Thread Journey Sightings…

…. also known as Eye Candies that make my heart flutter!  Friends, it’s been extremely busy over here.  Can you believe it’s already getting ready for Fall Market season?  Truth be told, I have been working with companies on Fall Market stuff even before Spring Market was over, but ’tis the season of pattern writing (LOTS OF IT!) to make sure samples happen for the upcoming Fall Market.  And I am also working on a new book…. and this week is when I finalize most of the projects!  Lots going on, but always with a heart filled with gratitude.

I am definitely not one who has been busy…. Miriam sent pictures of her complete Thread Journey quilt top, and it looks fabulous!!!!



Jody also sent in pictures of her version of the completed quilt top – absolutely gorgeous! Absolutely loving the border fabric Jody selected!!!!



These ladies have done an amazing job!!!!  If you would still like to join in the fun, and journey with the rest of us in the Thread Journey project, click here for the latest post.  The post also has links to previous posts.  The posts contain instructions on constructing the quilt top.

That’s all for now, Friends.  I hope you have had a lovely week so far.  It’s hooooot over here…. but we managed.

More Thread Journey Sightings & (Another) FREE PATTERN using Windham’s Feedsack

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a great weekend, and your week has gotten off a great start!  We pretty much chilled after having the busy week that I had last week… with LOTS of ice cream.  Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, much welcomed by Miss Baby.  She had a total of 4 rounds of ice cream yesterday, starting from breakfast!


Last week wrapped up the construction portion of Thread Journey Quilt-Along on Aurifil’s blog. If you haven’t joined in the fun, and would still like to… there is time!  We are having a one-month break for quilters to get caught up before diving into the quilting portion of the quilt.


Click hereherehere for Parts 1-3 of the construction of the Quilt Top.  The quilt ends up finishing at approximately 54″ x 54″.  It is not too daunting a task to complete the quilt top.  Please send me pictures of your quilts so that I can share them with everyone!

Meanwhile, Miriam and Jody sent pictures of their quilt tops with the Ohio Star border.  Look at their beautiful versions – well done, Ladies!



Meanwhile, here is another Sawtooth Star quilt pattern to share with you today… It’s my Sparkler design using Windham Fabrics’ new 30′ fabrics Feedsack.  I am beginning to think something is amiss with my designing mind and Sawtooth Stars. HA!

Design 1b_45 x 58.5

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

You can purchase the kit for a limited time here.

So — are you a 30’s fabrics person?!  I actually am, and have been hoarding quite a bit for myself to recreate an antique quilt.  I just need a bit of extra time to get started in drafting the quilt block.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a lovely rest of your week!  Hugs to you all.


My 2016 Line-up

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

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute


Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Bastille Day & Thread Journey Part 3!!!

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


[photo credit: Mount Vernon Ladies Association]


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


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



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


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

Thread Journey Quilt Along Part 1 & Other News


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.

Thread Journey Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard - 15

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.” :)


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!

Aurifil 2016 Design Team June Jacquelynne Steves collage

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!!!

DONE: My Aurifil Designer of the Month Block 5



Hello Friends, thank you for visiting again!  I completed my Block #5 of 2016 Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program!! Block #5 is designed by Amy Friend.



For an added interest, I embroidered a bird in the block center using Aurifil’s cotton Aurifloss! I have absolutely loved stitching with Aurifloss.  I stitched with 2-strands of floss for the bird embroidery.


Have you been following and sewing along?  If you haven’t, you still have time to join in the fun. Click here to download the instructions for making Block 5.


Now I am ready for Block #6.  Some of you have asked when my turn is for Aurifil’s Designer of the Month 2016… VERY SOON! :o)


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

Block #1

Block #2


Block #3


Block #4


It’s official: THREAD JOURNEY Quilt-Along with me!

Hello Friends, yes, things have been happening behind the scenes…. I am happy to announce my Thread Journey Quilt Along is official!


Please go to Aurifil’s blog for details by click here.  What can I say…. except I am super excited!!!!!  With that said, it is also a day to be excited about something else! Miss Baby and I will be celebrating Martha Washington’s birthday at the Washingtons’ Estate and Garden today.  Good bye for now, and a very Happy 285th Birthday to our Lady Washington!