VERMONT QUILT FESTIVAL: Christine’s Movement in Squares

Hello Friends, Christine made my day yesterday when she sent me this picture of her Movement in Squares quilt in Vermont Quilt Festival 2015!  Movement in Squares won Benartex’s 2014 Fan Favorite, and I am happy to hear that many have enjoyed that pattern.  I love how Christine quilted her quilt with an “interlocking” motif!  Congratulations, Christine… and thank you for sharing your quilt with us!

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Information on downloading pattern instructions is found here.

Thank you, Friends, for stopping by.  I hope you week got off a stupendous start for you!  I am still reading your comments from a few days ago – you ladies are keeping me busy… but I am not complaining -no, no, no!  Gotta run for now – lots to get done this week.  LOTS!

I shall catch up with you later!  So…. what are you doing this week?

Upcoming… It is true…

… and happening!  Landauer Publishing is publishing my second book, available this Fall!  Thank you to Vivian for spotting the announcement and wrote to tell me about it.

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Click here to read just a little more about the book.  There are a few more quilts that aren’t shown on the page.   I guess I just have to wait a little longer to share with you the other quilts, which happen to be my favorites – well, maybe the favorites among the favorites…. because all my quilts end up being my favorites, for some reason! :)

I am very excited!  More book details to follow… Gotta run for now!

FREE PATTERN: Jolly Old St. Nick

Hello Friends, my days go by so fast these days when I have a little constant companion for the summer!  I love the chattering, the occasionally clinging, and even the drama!  But all that doesn’t help me get things done.  So I have had to come up with some creative ways to still squeeze in work, and still meet the looming deadlines.

It seems like many fabric companies are releasing their Christmas collections this time a year — to give us quilters enough time to get our Christmas projects completed in time for Christmas!  I have another free pattern to share with you today that is meant to be a quick to finish panel project — Jolly Old St. Nick by Quilting Treasures.

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Click here to view the entire fabric collection.

Click here to download free pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve got to run as we are under a severe weather watch (again!).  I was going to finish up piecing a quilt top… but I don’t use my machine during stormy weather.  How about you?  Do you chicken out like me, or do you brave it?  I am going to do some hand-sewing instead….

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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)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

Fanciful in MACHINE QUILTING LEVEL 2 Class

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a lovely Father’s Day weekend.

I am happy to share with you today Fanciful, one of three “real” quilts included in my DVD or online machine quilting class, Machine Quilting Level 2, offered by Annies, with which you can practice the quilting skills you learn from the class presentation.  You will receive complete instructions, as well as full-sized applique templates, on how to construct the quilt top for Fanciful with the purchase of the class.

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In constructing Fanciful, I mixed regular cotton quilting fabrics with batiks to see if I would like the effect.  The star blocks and the white and light taupe you see are of regular cotton quilting fabrics, while the rest are batik fabrics.  I have to say I am really pleased with the visual effect of mixing batiks and regular cotton fabrics in the same quilt. And of course, this exclusive project was designed with LOTS of quilting opportunities in mind… thus the vast expanse of negative space!

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You will be able to see the quilting close-up in the class presentation toward the conclusion of the class as I walk you through on how I quilted all three of the real quilt projects presented in the class.

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If you have been visiting here for a while, you will know that I am an Aurifil addict, specifically for their Mako 50 weight thread, with which I had quilted nearly all my quilts, including Fanciful. The batting used for this quilt is Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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You may click here for a free preview of the class.  Of course, if you have any questions – you know where to find me. :)  I hope you are having a good summer.

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We are traipsing about here and there… while I am attempting to find time to work on some very exciting things for the coming Fall and the coming year.

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

Fabric News (Windham’s Ariana) and other things…

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  I think I am about 85% over my bug or whatever it was…. at least that annoying headache is gone (I think!).   Please allow me to thank you for all your responses on my recent blog posts.  Thank you to those who sent me pictures of your garden – I enjoyed all of them.  And, I have to say I am totally blown away by your (unexpected) choices to the sneak peek of my recently finished pieces!!  I hope to be able to do a proper reveal on that piece soon.

My husband brought in the mail, and look what I got?!  FABRICS, MORE FABRICS… and even MORE FABRICS! This Ariana bundle (from Windham Fabrics) here stole my heart…

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I have a super soft spot for paisleys – and Ariana has big paisleys and small paisleys, navy paisleys, green paisleys and blue paisleys, and….

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… gray paisleys!!  You know how I feel about gray!!! I have in mind already what to do with these fabrics — just as soon as I get a few free moments.

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Ariana should be available at your local quilt shops NOW!!!  Click here to view all the Ariana fabrics — and tell me if you like the collection.   I have just very recently started working with Windham Fabrics’ fabrics.  So, curious mind also wants to know if you like or have purchased fabrics from Windham Fabrics.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve got to fly for now — to catch up on work-related things.

FREE PATTERN: Frosty the Snowman / Silly Snowman Quilt

Well, it is over 90-degrees outside, and it seems silly to share about a snowman design…. but then I don’t want you to miss out on the fabrics because this new line Frosty the Snowman-Silly Snowman by Quilting Treasures will be coming to your local quilt stores soon!!!  I like the fun snowflake prints in this line.

I really had fun coming up with a fun and simple way to frame the panels in the panel print…

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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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)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

Letting you in on…

… a couple of sneaky previews!

#1 is mainly threadwork, but a bit out of my ordinary yet REALLY fun!

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#2 has LOTS of colors – brown, black, green, orange, pink, purple, yellow etc – but they all work together beautifully.  I promise.

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I will share the details on each when the time is right/ripe. :)  Meanwhile, do tell me which speaks to you… #1 or #2. It’s a busy day – lots to get done – I’d better run for now.  You all take care!  HUGS….

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Chills, joint and muscle aches, sneezes…. who needs those during the summer?!  I am being a humbug about this summer “bug” that I caught from a certain little person in my family.  But let’s direct our attention to more cheerful things.

I most certainly cannot take credit for these beautiful blossoms.  These photos were taken at a professionally tended garden while I was out and about, pre-summer cold.

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Here are two of my floral quilts from Recreating Antique Quilts: Priscilla’s Garden Party (L) and Lattice Garden (R).  They are what I call “sister” quilts in that one is a simpler version of the other.  Dear friend Karen actually taught a class using her version of Lattice Garden here.

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These two quilts are densely quilted with feathers and swirls.  I will have to share about the quilting with you in a separate post.  Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.

So, curious mind wants to know if you often use floral fabrics or incorporate florals designs in your quilts… do tell!

Happy Monday, and have a stupendous week!

Miriam’s FAVORITE Quilter

… and I can definitely understand why.

Hello Friends, I am absolutely delighted that Miriam is here to share with us the quilting story of her 96 year mother (who most definitely STILL quilts!), Mildred Waring of Kansas.

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It’s NEVER, EVER too late!  It’s amazing for me to hear Mrs. Waring didn’t even started quilting in full force until she was 70 years old.  She had made some quilt blocks in school back in the 30’s.  That speaks to me of Mrs. Waring’s love of life – her energy and zest for life – and more importantly her determination to start and complete projects.  And as you can see from the article Miriam wrote of her mother in 2001, Mrs. Waring has completed MANY quilt projects.  What an inspiration!!!  Mrs. Waring’s story (written by Miriam) was featured in an article in the March 2001 issue of Quilt World – kudos to Miriam for honoring her mother in such a special way.

I am most impressed with how Mrs. Waring organizes her fabrics, mentioned in the article.  She has piles of fabrics labeled with the names of the recipients of the quilts she makes with the fabrics!

Miriam wrote, “In looking at the photos in the article, I think Mom was one of the first “modern improv” quilters. She does all of her sewing on a 1948 Singer 15-91 machine she purchased “on time” when we lived in San Francisco. It has made many quilts, clothing from play to evening to tailored.”

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A quilter who blesses! Miriam writes of her mother, “She makes aprons (baby, toddler, children and adult sizes) and neck pillows. The neck pillows number in the hundreds now. She gives them to my niece’s husband, a Presbyterian pastor. He gives them out as he makes nursing home, hospital and shut-in visitations. She considers it her ministry now that she is unable to get out of the house any more.”

A quilter who keeps quilting!  Mrs. Waring recently finished a dog/puppy quilt from Billie Lauder’s “There’s A Dog On My Quilt”, for a great-great-grand nephew who would be making his grand entrance anytime now this month!

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Mrs. Waring hand quilts all her quilts!!!!  You know, anyone who hand quilts is my hero…. Mrs. W. is definitely my hero.

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Thank you, Miriam, for being willing to share your mother’s very inspiring quilting story!  Thank you, Dear Friends, for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed Thursday!!

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p.s. Miriam is a gem herself because she treasures the rich quilting heritage within her own family..  She remembers being given some early quilt calicoes (mentioned here) after a house fire.  She rebuilt her stash, notions and tools within five years after that!

Light and Quilting!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  My Calico Trail quilt (read about the quilt here) tagged along when I took a few other quilts for a photo shoot session recently.  I shall let the pictures do the most of the talking… about how the 7am sunlight reflected the quilting on Calico Trail.

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The entire quilt is constructed and quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread.  Batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.  Fabrics are from Quilting Treasures‘s Petals and Matrix collections.

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  It’s been a happening week, and I am trying to keep my head above the water! Tootles for now.

Exclamation Point in QUILTS and MORE (Spring 2015)

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well, and your week has gotten off a great start!  I am happy to finally share with you my quilt Exclamation Point, featured in Quilts and More’s Spring 2015 issue.

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Used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2015 Meredith
Corporation. All rights reserved.

Exclamation is a paper-pieced quilt that was most fun to make!!  You know I love gray — and RED as well!  I added a slight hint of red amidst the grays to interject a bit of sparkle to the overall design.

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Exclamation Point is just that – lots of pointy points, achieved by paper piecing!

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You might be surprised/amused to find out this quilt, though in a contemporary look, is made using Lynette Anderson’s fabrics!  Lynette is known for whimsical and sweet, but her Bread and Butter fabrics turned out to be perfect for Exclamation Point.  Click here to view the Bread and Butter fabrics.

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Since the neutral quilt design is pretty much uniform from block to block, I relied on the quilting to add personality to the overall look of the quilt.

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Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting – a totally winning combination for domestic machine quilting.

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Pattern instructions to make Exclamation Point are included in the magazine issue.  In case you missed the newsstand copy, you can still purchase the digital format here.

I can definitely see the quilt in many other color combinations.  If you aren’t a gray/red person — what would be your color combination of choice?  Nosy mind wants to know.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a most lovely rest of the week.  I have to get out of this sluggishness I contracted while we were on vacation last week…. reality check, Wendy — you aren’t on vacation anymore… you are back in real life!!!  YIKES!

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

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)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)