A Simple SPOOL-EN-DIDS project tutorial #1

Hello Friends — I am happy to share with you my first mother-daughter (adult/child) collaborative ornament project tutorial, to highlight Aurifil’s Aurikids initiative — an effort to pass on the love and joy of needle and thread to the next generation.


To dovetail with the release of Spool-en-dids collection my daughter curated for Aurifil, we will be highlighting 6 monthly projects to give you ideas on projects suitable for hand-stitching with kids.

#1.  YOU may purchase the collection from Donna — email her:  followthatthread@yahoo.com

#2.  YOU may also purchase collection by clicking HERE.

#3.  OR, ask your local Aurifil dealer to order the collection for you.  Click HERE for a dealer near you!

Read more about Spool-en-dids, and find out the names my daughter has for her selected colors HERE.

Oh, before we start, we picked up Gwen’s stitched piece at Woodlawn yesterday, with her blue ribbon!

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PROJECT: “HAPPY TO BE ME” Pillow Ornament

SUPPLIES: Fabric, paper-back fusible and THIN batting scraps, Spool-en-did thread (s), Aurifil 50wt thread, a piece of ribbon, embroidery hoop, tapestry or embroidery needle, & basic sewing supplies.
You will need 4 pieces of fabrics – one for top, one for monogram, one for backing the stitched piecing, and one for backing the pillow case.
I used a piece of silk batting because it is not as dense. I have also used the Hobbs Tuscany bleached cotton batting which worked well too.

NOTE: This tutorial, as well as all subsequent pillow ornament tutorials, is not for a specific finished size. You may make it as big or as small as you wish. Since we hang our pillow ornaments on our Christmas tree, our ornaments do not finish larger than 4″.

GOAL: This project is to get children familiar with the in-and-out mechanism of stitching. No rules — just random “confetti” stitching around an appliqued monogram.

PLEASE read through the entire project before attempting. You may let your kid stitcher step in and be involved in any of the steps. For us, my daughter participated in selected the fabrics and stitching. I did the rest.
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1. Start with an appliqued monogram on a background fabric. Remember to reverse your letter(s) when you trace the letter on the paper side of fusible. Click here if you would like a crash course on fusible machine applique.

I always stitch around my applique shape after I fuse it in place. Stitching around the shape gives it a much finished look.  You can either do buttonhole or satin stitches around the edge of appliqued letters.

2. Then, I hooped the monogrammed piece (facing down), batting and backing piece (facing up).

3. My daughter’s work began at this point. She used a tapestry needle threaded with 3 strands of floss, and just went at it.

I would recommend a large tapestry needle for younger children, and an embroidery or even darning needle for the older children for the needle to penetrate through the hooped piece. Tapestry needles are more blunt, so they are a little safter than the sharp embroidery needles.

You little stitcher may use just ONE color, or as many as she wants — let her!

4. When stitching is completed, I first sewed around the area to secure the hand stitches before cutting to size for my pillow. I anchored a piece of ribbon as shown on the pillow front piece. I then cut the pillow back piece to size.

NOTE: I ended up sewing a back pocket to the back of the pillow ornament for storing stitching notions. To do that, I needed 2 pieces of fabrics. One to cut to size of the pillow front piece, the other to fold in half and placed at the bottom of the pillow back piece with raw edges matching.

5. Then, with the pillow front and back pieces facing each other, I sewed with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a small opening. Turn pillowcase right side out, and stuff. I started using the stuffing made by Hobbs recently, and have ABSOLUTELY loved it!!

6. Hand sew the opening shut — and you and your kid stitcher will have made a (Christmas) ornament for her!  The back pocket I added to the back of the pillow ornament isn’t just for storing notions — how sweet it would be too to include a little note for a loved one if you gift this pillow ornament.

Imagine…
#1. making different ones with different initials of your children or grandchildren to give as gifts?
#2. making these to give for a handmade gift for your kid stitcher’s bff?
#3. making a real-size pillow with the same steps for a throw pillow on a chair, to go on a bed?
#4. instead of letters, you applique something that is near and dear to your kid stitcher, a kitty cat, a puppy, or an ice cream cone?

I hope you will enjoy this little stitching project with your kid stitcher, and jump start a lifetime of sweet stitching memories.

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You may also read about my article on my journey with my best stitching buddy in the latest issue (May/June 2018) of Quiltmaker magazine — on newsstands now!

Quiltmaker May/June 2018

You may also read more further about the Aurikids iniative here.

Thanks so much for stopping by – till next time!

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HOME TO ROOST in Quiltmaker’s May/June 2018 & MORE GIVEAWAYS & GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

DAY IN LIFE!

Quiltmaker May/June 2018

Friends, I hope you have been well!  Are you ready for spring?  I know I am… but the forecast says that we are supposed to have snow this Saturday, and possibly next Monday!  YIKES!!!  With the weather forecast as it is, I think I am going to just stay HOME TO ROOST this weekend (bad pun alert!).  My Home to Roost quilt is featured in the latest issue of Quiltmaker.

quilt-home-to-roost-flatThis is an easy project that I actually designed as a teaching project that can be used to teach beginning quilters to quilt, covering the basic piecing skills in making the different blocks in the quilt.  Because my quilting teacher Barbara was ever so patient with me when she taught me how to quilt (I am forever grateful to her!), a guiding principle in my quilt designs is that I always design something that is appealing enough to entice a non-quilter to take up quilting. :)  You can read more about my design process here.

In the same issue, you will also read a story about my stitching journey with Miss Baby!  It is my hope that my story will inspire many to pass on the love and joy of needle and thread to the next generation, whether with your own children, grandchildren, relatives or even in a school or church or community setting!

This issue is on newsstands now – pick up your copy today!

And of course, if you are looking for kids-friendly colors, do check out Miss Baby’s Spool-en-dids colors!  You can read more about her embroidery floss collection here.

If you have a stitching with kids story — either from your childhood on how you learned to stitch, or projects you are working right now with your daughters or granddaughters, I would LOVE to hear from you!

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GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Well, you are the best for helping me de-stash!  Trust me, my husband and daughter are really grateful too!  Here are the winners from the last round of giveaways.

Box #1:  Dortha

Box #2:  Marge Prewitt

Box #3: Tanya

Box #4:  Mary S.

I have emailed the winners, with information on getting the boxes sent to you!

THANK YOU ALL FOR PLAYING ALONG….. but I have MORE to give away, see below!

 

NO SCRAPS LEFT BEHIND GIVEAWAY

So…. I am needing to work on guest room #2, and guess what I found?!  MORE FABRICS — please don’t judge, haha!  I have three more boxes to share!  If you are interested, please leave a comment and indicate which box.  I am only mailing these boxes to US addresses, and you will have to be willing to pay the shipping cost of $17.

Box #1.  Thimbleberries and mystery yardages.

Box #2.  Usable scrap pieces.

Box #3.  Usable scrap pieces + yardages.

 

Alrightie – Friends, that’s all I have for now.  I hope you are keeping busy, sewing and stitching!  Hugs to you all, and till next time.  Trust me, I have MORE to give away. :)

The foreshadowing and the fulfillment…

Behold, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:29

I think it’s interesting that Passover and Good Friday falls on the same day this year — combining the foreshadowing and the fulfillment of the Lamb of God on one day.

Have a blessed Passover and Good Friday, Dear Friends!

Have you seen the Aurikid SPOOL-EN-DIDS thread box?

Good morning, Friends!  I have shared with you last year that Miss Baby was selected by Aurifil to be one of their first batch of Aurkids in an initiative to pass down the love of needle and thread to the next and upcoming generation.  Have you see Miss Baby’s Spool-en-dids collection?  This is a collection of 6-ply cotton embroidery floss (Aurifloss) produced by Aurifil.  If you have liked Aurifil’s signature 50wt threads, you WILL love these floss for your handwork.  You know the part of very little  lint on any of their sewing threads?  Same is true with the floss.  I know the reason behind the little lint on Aurifil’s threads, but I will let Alex Veronelli tell you if he ever stops by your area to do a free lecture.  It is worth going!  ANYWAY, with the floss, your hand worked stitches will look much more crisp and defined with the little lint on the threads.

If you have heard me share about my daughter, you will know that my daughter very often has her own mind on things.  She took it upon herself to name the colors she selected to go into her embroidery floss collection.

From left to right:  Billy Brown, Ribby Red, Papita Peach, Oscar Orange, Yodel Yellow, Grouchy Green, GWENDOLYN GREEN (!), Bobby Blue, Polly Purple, Petunia Pink

Here are some pictures of how the colors have been used.

And the latest… a tutorial is coming SOON as soon as I get the green light with the people at higher places. :-)

One thing I really like about the AURIKIDS program is that each child is asked to select a charity to support with the proceeds from the thread sales.  Miss Baby was so excited receiving her first royalty check two weeks ago! :)  She has selected Samaritan’s Purse as her charity of choice, specifically in their medical missions effort.  And the rest, she decided to save for college.

If you haven’t heard of Samaritan’s Purse, check out their amazing work, in the name and with the love of Christ, here.

SO, if you have purchased the Spool-en-dids collection, Miss Baby and I want to THANK YOU for contributing to Miss Baby’s college fund, as well as supporting the work of Samaritans Purse. :)

#1.  YOU MAY PURCHASE THE COLLECTION FROM Donna — email her:  followthatthread@yahoo.com

#2.  YOU MAY ALSO PURCHASE THE COLLECTION BY CLICKING HERE.

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Remember I had shared with you a few weeks ago Miss Baby and I both entered our respective pieces in shows?

My Thread Journey quilt was juried into the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival?  Mine didn’t win anything.  Totally fine.  Miss Baby entered her stitched pieced in the 55th Woodlawn Needlework Show.  We are really excited her ABC Des Maisons won a first place blue ribbon!  We spent a day last week at Woodlawn House in Alexandria, VA admiring the entries, and was really glad my husband was able to meet us for lunch there for some precious family time together.

[For those who like historical tidbits:  The land where Woodlawn sits was part of Mount Vernon.  It was gifted in 1799 to Nelly Custis, Martha Washington’s niece, upon her marriage to General Washington’s nephew, Lawrence Lewis.  Woodlawn is historic site within the framework of  the National Historic Trust for Preservation.  The annual Needlework Show is a fundraiser toward the specific preservation of Woodlawn.  And if you don’t know Nelly Custis, she was brought to Mount Vernon, along with brother George Washington Parke Custis, to be raised by the Washingtons after Martha’s son (John) died in Yorktown, VA shortly after the Surrender at Yorktown.  George Washington Parke Custis built the Arlington House, where it stands still today on the hill at the Arlington National Cemetery.  So there…. all the intertwining threads of history which I love to unwind.]

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We are gearing up for more stitching fun at our house.  Miss Baby recently finished her first machine pieced quilt if you are following my Instagram feed.  We are getting ready to have her quilt the quilt herself… and moving on to her next quilt — if she ever gets her academic work and music practices done with time to spare before bedtime!  We are EXCITED!!!

Checking in & Giveaway Winner & MORE No Scraps Left Behind Giveaways & FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD!

DAY IN LIFE!

Hello Friends!  I hope you have been well.  I just came through a sewing marathon where I have had to work through weekends the last few weeks.  The last I counted, I think I have at least 10 quilts already in queue for editorial features from this year’s sewing.  Yikes!  And this past weekend, I covered more than 100 miles just driving my precious cargo (aka Miss Baby) for her activities!  Nonetheless, I hope you had a fun National Quilting Day weekend, as well as St. Patrick’s Day!  Have you seen my Irish Reel Dance quilt, featured in Quiltmaker’s March/April 2018 issue?

I found this fascinating article about St. Patrick that I would share.  Click HERE to read.

I made Colcannon for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  So, what is your go to dishes for St. Patrick’s Day?

And in the midst of all the craziness, I have THIS going on for me.  You can imagine the rest.. ha!  This is going to be another ongoing process.

PATRIOTIC FABRICS GIVEAWAY WINNER

Before I go any further — I am happy to announce Kathy to be the winner of my Patriotic fabrics giveaway!!  Congratulations, Kathy!  An email is sent to you – please respond with your mailing address, and I will get the fabrics sent out to you!

MORE “NO SCRAPS LEFT BEHIND” GIVEAWAYS

This picture was taken last fall of my quilts from my sewing room sans about 25 quilts that were not returned to me, and another 30 or so bed quilts stored in my linen closet upstairs.  SO, you think we might have a clue for my “seemingly never ending” stash?!  I am offering 4 more fabric boxes (size of USPS Priority Flat Rate Medium Boxes) to give away.

Offer open to US mailing addresses only, and you will have to be willing to pay $17 shipping cost for me to get the fabric boxes to you!  If you have received boxes from me before, you know I am a generous sharer!!  Leave a comment in this post, and tell me which box you would like!

Box #1:  Useable scrap pieces — these are scrap pieces from my recently pieced quilts.  They don’t come in yardages, but some are large pieces that will be perfect if you are a scrappy quilter.

Box #2:  Mostly green, red and cream yardage pieces – large and small.

Box #3:  Mystery miscellaneous yardage pieces – large and small.

Box #4:  Mainly solid yardage pieces.

 

SPRING TULIP QUILT “TULIP PATHS” FREE PATTERN!

To celebrate the first week of Spring — here is a free pattern for you to download here!  Enjoy!!

Meanwhile, you can find patterns and exclusive quilt kits I have designed HERE and HERE.  If you see a quilt kit you like, do purchase it while you can because the kits aren’t stocked indefinitely, and more often than not, they won’t be available after the fabrics are out of circulation.

HAPPY MONDAY, HAPPY WEEK, AND HAPPY SPRING – Friends!!  Take care till we chat again!

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:

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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.

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

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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.

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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 http://www.mountvernon.org/quizzes/quiz/washingtons-presidency-quiz/to 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! :)

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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!

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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…

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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 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…

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.

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.

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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.