Happy 2020!

Hello my Quilting Friends!  I want to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!

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One of the most asked questions (besides if I actually sleep) is how many quilts I have.  I had a vague idea, but wasn’t sure.  I initially thought I had around 250.  Last year, I did “a quilt a day” posts on my Instagram feed to see if I have enough quilts to make 300.  By the end of the year, I not only did have 300, I actually had over 300.   Due to the hectic pace my life has take over the last couple of years, I have heavily relied on Instagram rather than my blog to keep in touch with quilting friends.  I am able to answer questions at the school parking lot on my phone with Instagram quickly and easily enough.  So, if you haven’t followed me on Instagram, I am hoping you would — just do a search for my name Wendy Sheppard, or ivory_spring.

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Miss Baby hit double digit last year, and is definitely keeping me busy!  She has been doing cross-stitching for 5 years now (hard to believe).

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She recently delved into hand embroidery.  She ended up liking hand embroidery much better!  In her own words, “Hand embroidery is stitching and daydreaming at the same time!”

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And her latest on her second thread collection for Aurifil:

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After many years of comtemplating, I also finally took the plunge to take my designs/patterns directly to quilters by make them for sale to quilters!  Each pattern you see represents many hours of hard work pouring over the words, calculations, measurements etc by yours truly, and two lovely ladies Sue and Laurel!  My for-sale patterns are not fabric specific so that quilters can just add fabrics.  Many of them will be Fat Quarter friendly, and SCRAPPY!  So, get collecting those fat quarters, and don’t throw away your scraps!

Here is one I released right before Christmas.

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This is a totally new adventure for me — but my patterns and thread collections are available on my Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ivoryspring — I will be updating my little shop with patterns within the next few weeks!

New Year definitely brings new projects, but I am also trying to work on my WIPs this year!  How about you?

And with that, I shall wrap up my New Year post with these words by Frances R. Havergal.  I used to sing this hymn during New Year church service growing up.

  1. Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
    In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
    Another year of progress, another year of praise,
    Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
  2. Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
    Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
    Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
    Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
  3. Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
    Another year of training for holier work above;
    Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
    On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

I shall catch up with you later, hopefully very soon!

17 thoughts on “Happy 2020!

  1. Love having you back! You are the “energizer bunny” gal, and oh so prolific!!! It sounds like you are off to new adventures this new decade. May 2020 be a special year for you and your family. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Happy New Year, Wendy!! Congratulations on branching out and selling your patterns. Little Miss G. is a tidy stitcher. Think of you often and pray for your family’s well being. ❤️❣️❤️

  3. It is “sew” good to have you back!! You are the adventurous “Energizer Bunny”, always in motion. Good luck with your new adventures! Success is your middle name. All the best to you and your family for 2020. ❤️❤️❤️

  4. I’m so happy to hear of your new venture; it’s wonderful! May you and your family be blessed in this New Year. The hymn is beautiful; thank you for sharing that.

  5. Happy New Year, dear Wendy! I hope you had a wondrous and blessed Christmas. It’s so good to “hear” from you again. I’ll be sure to check out Instagram….I guess I just have relied on the blog and thought you were taking a lonnnnnnnnnng break….lol. I can’t believe Miss Baby G is growing up — her handwork is very lovely—she takes after her Mom. I’ve missed you but trust all has been well and you’re still in my prayers. Blessings from southeastern WV…

  6. Hi Wendy! I’ve missed your blog!! Don’t check Instagram very often, but enjoyed seeing your quilts! I started 3 queen size wedding quilts for my grandsons! Have one completed, one being densely quilted by yours truly, and one not cut out yet! Since the boys are 17, 11 & 3, I have a little time! But since I am 77, may not be quilting by then! Love seeing Gwen’s progress too! Any trips planned to AR?? See Dan & Rhoda often, but want everything I see when I go in there! Have a blessed New Year’s!

  7. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family. And Congratulations to Miss Baby for her 2nd Aurifil thread collection. Her stitching is absolutely stunning (I’m jealous, but inspired given how far she has progressed in 5 years). And congratulations to you on pursuing selling your designs and threads online. I think that will be a great direction for you.

  8. Happy New Year Wendy. Best wishes to you and your hubbs and Miss Baby. 10 is a wonderful age. Time flies. I am so happy to see all of your creativity. Both of you, mother and daughter, are on fire with magnificent productivity ❤️

  9. I did find you on Instagram, but have missed the blog, too. It’s so good that you will be selling your patterns directly. I think it is frustrating when people see a quilt they would like to make, but find out it was published in a magazine which can’t be found or is part of a kit and not sold separately. A good move on your part. Also nice to see Gwen progressing with her stitchery. They grow up so fast.

  10. Wow, 300+ quilts, Where do you keep them all? Seems like you did show some of your storage once. Hard to believe Miss Baby is ten. And so accomplished already! Happy 2020 to you and your family!

  11. Happy New Year Wendy! Hand Embroidery was my first craft. My mother taught me. Needlepoint was my second, taught by my mother in a Vacation Bible School class. Counted Cross Stitch was taught to me by my soon to be sister-in-law, when I was 15. Great memories you brought up. My best to you and Gwen. Should start calling her Miss Lady. :). See you on Instagram! You are so right, it so much easier to do on a phone than a blog!

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