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!
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.
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).
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!”
And her latest on her second thread collection for Aurifil:
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!