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!!!

Making Valentines in McCALL’S QUILTING (March/April 2015) & Giveaway!

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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)

Family Dinner in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (January/February 2015)

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Hello Friends – I hope you are well.  I have been working – well, no surprise there.  But in case you haven’t heard much from me, I want you to know it’s not because I don’t like you.  It’s just that I have been working.

I am happy to share with you today my Family Dinner  table runner that is featured in Fons and Porter‘s Love of Quilting January/February 2015 issue.  I am always excited to be featured in any of the Fons and Porter’s publications.

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Family Dinner uses fabrics from Quilting Treasures’ Hot Little Dish.  You may purchase the runner kit here.  I like that the fabrics are non-seasonal, rendering the runner non-seasonal as well.  What really appeals to me about the fabrics is that they exude hospitality that just speaks of fellowship and meaningful conversations.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.  Don’t you just love that quilt backing “ombre flatware” print fabric?

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I quilted allover large feathers on the quilt.  Quilting feathers is always therapeutic for me, mainly because I quilt with quality thread (Aurifil Mako 50 cotton) over quality batting (Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting).  With Aurifil threads, my stitches always come out looking right, and with Hobbs batting, my quilts end up looking well quilted.

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I decided that it was worthwhile to quilt allover feathers on this runner because the fabrics aren’t so bright and busy that the prints would swallow up the feathering effects.  Instead, the resulted effect is a nice overall texture for the runner, especially when the light hits the runner just right.

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You may also recall the table ensemble patterns I designed for Quilting Treasures late last year. Click here for more information on the patterns.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the options you can have with this really fun group of fabrics.

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs to you all.  Till next time!

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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)

Guest blogging at McCall’s Quilting’s blog today!

Hello Friends, I am guest blogging at McCall’s Quilitng’s blog today — sharing about my Making Valentines quilt that is featured in the latest McCall’s Quilting issue!  Don’t forget to check out the exclusive kits available for this quilt here.

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Click here to go to McCall’s Quilting blog, and there is a giveaway of my book Recreating Antique Quilts there as well!  Would you mind spreading the word for me?

I had a rather dramatic start to my week – more about that tomorrow!  Have a lovely rest of the day. Hugs to you all.

Recreating Antique Quilts Project Highlight #1: Re-interpreting a DAR Baltimore Quilt

Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  I have been working hard to resist the temptation to just dig a hole in the ground and hibernate until the weather gets a little warmer.  It’s been bitterly cold where I am.  I think I am just a wimp when it comes to weather.

One of my Recreating Antique Quilts projects that has been warmly received is Ivory Baltimore.

My quilty inspirations of this little 17″ x 21″ banner consist traditional French red/white monochromatic needlework sampler and the Quaker medallion sampler.  You would often see stitchery of red on cream or white in French monochromatic samplers, such as the one I had stitched years ago.

So in the case of Ivory Baltimore, I reversed the colors, and have my cream applique shapes stitched onto a red and coral background.  The applique is adapted from a DAR Baltimore Album quilt. A picture of the original quilt is included in the book.

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Drawing from antique Quaker samplers, where sometimes only the “half” motifs were stitched on the outside perimeter of the samplers, I took one of the blocks in the original DAR and only appliqued half of the block on the left side of the banner.  (I so need to get this sampler completed!)

Thus the “half” Baltimore album block in Ivory Baltimore.

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I used Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread for everything – piecing, buttonhole stitching around the applique shapes, and quilting (of course!).  I cannot stress enough how much I love using Aurifil threads – my machine loves it, I love it, and my finished projects love it!  The batting I used is Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting because I really wanted my feathers to show around the applique shapes.  Of course, I quilt 99.99% of my quilts with batting made by Hobbs because much is considered before they bring something to the market.

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Of course, I will be working with some ladies in making Ivory Baltimore in Rogers, Arkansas. Click here for contact information to see if spots are still available for the class.  One thing I can tell you is that Dan and Rhonda and I are working hard to get things all ready for a really fun time in April with the participants!  Click here if you haven’t read about how Dan bailed me out from trouble two weeks ago.  Anyway, since my public appearances are very limited due to my family obligations, I do hope to see some of you at the event!

Ivory Baltimore is a versatile project.  I would love to see you recreate antique quilts your way!

1.  You can easily just take the urn block and repeat it for 9 blocks for a nice sized wall hanging. How about alternative the color scheme for the blocks – cream applique on red background fabric, and red applique on cream background fabric.

2.  You can just as easily mirror image the half block to make it a whole block and use just that for another banner.

3.  How about using other colors… cream on gray background, orange on a black background, cream on mocha background!

4.  How about repeat the urn block three or four times horizontally for a table runner project?

5.  Now, the templates in the book are printed at 100% to reflect the final size of the book project. But you can easily enlarge the urn block and use that to make pillow shams to dress up your bed!

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Thank you for stopping by!  Tell me what your thoughts are regarding Ivory Baltimore. Meanwhile, you can read all about the book here.  It’s time for me to crawl back in bed go back to work. Tootles for now.

Project Sneak Peek & Fabric Preview & Giveaways

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you are doing well, and your week has gotten with a great start!  Since showing you the precut bundles featuring Pat Sloan’s The Sweet Life fabrics, I have completed this sweet project.  More details to come.

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IMG_9205I have been playing with these blue precuts from Island Batik!  So tell me, are you one who would make a blue/white quilt?

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Meanwhile,  there is still time to enter the following giveaways:

1.  Benartex Leap Frog FQ bundle, offered on Sew in Love {with fabric}’s Novelty Prints blog hop.  I shared a tutorial for a quick pillow caddy project.  Click here to find out more.

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2.  QuiltShopGal is offering a giveaway of a copy of Fons and Porter’s Table Toppers book here. You see, the cover table topper is designed and made by yours truly.  You can read more about it here.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you tomorrow!

Hoppity Hop in FONS AND PORTER’S EASY QUILTS (Winter 2014)

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Hello Friends, I am happy to share with you today my Hoppity Hop quilt, featured in Fons and Porter‘s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014).  This is technically a leftover feature from 2014 that I didn’t manage to get to sharing before the New Year.

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The quilt features rectangular snowball lily pad blocks (with a twist!) that are really easy to construct.  Plus the fun and cheerful fabrics from Benartex’s Leap Frog will certainly make one smile.  Click here to view the fabrics.

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Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting! I used my Jester’s Hat allover motif.  My Jester’s Hat motif (here, here, and herehas become my “stippling” in that I have used it a lot for utility quilt designs, and also when I have limited time in getting a quilt finished.

You can also see I tried quilting rounded zig zags in one of the inner borders.  Not perfect for a first attempt, but I did learn something to carry me forward.

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You know, every so often, I end up really really liking the back of a quilt!  And it is certainly the case with Hoppity Hop.  You can see why…

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These frogs are fun!  I actually have fond memories of frogs.  I remember my mother drawing out a frog for me on a piece of paper to identify the various parts of a frog in preparation for an exam when I was in first grade.  And of course, I used to try to catch the tadpoles that hatched in a ditch by where I lived as a teenager (no joke – I was at least 15 or 16 years old then!), ha. I wonder how many teenage girls out there empathize with my tadpole catching, frog egg watching experiences. But then, my life was simple growing up in the tropics…

You can see why the free-to-use pattern I designed for Benartex, At The Pond, really struck a chord. You may click here for information on downloading the pattern instructions.

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I guess this will be the last time I will show my 2014 line up.  But I am already starting to have a 2015 lineup when I share about my next feature quilt.  Before you completely hop off the Hoppity Hop train, do head on to Sew In Love with {fabric}, would you?  There are a few more Hoppity Hop facts you might like to know… Also, if you want to be kept updated on new Benartex releases, that’s the blog to be!

With that, I shall hop off.  I have a very very two days where I have to get A LOT of things done. Have a great weekend, my Dear Friends!  I will see you next week.

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Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love by Benartex

Book Premise #2: Always Learning / How to use the book

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In many ways, my book Recreating Antique Quilts reflects my quilting journey.  I have tried to incorporate some guiding principles that I have clung onto in my years of learning and enjoying quilting, with the hope that my quilting friends will also benefit from those guiding principles as I have.  I had shared with you the premise of “That” first quilt that shaped my book.  You can read more about it here.

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Today, I am sharing with you premise #2 that shaped the book: Always Learning!  I purposed from the very beginning when I made my first quilts, I would always try to learn something new in my quilts.  And I can say I have greatly benefited from the habit of always learning something new when I quilt.

With that in mind, I designed one of the applique projects in the book Floral Fancy for quilters who have yet to try out applique.  From time to time, I hear from quilters they are afraid to do applique projects.  Instead of reproducing the entire DAR applique album quilt (picture of original quilt in the book), I selected just one block to make into the focus of Floral Fancy.

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When you look more closely at the block, you will notice that aside from the leaves, there aren’t that many pieces to complete the applique block.  Trust me, even the leaves hold no mystery. :)

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You can refer to my machine applique tips on page 83 in the book to stitch the pieces in place. Tips on various techniques are sprinkled throughout the book to help jumpstart the learning of new techniques.

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The color coded applique templates (always at 100%) and placement diagrams are probably my absolute favorite aspect of the book!  To say that I am pleased with how they turn out in the book is an understatement.  Kudos to Landauer’s capable team!

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Here are a few more pictures of Floral Fancy.  Of course Floral Fancy isn’t just for beginning appliquers.  I can see the quilt center being used as the starting point of a fancy medallion quilt for the advanced quilters who also custom design their own quilts.  How about using the applique block as a start for a Round Robin quilt in your quilting group?

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There are a few other projects in the book that are conducive for “trying out something new”.  For example: Gingkos on Prince Street pillow uses my “mark without marking” freezer paper quilting method; Priscilla’s Garden Party uses template piecing method; Feathery Formation deals with piecing with small pieces and quilting asymmetrical feather wreaths; Patches & Crosses teaches on-point setting, and more!

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Speaking of learning opportunities, I will be teaching my painless, seamless, almost effortless fusible machine applique method at Rogers Sewing Center in April 2015!  We will be making Ivory Baltimore wallhanging from the book.

I will also be having two separate classes to make Ginkgos on Prince Street pillow, as well as a lecture/show and tell.  Click here for more details.  I love to interact with quilters in a class setting, but because of I am a Mom and wife first, at this time of my life, I teach very minimally. But even when I teach, I always end up learning something from the attendees.  Isn’t that just so with the quilting community – always giving, always learning, always teaching?

If you are in the Northwest Arkansas area and plan on coming, would you drop me a line?  That way I can be sure to be on a lookout for you and give you a REAL hug, instead of just a bloggy virtual one.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall catch up with you later.

2014 Recap Part 6: Quilting Treasures

Hello Friends – I wanted to be finished with my recaps before next Monday!  So, here I am.  I was told that some of you weren’t able to leave comments on my post yesterday.  I do apologize, but I can’t figure out what the problem was for the life of me.  I am hoping whatever it was, it “fixed itself”, and you will be able leave comments without any problems.

Another company that I had the pleasure (absolute pleasure!) working with in 2014 was Quilting Treasures.  You will probably know Quilting Treasures from their novelty themed fabrics, and you would be right.

I designed a 2014 BOM quilt Plain & Fancy for Quilting Treasures.  I started the quilt myself, but I fell woefully behind due to time constraint.   I would love to hear from you if you are working on the quilt!

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Then, I used the same fabrics in Plain & Fancy to make my Calico Trail quilt for my book Recreating Antique Quilts.

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Teething Rings was featured in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014).  The pattern is also a “Quilts for Kids” pattern.

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Test are mainly free to use designs to showcase and feature various Quilting Treasures fabric lines:

January: Petals & Matrix 5 Coloways - be sure to click on the quilt names to see all the 5 colorways!

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February: Verde Quilt 

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February: Verde Runner

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March: Hot Topic

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April: Fun with Frosty Quilt & Runner

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April: First Thanksgiving Wallhanging, Runner & Placemat

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June: Monster Mash

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June: Learning is Fun

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August: Hot Little Dish Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat

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October: Expressions of Faith Sofa Quilt

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October: Expressions of Faith Runner

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October: Expressions of Faith Infant Boy & Girl Quilts

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With those quilts, we are finished with our 2014 recaps.  I highlighted all my 2014 projects as a way to thank my readers for their encouragement and support throughout the year!  You wouldn’t believe how often what you wrote in your comments/emails this past year was exactly what I needed at that point in time.  Being a stay/work at home Mom and wife, I do not feel isolated because of YOU! So thank you, again!

I also wanted to highlight the professionalism exemplified by the people with whom I work! Trust me, I am not the only one working lots — these ladies in the quilting industry work lots too!  I have forged many strong relationships with the people with whom I work, and I have learned a lot from them.

I like that the quilting world is truly a community.  Quilters have supported livelihood of different families by purchasing books, fabrics, books, and notions etc.  I, for one, am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work at home in order to raise Miss Baby in her formative years.   So in this new year, beyond continuing to support financially those who work in the quilting industry, perhaps we could all be mindful to drop a kind word of encouragement and gratitude to:

Quilt magazine editors, Quilt guild leaders, Quilt shop owners, Quilt designers, Fabric designers, Fabric company representatives, Quilting teachers, Quilting friends, and…. often the unsung heroes… Pattern proof readers and sewing machine technicians!

Here’s to a happy and exciting 2015 for us all!

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 4

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 5

2014 Recap Part 5: Benartex

Hello Friends, Happy Friday to you!  I hope you have had a lovely week.  2014 was a hugely Benartex-y year for me!   It’s always fun to design with Benartex’s fabrics — because you see, Benartex and I also go way back (just like The Quilter magazine).

One of my earliest designs that remains a favorite is my Pieceful Garden quilt.  The quilt used Benartex’s Family Tree fabrics in the quilt top construction.  The quilt was originally published in 2008 in The Quilter, and then in 2010 in UK’s Popular Patchwork.  And ever since then, I have designed with many many Benartex fabric lines! THANK YOU, Team Benartex!

It was most exciting to be able to use Benartex’s fabrics for my book projects in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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1.  Garden Lattice & Priscilla’s Garden Party

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2.  Gingkos on Prince Street Pillow

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3.  Ivory Baltimore

Just in 2014… my magazine features using Benartex’s fabrics are as follow:

1.  Stardom, using Concerto fabrics, in Annie’s Row Quilts

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2.  Solar Star, using Palm Springs fabrics, in Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts

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3.  Urban Oasis, using Urban Oasis fabrics, in Quilter’s World Spring 2014

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4.  Hole in the Wall, using multiple Benartex lines, in Generation Q May/June 2014

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5.  Spiral Squared, using Zest fabrics, in McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014

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6.  Owl Be Your Friend, using Forest Friend-sy fabrics, in McCall’s Quick Quilts (July/August 2014)

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7.  Boxing Day, using Home for the Holidays fabrics, in The Quilter December 2013/January 2014

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8.  Tulip Trail, using Palm Springs fabrics, in The Quilter April/May 2014

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9.  All Squared Up, using Dwellings fabrics, in The Quilter April/May 2014

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10.  Garden View, using Ambrosia fabrics, in The Quilter June/July 2014

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11.  Song of Praise Pillow, using Rainbow Bright Balis fabrics, The Quilter August/September 2014

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12.  Hoppity Hop, using Leap Frog, in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Winter 2014

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And let’s not forget the free-to-use designs I did for 2014… I will not show you images of all the quilt designs.  If you want to see what the quilt looks like, simply click on the quilt names.  Click on the quilt names to download pattern instructions.

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey 

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January: View on Lexington using Gramercy 

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January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy

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March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream

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March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau 
March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs
May: Sprinkled Sweets using Shadows/Paintbox
May: Party Poppers using Shadows/Paintbox
May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C.

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August: Lovey Buggy using Luvbugs 

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August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku  – My all time favorite!!

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October: At the Pond using Leap Frog

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days 

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November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love 

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And in 2014, Movement in Squares won the Benartex Fan Favorite!

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When I look back the year 2014, I see friendship, support and encouragement from so many of you!  I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart .  When I look at these quilts, I remember the fun I had in 2014 working with the great people at Benartex, and I know 2015 will be another great year for Benartex!

Have a great weekend, Dear Friends!

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 4

2014 Recap Part 4: Miscellaneous

Hello Friends, we are moving right along with our 2014 recap posts.  A couple more posts, and I will be moving right along into 2015.  I will be sharing in today’s post features that happened in 2014 here and there…  You will notice it is rather “starry” in most of the quilts.

1.  Stardom in Annie’s Row Quilts book

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2.  Solar Star in Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts book

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3.  Urban Oasis in Quilter’s World (Spring 2014)

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4.  Starry Repetitions in Quilter’s World (Summer 2014)

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5.  Enchanted Forest in Quilt Trends (Winter 2014)

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6.  Urban Stars in Quilt Trends (Winter 2014)

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7.  Nature Walk in American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar 2014 (Cover Quilt)

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I remember where I was in life as I look back on these quilts!  I strangely also remember the stress levels too in completing the respective quilts.  A couple of those had to be done in a lickity split timeline, and they were just a tad stressful, ha!  But I also remember being thankful to God thereafter for His help in my hour of need.  Indeed, every quilt you see has a story to tell!

So, which is your favorite from this group?  Thanks for stopping by.  I have batches of cookies to bake while I work on writing more pattern instructions.  So, I shall bid you good bye for you till next time!

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 4

2014 Recap Part 4: First-time Features

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  2014 was also a year I had a few first-time adventures/features in a few publications. I was most thankful for the opportunities, and my hope remains that my designs would in turn bless someone out there.

1.  Hole in the Wall in Generation Q (May/June 2014)

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

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3.  Bird Watching was a subsequent feature in McCall’s Quilting’s July/August 2014

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

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I would love to know if any quilt from this group that caught your eye, or if you had a debut adventure of any sort (doesn’t have to be quilty) in 2014 that you would care to share.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I am actually going to lay down for a little bit before I continue working — I have had very little sleep the last week or so.  Love you all!

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Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3