Fabric Giveaway – TALK to me…

…. or just TEXT me!

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Check out this really fun group #TEXTME from Windham Fabrics!  These fabrics are shipping to your local quilt stores right now!  Keep your eyes peeled for them!!!  I just saw that Fabric Shack is carrying the fabrics – you may purchase the fabrics here.

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These USB cords are used in the “stripe” fabric — what an absolutely brilliant idea!

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Click here to view all the fabrics in the group, and don’t forget to check out the very cool free projects (with instructions) offered!!

Thank you to Windham Fabrics for offering the giveaway of a FQ bundle of #TEXTME to any US/Canada addresses. This is just a bit o’ fun!  Leave a comment here between NOW and and July 8, 2015, and tell me if you can survive your daily life without texting, or how long a stint you would go without checking your texts or texting! :)  And then text your friends and tell them about the giveaway….

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I am doing a lot of computer work lately – your comments/emails have helped me stay awake and keep focused. :)  Have a lovely rest of your day.

Quilty happiness is…

…. getting my Aurifil thread spools in the mail!  Receiving threads in the mail is one  of the highlights for me!!!  Those spools of colors are like candies – only without calories! :)  I debut my Thread Talk series with a post on threads.  Click here to read about my thoughts on Aurifil threads.

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So, what is your quilty happiness this week?  Curious mind dearly wants to know…

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

VERMONT QUILT FESTIVAL: Christine’s Movement in Squares

Hello Friends, Christine made my day yesterday when she sent me this picture of her Movement in Squares quilt in Vermont Quilt Festival 2015!  Movement in Squares won Benartex’s 2014 Fan Favorite, and I am happy to hear that many have enjoyed that pattern.  I love how Christine quilted her quilt with an “interlocking” motif!  Congratulations, Christine… and thank you for sharing your quilt with us!

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Information on downloading pattern instructions is found here.

Thank you, Friends, for stopping by.  I hope you week got off a stupendous start for you!  I am still reading your comments from a few days ago – you ladies are keeping me busy… but I am not complaining -no, no, no!  Gotta run for now – lots to get done this week.  LOTS!

I shall catch up with you later!  So…. what are you doing this week?

Upcoming… It is true…

… and happening!  Landauer Publishing is publishing my second book, available this Fall!  Thank you to Vivian for spotting the announcement and wrote to tell me about it.

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Click here to read just a little more about the book.  There are a few more quilts that aren’t shown on the page.   I guess I just have to wait a little longer to share with you the other quilts, which happen to be my favorites – well, maybe the favorites among the favorites…. because all my quilts end up being my favorites, for some reason! :)

I am very excited!  More book details to follow… Gotta run for now!

I have a theory…

I always try to get a lot done by Wednesday of the week.  Over the years, I have developed a theory of productivity*… if  I don’t put in the work toward the front end of the week by Wednesday, the rest of the week would just zip by blurry without me getting much done before the weekend!

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So, I have been planning, thinking, scheduling, calculating, pattern writing, piecing, stitching, reading, and trying to come up with a good name (you know how lousy I am in that department)…  all that in a day’s work… well, the first part of the week’s work! In truth, and the highfalutin mumbo jumbo aside, I have just been trying to dig myself out of my work pile. :)

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So what do you think of my theory of productivity?  Do you feel the same way I do about Wednesdays?

While, I still have a few hours left on this Wednesday, I’d better get myself in gear to finish up what I started this morning…. and oh, I still have to decide on that name!!!  More details to come on that name — when I am finally able to share!

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  May God bless you all!!  Hugs!

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*Back story on my obsession with efficiency and productivity:  As a primary (elementary) school kid, I used to loyally read self-help books and columns on how to be a better (and more productive) student. And thereon after, efficiency grew to be a lifelong and ongoing pursuit! My husband looked at me with this perplexed look when I told him what I used to do for childhood passtime. So…. I’ve NEVER claimed to be the cool kid in the crowd, HA!

FREE PATTERN: Jolly Old St. Nick

Hello Friends, my days go by so fast these days when I have a little constant companion for the summer!  I love the chattering, the occasionally clinging, and even the drama!  But all that doesn’t help me get things done.  So I have had to come up with some creative ways to still squeeze in work, and still meet the looming deadlines.

It seems like many fabric companies are releasing their Christmas collections this time a year — to give us quilters enough time to get our Christmas projects completed in time for Christmas!  I have another free pattern to share with you today that is meant to be a quick to finish panel project — Jolly Old St. Nick by Quilting Treasures.

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Click here to view the entire fabric collection.

Click here to download free pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve got to run as we are under a severe weather watch (again!).  I was going to finish up piecing a quilt top… but I don’t use my machine during stormy weather.  How about you?  Do you chicken out like me, or do you brave it?  I am going to do some hand-sewing instead….

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

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

Fanciful in MACHINE QUILTING LEVEL 2 Class

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a lovely Father’s Day weekend.

I am happy to share with you today Fanciful, one of three “real” quilts included in my DVD or online machine quilting class, Machine Quilting Level 2, offered by Annies, with which you can practice the quilting skills you learn from the class presentation.  You will receive complete instructions, as well as full-sized applique templates, on how to construct the quilt top for Fanciful with the purchase of the class.

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In constructing Fanciful, I mixed regular cotton quilting fabrics with batiks to see if I would like the effect.  The star blocks and the white and light taupe you see are of regular cotton quilting fabrics, while the rest are batik fabrics.  I have to say I am really pleased with the visual effect of mixing batiks and regular cotton fabrics in the same quilt. And of course, this exclusive project was designed with LOTS of quilting opportunities in mind… thus the vast expanse of negative space!

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You will be able to see the quilting close-up in the class presentation toward the conclusion of the class as I walk you through on how I quilted all three of the real quilt projects presented in the class.

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If you have been visiting here for a while, you will know that I am an Aurifil addict, specifically for their Mako 50 weight thread, with which I had quilted nearly all my quilts, including Fanciful. The batting used for this quilt is Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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You may click here for a free preview of the class.  Of course, if you have any questions – you know where to find me. :)  I hope you are having a good summer.

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We are traipsing about here and there… while I am attempting to find time to work on some very exciting things for the coming Fall and the coming year.

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

Fabric News (Windham’s Ariana) and other things…

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  I think I am about 85% over my bug or whatever it was…. at least that annoying headache is gone (I think!).   Please allow me to thank you for all your responses on my recent blog posts.  Thank you to those who sent me pictures of your garden – I enjoyed all of them.  And, I have to say I am totally blown away by your (unexpected) choices to the sneak peek of my recently finished pieces!!  I hope to be able to do a proper reveal on that piece soon.

My husband brought in the mail, and look what I got?!  FABRICS, MORE FABRICS… and even MORE FABRICS! This Ariana bundle (from Windham Fabrics) here stole my heart…

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I have a super soft spot for paisleys – and Ariana has big paisleys and small paisleys, navy paisleys, green paisleys and blue paisleys, and….

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… gray paisleys!!  You know how I feel about gray!!! I have in mind already what to do with these fabrics — just as soon as I get a few free moments.

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Ariana should be available at your local quilt shops NOW!!!  Click here to view all the Ariana fabrics — and tell me if you like the collection.   I have just very recently started working with Windham Fabrics’ fabrics.  So, curious mind also wants to know if you like or have purchased fabrics from Windham Fabrics.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve got to fly for now — to catch up on work-related things.

FREE PATTERN: Frosty the Snowman / Silly Snowman Quilt

Well, it is over 90-degrees outside, and it seems silly to share about a snowman design…. but then I don’t want you to miss out on the fabrics because this new line Frosty the Snowman-Silly Snowman by Quilting Treasures will be coming to your local quilt stores soon!!!  I like the fun snowflake prints in this line.

I really had fun coming up with a fun and simple way to frame the panels in the panel print…

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

Letting you in on…

… a couple of sneaky previews!

#1 is mainly threadwork, but a bit out of my ordinary yet REALLY fun!

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#2 has LOTS of colors – brown, black, green, orange, pink, purple, yellow etc – but they all work together beautifully.  I promise.

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I will share the details on each when the time is right/ripe. :)  Meanwhile, do tell me which speaks to you… #1 or #2. It’s a busy day – lots to get done – I’d better run for now.  You all take care!  HUGS….

Amongst the florals…

Chills, joint and muscle aches, sneezes…. who needs those during the summer?!  I am being a humbug about this summer “bug” that I caught from a certain little person in my family.  But let’s direct our attention to more cheerful things.

I most certainly cannot take credit for these beautiful blossoms.  These photos were taken at a professionally tended garden while I was out and about, pre-summer cold.

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Here are two of my floral quilts from Recreating Antique Quilts: Priscilla’s Garden Party (L) and Lattice Garden (R).  They are what I call “sister” quilts in that one is a simpler version of the other.  Dear friend Karen actually taught a class using her version of Lattice Garden here.

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These two quilts are densely quilted with feathers and swirls.  I will have to share about the quilting with you in a separate post.  Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.

So, curious mind wants to know if you often use floral fabrics or incorporate florals designs in your quilts… do tell!

Happy Monday, and have a stupendous week!