FREE PATTERN: Bonjour Table Runner and Throw Quilt

Hello Friends, I have worked extensively with Quilting Treasures in the last couple of years.   I have a whole bunch of designs to share with you in conjunction with the releases of their many new lines!  Today, I am happy to share with you two projects that have a French bakery/bistro feel using Quilting Treasures’ Bonjour fabric line.

Here is the table runner:

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Here is the throw quilt:

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I love red, and I love gray, and I really like how the roosters are stylized in the Bonjour prints.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions for runner.

Click here to download pattern instructions for throw quilt.

So, tell me how you are liking Bonjour, especially if you are a rooster person!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

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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)

Checking in post…

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  I have been well, but extremely busy.  I saw this on Keepsake Needle Arts, and that pretty much described my life these last couple of weeks, except I would add Miss Baby to my version. :)

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I completed and shipped out a quilt that I think could be my all-time favorite quilt — but then, I have a tendency to think that my most recently completed quilt is my all-time favorite.  But this one is different….

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I bound and shipped out a quilt my quilting angels completed for me — this one is SWEET — REALLY REALLY sweet!!!

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And then, I mailed out this little project.

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Then, there were a few things I will share with you in due time.  But I can’t complain, because spring is here!

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We also picked up Miss Baby’s Christmas ornaments now that the Needlework Show is over. Getting the “real” ribbon is a big deal for the Miss – you can read how she was bummed out here.  In the car on the way back, she said, “Mom, having this ribbon makes me feel like I am a little famous.”  It’s so fun to be 6, ha!

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I will be teaching my painless fusible machine applique method for one of the classes at Rogers Sewing Center later this week.  Below you see how small a shape I could applique using the method.

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And I still have to complete a quilt from start to finish within the next 36 hours before I leave town…. GRRR…. I’d better run!  Sometimes I think I have a screw loose…. Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you have a most lovely week!  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Shimmering Constellations

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great week!  I have another free-to-use pattern to share with you today.  It is my Shimmering Constellations, designed with Benartex’s Gold Standard fabric line.

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The image above simply does NOT do the fabrics justice.  You really have to see these metallic fabrics in person. They don’t just make great quilting fabrics. I think they also make beautiful home dec fabrics as well!

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A big thank you to my lovely quilting elves (Sherry of Indiana, and Darlene of Sew Graceful Quilting) who graciously helped out by making the sample,  I have an upcoming editorial feature with these amazing fabrics!  I like to make my own samples whenever I can, but when I can’t, Sherry is the only one who pieces my tops, and Darlene is the one who quilts them.  Stay tuned for details of the editorial feature — it is breathtaking!  You will also start to see the other samples Sherry and Darlene have made for me popping up in the near future.  These two dear ladies allow me to sleep better when I do go to sleep, ha (!), but seriously, I know I leave my samples in good hands when they work on them.

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Click here to view the Gold Standard fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a lovely rest of the week.  My busy week just got more complicated — so, I need to get going for now!  Hugs to you all. Oh, and don’t forget to see if you couldn’t view these fabrics in person at your local quilt shops!

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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)

Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #63

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Hello Friends, I thought I would share with you a peek of another recently completed quilt that is another example of subtle contrast quilting.  I have talked about subtle contrast quilting in the past here.  I am calling my pink on yellow quilting the lemonade color scheme.

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I am not really a pink person, and oftentimes my pink threads just sit in the box.  So it is nice to be able to use my pink thread to quilt this sweet quilt.  And come to think of it, I almost always quilt with a subtle contrast color scheme now that I have discovered how slightly different color threads add to the quilting.

I hope this encourages you to go check out all your colored threads and see if you can use them in doing some subtle contrasting quilting!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs to you all.

Back from Down Under…

No, not me (though I wish!)…. it’s this quilt below. :)  I received my quilt back from Australia, and it is packed again and sent to Rogers Sewing Center.  I really like the quilting on this quilt, if I may say so myself. :)

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Speaking of Rogers Sewing Center, I will be appearing live for a presentation and classes – very excited to go back to my “Sewing Mother Ship”!  Click here for details.  Will I see you there?

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I am going to run for now.  Lots to get done before I leave for my trip.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week.  So tell me, what is going on at your end this week.  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Yuki

Hello Friends, I have long admired Hoffman’s fabrics – actually ever since I started quilting. Recently, I have had the pleasure of using some of Hoffman’s fabrics in a couple of projects. Even more thrilling for me is that I have also started designing with Hoffman’s fabrics.  I designed the following free-to-use design using Hoffman’s new line Yuki.

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Yuki features wintry woodland themed fabrics that just look so soothing and peaceful to me. You have to check out the focal woodland deer print – it’s gorgeous.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Well, I know it’s a bit soon to think about winter yet (ha!), but be on a lookout for these fabrics at your local quilt shops if you want to make these quilts, or add the fabrics to your stash!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed Yuki.  I sure enjoyed designing with the line.  I shall catch up with you later!

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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)

A very hodge podgey Wednesday post!

Hello Friends, I am taking a little break from my last stretch of work marathon, and  decided to check in with you! I hope you have had a good day.

First all, I am very happy to share the news that my Star Struck  design won Benartex’s 2015 Fan Favorite!  You may download the pattern instructions here.  It’s always an honor and joy to be able to work with Benartex’s fabrics. You can read here the reason why Benartex is so special to me.

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Meanwhile, Mary wrote and asked me if I have been working on any cute projects.   Boy, have I ever!  I have been working on some sweet projects.  While I can’t really reveal the projects, I can share a sneak peek of one of the projects.

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And here is a conversation I had with my husband late one night while we were both working late… really late!

Me: I just realized I don’t have nearly as many pinks as I think I do!

Husband: I guess you can’t never have enough fabrics.

It was late… I was tired, and I really appreciated his kindness in not commenting about the huge stash of fabrics I already have.  Well, most of the fabrics you see in the picture below (and more not shown in the picture) made it into a recently completed project that finishes only at about 20″ x 40″.  It is going to be a fun project!

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And at lunch this afternoon, the first thing that jumped out at me was — the pebbles “background quilting design” on my Spode botanical plate!  Quiltingly pathethic, is it not? :) I think I have been working too much lately, ha!

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Thanks for letting me share these very mundane snippets with you.  I shall get back to work now.  I am curious though… what color fabrics are the fewest in your stash.

Oh – I almost forgot… A Mayo study was released today showing quilting and other arts and crafts activities helps with our brain power!  Click here to read more.  Now, I have the perfect excuse to badger everyone I know to start quilting, ha! :)

FREE PATTERN: Baby Bunny

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great day!  Tuesdays are always extra busy for me because of music lessons after school.  But it’s okay, because being a chauffeur is part of my job description as a Mom.   I have a baby quilt design that is free to use to share with you today!  Baby Bunny (offered in boy and girl versions) is designed with Benartex’s Bunny Hop fabric line.

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The neat thing about this line is that Benartex is also offering the flannel option for the fabrics!  I know some babies are going to be extra blessed with sweet things made with this fabric line.

Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying your week.  Hugs to you all!

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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)

Would you please vote — FINAL (Benartex) March Madness Championship Game?

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.  I just got word that my Star Struck design made it to the final round of Benartex’s March madness and into the Championship Game, and voting is open now through tomorrow 5pm EST.  Click here to vote!  You will also read about the technical aspects associated with the design.  I am turning off comments on this post, so that you can leave your comment on Sew in Love {with Fabric}.

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Thank you for stopping by!  I will have more to share with you this week on stuff!  Have a great week!

Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #62

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Hello Friends!  As promised, here is my tutorial for my “Riley Blake”-ish flower motif from yesterday’s post.  In order to quilt this motif, you will need a marking pen and something that will allow you to draw a circle, besides your usual free-motion quilting notions.

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Here goes the tutorial.  First I used my marking pen to draw a circle that serves as a boundary for my flower.  Then, I just eyeballed and drew a much smaller circle in the center of the large circle.

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Then, I started by quilting the small circle, following (sort of) the drawn outline, before finishing off with a small swirl within the small circle.  And after that I started my first swirl in the big circle.

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Easy peasy – I just kept swirling within that drawn boundary, until I came to the very last swirl…. at this point, I didn’t complete my swirl as you can see from the picture.

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This is because at this point, my swirls look more like an octopus’ tentacles rather than a flower.  So, to transform the tentacles into a flower, I needed to “close off” those swirls by doing some echo quilting.

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I like that this motif is very forgiving.  The swirls do not all have to be identical to look good, and the echoes do not have to be exactly spaced.  And I can also challenge myself further in the precision department by quilting the swirls and echoes perfectly to see how far I can push myself.  I hope you will give this motif a try, and let me know how you like it.  Since this is a new motif for me, I have ideas swimming in my head on how to further develop the applications of the motif… but only after I have met some of my immediate deadlines that includes playing with some REAL Riley Blake fabrics!

Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Quilting!

p.s.  For my new friends and followers, click on the feather quilting image at the top of this post for more free-motion quilting tips!

Spring Stitching: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends, it’s been a super busy week.  I have been doing some spring stitching… with Aurifil‘s 2423 sweet and pink thread.   I actually should be doing some spring cleaning, but… I don’t want to think or talk about that just yet! :)

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And because it is spring, I quilted some springy flowers on a recently finished project.  Come back for a Thread Talk tutorial tomorrow on how to quilt this sweet “Riley Blake-ish” flower!  If you like Riley Blake’s fabrics, you will know what I mean!

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I need to get back to work.  Do tell me how your Holy Week is shaping up, and I do hope you have a most blessed rest of the week!  Hugs to you all.

Announcing Annie’s MACHINE QUILTING LEVEL 2 class

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are doing well.  I have waited rather impatiently to share with you the news, and I can finally do so!  Many of you had written to ask if there is going to be a follow-up class on my Learn to Machine Quilt (a best-seller) class…

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Now, I can finally share with you there IS a follow-up class!  But before that, please allow me to take the opportunity to announce the winner of my most recent Learn to Machine Quilt giveaway!  The winner is #85: dandish074 — an email is sent to you! :)  Congrats and Happy Quilting.

Without further delay… please allow me to introduce to you Machine Quilting Level 2!

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In this class, you will get to see a bit of show-and-tell of my existing quilts for inspiration. Then, we will explore more quilting motifs by making this class sample by stitching EVERYTHING you see on the sample!

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and what do you know…?  We will finally get to touch on FEATHER QUILTING!  Many many of you have written to ask about a feather quilting class.  While this class isn’t exclusively on feather quilting, we will at least get you started on your own feathering journey!

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The online class is yours to keep once you purchase it, and you may view the class as often as you wish, anytime you wish.  The class material comes with diagrams showing stitching paths of the motifs, as well as instructions to make 3 additional (!) exclusive projects, including an applique and pieced medallion quilt that I had nicknamed the WOW project for the class.  You will get to see close-up on how I have quilted each project to give you an idea how you might want to quilt those projects and make your own masterpieces!

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I will have more close-up pictures of the quilting on each project to share with you in the near future.  So stay tuned. Meanwhile, Annie’s is running a 3-day discount special for the launching of the class.  Between now through April 4, 2015, you will get a 20% discount if you sign up for the online streaming class!  Enter keycode: EADMACH.

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Thank you for stopping by.  And I do hope that you will let me be your quilting buddy by signing up for Machine Quilting Level 2 class, or Learn to Machine Quilt if you are just now starting to dabble in domestic machine quilting.

Let me hear from you, Dear Friends.  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.  I’d better run, there are still things to be checked of on my mile-long list. :)  Love you all!

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p.s.  If you would like to receive my machine quilting class postcards (with $5 off coupon, and both classes) for any of your guild events and gatherings and meetings, please email me!  I can arrange and have them sent directly to you.  I know they are going out to groups that have requested them.

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