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)

Beyond the bustles….

Besides the creepy story I shared with my friends at Rogers Sewing Center that happened when I was filming my Machine Quilting Level 2 class, I had a most memorable time filming that class in Indiana back in cold, cold January 2015.   Note:  The creepy story is not for internet public consumption, but I am happy to disclose everything if you ask me about it in person! :)

Now onto the other memorable parts… I remember as the plane touched down at Ft. Wayne airport, the passenger sitting beside me commented that their average temperature the week before was about 12 degrees.  My heart sank a little — because I am a chicken when it comes to driving in inclement weather.  Since my husband wasn’t there with me, I braved myself and drove my little rental car to the destination, and very thankfully, arrived in one piece.   Well, on the way out was a slightly different story… the kind people with whom I work had warned me about the impending snow that day… and still being the chicken that I was (and still am) when it comes to driving in inclement weather, I left about 2 hours ahead of the intended time, and even more thankfully, arrived in one piece because the snow was really falling halfway through my drive to the airport.  SO…. I had about 3 1/2 hours just to sit in the airport – which I didn’t mind because I really enjoy the hustles and bustles at airports (as long as I am not one of those rushing about to reach my next gate, ha!).  And at airports, I get to indulge in one of my favorite activities – people watch!

While waiting, an older gentleman came and sat beside me… and he struck up a conversation with me.  He was a WWII veteran who was 91 years old, half-blind and was on his way to Florida to play golf.  We had a lively conversation about his experience during the war, among other things.  He was one of the support guys during Normandy.  He asked me if I knew whom General Eisenhower was (seriously?!) , to which I named most of the generals in WWII.  I did that not because I wanted to show off, but to show him he didn’t need to bother with the basic stuff.  I wanted him to get to his stories, and more stories. As he shared his life story (and of course I was totally mesmerized by all the twists and turns in his 91 years of life), he summarized his life with, “Where can the son of two illiterate peasant from France become a successful dentist, and lived a full life but in America?”

[Note: Photo taken right before the flag was taken down when dusk set in….]

I almost cried when he said that!  At that moment when he uttered those words, he and I formed a precious bond. He is an immigrant, and I am an immigrant… we both came under circumstances bound by law during different eras of American history, as well as bound by the love for the rich legacy and history of the land in which we live.

Talking to this very accomplished retired dentist was how I spent my 3 1/2 hours at the airport before we embarked on the plane.  I helped him find his seat because he couldn’t really see despite his nearly impeccable health at his age. Well, it turned out he was my neighbor across the aisle.  So, we chatted some more… he told me I looked like a teenager to him, and asked me to be sure to tell my husband that when I got home.  My husband didn’t offer any comments (smart guy!) when apprised of that comment, but my ever-so-slightly cynical friend aptly pointed out that the reason his dear man thought I was no more than 15 was due to his visual impediment.   Impediment or not, this dear man totally charmed me with his sweetness and his life stories.

We reached out layover destination,  the plane was so small it didn’t park right next to the airport.  So we had to get off the plane on the tarmac.  I gave him a hug before we parted ways!

I have often thought of this dear man since that cold and snowy January day.

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!

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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)

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 2

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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Hello and Happy Saturday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.  Welcome to the second installment of Harmony Summer Mystery Sew-Along!

***If you haven’t been with us last week when we sewed up the units from from first installment, and would like to join in, please do so by all means!  This mystery quilt is not demanding, and is meant for a quick summer sewing fix. Click here for the first installment and the list of participating quilt shops.  And you aren’t able to find a participating quilt shop in your area to purchase the fabrics, I got word from the following shops they still have kits available:

Nimble Thimble in Gilroy has kits available. The website ishttp://www.nimblethimble.com/ and the phone number is 408-842-6501

RahRah’s Fabrics & Quilting in Lubbock, TX has the jelly roll and vanilla weave background. I’m not sure if we still have the binding fabric or not. I don’t sell online, but I’m more than happy to ship. Give us a call at 806.792.1885.

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And with that, let’s take a look at the fabrics strips you will move right along to today’s sewing.

CUTTING & SEWING FLYING GEESE UNITS

#1.  We need the 4 following strips:  green mist weave, powder blue weave, lilac weave and grape spiral square, as shown below.  [Please note that the green mist and powder blue are not the lighter pastel blue and green.]

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#2.  Cut from green mist weave and powder blue weave strips, 3 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles, and from lilac weave and grape spiral square strips, 2 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles.

Also cut from vanilla weave fabric, 20 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares and 20 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles.

The below pictures shows the pieces I have cut for making 1 green mist weave flying geese unit.

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#3.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) green mist weave rectangle.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal green mist weave corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square at the opposite corner of the same green mist weave rectangle to complete 1 flying geese unit.

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My 2 cents:  I finger pressed the seams open.  I normally make my flying geese units larger and then trim them to size.  Since I am not able to do that with precut strips, I avoided using the iron for fear of risking the heat from the iron distort the square-ness of the flying geese units.  By finger pressing the seams, I pretty much kept my flying geese from going wonky.  I will just wait till after I construct my intended blocks to heat set the blocks. NOW, you may do whatever feels comfortable to you.  In case you haven’t known, my quilting motto echoes what Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.” :o)

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#4.  Sew 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave rectangles to the opposite short sides of the flying geese unit to complete 1 sewn unit.

Repeat for all of the cut rectangles (3 green mist weave, 3 powder blue weave, 2 lilac weave and 2 grape spiral square).

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CUTTING & SEWING REMAINING UNITS

#1.  We need the following strips: spring green leaf & blue aster leaf (Set 1), crocus leaf & royal spiral square (Set 2), and sunflower swirl & carrot spiral square (Set 3), shown from top to bottom in the following image.

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#2.  Cut 6 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangles from Set 1 strips, and 2 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangles from Set 2 and Set 3 strips.  Cut 40 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from vanilla weave fabric.

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#3.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangle.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal vanilla weave corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square at the opposite corner of the same rectangle to complete 1 sewn unit.

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Repeat for all the rectangles (6 spring green leaf, 6 blue aster, 2 crocus leaf, 2 royal spiral square, 2 sunflower swirl and 2 carrot spiral square).  And we are DONE for today! :)  See all the units I had sewn for today’s installment.   Now, that wasn’t hard at all, was it?

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I hope you have liked making these units today.  See you next Saturday!!  Nosy mind does want to know… what you have planned for today.  I would be so delighted if you could tell me!  Hugs to you all,have a great day – LATER!

MY TURN: The Aurifil DOM 2016 Block #7

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Hello and Happy Friday, Friends!  It is an exciting day at Ivory Spring because… today is the day my Aurifil Designer of the Month block is released!!!

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Click here to find out more about my block done in the blue colorway to go with this year’s blue/white theme!  You might also learn a couple of deep dark secrets about me you haven’t yet known. :)  And, more importantly, you just have to make and share a block to be entered in the giveaway of a whole box of Aurifil large spool threads!!!  A really generous gesture by Aurifil!  Details are mentioned on Auribuzz.

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Meanwhile, here is the block I made for myself using Windham Fabrics’ Blush & Blooms fabrics.  I added two primitive birds onto the block.  Because of the fabric choice, the block ended up taking on a “Shabby Chic” primitive look! :)

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You may recall seeing the same bird being embroidered in my Block #5.  I enlarged the bird for this month’s block.

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I used the yellow in my Subtle Strings thread collection to buttonhole stitch around the pink birds to give a bit of contrast.

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You can add the bird to your block too if you would like.  Click here to download the bird applique template.  Use the image below for placement guide for the birds.  Just think of the quilting possibilities in th negative area.  I know I certainly am for my block. :)

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I am so glad my spring dishes came out to play.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are still sewing along?  If not, there’s no better time than now to join in the fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed making all the DOM blocks, so I imagine you would too.

Have a great weekend!

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So, below are Blocks #1-6.  You have seen Block #7 today.  I am now ready for Block #8!

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Block #3

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Block #4

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Block #5

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Block #6

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Bastille Day & Thread Journey Part 3!!!

Today is Bastille Day!  This very key from Bastille prison is displayed prominently at Historic Mount Vernon.  It was a gift from Marquis de Layfayette to the venerated General Washington who is almost like a father to Lafayette. Click here to read more about the fascinating story.[As of 7EST today, I heard the news of the Bastille Day tragedy.  So sad!  It’s during times like these, words fail me and I can only pray.]

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[photo credit: Mount Vernon Ladies Association]

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Hello Friends, Happy Thursday!  Over at Auribuzz today, we have the final installment for constructing the Thready Journey quilt top!  Here are a few beauty shots I took of my Thread Journey Version 2 completed quilt top.  We will continue on with quilting Thread Journey a month from now.  So, if you would still like to join the journey, just hop on!!!  Auribuzz has all the instructions, as well as upcoming schedule.

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The mottled light gray fabric I used for the outer border is my new favorite gray.  In case you want to track it down, it is color 37098-12 from Windham Fabrics’ Palette collection.

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I unwittingly captured the seams on the back of my quilt, reflected by the sunlight.  I love this shot.

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Have a most fanta-bulous day, my Friends!!!  And I am always grateful that you are part of my life’s journey.

FREE PATTERN: Hoffman Fabrics’ Good Tidings / Christmas in July!!

Hello Friends, it’s July — and we are inching toward July ever so surely. :)  So, we’ve got to have a Christmas in July offering at Ivory Spring before July slips away.

Here is a free-to-use pattern I designed for Hoffman Fabrics to feature their new Christmas line this year, Good Tidings!  SHOCKER — another Sawtooth Star Quilt! HAHA!

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Good Tidings is a very pretty line – and if you like cardinals…. ’nuff said! :)

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs to you all, and have a lovely day!

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My 2016 Line-up

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

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion: Little House on the Hill

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)

I am Wendy Sheppard, and…

… I endorse these fabrics,  because the I love the fabrics THAT much!!!  I just shipped out a quilt made with the Flower Pedals fabrics by Windham Fabrics.

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I love all the prints in this collection.  These fabrics are 100% organic as well.  I am always happy to find organic fabrics – they just feel so smooth and nice!  You have to check out the fabrics here.  They are current in quilt stores right now.  So get them while you can.

I had previously designed a Tulips Quilt using the same fabrics.  You might have seen it displayed at Fall Market last year at Windham Fabrics’ booth.   Check out the house and the bicycle prints used in the quilt!!!!  The pattern is a free-to-use pattern – details to download pattern are here.  Kits are also available here (even if they misspelled my last name on the website!)

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Alrightie, Friends.  I hope you keep enjoying your summer.  Meanwhile, if you happen to have an all-time favorite fabric line, I should dearly like to know which it is!  Till tomorrow.

Dawnstar in QUILTMAKER (July/August 2016)

Quiltmaker July/August 2016

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We are certainly enjoying the sun at our end, as long as it doesn’t get any warmer! HA!

You know how much I love the sawtooth star block.  You can click previous posts here, and here for the different ways I have thought of using sawtooth star blocks in quilts.  I think a follow-up post on further uses of sawtooth star blocks is in order… soon!  For today, I am happy to share about my Dawnstar quilt that is featured in the July/August 2016 issue of Quiltmaker.

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As you can see, this quilt uses a variation of the sawtooth star block, as well as a variation of the traditional snowball block! :)

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This was a really fun quilt to make, and quilting it was even more fun!  I quilted allover roundabout feather wreaths on the quilt.  As always, the quilt is quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  I have never ever had that combination go wrong on me! Click here if you want to find out how I quilt my roundabout feather wreaths.

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Dawnstar also traveled to Salt Lake City earlier this year for Quilt Spring Market.  I would love to have been a “quilt on the wall” to eavesdrop on all the quilty conversations taking place.

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You might find the fabrics I used to make Dawnstar looking familiar – and you would be correct.  These are the same Blush & Blooms fabrics (by Windham Fabrics) I have been using to make my Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks.  You can see the blocks I have made to-date here.  These fabrics are current, and truly beautiful.  You may also purchase a kit to make Dawnstar for a limited time here.

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It is going to be a happening week at Ivory Spring.  Come back on Wednesday, when I have another Sawtooth Star free to use pattern to share with you.  And on Thursday, we will have our last installment on constructing Thread Journey quilt top (the installment to date here).  Friday is going to be my turn to share the Aurifil Designer of the Month block on Auribuzz!  And Saturday will bring the 2nd installment of Harmony Summer Mystery Sew Along (1st installment is here)!  But for now, I hope you have a most lovely Monday! Hugs, and God bless 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: Little House on the Hill

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

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 1

YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD THE 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.  A warm welcome to the kick-off of our Harmony Mystery Summer Sew-Along!!!  Hopefully, you have gotten your supplies and are ready to go.  Whether you are meeting up with friends to make this quilt at your local quilt shops, or sewing from the comfort of your PJ’s at home, I hope we will have lots of fun this summer making a fun little quilt! [Again, you may find a list of participating shops here.]

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ORGANIZING:

Next, let’s work on organizing the fabrics.  The Harmony Bright palette comes with REALLY beautiful colors.  Even though it is considered a “basic” fabric group, I love that the fabrics all have timeless prints to go with the colors.  You may organize your strips based either on the prints or colors, whichever works better for you!

If you are organizing by prints, there are four (L-R): spiral square, swirl, leaf, weave.

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If you are organizing by main color groups, there are eight (L-R): purple, green, blue, aqua, orange, yellow, pink, red

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I just have a couple of things to note before we cut into the fabrics:

#1.  Before I unpack my strips set, I gently ran a lint roller on the top and bottom of the set to get the lint and fuzzies off.

#2.  Be careful when cutting into the fabrics.  We will be using most of the fabric strips.

For today, we will be making four-patch units and stem units for some mysterious purpose. :o)  But nothing too strenuous, I promise!

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CUTTING & SEWING FOUR PATCH UNITS

#1.  We will sort the strips into the following three groups.  Set aside remainder strips after cutting.

Group 1: (L-R) – cotton candy weave, turquoise blue (mist) weave, lilac weave, peony weave.  Cut 4 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip.  Make 4 four-patch units.

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Group 2: (L-R) – tangerine swirl, geranium leaf, bubble gum swirl, red swirl.  Cut 4 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip.  Make 4 four-patch units.

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Group 3: (L-R) – shamrock swirl, deep ocean spiral square, pansy swirl, marine swirl.  Cut 2 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip.  Make 2 four-patch units.

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#2.  Here you see the squares cut for the first group,

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and sewn into 4 four-patch units.

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Make 4 four-patch units for each of the remaining fabric groups.

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CUTTING & SEWING STEM UNITS

#1.  We will use vanilla weave fabric + shamrock swirl, grape spiral and sapphire swirl.

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#2.  Cut 2 (3″ x wof) from vanilla weave fabric.  Subcut 20 (2 1/2″ x 3″) rectangles.

#3.  Cut from shamrock swirl strip 6 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles; grape spiral square strip 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles; and sapphire swirl strip 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles.

#4.  Sew 2 (2 1/2″ x 3″) vanilla weave rectangles to the opposite long sides of 1 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles.  Repeat for all the cut (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) Harmony rectangles.  So, you will end up with 6 shamrock swirl, 2 grape spiral square and 2 sapphire swirl sewn units.

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And here we are – DONE for the day!!!  My strips and units are safely stored away in my project tub.

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I hope you have had fun sewing these simple units along.  I shall see you again next week!  Send me your work-in-progress pictures – I would love to see them.

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p.s. If you like working with precuts or stash, don’t forget to check out my Creative New Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash here.

Ready, set, almost…. just about & Other FREE PATTERN of Harmony Quilts!

Hello Friends, less than 24 hours…. you will find out what I am doing with these fabrics!!!  Harmony will go down as one of my all-time favorite fabrics line.  There is actually a video clip about the Harmony fabrics.  Click here to view.

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Besides this Mystery Quilt, I have also designed other quilts that feature fabrics in this fabric line.  These designs are now available as free-to-use patterns.

Click here to download instructions for Butterfly Quilt.

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Click here to download instructions for Row Quilt.

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Alrightie, that’s all for now!  See you bright and early tomorrow at 7am!