Santa’s Crossing in QUILTMAKER (July/August 2017)

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you have been well.  My life has been total craziness — it’s actually been that way ever since I made a trip to Southeast Asia back in April.  I thought it would take just a little bit to play catch up, but my life has actually been a gigantic whirlwind of trying to play catch up, but never quite caught up.  Other than having an incredibly busy summer, I am well, and feeling blessed each day!  And I hope you are too!

You might remember my Santa’s Tree Farm quilt that is featured in the July/August 2017 of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

I have used fabrics from the same fabric line to make another quilt – kind of like A Tale of Two Quilts situation. :) Santa’s Crossing is featured in the latest July/August issue of Quiltmaker!  The magazine is on newsstands right now in case you want to pick up a copy of your own.

It’s always an honor to have an editorial feature with my design.  But in the latest Quiltmaker issue, I feel doubly honored because I was also given Designer Spotlight!

Santa’s Crossing is made of blocks that look like snowflakes set in a log cabin block setting.  I really had fun making this quilt.

Exclusive kits are available for a limited time here.

And you can read more about the quilt here on Quiltmaker’s blog because I am their guest blogger today!  I hope you will check out the blog post because you might find a couple of interesting tidbits.

That’s all for now, Dear Friends!  I wish you a very Happy Week!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2017): Summer in Quebec

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2017): Santa’s Tree Farm

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

Quiltmaker (May/June 2017): Highland Roses

Quiltmaker (July/August 2017):  Santa’s Crossing

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Monroe (Quilting Treasures)

May 2017:  Not Your Garden Variety (Quilting Treasures)

May 2017: Love My Hero (Quilting Treasures)

June 2017:  Flag Banner (Windham Fabrics)

 

 

 

 

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My McCall’s Quilting “Hat trick” issue & Giveaway & Just Catching Up!

Hello Friends, it’s been far too long!  I have missed visiting with you.  I hope you have had a great summer so far.  We always kick off our summer officially by going to historic Mount Vernon to celebrate Mrs. Washington’s birthday on June 2.  We wore purple in honor of Mrs. Washington because purple was purportedly her favorite color.  She even wore purple silk shoes to her wedding to Col. Washington!

If you have picked up the July/August 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you probably saw that I have THREE projects featured in that issue.  I scored a hat trick!

In the issue are:

#1.  the second installment of my Village Square Series Quilt (click here for the behind-the-scenes snippets if you haven’t read them),

#2.  Santa’s Tree Farm,

and #3.  Summer in Quebec

HERE’S WHAT I REALLY WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU ABOUT… I guest-blogged on McCall’s Quilting blog about the two aforementioned quilts, with a giveaway of 12 small Aurifil 50wt spools in my Subtle Strings colors!  The only catch is that you HAVE to leave a comment on the post on McCall’s Quilting by midnight tonight. So don’t miss the opportunity to win some yummy threads! CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A COMMENT. Please note that picture below shows large spools and not the small spools you will receive as a prize should you win!

Should you want my Subtle Strings collection in large spools, click here to purchase them for $99.99 instead of $149.99.  Be sure to scroll on that page until you see my name!

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And today is Flag Day, which is also the 242nd birthday of the Unite States Army!  I am sharing with you a free pattern to make flag banner!  This banner is designed with Windham Fabrics’ Storybook Americana 30’s fabrics!

Click here to download pattern instructions.

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Life has been really happening at my end, and I hope to be able to share with you about it in a couple of months.  My little family is doing well, and keeping busy despite Miss Baby being out of school.  Take care, my dear Friends… till next time!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2017): Summer in Quebec

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2017): Santa’s Tree Farm

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

Quiltmaker (May/June 2017): Highland Roses

 

Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Monroe (Quilting Treasures)

May 2017:  Not Your Garden Variety (Quilting Treasures)

May 2017: Love My Hero (Quilting Treasures)

June 2017:  Flag Banner (Windham Fabrics)

Don’t Look Under The Tree in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2016)

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Just 2 more sleeps to Christmas Day, Friends!!!  But, DON’T LOOK UNDER THE TREE — just don’t!!! Hahaha.  That’s the name of my Christmas tree featured in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Winter 2016.  I can’t take credit for that fun name.  The credit goes to the editorial team at Fons and Porter!

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This quick and easy quilt uses Holiday Traditions fabrics from Windham Fabrics.  Click here to view these beautiful metallic fabrics!  I quilted my trusted holly berry motif on the quilt.  Click here if you haven’t read about how I go about quilting the holly berry.

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Meanwhile, do NOT look under the tree! :-)  Merry Christmas, Everyone! :)

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p.s.  We have a Curious Dream FQ Bundle Giveaway Winner:  Patti (#13) — please respond to the email asking for your shipping address, and your FQ bundle will be on its way to you!

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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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

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

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland 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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Winter 2016): Don’t Look Under The Tree

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

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

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

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

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

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)

December: Wind Chimes using Soleil (Windham Fabrics)

Kissing Balls in Australian Quilters Companion & Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #71

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday and Happy Week for you! I am still in my whirlwind of merry-go-round.  I shipped off a couple of quilt last week, and have a few more to ship out before Thanksgiving.  I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week!!!  It seemed ages ago when I finalized our Thanksgiving plans.  Anyhow, I am happy to share with you about one of my Christmas quilt being finally official!!!  You might remember this…

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Well, Kissing Ball is currently being featured in the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion magazine(#82).  It is a nod to my Aussie Quilting Friends, as well as “the” Aussie quilting friend of mine Lynette Anderson — who happens to be the designers of the fabrics I used for this quilt.  The fabrics are from Lynette’s Festive Fun fabrics for RJR Fabrics.

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You can’t really see it, but I quilted an allover holly sprig motifs on the quilt.  I am hoping you can see close up shot I took of a sprig here.

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I am sharing with you the schematic of the holly sprig motif for the Thread Talk portion of the post today.   Perhaps you could use the motif on a Christmas project.  You still have time, you know? :)

Step 1. First, I free-motion quilted the center berries.  It was perfectly fine for me overlap stitches because I use Aurifil’s 50wt thread, and the fine weight of the thread withstands stitching over stitches very well.

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Step 2.  Then I added the holly leaves.  I would do 2 or 3 leaves depending on the space I have.  Sometimes I added the veins in the leaf center, sometimes I didn’t.

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Step 3.  Swirls are the key to break out of a holly sprig to quilt subsequent holly sprigs.  I just picked a convenient spot to quilt a swirl, and then additional swirls until I end up with an area sufficient to quilt another holly sprig – starting with berries, and then holly leaves.

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Step 4.  And the process repeats.  Note where it was a bit tight for me to swing a swirl to get out of my holly sprig.  In situations as such, I would just echo the leaf a little and get out before I do a full swirl.  Real life quilting is full of off the cuff improvisations! :)

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I would keep repeating and repeating and repeating until my entire quilt was covered with the motif.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

p.s. Today is the last day for 20% discount on any of my online machine quilting classes.  Click here for the details.

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

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

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland 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 Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

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

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

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)

FREE PATTERN: Hoffman Fabrics’ Good Tidings / Christmas in July!!

Hello Friends, it’s July — and we are inching toward July ever so surely. :)  So, we’ve got to have a Christmas in July offering at Ivory Spring before July slips away.

Here is a free-to-use pattern I designed for Hoffman Fabrics to feature their new Christmas line this year, Good Tidings!  SHOCKER — another Sawtooth Star Quilt! HAHA!

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Good Tidings is a very pretty line – and if you like cardinals…. ’nuff said! :)

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs to you all, and have a lovely day!

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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: Little House on the Hill

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)

Project Sneak Peek: Packages

Hello Friends, how are you all doing this Wednesday?  I hope you are well.  I am excited to show you this free-motion quilted Christmas motif I quilted on my most recently completed quilt!

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The best machine quilting advice I can give anyone is to keep quilting because you WILL get better. :)  That’s all for now.  I have to get back to work…  Hugs to you all!

FREE PATTERN: Jolly Old St. Nick

Hello Friends, my days go by so fast these days when I have a little constant companion for the summer!  I love the chattering, the occasionally clinging, and even the drama!  But all that doesn’t help me get things done.  So I have had to come up with some creative ways to still squeeze in work, and still meet the looming deadlines.

It seems like many fabric companies are releasing their Christmas collections this time a year — to give us quilters enough time to get our Christmas projects completed in time for Christmas!  I have another free pattern to share with you today that is meant to be a quick to finish panel project — Jolly Old St. Nick by Quilting Treasures.

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Click here to view the entire fabric collection.

Click here to download free pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve got to run as we are under a severe weather watch (again!).  I was going to finish up piecing a quilt top… but I don’t use my machine during stormy weather.  How about you?  Do you chicken out like me, or do you brave it?  I am going to do some hand-sewing instead….

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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)

FREE PATTERN: Santa’s Sleigh

“… You know, Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls…” ~Lucy van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had lovely week.

And today, I am happy to share with you another free to use pattern called Santa’s Sleigh.  You have probably seen the quilt in the following ad, featured in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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Santa’s Sleigh is designed with Lynette Anderson‘s Christmas line Starry Night, released by RJR Fabrics.

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Santa’s Sleigh is a teamwork effort – I had designed the pieced portion, while Lynette Anderson designed the applique and stitchery portion.  And for the record, I always love working with the amazing Lynette!

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And here are a few pictures of the quilt (hanging at RJR’s booth) I managed to snap at Spring Market in Pittsburgh last month.  This sample you see was made by Kay Harmon, who is a great designer herself!  The beautiful quilting is done by Sew Graceful Quilting.

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Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I hope you will enjoy making Santa’s Sleigh!

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I am running behind this week because I keep finding myself oversleeping! :(  I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all, and God bless!

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My 2014 free to use designs:

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

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

Boxing Day in THE QUILTER (December 2013/January 2014)

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are well.  I am happy to share with you another magazine featured Christmas quilt today.  As I look back, I find it interesting I didn’t make any fall projects this year, but I sure made quite a few Christmas quilts.  So, without further ado, here is Boxing Day, feature in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of The Quilter magazine.

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The design made use of the “box” concept, and is made of “boxy” blocks — thus the quilt name Boxing Day!

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Simple pieced blocks are mixed in with squares cut from the panel print of Benartex’s Home for the Holidays fabric collection to make this sweet, but quick and easy to complete quilt.

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Don’t you just love these panel print blocks?  Click here to view the entire fabric range.

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I like these sort of pastel, softer Christmas colors, mixed in with a bit of blue for a very different look.  It is “traditional Christmas” palette, with a bit of a twist.

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I quilted large scaled Jester’s Hat motif (written about here, here and here) on this quilt because I only needed a bit of texture to compliment the very “happening” fabrics.  Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

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I hope you enjoyed my Boxing Day quilt.  I have one more Christmas quilt left to show you soon – as soon as I receive it back from the editor.

Do tell me what you think of the softer Christmas color palette – is it up, or down?

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Click here to read about Boxing Day.

Click here to purchase the quilt kit from Fat Quarter Shop ($49.99).

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Have you seen my other 2013 featured quilts?

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Starry Dance

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Persian Rug

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

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

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilt Trends (Fall 2013): Manhattan

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World (Winter 2013): Elephant Walk

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Midnight Flurry

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Winter Wonderland

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

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy

Benartex (November 2013): Movement in Squares using Op Art Reflections

Benartex (November 2013): Princess Aiko

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Moonflower

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Tutu Cute

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas

Winter Wonderland in THE QUILTER (Holiday 2013)

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Hello Friends, it is a bit wet and dreary where I live.  I thought the weather is perfect for me to share with you my “cozy” Christmas quilt, Winter Wonderland, featured in the Holiday issue of The Quilter magazine.

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This quilt is really easy, fun and QUICK to construct and finish.  Besides featuring the cute fabric prints, I have designed the quilt with “quick to finish” and “a quilt to use” in mind.

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The fabrics used in Winter Wonderland are from Lynette Anderson‘s Candy Cane Angels collection, released by Lecien.  Click here to view the entire fabric range – you simply have to see how cute the focal prints are!  You can purchase the fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop here.

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And of course, I had shared with you about the use of gray with the traditional red in this Christmas quilt.  I think the gray and red combination adds a certain element of coziness to the overall look.

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I quilted allover quilting on Winter Wonderland.  It is a mix of Jester’s Hat and Swirls, using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  I love how smooth the Aurifil threads are for quilting, they just seem to melt into the fabric – giving the overall quilting motif a soft textured look.

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Now, by turning some of the pieced blocks 90 degrees, you can get a different look with the same blocks.  Just thought I throw that in for a fun twist for those of you who are considering in making this quilt. :)

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I hope you have enjoyed Winter Wonderland.  I have one more Christmas quilt to share with you before December is upon us.  Meanwhile, I need to go back to work as I haven’t gotten as much done this week due to a cold. :(  But with the weather change, ’tis the season to get sick.  I shall catch up with you later, Dear Friends!  Stay cozy, everyone!

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2013 has been a busy year.  Have you seen my other 2013 published projects?

Have you see my other 2013 magazine features/published work?

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Starry Dance

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Persian Rug

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

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

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilt Trends (Fall 2013): Manhattan

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World (Winter 2013): Elephant Walk

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Midnight Flurry

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

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

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy

Benartex (November 2013): Movement in Squares using Op Art Reflections

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Moonflower

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Tutu Cute

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas

Midnight Flurry in THE QUILTER (Holiday 2013)

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Hello Friends, some of you expressed you would like to see Midnight Flurry first from my latest stack o’ quilts.  Here it is!  Midnight Flurry is featured in The Quilter’s special Holiday 2013 issue.  You may purchase the issue at most newsstands, or online here.

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The design of this fun and easy quilt is spiced up by alternating fabrics and orientations of the same block.

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The fabrics I used are from Holiday Dreams by RJR Fabrics.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.  Don’t forget to check out the blue/cappuccino colorway!

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I really like the fact that the beige neutral fabric is printed with words:

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Here are more shots of the quilt:

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As much as I like how the blocks play out in the overall design, I think I like the borders the best in this quilt.

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I quilted my Jester’s Hat motif on the quilt using Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 thread over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk batting.  The quilt has a really nice feel to it.  You may click here, here and here to read about Jester’s Hat.

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I hope you liked seeing Midnight Flurry.  And I would love to see your version if you are making the quilt!  By the way, does anyone know how many days do we have till Christmas?

Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs to you all.

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Have you see my other 2013 magazine features/published work?

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Persian Rug

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Starry Dance

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

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

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilt Trends (Fall 2013): Manhattan

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World (Winter 2013): Elephant Walk

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Winter Wonderland

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

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

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Moonflower

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Tutu Cute

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas

Stars of Hope in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (November/December 2012)

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Hello Friends, I thought I would share with you another magazine feature today.  My Stars of Hope quilt made it in Fons and Porter‘s Love of Quilting November/December 2012 issue!

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This is offered as a free downloadable pattern by Fons and Porter.  Click here to download pattern instructions.

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Here are a few shots of the individual blocks:

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The fabrics I used for this table topper are from Benartex’s Star of Hope collection.  The fabrics are really rich in colors.  Click here to view the full range of fabrics.  You may recall I have actually designed another quilt (“Wintertide”) with the same fabric collection.  Click here to download the free pattern instructions for Wintertide.

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Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  I just quilted “ringlets” (aka circles) to add a bit of texture to the already busy look of the quilt.

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I am reminded of the chorus in “We Three Kings of Orient Are”…

“O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light”

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I do hope you are blessed by the Star of wonder as you go about your Christmas preparations.  Thanks for stopping by.