“Three-in-One” – The Quilter (May 2009) – please scroll down for new posts!

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Just in — The May Issue of The Quilter!! It is an extra exciting issue for me – as three of my quilts are featured in the issue! I would love to know which is your favorite!!

Cozy Patch:

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Simple Pleasures:

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Bluebird Ballad:

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And a little blurb about me by the editor:

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I will do closeup pictures of Simple Pleasures and Bluebird Ballad next week. I have already posted about “Cozy Patch” last week.

Meanwhile, I am going to work on finishing another quilt — and then, I still have to get things ready for dinner! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Updated 3/2/09: Click here to see closeups of “Bluebird Ballad”.

Updated 3/9/09: Click here to see closeups of “Simple Pleasures”.

Cozy Patch

A wonderful Wednesday to you! This is now safely returned to me:

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I have initially named this quilt “Spring Cozy”, but the editorial staff at “The Quilter” renamed the project “Cozy Patch” for their May Issue magazine. I think “Cozy Patch” is a much cozier name (that’s why I am not an editor!):

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I am pleased with the sweet and soft look of the quilt – perfect to go with all things feminine:

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Who could resist these scrumptious floral prints? And the baby sky blue paisleys?!

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Gotta run – I will catch up with you later!

Quilting makes the Quilt

It’s always challenging for me to capture the actual quilting I do on quilts due to the limitations of my camera — the lighting has to be just right, the stars have to line up, the barometric pressure has to be exact…

I stumbled upon the moment this past weekend where everything was just right for me to take pictures of the quilting I had done on Roslynn:

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I have done all the quilting on my quilts using my home machine so far — it is possible! I want to encourage all quilters out there who do not have a longarm to not ever give up the possibility of using your home machine to free-motion quilt!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

The Quilter 20th Anniversary Issue (March 2009)

My first quilt published in “The Quilter” was in their 19th Anniversary issue:

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I feel honored to have another quilt featured in their 20th Anniversary issue (HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fabulous quilt magazine!). This time, it’s Roslynn. Remember this?

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The quilt in its entirety used to decorate a tabletop:

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Additional shots (I just love that burgundy fabric from Benartex’s Noble Familie):

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We are experiencing a snow storm right now, won’t you join me for a hot cup of coffee and some petits four? I learned something new while making sure of the spelling — petit four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of a large buffet. The name is from the French petit four, meaning “small oven” (from Wikipedia):

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Stay warm, everyone!

Bigger and bigger…

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. Despite the hectic schedule, I managed to steal a few minutes away with my husband admiring the glorious fall foliage in northwest Arkansas. I had found this absolutely beautiful tree a few days ago, but by the time I was able to show it to my husband yesterday, it had lost some of its glory, and wasn’t as pretty as the one he found yesterday.

I managed to finish the third of my four PRESSING deadlines, and “Spring Cozy” is ready to head out the door:

I went straight to working on these fabrics:

I thought “Spring Cozy” was a big quilt. The finished size was about 76″ x 76″ — these building blocks will be used to make a 94″ x 94″ quilt — something I have not done in my quilting life. It will be interesting!!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week goes well for you. I will get to all your comments left over the weekend – I haven’t forgotten about you! :)

In the company of “rich”…

You remember this, don’t you?

I have been in nearly constant company of fabrics lately because of impending deadlines, some rich fabrics. Don’t you just love that rich red among the other colors? I have to say that red fabric is probably one of my very favorites!! This will be the last sneak-preview before the quilt is officially featured in “The Quilter”‘s March 2009 Issue:

Fabrics and what we make with them enrich our lives in many ways, historically and presently. They sort of tie eras of history together as each era emphasizes a different aspect of fabric art that is slightly different than the other eras. My fabric pursuits have largely been influenced by the rich history that is associated with the early American history. Last night I had a most enjoyable phone conversation with Judy Morton, chair of the Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge. She told me about how she too have been inspired by the rich history of America in her quilting pursuits. She is an amazing hand quilter – one of her quilts is featured in the “Photo Finish” of “The Quilter“‘s Christmas Issue. She has done the applique all by hand:

Okay, I need to get back in the company of more fabrics… (you will see what I mean in tomorrow’s post). I wish you all a wonderful day, rich with blessings! Till next time!

From these to this…

From these…

… to this – this will be the last sneak preview of this quilt before it is officially featured in “The Quilter” in January 2009:

I am still thinking about exactly how to quilt it. Meanwhile, I started the piecing on a new quilt. I hadn’t known how the blue would work, but I think this unique shade of blue has worked out well so far!

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts – just like the rain, rain and more rain we have had over here for the past two days. I am not complaining except the cooler weather mixed in with the rain makes me want to do nothing but just curl up in bed with a book. :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone. Till next time!