Wendy vs. Wendy?!

Click here to find out more! :)  Four of my designs made Benartex Fan Favorite Elite Eight – it’s been fun for me to follow which of the designs connect with you all!

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This will count as tomorrow’s post.  So, I shall check in with you again on Wednesday!  Hugs to you all! With that, I need to get the car loaded with my quilts to share with some new quilting friends I will be meeting.

FREE PATTERN: Flutter B’s

Hello Friends,  Happy Monday to you!  I wish you a lovely week ahead.  Very quickly, I want to share with you another free-to-use pattern to start off our week: Flutter B’s designed with Benartex’s Butterfly Effect fabric line.

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Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I freely admit to you I have a thing for pinwheel blocks.  I love the sense of movement the pinwheel blocks convey! How about you?  Do you or do you not care for pinwheel blocks?

Thanks for stopping by.  I have to get going with my day.  I shall catch up with you later!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

FREE PATTERN: Ariel

Hello Friends,  I have another free-to-use pattern to share with you today.  This one is a bed quilt I designed for Quilting Treasures using their newly released line Ariel, which features floral prints that are fresh and sweet!

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Ariel bed quilt.  Curious mind wants to know when the last time was you made a bed quilt.

Thank you for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later.  Have a lovely rest of your day!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

Recap: Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop #2

Happy Thursday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  Thank you again for visiting.  I hope you have had a chance to visit the blogs participating in the second hop for Recreating Antique Quilts.  Click here if you would like to see the projects made in the first hop for Recreating Antique Quilts.

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A huge thank you to a few special friends to participated in the hop.  Again, you will see the concept of versatility playing out in that a couple of the projects were made using totally different techniques.  Let’s take a look at the projects, shall we?

1.  Kay gave my Patches & Crosses runner a very warm and sweet up-do!  Click here to see more pictures of Kay’s runner.

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2.  Doreen gave my Ivory Baltimore a wholecloth makeover!  If you are into machine quilting, you will enjoy seeing Doreen’s rendition.

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3.  Lisa is a a cool quilter.  You simply have to see the coolness element she added to her project based on my Stars and Snowflakes table topper project.

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4.  The very amazing Karen added a wooly touch to my Ivory Baltimore banner.  Her wooly flowers look amazing.

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I am heartened, encouraged and inspired to see such talents within my little quilting circle! If you haven’t stopped by these ladies’ blogs to take a look at their work, I hope you will do that soon!  I think there’s still time to enter your name in giveaways of a copy of my book on the respective blogs.

Thank you again, all of you, for your encouragement and support!  I count myself blessed.  Have a lovely rest of your day. :)

March Madness FUN 2015!

Hello Friends, you may remember my Movement in Squares pattern won Benartex’s Fan Favorite last year from their March Madness event.

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Well, it’s time for 2015 March Madness again… a few of my designs made the first round of selection, and Benartex is asking quilters to select their top 3 for the next round of 16.  I will show you in the following the ones I designed that made the first initial round.

So far, I have shared about these designs on this blog.  Click on quilt names to download the free to use patterns.

A Red Letter Day

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Farmville

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Pretty Little Houses

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Sew Lovely

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Starstruck

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Sunshine

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Zoey’s Flowerbed

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And the next few designs are ones I haven’t shared with you, but made the initial round.  I will post about each of them in the very near future.

Baby Bunny

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Carry On

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Christine’s Rose Garden

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Flutter B’s

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So, those are the designs (by yours truly) that made the first round.  Would you head on over here to vote your top three among the entire list?  I don’t want you to vote on what you think are the best three designs, not just mine. Designing is NEVER about me.  When I design a quilt, it is about being able to do the fabrics justice, and to be able to come up with a design that pleases and connects with quilters.  So, may the best design win!

I am turning off comments for this post.  But feel free to email me if you have something to tell me. :)

Thank you, FRIENDS!  I hope you have loads of fun judging all the quilt designs. :)  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Pretty Little Houses

Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I am so glad you are back for a visit.  Please allow me to thank you for all your kind comments for Nancy in my post about Nancy opening a quilt shop with her friend.  Click here if you missed the story.

A few months ago, I had the absolute pleasure playing and designing with some loud, bold but very colorful and happy fabrics from Benartex’s Tango fabric line. And Pretty Little Houses is the result.

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Spring is around the corner — and I am ready for some colors!!!

Click here view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the free-to-use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I hope you have a lovely week!  I shall catch up with you tomorrow.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

FREE PATTERN: Camp Cozy

Happy Wednesday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  I have another free-to-use pattern to share with you, featuring Quilting Treasures’ new fabric line Camp Cozy.

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Fabric strips + 9-patch blocks = an off-centered design that highlights a woodland camping fabric.  I love that focal print, don’t you?  Perfect for scouts, and the out-doorsy type, yes?

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a loveliest of days.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

BLOG HOP Round #2: Recreating Antique Quilts

Hello Friends, it is good to have you visit again.  I am MOST excited to announce a BLOG HOP going on today for my book Recreating Antique Quilts.  You may recall we have had a blog hop for the book a while back here.  It’s time for Blog Hop Round #2.

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Today, four special friends are giving you their review and a giveaway of the book, as well as showing you how they have used one of the patterns in the book.  I am not going to spoil it for you by giving away any sneak peeks.  You just have to visit their blogs to find out.

The participants are selected to be part of the hop because I feel each of them brings something different to the table, and I want to highlight their work through the projects of Recreating Antique Quilts.

Lisa: http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/

Lisa’s style is quite different from mine, but one thing I love about her quilts is that her work is vibrantly full of life and colors.  Lisa and I share similar life experiences because a huge part of our lives is dealing with kiddos. So, she and I often work late into the night!  She has a cool rendition for one of my book projects.  I have seen the preview – you have to trust me on this one!!

Kay: http://kayharmon.blogspot.com/

Kay is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met!  Funny thing is we knew each other from when I lived in Arkansas. But we never had the time to really connect with each other until Spring Market at Pittsburgh last year!  Kay is an absolutely prolific applique-r!  I want to be like her when I grow up.  Kay’s has had her work published in Quilt Mania as well as Primitive Quilts – very impressive!

Doreen: http://treadlemusic.wordpress.com/

Doreen loves machine quilting as much as I do, maybe even more!  She is well loved by many in the blogging community.  Doreen brings with her an extensive sewing background.  It’s a joy to have Doreen participate in this second round of Recreating Antique Quilts Blog Hop.  I have also seen a preview of Doreen’s project.  All I can say is… beautiful.

Karen: http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/

Karen is not a stranger in the online quilting community either.  She designs projects for Moda using their precuts. Karen participated in the first hop, and asked to be included for a second time because she has innovative ideas on how to interpret one of my projects!   If you haven’t seen Karen’s work, you simply have to because her designs are just darling!

Well, I just have to let you go, and visit these lovely ladies!  I hope you will have a fun hop, and more importantly, you will make firm friends with these ladies!  Have a great day!

Projects At-A-Glance

Projects At-A-Glance

Book Premise #3: Friendship / How to use the book

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In my experience, one very sweet hallmark of the quilting community is the strong bonds of friendship among quilters!  Honestly, my quilting journey has taken me to exciting places because of the great friends I have made at the various stages of the journey.

This snippet is from quilt.com about quilting bee:
The quilting bee was an important means of socializing for colonial and pioneer women (and men). Through the winter months, the women would piece their quilt tops. Since there was no central heating in these homes, there was usually only one main heated room that was too crowded during the winter months for a quilt frame to be assembled. When the weather became warmer, an invitation was sent to the surrounding neighbors for the quilting bee.

On the day of the quilting bee, the quilters would arrive early and begin marking the quilt top which had been put into the quilt frame by the hostess. Very often, plates, thimbles and tea cups were used to mark the quilting patterns. (Did you read that?!  TEACUPS!!!  You who collect fabrics and china — you are SO justified in your obsessions collections!  I simply have to insert a china picture here.) 

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The quilters would then being to quilt the top while exchanging conversation. The quilt had to finished before the husbands and beaus showed up in the late afternoon when dinner was served to all, the hostess being given a chance to show off her cooking skills. After dinner, there was very often a square dance or country dance with fiddles accompanying the dancers. The quilting bee was an important part of the social life of these people surpassed only by religious gatherings.

My summary on things: FRIENDSHIPS

So, it is with “scrappy” friendships and block exchanges in mind that I design a couple of my book projects: namely Oh! Happy Stars and Feathery Formation.  These two projects are conducive for an activity within a guild or quilting group.  Members can get together to learn to make the blocks using fabrics with theme selected by the group (for example, ugliest fabric, fabrics of certain color shades, Christmas fabrics, Spring fabrics etc – you get the idea!).   Members make multiple blocks for exchange — and the result is a scrappy quilt that holds memories of your quilting friends.

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An additional “friendship” note on Feathery Formation.  Of course you can quilt to your heart’s content (like I did) on the white patches. :)  But I also thought it might be nice for a friendship quilt to have the white patches be printed recipes from participating quilters on fabric squares and pieced into the quilt, or even words of encouragement for a going-away quilt.

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My Floral Fancy (you can see more pictures here) and Ivory Baltimore projects are projects that have possibilities of expanding friendships.  By that I mean, the blocks can easily be adapted as the center blocks for round robin projects within a quilting group of friends.  Or the same block can be made multiple times in by friends in different colorways to make more scrappy quilts.  I am re-making my Ivory Baltimore in a fun way – stay tuned for details.

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I hope this post will give you further ideas on how to use Recreating Antique Quilts, and not merely have the book tucked away on a shelf.  And more importantly, I hope this book will play a small part in your friendships – whether you make a project from the book as a gift, or being a part of a quilting activity.

And speaking of friends, do stop by tomorrow for details on a blog hop participated by some of my special friends!

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You may read ALL about Recreating Antique Quilts here.

Recreating Antique Quilts Project Highlight #2: Re-interpreting Mrs. Miles’ Double Irish Chain with Sawtooth Star Quilt

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Happy Saturday, Friends.  It’s hard for me to believe the week is over!   This was meant to be posted yesterday, but life and work happened.  Today, I am happy to share with you my Oh, Happy Stars! quilt — it is the cover quilt of my book Recreating Antique Quilts.  A special thank you to Mrs. Miles for inspiring Oh, Happy Stars!

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My Oh, Happy Stars! is inspired by a Double Irish Chain with Sawtooth Star quilt, made by Mrs. Frank Miles from New Jersey (circa 1840-1850).

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You can see that Mrs. Miles’ quilt is much scrappier than my Oh, Happy Stars!  I brightened Oh, Happy Stars! with an extensive use of white.  And I used cream to alternate with the white as ground fabric in the star blocks to give the design a little more depth.  You can see my “scrappy” feel is much more controlled compared to Mrs. Miles!

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And to keep the general feel of openness of my quilt, I decided to leave out the swag applique border.  Instead I appliqued a simple bird/swirl at the top right corner of the quilt.  I debated whether to repeat the applique at the bottom left corner of the quilt to balance things out.  In the end, I didn’t because I thought having that applique just on the top right corner keeps things from being too predictable.

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Appplique seems to be confined within certain borders or areas in traditional applique quilt.  I kind of bent that unspoken rule a little bit by letting my applique “spill” over to the pieced portion of the quilt to keep things a bit more interesting.

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Quilting on Oh, Happy Stars!, done with Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting, is a mix of allover quilting, and dense quilting in the outer border of the quilt.  I did not want the quilting to dominate in the quilt center star blocks.  I wanted the colors of the star to jump out – so I quilted my Jester’s Hat allover quilting in the quilt center…

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… and I left the fancier quilting for the white outer border.

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The quilt design appears busy with all the different colors, and with the dense quilting in the white outer border, I felt like a little rest for the eye and contrast to the dense quilting was in order — so, I quilted straight line 1/4″ apart in portions of the outer border in order to achieve the rest and contrast effect.

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A huge huge thank you goes to the editorial team at Landauer Publishing.  The editorial team work hard in making Recreating Antique Quilts happen, and to reflect my personality! I have heard comments about the book being very “me” — and I couldn’t agree more. You will get full sized templates — color-coded so that you know exactly what piece goes where when you are doing the applique placement.  I really like how the applique templates are presented.

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Oh, Happy Stars! is a stash-busting project.

#1.  You can easily use the scraps in your stash.  Those squares are small, but you can easily increase the size if you wish to.

#2.  I also meant Oh, Happy Stars! to be a friendship quilt in that the scrappy look of the design is conducive for a block exchange among quilting friends.  Using a specific theme or color for the block exchange would be fun: Christmas, Floral, Spring, Batik etc — and how about the ugliest fabric in each quilter’s stash?!

#3.  My quilt finishes at 45″ square.  But the final size can easily be increased by increasing the block size or number of blocks.

#4.  That bird/swirl applique — if you like it but aren’t really wanting to do the piecing required for the quilt. How about just using the bird/swirl applique on a strip pieced vertical banner?

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have liked Oh, Happy Stars!  There was very little doubt that Oh, Happy Stars would be the cover quilt from the very beginning.   Looking at the projects of the book, which would you have picked to be cover quilt? And if you have further ideas on how to use the design, I would love to hear them!

Projects At-A-Glance

Projects At-A-Glance

I will also take this opportunity to announce a blog hop for Recreating Antique Quilts next Tuesday.  So, be sure to come back for details.

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Happy a fanta-bulous weekend, Dear Friends!

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Click here to read about all things Recreating Antique Quilts.

FREE PATTERN: Zoey’s Flowerbed

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Thank you for visiting again.  A major reason for my demanding schedule is due to a large amount of designing I have been doing since summer last year for upcoming fabric lines.  After all these months I am finally able to share with you many of those designs aimed to feature these new fabric lines!

I was honored to be able to design a quilt for the beloved Eleanor Burns’ new line Zoey!  If you like soft, sweet, romantic, English gardens… you will love ZOEY!

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Click here to view the entire fabric range. [I can definitely see these fabrics used in a girl’s room!]

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

And remember — ask your local quilt shops to carry Eleanor’s newest fabrics just because… we love Elenaor!

Another busy day… so, I’d better run for now!  I hope you have a lovely day!  Hugs to you all.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

Winner of McCall’s Quilting Magazine Giveaway!

Hello Friends, I am happy to announce that Jocelyn (#7) and Nancy (#17) won the McCall’s Quilting Magazine (March/April 2015 issue) giveaway from last Friday!  An email was sent to you, Jocelyn and Nancy — please email me your mailing address. :)  CONGRATS!

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You can find pattern instructions for my Making Valentines quilt in the magazine issue. Click here to read more about Making Valentines.  Click here to purchase the kits.

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Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway!  If you haven’t checked out McCall’s Quilting magazine – you simply have to!!!