And it’s a wrap!!!

It has been a FULL summer for me… filled with memories,

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featured quilts (click on quilt pictures for more information on the quilts),

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upcoming features,

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excitement,

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and even more excitement for a friend’s new book (click here to find out more),

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… as well as for my sewing mother ship (click here to read more),

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and goodies shared with friends… (click on quilt images for more information on designs).

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All mixed in with smidgens of randomness…

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Miss Baby is back to school, but life remains full and busy for us.

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I have always found it hard to explain to people exactly what I do as a quilt designer.  I have been asked quite a bit what I am going to do with all the time I have now that Miss Baby is back in school.  Might you have any guesses? :)  I will have some sneak peeks to share with you later…

So, what has/have been your summer highlight(s)?

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week!

Leslie: Quilt to bless!

Happy Thursday, Friends!  If you know a quilter or two, you would probably have experienced first hand the generosity and love quilters have for others, including strangers with whom they have never met.

Today, Leslie from Pennsylvania is sharing with us her “quilt to bless” story. Enjoy!

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First off I want to thank Wendy for allowing me to write and tell you of my recent endeavors.

If you are an avid quilter like me, you most likely have done items for charity. It warms my heart when I think of my charity quilts, and the people that have been blessed by them. Babies in Romania and here at home, families in Japan, girls in Africa, senior citizens, and more. So, when I saw on the local news a few months ago that the Mennonite Central Committee was desperate for quilts to send to refugees, I knew I had to act.

I found out that my local drop off point was happy to just get quilt tops that they could tie. Perfect for me, due to some health issues. I got right to work sorting and cutting fabric from my stash. I started with older fabric I thought would blend together and then I started buying fabric on sale to use. My most recent find was at the Hershey Quilt Show. I purchased 2, 10 yard rolls of one yard cuts, of beautiful civil war fabric. They were $35.00 each. Yes….$35.00.

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I can’t really appreciate what it is like to lose everything and have to run for my life. I find myself often praying and even crying for the recipients as I quilt. On their end, the quilts often become cherished emblems of love, symbols of hope and the fact that they are not forgotten.

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When my family and I went to drop off my tops and the tops of a few friends, Connie gave us a tour of the Ephrata Pa. facility and the work they do. We were amazed. There are many ways people can help MCC reach out to refugees around the world from baby blankies and kits of all kinds, to quilts and quilt tops.

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The only problem with this charity project… it gets in your blood. At least it has mine. I am sometimes haunted by the need to pour into these people and help the MCC meet the needs. I hope you will consider reaching out and helping. I slipped my last top in the mail….it was easy as that.

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Thank you, Leslie, for sharing your story.  Please feel free to share about the charity quilts you make (as well as the organizations) in the comment section  — I am sure some of us would like to check out your charity quilt organization(s) .  I appreciate you stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall catch up with you later!  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Christmas Morning & THIS or THAT #9

Hello Friends, here is a fun (a bit lame!) fact for you…  Christmas will be here before we know it! :) I am happy to share with you Christmas Morning, another free to use design I did for Benartex using their Santa’s Here line.  I can see many of you having LOTS of fun with this design!  For added personalization – wouldn’t it be fun to add embroidered (hand or machine) names on some of the gifts?

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Click here to view the entire fabric collection.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

And here is our latest installment of THIS or THAT on Christmas Morning:  Home Made Gifts or Store Bought Gifts?  Curious mind is really curious to know!

Thank you for stopping by.  I haven’t forgotten about posting about the new machine etc.  I have been working a lot, like A LOT…. and that is making me a rather dull girl.  But with God’s sufficient grace, I will eventually dig myself out of the pile/rubble!  :)

Have a lovely rest of your evening!

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Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1. Click here for Vicki’s follow up post.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #2.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #3.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #5.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #6.

Click here for Quilty THIS OR THAT #7.

Click here for THIS or THAT #8.

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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)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

Carolina Lily in Machine Quilting Level 2 Class

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Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again!  I hope you are well.   I had shared with you in detail two of the projects included in my online quilting class Machine Quilting Level 2 here and here.  Today, I am sharing with you another project included in the class, Carolina Lily.

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Carolina Lily is a project specifically targeting quilting around applique blocks.  Each applique block is quilted differently using the quilting motifs covered in the class.  You can see a sample of the motifs here.

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I have been asked about my quilting stitch length.  I like my stitches short for a finer look.  So, for the setting on my BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator), I set my stitch length to be at anywhere between 1.6-2.0 depending on what I am quilting.  Naturally, if the curves are tight, I would stitch tight. Because of the tight stitches I do, I like to quilt with finer threads (silk, and almost exclusively Aurifil Mako 50 cotton).

It is my aim to give quilters some fun ideas on how to quilt their applique quilts through Carolina Lily.

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You may click here to sign up for the class.  This online class (available for PC and Tablets), once purchased, is yours to keep indefinitely.  And if you ever run into a problem, it’s easy to contact me with your questions through the “Ask The Instructor” option.  I will do my best to help you over the hump.

You may also click here to purchase the DVD if doing an online class isn’t your thing.

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I am honored that I am able to be a part of your quilting journey, and be your quilting friend!  I hope you have enjoyed our visit today…. tootles for now!  I shall check in with you again soon.

Cover Quilt Alert: All In Knots in FONS & PORTER’S EASY QUILTS (Summer 2015)

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I am still here — I have just been extremely busy.  But I am doing well.  I am happy to share with you my latest magazine cover quilt, All In Knots, featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts!

I loved making All In Knots because the design gives the illusion (and it’s really just that, illusion) of knots without the work of making the knots.  Piecing is straightforward, and the blocks are pretty quick to make.

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I used Pat Sloan‘s The Sweet Life fabrics to make All In Knots.  I really like the colors of this line. If you recall, The Sweet Life has this amazing word print fabric that has the word “cake”!   I am not into sweets, but I have to say cakes are definitely my “sweets” downfall!

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Here are a few more photos of All In Knots.  I like the airy feel of made by the knots – perfect for a quilt on an outdoor bench in the summer evenings.

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Or as a topper for an outdoor table setting…

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You may purchase a quilt kit to replicate the exact quilt here.

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I used Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread to construct and to quilt the quilt!  The batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.  My quilts always love this combination, and I didn’t hear any complaints from the fibers! :)

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Here you see a peek of the quilting – it is simple swirls that give a bit of nice texture to a sweet and simple pieced quilt.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you liked seeing All In Knots.  Have a lovely week!  I shall check in with you later when I can…. I shall disappear for a bit, but not being telling you I love you all! So, what is on your plate this week?

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

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)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

I spy with my own eyes…

Happy Monday, Friends!  I am exhausted, but I was most excited heading out to the Post Office this morning posting my two quilts to their respective destinations.

In one of my quilts, I spy with my own eyes….

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… fabrics from Nancy Gere’s Low Country Indigo for Windham.   Read about Nancy’s fabrics here.

You know I love history, but the funny thing is that I really haven’t worked with any historic-themed fabrics until very recently.  I couldn’t be happier and excited about the prospect!!!  Stay tuned for some designs coming up I did using more reproduction lines — SO excited is all I can say.

So — curious mind wants to know if you like using reproduction fabrics in your quilts.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  It’s time for me to catch up with laundry and housework… or, Miss Baby is going to say, “Mom, I don’t mean to nag, but I think you need to dust this lamp! I am seeing powdery dust on it.”  Yeah, about that… I shall get right on it!  Thus, the reason why my sister calls me the overqualified maid and underpaid chauffeur.

Color & Count Fabric Giveaway Winners & More…

Hello Friends, this was meant to be yesterday’s post!  But I was frantically trying to finish up a quilt top and totally ran out time.  About 1100 fabric patches and 8 hours of quilting later, this quilt is on schedule to be shipped.  I just have one more quilt to complete from start to finish before Monday, and I will be able to breathe a little better… but enough about my trials and tribulations!

I am happy to announce the winners of Windham’s Color & Count fabric giveaway (hosted a couple of weeks ago here).

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The winners are #30 (Dorothy) and #60 (VickiT) – Congrats, Ladies!  I have sent an email to you asking for your mailing address.  If you haven’t received the email, would you please email me directly with your mailing address?

Thanks EVERYONE, for entering the giveaway!  I will have more coming — I just need to get my act together.  And a big THANK YOU to Windham for providing the fabrics.  I do hope you will check out other Windham fabrics your local quilt shops might carry in your next shopping trip!

Meanwhile…. click here and check out my current/upcoming designs I have done for Windham. Bookmark the page if you would like because there will be more forthcoming designs, and I think some of these patterns are going to be kitted as well.  Keep your eyes peeled at your quilt shops!

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That’s all for now, Dear Friends!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your weekend.  Now, I must look at what I am supposed to do for my next quilt… and figure out a way to get it done by Monday!  Now you see my life as a quilt designer is so totally un-glamorous, ha! I shall catch up with you later.

FREE PATTERN: For the Birds

Hello Friends – this is a follow-up post to my Birdhouse Neighborhood post from yesterday. Yeap – For the Birds is another free-to-use pattern using the same Tweet As Can Be fabric collection, a newly released line by Benartex!

I designed For the Birds with tweens, teens, and college kids in mind!  I thought the contemporary and easily constructed blocks would make a fun bed quilt, especially with the “slatted” effect from cutting the same fabric within a block in different widths.

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Click here to view Tweet As Can Be fabrics.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Time is running out on a couple of projects on which I am working.  So, I’d better get going for now. I hope you have liked the designs I have done using the Tweet As Can Be fabrics.

So curious mind is wondering if you have a favorite bird.  I think mine would be the cardinal! And of course, you can see a couple of cardinal projects I have done in the past here, and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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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)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

FREE PATTERN: Birdhouse Neighborhood

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Thank you for visiting again!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments on my manual vs. no manual post!  You ladies are the greatest – and please know that I do appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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This morning I woke up a little out of sorts, and had to lay back down.  Nothing to worry about as I had a most attentive nurse who showered me with quilts, get well soon notes, K’nex creations etc.  I was soon on my feet and working on my list for today…

Miss Baby:  Do you still have your chills?

Me:  No.  I am good as new now.

Miss Baby:  Do you think it’s because of my acts of kindness?

Me:  Oh, yes – absolutely!

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Some of you might remember my Birds on Wire quilt from 2013.  It was designed using Benartex’s Let’s Tweet fabric line.

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Benartex recently introduced the follow-up fabric line called Tweet As Can Be by Greta Lynn.  I always love Greta’s fabrics.  I designed 2 free-to-use designs featuring the fabrics from this new line.  I will share the first one today, Birdhouse Neighborhood.

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You will notice I kept the “cross” blocks in Birdhouse Neighborhood… to keep a sense of continuation from Birds on a Wire. 

Click here to view the fabrics in Tweet As Can Be.

Click here to download pattern instructions for Birdhouse Neighborhood.

I hope you like Birdhouse Neighborhood.  Thank you again for stopping by.  Have a lovely rest of your week.

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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)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

THE MACHINE THAT COULD #1 & Quilty THIS OR THAT #8

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I worked (am still working) on this.  So far, I think I already have about 35 fabrics in it.  I was tempted to show you just how crazy my piles of fabric are for this project.  I decided against it because the sight is totally unappealing!

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SO, a couple of Fridays ago, I mentioned about unpacking a huge box that has the machine. I am happy to tell you the machine which I have nicknamed The Machine That Could is a Bernina 770 QE!

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One of the neat features that I love about the 7-series is their “eco” feature that acts as a power safe as well as child safety mode.  I like that the machine “locks” itself up when I am not at my machine because I do have a little one at home. Miss Baby was taught really young to have a healthy respect for my tools of trade, and we have never had any mishaps!  Nonetheless, the other kids that come through our door might not…

This machine is a little different from my Artista 640.  So, any chance I have before bed, whether it be midnight or 3am in the morning, I squeeze in time to read the manual, and marking the pertinent pages of information!

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Now to my obsession of reading manuals — when I think on it, I can actually remember reading the manual of my Dad’s Casio semi-scientific calculator when I was a kid!  Fast forward to my former life in the research lab… Since safety was a big deal, and the equipment with which I worked could be potentially hazardous (like burning the eyeball out if I accidentally look in straight at a high-power laser beam – and I am NOT exaggerating), I would spend days reading and re-reading (out of fear!) the operation manual of the equipment before I even turned on the power switch.  That eventually became a habit that I have maintained till this day.  I am a manual reader – if something comes with a manual, I always read it first… just in case!

And I have read the section about oiling the machine about 5 times now — this is for Dan at Rogers Sewing Center.

So, our latest installment of Quilty THIS or THAT is… Manual Reading, or NOT?  Or only when that dumb thing still doesn’t work?  This curious cat is anxious to know your answers! Remember, there is no right or wrong answer in our THIS or THAT game! :)

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Thank you for stopping by.  I will have much more to share about the Bernina B770 machine soon! Have a lovely rest of your week!

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Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1. Click here for Vicki’s follow up post.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #2.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #3.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #5.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #6.

Click here for Quilty THIS OR THAT #7.

Friday Catch-up!

Hello Friends, I am still here….. have just been really busy, and will continue to be for a couple of weeks.  But my family and I are doing well.

This quilt is reaching its editorial destination today.  This turned out SOOOO pretty!!  My entire family (well, all three of us) fell in love with it.  As many as the quilts the two “armchair quilt designers” in my family have seen, anymore it takes a little bit to impress them, ha! *tongue in cheek*

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Next up is a quilt with this color scheme.

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We only have 3 weeks of summer holiday left before the little one goes back to school.  We are trying to pack in as many memories as we can.  Here, Miss Baby met Peter (the horse) on his way back to his stable.  Peter melted Miss Baby’s little heart with a most sincere and proper bow.  It is sweet to see a man in uniform taking the time to stop and chat with a child, and gave her his full attention.  Fun times, with much gratitude to those who serve in the Armed Forces with honor and dignity. [A most interesting side note – every brass piece you see on that horse is hand polished every day, and all the leather pieces are handmade, by hand and machine.]

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Thank you all for stopping by.  Have a blessed weekend, Everyone!

p.s.  I haven’t forgotten about the winners of the Windham Color & Count giveaway as well as my first post on “the machine that could” – the reveals will be very soon.

A little celebratory piece of news!

Hello Friends, this is going to be a super quick post…. the following image, captured from my publisher’s blog, is self-explanatory!! :)

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Thank you, Friends, for your never ending encouragement!  My heart is full!  The recognitions are yours too… and my sincere gratitude to my God and my little family.

Click here to read about the book if you are new to Ivory Spring.

So, what are your thoughts on the place of antique quilts in today’s world of quilting?  I am curious.

Thank you for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later!