Miriam’s FAVORITE Quilter

… and I can definitely understand why.

Hello Friends, I am absolutely delighted that Miriam is here to share with us the quilting story of her 96 year mother (who most definitely STILL quilts!), Mildred Waring of Kansas.

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It’s NEVER, EVER too late!  It’s amazing for me to hear Mrs. Waring didn’t even started quilting in full force until she was 70 years old.  She had made some quilt blocks in school back in the 30’s.  That speaks to me of Mrs. Waring’s love of life – her energy and zest for life – and more importantly her determination to start and complete projects.  And as you can see from the article Miriam wrote of her mother in 2001, Mrs. Waring has completed MANY quilt projects.  What an inspiration!!!  Mrs. Waring’s story (written by Miriam) was featured in an article in the March 2001 issue of Quilt World – kudos to Miriam for honoring her mother in such a special way.

I am most impressed with how Mrs. Waring organizes her fabrics, mentioned in the article.  She has piles of fabrics labeled with the names of the recipients of the quilts she makes with the fabrics!

Miriam wrote, “In looking at the photos in the article, I think Mom was one of the first “modern improv” quilters. She does all of her sewing on a 1948 Singer 15-91 machine she purchased “on time” when we lived in San Francisco. It has made many quilts, clothing from play to evening to tailored.”

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A quilter who blesses! Miriam writes of her mother, “She makes aprons (baby, toddler, children and adult sizes) and neck pillows. The neck pillows number in the hundreds now. She gives them to my niece’s husband, a Presbyterian pastor. He gives them out as he makes nursing home, hospital and shut-in visitations. She considers it her ministry now that she is unable to get out of the house any more.”

A quilter who keeps quilting!  Mrs. Waring recently finished a dog/puppy quilt from Billie Lauder’s “There’s A Dog On My Quilt”, for a great-great-grand nephew who would be making his grand entrance anytime now this month!

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Mrs. Waring hand quilts all her quilts!!!!  You know, anyone who hand quilts is my hero…. Mrs. W. is definitely my hero.

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Thank you, Miriam, for being willing to share your mother’s very inspiring quilting story!  Thank you, Dear Friends, for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed Thursday!!

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p.s. Miriam is a gem herself because she treasures the rich quilting heritage within her own family..  She remembers being given some early quilt calicoes (mentioned here) after a house fire.  She rebuilt her stash, notions and tools within five years after that!

Light and Quilting!

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

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

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

Exclamation Point in QUILTS and MORE (Spring 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

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

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

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

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

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

I spotted….

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

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

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

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

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Winner: Australian Quilters Companion Issue 73

Hello Friends, I just realized I hadn’t announced the winner of my giveaway of a copy of Australian Quilters Companion Issue 73 like I am supposed to…

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This Australian Quilters Companion issue did a really gracious feature on moi, as well as featured a joint vernture quilt between myself and Lynette Anderson.  Click here if you missed the initial posting.

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And the winner is #14: stitchinggrandma!!!  Congrats, Mary – an email is sent to you asking for your mailing address!

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Thank you all for playing in the giveaway!  Please know that I appreciate all of you and your friendship!  Till next time.

p.s.  This is not my “regular” post for today – thus commenting is turned off.  Today’s post is posted here, and you may leave your comments there.

FREE PATTERN: Treeline Drive

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

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

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

Click here to download pattern instructions.

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

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

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

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

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

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

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

Joy of Needle and Thread: Part 7

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  This week marks the first week Miss Baby and I are back to a 24-7 arrangement — because school is out for the summer!  Due to my workload and summer plans, I am not sure how available I will be… but I will try!  Please bear with me if I disappear for a long period of time.

I thought I shall kick off the summer by sharing with you what Miss Baby stitched for her teacher before school ended.  I am so convinced only my six year old has the time to stitch for leisure these days…

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And Mom is dismally lacking in the finishing department…. because it seems like all Mom can make are hanging pillow ornaments.  So, Mom made the latest stitched piece into a hanging ornament… yet another one!

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Me thinks Mom needs help in the creative department in finishing stitched pieces… don’t you?

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That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  Miss Baby has started her next piece – one we hope we can enter in next year’s Woodlawn Needlework Show.  I am a bit doubtful on this next project because there is a marked jump in difficulty level, but I am the last person to dissuade her from a difficult project…. considering with no experience at all or whatsoever, my first quilt was a pieced and applique quilt (story here)!  So, this next stitching project of Miss Baby ought to be interesting…. stay tuned. :)

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely week ahead!

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Click herehereherehere, here and here for past Joy of Needle and Thread posts.

FREE PATTERN: Christine’s Rose Garden

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

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

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

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

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

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

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

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

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

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

Announcing Giveaway Winner & Answering….

… a couple of “pressing” questions!  I have been asked by quite a few whether I have a Facebook or Instagram Page.  Answer is… I don’t, regretfully.  At my current phase of life, I only enough time to keep my blog somewhat updated. Though I have thought of being on Twitter, but my life is SORELY and DISMALLY un-interesting…

Now, as promised… the winner of my Machine Quilting Level 2 DVD giveaway is: #92 Cecilia! Congrats — an email is sent to you.  Please email me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net if somehow my email doesn’t reach you!

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You may read more about the quilting class here.

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Meanwhile, if you would like to have the information cards about BOTH of my online machine quilting classes with $5 off coupon for your quilting groups or events, please do not hesitate to email me!  I am more than happy to mail them to you.

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Rogers Sewing Center in northwest Arkansas is displaying the class sample I made for the class!  Stop by to see it if you haven’t already. More importantly, I want you to meet the RSC team – Dan, Rhonda and Kathy!  You won’t regret your visit… I can promise you that much!  Many more of the sample pictures are posted here.

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I thought I would also show you my tropical fruit salsa made with papaya and mango.  I was a bit skeptical about how it would taste even though I love papayas and mangoes by themselves, but the salsa turned out really deliciously summer-ish!

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Our summer holiday officially starts tonight.  To think I hadn’t though I would cope with Miss Baby starting and being in school two years ago… well, she will be a First Grader this Fall. Where did the time go?  We have lots planned for the summer, including a quilty summer project.  Stay tuned!

SO — curious mind wants to know what variations of salsa you have made using ingredients other than tomatoes!

Over The Fence in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 73) & Giveaway!

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day weekend.  Ours involved a bit of whirlwind traveling.  We are home now, and are back to our normal schedule.

I have been anticipating my copies of the latest Australian Quilters Companion to reach me from Australia… because I am being profiled in the issue – a small fish like myself!  A huge thank you to the editor for the lovely feature!

It felt sort of weird reading about myself in the profile — because in the core I am a private person and always do my best to not stick out.  I don’t even like to look at my own pictures. But at the same time, I also felt like the feature was an effective way for me to connect with my quilting friends.  So I am torn… In this particular article, you will find out one of my “darkest” skeletons in the closet “sewing-wise”… keyword is zippers!

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Immediately after the profile in the magazine spread is a feature on my joint-venture project with Lynette AndersonOver the Fence.  The complete pattern instructions are included in the magazine.

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You may recall the fabrics used in this quilt, Lynette Anderson’s Hearts and Flowers fabrics by RJR Fabrics in my Making Valentines quilt.

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Lynette and I used the same fabrics in a different way for the pieced and applique Over the Fence quilt.

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The wooden buttons are exclusive to Lynette Anderson, and are available from her store. You may also give Sew Graceful Quilting a call and see if they might carry the buttons if you live in the US.

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I had so much fun quilting this quilt, and will let the pictures tell all!

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Please allow me to take this opportunity to welcome all the new followers — thank you for following.  For those who are new, I quilt my quilts on a domestic sewing machine made by Bernina (a 640 to be exact).  And I construct and quilt my quilts (exclusively) with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads, and often over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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Thank you for suffering through all the pictures, Dear Friends!  I hope you have enjoyed Over The Fence.

You may purchase or subscribe to the magazine in digital format by clicking here.

Should you wish to preview the magazine in person, Australian Quilters Companion graciously sent me an extra copy to be given as a giveaway prize.  Leave a comment here between now and June 3, 2015 to be entered in the giveaway.  Winner will be announced on June 4. This giveaway is only open to US addresses.

Thank you for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely rest of the week, and shall catch up with you later!

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

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

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

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

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

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

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

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

Sew in Love {with Fabric} Blog Hop: Burlap Brights

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Here we are, Friends…. check out Sew in Love {with Fabric} for the instructions on how to make my Happy Go Around Star block, my contribution to Benartex’s Burlap Brights blog hop!

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I am turning off comments here so that you can share your thoughts on Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  Have a lovely day, Dear Friends.  I shall catch up with you later….

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Click the following links for my past blog hop participations at Sew in Love {with Fabric}:

Flower Favorites

Going Places

Christmas in July 2013

April Hop

Christmas in July 2014

Novelty Prints