2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a stupendous start! I am catching up on my rotations of quilt projects this week. Click HERE if you hadn’t read my two cents on UFOs.

I often receive questions about if fat quarters can be substituted for the yardages listed in my patterns. I often use FQs for my for-sale patterns when possible, mainly because I like that the use of FQs is an easy way to make a quilt look more scrappy. The other reason is that FQs are much easier to store than fabric yardages.

If you ever wonder about the feasibility of using FQs in any patterns, my two cents on that are to either:

#1. determine first the pieces needed for a particular fabric as indicated in the pattern. Then, use pencil and paper to map out a cutting strategy, and see if all the pieces can be cut from a FQ (18″ x 21″). The following cutting diagram used in some of my patterns gives an idea what you can do:

#2. You can also tape pieces of paper together to make a rectangle of 18″ x 21″, and cut out the pieces as if you are cutting from fabric. That way, you don’t waste an actual fabric FQ!

Well, those are my two-cents for today! Happy Quilting, and I hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

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Here are a few FQ-friendly patterns from my Etsy shop if you are interested. Click HERE to purchase the pattern pdfs.

Stomping Ground:

Basketful of Blessings

Tiddlywinks

Fanciful Floor

Just Kitten Around

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2-Cent Tuesday (delayed again!)

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week so far!

First of all, please allow me to welcome all the new followers! Thank you for following me.

I do apologize for the delayed 2-Cent Tuesday (again!) post for this week. I have used most of last week and this week so far to finalize a few upcoming patterns. Getting a commercial pattern ready always involves a lot of time, hours and hours, and more hours! One of these days, I will share a little behind the scenes with you! I do get to work with two very talented ladies who make my pattern look they way they do. I am most grateful to them.

My BEARING GIFTS pattern is ready, and you may purchase the pattern or kit from Keepsake Quilting by clicking HERE.

Now, back to my 2-cents for this week. So, I recently made largest quilt ever, with a finished size of 95″ x 95″. Unfortunately, I will have to wait till June to share the quilt. It is quite an exciting project for me, but more about that in June.

Background to my 2-cents: I have to admit sewing the blocks together in order to make the quilt isn’t my favorite thing to do. I like making the blocks, but sewing them into long rows — not so much! Sometimes I also find that long row units tend to be wonky.

2 cents: So, I came up with this little trick. When I look at a quilt layout, I try to see if there’s a way to do a “divide and conquer” on the quilt top construction. That way, I minimize having to deal with long seams.

Here is what I mean — for an 8 x 8 quilt layout as shown in the picture below, instead of sewing 8 rows of 8 blocks and sewing the 8 rows together (8 long seams!), I divide the layout into quarter sections. I make the sections, and then sew the sections together (1&2, and then 3& 4) — and then sew the halves together. By doing that, I only have to deal with ONE long seam (RED line). See how that works? This trick came in really handy when I was working on that 95″ quilt!

You may ask — what if my quilt layout is a rectangular layout? Then, you will have rectangular sections. Premise remains the same.

And that’s my 2-cents for you this week! Now it’s your turn! Happy Quilting, my Friends — I shall catch up with you again!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you are well! It’s time for my 2 cents AGAIN!

The quilt you see is actually a log-cabin-ish variation that is featured in the March/April 2021 issue of American Quilter magazine. My 2-cents today pertain to sewing narrow pieces like in log cabin blocks. Some would sew the strips onto paper because the paper stabilizes the blocks with narrow strips so that the blocks don’t go wonky. I don’t mind paper/foundation piecing, but I kind of mind having to rip the paper, and paper remnants end up being everywhere. So, for sewing straight and narrow pieces, I actually cut my pieces wider. And then I trim the pieces to size after the pieces are sewn.

For example, the strips are 1″ finished. So, instead of cutting them at 1 1/2″ wide, I cut them at 1 3/4″ – 2″. Then after they are sewn, I trim them to measures 1 1/4″ — because that extra 1/4″ is going to be the seam allowance for the next round of sewing. That way, I also square up my block as I sew.

And that’s my 2 cents for today. It’s now your turn. Thank you for stopping by!

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It’s for the kids!

Just a quick piece of news! You may now purchase ALL my for-sale patterns in pdf format on Fat Quarter Shop’s website. They have paper patterns for some of my patterns, but not all. So, if you haven’t seen the full offerings of my for-sale patterns, check them out HERE.

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Now back to what this post is about… baby quilts, kids quilts, child quilts!

Kids are fun, and that’s why so many of quilters love baby/kids quilts designs!

Of course, there are the panel quilts that are super quick and easy to make. The following quilt has zero piecing! It’s just a panel that I made happen solely by free-motion quilting on it.

Then, there are child quilts that require just a bit more piecing. Recently, two of my kids quilts designs are included in Annie’s Fast & Fun Quilts for Kids. The book is available or purchase HERE.

First up is my jigsaw puzzle quilt.

Then, there is my Pick Up Sticks child’s bed quilt.

And I just released my Duckling, Duckling, Go pattern. Fat Quarter Shop has both paper and digital patterns! Click HERE to order. I do have to note that the paper patterns are just now shipping to the distributor, so there will be a little lag time getting to shops. You may also purchase the pattern in pdf format directly from me HERE.

I know my quilting teacher Barbara has blessed many many many babies with baby quilts! I always think of the silent prayers uttered by the quiltmaker for a child when she is making that quilt for the special child; and one day, that quiltmaker will be recognized in heaven for being a prayer warrior for that child!

Tell me about the baby / child quilts you have made – I would love to hear them!

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Season to Taste Book Tour

Happy Friday, Friends — I’d bet you didn’t expect to hear from me so soon! Before I go on, I want to thank you for the comments you left on my previous posts. From now on, I will be responding to your comments a little differently: INSTEAD OF RESPONDING TO SOME OF YOU VIA EMAIL, I AM GOING TO BE POSTING MY RESPONSES AFTER YOUR COMMENTS. I may not always respond to each comment, but I do read all your comments.

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Today is my turn in Jessica Dayon’s Season to to Taste book tour! If you haven’t heard of this newly released quilting book, you need to check it out. You may have seen Jessica’s work all over the place, because she is an amazing designer! She hosts many quilt-alongs as well. Check out Jessica’s blog HERE.

Jessica’s book takes you through an entire year of 12 quilts (with complete patterns) according to the seasons. So, it’s a really neat book concept. For my book tour project, I decided to make a mini quilt out of the large leaf block in Jessica’s Gratitude quilt.

I just recently finished a leaf quilt myself, but the way I constructed my leaf blocks was different from the way Jessica constructed hers. So I was intrigued. I followed the steps exactly as prescribed in the instructions. I like the way Jessica made her leaf blocks, especially how to make 4 HST units at one time!

Jessica also hand-embroidered sayings on her large leaf block in the book. I decided to quilt mine instead — because I can quilt much faster than I can do handwork, haha!

I really enjoyed making this mini quilt. I set out with the following goals with this project:

#1. CHECKED! Making a mini red/white solid quilt – for some reason I have never been brave enough to do a red/white solid quilt. So I thought working on a mini first would help me get a feel of things!

#2. CHECKED! Trying a different way to make a familiar block – Jessica’s method is brilliant!

#3. CHECKED! For the last seven years or so, I have been playing with the idea of feathers and letters — and I was able to try it out on this mini quilt! This is the first public sighting of my feathers and letters concept. You will be seeing more feathers & letters from me soon!

I have more technical aspects about this mini quilt to share, but will save that for a different day — because today is Jessica’s day! Would you check out her book HERE?

Till next time — have a great weekend!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you, my Friends! I know some of you got a whole bunch of snow. We haven’t gotten any significant snow yet where I’m at, but it does look like we might have some in the forecast.

Have you seen my La Rouge Basket quilt in the Feb 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting? Complete instructions are in the magazine. This quilt is actually not complicated — it has 2 blocks that you just make over and over again. Then, the quilt design emerges from tweaking the block orientations. This design is a great segway to my 2-cent for today: Half-Square-Triangles (HST). This quilt has a total of 936 HST units.

DISCLAIMER: I want you to know my 2-cents are NEVER dogmatic — there are MANY other ways to successfully make HST units!

I always cut the squares for making HST larger than the conventionally recomended size — and that’s my 2-cent for constructing HST units.

For example, if you are to make a 6″ finished HST unit. The conventional measurement for the squares would be 6 7/8″. I would instead cut my squares at either 7″ or 7 1/4″. Then, I would do the usual: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one 7″ square. Place it, right sides together, on another 7″ square. Sew 1/4″ away on both sides of the drawn line. Cut along drawn line to yield two HST units. Open and press.

NOW — I press my seam OPEN in this case to distribute the bulk from the seams. Then, I line up the diagonal seam of the HST unit (on the right side) against the 45 degree angle line on the quilting ruler. And square up and trim my HST unit to the right unfinished size. So if we are using the previous example 6″ finished HST unit, the unit would measure 6 1/2″ unfinished after squaring up and trimming.

Then, I would treat the HST unit as if it is a 6 1/2″ square cut up to be used to make a quilt block.

And that is all there is to it. This little trick has served me well for large, small, and tiny HST units. I have made them as small as 1″.

Here is a closeup of the basket block. You can see my little trick works out quite nicely for the points to come out decent.

I just used the same trick to start making a few blocks for my Patriot Dream quilt sample, granted, there aren’t 936 of them I have to make, ha! You may purchase the pattern HERE if you want to sew this quilt with me. I will be sharing snippets of the process as I make it.

So, that’s my 2 cents for today — and next week, I will have sort of a sequel to this trick that kept my basket blocks from turning into problem children.

NOW — it’s your turn to share your quilting 2-cents with the rest of us!

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Monday Check-in!

Hello Friends, I hope you had a great weekend. How is it that we are in late January already?

I thought today is a fun day to share a poem Gwen recently wrote of the elephant.

Here goes:

The Elephant

by GKS, Jan 2021

Oh, creature of colossal height!

Oh, creature of such stately might!

Your trunk is like a garden hose

But bigger. And, as for your toes

They are huge! Oh, Mighty One,

When most see you they want to run.

Your trumpeting is louder than

An orchestra. And, having no fan

You slop black mud between your ears

Which takes care of your sweaty fears.

Your tusks! Well, they’re something to see!

For they are made of ivory!

Oh, wonderful! Marvelous to behold!

What a brave creature and bold!

I think we overlook your tail.

You show it off, but to no avail.

So I will help. Oh, lovely tail!

It’s quite thin, quite as thin as a rail.

And your legs! Oh, gracious, they’re like trees!

And just look at those giant knees!

Oh, how could I forget the ears?

With them, one most assuredly hears

Things that us humans do not know

Such as ‘Elephants know their friends from foes!’

Your physique is clumsy, I’m afraid.

It is the truth, it must be said.

However, you can run, if needed.

Your wise advice is quite best heeded

Because of your great memory

And because you are quite, quite free.

And now, my poetry must relent –

Goodbye, my friend, the elephant.

So, how’s your stomp going if you decided to join the fun? Feel free still to jump in anytime. Pat Sloan has the information HERE. Pat’s schedule has 2 more Mondays left after today.

Check out Pat’s Facebook Quilt Along page HERE and see all the different versions of Elephant blocks. Just looking at the fabric choices is most inspiring. Pat Sloan has the information on the quilt along on her blog HERE.

You may purchase the Pattern PDF here. And Fat Quarter Shop has both paper and PDF formats here. I am sewing along and making a second quilt. This is one of my blocks using Woodland Song fabrics by Poppie Cotton.

I want to thank those of you who have purchased my patterns, and supporting my daughter’s college fund! I released two more patterns within the last week. Both are availabe from my Etsy Shop HERE.

Patriot Dream

2. At A Glance — because New Year means new clipboards to keep track of quilt projects.

That’s all for now — I hope you enjoyed Gwen’s little poem, and I will be back tomorrow with my 2-Cent Tuesday!

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2-Cent-Tuesday

Hello Friends, Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you have been well. Today kicks off a weekly 2-cent-Tuesday on my blog! I used to have “my two cents” in my machine quilting posts, and I have been wanting to continue that to cover the various aspects of Tuesdays… so here we go:

If you quilt your own quilts, leave the completed quilted piece alone for at least 24-48 hours. Chances are you would anyway – if you are laying the piece on the floor for squaring up purposes. THEN come back and and admire your piece. More than likely, all you see is just quilted texture, and not any mistakes!

Feel free to share in the comments section your 2 cents on anything quilting! I look forward to reading them, and learning from you!

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Have you joined Pat Sloan’s Stomping Ground Quilt Along? Check out her Facebook Quilt Along page HERE and see all the different versions of Elephant blocks. Pat Sloan has the information on the quilt along on her blog HERE. I am sewing along and making a second quilt. This is one of my blocks using Woodland Song fabrics by Poppie Cotton.

You may purchase the Pattern PDF here. And Fat Quarter Shop has both paper and PDF formats here.

This is one I had mock-up digitally, and I have called it the Paint Chip Ellie version!

That’s all for today — don’t forget to leave your 2 cents in the comment section! Have a great day!

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Merry Christmas 2020 & Stomping Ground Sewalong

Hello Friends, Merry Christmas to you! I hope you had a blessed one. I know that many of of us weren’t able to do what we usually do for Christmas this year, but I was comforted to know that Christmas is Christmas no matter what I usually do! So this year without our usuals, I was able to focus on the FIRST Christmas, and enjoyed the simple things. My daughter and I even “binge-listened” to Bach’s 6-part Christmas Oratoria in one sitting on the radio, as opposed to, say, watch a group perform live. “Mom, this is really old-fashioned, and I love it!” – said my daughter.

Watching the wildlife that come through our yard is always special.

Earlier in December, my daughter hosted a Christmas party for her American Heritage Girls troop. My oven was working almost 24-7 for several days there while I dried orange slices while my daughter was in school. The orange slices were then used to decorate the centerpieces. I ended up with tree upon tree after the party. What you see aren’t all. I ended up scattering the rest throughout the entire house.

During the hectic craziness leading up to Christmas, I had a red and cream quilt published in the Feb 2021 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. This quilt has the most half-square-triangle units I have EVER made that go into one quilt – 936 of them! The quilt isn’t hard – just lots of repetitive parts! I had to say the whole process was made really fun because of the pretty fabrics I used. For this quilt, I used La Rouge Rose fabrics by Moda.

And if you subscribe to Pat Sloan’s blog or YouTube channel, you know TODAY is the day! Today starts the sewalong Pat Sloan is doing with my Stomping Ground pattern! Here is a screen shot from Pat’s blog post dated December 21, 2020. Click here for her YouTube episode on how to cut pieces for an elephant with a 10″ layer cake square.

Here are pictures of the quilt I had made before. This version is made with Pat’s Morrison Park fabrics.

Here are a few more color options if you want to join the sewalong but aren’t sure about what fabrics to use:

I am making this quilt the second time with Woodland Songbirds by Poppie Cotton! These fabrics are really sweet. Look me up on Instagram later to see my blocks. My handle is ivory_spring.

Well, where to get the pattern?

From my Etsy shop (pdf download): click HERE.

From Fat Quarter Shop (pdf download): click HERE.

From Fat Quarter Shop (paper format): clikc HERE.

And that is it — Ready, set, stomp for the New Year! Blessings to you all. I shall check in with you after the New Year!

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Answers to a few questions…

Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a lovely start!  I am still chugging along at my end tending to the different irons in the fire!  First off, the second round of flowering has begun on my rose bushes.  Due to the heat, the flowers aren’t as pink as in the early spring.  And they don’t last as long either.

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I actually tracked the “life” of a rose on my Instagram stories a couple of weeks ago, trying to see how long it took for a bud to mature into a flower.   With the growing conditions in my reason, I say it’s about 14-18 days.  I never thought it would be that long.

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Every week I receive emails from quilters asking where they can purchase stand-alone patterns for kits they see in catalogs like Keepsake Quilting.   Most of the time these patterns are not available as stand-alone for sale patterns because they are exclusive collaborations among all the parties involved in offering a design as kits .  The only way to get the pattern is to purchase the kits.  I have also learned that Keepsake Quilting almost never re-kit a project after their kits sell out.

So if you like a kit you see, it’s probably best to purchase it while it is still available.  Click HERE to check out the kits that I have designed for Keepsake Quilting.  

I thought I would share with you the newest kits available that I had designed with the Walnut Creek fabrics by Windham Fabrics.

Walnut Creek

The first one is Homestead.  Click HERE to purchase the kit.  Remember the house blocks I had shared with you a few weeks ago?  The design is offered as quilt kits using the Walnut Creek fabrics.

Recolorr4_60 x 72

The second one is Plum Creek.  Click HERE to purchase the kit.

Recolor1_Larissa_93 x 93

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Receiving frequent requests for my stand-alone patterns is a big determing factor for the launch of my own pattern line in December 2019.  I want to thank those of you who have purchased the patterns.  I am appreciative of your support.  Please know that my editors and myself work really hard to make each of these pattern happen!

Click HERE to see the current offerings.  More will be added within the few weeks.  

All my patterns are non-fabric specific, and oftentimes precuts friendly.  And chances are I am sewing my quilts right along with you!

What if you really like the version(s) of my quilts I have shown in my fabric choices?  Email me, and I am more than happy to share with you names of fabric lines, and pertinent details.

Please also let your quilt shops know that copies of paper pattern are offered exclusively to them.  They just need to email me for details.

Precuts Friendly_FQ_Elliptical

This is one I am working on.  It is actually a log cabin quilt.  In case you missed it, I had blogged about it here.  Pattern is available here.  And here is my latest progress picture.  A quarter of the blocks are made!

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Meanwhile, I am working on these blocks…. details coming soon!

Just Need Shortcake1

Morrison Park1

That’s all for now, Friends.  I am burning midnight oil trying to get a huge quilt completed…. This quilt has more than 850 HST units!  I am crazy, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Take care, and may the bluebird of happiness fly up your nose!

Bluebird

Till next time!

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Elliptical Quilt: Construction Tips

Hello Friends, Happy Thursday to you.  I am glad you stopped by today!  Here is a fun tip for you before we go further!  I am guessing you probably have folded fabric stacks somewhere in your sewing space.  I find these fabric stacks a great way to keep track of units I construct for my quilt blocks.  Just stick a pin and the units to a fabric stack — and chances are, you won’t lose them like I would if I place my units somewhere on my sewing desk.   I have tried using trays, but I think because I work on more than one or two or three quilts at one time, it’s harder to keep track of various block units using the trays.

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Now, onto my newly release pattern Elliptical Quilt.  Pattern is available HERE.  Elliptical Quilt is a fat-quarter-friendly design.  So, get busy raiding your stash.  You will need a total of 18 FQs + backgroudn fabric!  You can also use jelly roll strips to cut the print pieces as well.

Precuts Friendly_FQ_Elliptical

DESIGN SUMMARY: This is actually a quilt made with log cabin blocks with a twist!  The conventional log cabin blocks end up being square blocks, but these log cabin blocks have to end up being rectangular in order to achieve an overall elliptical look!

apricot & Ash block

THINGS I LEARNED FROM MAKING THE BLOCKS MYSELF:

Because of the elliptical nature of the quilt design, here are a few things to watch for —

1. Follow the block cutting diagram CAREFULLY when cutting the pieces because the pieces are not cut at the more regular or familiar dimensions.  For example, one of the pieces is cut 2 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ — be sure to cut at those dimensions and not 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.  Or there is a narrow piece that is cut at 1″ x 6″ — be sure to not cut 1″ x 6 1/2″.

All those dimensions are necessary in order for us to achieve the elliptical look.

2.  Therefore, I find it easier to cut the pieces piecemeal as I make the blocks instead of mass-cutting.  The following pictures show how I organize my pieces.  I find that index cards are great for keeping my pieces organized because I can write down the dimensions of my cut pieces.

Elliptical Organization

3.  The other thing to watch for when constructing the blocks is the block orientation.  The left and right blocks are mirror-imaged, and will need to be constructed as such.

Elliptical Quilt Left

Elliptical Quilt Right

4.  One more thing, the mirror imaged concept applies to inside blocks as well.  If you look closely, you will notice that the inside blocks has an extra rectangle at the tip so that the center makes a secondary 9-patch design.

[Note:  If you don’t want to be bothered with making the inside blocks, you can always just make the outside blocks, noting the block orientations of course, and you will be fine!]

Elliptical Quilt Inside Block

5.  It’s also helpful if you sew with an accurate scant 1/4″ seam allowance, especially for the pieces cut 1″ width.  You could cut the 1″ wide pieces at 1 1/4″, and then trim to size after you sew.  For example, when the pattern calls for a 1″ x 6″ piece, cut the piece at 1 1/4″ x 6″.  Sew, and then trim to 3/4″ width measuring from the seam line.

Elliptical Trimming

6.  There are raw edge to raw edge measurements listed after you complete certain steps in the construction process.  Be sure to use those measurements to double-check your cutting!

I am making mine in the upcoming Apricot & Ash by Moda Fabrics.  I think they are shipping to stores sometime in August this year.

Elliptical Fabrics

Elliptical Blocks

I hope with these tips that I learned from making the blocks myself, you will find that it’s really fun making these hipster Log Cabin blocks!  Once you get the details figured out, it should take about 15-25 minutes max to sew up a block.  For me, the effect from the overall layout is the best part about this design.

By the way, did you know that the log cabins are a Scottish invention?

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Sewing, Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you a lovely rest of the week!

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Happy Wednesday!

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well.  It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks trying to juggle everything that is going on!  I fully believe one of these days, I will be able to impress my friends and family with the real juggling act at the park!  But until then…

We have had some windy days, but temperature-wise, it has been great for my rose bushes.  I am a novice rose gardener, and am bumbling my way through this rose gardening (or rather, gardening in general) business.

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Rose3

Rose4Meanwhile, I am not sure if you had seen this quilt.  I set out to see just how many quilts I could make with the Ohio Star block.  Over the years I have built up a collection of about 20 quilts using the Ohio Star blocks, enough to do an entire quilt lecture just on the Ohio Stars!  I named this one Twinkle, Twinkle as a tribute to my daughter playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars for a little over a year when she first started learning to play the violin (4 years of age at the time).  It became a running joke among friends in that they would ask me if Gwen had graduated from Twinkle, Twinkle yet.  Truth be known, seven years later, sometimes she still uses Twinkle, Twinkle to hone her skills.

Twinkle, TwinkleTwinkle, Twinkle is now one of the latest patterns added to my Etsy Shop.  You may purchase the pattern HERE. This design is FQ friendly — so, start raiding your stash!  In the near future, I will do a blog post to share the tricks I use to make the Ohio Stars!

Cover PageHere are a couple of versions of Twinkle, Twinkle.

Sheppard_Eleanors Endeavors_Twinkle, Twinkle

Moda Bitter Sweet2_70 x 90And then, I have these patterns on their way to quilt shops — perhaps yours?  If not, they are available as PDF downloads from my Etsy Shop HERE, or you could certainly have your local quilt shop order the paper pattern from me.

Acorn pattern2ws

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I am also really excited to have the quilt center of my Maisons de Patchwork (Christmas Edition) completed!

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Now I just need borders!

Christmas Figs1Click HERE for pattern!

IMG-1844And then, if I get all my ducks in a row, I will be cutting into these fabrics sometime this week…

Apricot & AshAnd with that, I shall say good night/morning!  It’s 1:57am!  YIKES!

Have a lovely rest of your week — chat soon!

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