Sewing Machine Mischief

You know with the fancy schmancy high tech sewing machines these days, I think they also pose a higher probability of mischief.  Well, I shall let the picture below do the telling…. in the vein of “the dog eating my homework” with a quilty flavor…

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I accidentally sew something we have to return to school to the back of a quilt.  If you look closely, you can see that I was doing feather quilting at the time of the mishap.  And so, Miss Baby felt the need to annotate, “My Mom’s sewing machine tryed to eat this.”  HAHAHA!

Alrightie, Friends… that’s it for now.  I am actually going to catch a quick nap as I had very little sleep last night trying to get a quilt finished and out the door.  I shall catch up with you later!  Hugs to you all.

Totally non-quilty pumpkin post!

Hello Friends, I heard on the news last week a total of 360 million dollars were spent by American last year on pumpkin-related products during the autumn/fall season – ranging from pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pop tarts, pumpkin body wash, pumpkin body butter to pumpkin pet products.

So, curious mind wants to know what pumpkin products you have purchased for this autumn season.  Be specific because I am really curious.

All that said, a little someone at my house is crazy about these pumpkin sandwich cookies.  I can’t stock them fast enough!  [And this year, we caved, and got pumpkin pop tarts.]

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So — pumpkin products for you?  If so, what kind? :)

Thanks for stopping by… a very Happy Fall to you all!

p.s.  If you must have something quilty, click here for an Autumn virtual trunk show I did years ago.

Happy Independence Day 2016

Happy Independence Day, Dear Friends!  I hope you have had a blessed weekend.  We commemorated our Independence Day a wee bit early this year…

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I got to meet my role model, Lady Washington!  One of my favorite quotes has been Lady Washington’s: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”

An interesting fact about the Washingtons in July 1776 — General Washington wasn’t in Philadelphia, but another Washington was.  It was Mrs. Washington who was in town during that time getting inoculated for small pox.  The General was in New York City in the midst of much military tension.

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“Madeline” came with us too to the festivity, at the insistence of a certain girl!

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John Adams’ take on celebrating Independence Day: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

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I am touched by a quote of General Washington’s this year regarding the struggle and fight for independence: “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of a brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer, or to die… Let us, then rely on the goodness of our cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.”  (Excerpted from the General’s speech to his troops before the Battle of Long Island on August 26, 1776).  The bravery, the resolve, the more-than-self attitude, the reliance on God…. and I am one of the unborn millions!!  That thought is almost too much to for me to take in.  And so, my heart is full of gratitude to God for honoring the effort of the General and many, and to those who fought.  Many generations later after that fateful year 1776, I pray that God would still reach down, in His mercy, to continue shedding His grace on America.

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Have a most blessed day – Dear Friends!

Another Thread Journey sighting… and totally unrelated question!

Hello Friends, I hope your summer has gone well for you.  We are already entering the last week of our first month of summer vacation.  I was so happy to see another Thread Journey quilt center completed… this time by Vicki.  If you haven’t known about Thread Journey, you may click here to find out.  Instructions to make the quilt center are posted here.

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Please keep sending me pictures of your work, not just Thread Journey.  I love seeing what you are working on – because I am nosy!

Meanwhile, we are enjoying our summer activities – library, museums, and stitching for us among other things. What are some of your favorite things to do in the summer?

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Come back tomorrow – I shall share about Miss Baby’s summer “busy work” stitching!!!!  It is soooo adorable.  I am tempted to stitch it along with if I weren’t up to my eyeballs in deadlines.

FREE PATTERN: Charleston

Happy Monday, dear Friends!  I hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend.  I have to be honest, mine was a bit weird because it’s the first one my own father is no longer on this side of heaven.  There was a sense of loss as I went through the day, but yet, I was comforted to know he is in heaven.   Heaven has become so much more personal to me because my Dad is there.

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We did have a blessed time celebrating the day with an amazing father  whom Miss Baby absolutely adores!

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And here we are, another new week!

I am so glad to receive a picture of Miriam sent me of the quilt center of her Thread Journey Quilt.  Let’s just say Miriam didn’t waste ANY time!!! :)  If you haven’t heard about my Thready Journey Quilt Along, click here for information.  And the instructions to make the quilt center are posted here.

Mine:

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Miriam’s — SO very gorgeous, don’t you think?!!!!

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You can join in the fun.  And I do hope you will keep working on the project.  I am working on a big giveaway for those who complete the project in a couple of months.

I also have a free pattern to share with you — for my floral-loving friends!  Be sure to check out a new floral line, Charlestonreleased by Quilting Treasures.  The following is a free to use pattern I had design to highlight the Charleston fabrics.

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Click here to view the fabrics.  

Click here to download the free to use pattern.

You may also purchase the kits here.

That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  I have a date with my sewing machine tonight…. more piecing to do on my current quilt.  Have a great 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

Australian Quilters Companion: Little House on the Hill

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

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

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

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

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

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Weekend Catchup & a Giveaway

Hello Friends, I hope you have enjoyed your weekend!  It’s been crazy busy over at my end with work (and more work!), and Miss Baby being home for the summer.  Nothing too major, except I had to re-work my daily schedule to accommodate the changes.

Here are a few pictures from this past week where we had a reprieve from the rain we have had this entire spring…

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I thought I would quickly mention a giveaway currently going on at my publisher’s (Landauer Publishing) blog. Click here to check out the giveaway.

That’s it from me for now – I have to make a few more things happen before Monday comes!

Hugs to you all.

Aurifil DOM 2016 Block 5 is here & Patchwork Bears

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As many quilters know, this week is Spring Market in Salt Lake City, and it affects the goers, and the non-goers alike! For non-goers like me, besides waiting with great anticipation for pictures posted online, I will be working on the new Aurifil Designer of the Moth 2016 Block!!! Click here to download the instructions for this month’s block.

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Some of you wrote to ask about the patchwork bears I posted last week.  I have no pride, and thus I am going to admit to you I didn’t make those bears!  I can quilt, but most of the time, I can’t sew to save my life!!  Many years ago, we hosted a Japanese exchange student.  Upon the return to her home country, this Japanese girl’s mother made and sent me the large pink patchwork bear.  When Miss Baby was born, this sweet lady sent me two more (the large blue and the baby-sized) to complete my bear family.

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As for the pattern, I think it is similar to the one featured in The Embroidered Patchwork Bear, written by Carolyn Pearce.  You can still get the book from Amazon here.

I have been busy getting last minute things happen for a few companies for Market this week. But I hope I will finally be able to make the rounds and visit your blogs sometime this week.  Have a great week ahead.  Hugs to you all!

So…. what are you working on this week?

A matter of perspective & My Design-Your Quilt

You see the head shot of me – taken by the photographer when I was filming for one of my online classes last year; and then, you see me – drawn by my portraitist-in-residence.  I think I might have to lay off the rouge a bit…

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Meanwhile, I was most thrilled to receive a picture of another version of my Movement in Squares last week.  Susan H. made Movement in Squares in blues as a wedding.  SO BEAUTIFUL!  And I cannot be more thrilled Susan chose one of my designs. :)

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You may still download the pattern instructions here.

Click here if you would like to see more readers’ projects.

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

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 3

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Happy Wednesday, Dear Friends!  It’s pillow time for Day 3!!!!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

TODAY!!!  Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting
Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts
Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets
 

Here are the original Flight of Colors pillows made for my Creative New Quilts & Projects from precuts or stash book.

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It is a stash-busting quick project if you are one who keeps the leftover triangles after you trim off your blocks when doing the flip-and-sew method.  I have amassed hundreds of these triangles myself.  And actually, the three pillows you see are made with triangle scraps from my Crossings Quilt!  Click here if you missed the blog hop post on my Crossings quilt.

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So, I am curious to know if you hoard keep these trimmed of triangles, like I do…. I always keep the triangle pairs as they are cut (right sides facing each other).  That way, I can just pick them up to sew/chain-piece.

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For a few chuckles today…. here is a paper Miss Baby wrote for her class a couple of weeks ago.  [For the new followers, Miss Baby is the joy of my life.  She is currently 7 years old and in first grade.]  In case you can’t read from the photo below, “If I were a Pioneer, I would live in a log cabin.  If I were a Pioneer, my husband would have an axe. If I were a Pioneer, I would live in the woods.  If I were a Pioneer, I would have a garden at the back of the house.  If I were a Pioneer, my husband would have an oxen.”

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So… I did ask her about why the “oxen” specifically.  Her reasoning, “In case we have to move, and we would need oxen to pull the covered wagon.”  Oh — right!!!  

Stay tuned for the sequel of the Pioneer series — I will share as soon as I find that sequel paper!  It’s amazing to me just how many papers Miss Baby brings home from school.  Thank you for stopping by – have a great day!  AND don’t forget to check out Pamela’s blog to see her batik pillow!

Duty. Honor. Country.

Dear Friends, many have written to check on my little family.  Thanks so much.  We are officially snowed in, and are snug as bugs.  I just saw the following in the news…. made me proud, and made me pray… for the brave!

Despite the blizzard pounding the D.C. area, The Old Guard is continuing to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

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I shall sign off for now — I am still working on those pattern instructions.  Good night, Dear Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, DEAR FRIENDS!

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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For thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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Words by Folliot S. Pierpoint

Impressed by business cards, no?

While getting ready for school, Miss Baby got a hold of one of my business cards, and noticed a website address listed on the card.

Miss Baby to me:  You don’t mean to tell me you run a website too?

She acted like she was impressed, even if only fleetingly, before going out the door to get in the car for school!  Such is the life of the daughter of a quilt designer, I suppose… :)  Kids these days!

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  I will be prepping for my last work-related trip of the year.  I am ready to wind down and do some stitching with my little one after my trip!  I will catch up with you later!