Ready, almost set….. Secrets to share?

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Hello Friends, only 3 more days, and we will have the first part of our Summer Mystery Sew-Along revealed!  Are you ready?  Come back here at 7am EST for the first installment of instructions.  I know some shops are having sewing parties – that sounds so fun!  Check with your local quilt shops to see if they are participating in the Quilting Treasures’ Summer Mystery Sew-Along.  If not, you can easily follow along if you purchase the supplies from the participating shops.  Click here for the list of shops.  Please note that the list might not be the most updated version. Anyway how, I think we will have quite a bit of fun together sewing together this summer!!!

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I know there are so many projects out there that tempt us quilters.  I am one who is consistently tempted, and have to admit to you I have started a few quilts myself that are not work related.

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A couple of things that I find helpful in keeping me keeping on with the projects:

#1.  I make sure they projects are easily accessible.  I keep them in handy tubs so that I don’t have to hunt for them when I have a few extra minutes to work on them.

#2.  I work on the blocks (if they are pieced) here and there in between piecing work-related quilt blocks.  I have to admit it takes extra concentration to keep the measurements straight when I am working on different blocks.  But that helps grow my non work-related blocks. :)

SO — what are your secrets in juggling multiple quilt projects?  I should dearly like to know!

DONE: My Aurifil Designer of the Month Block 6

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Hello Friends, my Aurifil 2016 DOM Block #6 is finished!!  Click here to download instructions for this block if you haven’t done so.

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The block construction of my block follows exactly the June block.  The only thing different is that I did the hand embroidery a little differently.  Instead of embroidering the wreath, I hand embroidered around a fused and fussy cut floral bouquet from one of the Blush & Blooms focal fabrics to give my block center a bit more visual interest.

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I have been wanting to use the Blush & Blooms focal print in the Aurifil DOM blocks, but haven’t been able to because the scale of the print is on the large side.  I thought June’s block gave me the perfect opportunity to just fussy cut out a particular bouquet from the fabric to be fused on the center of the block.  I would normally use buttonhole stitches to finish off the raw edge fused applique, but I felt those buttonhole stitches would look a bit intrusive.  So, I outline-stitched (by hand) the applique instead.

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I used 2 strands of Aurifil’s Aurfloss for the embroidery.  Handwork is always fun for me.  So I enjoyed the stitching.

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And with that, I am ready for Block #7.  Oh wait, my Block #7 is already ready… because next month’s block is MINE!  That’s it for now, Friends.  Lots to get done still.  Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely rest of your day!

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If you haven’t seen my previous blocks, here they are.  All my blocks are made with Windham Fabrics’ Blush & Blooms fabrics.

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Happy Independence Day 2016

Happy Independence Day, Dear Friends!  I hope you have had a blessed weekend.  We commemorated our Independence Day a wee bit early this year…

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I got to meet my role model, Lady Washington!  One of my favorite quotes has been Lady Washington’s: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”

An interesting fact about the Washingtons in July 1776 — General Washington wasn’t in Philadelphia, but another Washington was.  It was Mrs. Washington who was in town during that time getting inoculated for small pox.  The General was in New York City in the midst of much military tension.

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“Madeline” came with us too to the festivity, at the insistence of a certain girl!

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John Adams’ take on celebrating Independence Day: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

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I am touched by a quote of General Washington’s this year regarding the struggle and fight for independence: “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of a brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer, or to die… Let us, then rely on the goodness of our cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.”  (Excerpted from the General’s speech to his troops before the Battle of Long Island on August 26, 1776).  The bravery, the resolve, the more-than-self attitude, the reliance on God…. and I am one of the unborn millions!!  That thought is almost too much to for me to take in.  And so, my heart is full of gratitude to God for honoring the effort of the General and many, and to those who fought.  Many generations later after that fateful year 1776, I pray that God would still reach down, in His mercy, to continue shedding His grace on America.

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Have a most blessed day – Dear Friends!

More Thread Journey sightings & Part 2!

Hello Friends, the Thread Journey quilt center pictures are still trickling in — and I am loving all the pictures you have sent!

Here is Jody’s version:

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Here is Deb’s version:

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Here is Ruth’s version – Ruth creatively turned part of the original design into a pillow!  Brilliant!

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Thank you, Ladies, for sharing the pictures!  Keep those pictures coming!!

And… part 2 of the installment is up on Aurifil’s blog today.  Click here for the next steps!

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Have fun, and Happy Quilting!  Hugs to you all.

News & FREE PATTERNS using Windham Fabrics’ Grace Collection

Hello Friends, I hope your week had gotten off a rousing start!  Remember this little snapshot of a Christmas quilt I had been working on?  Well, 48 blocks, and 1024 patches later — it’s quilted, bound and off to Australia!  It’s a fun quilt to piece if you are into Log Cabin blocks, just sayin’!  More details are forthcoming later this year about this quilt.

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Do you remember this book, written by my friend Jeri Simon, that I had recommended to you last year?  I had written a review of the book here.  This is a perfect book for any beginners in case you are looking to gift someone with a handbook on beginning quilting.  And of course, this book is great for all experienced quilters because of the nifty charts included.

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Well, this book won the 2015 Foreword’s Review Gold Medal Award of the Independent Book Publisher Association! The news broke just yesterday!!!  I am so excited for Jeri, and my publisher Landauer Publishing.  You can purchase the book here, and the pdf format here.  Congratulations again to Jeri and Landauer Publishing.

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So Christmas sewing is done at Ivory Spring…. and now, I get to play with silver and gold and neutrals!  Keep your eye out for these beautiful fabrics at your local quilt stores / or online quilt stores – they really elevate neutral fabrics to a different level!  Click here to view the entire fabric group.

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I have designed the following free to use designs using these fabrics – ALL using precuts strips sets:

Winter Flowers – click here to download the instructions.

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Coastline – click here to download the pattern instructions.

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Boxes – click here to download pattern instructions.

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Thanks for stopping by, Friends!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your 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 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)

ABC des Maisons: Part 1

Before I proceed with today’s post, I have been asked about this quilt I posted in yesterday’s post.  The quilt is called Gwendolyn Dream Garden.  It is a pattern found in my book Creative New Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash.  You can view all the projects in the book here.  Gwendolyn’s Dream Garden is named for Miss Baby.  She fell in love with the quilt when she saw it, and told me it reminded her of a flower garden.

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Speaking of the girl, this summer has been a stitching summer for Miss Baby!  The last time you saw her completed stitched project was a few months ago… I shared about her stitched ornament.  You can read more about it here.

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From the stitched ornament to this…. a full-sized sampler! And she is quite a determined stitcher too – because she is having a contest with my sister (who is stitching the same thing) to see who finishes first.  They are stitching ABC des Maisons by Prive Jardin.  You can purchase the chart here.  That’s how it’s supposed to look when it’s finished.

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AND…. this is Miss Baby’s latest progres.  And she is intent on changing the colors to suit her taste. *rolling my eyes here*  Let’s just say sometimes I wish my little one would just stay inside the box, and not try to think too much outside of the box, hahaha!

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Have I ever told you I have always wanted a daughter?  And I am thankful to God He gave me one.  I have enjoyed my little girl.  I missed those baby/toddler days for sure, but I have also enjoyed the more grown up version these days.  I did a double-take the two days ago when she said to me out of the blue, “Mom, I think you are the best Mom I have ever sampled.  I think I am going to keep you.”  What?!  Sampled?!

Thanks for stopping by.  I have more work to do still… Hugs to you all till next time.

Another Thread Journey sighting… and totally unrelated question!

Hello Friends, I hope your summer has gone well for you.  We are already entering the last week of our first month of summer vacation.  I was so happy to see another Thread Journey quilt center completed… this time by Vicki.  If you haven’t known about Thread Journey, you may click here to find out.  Instructions to make the quilt center are posted here.

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Please keep sending me pictures of your work, not just Thread Journey.  I love seeing what you are working on – because I am nosy!

Meanwhile, we are enjoying our summer activities – library, museums, and stitching for us among other things. What are some of your favorite things to do in the summer?

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Come back tomorrow – I shall share about Miss Baby’s summer “busy work” stitching!!!!  It is soooo adorable.  I am tempted to stitch it along with if I weren’t up to my eyeballs in deadlines.

FREE PATTERN: Charleston

Happy Monday, dear Friends!  I hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend.  I have to be honest, mine was a bit weird because it’s the first one my own father is no longer on this side of heaven.  There was a sense of loss as I went through the day, but yet, I was comforted to know he is in heaven.   Heaven has become so much more personal to me because my Dad is there.

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We did have a blessed time celebrating the day with an amazing father  whom Miss Baby absolutely adores!

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And here we are, another new week!

I am so glad to receive a picture of Miriam sent me of the quilt center of her Thread Journey Quilt.  Let’s just say Miriam didn’t waste ANY time!!! :)  If you haven’t heard about my Thready Journey Quilt Along, click here for information.  And the instructions to make the quilt center are posted here.

Mine:

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Miriam’s — SO very gorgeous, don’t you think?!!!!

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You can join in the fun.  And I do hope you will keep working on the project.  I am working on a big giveaway for those who complete the project in a couple of months.

I also have a free pattern to share with you — for my floral-loving friends!  Be sure to check out a new floral line, Charlestonreleased by Quilting Treasures.  The following is a free to use pattern I had design to highlight the Charleston fabrics.

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Click here to view the fabrics.  

Click here to download the free to use pattern.

You may also purchase the kits here.

That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  I have a date with my sewing machine tonight…. more piecing to do on my current quilt.  Have a great week!

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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)

Thread Journey Quilt Along Part 1 & Other News

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Dear Friends, today is THE day!!!! Go on over to Aurifil blog today for the first step in making my Thread Journey Quilt by clicking here.

The original Thread Journey quilt was made mainly with batiks.  You can see my version 2 is made with Windham’s solids and fabrics from their other basic lines.

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A point I want to stress is I hope this quilt will bring much quilty joy in your own quilting/thread journey.  And remember… it is your quilt!  You can change and spice things up anyway you would like.  I think the following quote from Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said it best, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.” :)

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Meanwhile, the new Aurifil’s Designer of the Month block for June just released yesterday. Click here for the details on how to make Block #6!

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And that’s all the excitement I can handle for the day!  I have to get back to that green/red quilt that has many pieces. I still have quite a few blocks to go. :(

Have a lovely day!!!

Do you love mysteries?

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I have to admit I am not a huge fan of mysteries.  Even when I read a book or watch a movie, I have to know the ending first before getting into it.  But…. I am collaborating with Quilting Treasures and hosting a Summer Mystery Sew-Along starting July 9.  Go figure!!!

We get to play with these beautiful fabrics!

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I can promise you that the things we have to do aren’t going to be demanding — because it’s summer after all.  The instructions come in 6 installments (July 9, July 16, July 23, Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 20) to make a 46″ x 66″ lap sized quilt.  I hope you will join me?

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Click here if you haven’t known about the incredible Harmony Line, newly released by Quilting Treasures.

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Below are the official participating shops where you can contact to purchase the supplies.  If you are customers of these shops, please tell them I thank them for being a part of this cooked up Mystery!

Candy’s Quiltworks, Northridge, CA

Nimble Thimble, Gilroy, CA

Blue Iris Quilt Shop, Palo Cedro, CA

The Quilt Corral, Willows, CA

Country Cloth Shop, Angels Camp, CA

Kathy’s Fabric Trunk, Del Norte, CO

Quilter’s Dream, Loveland, CO

Rossville Quilts, Rossville, IN

Sew Unique by Jackie, Granger IN

Sew What’s New, Las Cruces, NM

Patchwork Angels, Endicott, NY

Quilty Pleasures, Geneva, NY

Pinwheels & Posies, Dickinson, TX

Tea Time Quilting, Houston, TX

Sew Much More, Nederland, TX

Quilters Crossing, Tomball, TX

Quilter’s Apprentice, Terrell, TX

Sew Let’s Quilt It, Dallas, TX

Savvy Quilters, Savoy, TX

Patti’s Last Resort, Acton, TX

Rahrah’s Fabrics & Quilting, Lubbock, TX

Tomorrow’s Quilts, Waco, TX

Wimberly Stitch Studio, Wimberly, TX

Beefore It’s A Quilt, Port Lavaca, TX

FREE PATTERN: Hoffman’s Rustic Refined

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again.  I hope you have had a great start to your week.  Things are happening at my end.  Among other things, I have been making these blocks — many of them with MANY tiny pieces. Those bright red squares finish at 3/4″.  I am seriously believing I have a screw or two loose somewhere!!  You know how I feel about piecing.  But more often than not, I end up doing A LOT of piecing for my quilts.

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I have had the pleasure to play with Hoffman’s newly released (and beautiful) line Rustic Refined a few months back, and came up with this design!

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I really love how these rustic-theme fabrics look!  You have got to check out the fabrics.

View the entire fabric group here.

Download the free to use pattern here.

Purchase the quilt kits here and here.

Thank you for stopping by.  I need to run and finalize things for Thursday’s instructions for Thread Journey’s Quilt Along!  Are you joining along?  I hope you are. :)

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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)

Another Salt Lake City Spring Market Sighting at Windham’s booth

Hello Friends, Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I am excited to share another Spring Market Sighting with you today — this time it’s at Windham’s booth.  Here is a quilt called Our Block that I had designed for Windham using one of their upcoming lines call Maribel.  Click here to see the fabrics.

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I designed two quilts patterns using this line that are available for sale (hopefully) at your local quilt shop.  If not, you might ask them to contact Windham for details.

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Smokey & Friends (in honor of Windham’s mascot Smokey the Cat).  Click here if you haven’t read about Smokey being Miss Baby’s “pet by proxy”. :o)

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Here are the blocks I have made for my the quilt — this will be a present to Miss Baby.

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I am anxious to make more of these kitty blocks…. once I get a breather.  That’s all for now, Friends.  I shall catch up with you later!  Hugs to you all.