A loooong overdue WRAP-UP: Island Batik/Creative Quilts Blog Hop

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well, and have had a great weekend!  My little family struggled to get our inner clocks adjusted back to the US local time this past week, with only a bit of success.  For most of last week, Miss Baby would go to bed at 4pm after school, and wake up at midnight/1am wanting to be fed — because it is lunch time at the other side of the globe!  How about doing her music practices at 4am because she couldn’t go back to bed? Hahah – totally lopsided, to say the least! :)  And I find myself sending emails to editors at 3am in the mornings because that’s when my mind functions the most coherently.

All that to say… we are still on the path of normalcy at Ivory Spring.  So I will be spending a few posts catching up on things I should have shared back in April.  First up is…. the Island Batik/Creative Quilts blog hop that happened back in March!

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A huge shout out of THANKS to Island Batik for coordinating the hop with their amazing Ambassadors.  I am most appreciative to these ladies for participating in the hop, and have totally admired the “Creative New Quilts” quilts they made with the Island Batik batiks!  I am showing you in one post all the batik quilts made, in comparison to the original quilts in my book Creative New Quilts & Projects.  You may click on the quilt name to go to the specific hop post for the particular project.  The moral of the story is obvious in this case – it’s the “Precuts” fabrics that make the quilts since my book targets fun quilts you can make with the precuts you have stashed away. :)

#1.  Counting my blessings 

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Batik version done by Lemon Tree Snippets.

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#2.  Stars Over Columbia

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Batik version made by Mary Mack Made Mine.  

#3.  Winter Blues

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Batik versions made by  Freemotion by the River and  KISSed Quilts.

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#4.  Childhood Memories (Girl)

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Batik version made by BeaQuilter.

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#5.  Birds of a Feather Runner

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Batik version made by One Quilting Circle.

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#6.  Birds of a Feather Placemats

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Batik version made by Bejeweled Quilts.

#7.  Care for a Cuppa?

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Batik version made by MooseStash Quilting.

#8.  Flight of Colors Pillow

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Batik version made by Pamela Quilts.

#9. Crossings

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Batik version made by The Fit Quilter.

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I hope you have enjoyed the eye candies presented by these talented quilters.  I am experiencing the aftermath of a personal loss, and more so than ever before, I have experienced the sweet sense of community within the quilting world.  Quilters always reach out, always encourage, and always step up to lend a hand…. THANK you to all my quilting friends — you know who you are!

Till tomorrow.

FREE PATTERNS for Windham’s Storybook Christmas

Urm, anyone has any idea how many days there are left before Christmas?  I said that in jest — because in my mind, I just got through Christmas 2014!  However, keep your eyes peeled for Windham’s Storybook Christmas fabrics popping up at your local quilt shops in May.  These fabrics are simply the cutest!!!!  Click here to view the fabrics.

NOW – if you aren’t able to locate these fabrics at your local quilt shops, try contacting The Patchwork Co (www.thepatchworkco.com).

I actually designed four quilts with this line.  Two of them were display at Fall Quilt Market in Houston last year.

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So, first up, we have Holiday Forest.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And then, we have Gift Boxes.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And, we have Star Bright.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And A Storybook Christmas – I like this one because the quilt uses the panel print to “tell” a Christmas story! Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the cute Christmas projects you can make for Christmas this year! :)

So – tell me, are you a last minute Christmas shopper, or are you one of those who gather gifts for your loved ones over the course of the year?

Thank you for visiting.  I shall catch up with you again!

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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

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

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

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)

February: Dream Boat (Quilting Treasures)

March: Garden Maze using Emilie (Windham Fabrics)

March: Lattice using Emilie (Windham Fabrics)

April: Holiday Forest using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: Gift Boxes using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: Star Bright using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: A Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

Tuesday Tidbits & Editorial Features

Hello Friends, I have been out of the country… and now I am back.

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While I was gone, I have had a couple of editorial features.

#1.  Quilts and More (Summer 2016) – Tutu Cute using Benartex‘s Little Dancers.

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You may recalled I had a free-to-use pattern using the same fabric line.  Click here to find out more.

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#2.  Quiltmaker (May/June 2016) – Lavender Love using Northcott‘s Lavender Market 2.

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#3.  Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2016) – Estelle baby quilt using Windham‘s Stella.

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Now that I am back, I am working on a few projects… here are a few sneak peeks.

#1.  Smokey and Friends — ask your local quilt shops to contact Windham Fabrics about this pattern.

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#2.  New quilt using Windham’s Holiday Traditions.

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#3.  Aurifil’s Designer of the Month Block #4 – click here to check out this month’s block!  I will show you my version very soon!

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So, I got myself all ready to play with my newest “sewing machine”…. and found out that my Aurifil thread spool won’t fit on it.  What is a girl to do?  #SewingHumor

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So – tell me what you’ve been up to while I was gone.  Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs to you all.

DONE: My Aurifil Designer of the Month Block 3

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Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again!  I always enjoy hearing from you.  You have seen my blocks #1 and #2 of the Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks!

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I completed my Block #3 over the weekend!

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Block #3 is designed by Christa Watson.  Click here if you haven’t downloaded the block instructions, or would like to learn more about the block.  Christa’s block features an improv-pieced block center.  Instead of piecing mine, I stitched out the improv look with Aurifloss, Aurifil’s 100% cotton embroidery floss.

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I separated outall the strands from the thread, and re-assemble 3 strands for my stitching using Aurifloss.  The floss stitched out beautifully – the coverage was amazing!  I will have a later post reviewing with the floss later, but one thing I can say is that the quality that is so evident (and well loved) in the other Aurifil threads is definitely in the floss as well.  It was fun improv-stitching out the block center.  For now, if you want to get those springy colors for yourself, the colors are: 2135 (yellow), 2210 (copper), 1147 (green), 4020 (pink).

The really neat thing is Aurifil makes the floss for ALL the colors they make for the other cotton weights!  So break out your color card, and do what I do — bring the color card along to your activities, and daydream about them!  Now you know what I do when I take Miss Baby to her violin lessons. :)  In all seriousness, I do take notes!!!  This violin thing – it is a family affair!!

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Editor’s update:  Something came up and needed my immediate attention.  So, I am not sure how often I am going to be update my blog!  Please know that I will be back just as soon as I can!  Hugs to you all.

All That Glitters & Shimmering Constellations & Giveaway Winner!

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  It seems like months ago I was asked to design with Benartex’s Gold Standard/Simply Sterling collection!

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And the results were:

#1.  Shimmering Constellation

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Shimmering Constellation made it to the final round of 2016’s Benartex Fan Favorite design!!!  As you know, my designs won the 2014 and 2015 fan favorites, shown in the following:

SO it is fun to see another of my designs made it to the final round this year. I am hoping you would go vote your Benartex’s FAN FAVORITE design for this year.  I would be so honored to have you vote for my Shimmering Constellation.  But I do want you to vote your consicence. :o)  Click HERE to go vote!  Voting closes at 5pm EST on April 4, 2016.

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I actually had an editorial feature using the Gold Standard/Simply Sterling fabrics in the December 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  This is a bed-size quilt, and it is another “Sawtooth Star” design!

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Last year the quilt was displayed at American Patchwork & Quilting’s booth during Fall Market last year.

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There was this really cool app at the booth where designers could customize the cover of a particular magazine issue in which their quilt is featured.  Since I was the “loser designer” who didn’t get her quilt on the cover, it was really fun to “live” the moment (a very fleeting moment, I might add) as if I was the cover girl!  HAHAHA.  So, this is what the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine issue should look if I had had the power to dictate… I had way too much fun with this app!

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And before I forget, the winner of my Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks DVD giveaway is mumbird3.  An email has been sent to you – please email me your shipping address, and I will get the DVD sent out to you!   Meanwhile, I will have another giveaway for the online version of the class in the very near future.  Stay tuned. :)  Thank you all for playing along!  Meanwhile, you may click here to check out the class if you haven’t already. :o)

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Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week ahead.  We will have quite a bit to cover this week at Ivory Spring. Check back often for happenings!  Hugs to you all.

Thread Talk From My Sewing Machine #69

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Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Things have been a little chaotic over here… probably an understatement, haha!  But we are doing well.   Despite the beautiful cherry blossoms we saw last week, we are waiting for the slightly warmer weather to keep getting warmer. :)

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Last week, I stitched out a Mandala design using my Subtle Strings threads.  This Mandala design was stitched out as part of QuiltShopGal’s Bee Creative Charity Project.  Click here to read more.  QuiltShopGal also showed my pencil sketch schematic of this stitched Mandala in her post. You are free to use it as an inspiration for your quilting.

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Sometimes, a little subtlety goes a long way, yes?  To illustrate how subtle the colors of my Subtle Strings thread spools are, I contrast them against a solid black background.  The flower center is stitched with Aurifil 40wt threads in the bright and loud shades in order to give contrast to the colors and the 50wt threads I had chosen for Subtle Strings.  All 12 Subtle Strings colors are stitched in the 12 outer petals.

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It’s interesting to me to see how the colors look SO different when wound on spools vs. when they are stitched out. In this case, when the thread is stitched out (without the effect of the collective rounds of wound thread), you might even say some of the threads are subtly similar in shades — thus the name, Subtle Strings. :)  Take a look at the corresponding colors to the stitched petals, and you will quickly see the effect of “collective vs loner”.  For example, that yellow thread doesn’t look so yellow after all.

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My two cents:

#1.  ALWAYS, always (!) audition the color of your threads but pulling a thread by itself and lay it against your fabrics to see if you like the thread color on your quilt, instead of laying the entire spool on the fabric for audition.  Of course that is the lazy way.  You can always actually stitch out the colors on actual fabrics if you are the very responsible kind, haha!  As for me, I tread the quickest path that gets me to the actual quilting part.

***There are logical reasons to my Subtlety (see below):

#2.  Interchangeable shades — that means I have used the similar shades of colors TOGETHER in a quilt in the situation where I ran out of one color during the quilting process, and proceeded using the one with the similar shade.  The effect is almost unnoticeable (unless inspected up close), especially with those two blue shades.

#3. The top center cream shade is my favorite neutral shade (#2130) that I use to piece AND quilt most of the time.  BUT, I have also learned that the other shades (like the light pink, lavender, light blue, gray and taupe) are suitable for piecing as well – even for light fabrics.  So, if you have threads in subtle colors laying around, use them like you would a neutral thread in your sewing!

#4.  The softer colors accentuates the texture of quilting if you want the effect of your quilting not overpowering.

The following picture shows what I call “lemonade” quilting.  The thread is the light pink quilted against a yellow fabric:

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#5.  I also picked those shades for hand applique purposes because those shades blend well in securing the applique pieces onto background fabrics.  I read somewhere a long time ago to no pick loud shades for hand applique.  And I have always used subtle shades for hand applique.

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#6.  And of course all the Subtle Strings threads are in 50wt.  The reason being, for those starting out with domestic machine quilting, I always encourage them to use the finest thread they can find.  I started out using 100wt silk (you can read more about it and see more pictures here).  As I taught domestic machine quilting, I had found that the 50wt really gives the students the best results that eventually confidence in them to continue in domestic machine quilting.  [From my personal teaching experience, it has to be the Aurifil 50wt that gives the best result!  I would hand out 50 wt threads to student who are struggling in class to have them just try the thread – they are always amazed at the difference the thread makes!]  So, the 50wt is definitely a great weight to start!

#7.  When used for quilting, I find that the 50wt masks mistakes really well, and oftentimes that is what give beginners the initial confidence to keep on quilting on their domestic machines.

#8.  The 50wt is my favorite weight for piecing.  I think that the 50wt helps with achieving precision in piecing.

My Color Burst quilt comes to mind – that quilt was completed from start to finish (finish means bound and set to the magazine editor) in 5 days.  I have to say it wouldn’t have been possible for me to do had it not been the Aurifil 50wt threads that helped me so much in achieving the precision in piecing.  Keep in mind these HST finish at 1 1/2″ square.

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I think I finally ran out of my 2-cents on being subtle here. :)  I hope you will look and see what threads you might have to stitch them out, just to see how they would look on fabrics like I did with my Subtle Strings colors on a black. I will have more projects like that to show and share with you this year — and hope that you will make experimenting a point in your quilting journey this year!

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You may contact Donna at www.followthatthread.com to order your own Subtle Strings collection.  A big shout out to Quilters Newsletter for including the collection in the Staff Picks section of their latest issue (April/May 2016).  Have you see my Tartan Links quilt in that same issue?

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Alrightie — Friends, I am going to have a date with my Aurifil 50wt threads as I have to get a quilt top pieced and shipped out tomorrow.  I hope you have a most lovely weekend!  Quilty hugs to you – whether you are a quilter or not.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 10

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Hello Friends,  I am a little sad we have come to our last day of the Island Batik & Creative New Quilts blog hop.  I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing my book projects being made with batik fabrics.  I am immensely appreciative of all the talented quilters who have contributed to the hop!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River (Connie) and KISSed Quilts (Marlene).  These two ladies did a fantastic job with my Winter Blues quilt.  You have to check out their quilts, as well as their blogs – as there is a LOT of talent on those blogs.  Of course, enter the giveaway for a copy of the book that has instructions on how to make myWinter Blues quilt.

TODAY!!!  Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine — I think of Maryellen as one of my late night friends! There have been numerous times she and exchange emails during the night when I am burning midnight oil.  I am really excited to have Maryellen make one of my quilts with Island Batik’s London Fog fabrics.   I love that Maryllen also increase the size of her quilt but making more blocks than my original quilt.  Please head on over to her blog to see her version of my Stars Over Columbia quilt!  While you are there, check out Maryellen’s Etsy shop as well.

Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets — Today’s hop featured project is my Counting My Blessings banner quilt.  It is one that has received sweet and warm responses!  Hop on over to Pat’s blog to see the blings she has added to the banner.

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So this is my original Counting My Blessings.  

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The pagoda birdhouse is a nod to my Oriental heritage.

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You may click here to view more pictures of the banner.  The book also includes an autumn version of falling leaves (and the full size template).

I hope you have enjoyed this 2-week long hop.  A HUGE thank you to Island Batik for coordinating the hop, and Landauer Publishing for sponsoring the book giveaway.  I hope you will remember check out the products of these wonderful companies for your next quilty purchase – just sayin’! :)

And I hope you have a most blessed weekend as we celebrate Easter/Resurrection of Christ.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 9 / Sewing Humor

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Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River (Connie) and KISSed Quilts (Marlene).  These two ladies did a fantastic job with my Winter Blues quilt.  You have to check out their quilts, as well as their blogs – as there is a LOT of talent on those blogs.  Of course, enter the giveaway for a copy of the book that has instructions on how to make myWinter Blues quilt.

TODAY!!!  Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine — I think of Maryellen as one of my late night friends! There have been numerous times she and exchange emails during the night when I am burning midnight oil.  I am really excited to have Maryellen make one of my quilts with Island Batik’s London Fog fabrics.   I love that Maryllen also increase the size of her quilt but making more blocks than my original quilt.  Please head on over to her blog to see her version of my Stars Over Columbia quilt!  While you are there, check out Maryellen’s Etsy shop as well.

Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

The original Stars Over Columbia is made totally with scraps from my stash.  So often we are left with small pieces of leftover fabrics when we finish a quilt.  A great way to organize them is to cut them int0 squares of common sizes: 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″ and so forth.  Then when you have enough built up in your stash, you can easily pull them out to make a project.

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This design works in just about any color combination.  Maryellen’s quilt ends up looking very different from mine because of the colors she chose, but her colors are perfect for spring!  Head on to her blog to see the quilt for yourself.  And THANKS to Maryellen for contributing to the hop.
Tomorrow is our last day of the hop – truthfully, I am feeling a little sad, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the fun these last couple of weeks!
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I thought you might enjoy seeing this picture I took from staging Miss Baby’s Playmobil cats “messing about” with my Aurifil threads!  What is this world coming to? :)

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Thanks for stopping by!  I shall check in with you again tomorrow.  Hugs to you all.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 8

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Friends today is an exciting day on our hop, as we have two very talented quilters contributing to the featured hop project!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

TODAY!!!  Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River (Connie) and KISSed Quilts (Marlene).  These two ladies did a fantastic job with my Winter Blues quilt.  You have to check out their quilts, as well as their blogs – as there is a LOT of talent on those blogs.  Of course, enter the giveaway for a copy of the book that has instructions on how to make my Winter Blues quilt.

Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree SnippetsFirst of all, the original Winter Blues quilt that I made is a shout out to Island Batik as I had used their fabrics.  Over the years,  I have made friends with the wonderful people at Island Batik, and am always appreciative of their generosity with sponsoring fabrics for my projects!

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Secondly, this quilt is a nod to my past, my former life, my college life in Engineering school.  For some reason,  the images of I-beams in the pages of one of my college textbooks had been swirling in my mind when I was working on designs for my Creative New Quilts & Projects book.  That’s why some of the blocks have the look of I-beams.  I thought it was cute when Marlene of KISSed Quilts picked Winter Blues as the project she would re-make with Island Batik’s fabrics.  I guess once an engineer, always an engineer — even if those calculations are quite rusty right now (at least for me!).

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Bygone engineering days aside, this design is great in showcasing any novelty prints you might have in the bigger and the solid square blocks!  Take a look at your stash, and you might have just found your next project!

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Thirdly, this quilt also shows my love for blue and white!  2016 is my blue and white year!  If you have followed me on Instagram, you have probably seen this blue and white project I started.  I will share more about it on the blog.

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Here are couple of pictures showing the quilting.  I will have more pictures of the quilt to share in the near future!

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For now, please visit Connie and Marlene and see their Winter Blues quilts, would you?!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most lovely of days.  I will catch up with you again tomorrow.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 7 / This or That #14

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Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

TODAY!!!  Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

You know that I have a young daughter, and therefore, I am all about childhood memories.  To me, childhood ought to be simple and sweet.  It’s with that sentiment in mind, I designed the following quilts, girl and boy versions. All you need for these quilts are some precuts 2 1/2″ strips and fat quarters!

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Today, I have had a bit of fun over at Instagram with a very important question.  I thought I would do it here too as our #14 installment of our THIS or THAT question. [If you are on Instagram and want to search for me, my handle is ivory_spring — VERY original, eh?!]  Ready – MILK or DARK Chocolate Bunny for you?!

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Thanks for stopping by.  We have sunshine today – I am really happy and grateful!  I shall catch up with you later.
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You may click the following for our previous THIS or THAT posts.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1. Click here for Vicki’s follow up post.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #2.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #3.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #5.

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Click here for non Quilty (aka Pointless) THIS or THAT #11.

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Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 6

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Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We remembered Palm Sunday in our family, and look forward to our Easter week.

Meanwhile, our blog hop is still growing strong at Day 6!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

TODAY!!!  Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peach fabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

The original runner looks like this in the book:bird runner

And I also showed an autumn colorway in the book:

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I think it can be said about today’s hop project is that fabrics really make the runner! :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will check out Linda’s blog — don’t forget to leave a comment on her blog for your chance to win a copy of my book!

I shall check in with you later — for now, I have a few sets of pattern instructions to rush out — and I’d better get going!  Love to you all!

Happy National (International) Quilting Day 2016

Happy National (International) Quilting Day!!!!  I hope you have a most lovely day, and that you might even squeeze in a bit of time to sew.

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Why do I quilt?

#1.  Quilting is fun, enough said!

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#2.  Quilting brings people together, just as the pieces of fabrics being brought together to make a quilt happen!

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#3.  Quilting is caring, the charity quilts, the fund raising etc!  I firmly believe quilters are some of the most loving people!

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#4.  Quilting is learning – it keeps the mind young!

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#5.  Quilting is history – I shall leave it at that because I can spend a day and a half non-stop to just talk about quilting and history!

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#6.  Quilting reflects my own life!  There is more about my life posted here to celebrate last year’s National Quilting Day.  But this year, one aspect of my life is the Work-in-Progress (WIP)-ness of my life.  My life is a work in progress, like quite a few of my quilts… I only pray that I will always be obedient and teachable under the loving guidance of my Lord and Savior.

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And so, why do you quilt?  Leave a comment below, and you will be entered in the giveaway of one of my brand new Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks class DVD.  You will learn 9 different ways to quilt Ohio Star Blocks if you are interested in quilting your pieced blocks beyond straight line quilting.  You may read more about the class here.  Winner will be announced on April 1.  Please note that the giveaway is for a class DVD.  Giveaway of the same class in online class format is forthcoming.

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Have a great day from your devoted quilting friend!  Quilty hugs and love to you all.

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