FREE PATTERN: Chelsea

Hello Friends, I am excited to share with you another free-to-use pattern, designed to highlight Quilting Treasures’ newly release fabric line, Chelsea.

The words I would use to describe the Chelsea fabrics are: Elegant yet not stuffy, Old World-ish yet contemporary, Beautiful, Fun, Versatile, Timeless.  Besides quilting, I think the fabrics are equally suitable for home decor projects.

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I was thinking just how much I like the Chelsea fabrics, and then I remember the fabric line is desgined by Christine Graf!  OF COURSE I like the Chelsea fabrics!

Click here to view the fabrics- you have GOT to!

Click here to download pattern instructions.

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Over the years I have had the pleasure designing with Christine Graf’s fabrics. Following is a sample.  Click on the quilt image for more information.

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Thank you for stopping by.   I hope you have enjoyed your visit!  Take care, and till next time!

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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)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

August: Chelsea (Quilting Treasures)

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Cozy Town in McCALL’S QUILTING (July/August 2015) & Giveaway!

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Hello Friends, I wanted to share with you my Cozy Town quilt before the next issue of McCall’s Quilting hits the newsstands.  So, here it is…. Cozy Town in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting!

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I have always wanted to make the “traditional” house blocks — and I was glad I finally had a chance.  With the neutrals and black, I was able to give my house blocks an “urban” feel.  You will probably find it amusing that the black for the houses is inspired by this Crate & Barrel saltbox house candle thingamajig… It’s one of those things that has a slot in the back where you would place a tea candle, and it would light up the windows.  I didn’t know if it is appropriate to call it a candle holder because it feels much to large to be a candle holder to me…

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I used fabrics from Quilting Treasures’ Happy Home collection to make Cozy Town.  You may recall these fabrics I had shown you months ago… However for Cozy Town, I did not use the focal print, but rather only the neutral prints in the collection.

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With the fabrics in the same line, I had designed another “row house” quilt, as well as a “hut” table runner that have totally different feels compared to Cozy Town.  Click here for more information.

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I love them all… but most of all, I feel with using only the neutrals in the line gave my Cozy Town quilt a sophisticated, but yet approachable and very COZY and traditional feel!

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Here is a closer look at the house blocks. You will notice that I mirror-imaged the house blocks from row to row to give visual interest to the overall look.

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I quilted an allover swirly vine motif, edge to edge on the quilt.  You may click here to view the stitching path of the swirly vine.  Aurifil Mako 50 wt cotton thread was used in the entire quilt – piecing and quilting (top and bobbin thread).  The batting used is Hobbs Tuscany silk batt.

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It was such a fun experience for me making this quilt.  It has a very special place in my heart because it draws my heart to my family!  Remember, complete instructions for making this quilt are printed in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, and this issue is going to be displayed on newsstands till July 27. I just saw it at my ever-so-crowded local grocery store earlier today.  You may also purchase the issue in digital format here. And, exclusive Cozy Town quilt kits may be purchased here.

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A big thank you to McCall’s Quilting for the opportunity to contribute.  McCall’s Quilting has also generously sent me two magazine copies as giveaway prizes… leave a comment between now and 7/22/2015, and tell me either the following to enter the giveaway:

1.  what you like about McCall’s Quilting magazine;

2.  whether Cozy Town is a quilt you would likely make;

3.  or, whether the neutral color scheme is your thing.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Some of you had already written to tell me about the “just out” McCall’s Quilting issue – another great one if I may say so myself…. but meanwhile, check out the July/August 2015 issue first!  You will have plenty of time still to go through the new issue! :)

Hugs to you all, and may a jug full of blessings from ABOVE come your way!

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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

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

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)

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)

FREE PATTERNS and more: Happy Home

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Take a look at these fabrics — they are from Quilting Treasures’ new line Happy Home – designed by Christine Graf.

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The Happy Home fabrics remind me of a hymn I used to sing at church growing up… I haven’t heard that sung at church ever since I came to the States.  I miss singing it.

Happy the home when God is there,
and love fills every breast;
when one their wish, and one their prayer,
and one their heavenly rest.

Happy the home where Jesus’ name
is sweet to every ear;
where children early speak his fame,
and parents hold him dear.

Happy the home where prayer is heard,
and praise is wont to rise;
where parents love the sacred Word
and all its wisdom prize.

Lord, let us in our homes agree
this blessed peace to gain;
unite our hearts in love to thee,
and love to all will reign.

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And I am using the fabrics (really loving them!) to make this quilt – the pattern is a free to use design offered by Quilting Treasures to feature their newly release Happy Home fabrics!

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I also designed a table runner with the fabrics.

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And a simple throw quilt as well.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions for House quilt.

Click here to download pattern instructions for runner.

Click here to download pattern instructions for throw quilt.

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And I completed a TOTALLY different looking quilt using some of the fabrics.

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I hope you will have a lot of fun with Christine Graf’s new line Happy Home.  I, for one, am never tired of designing with Christine’s fabrics!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a stupendous week!

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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)

Baubles, Baubles in Fons and Porter’s EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013)

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Hello Friends, things are still a bit shaky at my end.  We are still recovering from our ailments.  But let’s not dwell on my trials and tribulations… Has anyone seen my Baubles, Baubles quilt, featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Fons and Porters’ Easy Quilts?

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This design uses Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito Fabric Collection, designed by Christine Graf.

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You might recall Christine Graf’s fabrics have made several appearances on Ivory Spring.  Toward the end of last year, I shared with you a free New York Beauty quilt pattern, designed with the same Sauslito fabrics.  Click here to download the pattern.

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A couple of days ago, I shared with you another free pattern designed with Christine’s Graf’s new line Butterfly Kisses.  Click here to download pattern.

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So, you can understand why I am most thrilled to add Baubles, Baubles to my “Christine Graf” repertoire of quilts.

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The blocks are constructed using machine fusible applique method, instead of the traditional curve piecing method.  Can you spot the tiny buttonhole stitches?  You may click here to read about the buttonhole stitches I use when I do machine fusible applique.

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Quilting was kept simple and tone-on-tone, quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.

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This pattern is offered as a FREE bonus pattern on Fons and Porter’s website.  Click here to download the pattern instructions today!  You may also purchase the quilt kit here.

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I hope you have enjoyed my Baubles, Baubles quilt!  I am going to have to run to catch up on things I wasn’t able to do a few days ago.  At least I am up and about.  I will be late in writing/visiting you back.  Please know I appreciate your visit and your friendship!  Hugs to you all.

Free Pattern: Butterfly Kisses

Happy Monday, Friends.  Let’s start the week off with a free pattern, shall we?

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This quilt design uses Christine Graf‘s Butterfly Kisses fabrics from Quilting Treasures. The fabrics are expected to ship to your local quilt shops in February 2013.

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Here are a few snapshots of the sample quilt I had made for Quilt Market Houston last year.

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I especially like the backing fabric.

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Download the pattern here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a happy and healthy week while I recover from a bad bad cold! :(

FREE PATTERN: Sausalito New York Beauty Throw Quilt and Pillow and Pillow

Hello Friends, you have seen glimpses of my Sausalito New York Beauty quilt:

I am so excited I can now reveal my Sausalito New York Beauty Quilt pattern in full!  What do you think?

The quilt design uses fabrics, designed by Christine Graf, from Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito group.  The prints are loud, bold, eye-catching, and cheerful, while the blenders are just as attention-grabbing!  These fabrics are shipping to shops in July.  Keep your eyes peels for them to show up at your local quilt stores.

I made the sample quilt for Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City earlier this year.  Here are a couple of pictures from Quilt Market at Quilting Treasures‘ booth. [Do visit the Quilting Treasures’ Facebook page for fabric giveaway!]

You may download the pattern instructions here.  Included in the instructions are also steps to make a bonus throw pillow from leftover fabrics.  Hancocks of Paducah is selling the kit for this quilt.

If you are skilled in paper-piecing, the remainder of this post might be a bore to you.  So, please feel free to skip.  I am not going describe the paper-piecing method in a detailed manner.  There are plenty of tutorials online that are excellent if you are interested to find out more.  Angie Padilla’s tutorial is very concise and straight to the point.

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I am going to share with you just what I did for paper piecing the “spike” part of the NY Beauty Block Spikes.

So, these are what I started with – paper foundation template, and pieces of fabrics I cut for the patches.  I am VERY generous when it comes to cutting the fabric pieces for the patches.  I normally cut at least 1″ extra on all sides.

You will notice that the wrong side of the A1 black bauble fabric is facing the wrong side of the paper template.

Then, I inserted a pin on the seam between A1 and A2 that I would be sewing.  Note the EXTRA fabric around the patch A1.

Then, I turned the ensemble OVER.  You see that pin?  Then I took the fabric that would be patch A2 and turned it UNDER at least about 3/8″.  The A2 fabric piece would be RIGHT side UP. I checked to see if the rest of the A2 gold fabric piece would cover A2 on the foundation template sufficiently by holding  the ensemble against a light source.

The pin was there to show me where to align my “folded” seam allowance.  The seam allowance needs to be PARALLEL and TOUCHING the pin. I hope this is making sense?

Then, I placed the of the A2 fabric gold piece (that is NOT the seam allowance) on top of the A1 black bauble piece.  That gold fabric piece in the following image is actually shown WRONG side UP – in case it is not readily seen from the picture.  That black bauble piece was never moved from being pinned to the paper foundation template earlier.

Without dis-locating the gold piece (since it is not pinned), I gingerly turned the ensemble OVER.  Note:  Paper Piecing Template: RIGHT SIDE UP, Black Bauble Fabric (A1): WRONG SIDE UP, Gold Fabric (A2): RIGHT SIDE UP.  I was ready to sew the seam between A1 and A2.

I turned over the ensemble over to reveal the seam allowance.  Black Bauble (A1) Fabric: RIGHT SIDE UP, Gold (A2) Fabric: WRONG SIDE UP until the next step.

I turned over the gold fabric to its RIGHT side and finger pressed.

Now, we are at the point of trimming the seam allowance to 1/4″.  Okay, do you see how I separated the seam allowance from the rest of the ensemble?  The seam allowance pieces are toward the top.

I then placed the ensemble on my cutting table, and trim the seam allowance to measure 1/4″.

I flipped the A2 gold fabric piece to its right side.

Now A1 and A2 become “one” unit to which I would add A3 (refer to the picture that shows the foundation template in its entirety) going through the whole process again.

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Sorry for the LONG post today, but I wanted to include the part on paper-piecing the NY Beauty Spikes in case some of you might be hesitant to try making the NY Beauty Blocks.   They are easier than they look.  Trust me!  :)  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!