VERMONT QUILT FESTIVAL: Christine’s Movement in Squares

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

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Information on downloading pattern instructions is found here.

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

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

FREE PATTERN: Frosty the Snowman / Silly Snowman Quilt

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

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

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

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

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

Amongst the florals…

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Monday, and have a stupendous week!

Light and Quilting!

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

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

Light is amazing, is it not?

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

Exclamation Point in QUILTS and MORE (Spring 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

I spotted….

… my quilts at Landauer Publishing‘s booth at Spring Market this past May.  I think something is afoot…

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Incidentally, Sew in Love {with Fabric} did a really nice feature on Recreating Antique Quilts  (thanks so much!!!).  Click here to read the feature.  Click here to purchase the book.

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I am planning to re-make Ivory Baltimore in few weeks that will be a little different from the original version. Stay tuned for details.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed weekend.

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FREE PATTERN: Treeline Drive

Hello Friends,  I hope you are well.  Miss Baby and I were out running errands, and had to cut our trip short because it was so cold outside.  The sleeveless dresses we wore apparently aren’t to code this time a year THIS year – it is June, no?!  As soon as we came home, we hurriedly put on our sweaters and socks!

Some of you might remember me telling you I have been working with Hoffman Fabrics earlier this year when I shared with the Yuki pattern I designed for Hoffman.  I have another free pattern to share with you today, using Hoffman’s Treeline Drive fabric collection, in three very rich colorways!

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Click here to view the entire fabric line – you have to – the fabrics won’t disappoint, I promise you!

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I feel like I have just been running around this week with my little one.  And we will have more running around this weekend.  But I have also been piecing… I will have a sneak peek for you soon!  Take care, Dear Friends!!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

FREE PATTERN: Christine’s Rose Garden

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.  While I am able to, I thought I would quickly share with you a free-to-use and VERY EASY quilt pattern, Christine’s Rose Garden.  I designed this quilt with Eleanor Burns’ Christine fabric collection.

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I hope Eleanor is pleased with this little quilt that seeks to highlight sweet Eleanor!

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

FREE PATTERN: Flower-Scapes

Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good Mother’s Day weekend.  I decided to go off-line this past weekend to just do something different.  It’s been a while since I did something different… my little family had fun!

I have another free-to-use design to share with you to start our week off… Flower-Scapes is a “hip” sort of Log Cabin quilt using Benartex’s Blue Paradise/Sundrenched Fabric Line, a newly released fabric line.

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Sorry this is another quick post — but I have a few quilts to complete and ship before Memorial Day weekend.  I am shipping the first one of three within the next couple of days, so I’d better get going!

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by, Friends!  Hugs to you all, and I do appreciate your friendships.  I hope you have a most lovely week ahead!  I shall check in with you again tomorrow.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

FREE PATTERN: High Speed Racer

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  I am always amazed at the names the Benartex team comes up with for my designs.  Most of you know I am dismally lame when it comes to naming my quilts.  I really like the name of another of my free-to-use design…. High Speed Racer.

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This design uses a pre-printed panel, and the rest is simple pieced blocks.  Whenever I am assigned a fabric line with a specific theme to work with for designs, I often do research on the side to come up with designs that will reflect the particular fabric theme.   For this design, “NASCAR” was one of the words I typed for my searches…. and then, it was a no brainer for me to include the black and white checks in the design!  It’s amazing what a quilter can learn in the designing process – that I can definitely tell you! :)

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

I also chuckled at the quilt name High Speed Racer… because I feel like I have done some high speed racing lately where work is related.  I am racing against time to get a few things turned in before Spring Market next week.  I won’t be there personally, but my quilts and designs will…

Thanks for stopping by – I have a bit of racing left to do this evening before bedtime.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

Zigs & Zags in QUILTER’S WORLD (Spring 2015)

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  Thank you for stopping by again.  It’s been a while since I had an editorial feature in Quilter’s World.  I did have my Zigs & Zags quilt featured in their 2015 Spring Issue.

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Zigs & Zags is a one block wonder quilt as far as the quilt center is concerned.  The blocks are all just one block, with different fabrics used and orientations.   My design philosophy has always been keep it simple, and see if there is a way to make the final effect look complicated.  Zigs & Zags definitely fits the bill!  Seriously – the quilt center uses just one block!  The outer border is made of flying geese units.  The larger amount of white in the flying geese units gives a nice contrast to the color-intense quilt center.

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Zigs & Zags uses fabrics from Benartex‘s Caryl’s Feathers.

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Quilting for this quilt is confined within the geometric makeup of the blocks. I quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  No surprise there. :)  Of course, I also constructed the quilt top using the same Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have liked Zigs & Zags — it is one of my “stepping out of my usual box” designs.  I would love to hear what you think of Zigs & Zags.  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!  Hugs to you all.

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

FREE PATTERN: Baby Boutique

Hello Friends, I am still in catching up mode.  I am glad I am slowly getting to the list of things I hadn’t been able to get to in the last few weeks.   I have a very quick and easy to finish baby quilt pattern to share with you today using Quilting Treasures’ Baby Boutique fabrics.

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Aren’t the fabrics just so cute?  You may purchase quilt kits from Fons and Porter here (boy), and here (girl).

Click here to view the entire fabric line.  I especially love the alphabet print!

Click here to download free to use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)