FREE PATTERNS: Aquarium & Glass Bottom Boat with Windham’s Aquatic

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Things remain happening at my end with way too many errands to run!   I am preparing a little Valentines Day homework for those of you who do free-motion quilting.  Please bear with me while I get that ready for you in a few days. :) Meanwhile, I have a couple of free patterns to share.

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What do you think of a couple of aquatic-themed designs, both designed with Windham’s Aquatic fabric line?

Today, we have:

#1.  Aquarium

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#2. Glass Bottom Boat

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Click here to find out more the the Aquatic fabrics.  Do check out their focal print!!!

Click here to download Aquarium pattern instructions.

Click here to download Glass Bottom Boat pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have liked seeing my Aquatic designs!  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

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

 

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)

February: Aquarium using Aquatic (Windham Fabric)

February: Glass Bottom Boat using Aquatic (Windham Fabrics)

Tulips Quilt with Windham’s Flower Pedals

Happy Friday and Weekend, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.   To close out this week, how about another free-to-use pattern that I had designed using Windham’s Flower Pedals fabric line?  This quilt was SO fun to design. It is also easy and quick to put together – perfect for a little girl’s bed!

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The Tulips Quilt sample was displayed at Quilt Market in Houston last fall.  The fabrics are truly amazing!  You need to check with your local quilt shops to see if they are carrying the fabrics or the quilt kits!

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Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download free-to-use pattern.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a most wonderful weekend — it will soon be “tulip” weather, even if I am still seeing snowbanks wherever I go!  HA!

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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

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

 

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: Farfalle with Windham’s Whisper

Hello Friends, it’s Friday again! :)  I hope you have had a good week.  It’s time for me to share another free-to-use pattern — Farfalle using Windham’s Whisper fabric group.  This is my fun and a bit modern take on the traditional basket blocks.

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Click here to view the fabric collection.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Kudos to the Windham team for coming up with such a cute name for the design.  For the record, I am absolutely, woefully hopeless coming up with names!  So I generally leave the naming part to the companies, and they never disappoint…

Thanks for stopping by!  I want to hear from you if you are going to make Farfalle! :)  Have a great weekend, Dear Friends!

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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

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

 

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)

Snowbirds in FONS & PORTER’S QUILTING QUICKLY (November/December 2015) & Giveaway!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Where I am at, we are currently living like snowbirds in a giant ice chest… we got snow last night… we haven’t even had the “epic” snowstorm/blizzard predicted for us this weekend. All the snow stuff gives me the perfect excuse to share my Snowbirds quilt with you!   The quilt was featured in Fons and Porter’s Quilting Quickly (November/December 2015) issue.

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Snowbirds is totally precuts friendly, and a quick and easy to make and finish lap quit that will surely sweeten anyone’s life.  I love the mix of black, brown, green, orange, purple and pink together.  I had used a Katherine Ann Patty Cake, designed by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.

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Here are a couple more pictures… here you see the quilt with my favorite childhood books that are now also Miss Baby’s, and her “Kotik” (after the white seal in The Jungle Book).

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I quilted feathers in the style of “trip around the world” using Aurifil 50 wt thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  These are long feathers compared to the usual ones I quilt. It’s always more difficult to quilt large on a domestic machine.  If you do, make sure you know your stitching path well.

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GIVEAWAY:  RJR Fabrics is generously sponsoring the giveaway of a Kathrine Ann Fat Quarter bundle. THANKS, RJR Fabrics!

TO ENTER:  Between now and next Thursday (1/28/2015)leave a comment and tell me what your favorite theme(s) for fabric lines is – kids, florals, novelty, etc.  Winner will be announce the following Monday.

MEANWHILE, you may watch a video tutorial hereand purchase the quilt kit here.

I am still running late — and haven’t had a chance to catch up on your emails and blog comments.  Hope to get to them soon.  However, I did find this gem of advice from a Dove chocolate wrapper my husband left on my work desk a couple of days ago… NOW, I know why I am always running behind on things – I am not staying up until the sun rises!!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  You all take care, and enjoy the rest of your day!

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p.s.  You might think you had seen the fabrics featured on this blog.  You did!!!  I had another editorial feature with the same fabrics — Sherbet Stars in McCall’s Quilting (Jan/Feb 2016).  Click here to view more pictures.

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Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

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

 

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)

FREE PATTERN: Wish You Were Here

Hello Friends,  I am excited to share with you a free-to-use pattern today!  Wish You Were Here was a line that debuted at Houston Fall Market last year.  The picture shows the sample quilt being hung at Hoffman Fabrics’ booth at Houston last year.

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The fabric line features the Paris and Rome versions – where scenes of Paris and Rome are printed on the fabrics. The idea behind the quilt design was to cut up the prints and incorporate them into “stamps” — thus the stamp liked blocks sprinkle all over the quilt designs.

Here is the Rome version:

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Here is the Paris version:

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Click here to view the fabric line.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

I hope you have liked my touristy Wish You Were Here quilt design.  NOW, I am curious to know if you have a place you should dearly like to visit but haven’t.

Thanks for stopping by!  Back to work I go…. Have a most blessed day!

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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

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

 

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)

FREE PATTERN: Star Dust

Happy Friday, Friends.  I hope you have had a great week.  Mine went by too fast without enough things checked off my list.  So I will be working this weekend.  But enough about my trials and tribulations…

I am happy to share with you a free-to-use pattern, Star Dust, that I had designed to support Benartex‘s Brittany fabric group.  Brittany has a very Provencal look, which many of us love!

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Click here to view the entire Brittany fabric line.

Click here to download Star Dust free-to-use pattern instructions.

So what do you think of Star Dust?

I will catch up with you again next week!  I hope you have a most blessed weekend.

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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

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

 

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)

 

FREE PATTERN: Big Love with Windham’s Go Big or Go Home

Happy Friday, Friends!  I am making baby-step progress with what I have to get done this week!  But overall it’s been a great week for my little family.  We are back to our normal routine with school, music practice etc!

I think I had mentioned to you I have been doing some design work for Windham Fabrics.  I am happy to be able to start sharing with you some of the designs that highlight the current, new and upcoming Windham lines.  First off for today, I have Big Love using Windham’s Go Big or Go Home fabric line.

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This is a fun and colorful contemporary line.  I had the most fun working with the fabrics because they got me out of my usual stuffy and reserved self.  I also have an additional project done with these fabrics that I will share with you later!

Click here to view the fabrics.

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

Click here to view my other designs I had done for Windham.

Thanks so much for stopping by — I hope you have a lovely weekend!  I will catch up with you next week!

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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

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

 

Free-to-use Designs:

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

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

Giveaway: Annie’s Machine Quilting Level 2 Online Class

Hello Friends, I did mention to you there would be an imminent giveaway, and well, the giveaway is HERE, TODAY! :)  Annie’s is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of my Machine Quilting Level 2 online class.

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This free-motion quilting class covers slightly more involved quilting motifs (compared to the ones in my Learn to Machine Quilt class) by working on this class project, and quilted using a domestic sewing machine.  I will be stitching along with you ALL the motifs you see in the pictures of the class project below.  Due to time constraint, sometimes I would just let you finish out a section and move on to the next motifs.  BUT, I will get you started.

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The class is yours to keep once you win it – you may access the class anytime you wish!  You will also get a chance to interact with me should you have any questions.

After completing in the class project, you will have a chance to make 3 additional projects (instructions included in the class) that will give you a chance to quilt the motifs you learn from the class project on the additional projects.

Additional Project #1: Quilting a pieced quilt with Star Bright:

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Additional Project #2: Quilting an applique quilt with Carolina Tulips:

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Additional Project #3: WOW Project with Fanciful

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Here are a few comments from the official class page on Annie’s:

“I was not confident to do quilting. But listening and following your classes has made everything simple for me to follow. I have started quilting now. Nice and well explained.”

“I have been following Wendy on Ivory Spring for several years and love her feather work… I have tried to make your feathers for some time and your demonstration “fix me real good.”

“Wendy does a great job of breaking designs down so they are easier to quilt. She is a wonderful teacher and is very pleasant to listen to. I love everything she does and would definitely sign up for a feather class if it is ever offered.”

Awwwww – THANKS… I am made the happiest of quilters with the feedback!

In order to enter to win the prize:  Just leave a comment or about what you look for in an online quilting class between now and next Thursday (January 14, 2016).  Winner will be announced and contact on the following Monday!  Open to international quilters!

And that’s if from me for today.  I am running late this week, and desperate need to get something solid accomplish before the weekend.  School started this week, and we had a slightly rocky start.  First, Miss Baby had so much fun during her Christmas break she was most un-enthusiastic to go back to school.  So, I made her favorite cinnamon raisin break on the first day of school as a “pick me up”, only to realize an hour before she woke I had forgotten to add the yeast!!!  Then, we found out she forgot her lunch box after we got to school that first day.  So, Mom had to make a second trip back to school to deliver the lunch box.  And then, I have been doing house-keeping stuff for work to move and hopefully “propel” me to productivity.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs to you all!

FREE PATTERN: Heads Up

Hello Friends, I am excited I am finally able to share with you the news of a new fabric line Heads Up that is released by Quilting Treasures.  I loved this line as soon as I was shown the color card for the fabrics – the reason being I felt like these fabrics would work just as well for home dec purposes in additional to quilty creations despite them being kid-themed.  I designed two child quilts with this line… one was shown in American Quilt Retailer‘s Summer 2015 issue:

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The other was shown in McCall’s Quick Quilts December 2015/January 2016 issue.  Oh look, on the opposite page is my Rows of Roses quilt. :)

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.  And don’t forget to check out your local quilt shops to see if they carry these fabulous fabrics!!

Click here to download free to use pattern for this crib quilt.  From doing a quick search, I found that you can purchase the kit (and individual fabrics) here.

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Click here to download free to use pattern for this baby playmat.

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And I thought I would give you a heads up (so, the pun was totally LAME, haha!) that there will be a giveaway of a really nice fabric bundle in the very near future… probably by this weekend.  So, be sure to check back for details. And with that, I shall sign off for now!  Thanks for stopping by.

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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

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

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

Free-to-use Designs:

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

Creative New Quilts & Projects Project Highlight #3: Crossings (Cover Quilt)

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a wonderful time wrapping your last year end and stellar start to your new year!  I have appreciated all the New Year wishes you have sent my way!  You all are sweet.  Let’s start off our new year at Ivory Spring with something colorful, shall we?

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There was not much doubt in our minds (mine and my publisher’s) that this quilt would probably be the book cover quilt as soon as it was completed.  The quilt very effectively captured my love for colors.  I think I have mentioned to you I am not classically trained in art, and so, I actually do not use a color wheel to pick colors for my designs.  I have a rather haphazard approach when it comes to incorporating colors in my quilt – I just throw them all in to see what I get.  BUT, I do make sure I use a ground color or two to balance out all the colors.  In my Crossings quilt, I used a really light gray that is almost white.

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This quilt is made with fat quarters from Quilting Treasures’ basic lines – Lola Textures and Quilting Temptations.  I actually really like designing with basic fabric lines.  You can see the actual fabrics I use better in the picture below. You will also be able to see the really light gray polka dot fabric I used as the ground fabric.  It is the soft gray mini dot fabric from Quilting Treasures’ Sorbet collection.  Do check with your local fabric stores to see if they carry these very versatile fabrics.  Nonetheless, I imagine you can easily come up with substitutes to make your own colorful Crossings quilt!  I want to talk to you if you are going to use batiks!

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I am not sure if you remembered my “Engineer vs. Artist” post from last year.  Well, my Crossings quilt was the battleground where the battle between the Engineer and Artist took place within in.  You can read more about it here.  In the end, I am really glad the Artist won in quilting this quilt.  The entire quilt is free-motion quilted with my Roundabout Feathers, only placed randomly all over the quilt.  The stitching path and schematic of the basic Roundabout Feathers are included in the book.

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Here are a few pictures of the quilt front.

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I used Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads to quilt over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.  The slight poof from the feather quilting over the silk batting complemented the quilt top colors nicely.

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I thought I would also point out to you the yellow thread I used to quilt the quilt instead of the tone-on-tone light gray or white.   Nowadays, I have pretty much used slightly contrasting threads against the quilt fabrics for added visual interest in the final quilt.  So, don’t be afraid to buy color threads when you out shopping. :)  The thread color below looks almost taupe-ish, but it is yellow!

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Speaking of slightly contrasting quilting, have you checked out my Subtle Strings collection that has all my favorite quilting colors?  These shades work equally well for hand applique.  I am working on a hand applique project in my spare spare time… I will share pictures once I get enough done, and guess what thread I am using for the hand applique?  :)

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Click here to read more about my book Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash.  Do also send me pictures of your quilts made from patterns in the book.  I always love to see your projects.

Before I sign off for today, I thought I would share another picture from my artist-in-residence. :)

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Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and Happy Week!  Blessings to you all.

On the Cover ALERT: Sherbet Stars in McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016)

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Hello Friends, I am still plugging along with catching up with overdue posts.  Thank you for bearing with me.  I hope you have been well, and your pre-Christmas week got off a stupendous start.  I still have a bit to do before I am ready for Christmas (including finish piecing a quilt top!).  We had traveled for Thanksgiving for a getaway this year.  So, I am making our Thanksgiving meal this weekend.  I just took the turkey out to thaw to get it ready for brining.  Before I go on, I just have to share with you one of the salt dough ornaments Miss Baby and I made over the weekend.  We are definitely sending you Christmas love from our hearts…

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Back to Sherbet Stars…. did you see the quilt on the cover – behind the chair?  This is my first time having a quilt on the cover of a McCall’s Quilting issue.  I am beyond excited. :)   Oh look – some of the quilting even shows!

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This is technically a 2016 feature in McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016) issue, but since the magazine is currently out on newsstands, I am going ahead and share about it in case you want to purchase the issue while it is still out.  Complete instructions are included in the magazine.  Even before I received my copy, Kathy B. had emailed me about spotting the quilt in the magazine. (Thanks, Kathy!!)

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Newsflash – sawtooth stars in my quilt – hehe!  I have shared with you various times I am kind of on an unofficial quest to see how many ways I can use the sawtooth star blocks in my designs.  Click here and here.  I think I am about ready to do a third installment of my sawtooth star quilts. :)

The sawtooth star blocks in Sherbet Stars are set on-point for a fun layout.  The quilt uses the Katherine Ann fabrics, designed by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.  I love the combination of brown, purple, lime green and pink together… and the stripes!

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You may purchase the quilt top kit here.

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Due to the relatively busy prints (even the ground fabric), I free-motion quilted swirls all over the quilt.   I used Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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I am hoping to be able to show you before the week is over the “fraternal twin” of Sherbet Stars – i.e., another magazine feature quilt using the same fabrics.  Perhaps you have already seen it? I tried to take the twin for a photo shoot last weekend because it was going to be warm. For some reason, the dock we went to was a bit wet and foggy. So, my photo shoot attempt was foiled and unsuccessful… so, we came home and made the aforementioned salt dough cookies.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing Sherbet Stars.  What do you think of Sherbet Stars? What do you like about it?  What don’t you like about it?

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My 2015 Line-up

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

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 76): Needles and Pins

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)

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Snowbirds

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Painted Snowball

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

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

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

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

Quilters Newsletter (October/November 2015): Sherry’s Stars

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

Quilter’s World (Winter 2015): Square Dance

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)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

August: Chelsea (Quilting Treasures)

September: Charlotte (Quilting Treasures)

September: Sassy (Quilting Treasures)

October: Devon (Quilting Treasures)

October: Ballet School using Tiny Dancers (Benartex)

November: Jenny Jane (Hoffman Fabrics)

November: Our Father (Quilting Treasures)

Needles and Pins in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 76)

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are well.  I have SO enjoyed the comments you left on yesterday’s post.  Your Christmas traditions and memories are precious!  I am planning to have a couple more posts where we all can share about our Christmas sentiments before Christmas is actually here.

Today, I am sharing with you my Needles and Pins quilt that is featured in the latest issue (No. 76) of Australian Quilters Companion.  I am in love with the following styled shot of the quilt that is shown in the magazine spread.

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This quilt is for all the nine-patch-ers out there! :) I used the double patch blocks to frame a framed modified nine-patch block.  So, if you like chain-piecing or making nine-patch blocks, I think you will have fun with this project.

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This quilt was made with fabrics from RJR’s Needle and Pins line, designed by my friend Lynette Anderson.

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For my US friends, you may purchase or subscribe to the magazine in digital format by clicking here.  I have heard from some of you who subscribe digitally that you have been really happy with your subscription.  THANK YOU for sending me your feedback.

Lynette’s fabrics are always filled with fun little details.  So, in order to fit as many fabrics as I could in the quilt, I finished off the design with a pieced outer border.

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I quilted an allover swirly vine in the quilt center, and finished off with an informal feather in the outer border.  It might be hard to see, but I actually used a really nice soft blue Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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I hope you have enjoyed Needles and Pins.  This was a relaxing quilt to make.  I had made it right before Spring Quilt Market earlier this year, after I turned in all the projects for my book Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash.  It’s always thrilling to me to have something featured in Australian Quilters Companion.  I am excited to have a couple more projects scheduled for feature next year in the same publication. [Click here in case you are interested in the other quilt in the following picture.]

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Thank you for stopping by!  You ladies are so dear to me.  Hugs to you all.

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My 2015 Line-up

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

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 76): Needles and Pins

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)

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Snowbirds

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Painted Snowball

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

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

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

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

Quilters Newsletter (October/November 2015): Sherry’s Stars

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

Quilter’s World (Winter 2015): Square Dance

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)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

August: Chelsea (Quilting Treasures)

September: Charlotte (Quilting Treasures)

September: Sassy (Quilting Treasures)

October: Devon (Quilting Treasures)

October: Ballet School using Tiny Dancers (Benartex)

November: Jenny Jane (Hoffman Fabrics)

November: Our Father (Quilting Treasures)