Easter Eggstravaganza in McCall’s Quilting March/April 2018

Fabric Box Giveaway Winners & More Here we go… Box #1: Ellen Callo; Box #2: Melody Lutz!  Congratulations, Ladies!!  You will be receiving an email on how to proceed! :) THANK YOU ALL – for being so willing to help me destash! I am in the process of cleaning out more things.  I just don’t know why, but my stash is ever growing, haha!  I will be posting more giveaways next week.  Stay tuned!! Editorial Feature You remember being introduced to Marmalade the pot belly bunny? marmalades-merriment1 img_5020 This little stitchery wallhanging project featuring Marmalade is a free project I developed to support the embroidery floss collection I curated for Aurifil.  You can order Marmalade Meadows here. marmalade-meadows marmalade-colors So back to Marmalade… some of you might or might not know that the Marmalade stitchery designs are adaptations of my daughter’s (aka Miss Baby who just turned 9!) artwork.  She was the one who first drew Marmalade for me.  And I am happy to share with you the news that the second stitchery design, Easter Eggstravaganza just turned official in McCall’s Quilting March/April 2018!!!  In Easter Eggstravaganza, Marmalade is seen decorating her little Easter tree! The magazine has full stitchery diagram, as well as instructions to make the pillow.  It is on the newsstands right now if you aren’t a subscriber! I finished the pillow using Riley Blake Designs’ Dear Diary fabrics — the fabrics are just out!  Be on a lookout for these darling fabrics. Something important to note — ALL Marmalade stitchery designs fit a finished 9″ x 9″ square.  So, with that square, you can do whatever to finish the block.  You can combine the stitchery from the free pattern upon purchase of Marmalade Meadows thread box with this current Easter Eggstravaganza and other upcoming Marmalade designs for a quilt or runner. Now, Marmalade is kind busy — rumor has it that she is preparing for Christmas 2018 already!  Hey, no pressure there… she says! :)  I think she also has a love of reading design in the works — because Miss Baby is quite the bookworm, and naturally, Marmalade is a reader too. *wink* That’s it for today…. I am rushing to get a quilt top finished.  Playing catch up after being sick is no easy task for anyone!  Later!!

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All things giveaway!!!

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well.  I haven’t fared so well — I have been under the weather.  I am taking things a little slowly, which is hard for me to do.  This is the first day I felt like I am on the path to normality!  I hope you have been well.

Giveaway Winners

Thank you all for your willingness to help me in my continual de-stashing project.  So first things first, the winner of my fabric box giveaway are:

Box 1 (mainly cream and beige print (yardages)):  Rita Long

Box 2 (chicken prints and others (yardages)): Brenda Ackerman

Box 3 : Melody G

VERY IMPORTANT:  I can no longer easily access your email addresses to inform you of your win!  PLEASE email me to confirm you still want the fabric boxes at wendy2@wendysheppard.net

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MORE FABRIC BOXES!

Mystery Box #1

Mystery Box #2

Both with large pieces of fabrics.  If you have received fabric boxes for me before, you know I am very generous in my packing! :)

Please leave a comment below if you would like one of these fabric boxes.

If you are interested in any of these boxes, enter the giveaway by indicating which Box you would like.  PLEASE NOT THAT YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN THE US, AND WILL BE PAYING $16 TO COVER THE SHIPPING COST.  I will announce the winners this Wednesday so that I can fill MORE boxes.  Please don’t judge, hahahaha! 

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DAY IN LIFE

I am working on my third quilt top this year!  Having been sick, you can imagine I am in a “leading from behind” situation.  I can’t quite share with you those quilts, but I can share with you that I entered my Thread Journey quilt into a juried show.  I don’t know yet if it is accepted.  I hope it is…. I will let you know one way or another.

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It is heavily quilted on my domestic machine to highlight the threads in my Subtle Strings collection.  These Aurifil 50wt threads were selected for beautiful quilting results, as well as piecing!  You can purchase the thread box here: https://pumpkinvinecorner.com/aurifilcollections4.htm — it is now available at $79.99 — an amazing price from the normal retail price of almost $150!  Be sure to grab a box, or TWO, or THREE!!!

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Here is a close up picture of the quilting on Thread Journey: sept15e

Have you seen my new book, Stitching Pathways?!  In it, I shared about a cheaters way to get started on feathers… YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM ME FOR $24 including shipping!  I just received 100 copies of the book!!!  Email me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net if you are interested.

I will be sharing free play mat project to go along with the content in this book in the last week of February.  We will be making the play mat solely with machine quilting.  So, get the book because I will be referring to the book for the stitching motifs we will be using!  Of course you can also purchase the book from Amazon, or from my publisher, Landauer Publishing.

That’s all for today!  I will catch up with you later!

New Year Same Projects

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As a result of my ongoing organizing effort, I am faced with the reality of “New Year Same Project(s)” situation!!  I see projects I started before Miss Baby was born, and she is turning 9 this year… that shows you how old some of my projects are.

So this year, I will working to reduce the reality of New Year Same Projects situation in my life!  Here is one that I will be working on for the next two months.  This projects uses almost all the blues out of the 270 Aurifil offers for embroidery floss.  The pattern is Bois Le Duc by Long Dog Samplers for those who are interested.  It is a sampler based on historical Dutch sampler motifs, many with Christian symbolism.

I can only work on this a few minutes when I get some down time.  One thing I find that has helped is to always make sure my needle is threaded when I stop — so that when I pick it up again everything is all ready to go.

CURIOUS MIND WANTS TO KNOW WHAT TRICKS AND TIPS YOU MIGHT HAVE TO TACKLE THE UFO’s IN YOUR LIFE?

Upcoming quilt news

Miss Baby was always fascinated in plants and such (including dandelion!) when she was three, and she still is now!

I have designed this Make A Wish quilt a few weeks ago using Windham Fabrics’ upcoming Botany fabrics.  This quilt celebrates girl, and is inspired by Miss Baby, who can never pass up the chance to blow on a dandelion!  The girl even has the hair much like Miss Baby’s usual hair style!

Please note:  This will be offered as a kit by Windham Fabrics!  Pattern is part of the kit.  And since fabric line doesn’t run indefinitely, if you are interested, you should get the kit while you can, and while it is offered. Ask your local quilt shops to contact Windham Fabrics about Make A Wish kits.  Kits won’t be out for another couple of months, so be sure to check back on this site or my Instagram page for updated information.

I have received many emails asking for past kit patterns.  Unfortunately, those patterns for kits are often not available after the kits are gone.  So, if you see something you like, the thing to do is to get the kits before they are sold out.

With that…. I shall close out today’s post…. but not before I share with you a New Year Same Project situation that I proudly maintain in my life: spending time in God’s Word!  Blessings to you all!!

Happy New Year & GIVEAWAY!

Hello Friends, LOOOOOONG time no chat!  Clearly I have been naughty and not nice! :( I trust that you had a blessed holiday season, and are feeling great this new year!  I shall try to update you with what’s gone on since we chatted last…

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We went straight into Christmas mode after Thanskgiving – with Christmas programs in various forms.  My mother also got to spent the entire month of December 2017 and Christmas with my family.  It was her first winter and Christmas in America, ever!  So, we packed in quite a bit in 4 short weeks to make Christmas memorable for my Mom.

With Miss Baby being older and still VERY MUCH a Christmas girl, we had so much fun preparing and celebrating for Christmas this past year!  And she is already planning for our next Christmas!

I also worked through the holidays whenever I could so that I didn’t fall too far behind on work.  That’s why I have been silent on the blog.

NEW YEAR — 

This year is already shaping up to be a busy year.

#1.  So far, I have all my work-related travel plans filled for this year.

#2.  I have also been using the month of December last year to organize the various aspects of my life.  I started cleaning out closets etc, and more importantly, pulling out unfinished projects from years past to work on them this year…. namely, I have my Spring on Bleecker Street that fell by the wayside when life became too busy.  I wonder how your Spring on Bleecker Street is coming along if you have been sewing with me…

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I intend to show you progress of the various UFO’s as the year goes along!

SO — ARE YOU MAKING ANY NEW QUILTING PLANS THIS NEW YEAR?

#3.  I will also be sharing about my new book Stitching Pathways.  I received back my quilts made for the book, and I am excited to share about the quilts with you!

#4.  There are more developments that I will be sharing soon!  And I definitely look forward to sharing our quilting journey together in 2018.

Unfinished business from 2017

So, I never did announce the winner for the giveaway for these books…. I am happy to announce that Gwynette of NWA is the winner!  Gwynette – if you could email me your address, I will ship the books to you at no cost to you!!

MORE DE-STASHING FOR ME IN THE NEW YEAR!!!

I told you I have been organizing my life, and in the process of that, I am still coming up with MORE fabrics to share with you!

I currently have 3 USPS Medium Flat Rate boxes filled with — 

Box 1 — mainly cream and beige print (yardages)

Box 2 — chicken prints and others (yardages)

Box 3 — usable scrap pieces for scrap quilts

If you are interested in any of these boxes, enter the giveaway by indicating which Box you would like.  PLEASE NOT THAT YOU WILL BE PAYING $16 TO COVER THE SHIPPING COST.  I will announce the winners on Friday this week so that I can fill MORE boxes.  Please don’t judge, hahahaha!  Stay tuned — I also have quilt patterns to share with you as well as I keep organizing my sewing stash.

And with that, I want to wish you all a most blessed and happy New Year!  I look forward to hearing from you!!  Hugs to you all.  If you haven’t followed me on Instagram, look me up at ivory_spring — I am more easily reached on Instagram these days.

The moment your husband told you… (and another giveaway!)

… at around midnight one night that he was ready to hang a quilt for you!  Out of the blue, all of a sudden, entirely unexpectedly, you hadn’t given much thought which quilt to use…. what would you do?!

1.  DAY IN LIFE

Well, I can tell you what I did:  I rushed into my sewing room, and started to pull out neatly folded quilts from my stash of about 25o quilts.  Frantically running back and forth and making sure the width of the quilt will fit the width of the rod – only to find out quite a few of them didn’t have a hanging sleeve because I hadn’t had the time to sew the sleeve on when I was completing the quilt for an editorial feature!  [My quilting teacher taught me well, but I haven’t practiced what she taught as well…. the guilt is entirely mine!]

About an hour later…. the quilt is up.  All is well, and my husband went to bed — while I sat in a chair and feeling thankful for a husband who has been more than supportive of all the craziness related to my quilting gig — and thinking about all the quilts strewn about in the sewing room and still needed to be refolded and put back!

I decided to hang my Calico Trail (from my book Recreating Antique Quilts –  books are still available!!) because it captures the different colors I have in my family room.  This is not the best picture, but I snapped this shot in the early morning sun this morning…

If you want to see other pictures of Calico Trail – click here!

2.  SHARE THE QUILTY LOVE GIVEAWAY

Meanwhile, I have another Share The Quilty Love Giveaway — here are a set of 7 quilting motif books, published by Quiltmaker.

They are yours if you are willing to pay $15 shipping via USPS Priority Mail flat rate medium box.  Leave a comment if you would like to enter the giveaway indicating your interest.  You can still leave a comment even IF you do not wish to enter the giveaway.  I will try to announce the winner next Monday!

3.  SPRING ON BLEECKER STREET QUILT-ALONG

I have missed Oct 15 and Nov 15 due to an incredibly busy last couple of months.  I am shooting for Dec 15 for an update before the year ends, which will bring us close to finishing up the quilt top!  If you have any progress pictures, please email them to me.

Have a great weekend – I will be putting in long hours to get a quilt top out next Monday!  ARGH….

COVER QUILT ALERT: Snowfall in American Patchwork & Quilting December 2017 & Giveaway Winners

Happy Friends — Christmas is coming, and that’s a fact! :-)  I am very happy to share with you the news my Snowfall quilt made cover on American Patchwork & Quilting’s December 2017 issue!  This is my second time having a cover quilt this year in American Patchwork & Quilting’s magazine.  I cannot be more excited!!

Snowfall is a fun one-block-wonder quilt, using curve piecing.  But really, each block only has 3 seams!  And the quilt has more than 25 fabrics, I think.  You know what many fabrics means — that means fun VISUAL EFFECT!  The fabrics featured in this quilt are from RJR Fabrics’ Merry, Berry and Bright!

Quilt kits are available from fatquartershop.com!

This issue will be on the newsstands till Dec 5th!  Keep your eyes peeled for them at your favorite newsstands.  In the same issue, there is also a free quilt pattern download that I have designed.  It’s call Starry Night Square Dance!  This quilt features fabrics from RJR Fabrics’ Hopscotch.  The magazine has information on how to download the pattern.

Now for the winners of my pile giveaways:

Pile #1:  Debbie Rhodes

Pile #2:  travelingro

I have sent you an email with information on how/where to send the payment to cover the shipping cost.  THANK YOU FRIENDS, for being willing to take the stash off my hands.  Come back tomorrow, I am giving away a set of quilting motif books!  Till tomorrow. :)

Monday Miscellaneous – Giveaway Winners & MORE Giveaways!

Hello Friends, and Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful Veterans Day weekend.

1.  Day in Life.

So, what’s on your plate this week — as we head into Thanksgiving?  My little family actually left town for Thanksgiving getaways the last couple of years because it was nice for once or twice to not have to go into all the preparations for a big meal.  And I think two years ago, I was out of time three separate times in three weeks in between the end of October and Thanksgiving.  By the time I got home from the third trip, I most certainly didn’t have enough time to prep for Thanksgiving.

But this year, we will be staying at home and enjoying our Thanksgiving with a couple of friends.  I still need to go to the craft store to find flowers to fill my cornucopia.  I am hoping Hobby Lobby still has their autumn stuff out.

SO, NOSY MIND DESPERATELY WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE TRYING SOME NEW FOR THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR!  I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU FIRST BEFORE I TELL YOU WHAT I AM CONSIDERING DOING… :)

2. Market Giveaway Winners.

Thank you for being so patient with me.  The winners following are to receive:

#1. Fabric Bundle #1 (Anthology Batiks) — billiemick

#2. Fabric Bundle #2 (Anthology Batiks) — janicekholton

#3.  My New Book Stitching Pathways — Joanne Reiser

Please email me your address so that I can mail the goodies to you.  Each winner will also receive a copy of the latest Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks (Volume 16)!  I have a Christmas wreath block in there (Block #1587)!

 

3.  De-stash news and more Giveaways!

This is my official announcement that my de-stash project is complete.  HOWEVER (read on)…

I will also be giving away fabrics to keep my stash from accumulating again!  These will mainly be leftover fabrics from the quilts I piece.  And instead of a format where interested quilters signing up and getting fabrics in the order they sign up, I am going with a “giveaway” format.  So, I have these two piles to offer.

#1.  Pioneer Bride by RJR Fabrics – these fabrics have gone into this upcoming and a personal epic quilt!  Most are at least 1/4y.

#2.  We Share One World by Windham Fabrics – I have used these to make my “back to school” geography wallhanging a couple of months ago.  Many are FQ’s with a few being less than 1/4y because I have cut from them.

 

SO — with these giveaways, you will have to be willing to pay $9 for shipping/handing.  Enter a comment in the comment section and indicate which pile you would like.  For example, if you want to be entered in the giveaway, write in the comment as follows:

“Giveaway – Pile #1” or “Giveaway – Pile #2”

If you don’t want to be entered in the giveaway, just comment as usual.  I will pick and announce the giveaway winners in my Wednesday post.  Remember, if you win the giveaway, you will have to foot the shipping cost…. because I have more giveaways coming, and simple can’t cover the shipping costs for all the upcoming giveaways.  I hope you will understand.

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Alrightie – Friends, that’s all for now!  I need to look in the fridge and dream up what I can serve for dinner tonight.  Cooking isn’t quite my forte even though I love to dish and tablescapes!

Have a lovely rest of your week!

Aurifil’s AURIKIDS Debut: Spool-en-dids with Gwendolyn Sheppard

Hello Friends, I am back from my whirlwind 3-day trip to Houston Fall Market.  I shall be sharing various Market-related snippets in my upcoming posts,

but I want to focus today’s post as a “I am my daughter’s Mom” post.

I will announce the winners of my Market giveaways this Friday.

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Isn’t it interesting how once one has kids or a kid (in my case), more often than not, one is known as the kids’ or kid’s parent?!

Most of you know Miss Baby has been stitching with me since she was 5.  We have done fun ornaments like these:

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The reason I picked making ornaments as our projects is that I like the fact that the ornaments can be stored carefully and added each year, and they are definitely something Miss Baby can keep with her for the rest of her life.

Miss Baby started a huge project for her size/age in summer 2017.  She embarked on an adventure in stitching a full sized sampler!  It took her a year, and she finally completed her ABC des Maisons by Jardin Prive (a French designer) this past summer before the new school year.  In stitching this sampler, she was adamant about selecting her own colors.  Her words, “Mom, I don’t like it when they tell me what colors to use!”.  So she stitched the sampler with an assortment of Aurifil’s embroidery floss, Aurifloss.

I actually got it framed in time for the sampler to be displayed at Houston Fall Quilt Market this year.

We are really excited, happy and honored to be a part of Aurifil’s AURIKIDS program, an initiative focuses on reaching the next generation of sewist and crafters.  Miss Baby (her name is actually Gwendolyn now that the cat is out of the bag, haha!) debuts her own thread collection with Aurifil at Fall Quilt Market in Houston this year!  It was a big moment, a huge moment, in an 8 year old’s life!  The only disappointment for her was that she didn’t get to go to Market with me.

This floss collection is ready to ship in this month in case you would like to give this as a Christmas present.  You should be able to order them at your local Aurifil dealers.  We will kick off 2018 with a monthly program making ornaments for kids.

To keep the mother/daughter theme, these ornaments will be collaborative projects between an adult and a child.  Ask if your local Aurifil dealers are participating in the monthly program starting in 2018.  They can also contact Aurifil for more information.  Here are a few of the ornaments we will be making.

Miss Baby will also have a poem that she has written to share with her fellow kid stitchers each month to go with the ornaments.  She actually hasn’t seen the real thread box — so we are eagerly waiting for it to arrive!  When it does, I will share more details.  My rather imaginative and go-getter daughter has given each color a name as well.  So stay tuned! :)

Kids these days have so many entertainment outlets.  Being able to pass on the love of needle and thread to my daughter has been one of the most gratifying things I have ever accomplished as a mother.  So I hope grandmothers/mothers/aunts out there will join in the fun to help our youth to discover, preserve and prolong the legacy of needlework.

Thank you for stopping by!  I am already back at it as I have outstanding pattern instructions to turn in… but such is life!  I shall catch up with you later!

Twas the few hours before I leave…. & Market Giveaway!

… for FALL QUILT MARKET in Houston!

Hello Friends — loooooooong time no chat/visit!  I have missed you.  I want to check in with you to let you know I am doing well.  Thank you to those who emailed and asked if I was doing okay.  Quick answer is:  yes, I am!  And I do appreciate you checking up on me.  Long answer is:  I have been inundated with a huge amount of unplanned assignments the last few weeks!  It’s been crazy!  Honestly, it’s been a test of strength and faith for me in some ways.  And yet, I thank God for sustaining me through loooooong hours… there were a few nights there where I barely slept in order to meet a tight and non-negotiable deadline.

Enough about my past trials and tribulations… :)  I am heading to Houston for a few days!  I am looking forward to meeting up with friends, and seeing what’s new!  Keep your eyes out on something new I have been blessed to be involved with… AuriKIDS!  If you know your local quilt shop owner is going to Market, be sure to have him/her check out AuriKIDS at Schoolhouse:

or… on Sunday at Aurifil’s booth!

The other exciting thing about Market for me is my third book is finally out!  Stitching Pathways is based on my many years of Thread Talk posts.  So many of you have asked for a book… and the book is finally born!!!  You can preorder the book here. Click on the link to see the layout of the book.  I honestly cannot be more excited about how the book has turned out.

I had promised you I would share more about the book, and I still plan on doing that after Market!

GIVEAWAY – As with Spring Market earlier this year, I will be bringing back hot off the press or upcoming fabric bundles from Market.  I have no idea what they are – but they are more than likely FQ bundles!  And this time, I have a checked baggage (in addition to my carry-on).  You remember last time I went to Spring Market with merely a 16″ x 16″ carry on for my clothes and goodies! :) Leave a comment here to enter the giveaway for: FQ Bundle #1, FQ Bundle #2, and a copy of my book.  I will select 3 winners for each prize. :)

That’s all for now.  I still have to finish up packing and laundry (argh!)… and I leave for the airport in 5 hours!  Tootles for now, and remember some bunny loves you! :)

p.s.  Instagram is where you will find the latest about me.  It’s been easier for me to update things there because I can do that in just seconds instead of 1 1/2-2 hrs to compose a blog post.  Follow me at ivory_spring — and check in with me there!

My turn: Windham Fabrics’ Back to School Blog Hop

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Hello Friends, I am not sure if you have had a chance to follow Windham Fabrics’ Back to School Blog Hop the last few days… but if you haven’t, this is the schedule:

AND – IT’S MY TURN TODAY!!!  And be sure to read through the end for a chance to win fabrics!

Background story: I had used fabrics from Whistler’s Studio’s We Share One World group to design a super panel quilt (64″ x 84″) a while back.  The design is available as a free pattern you can download here.  You can then purchase the panel from your local quilt shop to make the project, or you can purchase the kit from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Click here to purchase the kit.  And you get 299 pts for Quilter’s Cash!

I love this quilt panel because it is very educational – and provides easy and convenient teaching moments between a child and a parent (or grandparent, or teacher).  It’s always easy to find baby/infant quilt designs, but sometimes the designs are a little hard to come by for school-aged children!  So this super 64″ x 84″ panel quilt would be a fun and easy one to make a child to encourage learning.

We Share One World is a really fun fabric group.  First, it has that nifty world map super panel with tremendous educational value.  Then, it has these prints with Hello in different languages. Miss Baby had lots of fun looking for the versions of Hello she knows.  I really like the children of world print included in the group.  And then, there are the animals of the world print!  It’s just a fun, fun group!  Click here to view the fabrics, and ask your local quilt shops to carry the line!

Now about that blog hop project… For the blog hop project, I decided to make a companion geography wallhanging to go with the super panel quilt!

This time I appliqued the map of United States myself… and used a star button to indicate where I live.

It was really fun working on this little wallhanging because it brought by memories of my elementary school days in south-east Asia.  My father raised me to be an informed child through geography, and I will forever be grateful for that.  I also remember being in a race with a boy in class about world trivia.  Some days, he beat me… some days he didn’t.  In my quest to beat him fair and square every time, I kept a notebook with different world facts for an ever-ready come back, ha! I haven’t thought about that little episode of my life for a while… I wonder what happened to the boy.  I do remember that he is the son of my mother’s schoolmate.

One thing I would like to share about this little project is that… I got the machine quilting idea from the red tonal grid fabric.   So often, the quilting motif is right before our eyes. The grid is irregular, so I just used my walking foot to go with the flow, and quilted irregular grid on the rest of the quilt even where I didn’t have the grid print fabric placed in the quilt.  I think the irregular grid quilting kept the lighthearted feel of the kid-friendly wallhanging.

This fabric line also has the landmarks of the world print that I used for the backing… more educational opportunities!

Isn’t it amazing these days how spoiled we quilters are with the different fabrics afforded to us by the different fabric companies?  If you need another excuse to buy more fabrics, don’t forget to use “education of the younger generation”, ha!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have had some fun with me today looking at my “geography class” wallhanging!

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For a chance to win fabrics, leave a comment on Windham Fabrics’ blog.  Here are the official rules:

Be sure to follow Windham Fabrics’ blog and comment on their post for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of the line!

The giveaway will be open from now until 8PM PST on Friday, September 22, 2017. The winner for this bundle will be picked at random and we will announce the name HERE on Monday, September 25, 2017.

This giveaway is open to everyone, USA and International.

If you’re a “no reply” or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment!

HAPPY HOPPING!!!  REMEMBER, LEAVE YOUR COMMENT ON WINDHAM FABRICS’ BLOG TO WIN FABRICS, not here…

Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along: Part 8

NOTE:  If you are just now hearing about the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along, and would like to find out more, click HERE.

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Hello Friends, I hope you have been well since our last Spring on Bleecker Street post (Part 7).

It’s so embarrassing to be late for your own party …. please apologize for the delay in posting the latest installment of our Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along!

But before I share about the new part added to the quilt, let’s enjoy what you have sent in!  And THANK YOU, and good job for keeping up!  And please don’t feel bad if you haven’t been able to devote as much time as you would like on the project.  I know I sure haven’t because of the happenings in my life recently.

This is mine from Part 7.

Billie of http://billiebeesblog.blogspot.com (I have “known” Billie for quite a few years.  I have affectionately called her the queen of BOM’s because she works out the coolest BOM projects. Stop by Billie’s blog and see all the amazing quilts she is making!

Gail’s 30’s version is looking really really sweet!!!

Alice’s blue version has such an amazing calming effect:

Good Job, EVERYONE!  Your quilts will all be absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

I am VERY happy that you are sewing along.  You can send me pictures of your quilt at anystage at any time, and I will just include your pictures in the next posting of Spring on Bleecker Street.

Remember, this is a sew-along for those of us who have more projects we can count, all going on at the same time, and still have a life to live. :-) So, absolutely no pressure to get things done on time. You can go as fast or as slow as life allows.  More importantly, I just want you to enjoy the project as I have.

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The next parts for me (embroidery and framing pieces for the swirly bird blocks) looked quick and easy for me, but by far, this has taken me the longest time!  So, if you are doing it my pace — be prepared.  But then, I am slow at everything.  So maybe that’s why it’s took me longer than I expected.

You can either add the framing pieces first, or the embroidery first before the framing pieces.  I actually embroidered first — because I had a window where I could do Mom duties and handwork at the same time.  I probably would have framed the blocks first — because I think that will keep the squares squared up more easily.  But doing the embroidery first didn’t seem to the affect the square-ness of my blocks because I have starch-pressed the blocks really well before hand.

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Embroidery: 2 hours per block (yikes!)

I have to admit — I am getting up there in age, ha!  When I do handwork these days, I use a pair of jeweler’s glasses to help.  I like to keep my stitches as consistent in length as possible.  The good thing about the glasses (though it makes me look like a total DORK!) is that I am able to see the weave of the fabric to gauge my stitch length.  My favorite is to have my stitches cover 2-3 weave lengths of the fabric.  If it’s 4-5 weave length, the stitches end up being a little too long for my taste.

When doing hand embroidery stitching, I always use 2-strands of embroidery floss!  I am using floss from my Marmalade Meadows floss I have curated for Aurifil!  I love the Aurifloss because like the rest of Aurifil’s threads, the floss has minimal lint — which makes my stitches really crisp! I am also not needing to condition my floss before stitching.  So I pretty much just thread and needle and take off!

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You can order these amazing embroidery floss through your local Aurifil dealers, or you may order them online from

#1.  Cinnamon’s Quilt Shoppe here.

#2.  You may contact www.followthatthread.com to order.

#3.  Pumpkinvine Corner (scroll down to the bottom of order page) here.

The floss box comes with a free pattern to make this little mini quilt with the stitchery design inspired by Miss Baby’s art work!  She really did come up with the original artwork which I adapted for stitchery.

You are first to know — Miss Baby and Marmalade (the pot belly bunny) are working up something for Christmas.  I hope to be able to get the project completed and share with you by the end of October in case you want to make the project in time for Christmas!

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Here are a couple of close-ups of stitchery on the swirly bird blocks.

And don’t feel like you have to followed exactly how many French knots to add to the tendrils.  I always get carried away when I do French knots, and I ended up adding more than the number of French knots shown in the diagram in the instructions.

Now onto the framing pieces:  another 2 hours!

The piecing is pretty much straightforward!  The only thought I will share is that it’s easier to make the pieced 1″ squares by fours!  Make units of 4-squares, and then sew them together.  That way, the 20-square unit won’t end up wonky!

It took some time, but the effect was so worth it.  The tiny squares gave the swirly bird blocks a cute jeweled look!

And that’s all for this time!  Remember to enjoy the journey!!!

It’s quite amazing to see the progress I have made the last few months — just for trying to keep up! I couldn’t have done it without being accountable to you!  THANK YOU for sewing-along, and thank you for ensuring that I am making progress, albeit be it snail-speed.  And you heard it first here — my next sew-along project planned for next year will be snail-ish!

Till next time!