Spring and Tulips!

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have been well.  A bit of spring trivia for you…. did you know that tulips were originally grown in the Ottoman Empire before being imported to Holland in the 16th century?  Tulips became so popular in the Golden Dutch Age that the bulbs were used as money in Holland until the market in them crashed.  And I suppose Holland solidified her reputation as the tulip capital of the world, and is often affectionately referred to as the flower shop of the world.

These pictures are from a few years back before Miss Baby was school-aged.  We did a lot more impromptu outings then, which I miss now…

And this is my fabric version of spring/tulips for this year…

This is an exclusive quilt kit for Craft of Quilting, designed with Windham Fabrics’ Sleeping Porch fabrics by Heather Ross.  This is a fun garden group.  Check out the fabrics here.  Purchase the exclusive quilt kit (71″ x 84″) HERE.

I am curious to know what your favorite spring flower is!  Mine are many:  tulips, daffodils, forsythia, cherry blossoms, and dogwood!

Speaking of cherry blossoms, my family didn’t make it to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC this because about half of the blossoms were damaged in a freeze following an unusually warm spell.  Here are some pictures from our past cherry blossom excursions in the nation’s capital.  No matter how many times we have gone to see the blossoms, the feeling of awe at the “blossom” beauty never fails to overtake us!

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That’s all for now, Friends.  I hope you have a lovely weekend.

p.s.  I have received many emails asking if only patterns of my quilt kits are available.  Generally, the answer is no unless you have seen the patterns featured in magazines.  Many of my quilt kits you see in catalogs are exclusive.  So the only way you can access the pattern is via the kit.  I have been toying with the idea of releasing my patterns in the future, but due to my various commitments, I have no plans to do so immediately.  I appreciate your understanding. :-)

 

Editorial Feature Overload #4: Highland Roses in Quiltmaker (May/June 2017)

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well!  I have been traveling lately, and am on my way home.   I hope you had a blessed Easter celebration, and may you continually experience blessings from above until the next Easter!

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Today, I am happy to share with you a gray quilt that is featured in the current cycle of quilting publications,  the latest issue of Quiltmaker (May/June 2017).  You know how I love gray — and gray floral is the name of the game for my Highland Roses quilt!

This is a 80″ x 80″ bed quilt that is made of simple blocks, set on-point for a deceivingly complex quilt. :)  I hardly ever design difficult to construct quilts. :)  In this shot below, you can see the florals much better.

Complete instructions are presented in the May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker.  You may pick up the issue on newsstands, or purchase the digital magazine here. Exclusive quilt kits are available for a limited time here.

Highland Roses uses fabrics from Primrose fabric group by Windham Fabrics — check out the fabrics here.  I have designed a couple of quilts using the same fabrics, including…

Flowering Tree – kits are available for $69.99 here.

Any of you are gray fans out there, please raise your hand? :-)  Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later.

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

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

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

Quiltmaker (May/June 2017): Highland Roses

 

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)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Monroe (Quilting Treasures)

Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along: Part 3

NOTE:  If you are just now hearing about the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along, and would like to find out more, click HERE.

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Before we get started with Part 3, let’s just sit back and relax and enjoy the different versions of Part 2 (posted here) sent in by you all!  I know I have certainly enjoyed seeing your work.

Here is mine – using Quilting Treasures’ Bleecker Street fabric group!  Click here to view fabrics.  If you are new and wondering about the quilt kits, click here for information.

Here is Alice’s.  She blogs at http://aliceinquilterland.blogspot.com if you would like to visit her and make a new quilting friend.

Here is Cheryl’s.

Here is Jennifer’s.

Here is Gail’s.

Here is Debby’s.

These are Billie’s.

Here’s Sharon’s mini.  Instead of incorporating each part of the quilt to make a quilt, Sharon uses each part to make a mini.  VERY creative.  You may follow Sharon’s work on her blog here.

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Seeing how your quilts unfold as we progress in this Sew Along is one of my greatest joys.  I am VERY happy that you are sewing along.  You can send me pictures of your quilt at any stage at any time, and I will just include your pictures in the next posting of Spring on Bleecker Street.

Remember, this is a sew-along for those of us who have more projects we can count, all going on at the same time. :-) So, absolutely no pressure to get things done on time. More importantly, I just want you to enjoy the project.

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And here is Part 3.  Part 3 took me about 2 hours as well – so if you 2 hours to spare between now and May 15th, you should be able to make these “skinny mini” shoo-fly blocks. :)

The theme of this part remains to be “Keep Calm and Sew On” because we will be sewing with small pieces (just like in Part 2).  The trick in dealing with small pieces is to handle them as if you are handling normal pieces.  Keep calm – check your cutting, your machine, and you should come out just fine!

#1.  I do starch press my fabrics so that I keep the small pieces as non-distorted as possible.

#2.  I also finger press all my seams before heat-setting them.

Keep Calm and Sew On: Visit the Secret Stitch Club's blog for the PDF version of this image

(image from Secret Stitch Club)

Part 3 deals with half-square-triangles units.  They are special and precious because they will be finishing at 1″ — therefore, you will be making HST units that measure 1 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.  I cut my starting squares at 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ instead of the conventionally prescribed 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″.  That way, I can trim them to the unfinished size.

I make my HST units as normal…. but I press my seams open.  Then, I align the diagonal seam of my HST units against the 45 degree angle of my quilting ruler.  I trim the excess so that the HST units measure 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.

You can see the result of my trimming – but making the HST units that way allow me to make accurately squared up HST units.  And pressing the seams open reduces the bulk when I piece them later to make my shoo-fly blocks.  So at this stage, they are treated as if they are individual squares. [I actually save these trimmings, not usable for piecing quilts, to a lady who makes dog beds.]

Alright…. when I constructed the individual rows, I butted the seams between units.  But when I sewed the rows together, I finger pressed, then iron pressed the seams between rows OPEN!  Again, that reduced bulk, plus, it helped me to piece accurately the shoo fly blocks.

When I pinned the shoo fly blocks together, I made sure the points match at the top of the triangles of the units – very much like matching the seams when we made the house roof in part 1 here.

I pressed open the seams in between rows to even out the bulk.

I then added the shoo-fly assembly to sections made for Part 1 and Part 2 of the sew-along.

Oh — and watch my quilt grow, and yours too!

And that’s it for Part 3!  I hope you will have a blast making progress on this quilt as much as I have!   know the units are small, but I am hopeful that by making these small shoo fly units will help confidence in tackling small pieces in other quilt projects of yours.  Can’t wait to see what your Part 3 looks like!!!!

Happy Sewing, my sewing friends!!  Hugs to you all.

A Quilts of Valor FREE PATTERN using Quilting Treasures’ Monroe

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well!  My life has been a whirlwind, but I am thankful to be where I am.  If you know me for any length of time, you will know that I have great appreciation for those who serve in the armed forces. Today, I am sharing with you a Quilts of Valor free pattern using Quilting Treasures’ Monroe group.

This quilt was displayed at Fall Market last year at Houston, as well as Road to California earlier this year.

Click here to download free pattern.

Click here to view fabric line.

I hope you have enjoyed my Monroe QOV quilt — better yet, you would make it and bless a veteran today!  Check out Quilts of Valor Foundation here.

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

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

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)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Monroe (Quilting Treasures)

Editorial Feature Overload #3: Cover Quilt and More in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2017)

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  I am excited to share with one of my quilts made cover again in the current quilting publications!!!  That quilt is mine, and it’s Pound of Sugar!  A seriously sweet name for a quilt made with sweet 30’s fabrics, no? :)

This quilt uses the Feedsack fabrics from Windham Fabrics.  And I absolutely absolutely love for it turned out!

I don’t have this quilt back with me because it is going to be displayed at Spring Market next month in St. Louis.  But I am glad the picture shows the quilting details well enough!

Yesterday,  you saw my County Fair quilt that is made of pinwheels.  Pound of Sugar is ALSO a pinwheel quilt, except the way the pinwheels are constructed give an on-point effect!

The next editorial feature I have in the same magazine issue is Cozy Castles – a baby quilt that is made with 30’s flannel fabrics from Windham’s Storybook Flannel fabric line.  Click here to view fabrics.

Incidentally, I designed a free-to-use sailboat quilt to support this fabric group.  Click here to download pattern.

Missouri Star is also carrying another baby quilt kit called Starburst, for which I designed using the same fabric line! Click here to purchase the quilt kit.

I always love working with 30’s fabrics.  I am actually hoarding 30’s fabrics to hopefully work on a quilt of my dreams…. when I retire from designing, hahaha!

Alrightie, Friends… I have to fly for now!  I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

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)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

Editorial Feature Overload #2 — County Fair in McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017)

Hello Friends — Happy Thursday to you!!!  I think I mentioned to you Village Square (cover quilt) isn’t the only quilt of mine that made it into the May/June 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. :)

County Fair made it in too!  Kits are available for purchase here.

I am not going to say too much about this quilt — because I am sharing about it on McCall’s Quilting’s blog today. Click here to read about the quilt, AND a chance to win a copy of my Creative New Quilts and Projects book!  

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That’s all for now.  Tootles and take care!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

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)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

FREE PATTERNS using Windham Fabrics’ VINE (by Henry Ford)

Hello Friends, continuing the traditional theme of quilts from yesterday’s post, I am sharing with you today a really fun fabric group called Vine from Windham Fabrics.  Vine is a fabric group inspired by Susan McCord’s Vine Quilt. This is a picture of the original Vine Quilt, courtesy of quiltindex.org:

Windham Fabrics released a fabric line based on the meticulously applique vines from he original Vine quilt. Click here to view the fabric group!  You will not notice that the main print is actually printed with the applique vines.  So quilters get the benefit of the applique vines, except they don’t have to applique the pieces.

I am happy to share with you the designs I did with this fabric group.

#1.  Ascension.  Free pattern download here.  Kits are available for purchase here.

#2.  Trellis.  Free pattern download here. Kits are available for purchase here.

Friends, if there ever is a “cheater” quilt I like, it would be the ones using that vine print!!!

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

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (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)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

Editorial Feature Overload #1 & Cover Quilt: Village Square in McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017

Hello Friends, loooong time no chat!  Things sort of spun out of control for a little bit there in my corner of the world with lots of deadlines and unplanned assignments!  A little glimpse of behind-the-scenes for you:  There are many many moving parts to get a magazine project finally to the “official” stage, and my role is normally at the front end.  I complete and turn in my part, and then I move on to the next thing.  In between my part and the final “official” part, things like proofing, formatting, photography, layout etc take place without my involvement.  And then, magazine copies with my project(s) in them show up in my mailbox.  THAT’S when I know my projects are official!

But oftentimes, my quilting friends who look out for me would alert me even before I know it myself.  So, texts and emails that say “Hey, I saw this or that quilt of yours” are always welcomed messages!

Do check back this week for other magazine quilts that have become official during my blog absence these last few weeks….

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You have seen these quilts I designed with Windham Fabrics’ Hamilton line!  If you haven’t, click here for the fun facts on this beautiful fabric line!

Eliza:

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Schuyler’s Sisters:

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Friends, I am happy to share with you my other Hamilton quilt, Village Square, made cover of McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue!!!!

Village Square is a bed-sized quilt that utilizes the mix of applique and piecing!  It is a four-part series quilt that will be released in McCall’s Quilting magazine issues starting from the May/June issue.

I do love the red/white/blue color combination!

If you aren’t a McCall’s Quilting subscriber, you may pick up your copy at newsstands now while the issue is still current.

You may also purchase it directly from McCall’s Quilting in print or pdf format.

You may also purchase a quilt kit here.

I won’t have this quilt back from the editor for a few more months.  That’s why I don’t have any additional pictures to share with you!

Thank you for letting me share with you my excitement for my quilt being cover girl! :-)  I look forward to seeing your version of Village Square if you decide on joining in the fun of making this series quilt.  I know some of you have already started the quilt!!!  Things remain busy for me… but I hope to be able to share what’s been going on at my end in a few weeks.

Now, I want to know what you’ve been up to the last few weeks… because I am nosy!!!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (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)

Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along: Part 2

NOTE:  If you are just now hearing about the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along, and would like to find out more, click HERE.

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Before we get started with Part 2, let’s just sit and relax and enjoy the different versions of Part 1 (posted here) sent in by you all!

Here is mine – using Quilting Treasures’ Bleecker Street fabric group!  Click here to view fabrics.  If you are new and wondering about the quilt kits, click here for information.

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Here is Alice’s.  She blogs at http://aliceinquilterland.blogspot.com if you would like to visit her and make a new quilting friend.  You can also see Alice moved on beyond the first part – which is absolutely wonderful!

Here is Gail’s.  I love the 30’s fabric choices.

This is Sharon’s – she has creatively turned her part 1 into a mini — Loving this idea!

This is Debby’s with a kitty to welcome the guests – this is Debby’s first time joining in a sew-along!  I am so happy to hear that, and am proud of her!

This is Kathy’s – Kathy is a dear friend of mine, and I love her dearly!

This is Jennifer’s – she is using Japanese neutrals for a completely different feel!

This is Cheryl’s.  A polka dotted roof — what is not to love?!

This is Margaret’s.  I am loving her blue roof!

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And I told Joyce it’s okay to turn in late homework!!!!  Even though Joyce didn’t share her block, she did share her fabrics.  I was hoping someone would do a monochromatic color scheme with this quilt — and Joyce apparently read my mind, somehow. :)  These fabrics are from Penny Rose!

I have enjoyed everyone’s version!!  I can’t wait to see how your quilt unfold as we sew along.  I have to say I am VERY happy that you are sewing along.  You can send me pictures of your quilt at any stage at any time, and I will just include your pictures in the next posting of Spring on Bleecker Street.

Remember, this is a sew-along for those of us who have more projects we can count, all going on at the same time. :-)  So, absolutely no pressure to get things done on time. More importantly, I just want you to enjoy the project.

****** Now, to Part 2!!!  Part 2 will take a total of about 2 1/2 hours…. and I have the total time broken down into 3 sections in case you don’t have a block of time that spans 2-3 hours!

The theme of this part is “Keep Calm and Sew On” because we will be sewing with small pieces.  The trick in dealing with small pieces is to handle them as if you are handling normal pieces.  Keep calm – check your cutting, your machine, and you should come out just fine!

#1.  I do starch press my fabrics so that I keep the small pieces as non-distorted as possible.

#2.  I also finger press all my seams before heat-setting them.

Keep Calm and Sew On: Visit the Secret Stitch Club's blog for the PDF version of this image

(image from Secret Stitch Club)

#1.  Remaining trees (~35 minutes).  As I was saying, I finger-pressed my seams open before trimming off the dog-ears.

Then I used the iron to heat-set the seams open.

When you pin the two pink tree units together before sewing, be sure to match the diagonal seams, and you will have the tree units match up nicely.

I sewed together the pink tree and the yellow tree, and set aside — without sewing on the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle.

#2.  Sun embroidery on 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle (~ 1 hr, and that’s with me texting with my best friend).  The pattern didn’t show the sun drawing.  So, we will just wing it.  I first press-starch my rectangle so that it is not wobbly.  You would mark the circle for your sun where you would like it as long as you keep in mind where the seam allowance is on that 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle.  I marked the circle using the back of an Aurifil thread spool with a fine tip pen.

You can see that instead of triangles in the original design, I used radiating lines for the sun rays.  You can do however you choose for the sun rays.   I will be using the yellow from my Marmalade Meadows Floss Pack to stitch the sun!  I normally use a John James size 9 embroidery needle for embroidery stitches, stitching with 2-ply of floss.

If you would like to order the floss pack(s), Cinnamon Quilt Shopped has them here.

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And you might have seen a pillow ornament I recently completed with the colors in the floss pack, and some fabric scraps.

Back to our sew-along, here is my sun stitched out, and pieced to the tree units.  I hope you can see that I actually stitched around the sun circle twice, stacking my back stitches.  I have never done it that way, and I quite like the effects.

And the newly completed section is sewn to Part 1.

#3.  Pinwheels (~45 minutes).  So, I looked at the quilt layout, and felt like I didn’t want to have to make a whole bunch of pinwheels all at one go later on.  I went ahead and made the 4 pinwheels needed for the yellow fabric.  I used the method here to make accurate and squared up pinwheels.  Give the method a try – you might be as happy as the result as I am! :)

I plan to make a few of these pinwheels to go with each section until I have all of them made.

And that’s it for Part 2!  I hope you will have a blast making progress on this quilt as much as I have!  Can’t wait to see what your Part 2 looks like!!!!

Happy Sewing, my sewing friends!!  Hugs to you all.

Winner of Windham’s Hamilton FQ Bundle Giveaway & Behind-the-scenes Snippets

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a great week.  I was prevented from posting earlier today because… (get this)… Miss Baby is home from school today, and she had to use my computer to work on something for a poster!  I feel like I am entering another stage in my journey of motherhood in that I am having to share things with her now.  Computer now… what’s next? Car?!

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Thank you to all of you who played along in my Hamilton giveaway.  The winner is Gini (#100)!  Congrats!!  Gini, I have sent you an email asking for your shipping address.  Please respond asap, and I will have Windham send out the FQ Bundle to you!  And a great shout out to Windham for being so generous… trust me, more giveaways are in the works!!!

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If you recall, I had designed 2 free to used patterns to support this fabric line.  Quilt kits are also available for the designs.

#1.  Schuyler Sisters.  Free pattern here.  Kits available here.

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#2.  Eliza.  Free Pattern here.  Kits available here.

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Some of you have inquired about the names of the quilts.  So I asked my friends at Windham Fabrics.  The fabric line Hamilton is named after Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton.  You can read more about her here.  Mrs. Hamilton’s nickname was Eliza, thus the name of the pinwheel quilt.  The Windham team also wanted to give a nod to the close relationship Mrs. Hamilton had with her sisters, thus the star quilt Schuyler Sisters. I thought the back story was really neat, don’t you?

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Meanwhile, I spotted quite a few Windham fabric quilt kits on Keepsake Quilting that were designed by yours truly — As you can see, Windham Fabrics has kept me quite busy! :)  In case you would like to support Windham Fabrics….

Flowering Tree (52″ x 52″) on sale now for $69.99.  Click here to purchase.

Medallion Star (61″ x 76″) on sale now for $79.99.  Click here to purchase.

Compass Star (60″ x 80″).  Click here to purchase.

Northern Star (67″ x 92″).  Click here to purchase.

Color Coded (54″ x 54″). Click here to purchase.

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Cat Tales (80″ x 96″).  Click here to purchase.

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Garden Cottage (45″ x 54″).  Click here to purchase.

Well, that’s all for now, Friends!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

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)

Stamp Pad in McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017) & More

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday, and a Blessed Week to you!  Today, I am sharing with you my latest magazine quilt that became official, Stamp Pad.   Stamp Pad is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017) issue.  The full instructions are included in the magazine issue.

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This is a design that majors in the basics — flying geese and rectangular patches — and yet, the result is quite eye-catching, no?  This design is perfect for telling a “fabric story” with any large or colorful prints.  But if you interested to use the fabrics I used, they are from RJR Fabrics‘ Garden Gate line by Robyn Pandolph.  Pandolph always has the most amazing florals!!

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I have also designed an exclusive runner project using the same fabrics for Keepsake Quilting.

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Purchase the kit here, or purchase the pattern here.

Be sure to check out my other offerings in Keepsake Quilting here.

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Meanwhile, I want to welcome those of you who have recently signed up to join the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along.  I am so glad you are on board.  Click here if you would like to learn more about the Sew-Along.

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Again, like I have told many, I am running this Sew-Along with the pace of one who has way too many projects going on at the same time.  So, we will just be tackling small portions of the quilt each month.  The house/tree block took me 2 hours to complete… so, if you could just spare about 2 hours a month, I am certain you can keep up. :)Also, I found out this week Cinnamon’s Quilt Shop has the kits if you need to pick one up.  Click here to purchase the kits, and here to purchase the accompany Aurifil embroidery floss pack!

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I will be posting installment #2 of the sew-along on March 15th.  So, you definitely have time to catch up with part 1. :)  Click here if you haven’t seen installment #1.

Meanwhile, I have also been smocking.  Miss Baby still lets me dress her, mainly because she is not one who puts too much thought into what she wears.  It’s a win-win for us right now.  She is needed some new outfits.  So, here is my latest completed smocking project.

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And here, I completed the stitching for a small little project that I work on at the school parking lot when I wait to pick up Miss Baby.  The colors I use are from my Marmalade Meadows floss pack.

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And here is me and a homemade apple pie a couple of weeks ago.  I am not crazy about pictures taken of me, but I had to do it for one of the fabric companies, hahaha.  Miss Baby can handily consume an apple pie in half a day, if I let her… a pinch of nutmeg is my secret ingredient when I make apple pies! :) That pie looks a bit pale because I was scared to death the pie would look too brown for the picture, hahaha.  Truth be known, I popped that pie back into the oven after the picture was taken.  Things I do for work….

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But I am curious though — what is your favorite pie?

And that’s it for now!  I shall catch up with you again in a couple of days.  Hugs to you all!

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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)