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!

Complete the thought…. “You know you are in the mid-west when…”

… passengers on the plane do not bulldoze you over while getting off the plane!  At least that’s what I learned earlier this year when I flew into Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  I was in Row 8, and was up from my seat as soon as the airplane stopped taxing.  Then, I looked around and everyone else was seated nicely in their seats, while waiting for the passengers in front of them to get off the plane before proceeding to do so accordingly.

I felt like a total uncouth brute.  Embarrassed and red faced, I sat back down and waited my turn.  I will definitely remember my manners when I fly out of to Fort Wayne again this time!

So, what mid-west virtue(s) comes to your mind?

Tootles for now.  I am heading out to the airport.  Later, Dear Friends!

What I would like to do this weekend…

… is to snuggle up with a good book in a bed of rose petals!  For more about the picture, click on the “Daily Mail” link at the bottom of the picture.

Image Credit: Daily Mail, UK

But… no rest for this old liz just yet this weekend.  I have a few more things to do for Market! But being able to just snuggle in bed under the covers does sound heavenly, especially now that the weather has cooled.

So what are you doing this weekend?  Have a blessed one!

Disappearing…

… for a little bit, I am!  Just a wee little bit… because piecing only one block one day is just not cutting it when I have to make thirty of these blocks.  So, Friends — don’t be offended when you don’t hear from me.  It’s not you, it’s me!  I shall be back soon enough.

Meanwhile, do take care, and hugs to you all.

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So, I shall grab my cup of coffee, and get back to work!  Have a great weekend.

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Switch-a-roo!

So I took a quick look at the school papers Miss Baby brought home with her, and nothing really caught my eye.  I was on the verge of committing the school papers of the day to the trash can.  One can only keep that many papers, and Miss Baby has many more years of school left.  That’s when I heard…

Miss Baby:  Did you take a look at the other Bible paper (with the fish)?

Me: Yeah, you were supposed to draw a fish.  And… you drew a shark?

Miss Baby:  Oh, Mom – we could draw anything on there as long as it’s under water.

[Me looking at the picture, counting the number of sets of gills on that shark…]

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Miss Baby:  Can you see that it’s a food chain?

My head was spinning – instruction says to draw a fish… who said anything about a food chain? I took a serious look at the picture for the first time.  FOOD CHAIN?

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Sure enough, it’s a food chain, sort of…. I think.

Miss Baby:  See? Plankton are at the end of the food chain.  [See circled dot in picture].

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Still spinning, my mind frantically scrolled through all the “scientific” p-words – platelet, plutonium, pulmonary, planet, pipe cleaner, panda, plankton?! …. Oh, plankton – that’s right, plankton!

Me:  Oh yes, plankton — the quintessential element of  the aquatic food chain!

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I am not a perfect Mom – that’s a fact.  I am a Mom who works too much.  And  I am painfully aware I am not the most patient Mom around.  BUT… I was reminded again to not blow off my child’s art work.

Thus a switch-a-roo on the fate of that particular school paper: Trash bin to Keepsake box.

p.s.  Oh, the knowledge out there waiting for us to learn about and explore including planktology here!

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Meanwhile, I have been playing with these fabrics.  They are Nancy Gere’s Chambray Rose from Windham.  These fabrics are gorgeous — they are like the perfect fusion of denim and floral. The focal print has the look of floral printed on denim.   They are a little different from the usual floral prints, but very pretty.  Click here to view the fabrics in case you are interested in getting some for yourself!  And… if blue/lavender aren’t your colors, check out Nancy’s Carmen red fabrics here.  I have some – and they are absolutely GORGEOUS!

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I have a few Chambray Rose fabric pieces (focal print and coordinates) left from piecing my quilt — if you would like them, please leave a comment in the comment section.  One of you will be picked to receive the fabrics.

And it’s a wrap!!!

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

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

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upcoming features,

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excitement,

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

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

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

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All mixed in with smidgens of randomness…

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

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

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

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

Friday Catch-up!

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

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

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Next up is a quilt with this color scheme.

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

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

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