FREE PATTERNS & KITS using Windham’s Rosewater …. and GIVEAWAY!

Hello Friends, end of summer is imminent at our end.  Miss Baby starts school again this Thursday.  She told me yesterday she couldn’t believe she has gone through “three hard years of schooling” already!  Hard years of schooling indeed – I have to confess I rolled my eyes above her head! :o)  I have had fun having Miss Baby home this summer. We have had lots of reading, stitching, learning, lounging, daydreaming and Paddington Bear audio books!

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There’s always lots going on over here besides school starting — all will be shared in due time!  For today, I have a few free-to-use designs to share with you using Windham’s Rosewater fabric line!  I know many of you love florals — and these florals are definitely floral-icious!

Click here to view the fabrics.

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#1.  Medallion Star:

Download pattern instructions here.

Purchase quilt kits for a limited time here and here.

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#2. Birds and Stars:  Oh yes, we’ve got to somehow incorporate the Sawtooth Star blocks. :o)

Download pattern instructions here.

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#3.  Maple Leaf Chain

Download pattern instructions here.

Purchase quilt kits (no border) for a limited time here.

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Windham is very generously sponsoring a giveaway of a Rosewater FQ Bundle to a US address! Leave a comment between now and next Tuesday (August 30th), and tell me what quilts or projects you have completed this summer to be entered in the giveaway. Winner will be on August 31st.  The more details about your projects the better — because I am nosy!

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

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

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)

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 6

BEFORE WE GET STARTED, YOU WILL WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version! Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

AND YOU WILL HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE POST FOR AN EXCITING GIVEAWAY AVAILABLE TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF OUR SUMMER MYSTERY QUILT ALONG!

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

HERE for Installment #4

HERE for Installment #5

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Hello Friends, this is it!  Today is the day!!!  We will have our big reveal today, and the quilt will be a mystery quilt NO MORE!

Harmony Mystery

Are you ready?!

Mystery Reveal

I hope you have enjoyed making all the blocks.  I received this really sweet note about our Mystery Quilt Along last week that really made me smile.  And the smile stayed with me all day. :)  Thank you so much to the anonymous quilter who took the time to leave the sweet comment!

“I’m creating the Harmony mystery quilt. I got so excited to make trees today. I loved it so much that I made them all today. I also loved making the stars. I’m new to quilting so I’m learning so much and can hardly wait for a new lesson.”

And today, we will be sewing the blocks together into rows, and then rows into quilt center and then outer border, as shown below.  NOW, you may choose to play with the layout as you wish if you would like to have a different final look to your quilt —  as long as you sew together 5 rows of 4 blocks.

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I hope you liked what you saw.  Now I can share with you the back story behind the design.  The basic premise of the Quilt Along is to just make a fun quilt using very basic pieced units in quilting.  And since it was summer, I thought it would be fun to make a few units a week.  And if kept up, quilters will end up with a nice sized throw quilt, finishing at 46″ x 65″.  The colors make the quilt useable all year round.  And once completed, you will have a quilt top ready to be quilted to be used later this year, or given as a gift for Christmas!

I want to thank you again for sewing along with me!  It’s been soooo fun for me.  So curious mind wants to know if you would like to do another mystery sew-along, perhaps in Spring 2017!

Thanks SO much for being my sewing friend these last few weeks.  I have liked hearing from many of you!  Have a lovely rest of your Saturday.

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Giveaway:

#1.  This giveaway is open to participating quilters who complete the quilt top of this Summer Mystery Quilt Along.

#2.  The winning prize (only one winner) includes 3 FQ Bundles from Quilting Treasures – 2 bundles are what were used to make the cover quilt of my “Creative Quilt & Projects using Precuts or Stash” book, a copy of my “Precuts” book, a package of Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting and some threads.

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#3.  To enter, you MUST complete your quilt top.  Please take a picture of your completed quilt top, and email to me by September 9th.  I will then post pictures of all your computed quilt tops, and announce the winner on September 14th.  I hope you will all play along!

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Here is a picture of my finished quilt top — I should have the quilt quilted and bound by the time I showcase your quilts on September 14th!

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FREE PATTERN: View From The Bay using Windham’s Newport

Hello Friends,  I hope you week got off a great start!  Miss Baby attend an art camp last week, so that means this week is catching up week for Mom!  If you allow me to brag just a little…. this is Miss Baby’s “masterpiece” in her first attempt in painting with acrylic.

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For today, I am sharing with you a really pretty flannel group of fabrics called Newport, released by Windham Fabrics.  I love this group because of the beautiful florals, and they are flannel!!!

I designed View From The Bay to highlight these beautiful fabrics.  The quilt finishes at 56″ x 65″ — a sensibly sized throw quilt to be used in the living area in the colder months.

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Click here to view the fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

Click here to purchase kits for $69.99 for a limited time.

So, besides the Sawtooth Star, I think my next favorite design element would be the Flying Geese!  I love them in quilts!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.  MORE designs/patterns coming….

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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

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)

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 5

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Hello Friends, we meet again on another Saturday.  I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend!

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I hope you have had fun with our Summer Mystery Sew-Along.  I know I certainly have, and have loved getting to meet some of you via emails.  Last week, we solved a little a bit on the mystery, and made these blocks.

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Today, we will solve a bit more on the mystery.  BUT BEFORE WE GET STARTED, YOU WILL WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

HERE for Installment #4

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#1.  So, to get started, we will need all the units made in previous weeks that haven’t been used:

Stem Units (July 9)

Flying Geese and Flying Geese Variation Units (July 16)

Bright Row Units (July 23)

Refer to the pdf instructions, and lay the units out accordingly into 4 different sets.  I have done mine, as shown:

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Easy peasy – you just start sewing them together to make a tree unit.  Repeat to make a total of 10 tree units, and set aside for a moment.

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#2.  Then, you will cut 20 (2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) rectangles from the vanilla weave ground fabric.  I have used two vanilla weave rectangles to lay out together with the tree unit and bright row units.  Sew together, and I will have completed 1 block.

#3.  Please refer to pdf instructions for fabric placements and block orientations (very important on the block orientation!), complete a total of 10 blocks!  And you are finished for today.

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And now, you have a total of 20 blocks (counting the ones we made last week) to play with!!!  What shall we do next… Hmmmm…. come back next week and find out!  Meanwhile, give yourself a pat on the back – you have done a great job!  :o)

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What do you have planned for the rest of today?  My little family has errands to run, and I think I am going to sit down and do some leisure stitching after we are finished with errands.  See you next week!

Giveaway Winner!!!

Hello Friends, I was going to have this little wallhanging quilted to share with you, but I totally ran out of time!  So, please give me a couple more days.

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Things are happening at my end, and I have spent the last few days working on an upcoming project that is personally exciting for me.  It is also something near and dear to my heart, but hasn’t been sufficiently expressed in my work until now. That’s all I can share with you until a later date.

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For now… the winner of my Storybook Christmas giveaway, generously sponsored by Windham is: #3 Suzanne!  Congratulations – an email is sent to you asking for your mailing address.  Thank you ALL for playing along in the giveaway – I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your gift-giving pattern!

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A little behind-the-scene tidbit:  Would you believe I had worked on the designs for this fabric group way back in August 2015?!  There are SO many steps involved in bringing a fabric group from idea to product, and I am happy to have played a small role in that lengthy process.  Click here for further information on any of the designs you see below:

Design 2a_66 x 72

Design 1a_56.5 x 77.5

Design 4d_39 x 45

High Res_4d_39 x 45_Keepsake Redo

Design 3d_39 x 50_rework

That’s all for now as I have more fabric calculations to do… but I do have more Christmasy musings to share.

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#1.  Did you by any chance read my article on Aurifil’s website sharing about my three favorite batting?  Click here to read if you are curious.

#2.  Oh — and have you made my Aurifil Designer of the Month (July) “Sparkler” block?  Remember, you have till 14th to make your block and enter the giveaway of an Aurifil large thread spool thread box hosted by Pat Sloan. Click here to enter your block.  Click here if you haven’t downloaded the instructions to make the block.

These are the blocks I have made.  The blue and white block is going to be combined with the other designers’ block for the official blue/white Aurifil Designer of the Month 2016 quilt.

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This block is one I make for my own quilt.  I have been playing around in my mind how I want my quilt layout to be when I have gotten 12 blocks completed.  I think I have finally come up with “the” layout!

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FREE PATTERN: Royal Princess

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great weekend.  I can’t believe we are winding down summer at our end.  My little one actually starts school as a second grader end of this month.

Before summer is over, I am going to try to share the different designs I have done to feature various upcoming or current fabric groups I have done for the different fabric companies. Today, I am sharing with you a really cute and sweet line called Royal Princess by Quilting Treasures!  The fabric group was introduced at Fall Market last year.

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… and at this point, I am getting a little self-conscious about my sawtooth star interpretation of the quilt blocks.

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Click here to view the fabrics.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

FOR A LIMITED TIME – you may purchase a pink kit HERE.

So — if you have daughters, and granddaughters, upcoming birthdays, baby showers, graduation etc…. just sayin’! :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Monday, and Happy Week 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

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)

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 4

Hello Friends, Happy Saturday to you all!  I am glad you are back for the latest installment for Quilting Treasures Harmony Summer Mystery Sew Along!  Before I start with today’s construction, I want to say a big thank you to those of you 36-plyers who have been so sweet about the little hiccup.  I trust that Quilting Treasures took care of you by sending you the replacement strips to make your strip set having a total of 40 strips!  Thank you again for being sweet and gracious about it.

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Harmony Mystery

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

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YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

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We will actually be solving part of the mystery today.  So, we begin by sorting out what we need for today’s installment.  We will need the four patch units made on July 9, the pastel row units made on July 23, selected strips and vanilla weave fabric.

The ready made units:

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The vanilla weave fabric, and strips (L-R): soft green weave, daffodil leaf, apricot leaf, party pink leaf, turquoise leaf, azalea spiral square.

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CUTTING & SEWING

#1.  VERY simple — to start solving the mystery, the units you will need to make for today’s installment are a bunch of flying geese units.  40 total.  Refer to the instructions to cut all the necessary pieces, and make 8 flying geese units each for daffodil leaf, apricot leaf, party pink leaf, turquoise leaf and azalea spiral square.

#2.  VERY important — do be careful when you cut the square 2-1/2″ squares from the strips because a 42″ strip cuts exactly (16) 2-1/2″ squares.  In the event of a cutting error, you may substitute from leftover fabrics.

#3.  FRIENDLY reminder — when you make the flying geese, try not to heat set the units with the iron until later. So you can see my flying geese units are not exactly flat at this point of the process.

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Also, I would go ahead and square up the flying geese units as best as I can, and trim off any excess as necessary. You can see in the following picture even though I had sewn as carefully as I could, and that I hadn’t used the iron, distortion still happens.

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#4.  After the flying geese units are constructed, follow the instructions to sew them to the four-patch units to make a star unit.  Now, if you want the points to match up nicely when you sew the flying geese units to the four-patch units. You might try the following:

a.  Crease downward the flying geese where you can check to see if the “V” of the flying geese unit matches up to the seam intersection of the four-patch unit at the “guess-timated” 1/4-inch seam allowance.  If they don’t match, scooch until they do. :)

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b.  If all check out, I place a very fine pin (transparent blue in picture below) where the “V” of the flying geese unit meets the seam intersection of the four-patch unit.  I would very very carefully sew over that very fine pin by moving the hand wheel of my machine when I get close to that pin.

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c.  And hopefully after you sew your units together, your points would line up somewhat decently for you. :)

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d.  You will find out a star unit will start to emerge as you follow along the instructions.  It wasn’t till after the star units was completed that I used the iron to heat set the sewn unit. When I did use the iron, I pressed and not ironed.

#5.  After a star unit is constructed, you will now have the necessary puzzle pieces to solve part of the mystery!  Sew all the constructed units together to complete 1 block.

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#6.  Refer to the instructions for fabric placements to make a total of 10 star blocks!!!

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And that’s it for today!!!  I hope you have had a bit of Sherlock Holme-ish kind of fun today.  I shall see you next week to solve the second part of the mystery. :)  Have a lovely rest of your Saturday.  Hugs to you all!

My Turn — Windham’s Christmas in July Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!!!

Happy Monday, Friends.  I hope you had a great weekend.  I have been working on some REALLY exciting things, and can’t wait to share with you when the time is right.  But today, it’s my turn to have fun with Windham‘s Christmas in July Blog Hop…. well, August! :o)

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And for my blog hop project, I chose to work with Windham’s newly released Christmas 30’s line, Storybook Christmas to make…

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… small wall hanging using squares cut from these sweet fabrics + 3/8 yard of white fabric!

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My wallhanging finishes at 22″ x 25″.  Each square finishes at 3″.  So, if you are wanting to make the wallhanging exactly like mine, you will need to cut 40 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) squares from the assorted prints.

From the white fabric, cut

widthwise, 3 (2 1/2″ x wof).  Subcut 2 (2 1/2″ x 21 1/2″) and 2 (2 1/2″ x 22 1/2″) strips for outer border strips.

widthwise, 1 (3 1/2″ x wof).  Subcut 2 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) and 16 (2″ x 2″) squares.

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2″ x 2″) square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) print square.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal white corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2″ x 2″) square at the adjacent corner of the same print square to complete 1 sewn unit.  Repeat to make a total of 8 sewn unit that will be sewn in the rows to complete quilt center.

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Refer to the diagram below, arrange and sew squares and sewn units to make pieced rows. Sew rows together to complete quilt top.

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To complete quilt top, sew 2 (2 1/2″ x 21 1/2″) white strips to the opposite long sides of quilt center, followed by 2 (2 1/2″ x 22 1/2″) white strips to the remaining opposite short sides of quilt center.

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And here you see I embroidered a bit of sweet nothings to one of the stars, using Aurifil’s embroidery floss. :)

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There you have it.  Now, who is to say you have to stop there?  You are free to add borders to make the quilt larger and better!

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I love this sweet fabric collection, and feel honored to have been asked to design with this fabric group, shown below.  A couple of the designs were displayed at Windham’s booth during Fall Market last year.

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Holiday Forest: kits are available for purchase here.

Design 2a_66 x 72

Gift Boxes – kits are available for purchase here, and here.

Design 1a_56.5 x 77.5

Star Bright Blue: kits are available for purchase here.

Design 4d_39 x 45

Star Bright traditional – quilt kits are available for pre-order here.

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Storybook Christmas – quilt kits are available for purchase here and here.  This is a really neat project in that it uses panel blocks meant for a fabric book in a quilt, and the entire quilt tells a story!

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GIVEAWAY:  We’ve covered quite a bit, but that’s not all!  Windham is generously giving away a FQ bundle for Storybook Christmas to a Continental US address.  Leave a comment between now and next Monday, and I will pick and announce a winner on next Tuesday.  Tell me if you make or buy your Christmas presents.

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

FREE PATTERNS (with Bonus Ideas) with Quilting Treasures’ Woodland Wonder

Hello Friends, it’s almost the end of July, and you know what that means for us who live in the northern Hemisphere… the cold weather will be here soon!  I am very excited to share with you this amazingly sweet group of fabrics called Woodland Wonder, newly released by Quilting Treasures.

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photo credit: Quilting Treasures/Instagram

I have designed a runner project to to use with the fabrics.  Check your local quilt shops to see if they are carrying the fabrics, or carrying the project kits.

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BONUS IDEA! These blocks are so easy to make, and if you have made the runner, and feel like making a matching quilt.  You can always make more blocks and turn them into a 52″ x 67″ throw quilt, like the ones below.  I don’t have the yardages needed to make the quilt, but I am sure your quilt shops can help you out. The border and sashing widths are the same in the bonus quit idea, as they are in the runner.

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So, if you are still very much in love with the fabrics, and would like to make something else, how about a table topper?  You may purchase a kit here for $29.99.  The table topper mixes the grays and the browns.

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Click here to view the entire fabric group.

Click here to download runner pattern instructions.

Click here to download table topper pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!  SO, curious mind wants to know what your favorite woodland animal is – deer, birds, squirrel, fox…?  I think mine is the red fox, although I think squirrels are really cute too.

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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 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

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)

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 3

VERY VERY VERY Important Public Announcement – please read carefully before proceeding: 

It was brought to my attention that some of you might have ended up with strips sets of 36-ply instead of 40-ply! Not good… but what fun is a mystery without a bit of mysterious twist?  So, in order to determine whether you have the 36- or 40-ply, you have to put on your detective hat and do a quick look-see.  If you have TWO strips of the weave pastels (namely, cloud blue, powder pink, soft green and butter), then, you have the 40-ply, and all is well.

We will be using TWO strips of the following pastels today (L to R: powder pink weave, cloud blue weave and butter weave), shown in the picture below.  The pastel strips are the lightest of colors among the strips.

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If your strip set has only ONE strip for the weave pastels, then… you will not be able to complete the correct number of the units today until Quilting Treasures sends you the extra strips.  If you are one of the 36-ply-ers, please email me your mailing address AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, latest by this coming Thursday (July 28), so that I can forward the address to Quilting Treasures.  Quilting Treasures WILL take care of sending you the missing strips, but you have to email me your mailing address!  My email address is: wendy2@wendysheppard.net

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Harmony Mystery

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

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YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

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Happy Saturday, Friends.  I hope you have had a good week.  It’s time to get my box of Harmony strips out for today’s installment.

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Basically, we will just be sewing together 2 1/2″ squares together to make row units for today’s installment.  Easy peasy, as long as you keep track of what goes where.

CUTTING & SEWING BRIGHT ROW UNITS

#1.  Very simple.  Divide the following strips into 2 groups.

Group 1:  L to R – marine swirl, tangerine swirl, royal spiral square, sunflower swirl, melon weave. Cut from each strip 10 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares.  Arrange the squares in the same order, and sew together to make a row unit. Make a total of 10 units.

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Group 2:  L to R – geranium leaf, carrot spiral square, crocus leaf, bubble gum swirl, deep ocean spiral square.  Cut from each strip 10 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares.  Arrange the squares in the same order, and sew together to make a row unit. Make a total of 10 units.

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#2.  You should have something like this upon completing this step.

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CUTTING & SEWING PASTEL ROW UNITS

#1.  Identify and layout these strips:

2 cloud blue weave, 2 powder pink weave, 2 butter weave, lilac weave, melon weave, butter cream weave, powder blue weave, turquoise blue weave, green mist weave, cotton candy weave, peony weave, soft green weave

NOTE:  At this point, some of you might only have 1 cloud blue weave, 1 powder pink weave and 1 butter weave — if that is the case, remember to email me your address as stated in the public announcement at the beginning of this post.

#2.  Cutting the strips:

From the cloud blue weave, powder pink weave and butter weave strips, cut: (20) 2-1/2″ squares

From lilac weave strip, cut: (8) 2-½” squares / From melon weave strip, cut: (2) 2- ½” squares

From each of the remaining strips, cut: (10) 2-1/2″ squares

NOTE:  Cutting is tight on the pastel strips.  You should be able to cut 16 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip. In the event of finding yourself not having enough of a certain strip to cut the required number of squares, there should be some leftover from these strips that you can use to substitute (if you have the 40-ply strip set): melon, butter cream, powder pink, cloud blue, soft green, butter.

#3.  Make (8) Row Units 1a and (2) Row Units 1b.  These row units only have 4 squares arranged and sewn together.

1a: L to R – cloud blue weave, powder pink weave, lilac weave and butter weave.  Arrange squares in the same order and sew to make 1 Row Unit.  Make a total of 8 units.

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1b: L to R – cloud blue weave, powder pink weave, melon weave and butter weave.  The order is the same, except swapping out melon weave for lilac weave.  Arrange squares in the same order and sew to make 1 Row Unit.  Make a total of 2 units.

You should have units looking like these upon completing this step.  Top shows (8) 1a units, and bottom shows (2) 1b units.

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#4.  Divide the following strips into 2 groups.  Row units in these 2 groups have 5 squares arranged and sewn together.

Group 1:  L to R – cloud blue weave, powder pink weave, powder blue turquoise blue weave, green mist weave. Arrange the squares in the same order, and sew together to make a row unit. Make a total of 10 units.

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Group 2: L to R – butter weave, cotton candy weave, peony weave, soft green weave, butter weave.  Please note that picture only shows butter once on the left.  Arrange the squares in the same order, and sew together to make a row unit. Make a total of 10 units.

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Your units should look like these upon completing all the pastel row units.   If you look at the right row units, the top and bottom patches of the unit are BOTH butter weave, even though the bottom patch looks slightly orange-y due to the lighting.  You are good as long as you have 2 butter patches arrange and sewn in that unit. :)

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Again, if you received the 36-ply strip set, you will not be able to make all the required row pastel units.  SO, you will need to email me your mailing address to rectify your situation.  We are going to have a week break for catching up next week.  I will be back on August 5 with Installment #4.  Until then…. meanwhile, I hope you continue to have a lovely summer!

Friday Features & Happy Weekend!

Hello Friends,

I hope you have been well this week.  It’s been a hustling and bustling kind of week for me.  I am trying to get a bunch of things take care of this week and next so that I can spend the rest of the summer with Miss Baby before she goes back to school.

I want to make mention of the following two magazine features before too much time passes…

#1.  Rainbow in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Fall 2016)

Easy Quilts Fall 2016

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My Rainbow quilt reminds me of one of my favorite passages from the Bible in Genesis 9:12-16. I have always loved this very comforting and assuring passage, ever since I was really young.

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

#2.  My Heart At Home (Australian Quilters Companion Issue 80)

My Heart At Home is a trans-continental collaboration where I did the design, and quilters in Australia made the quilt happen to send to the editor.  Quilters are truly some of the sweetest people I know.

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You might remember the preview of this Christmas quilt of mine… this quilt will be featured in Australian Quilters Companion before the year ends.  I would really encourage you to be a subscriber (even if electronic – USD10.96 for 8 issues) because this magazine is amazing! Click here for subscription information.  Right now, I think they are offering a 20% off subscription.

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Alrightie, Friends…. I shall key off for now.   It’s going to be busy for the next few days for me, as it has been for me the past couple of weeks.  Come back tomorrow if you are following the Mystery Sew/Quilt Along.  I hope you have had fun with that.  I certainly have.  So I have to fly for now.  Have a great 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

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 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

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)

More Thread Journey Sightings & (Another) FREE PATTERN using Windham’s Feedsack

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a great weekend, and your week has gotten off a great start!  We pretty much chilled after having the busy week that I had last week… with LOTS of ice cream.  Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, much welcomed by Miss Baby.  She had a total of 4 rounds of ice cream yesterday, starting from breakfast!

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Last week wrapped up the construction portion of Thread Journey Quilt-Along on Aurifil’s blog. If you haven’t joined in the fun, and would still like to… there is time!  We are having a one-month break for quilters to get caught up before diving into the quilting portion of the quilt.

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Click hereherehere for Parts 1-3 of the construction of the Quilt Top.  The quilt ends up finishing at approximately 54″ x 54″.  It is not too daunting a task to complete the quilt top.  Please send me pictures of your quilts so that I can share them with everyone!

Meanwhile, Miriam and Jody sent pictures of their quilt tops with the Ohio Star border.  Look at their beautiful versions – well done, Ladies!

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Meanwhile, here is another Sawtooth Star quilt pattern to share with you today… It’s my Sparkler design using Windham Fabrics’ new 30′ fabrics Feedsack.  I am beginning to think something is amiss with my designing mind and Sawtooth Stars. HA!

Design 1b_45 x 58.5

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

You can purchase the kit for a limited time here.

So — are you a 30’s fabrics person?!  I actually am, and have been hoarding quite a bit for myself to recreate an antique quilt.  I just need a bit of extra time to get started in drafting the quilt block.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a lovely rest of your 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

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

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)