Australian Quilters Companion #73: Preview

My friend Lynette Anderson alerted me about seeing my name on the cover of the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion!!  I am so excited I am being PROFILED!

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I haven’t received my magazine copy yet.  I was wondering if those of you in Australia, or those of you who subscribe electronically have had a chance to browse through the magazine.  I am curious to hear your thoughts.

Lynette and I also have a quilt featured in the same magazine issue.  More details will be posted in a separate blog post.  Stay tuned.

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I am very close in wrapping up my pre-Spring Market work.  I’d better get to it… Thank you for stopping by.  I will catch up with you later!   SO, what’s been going on at your end?

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)

Sunny Delight in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (January/February 2015)

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Hello Friends, I have been terribly behind on posting about my magazine quilts this year.  One of the reasons is that I have been really pressed for time… it always takes a bit of time for me to style my quilts for my very un-professional photo shoot sessions.  My photography skills are very minimal, and I often rely on the outdoors to be the backdrop of my quilts.  Anyway, the weather was finally warm enough for us to venture outdoors a couple of weekends ago.

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I am happy to share with you my Sunny Delight quilt that was featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting January/February 2015 issue.  Click here to purchase quilt kit that will save you time in gathering your fabrics.

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This quilt has LOTS of pieces.  I have to say I actually enjoyed piecing the quilt top.  Maybe my love for piecing has grown over time without me even realizing it.

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Sunny Delight uses fabrics from a sweet, bright and cherry fabric line, LuvBugs by Benartex.

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I used quite a bit of white to break up the prints used in the quilt top.  And that means, lots of quilting opportunities. I meant for the quilting to reflect a feeling of informal and fun.

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You may recall I had shared with you two free-to-use designs featuring the same fabric line.

Lovey Buggy (Click on name to download pattern instructions)

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Sweet Hearts (Click on quilt name to download pattern instructions)

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And with that, I shall bid you good bye for now.  Thank you for visiting, and I shall catch up with you tomorrow.

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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)

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Click here to find out more! :)  Four of my designs made Benartex Fan Favorite Elite Eight – it’s been fun for me to follow which of the designs connect with you all!

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This will count as tomorrow’s post.  So, I shall check in with you again on Wednesday!  Hugs to you all! With that, I need to get the car loaded with my quilts to share with some new quilting friends I will be meeting.

FREE PATTERN: Flutter B’s

Hello Friends,  Happy Monday to you!  I wish you a lovely week ahead.  Very quickly, I want to share with you another free-to-use pattern to start off our week: Flutter B’s designed with Benartex’s Butterfly Effect fabric line.

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Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I freely admit to you I have a thing for pinwheel blocks.  I love the sense of movement the pinwheel blocks convey! How about you?  Do you or do you not care for pinwheel blocks?

Thanks for stopping by.  I have to get going with my day.  I shall catch up with you later!

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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)

Book News: Recreating Antique Quilts

Happy Friday, Friends!  I am happy you stopped by.   I received some totally unexpected news earlier this week from Landauer Publishing.  Urm… you see, my book Recreating Antique Quilts made one of the three finalists for the 2015 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award, craft & hobby category.  The winner will be announced next month.

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WOW!  Little ol’ me?!   I am very excited about the news, but I am also feeling a bit self-conscious announcing it to the world.  But my sister might whack me in the head if I didn’t mention anything… I have to save the story of being whacked in the head by my sister (a younger sister at that!) for another day.

Credit goes to the amazing team at Landauer Publishing, with whom I love to work!  And I am grateful to my God and Savior, without whom I am nothing!

I will have more to share about Recreating Antique Quilts.  Meanwhile, you may read about the book here. Also, Landauer is having sale on my book.  Click here to purchase the book!!!!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely National Quilting Day Weekend!  Come back tomorrow for a little giveaway I have for you to commemorate the day.  Hugs to you all.

Just to make sure I didn’t miss a “must see” quilt?!

I have been packing… I have been pulling out quilts from my stash for a show-and-tell appearance at the Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild next Monday.  I am excited to meet more local quilters where I live.  Feel free to drop by!

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I am also packing some goodies to share with quilters!

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So, just to make sure I bring all the quilts I am supposed to bring — do you have a favorite quilt of mine that you think I just HAVE TO share with the ladies on Monday evening?  Click here for the list of quilts I have available to share.  Please let me hear from you!!!

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Winter is supposed to return where we live… I am not excited about that!  I am going to try to venture out just for a bit today to take pictures of a few recent magazine quilts.  Wish me some sunshine and warmth, would you?  Thanks for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you tomorrow, hopefully.

My McCall’s Designs, YOUR Quilts!

Happy Monday, Dear Friends.  I hope you had a good weekend, and your week has gotten off a good start!   I am certainly enjoying the sun and slightly warmer weather where we are.

I am always happy to see quilts made with my designs.

1.  Making Valentines in McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015)

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Diana from Georgia made my Making Valentines quilt for her cousin.  Diana calls her quilt Heart to Heart — I love that name!!!  I love seeing the pink and red accents in Diana’s Heart to Heart. Diana’s quilt is quilted by Carrie Rebeiz.

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2.  Owl Be Your Friend  in McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014)

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Marty from California made a space themed quilt for a little boy name Shepard.   I feel so honored because my last name is Sheppard!  Marty adapted the quilt to fit Shep’s double bed.

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3.  Spiral Squared in McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014)

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Kathy from Wisconsin made Spiral Squared in all grays for her daughter-in-law Carrie to hang above Carrie’s fireplace.  You know how I love gray!!!

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Thank you, ladies, for being willing to share the quilts you make using my designs.  And a BIG thank you to the editorial team at McCall’s Quilting for the opportunities to contribute – it’s been an absolutely joy for me to work with the wonderful people at McCall’s!

Have a great week, everyone!

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Click here, and here to see quilts made with my designs featured in McCall’s Quilting.

Recap: Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop #2

Happy Thursday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  Thank you again for visiting.  I hope you have had a chance to visit the blogs participating in the second hop for Recreating Antique Quilts.  Click here if you would like to see the projects made in the first hop for Recreating Antique Quilts.

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A huge thank you to a few special friends to participated in the hop.  Again, you will see the concept of versatility playing out in that a couple of the projects were made using totally different techniques.  Let’s take a look at the projects, shall we?

1.  Kay gave my Patches & Crosses runner a very warm and sweet up-do!  Click here to see more pictures of Kay’s runner.

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2.  Doreen gave my Ivory Baltimore a wholecloth makeover!  If you are into machine quilting, you will enjoy seeing Doreen’s rendition.

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3.  Lisa is a a cool quilter.  You simply have to see the coolness element she added to her project based on my Stars and Snowflakes table topper project.

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4.  The very amazing Karen added a wooly touch to my Ivory Baltimore banner.  Her wooly flowers look amazing.

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I am heartened, encouraged and inspired to see such talents within my little quilting circle! If you haven’t stopped by these ladies’ blogs to take a look at their work, I hope you will do that soon!  I think there’s still time to enter your name in giveaways of a copy of my book on the respective blogs.

Thank you again, all of you, for your encouragement and support!  I count myself blessed.  Have a lovely rest of your day. :)

Recreating Antique Quilts Project Highlight #2: Re-interpreting Mrs. Miles’ Double Irish Chain with Sawtooth Star Quilt

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Happy Saturday, Friends.  It’s hard for me to believe the week is over!   This was meant to be posted yesterday, but life and work happened.  Today, I am happy to share with you my Oh, Happy Stars! quilt — it is the cover quilt of my book Recreating Antique Quilts.  A special thank you to Mrs. Miles for inspiring Oh, Happy Stars!

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My Oh, Happy Stars! is inspired by a Double Irish Chain with Sawtooth Star quilt, made by Mrs. Frank Miles from New Jersey (circa 1840-1850).

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You can see that Mrs. Miles’ quilt is much scrappier than my Oh, Happy Stars!  I brightened Oh, Happy Stars! with an extensive use of white.  And I used cream to alternate with the white as ground fabric in the star blocks to give the design a little more depth.  You can see my “scrappy” feel is much more controlled compared to Mrs. Miles!

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And to keep the general feel of openness of my quilt, I decided to leave out the swag applique border.  Instead I appliqued a simple bird/swirl at the top right corner of the quilt.  I debated whether to repeat the applique at the bottom left corner of the quilt to balance things out.  In the end, I didn’t because I thought having that applique just on the top right corner keeps things from being too predictable.

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Appplique seems to be confined within certain borders or areas in traditional applique quilt.  I kind of bent that unspoken rule a little bit by letting my applique “spill” over to the pieced portion of the quilt to keep things a bit more interesting.

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Quilting on Oh, Happy Stars!, done with Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting, is a mix of allover quilting, and dense quilting in the outer border of the quilt.  I did not want the quilting to dominate in the quilt center star blocks.  I wanted the colors of the star to jump out – so I quilted my Jester’s Hat allover quilting in the quilt center…

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… and I left the fancier quilting for the white outer border.

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The quilt design appears busy with all the different colors, and with the dense quilting in the white outer border, I felt like a little rest for the eye and contrast to the dense quilting was in order — so, I quilted straight line 1/4″ apart in portions of the outer border in order to achieve the rest and contrast effect.

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A huge huge thank you goes to the editorial team at Landauer Publishing.  The editorial team work hard in making Recreating Antique Quilts happen, and to reflect my personality! I have heard comments about the book being very “me” — and I couldn’t agree more. You will get full sized templates — color-coded so that you know exactly what piece goes where when you are doing the applique placement.  I really like how the applique templates are presented.

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Oh, Happy Stars! is a stash-busting project.

#1.  You can easily use the scraps in your stash.  Those squares are small, but you can easily increase the size if you wish to.

#2.  I also meant Oh, Happy Stars! to be a friendship quilt in that the scrappy look of the design is conducive for a block exchange among quilting friends.  Using a specific theme or color for the block exchange would be fun: Christmas, Floral, Spring, Batik etc — and how about the ugliest fabric in each quilter’s stash?!

#3.  My quilt finishes at 45″ square.  But the final size can easily be increased by increasing the block size or number of blocks.

#4.  That bird/swirl applique — if you like it but aren’t really wanting to do the piecing required for the quilt. How about just using the bird/swirl applique on a strip pieced vertical banner?

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have liked Oh, Happy Stars!  There was very little doubt that Oh, Happy Stars would be the cover quilt from the very beginning.   Looking at the projects of the book, which would you have picked to be cover quilt? And if you have further ideas on how to use the design, I would love to hear them!

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I will also take this opportunity to announce a blog hop for Recreating Antique Quilts next Tuesday.  So, be sure to come back for details.

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Happy a fanta-bulous weekend, Dear Friends!

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Click here to read about all things Recreating Antique Quilts.

Winner of McCall’s Quilting Magazine Giveaway!

Hello Friends, I am happy to announce that Jocelyn (#7) and Nancy (#17) won the McCall’s Quilting Magazine (March/April 2015 issue) giveaway from last Friday!  An email was sent to you, Jocelyn and Nancy — please email me your mailing address. :)  CONGRATS!

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You can find pattern instructions for my Making Valentines quilt in the magazine issue. Click here to read more about Making Valentines.  Click here to purchase the kits.

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Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway!  If you haven’t checked out McCall’s Quilting magazine – you simply have to!!!

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Hello Friends, you know how excited I was when my first feature in McCall’s Quilting happened! I thought I had arrived when I saw with my own eyes Spiral Squared in the magazine spread.

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I am so excited I have another feature in McCall’s Quilting this year… meet Making Valentines.

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Making Valentines consists of easily constructed heart blocks, colored differently by different fabrics.  When I make Valentines with Miss Baby, I tend to make variations of the same style after making 5 of the same Valentines.   It just makes making Valentine that much more fun.

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Thus, the differently colored heart blocks in Making Valentines.

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I used Lynette Anderson’s Hearts and Flowers fabrics (released by RJR Fabrics) for a slightly different take on the usual Valentine’s Day colors — slightly muted and darker red paired with beige, gray and taupe.  I used white to offset the gray to give the overall design a Scandinavian feel.  Limited number of kits are available here.

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The simplicity of the 9-patch sashing blocks add whimsical touches to the quilt.  Notice my blocks aren’t wonky — that’s because I have a little trick when piecing small squares.  Click here for my little trick to chase away the wonkiness.

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I quilted allover Jester’s Hat on the quilt – using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  You can read about my Jester’s Hat motif herehere, and here.

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I hope you have liked seeing (and even making) Making Valentines.

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Now about the Giveaway… McCall’s is having a giveaway of my Recreating Antique Quilts book on their blog.  Read about my book here Click here for more information on the giveaway, and what others thought of Making Valentines.  My heart had gone afluttering reading about some of the sweet comments on my quilt.  Hurry to enter the giveaway – the deadline is Feb 14th.

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And a big(!) thank you to McCall’s Quilting for sending me 2 magazine copies to give away to Ivory Spring readers.  Just leave a comment and tell me what you think of my Making Valentines quilt to enter the giveaway.  Winner will be announced on February 20th.

Thank you for stopping – and I do hope you have a sweet Valentine’s Day weekend!

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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

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)