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!

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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.

Autumn Comfort: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends, here is peek of another finished project!

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I have traditionally used quite a bit of neutral (white, cream and gray) in my designs for contrast. For Autumn Comfort, I experimented with not using any white or cream at all!  I have to say it’s nice to get out of one’s box and do something totally different and expected — because the result was (in this case) unexpectedly pleasing as well!

I also experimented with my Sand Dunes background quilting to go with feather quilting in this project.  More about that tomorrow — so remember to come back for a seriously overdue Thread Talk post!

So, what are you working on today?  Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later. Ciao!

Recreating Antique Quilts Project Highlight #1: Re-interpreting a DAR Baltimore Quilt

Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  I have been working hard to resist the temptation to just dig a hole in the ground and hibernate until the weather gets a little warmer.  It’s been bitterly cold where I am.  I think I am just a wimp when it comes to weather.

One of my Recreating Antique Quilts projects that has been warmly received is Ivory Baltimore.

My quilty inspirations of this little 17″ x 21″ banner consist traditional French red/white monochromatic needlework sampler and the Quaker medallion sampler.  You would often see stitchery of red on cream or white in French monochromatic samplers, such as the one I had stitched years ago.

So in the case of Ivory Baltimore, I reversed the colors, and have my cream applique shapes stitched onto a red and coral background.  The applique is adapted from a DAR Baltimore Album quilt. A picture of the original quilt is included in the book.

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Drawing from antique Quaker samplers, where sometimes only the “half” motifs were stitched on the outside perimeter of the samplers, I took one of the blocks in the original DAR and only appliqued half of the block on the left side of the banner.  (I so need to get this sampler completed!)

Thus the “half” Baltimore album block in Ivory Baltimore.

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I used Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread for everything – piecing, buttonhole stitching around the applique shapes, and quilting (of course!).  I cannot stress enough how much I love using Aurifil threads – my machine loves it, I love it, and my finished projects love it!  The batting I used is Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting because I really wanted my feathers to show around the applique shapes.  Of course, I quilt 99.99% of my quilts with batting made by Hobbs because much is considered before they bring something to the market.

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Of course, I will be working with some ladies in making Ivory Baltimore in Rogers, Arkansas. Click here for contact information to see if spots are still available for the class.  One thing I can tell you is that Dan and Rhonda and I are working hard to get things all ready for a really fun time in April with the participants!  Click here if you haven’t read about how Dan bailed me out from trouble two weeks ago.  Anyway, since my public appearances are very limited due to my family obligations, I do hope to see some of you at the event!

Ivory Baltimore is a versatile project.  I would love to see you recreate antique quilts your way!

1.  You can easily just take the urn block and repeat it for 9 blocks for a nice sized wall hanging. How about alternative the color scheme for the blocks – cream applique on red background fabric, and red applique on cream background fabric.

2.  You can just as easily mirror image the half block to make it a whole block and use just that for another banner.

3.  How about using other colors… cream on gray background, orange on a black background, cream on mocha background!

4.  How about repeat the urn block three or four times horizontally for a table runner project?

5.  Now, the templates in the book are printed at 100% to reflect the final size of the book project. But you can easily enlarge the urn block and use that to make pillow shams to dress up your bed!

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Thank you for stopping by!  Tell me what your thoughts are regarding Ivory Baltimore. Meanwhile, you can read all about the book here.  It’s time for me to crawl back in bed go back to work. Tootles for now.

2014 Recap Part 6: Quilting Treasures

Hello Friends – I wanted to be finished with my recaps before next Monday!  So, here I am.  I was told that some of you weren’t able to leave comments on my post yesterday.  I do apologize, but I can’t figure out what the problem was for the life of me.  I am hoping whatever it was, it “fixed itself”, and you will be able leave comments without any problems.

Another company that I had the pleasure (absolute pleasure!) working with in 2014 was Quilting Treasures.  You will probably know Quilting Treasures from their novelty themed fabrics, and you would be right.

I designed a 2014 BOM quilt Plain & Fancy for Quilting Treasures.  I started the quilt myself, but I fell woefully behind due to time constraint.   I would love to hear from you if you are working on the quilt!

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Then, I used the same fabrics in Plain & Fancy to make my Calico Trail quilt for my book Recreating Antique Quilts.

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Teething Rings was featured in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014).  The pattern is also a “Quilts for Kids” pattern.

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Test are mainly free to use designs to showcase and feature various Quilting Treasures fabric lines:

January: Petals & Matrix 5 Coloways - be sure to click on the quilt names to see all the 5 colorways!

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February: Verde Quilt 

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February: Verde Runner

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March: Hot Topic

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April: Fun with Frosty Quilt & Runner

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April: First Thanksgiving Wallhanging, Runner & Placemat

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June: Monster Mash

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June: Learning is Fun

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August: Hot Little Dish Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat

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October: Expressions of Faith Sofa Quilt

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October: Expressions of Faith Runner

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October: Expressions of Faith Infant Boy & Girl Quilts

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With those quilts, we are finished with our 2014 recaps.  I highlighted all my 2014 projects as a way to thank my readers for their encouragement and support throughout the year!  You wouldn’t believe how often what you wrote in your comments/emails this past year was exactly what I needed at that point in time.  Being a stay/work at home Mom and wife, I do not feel isolated because of YOU! So thank you, again!

I also wanted to highlight the professionalism exemplified by the people with whom I work! Trust me, I am not the only one working lots — these ladies in the quilting industry work lots too!  I have forged many strong relationships with the people with whom I work, and I have learned a lot from them.

I like that the quilting world is truly a community.  Quilters have supported livelihood of different families by purchasing books, fabrics, books, and notions etc.  I, for one, am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work at home in order to raise Miss Baby in her formative years.   So in this new year, beyond continuing to support financially those who work in the quilting industry, perhaps we could all be mindful to drop a kind word of encouragement and gratitude to:

Quilt magazine editors, Quilt guild leaders, Quilt shop owners, Quilt designers, Fabric designers, Fabric company representatives, Quilting teachers, Quilting friends, and…. often the unsung heroes… Pattern proof readers and sewing machine technicians!

Here’s to a happy and exciting 2015 for us all!

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 4

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 5

2014 Recap Part 5: Benartex

Hello Friends, Happy Friday to you!  I hope you have had a lovely week.  2014 was a hugely Benartex-y year for me!   It’s always fun to design with Benartex’s fabrics — because you see, Benartex and I also go way back (just like The Quilter magazine).

One of my earliest designs that remains a favorite is my Pieceful Garden quilt.  The quilt used Benartex’s Family Tree fabrics in the quilt top construction.  The quilt was originally published in 2008 in The Quilter, and then in 2010 in UK’s Popular Patchwork.  And ever since then, I have designed with many many Benartex fabric lines! THANK YOU, Team Benartex!

It was most exciting to be able to use Benartex’s fabrics for my book projects in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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1.  Garden Lattice & Priscilla’s Garden Party

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2.  Gingkos on Prince Street Pillow

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3.  Ivory Baltimore

Just in 2014… my magazine features using Benartex’s fabrics are as follow:

1.  Stardom, using Concerto fabrics, in Annie’s Row Quilts

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2.  Solar Star, using Palm Springs fabrics, in Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts

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3.  Urban Oasis, using Urban Oasis fabrics, in Quilter’s World Spring 2014

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4.  Hole in the Wall, using multiple Benartex lines, in Generation Q May/June 2014

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5.  Spiral Squared, using Zest fabrics, in McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014

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6.  Owl Be Your Friend, using Forest Friend-sy fabrics, in McCall’s Quick Quilts (July/August 2014)

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7.  Boxing Day, using Home for the Holidays fabrics, in The Quilter December 2013/January 2014

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8.  Tulip Trail, using Palm Springs fabrics, in The Quilter April/May 2014

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9.  All Squared Up, using Dwellings fabrics, in The Quilter April/May 2014

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10.  Garden View, using Ambrosia fabrics, in The Quilter June/July 2014

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11.  Song of Praise Pillow, using Rainbow Bright Balis fabrics, The Quilter August/September 2014

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12.  Hoppity Hop, using Leap Frog, in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Winter 2014

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And let’s not forget the free-to-use designs I did for 2014… I will not show you images of all the quilt designs.  If you want to see what the quilt looks like, simply click on the quilt names.  Click on the quilt names to download pattern instructions.

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey 

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January: View on Lexington using Gramercy 

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January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy

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March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream

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March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau 
March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs
May: Sprinkled Sweets using Shadows/Paintbox
May: Party Poppers using Shadows/Paintbox
May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C.

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August: Lovey Buggy using Luvbugs 

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August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku  – My all time favorite!!

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October: At the Pond using Leap Frog

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days 

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November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love 

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And in 2014, Movement in Squares won the Benartex Fan Favorite!

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When I look back the year 2014, I see friendship, support and encouragement from so many of you!  I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart .  When I look at these quilts, I remember the fun I had in 2014 working with the great people at Benartex, and I know 2015 will be another great year for Benartex!

Have a great weekend, Dear Friends!

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 4

2014 Recap Part 3: The Quilter

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again.  It’s always lovely to have you visit!  2014 was certainly an exciting and happening year at the Ivory Spring household.  Yet, it also meant a rather sad one for me… because a publication that frequently featured my designs was longer as of August 2014.  You see, the reason The Quilter was so special to me is that it was the magazine that featured many of my early designs.  You can see the exhaustive list here.  A very special issue for me was their May 2009 issue where it made mention of the birth of Miss Baby.  Miss Baby is turning 6 this year — how time has flown by!

I was happy that I was able to contribute to The Quilter right up till the very end of the publication in 2014.

1.  Farm Crossing (December 2013/January 2014)

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2.  Boxing Day (December 2013/January 2014)

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3.  Tulip Trail (April/May 2014)

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4.  All Squared Up (April/May 2014)

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5.  Garden View (June/July 2014)

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6.  Song of Praise (August/September 2014)

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So, might you have a favorite among my featured projects in The Quilter?  Also, if you are a former subscriber of The Quilter — are you experiencing withdrawal?

I cannot leave today without mentioning the former editor of The Quilter, Laurette Koserowski. I credit Laurette for mentoring me on the design aspect of quilting, from the best use of fabrics to writing pattern instructions.  Over the years, she grew to be more than just an editor to me.  She became a mentor, a dear and sweet friend who always had a minute to chat about things that are not about the magazine quilts. She always had time to share snippets of her life experiences with me, and asked how my little family was doing etc.  Laurette and I remain in touch even though we no long work with each other, and I count her a sweet blessing in my life.

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

2014 Recap Part 2: Overseas jaunts

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good weekend!  How is the month of January treating you so far? Right now, I can tell you it is cold where I am.  Very cold for this girl raised in the tropics!

We shall start off the week with another 2014 recap at Ivory Spring.  Last year saw a few overseas jaunts for my quilts and designs, namely in the UK’s Popular Patchwork and Australia’s Quilters Companion.

1.  Mending Fences (UK Popular Patchwork, April 2014)

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2.  A Mother’s Love  (UK, Popular Patchwork, September 2014)

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3.  Yuletide Snowflakes (UK, Popular Patchwork, December 2014)

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4.  Christmas Wreath Runner (UK Popular Patchwork, December 2014)

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5.  Stars Aligned (Australian Quilters Companion, July/August 2014)

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6.  Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner (Australian Quilters Companion, November/December 2014)

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In many ways, my overseas features have been very Lynette Anderson-ish except for the Christmas Wreath runner. Lynette is a sweet friend, and an exceptional artist!  I enjoyed working with her tremendously on various projects and features in 2014, including Mending Fences, and Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner.  Lynette wrote a sweet blog post about our collaborations and friendship here.

It was wonderful to be able to connect with my overseas quilting friends through publications local to them.  I have a couple of upcoming features already lined up for 2015, but am hopeful I will have a few more.

SO — curious mind wants to know which overseas feature (in today’s post) is your favorite.  DO TELL!

Did you miss 2014 Recap Part 1?  Click here to catch up. :)

Thanks for stopping by.   I have to get back to work!!   I hope this New Year brings you joy and adventures, and here’s to another year of sweet friendship, support and encouragement

Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner in Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70)

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Happy Monday!  I hope you are well.  We are in Thanksgiving / gotta get stuff done mode at Ivory Spring household!  I just made three batches of cookies this evening…

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You have seen A Mother’s Love banner that is made with RJR’s Pocketful of Daisies fabrics by Lynette Anderson. Click here if you are interested in reading more about A Mother’s Love.

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I am happy to share with you another Pocketful of Daisies banner project featured in the latest issue (Issue 70) of Australian Quilters Companion.  This banner is designed for that tight and narrow little spot we all have in our house that just needs a bit of something to dress up — meet Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner.

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This banner project is another collaboration with the beloved Lynette Anderson.  Here you see Lynette’s signature adorable bird!

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The magazine copies are already on Newsstands.  Click here to purchase digital version of the magazine at a very good price.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this cute sweet banner!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your sweet friendships.

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

Recap: Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop

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Hello Friends,  I hope you have had a chance checking out the book reviews, as well as the Recreating Antique Quilts inspired projects made by fellow bloggers in the Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop.  I feel honored seeing the projects in Recreating Antique Quilts being used as springboards for quilters making their versions of the projects. Let’s have a quick recap of the hop, shall we?

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One major thought going into the projects featured in the book is versatility.  I think the blog hop ladies very effectively communicated that thought in the versions of their projects.

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Patches & Crosses, Recreating Antique Quilts

1.  Vicki made Patches & Crosses in a gradating colorway.  Vicki’s use of green and orange is absolutely brilliant.

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Read more about Vicki’s runner and book review here.

If you want to make your own version of gradating colorway, please please email Vicki, and she will help you out in picking out your fabrics.  You see, Vicki sells quality hand-dyed fabrics here.

Vicki has also included a separate set of cutting notes to be used with her gradating fabrics here.

Ginkgos on Prince Street Pillow, Recreating Antiques Quilts

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2.  Mary found seashell fabrics to make a nautical version of the pillow. She even quilted beautiful seashell motifs on the pillow — very cleverly done.

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Read more about Mary’s pillow and book review here.  While you are there, don’t forget to look at Mary’s quilt projects.  She works on the most fun and interesting projects!

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3.  Karen was able to adapt Garden Lattice to make a totally different looking quilt by not including the stripes in the quilt center, and her quilt turned out marvelous!

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Read more about Karen’s quilt and book review here.

Karen is also going to be teaching classes using the projects in Recreating Antique Quilts, woo hoo!  Click here for Karen’s class schedules.

Ivory Baltimore, Recreating Antique Quilts

Ivory Baltimore, Recreating Antique Quilts

4.  Cathi, a hand quilter, made her version of Ivory Baltimore.  Cathi used the method of fusible applique method for the first time for her version of Ivory Baltimore.

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Read more about Cathi’s banner here.  Be sure to check out Cathi’s Inklingo’s posts.  She is an Inklingo expert!!

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I want to thank these very special ladies for a successful blog hop!  It wouldn’t have been possible without their friendship and support.

Next week, I will be posting a series of In Case You Missed My Market Schoolhouse posts with a few thoughts on how to use my book Recreating Antique Quilts to meet the needs of quilters in individual and group settings. AND… all the projects are back with me from the publisher.  So, I will be posting about individual projects in future posts.  So stay tuned!!

Meanwhile, you can read all about the book (posted so far) here.

You may purchase the book here and here (signed).  For non-US quilters, you might check with your patchwork shops to see if they carry the book, or you can also order the book from Amazon.  Overseas quilters have emailed to tell me that ordering from Amazon has been painless.

Thank you for stopping by!  Many of you are experiencing the cold weather at the moment — do stay warm!

Over the Fence: Sneak Peek

Hello Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  This is going to be really quick, but I thought you might like to see this sweet preview of my Over The Fence quilt!  More details on the quilt will be coming soon.

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How are you liking the gray and red combination?

Thank you for stopping by!  I have to be off to the next on my list!  Take care, Dear Friends.

Signed copies: Recreating Antique Quilts

Dear Friends, I hope you are well.  I am slowly getting back to the swing of things. I didn’t know just how exhausted I was from Market.  I made some blocks yesterday, and hope to finish up the entire quilt by this weekend.  This is going to be a very fun “on the fence” design. :)  Stay tuned for designs.

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I am now able to ship you signed copies for my book Recreating Antique Quilts. However, I am a one-woman operation – I hope you understand.  And I have a limited number of books.

So, while I am trying to waiting for my husband (who works long hours) to work out the fancy way to speed up the checkout process for your purchase, for now, we have to do it the Mom and Pop way.  If you would like to purchase a signed copy of Recreating Antique Quilts…

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1.  The cost is $24.95 (book) + $5.75 (shipping) — total of $30.70.  

Note:  The $5.75 shipping cost is what USPS charges for a Flat-rate envelope (with tracking number) that I feel will give the book some support during shipment.  If you would like your book shipped via regular Media Mail in an envelope.  The shipping cost is $4.

Please email me if for shipping cost if you live outside of the US.

Please also email me if you would like to purchase multiple copies of the book as that will affect the shipping charges.

2.  You may send payment to me electronically via www.paypal.com to wendy2@wendysheppard.net.

Please email me if you would like to send payment using a check via snail mail.

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3.  Please also include a note about how you would like me to sign your book.

a.  Just signature?

b.  To a certain person – do spell the name clearly?

c.  Date?

d.  Any special message to include?

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4.  After I receive your order, I will

a.  send you an initial email acknowledging your order

b. follow-up with another email with tracking information (if shipped USPS Priority) after I ship your book.  I will include a receipt of payment with the shipment.

And of course, anytime you have any questions, just ask!

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If you live close to, or in northwest Arkansas, feel free to purchase the book from Rogers Sewing Center.  I will be in the area April 2015, and I will sign your books for you then!  Contact Rogers Sewing Center for further details.

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And today is the last day to enter the giveaway of a free copy of Recreating Antique Quilts over at the blog of Landauer Publishing, Quilt Books and Beyond.

If you wish to purchase the book directly from my publisher, just click here.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow for a few thoughts I have about crafting with kids.  I am participating in SewCalGal‘s It’s About The Kids Craft Blogging Event!

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A Mother’s Love in POPULAR PATCHWORK UK (September 2014)

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are doing well.   Many of you have seen my Nestlings wall banner that was featured in The Quilter magazine a few years ago.

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I am SO excited now my friends in the UK will be able to access the pattern in the September 2014 issue of UK’s Popular Patchwork magazine!    My US friends may find out more on how to subscribe to Popular Patchwork by clicking here.

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A Mother’s Love is a remake of Nestlings in very soothing colors, using Lynette Anderson’s newly released A Pocketful of Daisies fabrics, released by RJR Fabrics.

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Here are a couple more shots of A Mother’s Love.

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I normally don’t remember to take the “before quilting” shot, but I did for A Mother’s Love.  It is my firm belief that quilting adds the third dimension to a two-dimensional unquilted quilt top.

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The transformation is amazing, isn’t it?  Here are a few quilting close-up pictures to share with you.  I used Aurifil Mako 50 threads for the applique, piecing as well as quilting.  Batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Wool.  Talking about adding dimensional effects, Hobbs wool batting does the job perfectly… and beyond!

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A Mother’s Love is my little tribute to celebrate motherhood.   I know Miss Baby won’t always stay in my little nest, but I do treasure the special moments I have with her — like when she told me when she grows up, she is going to just be a woman and live with me for the rest of her life.  And that she and I will make quilts to earn our living.

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I leave you with the poem The Mother’s Hymn, by William Cullen Bryant. My heart’s cry is aptly expressed in the last stanza:

Lord, who ordainest for mankind
Benignant toils and tender cares!
We thank Thee for the ties that bind
The mother to the child she bears.

We thank Thee for the hopes that rise,
Within her heart, as, day by day,
The dawning soul, from those young eyes,
Looks, with a clearer, steadier ray.

And grateful for the blessing given
With that dear infant on her knee,
She trains the eye to look to heaven,
The voice to lisp a prayer to Thee.

Such thanks the blessed Mary gave,
When, from her lap, the Holy Child,
Sent from on high to seek and save
The lost of earth, looked up and smiled.

All-Gracious! grant, to those that bear
A mother’s charge, the strength and light
To lead the steps that own their care
In ways of Love, and Truth, and Right.

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

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Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex