My “Billy Graham” story

Hello Friends, blessings!  I hope you have been well.

Image credit: Instagram / Franklin Graham

This past Friday, Rev. Billy Graham was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Ruth at the Billy Graham Library.  A repeating theme during the time his life was remembered and celebrated is that almost everyone has a “Billy Graham” story!  Here’s mine:


In my last 4 years of high school (over here, the first year would be considered middle school), I went to large private school where it has a huge two-story library.  I belonged to the Library Club where the students from time to time had to work at the library.  One day I was assigned to dust and re-arrange some books at one of the bottom shelves of a bookcase where virtually few perused.  And it was there I found a rather old and dusty book by a man named Billy Graham.  I didn’t know a thing about the man, and I actually don’t remember the title.  It would be either “Heaven” or “Peace with God”.  I tend to think it’s the latter.  Nonetheless, I vividly remember being riveted to the pages of the book, and I spent many days pondering on teachings in the book after I read it.  For a Christian teenager in a non-Christian environment, Rev. Graham’s book encouraged me greatly.  And that encouragement saw me through the rest of my schooling years until I came to America.

Years later, I found myself working at a small Christian library when I was in college.  While pilfering through books in the library, this time I came across books written by Rev. Graham’s wife Ruth!  I loved Mrs. Garaham’s books, and read most, if not all, of her books while in college.  Mrs. Graham’s “It’s My Turn” is one of my all-time favorites.  Having never met her, I was struck by the warmth, compassion and honesty communicated through the pages.  And as with many, Mrs. Graham instantly became my lifelong role model.

The crazy thing is that I knew Rev. Billy Graham spoke to many, but I never quite appreciated just how far-reaching his lifelong ministry was until after the numbers started surfacing in the news upon his passing.  What a life and journey — used for God and His glory!

“Some day you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” — Rev. Billy Graham

It was a few days before Rev. Billy Graham changed his address, I started listening to his sermons from the late 40’s and 50’s.  I remember telling my husband how struck I was to see how seriously Mr. Graham took the message he sought to share with the world with the rapid fire pleas for people to be reconciled to God.

I have been following closely the historic remembrance of Rev. Graham’s life the last 10 days or so, and my own faith has been greatly encouraged and inspired.  I have also been able to introduce to Miss Baby a man God used in my life, and now in her life.

My “Billy Graham story” isn’t a dramatic one, but it was one that sustains the simple faith of a teenage girl through the years.  I am immensely thankful to God for the life of Rev. Billy Graham.  It’s been incredible to watch even in his death, God is using the remembrance of his life to share the message of love and hope in Christ.


If you haven’t had a chance to read Rev. Franklin Graham’s tribute to his father, it’s worth a read — click here.


Do you have a Billy Graham story?  Please feel free to share.


Happy Birthday, General George Washington & Giveaway!

Happy Washington Birthday, Friends!  I thank God today that General Washington was born, and that his life was being used mightily in the history of America.


This year, we are celebrating the General’s birthday with pies.  I was going to just make a cherry pie to celebrate even though the story of Washington cutting down the cherry tree isn’t true.  [Fun fact, the story was originated not too far from where I live).  But Miss Baby reminded me I should make a Japanese Fruit Pie too — because it is a historical fact that Mrs. Washington had a Japanese Fruit Pie served for the Generals’ birthday.  Then, somehow Miss Baby sneakily put in an apple pie request because that’s her all-time favorite pie.  So, we will have three pies — for the three people who constitute my family, ha!

Another fun fact about George Washington:  even though he was the first President, he still preferred being addressed as General Washington.  So, Mrs. Washington lovingly referred to him as “the General”.

TAKE A QUIZ test to see how much you know about this great American hero.  This is a new quiz this year.  I know I have shared with you another quiz in the past, but this one has totally new questions this year! :)


I actually just finished a Patriotic quilt, and have the following fabric pieces to share with you.  These fabrics are Hoffman Fabrics.  That fireworks print is a fun fun fabric!!!  Leave a comment if you wish to receive these fabrics.  You would have to pay the shipping cost of $8.  I will announce the winner in a few days.

That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  I have to make a quilt happen in two short days… so I have to fly for now.  I hope you have a blessed rest of your day!  Hugs to you.

Shows and such…

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well.  This is a quick post, but I want you to know that my Thread Journey quilt IS juried into the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!


And it has been quite a journey from my first quilt I ever made to this point in my quilting journey!  It was a rather impulsive thing I did when I entered the quilt, so I am taking it easy.  There have been times I second guessed my decision, but like I tell Miss Baby, “What is done is done!”  I will share with you in another post this week my journey…


On another note, we also entered Miss Baby’s ABC des Maisons sampler into the 55th Needlework Show at Woodlawn.  Woodlawn is the home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter Nelly Custis Lewis.  You can read a brief history of Woodland here.  The Needlework Show is a fundraiser for Woodlawn.  Miss Baby has entered her stitched pieces since she was 6.  We missed last year’s because she didn’t finish her sampler in time.  But, not this year.  This year, we are prepared!  The Needlework Show runs through the month of March.  If you are in the Washington DC area, it’s definitely worth a visit.  You get to see the most amazing handwork.

That’s all for now.  I need to make a few more quilt blocks for a quilt come due before I pick up my precious cargo from school.  It’s crazy, but by the end of this month, I think I would have made about 8 quilt tops… I lost count!  BUT — check back later this week — I have MORE fabrics to give away.  I have come to the conclusion my de-stashing effort is an ongoing one.  Just when I thought I had sent out all the boxes to you all, I dragged out four more huge boxes of fabrics that I will need to sort through and give away!  But giving is good…. right? :)

Hugs to you all!  I shall catch up with you later.

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!!

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



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! 



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.



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: — 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!!!



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 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

Day In Life

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.


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…

Day in Life

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.


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…


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


#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!!


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?!


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!


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!


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!

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.


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.


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.


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:




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!