Over The Fence in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 73) & Giveaway!

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day weekend.  Ours involved a bit of whirlwind traveling.  We are home now, and are back to our normal schedule.

I have been anticipating my copies of the latest Australian Quilters Companion to reach me from Australia… because I am being profiled in the issue – a small fish like myself!  A huge thank you to the editor for the lovely feature!

It felt sort of weird reading about myself in the profile — because in the core I am a private person and always do my best to not stick out.  I don’t even like to look at my own pictures. But at the same time, I also felt like the feature was an effective way for me to connect with my quilting friends.  So I am torn… In this particular article, you will find out one of my “darkest” skeletons in the closet “sewing-wise”… keyword is zippers!

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Immediately after the profile in the magazine spread is a feature on my joint-venture project with Lynette AndersonOver the Fence.  The complete pattern instructions are included in the magazine.

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You may recall the fabrics used in this quilt, Lynette Anderson’s Hearts and Flowers fabrics by RJR Fabrics in my Making Valentines quilt.

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Lynette and I used the same fabrics in a different way for the pieced and applique Over the Fence quilt.

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The wooden buttons are exclusive to Lynette Anderson, and are available from her store. You may also give Sew Graceful Quilting a call and see if they might carry the buttons if you live in the US.

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I had so much fun quilting this quilt, and will let the pictures tell all!

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Please allow me to take this opportunity to welcome all the new followers — thank you for following.  For those who are new, I quilt my quilts on a domestic sewing machine made by Bernina (a 640 to be exact).  And I construct and quilt my quilts (exclusively) with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads, and often over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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Thank you for suffering through all the pictures, Dear Friends!  I hope you have enjoyed Over The Fence.

You may purchase or subscribe to the magazine in digital format by clicking here.

Should you wish to preview the magazine in person, Australian Quilters Companion graciously sent me an extra copy to be given as a giveaway prize.  Leave a comment here between now and June 3, 2015 to be entered in the giveaway.  Winner will be announced on June 4. This giveaway is only open to US addresses.

Thank you for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely rest of the week, and shall catch up with you later!

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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

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)

Sew in Love {with Fabric} Blog Hop: Burlap Brights

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Here we are, Friends…. check out Sew in Love {with Fabric} for the instructions on how to make my Happy Go Around Star block, my contribution to Benartex’s Burlap Brights blog hop!

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I am turning off comments here so that you can share your thoughts on Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  Have a lovely day, Dear Friends.  I shall catch up with you later….

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Click the following links for my past blog hop participations at Sew in Love {with Fabric}:

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Christmas in July 2013

April Hop

Christmas in July 2014

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Gearing up for…

… Benartex’s Burlap Brights Blog Hop over at Sew in Love {with Fabric}.   Have you checked out this hop that has been going on for quite a few days now?

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The idea is to make a block using 6 fabrics from the collection!  Take a look at these fabrics with the distinct burlap texture.  I love love love them.

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My Burlap Brights block will be featured tomorrow at Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  Be sure to stop by to see what I have cooked up. :)  Incidentally, I also have an editorial feature using the Burlap Brights fabrics.  I will share details when I am able to do so.

Meanwhile, I am immersing in my feminine inner self through these beautiful fabrics.

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What do you think of these fabrics?  They remind me of the Knock-out Roses I have been seeing around town these last few days.

Thank you for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you tomorrow.  Hugs to you all.

Quilty THIS or THAT #7

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again.  Up for today is another installment of quilty THIS or THAT – Pieced, Applique or both…. or neither?

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Let me hear from you, Dear Friends!  Remember, this is just a bit of fun, and there are no right or wrong answers when we play our quilty THIS or THAT.  Have a lovely rest of the 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.

FREE PATTERN: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope your week got off a good start.  After dealing with 313- 1″ finished squares and quite a few hours later, I am happy to say I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel for my latest quilt!  I am quite certain my quilt isn’t going to miss its flight to Australia!

Today I have another free pattern to share with you.  This is another favorite of mine as I am personally partial to foxes.  I have been waiting and waiting for Benartex to post the pattern online.  Without further ado, here is Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow, designed with Benartex’s Rusty & Friends fabric line.

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Instead of sewing the shapes on the panel print (i.e., the foxes and birds) into stuffed dolls, I used them as applique shapes on the woodland themed pieced quilt top.

Click here to view entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have liked Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow.  I will catch up with you later, after I pack in a bit of sleep… so that I can finish off my Aussie bound quilt.  Have a lovely rest of your week!  I will check in with you and your blogs later this 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)

Annie’s Online Class: Machine Quilting Level 2 & Giveaway!

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week – so, what’s in store for the weekend? It’s been a rushed week for me trying to meet a few deadlines before Memorial Day weekend! Today I would like to share a little more with you about my Annie’s Online Machine Quilting Level 2 Class.

Level2This class builds on the foundational skills established in the first Annie’s online class Learn to Machine Quilt, which focuses on getting quilters used to moving the quilt sandwich by introducing carefully selected motifs that quilters can practically quilt on their quilts.  Click here to explore more about this first class.  To my absolute delight, many who took the class told me they have greatly benefited from the class, and are ready to take their machine quilting skills to the next level.  So, drawing from my own machine quilting journey, Annie’s and I worked together on Machine Quilting Level 2.

If you liked the format of the first class, you will have no trouble following this second class.  The second class follows closely the format of the first class – a short show and tell of real life quilts, short lectures on each motif, actual doodling of each motif captured on screen, and this time, we will go through all the steps in quilting the class project.

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Here are a couple of still shots from the class:

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If you follow along, you will have opportunities in trying out MANY motifs —

1.  Swirly Flower: perfect for an allover quilting motif

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2.  Swirly Variations: work for borders, sashings, and easily personalized by adding your own what-nots between swirls.

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3.  Pool Reflections: work for small areas (easily extended to large if desired) and borders

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4.  Snaky Spirals

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5.  Little S’s: My way to quilt McTavishing

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6.  Sushi rolls – a very forgiving motif perfect for quilting borders, as well as all over the quilt top

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7.  Mark without marking Quilting – easy if quilting simple shapes, but will also have tips for quilting complex shapes using this method

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8.  And…. FEATHERS!!!!  I mean FEATHERS: the basic feathering principles are covered in this class.

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9.  Options in border treatments:  hopefully this will jumpstart for you many more options!

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Annie’s classes, whether in online or DVD format, are wonderful because they are yours to keep forever once purchased.  The other thing is that you can re-watch any segments as many times as you wish, and consequently attempt to quilt any motif you choose and not necessarily follow the order as presented in the class.   You will also receive supplementary class notes consisting instructions to construct the projects.  And of course, you will be able to interact with me should you have any questions.  You know where to find me anyway. :)

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If you prefer the class in DVD format, they are now available as well.  Some friends just told me they purchased the DVD’s, and are liking them.

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All the quilts you see in this class are constructed and quilted using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 cotton thread!  I have been most gratified when quilters I have met recently in person tell me how they switched to using Aurifil’s thread because of me, and more importantly how Aurifil threads have made them happier quilters!!!  Truer words have never been said — Aurifil has definitely made me the happiest of quilters!  A big thank you to Bernina for letting me use their 560B machine in the filming of this class.

Machine Quilting Level 2 class also comes with three (!) exclusively designed projects for the students to apply the quilting skills they acquire from working through the class project.  I will show before the end of the class how I have quilted these three “wow” projects – a pieced runner, an applique topper and a WOW/Medallion quilt.  I will also be posting about each project in separate posts.

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Now for the GIVEAWAY:  Between now and May 25, you will have a chance to win a copy of the Machine Quilting Level 2 DVD — just leave a comment in the comment section.  Winner will be announced on May 28.

Meanwhile, you can:

click here to preview and purchase Learn to Machine Quilt online class

click here to preview and purchase Learn to Machine Quilt DVD

click here to preview and purchase Machine Quilting Level 2 online class

click here to preview and purchase Machine Quilting Level 2 DVD

Besides frantically working on my Aussie-bound quilt, I am also working on a few new projects.  Stay tuned for details! Thank you for dropping in.  I hope you have a lovely weekend!  See you next week.

Patch upon patch: Sneak Peek #1

So…. I have been listening to Anne of Green Gables in audio book format while I work, and came across the following quote that brought a smile to my face.

“I do NOT like patchwork,” said Anne dolefully, hunting out her workbasket and sitting down before a little heap of red and white diamonds with a sigh. “I think some kinds of sewing would be nice; but there’s no scope for imagination in patchwork. It’s just one little seam after another and you never seem to be getting anywhere. But of course I’d rather be Anne of Green Gables sewing patchwork than Anne of any other place with nothing to do but play.”                                                                        ~Chapter 13, Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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I have been working with small pieces the last couple of days… My 9-patch units, shown in image below, finish at 3″ x 3″.  I am using my little trick here to make the units.  Most of you know I don’t always enjoy piecing, so I kind of empathize Anne of Green Gables with her assessment of patchwork.  But I do not agree with Anne about patchwork having no scope of imagination.  I think there is plenty of imagination to be had in sewing up the “seamingly” endless seams. :)  This particular quilt has a non-negotiable deadline because it is going to travel far for an overseas publication.

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Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek of Miss Baby’s latest stitching project.  She thinks she has arrived being able to stitch with variegated thread… ha!

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And on and off while I am supervising Miss Baby’s violin practices, I have been stitching a little… a very little… on Miss Baby’s birth sampler.

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And if you’re curious about the overall look so far…

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That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  Back to patchwork-ing I must go!!!  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs to you all.

Wednesday’s Ramblings

Hello Friends,  I hope you are well.  Just want to check in with you quickly.  First off, one down — two more to go. :)

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Meanwhile, our rhododendron bush has bloomed!

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Many with whom I work, and have to come love are gearing up for this year’s Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis… wish I were there… but I am comforted (somehow) my quilts and designs will be there.

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Come back tomorrow – I will have some in-progress pictures to share with you, as well as a couple of Anne of Green Gables snippets relating to quilting!  I have been on an Anne of Green Gables kick these last couple of weeks because of the tragic passing of Jonathan Crombie.

How is your week shaping up?  I hope your week has gone well for you!

FREE PATTERN: Flower-Scapes

Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good Mother’s Day weekend.  I decided to go off-line this past weekend to just do something different.  It’s been a while since I did something different… my little family had fun!

I have another free-to-use design to share with you to start our week off… Flower-Scapes is a “hip” sort of Log Cabin quilt using Benartex’s Blue Paradise/Sundrenched Fabric Line, a newly released fabric line.

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Sorry this is another quick post — but I have a few quilts to complete and ship before Memorial Day weekend.  I am shipping the first one of three within the next couple of days, so I’d better get going!

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by, Friends!  Hugs to you all, and I do appreciate your friendships.  I hope you have a most lovely week ahead!  I shall check in with you again tomorrow.

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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)

Joy of Needle and Thread: Part 6

Happy Friday, Friends.  This week has gone by way too quickly for me…. but we have a FINISH, Miss Baby’s finish!

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Miss Baby started this project as a gift for a cousin who was supposed to arrive in May. Well, Baby Cousin decided to arrive almost a month early!  So, Miss Baby was determined to get this stitching project completed as soon as her time allowed.  This project was not without its challenges… the fabric color is quite close to the cream thread Miss Baby had to stitch for the bear.  I am proud of her for persevering through the un-stitching and re-stitching so that Teddy would look just right.

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Now that Teddy is completed, Miss Baby is ready for her next stitching adventure.   Stay tuned – it is going to be a sweet gift for someone who has been special in Miss Baby’s young life.   As for me, I am just tickled I get to live with my stitching buddy under the same roof!

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Thank you for stopping by.  Miss Baby and I, and Sochi the Cat would like to wish you a most lovely Mother’s Day weekend!

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Click herehereherehere, and here for past Joy of Needle and Thread posts.

Australian Quilters Companion #73: Preview

My friend Lynette Anderson alerted me about seeing my name on the cover of the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion!!  I am so excited I am being PROFILED!

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I haven’t received my magazine copy yet.  I was wondering if those of you in Australia, or those of you who subscribe electronically have had a chance to browse through the magazine.  I am curious to hear your thoughts.

Lynette and I also have a quilt featured in the same magazine issue.  More details will be posted in a separate blog post.  Stay tuned.

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Image Credit: Australian Quilters Companion

I am very close in wrapping up my pre-Spring Market work.  I’d better get to it… Thank you for stopping by.  I will catch up with you later!   SO, what’s been going on at your end?

FREE PATTERN: High Speed Racer

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  I am always amazed at the names the Benartex team comes up with for my designs.  Most of you know I am dismally lame when it comes to naming my quilts.  I really like the name of another of my free-to-use design…. High Speed Racer.

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This design uses a pre-printed panel, and the rest is simple pieced blocks.  Whenever I am assigned a fabric line with a specific theme to work with for designs, I often do research on the side to come up with designs that will reflect the particular fabric theme.   For this design, “NASCAR” was one of the words I typed for my searches…. and then, it was a no brainer for me to include the black and white checks in the design!  It’s amazing what a quilter can learn in the designing process – that I can definitely tell you! :)

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

I also chuckled at the quilt name High Speed Racer… because I feel like I have done some high speed racing lately where work is related.  I am racing against time to get a few things turned in before Spring Market next week.  I won’t be there personally, but my quilts and designs will…

Thanks for stopping by – I have a bit of racing left to do this evening before bedtime.

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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)