Post Houston Fall Market #1

I have decided this is going to be my new hair color, now that I have been to Market and back…

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Well, no, not really…. this is one of the skeins of threads from Aurifil’s thread “waterfall” display at their booth this year.  It was AMAZING!  Many of you have probably seen pictures of the display on various sites.

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And here is a picture of my Birds, Stars & Swirls quilt (officially called Thread Journey) displayed at Aurifil’s booth this year.  Having a quilt displayed at Aurifil’s booth is definitely one of my Market highlights this year.

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My quilt draped on one of Aurifil’s crates during set-up day.

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This entire quilt is constructed with threads from Aurifil‘s Subtle Strings collection — consisting of my favorite colors to use for subtle contrasting quilting.  I included in the thread box my go-to color 2310, which I had used for piecing this quilt.  I used the other colors to quilt at various spots on the quilt.

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You can see better in this following picture what I mean about the different colors being used to quilt the quilt.

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I had shared a couple of pre-yoyo sneak peeks last week:

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The following picture is post-yoyo.

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Sometimes, subtlety goes a long way.  You can see the subtle contrast better on the back of the quilt.  Thank you to Windham Fabrics for providing the fabric for my backing fabric.  I used a slate-ish gray from their Palette collection (37098-3).

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I showed this very quilt at one of my Schoolhouse sessions.  THANK YOU to all of those who took the time later to tell me you liked my quilt.  It meant heaps to me!  [For those who are new — I free-motion quilted the quilt with my Bernina home machine.]

I wasn’t able to take very many good pictures of this quilt.  For the record, the last yoyo was officially attached onto the quilt at 9:30am on the day of Schoolhouse.  After that, I was rushing to get ready to get on with my day.  The quilt is supposed to come back to me for a short little while for me to take better pictures before it heads of to an exciting adventure!  More about that later.

I will have more snippets to share this and next week, in addition to catching up with other posts that have been scheduled.  For now, I have to unpack, and re-pack myself again for my next trip to Annie’s Craft Festival this Thursday.  Later, Dear Friends!

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FREE PATTERN: For the Birds

Hello Friends – this is a follow-up post to my Birdhouse Neighborhood post from yesterday. Yeap – For the Birds is another free-to-use pattern using the same Tweet As Can Be fabric collection, a newly released line by Benartex!

I designed For the Birds with tweens, teens, and college kids in mind!  I thought the contemporary and easily constructed blocks would make a fun bed quilt, especially with the “slatted” effect from cutting the same fabric within a block in different widths.

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Click here to view Tweet As Can Be fabrics.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Time is running out on a couple of projects on which I am working.  So, I’d better get going for now. I hope you have liked the designs I have done using the Tweet As Can Be fabrics.

So curious mind is wondering if you have a favorite bird.  I think mine would be the cardinal! And of course, you can see a couple of cardinal projects I have done in the past here, and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

Over The Fence in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 73) & Giveaway!

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day weekend.  Ours involved a bit of whirlwind traveling.  We are home now, and are back to our normal schedule.

I have been anticipating my copies of the latest Australian Quilters Companion to reach me from Australia… because I am being profiled in the issue – a small fish like myself!  A huge thank you to the editor for the lovely feature!

It felt sort of weird reading about myself in the profile — because in the core I am a private person and always do my best to not stick out.  I don’t even like to look at my own pictures. But at the same time, I also felt like the feature was an effective way for me to connect with my quilting friends.  So I am torn… In this particular article, you will find out one of my “darkest” skeletons in the closet “sewing-wise”… keyword is zippers!

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Immediately after the profile in the magazine spread is a feature on my joint-venture project with Lynette AndersonOver the Fence.  The complete pattern instructions are included in the magazine.

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You may recall the fabrics used in this quilt, Lynette Anderson’s Hearts and Flowers fabrics by RJR Fabrics in my Making Valentines quilt.

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Lynette and I used the same fabrics in a different way for the pieced and applique Over the Fence quilt.

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The wooden buttons are exclusive to Lynette Anderson, and are available from her store. You may also give Sew Graceful Quilting a call and see if they might carry the buttons if you live in the US.

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I had so much fun quilting this quilt, and will let the pictures tell all!

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Please allow me to take this opportunity to welcome all the new followers — thank you for following.  For those who are new, I quilt my quilts on a domestic sewing machine made by Bernina (a 640 to be exact).  And I construct and quilt my quilts (exclusively) with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads, and often over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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Thank you for suffering through all the pictures, Dear Friends!  I hope you have enjoyed Over The Fence.

You may purchase or subscribe to the magazine in digital format by clicking here.

Should you wish to preview the magazine in person, Australian Quilters Companion graciously sent me an extra copy to be given as a giveaway prize.  Leave a comment here between now and June 3, 2015 to be entered in the giveaway.  Winner will be announced on June 4. This giveaway is only open to US addresses.

Thank you for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely rest of the week, and shall catch up with you later!

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

FREE PATTERN: Birds on a Wire

Happy Friday, Friends!!  I hope a fun and restful weekend awaits you.  You have seen sneaky peeks of this quilt…

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Now, I am most excited to show you the quilt in its entirety!  My Birds on a Wire quilt uses one of Kanvas/Benartex’s new fabric collections, Let’s Tweet.  Click here to view the fabric range.

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The actual quilt made an appearance at Spring 2013 Quilt Market at Portland, Oregon.  Following is a “sighting” photo from Spring Market:

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[image source:  Benartex Facebook Page]

I hope you will enjoy making this fun horizontal strip quilt, if you are going to make the quilt. This quilt design is offered by Benartex as a free-to-use pattern.  Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thanks for dropping by!  I will catch up with you on Monday!  Be good! :)

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p.s.  Have you taken advantages of the other 2013 freebie patterns I have shared with you?

January: Mediterranean Dream (Quilting Treasures)
February: Butterfly Kisses (Quilting Treasures)
March: Pumpkin Patch using Autumn Fauna (Benartex)
March: Floral Linda using Catalina (Benartex)
April: Forest Floor using Wildflower Wood (Lecien/Lynette Anderson)
April: Nature’s Harmony using Silent Harmony (RJR Fabrics)
June: Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle (Quilting Treasures)

Out of the Nest in THE QUILTER (August/September 2012)

I am not sure if you remember my cute little birdies, who made their appearance in Nestlings, waiting eagerly for their Mama in their nest last year…

I am excited to announce that a companion sequel piece to “Nestling” is officially featured in The Quilter’s August/September 2012 issue!

This follow-up little wallhanging or door banner is aptly named “Out of the Nest”.  It’s my quilty tribute to all parents out there (including my own) who have worked hard to raise their children to the point where their children are now out of the nest!

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Don’t you think our little birdies here grew up rather nicely? :)

There are other signs of growth too, if you compare “Out of the Nest” with “Nestlings” — the overall palette in “Out of the Nest” is generally a little warmer than that used in “Nestlings.”  The leaves are all green in “Out of the Nest”, and there are even blooms on the tree!  The flowers were made with Clover’s yoyo flower maker.

Applique was machine fusible, using Warm Company’s Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web.  The appliqued pieces were then finished with blanket stitches.

Even my quilting is partly quilted with a green contrasting thread!  Click here to read a few tips on quilting with contrasting thread.  The feathers you see in this quilt are totally unmarked and free-handed.  I used Aurifil‘s Mako 50 cottong threads for quilting over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

Both Nestlings and Out of the Nest finish at about the same size. I trimmed and squared mine to be exactly the same size.  Click here to purchase a back issue copy of The Quilter for the pattern instructions of Nestlings if you don’t already have it.

I hope you have enjoyed my Out of the Nest door banner!  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday!

Spring Nesting in JUMP-START YOUR QUILTING

It’s sunny over here, and the birds are out there happily singing away. I thought it’s the perfect time to show you my Spring Nesting quilt that’s also featured in the Jump-start Your Quilting book by House of White Birches.


This is a small-ish sort of wallhanging, only about 20″ square. It’s perfect for gift-giving, or be made into a pillow, or incorporated into a tote! And if you are adventurous and ambitious, you can use the block as the center block of a larger medallion quilt.


You can see I quilted feathers on the tree to give an illusion of leaves.


The feather quilting aside, this quilt is actually my “in defense of straight-line quilting” quilt. Sometimes, all the hype giving to the free-form curvy and intricate quilting motifs makes it sound like there’s no place for straight-line quilting. That’s furthest from the truth. I, for one, definitely think that straight-line quilting is as important as feather quilting. If executed appropriately, straight line quilting really adds to the look of a quilt.


For the busy Tweet Tweet fabrics by Moda I have used in this project, I just wanted something clean and simple for the quilting to give the quilt just a bit of predictable and definite texture. Nothing is more definite and predictable than straight lines!

I used YLI silk 100 for the feather quilting on the tree, and my usual Aurifil Mako 50 cotton for the rest of the quilting. Batting is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.


I hope things are warming up for my Northern Hemisphere friends, where you start to enjoy the birds tweet-tweeting in your yard! Have a great weekend. See you again on Monday.

Nestlings in THE QUILTER (April/May 2011)

Break out your scrap stash if you want to make my Nestlings project!


You may remember this is the version 2 of my Spring Song quilt that had appeared at the Houston Quilt Market last year.  I was tasked with tweaking the original Spring Song design for a small wallhanging that can also double as a door banner.  Thus my Nestlings, finishes at 17″ x 21″.


I had used Benartex’s Forever Spring by Nancy Halverson, but this project was designed with scraps in mind!  And… I am in love with these little nestlings!


Quilting was done with YLI Silk 100 over Hobbs Tuscany Wool Batt.  Totally free-motion quilting with unmarked motifs.  There are swirls and feathers and pearly circles all mixed in together.

Pattern instructions are in the upcoming April/May 2011 issue of The Quilter magazine.  Magazine should be hitting newsstands in early March.  Keep your eyes peeled for that issue to come out.  Lots of great projects in there, including two additional quilts of mine.  With so many beautiful spring project patterns out there, it’s going to be a busy spring for some quilters.  I am sure of it! :)


This little wallhanging is going up on the wall as a reminder what’s in store for us in the spring!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day, you all!

Eyes or no eyes

I had really looked forward to a judge’s comments regarding my quilting techniques on a quilt I had entered in a show a couple of years ago.

With great anticipation when I picked up the quilt, I didn’t wait to tear open the envelope to see what was written as soon as my grubby hands got a hold of the envelope containing the comment sheet. I wanted to improve and do better next time!!!! Instead, all she wrote was “cats need eyes”. I wanted to know what she thought of my piecing, my quilting, and where I could improve overall in quilting techniques…

Over the years, I have made a few quilts with appliqued animals. And I still haven’t added eyes to them:

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I am leaning toward the “no eyes” approach for my latest endeavor appearing in the May Issue of “The Quilter“. I will embroider the legs though. I will reveal how the entire quilt looks sometime in March when it officially comes out in the magazine:

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What do you think? Eyes or no eyes?!

Song of Williamsburg Remix: Part 2

I completed the quilting on the “Song of Williamsburg” remix.  Here are some shots of the front of the wallhanging:

The cotton sateen fabric showcases a foil-embossed look:

The “Song of Williamsburg” Remix has yielded unexpected result, as some had told me that they actually like the back better than the front:

Honestly, I can’t decide which looks better – the front or the back.  I like the “embossed” look of the front, but also like the better contrast of the back.  So, for the first time in my quilting life, I am not going to attach a hanging sleeve or a label on the back (*gasp*) — just so that I can have a reversible wallhanging to go with the original Song of Williamsburg by the stairwell! Now, I am off to attaching the binding to finish this baby up for real!

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Just out of curiosity — what is your vote?  Front or Back?

Song of Williamsburg Remix: Part 1

This is the original quilt made with the “Song of Williamsburg” pattern:

For the remix, I first mirror-imaged the original pattern. I decided to veer just a little from the traditional wholecloth look, and give it a little more interest. I appliqued the bird instead of just quilting it:

I decided to also quilt the central motif with a contrasting thread, instead of a matching thread. You can’t quite see it because of the marking I have done on the quilt top. I will show the finished work once I am finished with this little wallhanging and have the marking washed off:

I wanted to audition some threads for the bigger wholecloth that I have in mind to make. So, I used some different color threads for the background feather quilting that is done without marking. I love the look of using feathers as background quilting instead of the usual stippling because the feathers just add so much more interest to the piece:

I would love to see this quilt pattern done in redwork or as a hand stitched/embroidered central motif on a quilt block, and compare the effect. Maybe one of these days… :)

Meanwhile, you all have a wonderful day!

p.s. We did get some rain today!!!