needles, and finish her stitches etc.  She is now a totally independent stitcher.  For a while there, I had to cut the threads, thread the needle, show here where to stitch, and then help her bury her thread tails etc.  Now, she asks if I could get her a gold needle!  Well, I didn’t… I told her she would have to earn her own money to buy that as regular needles do just fine. :-)

I say all that to encourage mothers and grandmothers out there who are teaching their young ones in the art of needle and thread that it is possible to start them really young!  I started Miss Baby when she was about 5.  And it’s been really gratifying to see her progress and develop in her skills.

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That’s all for now, Dear Friends!  It’s past 10pm, and I still have a quilt to bind that needs to be shipped in the morning. :)  There goes my life whirling around again!  Hugs to you all, and I do hope you have a lovely week.

I’m Blue For You in McCall’s QUICK QUILTS (February/March 2017) & Giveaway

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Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well!  I am happy to share a little about my I’m Blue For You quilt that is featured in the Feb/March 2017 McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine!

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This is a super easy quilt to put together as you can easily use 5″ charm squares as your starting point.  But fun thing about this is that with the very basic squares and half-square-triangle units, you can create a striking check mark effects with the quilt layout! :)  You know me, I hardly ever design quilts with difficult to piece block elements.

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I used the blue fabrics from Windham Fabrics’ Atlas collection.  Check out the entire collection here, as they also have the same fabrics in tan colorways.  And if you use the tan fabrics, your quilt will end up looking like this.

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I quilted random straight lines at various angles across the width of the quilt using Aurifil’s Mako 50wt.  The good thing about that is there is really no planning except for the plan of filling the quilt top with straight lines.

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McCall’s Quilting blog features a post about my I’m Blue For You.  Click here to find out my suggestions on different (and hopefully fun) ways to use this quilt design.

I have actually designed two more quilts using the same line for Windham Fabrics.  You might check if your local quilt shops are selling the kits.  If not, they might be able to order the kits for you from Windham Fabrics.

#1.  Color Coded

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Here is Color Coded displayed at this past Fall Quilt Market in Houston.

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#2.  In Motion

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And now for the GIVEAWAY – Windham Fabrics are generally giving away three charm packs to US addresses. Leave a comment below between now and next Thursday, and I will pick three winners on Friday.

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Thanks for stopping by, Friends!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week — can’t believe the weekend is already upon us!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

Sad News… Sue Garman

Hello Friends,  I am bumping my scheduled post for today to share with you the sad news Sue Garman’s passing this past Sunday.  Sue Garman lived an amazing life, not only at NASA, but also as a quilter of 40 years.  Sue has always been, and will always be my hero!

Let’s take a moment to remember Sue’s contribution to the quilting community, as well as our great land.  And along with that, do pray for Sue’s family as her husband actually passed away just a few months prior.

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To view Sue’s amazing quilts, go to www.comequilt.com.

I will be back tomorrow.

Another chance to win Marmalade Meadows Floss Box

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you are all well and warm!  Right about now, I am an icicle contemplating a one-way ticket to Florida! :)

Last fall, Aurifil introduced my Marmalade Meadows Floss Collectionat Fall Market.  A few days before Christmas last year, Aurifil featured my new Embroidery Floss collection, Marmalade Meadows, on their blog Auribuzz. Click here to read more if you hadn’t had a chance to do so.

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The purchase of the floss collection comes with my pattern instructions (including embroidery) for Marmalade’s Merriment.  If you remember, the embroidery design is based on Miss Baby’s artwork that I had adapted for embroidery.  I do have a funny story associated with that.  I had texted from Fall Market last year a picture of the floss box to Miss Baby at home.  When I checked in with home that night…

Miss Baby:  Urm, Mom, didn’t you tell them I drew the original picture?

Me: Yes?

Miss Baby: Why isn’t my name on the box?

Me:  Well, you see…

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Over the next year, I will be releasing more Marmalade the pot belly bunny embroidery designs, as well as different projects you can make using the free download Marmalade’s Merriment embroidery design!  It will be fun.  So, get your floss ready to stitch… You can ask your local quilt shop owners to order the floss collection for you!

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Aurifil is hosting another giveaway of Marmalade Meadows on their Instagram feed!  Be sure to check out the details there — just search for “aurifilthread”.

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That’s all for now, Friends!  Happy Monday and Happy Week!  I will be back this Wed to catch up with you!  Hugs!!!

Happy New Year!

Hello Friends, and Happy New Year to you!  I hope you and yours had a restful and enjoyable break over Christmas and New Year.  WOW — I can’t believe we are already into the 6th day of the new year!  I hope we will have fun with each other as quilting buddies this new year.  Venturing into the New Year is like stepping through a door… and finding out what awaits on the other side.

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Things are already shaping up for me this New Year.  The following samples of what’s to come in the new year… so, you can see I have been working, haha!  But then if you have known me for any length of time, I make a point to not ever complain about work.

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Here are a few Miss Baby’s sayings that I thought were cute from last year…

#1.  “Mom, I would still be grateful if all I got were a few cough drops in my stocking!”

#2.  “Do I really get everything you have after you are gone, including ALL the quilts? …. Oh, you mean I could pick a few of my favorites and then maybe give the rest away?  Phiew!  Don’t be offended… I would keep ALL the quilts if you only made a few.  But you have so many of them!” [#2 made me laugh!]

Miss Baby did manage a last minute quick stitching finish before 2017.  So, this will be the first ornament she hangs up on our Christmas tree this year.

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So, here are a couple of New Year-ish quilts!

Making New Friends in Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (November/December 2016), using Windham’s Grace charm pack.  You can watch a tutorial on how to make this quilt here.

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Day Break is a design using Hoffman fabrics, and exclusive kits are available from Keepsake Quilting.  Click here to purchase quilt kits.  I was asked if the construction of this quilt top involves Y-seams — no Y-seams, just the good ol’ half-square-triangles!  You know me, I avoid complicated piecing for the most part, hehe.

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SEW-ALONG – who wants to join?  Besides the usual, this year, I have a goal to make my Spring on Bleecker Street quilt for myself!  You see, I didn’t get to keep the original quilt displayed at Quilt Market last fall.  And I am looking for sewing buddies on this project.  I will be hosting a sew-along starting in Feb.  I would love for you to join along.  If you haven’t already, you may download the instructions for this collage quilt here.  Please email me with the subject tilte “Sew Along” to let me know you would be interested to join in the fun.  The fabric kits (fabric and floss) are available from http://thimblemouseandspouse.com.  I know that for a fact, because Lynn announced that she had ordered the fabrics and floss.  Give her a call or email her!!!  I will share more about the schedule for sew-along next week, and how it’s going to work next week.

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Meanwhile, Christmas isn’t quite over in my little corner of the world. I will be working on these fabrics!!!  One thing I can promise you for 2017 is that I have MANY Christmas projects in the works.

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MYSTERY QUILT-ALONG, anyone? There will also be a mystery quilt-along being planned for this summer.  I am trying to see which you prefer — would you prefer a mystery quilt-along using scraps or a specific fabric line?

Alrightie, Friends…. God’s  blessings to all of you for a fanta-bulous year!  And have a wonderful weekend.

p.s.  I am still trying to catch up on emails you had sent me over Christmas break.  We were gone for a bit, and I am just now working on replying my email inbox and cleaning it out.

Happy & Merry Christmas 2016!

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Artist: Miss Baby, 2016

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

Text: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934
Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr.

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I love this Christmas hymn (In the Bleak Midwinter), but I haven’t heard it sung except on the radio for a long while. I love this hymn for the last stanza for the reminder to give my heart as a gift to my King.

Friends, I hope you have a most blessed and lovely Christmas!

Don’t Look Under The Tree in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2016)

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Just 2 more sleeps to Christmas Day, Friends!!!  But, DON’T LOOK UNDER THE TREE — just don’t!!! Hahaha.  That’s the name of my Christmas tree featured in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Winter 2016.  I can’t take credit for that fun name.  The credit goes to the editorial team at Fons and Porter!

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This quick and easy quilt uses Holiday Traditions fabrics from Windham Fabrics.  Click here to view these beautiful metallic fabrics!  I quilted my trusted holly berry motif on the quilt.  Click here if you haven’t read about how I go about quilting the holly berry.

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Meanwhile, do NOT look under the tree! :-)  Merry Christmas, Everyone! :)

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p.s.  We have a Curious Dream FQ Bundle Giveaway Winner:  Patti (#13) — please respond to the email asking for your shipping address, and your FQ bundle will be on its way to you!

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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 (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

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

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Winter 2016): Don’t Look Under The Tree

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

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

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

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

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

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)

December: Wind Chimes using Soleil (Windham Fabrics)

Giveaway: Marmalade Meadows Floss Collection + Bleecker Street FQ Bundle!!!!

Aurifil’s blog (www.auribuzz.wordpress.com) interviewed me about my newly released collection today.  Click HERE to read the interview, and be sure to enter the giveaway of a Marmalade Meadows thread box and Quilting Treasures’ Bleecker Street FQ bundle!!!

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A few weeks ago, I shared with you the exciting news of curating a new collection for Aurifil — except this time it’s for embroidery floss.  Many quilting friends associate me with quilting, but I also am passionate about handwork.  So, curating Marmalade Meadows is my way to sharing my love of all things handwork!

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The colors in Marmalade Meadows are selected to complement Quilting Treasures’ newly released Bleecker Street fabrics.

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I designed a pieced, applique and embroidery collage quilt to support both the fabrics and the floss.  Spring on Bleeker Street received warm response at Fall Market this past October.  The fabrics are shipping now to local quilt shops.  Some shops are kitting the project.  The pattern instructions are available for download here.  I will also be hosting a Sew-Along party on my blog starting in February 2017.  So I hope you will get your supplies ready between now and then, and be my sewing buddy for this project.  I designed the quilt, but don’t have the actual quilt.  So, I need to make one for myself to go into Miss Baby’s room!

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I also designed Marmalade’s Merriment a separate project focusing on hand embroidery.  That’s the project you see on the floss box!  The pattern is a free pattern available through Aurifil, link provided in the interview.

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I am turning off comments on my blog post today.  Do head on over to Auribuzz and comment there, especially if I have turned you into an Aurifil fan. :-) Meanwhile, please share with your friends about the giveaway. :)

Blessings to all!  I need to get back to more sewing.

A catch up post….

…. that is desperately overdue!!!

HELLO FRIENDS!  Loooong time no chat.  2016 will go down as the busiest year in my life, EVER!  I feel like I just never got to get off the ongoing treadmill of life, haha!  I am not complaining — because this has certainly been a “God’s grace is sufficient” for me year!  And here we are — Christmas 2016 is just days away.

We braved the frigid cold over the weekend to go see the Christmas Tree at the US Patent and Trademark Office.  It’s something we have done since Miss Baby was very little.  This year’s tree is my “most” favorite of all the ones we have seen.

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The tree is always HUGE (at least 3 stories tall), as well as the ornaments.  Miss Baby is all to happy to demonstrate…

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On the home front, our tree is no where near as tall or has near as many ornaments or lights….

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Last year, Miss Baby placed the ornaments at her eye level on the tree.  I would secretly try to even things out after she went to school, and she would get home from school and redo the ornaments.  So our cat-and-mouse game went on for days.  I am happy to report we didn’t have that situation this year.  In fact she was quite adept at distributing the ornaments evenly.  We spent an afternoon after school hanging up the ornaments and chatting about Christmas memories.

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It was nice to inspect each ornament closely as we unpacked them…

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Besides the Christmas-sy things,  I have been working lots (A LOT!), but I am definitely not the only one. Many I know are working hard to get things turned in before Christmas. But I managed to find some quiet time when everyone else was asleep for a bit of stitching fun.

I finished up a Christmas ornament using the colors from my Marmalade Meadows collection.

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I also finished smocking a dress insert for an outfit for Miss Baby.

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And during those quiet moments, it was impressed upon me that Christmas isn’t really Christmas until it happens within the heart, no matter how busy things are on the outside.

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I hope you will enjoy a most blessed season!

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Giveaway Winner — thank you ALL for playing along in my giveaway of a copy of the latest American Quilting and Patchwork!  I am happy to announce the winner is: Rhonda (#4)!  It will be coming to you very soon!

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My Turn: Windham Fabrics CURIOUS DREAM Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY

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Hello Friends – looooong time no chat!  I have missed corresponding with many of you.  The truth is, life has taken an even busier turn with the holidays and all that goes with them.  I have been sewing like crazy for my 2017 projects. It’s crazy to share this — we haven’t even had Christmas 2016, but I am already working on Christmas 2017 stuff.  I actually have quite a few Christmas 2017 things already in the works, much more than years past.

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Today is my turn on Windham Fabrics’ Curious Dream Blog Hop.  I never turn down a chance to participate in a blog hop because that means I get the opportunity doing something fun and different — even if I am up to my eyeballs in deadlines!  Curious Dream fun fabric group by Angela Pingel, based on Alice in Wonderland.  The fabrics are adorable.  Click here to view the entire fabric collection.

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Since Christmas is really big in our house (especially for a certain little girl), I used these fabrics to make a Christmas pillow.  ANYTHING is possible in Alice’s Wonderland, right? :)  Even if that means pulling off a Christmas pillow from non-Christmasy fabrics!

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Remember the Old World blown glass bauble Christmas ornaments?  I have a soft spot for them even though I don’t have any.

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Curious Dreams has three different fabrics that feature medallion motifs made of keys, which I fussy cut to fit the ornament templates, found online, as the starting point for my fabric bauble ornaments.  You can click here to print these ornament templates.

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Before I fused my applique pieces, I measured and marked where I wanted my hanging ribbon to be.  I used Aurifil 40wt to stitch the straight lines. The heavier wt meant I only have to stitch along the paths 3 times to get the hanging ribbon effect.

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I do not like my applique piece to have raw edges in view.  So, I always finish them with buttonhole stitches when I am doing fusible machine applique.  This is my first time using the heavier Aurifil 40wt (compared to 50wt) for the buttonhole stitches.  I have to say I like the effect for these ornaments!

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For this particular ornament, I thought that the buttonhole stitches would detract from the look.  So, I outline-stitched around the ornament three times, also with a 40wt thread, and I REALLY REALLY like the result!

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To finish off the hanging ornaments, I used embroidery floss from my Marmalade Meadows collection to make bows that were then secured to the pillow top by hand.  Click here if you haven’t heard of my Marmalade Meadows floss collection.  I will share more about this collection next week with a few juicy details!  Stay tuned.

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The hanging ornament section was then pieced with two other fabrics to make my pillowcase!  I kept the other sections simple so that the focus will be on the ornaments.

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GIVEAWAY:

#1.  Click on Windham Fabrics’ blog post HERE for chance to win  FQ bundle — this giveaway is open to the USA and International quilters!

#2.  Between now and Dec 22, leave a comment on this post for an extra chance to win a FQ Bundle within Continental US, and I will announce winner on Dec 23.

That’s it for now, Friends!  I hope to share with you before the weekend a few (like 4!) magazine quilts that are made with Windham’s fabrics!!  Till then.