Sew in Love {With Fabric}’s DREAMSCAPE Blog Hop

Hello Friends, the countdown is definitely on for Thanksgiving, isn’t it?  I hope you are as excited as we are over here about the upcoming holiday.  I know you are probably busy cooking, and playing at your sewing machine is the last thing on your mind.  But perhaps my block, contributed to the Dreamscape Blog Hop hosted on Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog, will tempt you to at least file it under “to be tackled later”?


Instructions on how to make my Diamond Layer Block are posted on Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  Click here to go.  As you can see, this is a straight-jacket variation of the strings block, without stabilizer or a base for paper piecing.  Be sure you leave a comment on Sew in Love {with Fabric}’s post for today to enter a giveaway of a fabric bundle.  Comments are turned off for today’s post.


Thanks for stopping by – and I hope you have a fun and blessed Thanksgiving eve.  Hugs to you all!

All That Glitters & Shimmering Constellations & Giveaway Winner!

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  It seems like months ago I was asked to design with Benartex’s Gold Standard/Simply Sterling collection!


And the results were:

#1.  Shimmering Constellation

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Shimmering Constellation made it to the final round of 2016’s Benartex Fan Favorite design!!!  As you know, my designs won the 2014 and 2015 fan favorites, shown in the following:

SO it is fun to see another of my designs made it to the final round this year. I am hoping you would go vote your Benartex’s FAN FAVORITE design for this year.  I would be so honored to have you vote for my Shimmering Constellation.  But I do want you to vote your consicence. :o)  Click HERE to go vote!  Voting closes at 5pm EST on April 4, 2016.


I actually had an editorial feature using the Gold Standard/Simply Sterling fabrics in the December 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  This is a bed-size quilt, and it is another “Sawtooth Star” design!


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Last year the quilt was displayed at American Patchwork & Quilting’s booth during Fall Market last year.


There was this really cool app at the booth where designers could customize the cover of a particular magazine issue in which their quilt is featured.  Since I was the “loser designer” who didn’t get her quilt on the cover, it was really fun to “live” the moment (a very fleeting moment, I might add) as if I was the cover girl!  HAHAHA.  So, this is what the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine issue should look if I had had the power to dictate… I had way too much fun with this app!



And before I forget, the winner of my Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks DVD giveaway is mumbird3.  An email has been sent to you – please email me your shipping address, and I will get the DVD sent out to you!   Meanwhile, I will have another giveaway for the online version of the class in the very near future.  Stay tuned. :)  Thank you all for playing along!  Meanwhile, you may click here to check out the class if you haven’t already. :o)


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week ahead.  We will have quite a bit to cover this week at Ivory Spring. Check back often for happenings!  Hugs to you all.

2014 Recap Part 5: Benartex

Hello Friends, Happy Friday to you!  I hope you have had a lovely week.  2014 was a hugely Benartex-y year for me!   It’s always fun to design with Benartex’s fabrics — because you see, Benartex and I also go way back (just like The Quilter magazine).

One of my earliest designs that remains a favorite is my Pieceful Garden quilt.  The quilt used Benartex’s Family Tree fabrics in the quilt top construction.  The quilt was originally published in 2008 in The Quilter, and then in 2010 in UK’s Popular Patchwork.  And ever since then, I have designed with many many Benartex fabric lines! THANK YOU, Team Benartex!

It was most exciting to be able to use Benartex’s fabrics for my book projects in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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1.  Garden Lattice & Priscilla’s Garden Party


2.  Gingkos on Prince Street Pillow


3.  Ivory Baltimore

Just in 2014… my magazine features using Benartex’s fabrics are as follow:

1.  Stardom, using Concerto fabrics, in Annie’s Row Quilts


2.  Solar Star, using Palm Springs fabrics, in Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts


3.  Urban Oasis, using Urban Oasis fabrics, in Quilter’s World Spring 2014


4.  Hole in the Wall, using multiple Benartex lines, in Generation Q May/June 2014

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5.  Spiral Squared, using Zest fabrics, in McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014


6.  Owl Be Your Friend, using Forest Friend-sy fabrics, in McCall’s Quick Quilts (July/August 2014)


7.  Boxing Day, using Home for the Holidays fabrics, in The Quilter December 2013/January 2014

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8.  Tulip Trail, using Palm Springs fabrics, in The Quilter April/May 2014


9.  All Squared Up, using Dwellings fabrics, in The Quilter April/May 2014


10.  Garden View, using Ambrosia fabrics, in The Quilter June/July 2014


11.  Song of Praise Pillow, using Rainbow Bright Balis fabrics, The Quilter August/September 2014


12.  Hoppity Hop, using Leap Frog, in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Winter 2014

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And let’s not forget the free-to-use designs I did for 2014… I will not show you images of all the quilt designs.  If you want to see what the quilt looks like, simply click on the quilt names.  Click on the quilt names to download pattern instructions.

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey 

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January: View on Lexington using Gramercy 

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January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy

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March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream

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March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau 
March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs
May: Sprinkled Sweets using Shadows/Paintbox
May: Party Poppers using Shadows/Paintbox
May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C.

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August: Lovey Buggy using Luvbugs 

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August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku  – My all time favorite!!

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October: At the Pond using Leap Frog

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days 

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November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love 

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And in 2014, Movement in Squares won the Benartex Fan Favorite!


When I look back the year 2014, I see friendship, support and encouragement from so many of you!  I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart .  When I look at these quilts, I remember the fun I had in 2014 working with the great people at Benartex, and I know 2015 will be another great year for Benartex!

Have a great weekend, Dear Friends!


Click here for 2014 Recap Part 1

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 2

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 3

Click here for 2014 Recap Part 4

Hole In The Wall in GENERATION Q (May/June 2014)


Happy Thursday, my Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  As promised, I am sharing another first time feature with you — this time it’s my Hole in The Wall quilt in Generation Q‘s May/June 2014 issue.


You do see why I named this quilt A Hole in The Wall, don’t you?  [Hey, for once, the editor kept the name I had suggested for my quilt!  Maybe there’s hope for my quilt-naming skill after all.]

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I wish you could see this quilt in person to get a hold of the fabrics used in this quilt.  The quilt uses fabrics from rather unlikely combinations – kids themed fabrics mixed with florals, for example – to give an “unexpected” element to the final design. The fabrics I used are all from Benartex: Gramercy, Solids, 10000 BC, English Rosey, Palm Springs, and Florabunda.  You will find A Hole In The Wall very user-friendly for any fabrics you might have in your stash.


What I really like about the quilt is the quilting on this one!  Quilting is free-hand on my domestic sewing machine using Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

This is the very quilt that I spent a day ripping out stitches after the quilt was about 1/3 quilted.  The original quilting scheme quit speaking to me, and it was a battle within me to decide whether to keep going or hunker down and get the seam ripper ready to work.  The seam ripper won!  And I have to say I am very happy with how the quilting turned out.







I hope you have enjoyed Hole In The Wall.  Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for being such sweet friends!

Till tomorrow.


Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

2013 Recap Series: Benartex

Dear Friends, I love working with the Benartex team.  I have quilted with Benartex fabrics ever since my early days of quilting.  One of my all time favorite quilts, made from my early days, is Pieceful Garden, shown below.  Pieceful Garden had been published both in the US and the UK.

Fast forward to 2013, I hope you will enjoy seeing my Benartex-related projects this year.  Please be warned that it’s been a VERY happening year with Benartex!  Again, please feel free to click on the quilt names to view more pictures of the quilts.

1.  Now I know my ABC’s (Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, March/April 2013)


2.  Curious Cats (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Summer 2013)


3.  Fabrique Foursome (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Summer 2013)


4. Manhattan (Quilt Trends, Fall 2013)


5. Stained Glass (Simple Quilts & Sewing, Spring 2013)

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6. Boxing Day (The Quilter, December 2013/January 2014)


7.  Free Pattern: Pumpkin Patch (Benartex, Autumn Fauna)

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8.  Free Pattern: Flora Linda (Benartex, Catalina)

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9.  Free Pattern: Birds on a Wire (Benartex, Let’s Tweet)


10.  Free Pattern: Silver Lining (Benartex, Urban Oasis)

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11.  Free Pattern: The Gallery (Benartex, Floral Philosophy)

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12.  Free Pattern:  Movement in Squares (Benartex, Op Art Reflection)


13.  Free Pattern:  Princess Aiko (Benartex, Cherry Blossom Festival)


14.  Free Pattern:  It’s Electrifying (Benartex, Electric Feathers)


15.  Free Pattern:  A Midtown Story (Benartex, City Construction)

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16.  Free Pattern:  To Eternity and Beyond (Benartex, I Want My Space)

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17.  Free Pattern:  Space Odyssey (Benartex, I Want My Space)

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18.  Sew in Love {with Fabric} April Blog Hop (Benartex, Antoinette)

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19.  Sew in Love {with Fabric} Celebrating Christmas in July blog hop (Benartex, Peppermint Twist)

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20.  Sew in Love {with Fabric} Holiday Gift blog hop (Benartex, City Construction}


You deserve a medal if you scrolled through all the pictures to come to this point!  I hope you have enjoyed the post.  Thank you SO MUCH for letting me share with you all things Benartex at my end!  Our house brimming with excitement for the big Christmas day — I have to fly for now to plan out our Christmas menu.  What is a must-have in your Christmas menu?  We are still working out some must-haves for our Christmas meal(s).

Hugs to you all!


Have you check out the other post (s) in my2013 recap series?



Hello Friends!  Long time no chat!  I am finally back from visiting my home country.  One thing I learned is that lots of stickers made a pint-sized person a happy passenger on a looong flight:

I had every intention to work on Miss Baby’s birth sampler on our flight back… only to have my embroidery scissors confiscated at the airport security at my departure point.  URGH!  I had purposely not packed a book so that I could concentrate on stitching.  I had nothing to occupy my time on one of my flights that lasted 14 hours!!  I flipped through the in-flight duty free shopping catalog five times because the I have already read the in-flight magazine and watched the interesting movies on my way over to visit my family.  It was like torture to me when my hands were idle.  All that to say, the birth sampler is back to being in limbo again…

ImageI want to thank you for your kind comments and sweet emails to me while I was gone.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t respond to everyone.  But please know that I appreciate all your sweetness, and count myself blessed to know you as friends.

Perhaps another free quilt pattern from Benartex and yours truly would induce you to forgive me of my long silence… I share with you my “Floral Framework” design, graciously offered by Benartex.  The tan squares you see in two of the blocks are meant for panels.  The fabrics you see are from Benartex’s Arboretum collection.

You may download the pattern for free here.  Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely day.

Autumn Place Mats in QUILTER’S WORLD (October 2011)

What do you think of my autumn place mats featured in the October 2011 issue of Quilter’s World?

If you like to use half-square triangles in your quilts, you would probably like the twist in lengthening two sides of the squares in making the pieced half-rectangle-triangle units used for this place mat project.  These units are constructed using the template method:

I think my favorite part is the pumpkin silhouette appliqued on the pieced half-rectangle-triangles.

About the quilting – motif is replica of the pumpkin leaves, placed strategically on the negative space of the place mat.  Simple applique shapes oftentimes make excellent quilting motif in case you are unsure about what to quilt onto your quilts.

The fabrics are a mixture of Katie, Modern Edge and Modern Mix from Benartex.  Quilting is done by Aurifil‘s Mako Cotton over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Bleached Cotton Batting.

Extending the idea of using a motif to define the theme of the place mats, I appliqued a fun red snowflake onto the placemats pieced with Christmas fabrics for a bit of Christmas whimsical fun!  Fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ Over the River collection:

More motif ideas to personalized the theme of your place mats using the same pieced half-rectangle-triangles:

1.  Cupcake for birthday

2.  Graduation cap for graduation

3.  Heart for Valentine’s Day

4.  Doves for wedding

5.  Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

6.  Bunny for Easter/Spring

7.  Lemon piece for Summer

8.  Leaves for Autumn

9.  Initials of your guests’ names for a special dinner

10.  Apple for a teacher

And the list goes on…

And, if have machine embroidery capability, you can always machine embroider the motifs instead of applique-ing them.

Possibilities, possibilities!  I hope my place mat magazine feature helps jump start your own holiday place mat projects!  And when you do make these placemats, I would love to see the pictures!  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and Happy Week!

Quilter’s World December 2009: Christmas Cheer

Happy Monday! I hope all is well with you. We enjoyed catching up with friends over the weekend. My Christmas Cheer quilt is featured in the December 2009 issue of “Quilter’s World“:

I am super pleased with the photography of the quilt! It is a “One Block Wonder” quilt made using one gigantic Storm at Sea block! The finished size is 60″ square:

The quilt used fabrics from “Once Upon a Christmas” by Benartex. I love love love the Christmas tree print fabric, and I love love love love the poinsettia print as well!

Dear friends at Rogers Sewing Center gave me the dipping bowls – my early Christmas present! How sweet is that?! They go PERFECTLY with my quilt! I am truly blessed with sweet sewing friends!

The quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread, top and bottom on my home machine. The red solid fabric was the perfect background to show off some free-motion quilting:

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving Week!

My quilt in Quilter’s World (October 2009)

Believe it or not, it was but a few days ago I received my October 2009 copy of “Quilter’s World“, along with my quilt featured in the issue:

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May I present to you “Baskets Full of Apples”?

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Baskets Full of Apples is the first fall themed quilt I made. For some reason, I always end up making springy quilts. So, I hope Baskets Full of Apples marks future fall quilt opportunities for me!


I attempted to add a little more interest to the border, and am pleased with the result:

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The quilting is done over a polyester batt simply because I had never used a polyester batt prior to the quilt, and wanted to do a little experimenting! I used to work in research at a wind tunnel. So, sometimes, I am simply overcome with the need to experiment and try something new just to see what happens.

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The quilting was done free-hand, with no prior marking:

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Fall is quickly upon us who live in the Northern Hemisphere. My mind has drifted to pecan pies, apple crisps, chili…. mmmmm!

Thank you for popping by. I always appreciate your visit as always. Please leave me a comment so that I can visit you back. Have a great day!

A parting note: Quilt kits are available from Pine Tree Country Quilts. Quilt was made with “An Apple A Day” fabrics by Benartex.

Free-motion quilting is like…

… doodling on a piece of paper, except it’s on fabric. You can go wherever your creativity fancies to take you. You can doodle and keep doodling on a particular design:




Or, if you run out of design of your own to doodle, you can doodle on an obvious design printed on the fabric that is right before your eyes:


EXCEPT, with free-motion quilting, it is not so easy to un-doodle because that involves much patience in taking out stitches. So, the trick in successful doodling on quilts is to think and plan ahead and while you are doodling.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the pictures of this Christmas Quilt using Once Upon a Christmas fabrics by Benartex. As always, pictures of the whole quilt will be revealed when the quilt is officially published. This one is coming out in the December issue of “Quilter’s World“.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Doodling! :)

Chugging along…

I am finished with piecing the quilt top using the Once Upon A Christmas fabrics by Benartex:


All I have left is the pieced borders to go around the quilt top.  I quite like the border myself:


Here is a sneak peek on how the quilt will look:


I am a little bit behind, but I am chugging along.   Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a grand day, will you?

260 or so sleeps to Christmas, and…

… I have a Christmas quilt to make for “Quilter’s World“. These fabrics just came in. They are from “Once Upon A Christmas” by Benartex:


I love love love the Poinsettia fabric:


I will show more pictures once I have some progress with the fabrics. Meanwhile, I wish you a lovely Wednesday. Thanks again for stopping by!