FREE PATTERNS & GIVEAWAY featuring Windham Fabrics’ HAMILTON – and more!

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great day!  The sun is out in northern Virginia today, and the sunshine means a lot to me today – it’s as if God opened up the heavens and extended comfort those who seek comfort.  The spring blooms are coming early this year in the Washington DC greater!  I hope to share with you some cherry blossoms pictures in a couple of weeks.

[I just had a thought:  I think the colors in the flowers would make a great palette for a new quilt.  Your thoughts on combining purple, light purple, orange, yellow, green and brown?]

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It is no secret I love the people at Windham Fabrics.  They share with Miss Baby pictures and videos of their mascot cat, Smokey, at the office.  Smokey the Cat at Windham Fabrics exchange correspondence with Miss Baby from time to time.  You can read about one such exchange here.  My popular pattern Smokey & Friends is inspired by Smokey. The pattern can be purchased here.   Shown below are Smokey & Friends colored differently.   You can easily spot Smokey — he is the only cat in one colorway. :)

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Kits are available for the colorway below.  Click here to purchase.

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All that to say this — the kindness/friendship Windham Fabrics has extended toward me has extended to you, my readers as well.  They are always generous in sponsoring fabric giveaways whenever asked.  The giveaway today is for a FQ bundle of Windham’s newly release fabric line, Hamilton.  Click here to view the fabrics in detail.

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Hamilton is a pretty pretty line!! And I designed two free-to-use designs to highlight the fabrics:

#1.  Schuyler Sisters (oh, surprise — another sawtooth star quilt!).  Click here to download pattern instructions.  Kits are available for sale here.

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#2.  Eliza.  Click here to download pattern instructions.  Kits are available for sale here.

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STAY TUNED:  I have a very exciting and upcoming project using these very same fabrics!!!!

GIVEAWAY: Between now and next Thursday (March 9th), leave a comment here. Open to US addresses only.  I will select and announce the winner the following day.

That’s all for now, Friends!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

p.s.  Did you know today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday?!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

FREE PATTERN: Stars and Stripes Forever

Hello Friends, lots of festivities are in town today!! It’s Inauguration Day!!!  Here is my fly-speck contribution to the patriotic festivities today!

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The quilt is designed with Stars and Stripes Forever fabrics by Hoffman Fabrics.

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Click here to download free-to-use pattern.

And I close today with a prayer for America by our first President, General George Washington:

Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

With prayers for the future, and always with thanksgiving to God, I hope you have a most blessed day!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Thread Journey Quilt Along Part 1 & Other News

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Dear Friends, today is THE day!!!! Go on over to Aurifil blog today for the first step in making my Thread Journey Quilt by clicking here.

The original Thread Journey quilt was made mainly with batiks.  You can see my version 2 is made with Windham’s solids and fabrics from their other basic lines.

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A point I want to stress is I hope this quilt will bring much quilty joy in your own quilting/thread journey.  And remember… it is your quilt!  You can change and spice things up anyway you would like.  I think the following quote from Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said it best, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.” :)

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Meanwhile, the new Aurifil’s Designer of the Month block for June just released yesterday. Click here for the details on how to make Block #6!

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And that’s all the excitement I can handle for the day!  I have to get back to that green/red quilt that has many pieces. I still have quite a few blocks to go. :(

Have a lovely day!!!

FREE PATTERN: Big Love with Windham’s Go Big or Go Home

Happy Friday, Friends!  I am making baby-step progress with what I have to get done this week!  But overall it’s been a great week for my little family.  We are back to our normal routine with school, music practice etc!

I think I had mentioned to you I have been doing some design work for Windham Fabrics.  I am happy to be able to start sharing with you some of the designs that highlight the current, new and upcoming Windham lines.  First off for today, I have Big Love using Windham’s Go Big or Go Home fabric line.

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This is a fun and colorful contemporary line.  I had the most fun working with the fabrics because they got me out of my usual stuffy and reserved self.  I also have an additional project done with these fabrics that I will share with you later!

Click here to view the fabrics.

Click here to download the free-to-use pattern instructions.

Click here to view my other designs I had done for Windham.

Thanks so much for stopping by — I hope you have a lovely weekend!  I will catch up with you next week!

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

FREE PATTERN: Flutter B’s

Hello Friends,  Happy Monday to you!  I wish you a lovely week ahead.  Very quickly, I want to share with you another free-to-use pattern to start off our week: Flutter B’s designed with Benartex’s Butterfly Effect fabric line.

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Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I freely admit to you I have a thing for pinwheel blocks.  I love the sense of movement the pinwheel blocks convey! How about you?  Do you or do you not care for pinwheel blocks?

Thanks for stopping by.  I have to get going with my day.  I shall catch up with you later!

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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)

FREE PATTERN: Pagoda Paradise

Hello Friends, I hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  I ended up working through most of my weekend because the quilt I was working on ended up to be a bit more work than I had expected – but that’s okay!  REALLY! :)

Most of you know I am Oriental —

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I am most excited to be able to share with you Pagoda Paradise, a free to use pattern I designed for Benartex using their Little Harajuku  fabric line.  I have to say Pagoda Paradise certainly ranks one of my top favorites!!

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Aren’t those pagodas just so darling?!

Click here to view all the swatches of Little Harajuku.  You will love the fabrics!

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  Hugs to you all.

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

FREE PATTERN: Sausalito New York Beauty Throw Quilt and Pillow and Pillow

Hello Friends, you have seen glimpses of my Sausalito New York Beauty quilt:

I am so excited I can now reveal my Sausalito New York Beauty Quilt pattern in full!  What do you think?

The quilt design uses fabrics, designed by Christine Graf, from Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito group.  The prints are loud, bold, eye-catching, and cheerful, while the blenders are just as attention-grabbing!  These fabrics are shipping to shops in July.  Keep your eyes peels for them to show up at your local quilt stores.

I made the sample quilt for Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City earlier this year.  Here are a couple of pictures from Quilt Market at Quilting Treasures‘ booth. [Do visit the Quilting Treasures’ Facebook page for fabric giveaway!]

You may download the pattern instructions here.  Included in the instructions are also steps to make a bonus throw pillow from leftover fabrics.  Hancocks of Paducah is selling the kit for this quilt.

If you are skilled in paper-piecing, the remainder of this post might be a bore to you.  So, please feel free to skip.  I am not going describe the paper-piecing method in a detailed manner.  There are plenty of tutorials online that are excellent if you are interested to find out more.  Angie Padilla’s tutorial is very concise and straight to the point.

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I am going to share with you just what I did for paper piecing the “spike” part of the NY Beauty Block Spikes.

So, these are what I started with – paper foundation template, and pieces of fabrics I cut for the patches.  I am VERY generous when it comes to cutting the fabric pieces for the patches.  I normally cut at least 1″ extra on all sides.

You will notice that the wrong side of the A1 black bauble fabric is facing the wrong side of the paper template.

Then, I inserted a pin on the seam between A1 and A2 that I would be sewing.  Note the EXTRA fabric around the patch A1.

Then, I turned the ensemble OVER.  You see that pin?  Then I took the fabric that would be patch A2 and turned it UNDER at least about 3/8″.  The A2 fabric piece would be RIGHT side UP. I checked to see if the rest of the A2 gold fabric piece would cover A2 on the foundation template sufficiently by holding  the ensemble against a light source.

The pin was there to show me where to align my “folded” seam allowance.  The seam allowance needs to be PARALLEL and TOUCHING the pin. I hope this is making sense?

Then, I placed the of the A2 fabric gold piece (that is NOT the seam allowance) on top of the A1 black bauble piece.  That gold fabric piece in the following image is actually shown WRONG side UP – in case it is not readily seen from the picture.  That black bauble piece was never moved from being pinned to the paper foundation template earlier.

Without dis-locating the gold piece (since it is not pinned), I gingerly turned the ensemble OVER.  Note:  Paper Piecing Template: RIGHT SIDE UP, Black Bauble Fabric (A1): WRONG SIDE UP, Gold Fabric (A2): RIGHT SIDE UP.  I was ready to sew the seam between A1 and A2.

I turned over the ensemble over to reveal the seam allowance.  Black Bauble (A1) Fabric: RIGHT SIDE UP, Gold (A2) Fabric: WRONG SIDE UP until the next step.

I turned over the gold fabric to its RIGHT side and finger pressed.

Now, we are at the point of trimming the seam allowance to 1/4″.  Okay, do you see how I separated the seam allowance from the rest of the ensemble?  The seam allowance pieces are toward the top.

I then placed the ensemble on my cutting table, and trim the seam allowance to measure 1/4″.

I flipped the A2 gold fabric piece to its right side.

Now A1 and A2 become “one” unit to which I would add A3 (refer to the picture that shows the foundation template in its entirety) going through the whole process again.

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Sorry for the LONG post today, but I wanted to include the part on paper-piecing the NY Beauty Spikes in case some of you might be hesitant to try making the NY Beauty Blocks.   They are easier than they look.  Trust me!  :)  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!

FREE PATTERN: Rod and Reel Throw Quilt

For the fisherman or fishermen in your family…

This quilt is designed by yours truly using Hautman Brothers‘ Rod and Reel fabric line, released by Quilting Treasures/VIP Exclusive.  The fabrics are current.  Do a search on www.quiltshops.com to see who carries them.

Click here to download the free quilt pattern.  Now nosy mind (again!) wants to know if there is a (or two) fisherman in your house.  Have a lovely day!

Bird Feather Quilting Motif

FREE!  My original bird feather quilting motif used in “Sentimentally Yours” Quilt (featured in the November  2009 issue) is available as a free download on “The Quilter”‘s website.  I don’t know how long it will be available on the website – so download yours today:

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Though most of my feather quilting motifs are designed for free-motion quilting, I have also designed them with needlework in mind.  They can be used as stand alone pattern for an embroidered block.  Please send me pictures if you are using it as an embroidered block!

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p.s.  The motif is no longer available as a downloadable pdf.  Sorry for the inconvenience.