2-Cent Tuesday

IF YOU HAVEN’T, please follow me at my Instagram account @ivory_spring.

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend, and that you have had a great week so far. I also hope you had enjoyed the Shades of Blue Thread Hop that happened last week over at Aurifil’s blog to celebrate my INDIGO thread collection. In case you missed it… click HERE to read! Be sure you catch all three parts.

Should you decide to purchase the thread collection, it is available HEREHERE, or HERE!

If you like blue and white, my Norfolk quilt “fresh blue and white” edition is now available as a BOM kit. Click HERE to sign up.

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My 2-cents this week are almost too obvious, but often overlooked. Here we go…

It’s a new week – if you haven’t changed out the needle, clean and oil your machine, it’s time to do so!

I have shared my 2-cents. It’s now your turn. I am curious though… how often do you perform maintenance on your machine?

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Friendly reminder on my upcoming FASHIONISTA Leader/Enders sewalong — it will be fun! Click HERE if you hadn’t heard about it. Get your materials ready to start on May 26!!

TO GET READY:

1. Pattern & fabric yardage information – purchase Quilters World Summer 2022 issue HERE.

Note: You may make your quilt with or without the outer border. I am going to make mine without the outer border for the sew along. So I won’t need an outer border fabric – just a jelly roll & the background fabric. Be sure to add the outer border fabric to your shopping list if you want your quilt to have an outer print border.

2. One 40-ply jelly roll of your choice – purchase HERE or HERE.

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Cutting (May 26)

Week 2:  Pieced strip section (June 2)

Week 3:  Handle section (June 9)

Week 4:  Catch up & Finishing up blocks (June 16)

Week 5:  Sew blocks together to make quilt center (June 23)

Week 6:  Catch up & finishing up quilt top — end of Sew-Along (June 30) with a special assignment!

That’s it for now! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

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2-Cent Tuesday & MORE FABRIC GIVEAWAY

Hello Friends, another Tuesday, and another day for me to share my 2-cents! I hope you have been well. After a cold winter, I think spring is nudging its way at where I live! Pretty soon, it will be strawberry season! Many of you have liked making my Just Add Shortcake strawberry cake. Here is a version curated with Pat Sloan’s upcoming fabric line called Bird Song. The fabrics have a high-street Liberty look, a little from the usual bright reds that I have seen used to make this quilt!

Preorder your kit HERE.

Oh, I have also been making these scrappy blocks for reproduction quilt. Details on this quilt are forthcoming later this year. Start saving your 6″ scraps if you are interested!

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A few weeks ago, someone asked what I use to store my fabrics. I wish I could tell you I have designer custom made storage cubes for my fabrics in my sewing room. Since I have a child I still need to put through college in the not-so-distant future, my storage cubes constitute a hodge podge of Ikea storage bookcases and cubes that were at one time used for toy or book storage. So, they are of different colors. I look around, my storage cubes and cupboards are in red, black and cream! I know…. my sewing room can never be featured in “Where Women Create” magazines!

Here are my 2-cents:

I make sure I leave about 1/4y of my storage space for each color. That way, I will have room to add fabrics as time goes on. I know… and after 5 years have gone by, it will be time for me to de-stash again, haha!

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And now for the giveaway from destashing my solids and blacks, and we are doing this as we did before.

The giveaway box will consist of the following fabrics, mainly black prints and solids. I will add MORE if there’s room left in a USPS Priority medium box after I pack the fabrics you see. Each of those fabrics is at least 1/4y.

I will announce the winner next Tuesday from the first 10 who comment on this post.

Winner agrees to:

  1. Send me a check for $36 which covers postage, after being contacted by email.
  2. Upon receipt of payment, I will mail the fabrics to you

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And that’s my 2-cents for this week. Now it’s time to share yours! Have a great rest of your week. See you next time!

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Find all my stand-alone patterns: https://shrsl.com/337dq

Upcoming Check-in Date 2/28: Norfolk Sampler Quilt Along

Hello Friends, I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I thought I would drop in really quickly to remind you our next check-in date for Norfolk Sample Quilt QAL is next Monday 2/28! Guess what I will be doing this weekend. :)

QUILT ALONG UNDERWAY — BUT YOU CAN JOIN ANYTIME! USE HASHTAG #norfolksampler2022

The Quilt Along is underway, but this quilt along is of such low demand that you may join in ANYTIME! You may read all the posts I have written about the quilt, quilt pattern, as well as the quilt along, HERE. I just received news today that the BOM Club kits carried by Annie’s are SOLD OUT! We are working on offering kits in other colorways. Thank you so much for your support! You may sign up HERE to be notified when the kits are available again.

Though the kits are sold out, you should still find Moda’s Sister Bay fabrics sold in your local quilt store, or you could find them online HERE. The magazine has information on the exact fabrics to purchase and how much. You will need to purchase the SPRING 2022 issue of Quilters World that has the following quilt on the cover (also my quilt, by the way). You may purchase the magazine HERE.

This is the first block in the original version.

I am using Moda’s One Fine Day fabrics to make a second version. There are two large blocks in the quilt. I am making the second of the large block for the Feb 28 check-in date.

You may purchase ONE FINE DAY fabrics HERE.

QUILT ALONG CONFUSION — LABEL YOUR FABRICS FIRST!

I have heard from a couple of you who have trouble following the pattern instructions. The confusion arises from both the fabrics as well as the cut pieces being sorted alphabetically in the pattern instructions. For example, Fabric A is used to cut A pieces of certain measurements. Both A’s aren’t the same.

So FABRIC A denotes fabric of a certain print — and then it’s used to cut a PIECE A that is of a certain size. In the case of the pattern, PIECE A is always going to be 4 1/2″ square. You could be asked later to use another fabric (say FABRIC B or C) to cut PIECE A. And that piece, regardless, of the fabrics, will always be cut at 4 1/2″ square.

One way to help clear things up is to go ahead and label all your fabric pieces by alphabets. THEN, follow the cutting for the various pieces and label them as well if you wish.

Hopefully that will help make your cutting and piecing an enjoyable process.

A TRULY LOW DEMAND QUILT ALONGGRAB SOME FABRICS AND JOIN IN THE FUN!

I purposedly designed this series quilt to be non-demanding by using simple blocks, and yet the final quilt still has a nice album quilt look. So, grab some fabrics this weekend and make a block, share your progress picture on Instagram and use hashtag #norfolksampler2022 to enter a fun giveaway to be hosted by Annie’s next week.

That’s it from me, my Friends! I will be sewing, cleaning AND I promised my daughter brownies today. So, I’d better GET!

Have a blessed weekend. See you on Monday!

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2-Cent TWOSDAY & Fabric Stash Giveaway Winner

Hello Friends, a HAPPY TWOSDAY to you!

I am sharing with you today my newest published quilt: Cherry Blossoms! Complete pattern is in the March 2022 issue of American Quilter by American Quilter Society. If you look closely, this quilt is made with only ONE block. Some of the blocks are colored in such a way that they resemble the shape of cherry blossoms. I used American Made Brand solids to make this quilt. I like them. You can see their solids swatches HERE.

And also, Annie’s catalog just stocked “STARS ON THE HUDSON” kits using a very popular design of mine. I am waiting for fabrics to finally make this quilt! This design has been kitted with different fabrics over the years, and I am determined to make this one for ME! Click HERE to purchase your kit to start this quilt.

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Tanya had left a comment in last week’s 2-cent post about how much fabric I would procure when I start a quilt. So here are my 2-cents!

I always add 1/8-1/4y to my prints, and 3/8-1/2y to my background, when possible!

These simple rules of thumb are NOT for patterns involving Fat Quarter bundles for obvious reasons. The reason you want to buy a little more fabric is, of course, you might make a cutting error and find out you don’t have enough fabric. The other reason is that most fabric lines are not current for more than 6 months these days. I have received SO many emails from quilters asking if I could help them locate fabrics from something they bought 5-10 years ago. Short answer is I can’t help… just because things (including fabrics) are moving so fast these days! So, just on the safe side, I would rather have a little more fabric than less — now the GREAT benefit in that is you build your stash to make stunning scrappy quilts! That acorn blocks I shared last week — the final quilt ended up having more than 100 fabrics in it. And guess where those 100 fabrics came from? :-)

And that’s my two cents for this week. Next week, I will be back to share with you my two cents on determining to which color stash multi-colored prints belong. Now let’s hear YOUR 2-cents!

AND —- the winner of my pink stash fabric giveaway is SUE FARRELL! Sue, I emailed you the details. Thank you for playing, everyone! I hope to have any fabric box to give away soon. It will be a different color next time!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely rest of your week.

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Find all my stand-alone patterns: https://shrsl.com/337dq

Leaders/Enders Sewalong Part 5

Hello Friends, it’s check-in day for our Leaders/Enders Sewalong. Months ago when I was working with Marcus Fabrics to develop designs for their Aunt Grace Sew Charming fabric line, I knew I was going to make this heart quilt leaders/enders style.

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And I thought — why not see if some friends would like to join in for a stress-free “not-a-race” sewalong. Join in anytime! And HERE we are for our 5th installment. Good job if you have been keeping up!

Again, I stress — there is not really a deadline to this sewalong. You make these blocks as you are working on a main project. I use the Check-in Dates to keep myself (and hopefully you) from falling way too behind while working on my magazine (main) quilts. But life happens! And I really try to make this sewalong as non-demanding as possible, because life is like a moving target over at my end.

If you post your progress pictures on Instagram, please use hashtag #iloveleadersandenders so that I can follow along your quilt progress.

Click HERE to purchase the kit from Hancocks of Paducah.  Stock is running low!

Click HERE if you just want the pattern to sew along with your own fabrics.

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You may click HERE for assignments for previous check-in dates.

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Last check-in date, we were assigned to sew all the right sides pieces together!

Today’s assignment is 2-part:

#1. Use sew-and-flip method to attach 2″ Background square to the TOP LEFT corner of the right sections, like we did for the TOP RIGHT corner of the left sections.

#2. Then, we sew together the left and right sections.

TIP ON YOUR OWN FUTURE leaders/enders quilt: The reason I had structured the sewing sequence this way is because I wanted to sew the center corner triangles first in order to sew both the left and right sections together. THAT WAY, we won’t have to worry about which size squares to use for where on the block. Sewing leaders/enders style quilt sometimes needs a bit of thought on sewing sequence mainly because you are mainly focused on your primary quilt and are working on the leaders/enders in more like a mindless mode. By changing up the sewing sequence, you minimize chances of making unnecessary mistakes for your leaders/enders quilt.

To match the points in the valley in the heart blocks, I first eyeball where the seam of the right and left sections would be, and pull down the front section to check if the point matches up nicely. I have done this enough I can eyeball my 1/4″ seam allowance. If you aren’t quite sure, you can also mark the seam allowance on both the sections. I started out doing it that way.

Then I stick a pin in where the point would be.

THEN, I sew as normal. When getting close to the pin, I actually leave the it in, and use the handwheel to glide my needle over the pin instead of using the pedal. Works like a charm 99% of the time for me! USE A FINE FINE PIN! I like the fine pins by Clover. They are available for purchase from Fat Quarter Shop HERE.

And there you have it!  The next date I will check in with you is February 25, 2022! Again, this is not a race — it’s just something very easy and straightforward you can work on to break the monotony when you are working your main quilt project(s)! I completed three quilts since our last check-in date!

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If you want to be a part of another stress-free quilt along, join many of us in making my Norfolk Sampler quilt. This quilt along goes through the entire year of 2022. Details are HERE. The quilt along is underway, but it’s meant to be a quilt along you can join in anytime. I am also working toward having a giveaway for every time we check in for this quilt along. The winner for your January check-in date won an entire FQ Bundle from Moda Fabrics.

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That’s it for now — have a great weekend, Friends!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a great start!

Did you see my first block I posted for #NorfolkSampler2022 Quilt Along? This block finishes at 24″ square, and it only took me a little over an hour to make. #NorfolkSampler2022 QUILT ALONG is meant to be a low-demand quilt along! So, join in anytime. If you want to enter the giveaway of a Moda Fabrics FQ Bundle, you will have till 2/7/2022 to share your progress picture on Instagram. Details in yesterday’s post. Click HERE to read yesterday’s post.

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And now for my 2-cents for this week:

Choose the path of least resistance when applicable!

For example, when using sew-and-flip method to attach a square to a rectangle, which is a better starting point? [By the way, you will be using this method to make a few of the units in the first block for #NorfolkSampler2022 Quilt Along.]

In my experience, it’s easier to start at Point 1 compared to Point 2. Sometimes if I start at Point 2, my feed dog would “chew” up the corner at Point 2.

Now that I have shared my 2-cents, it’s now your turn to share yours for this week.

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Before I go, I thought I would also let you know that Annie’s Catalog is now carrying some of my designs, and kits from my designs. Click HERE to check out their latest offerings.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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Find all my stand-alone patterns: https://shrsl.com/337dq

Norfolk Sampler Quilt QAL – Check in #1 & Giveaway

Good morning, Friends!

Today is our first check-in date where we are sharing on our respective social media sites our progress picture for Norfolk Sampler Quilt. Please feel free to email pictures to me as well at wendy2@wendysheppard.net.

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Details of the QAL (Quilt Along) are HERE!

This QAL will run through the entire 2022, with not that many blocks to make. This is meant to be a hassle-and-stress-free quilt along.

So feel free to join in anytime! Please note that pattern is released as installments in all 4 Quilters World magazine issues in 2022. The Spring 2022 issues covers the check-in dates for January, February, and March. You may purchase the Spring 2022 issue HERE.

Please be sure to use #NorfolkSampler2022 when you share the picture!

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So here is the first block (which you will repeat making for our second check-in date on Feb 28)! This first block took me about 1.5 hours.

I am also making a colorful version with One Fine Day fabrics by Moda. Here is my block! I am incorporating many more fabrics in my One Fine Day version. I am using a FQ bundle. With using FQs, I won’t have enough of the same fabrics to make an identical first block for our Feb 28 check-in. No problem with that — because I intend my One Fine Day version to be much scrappier!

You may purchase ONE FINE DAY fabrics HERE.

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TIPS

I am showing you the back of my block. I actually pressed the seams of some of the units open to reduce bulk. You can see from the picture below I press the seams in making the HST and parallelogram units open.

Tanya (from last post HERE) asked for tips on points and accurate piecing.

Here are a few things I do that help me with my piecing:

#1. Accurate cutting – be sure to use a sharp blade on your rotary cutter when you cut. Make sure you use an accurate ruler as well. Not all markings on rulers are equal.

#2. Accurate piecing – be sure your 1/4″ piecing foot gives you an accurate seam allowance.

#3. I do not use steam in my iron. I find that the steam distorts my block units too much. I find that if my cutting and piecing are accurate, I never have to use steam to “stretch” my block to the desired unfinished block size.

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GIVEAWAY!

Annie’s Catalog is hosting a giveaway of a Moda FQ Bundle on their INSTAGRAM account – all you need to do is to post a progress picture of your #NorfolkSampler2022 quilt + a few other small details. Deadline to share your picture is 2/7/2022!!!

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And that is it for this Month’s #NorfolkSampler2022 QAL check-in! See you next month. Meanwhile, Happy Norfolking!

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Leaders/Enders Sewalong Part 4

Hello Friends, it’s check-in day for our Leaders/Enders Sewalong. Months ago when I was working with Marcus Fabrics to develop designs for their Aunt Grace Sew Charming fabric line, I knew I was going to make this heart quilt leaders/enders style.

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And I thought — why not see if some friends would like to join in for a stress-free “not-a-race” sewalong. Join in anytime! And HERE we are for our 4th installment. Good job if you have been keeping up!

Again, I stress — there is not really a deadline to this sewalong. You make these blocks as you are working on a main project. I use the Check-in Dates to keep myself (and hopefully you) from falling way too behind while working on my magazine (main) quilts. But life happens! And I really try to make this sewalong as non-demanding as possible, because life is like a moving target over at my end.

If you post your progress pictures on Instagram, please use hashtag #iloveleadersandenders so that I can follow along your quilt progress.

Click HERE to purchase the kit from Hancocks of Paducah.  Stock is running low!

Click HERE if you just want the pattern to sew along with your own fabrics.

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You may click HERE for assignments for previous check-in dates.

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From last assignment, you should have the top right corner triangles all attached to your 56 left sections. Set them aside.

TODAY’S ASSIGNMENT:

Sew together the pieces that go into the RIGHT side of the blocks. If you are going to make the quilt exactly as shown in my original design, refer to the following chart for the fabrics used for the right pieces if you haven’t sorted them out from Part 1.

If you are using your own fabrics, and want to do a completely scrappy layout, you will need to sew (112) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles into (56) sets of two 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles.

I press my seams open. Click HERE for when I talked about how I press my seams open.

And that’s it — the next date I will check in with you is February 11, 2022! Again, this is not a race — it’s just something very easy and straightforward you can work on to break the monotony when you are working on your main quilt project(s)!

Happy Piecing!

p.s. Did you hear about the #NorfolkSampler2022 Quilt Along? Details HERE.

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Find all my stand-alone patterns: https://shrsl.com/337dq

NORFOLK SAMPLER Series Quilt QAL – DIFFERENT LOOKS!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well. I posted the announcement of the #NorfolkSampler2022 Quilt Along HERE. First check-in date is January 31, 2022!!

So there are three blocks to make between the Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 of Quilters World issues.

THE PLAN IS TO POST BLOCK #1 on Jan 31, 2022 on your social media platform so we can all see each other’s block. When you share your a picture of Block #1 on Instagram, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A NICE GIVEAWAY, TO BE HOSTED BY ANNIE’S. GIVEAWAY DETAILS ARE FORTHCOMING ON JANUARY 31, 2022.

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I have heard from many who are joining in. I know some of you have even completed your blocks. Anytime you want to send me pictures of your blocks — my email is wendy2@wendysheppard.net. Here are the blocks from Celia! Great job, Celia!

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You don’t have to make your Norfolk Sampler Quilt in blue! Here are a few colorways I have come up with.

Disclaimer – The following mock-ups are for illustration purposes only. Due to time constraint, I apologize ahead of time I will not be able to field questions about fabric skus or yardages. Yardages are included in the pattern instructions released in Quilters World Spring 2022 issue. Purchase your issue HERE.

So here goes!

#1. Christmas (Riley Blake, Adele in Winter)

#2. 30s Feedsack (Marcus Fabrics, Aunt Grace)

#3. Solids (Robert Kaufman Kona)

#4. Patriotic (Windham Fabrics, Hudson)

#5. Colorful (Moda, One Fine Day)

#6. Autumn (Marcus, Antique Ambers)

#7. Neutral (Windham Fabrics, Marlias)

#8. Sweet and Pink (Andover, Little Sweetheart)

Hopefully these will give you some ideas on fabric choices if you are unsure what fabrics to use for your Norfolk Sampler quilt. Now, get thee to the internet, your stash bin, or your local quilt shop! You know you want to, haha!

I will be back in a few days to show you a little trick how I make my first block!

Have a great day!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends! I hope you are well. How is it that we are past mid-January already? I hope your January has been filled with lots of sewing!

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Before I go further, I just want to remind you the 2 sew-alongs I have going on.

#1. Leaders/Enders Sewalong making a heart quilt. Details HERE.

#2. Norfolk Sampler Quilt. Preliminary details HERE. This is another stress-free sewalong that will be happening through the entire year of 2022.

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Of course, being a tropical girl at heart, I am more than ready for summer at this point! I was just thinking the wintry cold days are great for planning summer projects! Keepsake Quilting is kitting two of my patriotic designs. Click HERE to purchase the kits. I am waiting for fabrics to make the flag quilt! It will be my 2022 Patriotic Quilt!

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Now here are my 2-cents for the week!

Keep a second iron handy in case your main iron gives up its ghost in the middle of the quilt project while you are sewing at night!

And that’s my 2-cents for you. It’s now your turn to share yours!

Have a lovely rest of your week!

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My Etsy Shop (THREADS SHIP FREE to continental US): https://www.etsy.com/shop/ivoryspring 

My Online Machine Quilting Classes: https://www.anniescatalog.com/onlineclasses/instructor.html?id=16

Find all my stand-alone patterns: https://shrsl.com/337dq

Leaders/Enders Sewalong Part 3

Hello Friends, it’s check-in day for our Leaders/Enders Sewalong. Months ago when I was working with Marcus Fabrics to develop designs for their Aunt Grace Sew Charming fabric line, I knew I was going to make this heart quilt leaders/enders style. And I thought — why not see if some friends would like to join in for a stress-free “not-a-race” sewalong. Join in anytime!

Again, I stress — there is not really a deadline to this sewalong. You make these blocks as you are working on a main project. I use the Check-in Dates to keep myself (and hopefully you) from falling way too behind while working on my magazine (main) quilts. But life happens!

If you post your progress pictures on Instagram, please use hashtag #iloveleadersandenders so that I can follow along your quilt progress.

Click HERE to purchase the kit from Hancocks of Paducah.  Stock is running low!

Click HERE if you just want the pattern to sew along with your own fabrics.

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You may click HERE for assignments for previous check-in dates.

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For today’s assignment, you should have your left section rectangles all sewn together into 56 sets.

TODAY’S ASSIGNMENT:

Use sew-and-flip method to attach the 2″ background squares to the TOP RIGHT of the left section. Refer to the pattern for more details if you need to.

I press my seams open. This is what I do — I finger press the seams open, then I trim the seam allowance to 1/4″, and THEN I use the iron to set in the open seams. I use the clapper to help flatten my open seams as needed. Of course you don’t have to do it this way. Use the method that is most comfortable to you. Fat Quarter Shop has many different options. Click HERE.

So what are the projects you have been working on as your main project as you work on our heart Leaders/Enders quilt? I have several main quilt projects going on at the same time, but here are two sneak peeks I can share:

And that’s it — the next date I will check in with you is January 21, 2022! Again, this is not a race — it’s just something very easy and straightforward you can work on to break the monotony when you are working your main quilt project(s)!

Happy Piecing!

p.s. Did you hear about the #NorfolkSampler2022 Quilt Along? Details HERE.

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Find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivory_spring/

My Etsy Shop (THREADS SHIP FREE to continental US): https://www.etsy.com/shop/ivoryspring 

My Online Machine Quilting Classes: https://www.anniescatalog.com/onlineclasses/instructor.html?id=16

Find all my stand-alone patterns: https://shrsl.com/337dq

2-Cent Tuesday (a day late)

Hello Friends, the New Year is chugging along! I hope you have been well. I was in a bit of a wintery situation this week in that we lost power due to the snowstorm that came through the mid-Atlantic!

A quick public announcement as I have gotten many emails regarding quilt kits of my designs that are no longer available in catalogs. Generally, catalogs do not re-stock quilt kits once they are sold out. So, my advice is always to purchase the kits when you see them. Currently, Keepsake Quilting has my Stomping Ground kits with Colonial Williamsburg Isobel fabrics. Click HERE to purchase the kits while they are still available.

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I started off this New Year with a cover feature on Quilters World’s Spring 2022 issue.

Complete pattern for my Churn Dashing Logs is included in the issue! This quilt combines two well loved quilt blocks – churn dash and log cabin.

I am really excited about the series quilt that I designed for Quilters World 2022. The pattern will be released in all four issues of Quilters World this year. So, you might want to subscribe if you want to access the pattern for my Norfolk Sampler quilt. AND THERE IS GOING TO BE A SEWALONG! Details coming this Friday!

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And now for my 2-cents for this week:

I set the timer for 15-20 minutes a week to clean out my cutting area. I am always surprised what accumulates on my small cutting area after a week. During my clean up, I run my handheld vacuum to clear the cutting surface of lint, fold up and put away unused fabrics, and clean out my little trash bowl holding un-useable fabric remnants.

That’s it for now — and it’s now your turn to share your 2-cents!

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

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