Editorial Feature Overload #1 & Cover Quilt: Village Square in McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017

Hello Friends, loooong time no chat!  Things sort of spun out of control for a little bit there in my corner of the world with lots of deadlines and unplanned assignments!  A little glimpse of behind-the-scenes for you:  There are many many moving parts to get a magazine project finally to the “official” stage, and my role is normally at the front end.  I complete and turn in my part, and then I move on to the next thing.  In between my part and the final “official” part, things like proofing, formatting, photography, layout etc take place without my involvement.  And then, magazine copies with my project(s) in them show up in my mailbox.  THAT’S when I know my projects are official!

But oftentimes, my quilting friends who look out for me would alert me even before I know it myself.  So, texts and emails that say “Hey, I saw this or that quilt of yours” are always welcomed messages!

Do check back this week for other magazine quilts that have become official during my blog absence these last few weeks….

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You have seen these quilts I designed with Windham Fabrics’ Hamilton line!  If you haven’t, click here for the fun facts on this beautiful fabric line!

Eliza:

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Schuyler’s Sisters:

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Friends, I am happy to share with you my other Hamilton quilt, Village Square, made cover of McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue!!!!

Village Square is a bed-sized quilt that utilizes the mix of applique and piecing!  It is a four-part series quilt that will be released in McCall’s Quilting magazine issues starting from the May/June issue.

I do love the red/white/blue color combination!

If you aren’t a McCall’s Quilting subscriber, you may pick up your copy at newsstands now while the issue is still current.

You may also purchase it directly from McCall’s Quilting in print or pdf format.

You may also purchase a quilt kit here.

I won’t have this quilt back from the editor for a few more months.  That’s why I don’t have any additional pictures to share with you!

Thank you for letting me share with you my excitement for my quilt being cover girl! :-)  I look forward to seeing your version of Village Square if you decide on joining in the fun of making this series quilt.  I know some of you have already started the quilt!!!  Things remain busy for me… but I hope to be able to share what’s been going on at my end in a few weeks.

Now, I want to know what you’ve been up to the last few weeks… because I am nosy!!!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along: Part 2

NOTE:  If you are just now hearing about the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along, and would like to find out more, click HERE.

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Before we get started with Part 2, let’s just sit and relax and enjoy the different versions of Part 1 (posted here) sent in by you all!

Here is mine – using Quilting Treasures’ Bleecker Street fabric group!  Click here to view fabrics.  If you are new and wondering about the quilt kits, click here for information.

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Here is Alice’s.  She blogs at http://aliceinquilterland.blogspot.com if you would like to visit her and make a new quilting friend.  You can also see Alice moved on beyond the first part – which is absolutely wonderful!

Here is Gail’s.  I love the 30’s fabric choices.

This is Sharon’s – she has creatively turned her part 1 into a mini — Loving this idea!

This is Debby’s with a kitty to welcome the guests – this is Debby’s first time joining in a sew-along!  I am so happy to hear that, and am proud of her!

This is Kathy’s – Kathy is a dear friend of mine, and I love her dearly!

This is Jennifer’s – she is using Japanese neutrals for a completely different feel!

This is Cheryl’s.  A polka dotted roof — what is not to love?!

This is Margaret’s.  I am loving her blue roof!

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And I told Joyce it’s okay to turn in late homework!!!!  Even though Joyce didn’t share her block, she did share her fabrics.  I was hoping someone would do a monochromatic color scheme with this quilt — and Joyce apparently read my mind, somehow. :)  These fabrics are from Penny Rose!

I have enjoyed everyone’s version!!  I can’t wait to see how your quilt unfold as we sew along.  I have to say I am VERY happy that you are sewing along.  You can send me pictures of your quilt at any stage at any time, and I will just include your pictures in the next posting of Spring on Bleecker Street.

Remember, this is a sew-along for those of us who have more projects we can count, all going on at the same time. :-)  So, absolutely no pressure to get things done on time. More importantly, I just want you to enjoy the project.

****** Now, to Part 2!!!  Part 2 will take a total of about 2 1/2 hours…. and I have the total time broken down into 3 sections in case you don’t have a block of time that spans 2-3 hours!

The theme of this part is “Keep Calm and Sew On” because we will be sewing with small pieces.  The trick in dealing with small pieces is to handle them as if you are handling normal pieces.  Keep calm – check your cutting, your machine, and you should come out just fine!

#1.  I do starch press my fabrics so that I keep the small pieces as non-distorted as possible.

#2.  I also finger press all my seams before heat-setting them.

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#1.  Remaining trees (~35 minutes).  As I was saying, I finger-pressed my seams open before trimming off the dog-ears.

Then I used the iron to heat-set the seams open.

When you pin the two pink tree units together before sewing, be sure to match the diagonal seams, and you will have the tree units match up nicely.

I sewed together the pink tree and the yellow tree, and set aside — without sewing on the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle.

#2.  Sun embroidery on 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle (~ 1 hr, and that’s with me texting with my best friend).  The pattern didn’t show the sun drawing.  So, we will just wing it.  I first press-starch my rectangle so that it is not wobbly.  You would mark the circle for your sun where you would like it as long as you keep in mind where the seam allowance is on that 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle.  I marked the circle using the back of an Aurifil thread spool with a fine tip pen.

You can see that instead of triangles in the original design, I used radiating lines for the sun rays.  You can do however you choose for the sun rays.   I will be using the yellow from my Marmalade Meadows Floss Pack to stitch the sun!  I normally use a John James size 9 embroidery needle for embroidery stitches, stitching with 2-ply of floss.

If you would like to order the floss pack(s), Cinnamon Quilt Shopped has them here.

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And you might have seen a pillow ornament I recently completed with the colors in the floss pack, and some fabric scraps.

Back to our sew-along, here is my sun stitched out, and pieced to the tree units.  I hope you can see that I actually stitched around the sun circle twice, stacking my back stitches.  I have never done it that way, and I quite like the effects.

And the newly completed section is sewn to Part 1.

#3.  Pinwheels (~45 minutes).  So, I looked at the quilt layout, and felt like I didn’t want to have to make a whole bunch of pinwheels all at one go later on.  I went ahead and made the 4 pinwheels needed for the yellow fabric.  I used the method here to make accurate and squared up pinwheels.  Give the method a try – you might be as happy as the result as I am! :)

I plan to make a few of these pinwheels to go with each section until I have all of them made.

And that’s it for Part 2!  I hope you will have a blast making progress on this quilt as much as I have!  Can’t wait to see what your Part 2 looks like!!!!

Happy Sewing, my sewing friends!!  Hugs to you all.

Winner of Windham’s Hamilton FQ Bundle Giveaway & Behind-the-scenes Snippets

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a great week.  I was prevented from posting earlier today because… (get this)… Miss Baby is home from school today, and she had to use my computer to work on something for a poster!  I feel like I am entering another stage in my journey of motherhood in that I am having to share things with her now.  Computer now… what’s next? Car?!

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Thank you to all of you who played along in my Hamilton giveaway.  The winner is Gini (#100)!  Congrats!!  Gini, I have sent you an email asking for your shipping address.  Please respond asap, and I will have Windham send out the FQ Bundle to you!  And a great shout out to Windham for being so generous… trust me, more giveaways are in the works!!!

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If you recall, I had designed 2 free to used patterns to support this fabric line.  Quilt kits are also available for the designs.

#1.  Schuyler Sisters.  Free pattern here.  Kits available here.

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#2.  Eliza.  Free Pattern here.  Kits available here.

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Some of you have inquired about the names of the quilts.  So I asked my friends at Windham Fabrics.  The fabric line Hamilton is named after Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton.  You can read more about her here.  Mrs. Hamilton’s nickname was Eliza, thus the name of the pinwheel quilt.  The Windham team also wanted to give a nod to the close relationship Mrs. Hamilton had with her sisters, thus the star quilt Schuyler Sisters. I thought the back story was really neat, don’t you?

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Meanwhile, I spotted quite a few Windham fabric quilt kits on Keepsake Quilting that were designed by yours truly — As you can see, Windham Fabrics has kept me quite busy! :)  In case you would like to support Windham Fabrics….

Flowering Tree (52″ x 52″) on sale now for $69.99.  Click here to purchase.

Medallion Star (61″ x 76″) on sale now for $79.99.  Click here to purchase.

Compass Star (60″ x 80″).  Click here to purchase.

Northern Star (67″ x 92″).  Click here to purchase.

Color Coded (54″ x 54″). Click here to purchase.

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Cat Tales (80″ x 96″).  Click here to purchase.

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Garden Cottage (45″ x 54″).  Click here to purchase.

Well, that’s all for now, Friends!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

A little “Marmalade Meadows” stitching finish!

Hello Friends – and Happy Wednesday to you!  I hope you are well.  I turned a little simple cross-stitched piece that I completed in the car at the school parking lot….

… into a little hanging pillow.  The moral story is: Sometimes simple = sweet.

The colors I used are from my Marmalade Meadows collection.

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To date, the colors in the collection have been used in these projects:

#1.  Spring on Bleecker Street embroidery

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#2.  Marmalade’s Merriment (pattern for mini quilt and embroidery are included with the purchase of the floss pack)

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#3.  A Christmas ornament

And more projects using this floss collection are forthcoming!!!  I am working hard!

Since I am a totally one woman show, and do not own a shop… I rely on the good graces of shop owners to carry products associated with me, and quilters to buy them to support my work.  So far, I know of these shops carrying the floss packs:

Cinnamon Quilt Shoppe: https://cinnamonsquilts.rainadmin.com/shop/Thread/p/Marmalade-Meadows-Collection-x24133197.htm [They were temporarily out of stock, but they are back in stock!!!]

Pumpkinvine Corner:  Click here to go to the store.  I don’t think the actual item is listed on the website yet.  So feel free to contact the shop directly. :)  Jean “at” pumpkinvinecorner “dot” com / phone: 770-272-2485

I shall catch up with you later.  Meanwhile, I hope you will keep sewing/stitching/quilting on!  Hugs to you all!

FREE PATTERNS & GIVEAWAY featuring Windham Fabrics’ HAMILTON – and more!

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great day!  The sun is out in northern Virginia today, and the sunshine means a lot to me today – it’s as if God opened up the heavens and extended comfort those who seek comfort.  The spring blooms are coming early this year in the Washington DC greater!  I hope to share with you some cherry blossoms pictures in a couple of weeks.

[I just had a thought:  I think the colors in the flowers would make a great palette for a new quilt.  Your thoughts on combining purple, light purple, orange, yellow, green and brown?]

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It is no secret I love the people at Windham Fabrics.  They share with Miss Baby pictures and videos of their mascot cat, Smokey, at the office.  Smokey the Cat at Windham Fabrics exchange correspondence with Miss Baby from time to time.  You can read about one such exchange here.  My popular pattern Smokey & Friends is inspired by Smokey. The pattern can be purchased here.   Shown below are Smokey & Friends colored differently.   You can easily spot Smokey — he is the only cat in one colorway. :)

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Kits are available for the colorway below.  Click here to purchase.

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All that to say this — the kindness/friendship Windham Fabrics has extended toward me has extended to you, my readers as well.  They are always generous in sponsoring fabric giveaways whenever asked.  The giveaway today is for a FQ bundle of Windham’s newly release fabric line, Hamilton.  Click here to view the fabrics in detail.

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Hamilton is a pretty pretty line!! And I designed two free-to-use designs to highlight the fabrics:

#1.  Schuyler Sisters (oh, surprise — another sawtooth star quilt!).  Click here to download pattern instructions.  Kits are available for sale here.

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#2.  Eliza.  Click here to download pattern instructions.  Kits are available for sale here.

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STAY TUNED:  I have a very exciting and upcoming project using these very same fabrics!!!!

GIVEAWAY: Between now and next Thursday (March 9th), leave a comment here. Open to US addresses only.  I will select and announce the winner the following day.

That’s all for now, Friends!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

p.s.  Did you know today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday?!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

Stamp Pad in McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017) & More

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday, and a Blessed Week to you!  Today, I am sharing with you my latest magazine quilt that became official, Stamp Pad.   Stamp Pad is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017) issue.  The full instructions are included in the magazine issue.

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This is a design that majors in the basics — flying geese and rectangular patches — and yet, the result is quite eye-catching, no?  This design is perfect for telling a “fabric story” with any large or colorful prints.  But if you interested to use the fabrics I used, they are from RJR Fabrics‘ Garden Gate line by Robyn Pandolph.  Pandolph always has the most amazing florals!!

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I have also designed an exclusive runner project using the same fabrics for Keepsake Quilting.

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Purchase the kit here, or purchase the pattern here.

Be sure to check out my other offerings in Keepsake Quilting here.

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Meanwhile, I want to welcome those of you who have recently signed up to join the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along.  I am so glad you are on board.  Click here if you would like to learn more about the Sew-Along.

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Again, like I have told many, I am running this Sew-Along with the pace of one who has way too many projects going on at the same time.  So, we will just be tackling small portions of the quilt each month.  The house/tree block took me 2 hours to complete… so, if you could just spare about 2 hours a month, I am certain you can keep up. :)Also, I found out this week Cinnamon’s Quilt Shop has the kits if you need to pick one up.  Click here to purchase the kits, and here to purchase the accompany Aurifil embroidery floss pack!

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I will be posting installment #2 of the sew-along on March 15th.  So, you definitely have time to catch up with part 1. :)  Click here if you haven’t seen installment #1.

Meanwhile, I have also been smocking.  Miss Baby still lets me dress her, mainly because she is not one who puts too much thought into what she wears.  It’s a win-win for us right now.  She is needed some new outfits.  So, here is my latest completed smocking project.

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And here, I completed the stitching for a small little project that I work on at the school parking lot when I wait to pick up Miss Baby.  The colors I use are from my Marmalade Meadows floss pack.

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And here is me and a homemade apple pie a couple of weeks ago.  I am not crazy about pictures taken of me, but I had to do it for one of the fabric companies, hahaha.  Miss Baby can handily consume an apple pie in half a day, if I let her… a pinch of nutmeg is my secret ingredient when I make apple pies! :) That pie looks a bit pale because I was scared to death the pie would look too brown for the picture, hahaha.  Truth be known, I popped that pie back into the oven after the picture was taken.  Things I do for work….

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But I am curious though — what is your favorite pie?

And that’s it for now!  I shall catch up with you again in a couple of days.  Hugs to you all!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

FREE PATTERNS and QUILT KITS with RJR Wildwood Way

Hello Friends, here we are again! I hope your week has gone well for you.  Last Fall Market Houston RJR Fabrics launched their first digital print fabric line, Wildwood Way.  I am happy to have been able to design quilts to support the fabric line.  This line is absolutely gorgeous — click here to view the fabrics.

Stargazer is a 40″ x 40″ wall quilt that is perfect to decorate a wall.  Purchase the kit by clicking here.  Download pattern by click here.

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This is a picture of the quilt at Fall Market last year.

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Garden Path is a queen sized bed quilt that uses entirely charm squares!  I absolutely love this one!!!  Purchase the kit by clicking here.

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Wildflower is 67 3/4″ x 90 1/2″ large throw/single bed quilt.  Purchase the kit by clicking here (you earn 539 points in Quilter’s Cash if you are a Missouri Star Quilt Company customer).  Download pattern instructions here.

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And I have another magazine quilt (using the same fabrics) upcoming for later this year in an Australian publication…. :)  This one is fun!

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That’s all for now — I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

How would a President celebrate his birthday… AND MORE!

Hello Friends, Happy Washington’s Birthday!  General Washington is a big deal in our house!   So this is a special day where we are thankful for the life of our great General and President.  Click here to read about the real history on Washington’s Birthday/George Washington Day!

So, how might have General and President Washington celebrated his birthday?

It was said that Mrs. Washington had Japanese Fruit Pie made and served for the General’s birthday at some point. Click here for the recipe.

The historic Gadsby Tavern of the town Alexandria actually held annual Birthright Ball in the honor of the General’s birthday, and he actually attended twice!  It is This tavern is still in operation today, and we always enjoy dining there.  [Miss Baby feels like a “lady” whenever we ate at Gadsby Tavern.]  Gadsby Tavern also has on display the “ice house” – a historically accurate reconstruction of 18th century refrigerator.

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photo credit: http://www.alexandria.gov

Click here to see how well you know about General Washington.

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Meanwhile, if only empty thread spools can talk…. hahaha!  These are the empty thread spools I have collected since New Year — all from constructing quilts tops.  As life would have it, I have been spending the last couple of months making quilt top after quilt top.  The following empty spools represent about 11400 yds of threads – yeeeks!

For a long while, I never considered myself a piecer… but I think I am beginning to change my mind. I think I enjoy constructing quilt top almost as much as I enjoy free motion quilting!  Piecing lets the engineer in me to come out and play, out free motion quilting lets the artist out.  Artist has been confined inside of me lately because I have got to get to a few more quilt tops before Artist can come out to play.  But sometimes, that’s how the journey is made completed — when the journey is augmented by something out of the ordinary.

All that said — I am still eager to get these top done so that I can go back to machine quilting, ha!

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That’s all for now.  I hope you have a lovely week!!  Hugs to you all, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along: Part 1

NOTE:  If you are just now hearing about the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along, and would like to find out more, click HERE.

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Hello Friends, with your fabrics and supplies ready, get set, GO!  This is what I was able to accomplished for the Part 1 of Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along!

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This block took me 2 hours to make.  But then, it might not take you as long because I am an extremely slow piecer!

A few things that helped me in making this block.  Please note that what I am in no way dogmatic about what I am sharing below.  Please feel free to use your tried and true tricks! :)

#1.  Starch — I am the starchy type when it comes to piecing.  I always stabilize my fabrics by press-starching them, especially when I know I will be cutting small pieces.  I actually don’t have a favorite brand.  So I am curious to know what brand of starch you use if you press-starch your fabrics.

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#2.  In making the roof unit, I finger pressed my sew-and-flip piece first before trimming… and all that BEFORE I pressed my seam open with a hot iron.  Since I press-starch my fabric, I don’t use steam when I press.

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When matching the roof units, I made sure the diagonal seams on both units are right on top of each other.  Then I place a pin diagonally matching the diagonal seams, before sewing the units together.

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By doing that, I ended up with a nice looking eaves.

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#3.  Since there’s not butting of seams, and due to the fact that the window unit being made with small pieces, I pressed open my seams for the window and door units.  That way I don’t lose any “fabric real estate” which happens when I press my seams to one side.

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#4.  I was a little more careful than usual when sewing the 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ ground fabric square onto the green rectangles for the tree unit.  I pinned my square as shown so that it was kept nicely in place when I fed the pieces through the machine.

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#5.  So, you are supposed to sew (2) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ ground rectangles in step 9 on page 5 of the instructions.  The ground rectangles should be (2) 1″ x 8 1/2″.  The dimensions are correct in the cutting directions.

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And after 2 hours or so, you should have a nicely flat block! :)  Your block should measure approximately 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.

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For those who are sewing along, you will have till March 13 to finish your block, and I do hope you will send me a picture of your block!

It was SO good to sew something for me and doesn’t really have a deadline.  But it’s time for me to go back to work on work-related things. :)

Feel free to share tips and tricks and thoughts you have on the block on this post.   Have FUN!

Are you smart, are you catty? Are you a Smarty Cat?!

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  My week went by all too quickly.  A quilt editor and I were just lamenting earlier today how we can’t believe it’s already Friday, because it didn’t seem like we had gotten enough accomplished…. but be that as it may I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

I got to play with a fun fabric line last fall for Windham Fabrics, Smarty Cats.  You can check out the fabrics here.

Cat Tales  – you can purchase this bed-sized kit here.  Click here for free pattern download.

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Faces All Around –  you can purchase this throw sized quilt kit here.  Click here for free pattern download.

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Smokey and Friends – you can purchase this crib/child size quilt kit here.

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The sweet people at Windham fabrics sent some Hot Dog Cool Cats fabrics for my “resident cat” (aka Miss Baby). She doesn’t necessarily want a cat (and we don’t have one), and is purr-fectly fine “being” the cat at our house.  So she goes around pretending to be a cat.  It all so compli-CAT-ted, hahahaha!  I had this P+S Oliver Ice Cream made for my house cat, by sewbeeitclothier.  Alison does great work.  Check out the self-covered-buttons!

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So, a question for you – cat or dog, or neither?

Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you next week.

My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Virtual Trunkshow #20: Pinwheels

Hello Friends,  I hope you are well.  We are experiencing near 70-degrees, and we cannot be happier…. except we are supposed to plunge back into the cold again!

I was looking for a few pictures in my archive today, and came across this gem of a picture from summer 2013 when Miss Baby was 4! Many of you have seen this one, but probably my new followers haven’t… She was supposed to be painting, but NOT her hands, hahaha.  I should have gone and checked on her when I thought she was being suspiciously quiet… but at the time, I thought I would just get one more thing done before I did that.

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I am getting ready to start piecing another quilt top, which involves pinwheels!!!  So, I was curious just how many pinwheel quilts I have made/designed over the years.  Be sure to scroll down to very end of post for a little historical snippet on the pinwheel block, as well as my tip for “almost always” perfect pinwheels. :)

These are some of my early pinwheel quilts:

Joseph Pinwheels (Fons and Porter, 2011)

Summertime (Fons and Porter, 2011)

Starry Pursuit (Fons and Porter, 2011)

Holiday Spinners (The Quilter, Holiday 2010)

Spring Song (Spring Market 2010)

Pieceful Garden (The Quilter, 2008; UK’s Popular Patchwork, 2010)

China Blue (QUILT, 2012)

Forest Floor (2013)

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Rooster Royale (2013)

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Princess Aiko (2013)

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To Eternity and Beyond (2013)

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And the following are the more recent ones:

Flutter B’s (2015)

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Garden View (The Quilter, 2014)

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Pinwheel Parade (Fons and Porter, 2016)

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Winter Wind (McCall’s Quilting, 2016)

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Wind Chimes (2016):

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Bleecker Street (2016):

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HOPE (2017):

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And these are my upcoming pinwheel quilts:

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And now a little fun historical fact:

According to this link, the pinwheel quilt pattern was developed around 1795.

I shared about my tip on perfect pinwheels (at least where the points mostly meet) here.

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And that’s it for today!  I want to know if any of you out there love/use pinwheels as much as I do?! :)  Thanks for stopping by.  I will catch up with you before the weekend.

Happy “Miscellaneous” Monday!

Happy Monday and Happy Week, Friends!  I hope you had a great weekend, and your week has gotten off a great start!  I have projects in the works that will be official in a few months.  Here are a few sneaky peeks for you!

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[This following Aussie-bound quilt uses my Aurifil Designer of the Month block.  It is my original design.]

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Meeting project deadlines have kept me sewing and sewing lately.  I will need to take a picture of my empty thread spools to show you as proof. :-)  And as I type, I am getting ready to start another new quilt tonight!

Meanwhile, I am thrilled to see Marlene of Kissed Quilts used batiks to make the cover quilt on my book New Creative Quilts & Projects From Precuts or Stash.

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Notice how the quilt took on a totally different looked when made with muted shades of batiks!  And I also love how Marlene has quilted the quilt.

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Totally changing subject here, those who know me know that I imagine myself an armchair historian.  So, a couple of fun historical facts for you today…. ON THIS DAY….

Feb 6, 1952 – Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne of Britain.

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Feb 6, 1911 – President Ronald Wilson Reagan was born.  He would have been 106 today.

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And on this day Feb 6, 2017 — This is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24).

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!  I shall check in with you later this week – hugs to you!