COVER QUILT ALERT: Close Quarters in American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017) & Giveaway

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  I just heard from the news that it will be a cold one for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.  Do bundle up and stay warm… and stay in Close Quarters.  *wink*

You see, that house quilt on the cover of the latest Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is named Close Quarters – and it is MINE! :)  I am so happy to make cover on American Patchwork & Quilting – my first by the way.  So, it is extra special.  Here are a few pictures I took when the quilt was still work-in-progress.

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This quilt is a very different from my usual quilts in that it is constructed entirely with solids.  I used RJR Fabrics‘ Cotton Supreme solids to achieve an updated Amish look.  It is basically a one block wonder quilt.  All the houses are the same, made interesting by the different fabrics used.  Full instructions are published in American Patchwork & Quilting Jan/Feb 2017 issue.

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Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I envisioned this quilt to be a home decor quilt.  I am so thrilled to see how Close Quarters was styled for photography by the amazing team at American Patchwork & Quilting.

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Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Incidentally, I have also used RJR’s solid fabrics to make a mini house quilt.  Click here to read more about the mini, and where to find the instructions.

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So you can see that RJR’s Cotton Supreme solids are my go-to solids! :)

GIVEAWAY: Between now and next Monday, leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely day and week!!  Hugs to you all.

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Hello Friends, it’s here — THANKSGIVING 2016 is here!  The attitude of gratitude is a noble one — being grateful for things, being grateful toward our fellow men.  Today, I am grateful to God, my Creator and Saviour for His bountiful blessings and everlasting mercy, and for the “… pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress; A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness!” My prayer this day is that I will always be inspired by the pilgrims so long ago who loved and pursued religious freedom more than comfort.

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I look forward to a few days of downtime with my family.  We will enjoy each other’s company.  Many many years ago, I made a quilt where I embroidered on every quilt block our family’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

You can see that the quilt was made QUITE a few years ago judging from the size of my assistant. :)

This quilt is one of my favorites because it “records” a bit of family history.

Friends, I hope you have a most blessed and safe holiday!  I shall catch up with you later.

Kissing Balls in Australian Quilters Companion & Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday and Happy Week for you! I am still in my whirlwind of merry-go-round.  I shipped off a couple of quilt last week, and have a few more to ship out before Thanksgiving.  I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week!!!  It seemed ages ago when I finalized our Thanksgiving plans.  Anyhow, I am happy to share with you about one of my Christmas quilt being finally official!!!  You might remember this…

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Well, Kissing Ball is currently being featured in the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion magazine(#82).  It is a nod to my Aussie Quilting Friends, as well as “the” Aussie quilting friend of mine Lynette Anderson — who happens to be the designers of the fabrics I used for this quilt.  The fabrics are from Lynette’s Festive Fun fabrics for RJR Fabrics.

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You can’t really see it, but I quilted an allover holly sprig motifs on the quilt.  I am hoping you can see close up shot I took of a sprig here.

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I am sharing with you the schematic of the holly sprig motif for the Thread Talk portion of the post today.   Perhaps you could use the motif on a Christmas project.  You still have time, you know? :)

Step 1. First, I free-motion quilted the center berries.  It was perfectly fine for me overlap stitches because I use Aurifil’s 50wt thread, and the fine weight of the thread withstands stitching over stitches very well.

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Step 2.  Then I added the holly leaves.  I would do 2 or 3 leaves depending on the space I have.  Sometimes I added the veins in the leaf center, sometimes I didn’t.

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Step 3.  Swirls are the key to break out of a holly sprig to quilt subsequent holly sprigs.  I just picked a convenient spot to quilt a swirl, and then additional swirls until I end up with an area sufficient to quilt another holly sprig – starting with berries, and then holly leaves.

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Step 4.  And the process repeats.  Note where it was a bit tight for me to swing a swirl to get out of my holly sprig.  In situations as such, I would just echo the leaf a little and get out before I do a full swirl.  Real life quilting is full of off the cuff improvisations! :)

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I would keep repeating and repeating and repeating until my entire quilt was covered with the motif.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

p.s. Today is the last day for 20% discount on any of my online machine quilting classes.  Click here for the details.

My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Happy Veterans Day!

Hello Friends, a very happy and blessed Veterans Day to you!  My heart is grateful to so many who have served in the armed forces, and served honorably!  I also prayed that God would bless and watch over the wounder warriors amongst us.

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This year, I am very happy a Quilts of Valor (QOV) design is added to my design list!  Pattern details coming soon.

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Thank a veteran as often as you can.  Meanwhile, I hope you will check out Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Have a great weekend!

First Blush FQ Bundle & Aurifil Thread Pack Giveaway Winners & Other Fun Kits

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.  My week went by fast from settling back in my routine post-Quilt Market, to tending to an under the weather little girl, and being behind on stuff!  Haha.  That “being behind” stuff — a friend from the industry and I were just laughing at how “being behind” is just a part of life.  We were hoping for a Market reset — but sadly, there’s no reset. :)  All is well!!!

I am happy to announce the winners of my FIRST BLUSH FQ BUNDLE and AURIFIL THREAD PACK GIVEAWAY! You may click here to view more pictures of the project I did with the fabrics.

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WINNER OF FQ BUNDLE: Jocelyn of Happy Cottage Quilter

WINNER OF AURIFIL THREAD PACK: Vicki Sprain

Please email me your mailing address so that I can forward to the right people to have your gifts sent to you!!!

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I have been receiving emails asking if you could purchase my patterns separately apart from the quilt kits carried at stores.  Answer is: if the pattern is offered as a free-to-use pattern on the website of fabric companies, then they are available to you for download for free.  However, if they aren’t, they are usually exclusive only to the quilt kits.  I currently do not sell my patterns via any venues like Craftsy for various reasons, but it is something I am considering doing.  But no decision is made on that front.  For now, I like the arrangements I have with the different companies for whom I design because it frees me up to design, and not mired in administrative responsibilities.

WITH THAT SAID, I am happy to share that Missouri Star Quilt Co is now carrying kits of a few of my patterns!

1.  Dixie Flowers Kit – click HERE to purchase.

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2.  Kaleidoscope Kit – click HERE to purchase.  This is a fun design in that it is a play on pinwheels blocks where I inserted pinwheels within pinwheels within pinwheels in a quilt block.  

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That’s all for now.  I have more magazine quilts returned to me.  I will share those with you next week, hopefully! Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend!

Quilt Kits at 50% off…

… totally a steal!  Friends, Keepsake Quilting sent me an email today promoting 12 quilt kits at 50% off!  Did you receive the email?

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Well, out of the 12 quilts they featured for the special offer, 3 of the quilts are recent/new releases of mine.  And the kits are half off!!!  The email instructs entering promo code KQHALF at checkout.  Special prices are good only through October 27, 2016.  Click here to view the other quilts offered at 50% off.

1.  HOPE (61″ x 61″) – Click HERE to purchase kit.

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2.  Flowering Tree (62″ x 62″) – Click HERE to purchase kit.

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3.  Overland Trail (85″ x 85″) – Click HERE to purchase kit.  I absolutely LOVE this one — it has such an antique feel done in these fabrics.

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Have fun shopping, Friends! :)  I shall catch up with you later!

Windham’s Rhapsody in Blue Designs

Hello Friends, you know I am a blue and white type of gal… and I am also infatuated with history.  So, it was doubly thrilling for me to be assigned to work with Mary Koval’s new fabric line for Windham Fabrics, Rhapsody in Blue! Click here to view the collection!  If you like reproduction fabrics… you owe it to yourself to check these fabrics out.  I am totally in love with these fabrics!

#1.  Northern Star

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You may download the free-to-use pattern here.

You may purchase quilt kits here, and here.

#2.  Compass Star

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You may purchase quilt kits here and here.

#3. Blue Star (my personal favorite)

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You may purchase the kit here.

#4.  Wizards Spell

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You may purchase the kit here.

#5.  Passage of Time

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So, curious mind would like to know which is your favorite out of the 5 designs shown above?

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am still in pre-Market mode, and I leave in about a week.  So, I’d better get back to work.  I will be sharing Market peeks before I leave town.

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

FREE PATTERN: William’s Window Garden

Happy Wednesday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  I absolutely loved reading all your pumpkin-related comments in yesterday’s post.

Today, I am happy to share with you my William’s Window Garden design, a free-to-use pattern featuring Hoffman Fabrics’ W. Morris Screenprint Collection.  Same design that comes in three colorways: black, coral and royal!  If you look closely, you will notice that the “flower” blocks are actually made of four snowball subunits. :)

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Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have liked what you saw!  I shall catch up with you later!

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Domino in McCall’s Quick Quilt (December 2016/January 2017) and Giveaway Winner!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Those of you who were/are affected by Hurricane Matthew, please know that you are in my thoughts!

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It’s not a secret I can’t ride a bicycle, hahaha!  I know — it’s crazy, but it’s true.  Pretty much when it comes to anything athletic, you can just put me at the bottom of the pile, and stuff me in a closet.  Though I can’t ride a bike in real life, I certainly can in my fiber universe!  Just look at my Domino quilt in the latest McCall’s Quick Quilts issue! :)  Click here to read more about the quilt.

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My Domino quilt is made with Flower Pedals fabrics by Windham.  You simply have to get yourself some of these amazingly beautiful fabrics!!!  I love love love them.

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If you recall, earlier this year, I had shared a free-to-use Tulips Quilt pattern using the same fabric group.  Click here for pattern download information.

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To start off the week, I am happy to announce the two winners of my McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec 2016 magazine giveaway here, generously sponsored by McCall’s Quilting.  I really appreciate all the kind words you said about my designs…. please know that I am immensely touched as I read them!!!

#1.  Fran

#2.  Susan Gilbert

I have emailed you asking for your addresses – please email me back with your addresses, and I will get the magazine mailed out to you.

THANK YOU ALL for playing along!

That’s it for now – I will catch up with you later!

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Pinwheel Quilts in Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016) and McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016)

Hello Friends, Happy Monday, Happy Week and Happy October!!!

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A few months ago, I shared with you some tips on making pinwheel blocks here.

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Well, that’s because I was making pinwheel blocks upon pinwheel blocks for a while there for the two following pinwheel projects. :)  It truly is amazing to me how a simple unit, when used differently, can create totally different looks.  I think that’s what appeals to me in designing quilts.  I love to see what I can do with simple quilt blocks.

#1.  Pinwheel Parade in Fons and Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016)

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Pinwheel Parade is made with Windham Fabrics’ Chambray Rose.

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I enjoyed quilting this quilt — and here are a few pictures.

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Here is the back:

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And the front of the quilt center looks like this:

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You may recall I had another editorial feature in McCall’s Quilting last year using the same Chambray Rose fabrics.

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#2.  Up next is Winter Wind in McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016)

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A special thank you to my dear friend Darlene Szabo of Sewing Graceful Quilting for quilting the quilt for me.

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Winter Wind is made with fabrics from Quilting Treasures‘ Canterbury line – elegant & masculine & timeless! Exclusive kits are available for a limited time here.

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I have 2 copies of the magazine issues to give away.  If you would like to have it, just leave a comment! :)

That’s all for now, Friends!  Lots more to come…. but lots more to do as well, so I’d better fly for now!  Hugs to you all.

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Maribel FQ Bundle Winner!

Hello Friends, thank you for your kind words on my Thread Journey quilt!  I will be sharing a couple of secrets on quilting that quilt tomorrow.  For now, I want to also thank you for playing along in the Windham Fabrics’ Maribel giveaway, and we have a winner!  #47 — Patty H!  Congrats – an email was sent to you asking for your shipping information. :)

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Incidentally, you may now purchase patterns and kits of my Maribel designs from Craft of Quilting.

Click here for Smokey and Friends Kit.

Click here for just the pattern.

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image source: Craft of Quilting

Click here for Our Block Kit.

Click here for the pattern only.

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It’s been fun for me to read your comments.  So keep them coming.  That’s all for now.  I have to tend to quite a few urgent things for Quilt Market next month.  I just booked my ticket too!  Hope to see some of you there. :)

Final Post: Quilting Treasures Harmony Mystery Summer Sew-Along Quilt

… Except it’s not a mystery any longer! :)  Friends, it’s been so fun sewing along with  this past summer!!  I hope for those who have followed this sew-along program at a quilt shop, you have made great friends…. like this group from Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop in California!  Remember to support your local quilt shops whenever possible! Linda noted, “Our group so enjoyed not only the quilt, but the experience of meeting once a week for coffee/donuts and a really good chat. It is especially fulfilling when a group clicks and you can appreciate the old fashioned companionship that is synonymous with quilting.”  I was told this group of ladies had a dinner together for the finishing portion of the quilt – how absolutely SWEET! [By the way, feel free to contact Nimble Thimble and Rossville Quilts (Indiana) for kits — you can STILL make this quilt! :o)]

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Looking back, we started with a jelly roll back in July…

Harmony Mystery

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After seam upon seam, the mystery became a reality…

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Thank you to some of you who sent in pictures of your completed quilt top to enter the Completion Celebration Giveaway!!! Well done, EVERYONE!  Notice some of the creative ways you can use up the scraps.  You can certainly sew up four-patch blocks for a smaller quilt or matching pillows!

From Debra,

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From Elizabeth,

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From Joyce,

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From Judy,

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From Linda,

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From Marian,

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From Michelle,

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From Paula,

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From Suzi,

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And I am happy to announce the winner of the Completion Celebration Giveaway… it is DEBRA (selected by Random Generator).  Congratulations to Debra – an email is sent asking for your mailing address.  Thank you all, for playing along!!!

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And here is MY own quilt — quilted and bound!!!

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In so many ways, I feel like my own life is a mystery quilt in progress with God being the quilt designer.  I am confident in the end the quilt will be completed (Philippians 1:6), and all I can do is to follow each and every step the Great Designer has laid out for me — day by day, moment by moment.

THANK YOU all, for a fun sewing summer.  Maybe (just maybe), we will meet again in another mystery sew-along in the future! :)