COVER QUILT ALERT: Snowfall in American Patchwork & Quilting December 2017 & Giveaway Winners

Happy Friends — Christmas is coming, and that’s a fact! :-)  I am very happy to share with you the news my Snowfall quilt made cover on American Patchwork & Quilting’s December 2017 issue!  This is my second time having a cover quilt this year in American Patchwork & Quilting’s magazine.  I cannot be more excited!!

Snowfall is a fun one-block-wonder quilt, using curve piecing.  But really, each block only has 3 seams!  And the quilt has more than 25 fabrics, I think.  You know what many fabrics means — that means fun VISUAL EFFECT!  The fabrics featured in this quilt are from RJR Fabrics’ Merry, Berry and Bright!

Quilt kits are available from fatquartershop.com!

This issue will be on the newsstands till Dec 5th!  Keep your eyes peeled for them at your favorite newsstands.  In the same issue, there is also a free quilt pattern download that I have designed.  It’s call Starry Night Square Dance!  This quilt features fabrics from RJR Fabrics’ Hopscotch.  The magazine has information on how to download the pattern.

Now for the winners of my pile giveaways:

Pile #1:  Debbie Rhodes

Pile #2:  travelingro

I have sent you an email with information on how/where to send the payment to cover the shipping cost.  THANK YOU FRIENDS, for being willing to take the stash off my hands.  Come back tomorrow, I am giving away a set of quilting motif books!  Till tomorrow. :)

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Giveaway Winner!!!

Hello Friends, I was going to have this little wallhanging quilted to share with you, but I totally ran out of time!  So, please give me a couple more days.

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Things are happening at my end, and I have spent the last few days working on an upcoming project that is personally exciting for me.  It is also something near and dear to my heart, but hasn’t been sufficiently expressed in my work until now. That’s all I can share with you until a later date.

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For now… the winner of my Storybook Christmas giveaway, generously sponsored by Windham is: #3 Suzanne!  Congratulations – an email is sent to you asking for your mailing address.  Thank you ALL for playing along in the giveaway – I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your gift-giving pattern!

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A little behind-the-scene tidbit:  Would you believe I had worked on the designs for this fabric group way back in August 2015?!  There are SO many steps involved in bringing a fabric group from idea to product, and I am happy to have played a small role in that lengthy process.  Click here for further information on any of the designs you see below:

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That’s all for now as I have more fabric calculations to do… but I do have more Christmasy musings to share.

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#1.  Did you by any chance read my article on Aurifil’s website sharing about my three favorite batting?  Click here to read if you are curious.

#2.  Oh — and have you made my Aurifil Designer of the Month (July) “Sparkler” block?  Remember, you have till 14th to make your block and enter the giveaway of an Aurifil large thread spool thread box hosted by Pat Sloan. Click here to enter your block.  Click here if you haven’t downloaded the instructions to make the block.

These are the blocks I have made.  The blue and white block is going to be combined with the other designers’ block for the official blue/white Aurifil Designer of the Month 2016 quilt.

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This block is one I make for my own quilt.  I have been playing around in my mind how I want my quilt layout to be when I have gotten 12 blocks completed.  I think I have finally come up with “the” layout!

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My Turn — Windham’s Christmas in July Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!!!

Happy Monday, Friends.  I hope you had a great weekend.  I have been working on some REALLY exciting things, and can’t wait to share with you when the time is right.  But today, it’s my turn to have fun with Windham‘s Christmas in July Blog Hop…. well, August! :o)

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And for my blog hop project, I chose to work with Windham’s newly released Christmas 30’s line, Storybook Christmas to make…

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… small wall hanging using squares cut from these sweet fabrics + 3/8 yard of white fabric!

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My wallhanging finishes at 22″ x 25″.  Each square finishes at 3″.  So, if you are wanting to make the wallhanging exactly like mine, you will need to cut 40 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) squares from the assorted prints.

From the white fabric, cut

widthwise, 3 (2 1/2″ x wof).  Subcut 2 (2 1/2″ x 21 1/2″) and 2 (2 1/2″ x 22 1/2″) strips for outer border strips.

widthwise, 1 (3 1/2″ x wof).  Subcut 2 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) and 16 (2″ x 2″) squares.

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2″ x 2″) square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) print square.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal white corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2″ x 2″) square at the adjacent corner of the same print square to complete 1 sewn unit.  Repeat to make a total of 8 sewn unit that will be sewn in the rows to complete quilt center.

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Refer to the diagram below, arrange and sew squares and sewn units to make pieced rows. Sew rows together to complete quilt top.

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To complete quilt top, sew 2 (2 1/2″ x 21 1/2″) white strips to the opposite long sides of quilt center, followed by 2 (2 1/2″ x 22 1/2″) white strips to the remaining opposite short sides of quilt center.

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And here you see I embroidered a bit of sweet nothings to one of the stars, using Aurifil’s embroidery floss. :)

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There you have it.  Now, who is to say you have to stop there?  You are free to add borders to make the quilt larger and better!

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I love this sweet fabric collection, and feel honored to have been asked to design with this fabric group, shown below.  A couple of the designs were displayed at Windham’s booth during Fall Market last year.

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Holiday Forest: kits are available for purchase here.

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Gift Boxes – kits are available for purchase here, and here.

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Star Bright Blue: kits are available for purchase here.

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Star Bright traditional – quilt kits are available for pre-order here.

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Storybook Christmas – quilt kits are available for purchase here and here.  This is a really neat project in that it uses panel blocks meant for a fabric book in a quilt, and the entire quilt tells a story!

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GIVEAWAY:  We’ve covered quite a bit, but that’s not all!  Windham is generously giving away a FQ bundle for Storybook Christmas to a Continental US address.  Leave a comment between now and next Monday, and I will pick and announce a winner on next Tuesday.  Tell me if you make or buy your Christmas presents.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week!

FREE PATTERNS for Windham’s Storybook Christmas

Urm, anyone has any idea how many days there are left before Christmas?  I said that in jest — because in my mind, I just got through Christmas 2014!  However, keep your eyes peeled for Windham’s Storybook Christmas fabrics popping up at your local quilt shops in May.  These fabrics are simply the cutest!!!!  Click here to view the fabrics.

NOW – if you aren’t able to locate these fabrics at your local quilt shops, try contacting The Patchwork Co (www.thepatchworkco.com).

I actually designed four quilts with this line.  Two of them were display at Fall Quilt Market in Houston last year.

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So, first up, we have Holiday Forest.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And then, we have Gift Boxes.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Design 1a_56.5 x 77.5

And, we have Star Bright.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And A Storybook Christmas – I like this one because the quilt uses the panel print to “tell” a Christmas story! Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the cute Christmas projects you can make for Christmas this year! :)

So – tell me, are you a last minute Christmas shopper, or are you one of those who gather gifts for your loved ones over the course of the year?

Thank you for visiting.  I shall catch up with you again!

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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

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

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

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)

February: Dream Boat (Quilting Treasures)

March: Garden Maze using Emilie (Windham Fabrics)

March: Lattice using Emilie (Windham Fabrics)

April: Holiday Forest using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: Gift Boxes using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: Star Bright using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: A Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

Yuletide Snowflakes in UK POPULAR PATCHWORK (December 2014)

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Hello Friends!  Happy Monday.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  My little family had a wonderful time with friends.  And I have to say it was good for me to unplug for a few days — that’s why my blog wasn’t updated for most of the week last week.  But now that we are in the leftover turkey mode, I am back to work mode!

I had shared with you about having another featured project besides my Christmas Wreath runner project that is featured in UK’s Popular Patchwork December 2014 issue.  Click here to read more about the runner.

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I am happy to share with you another Christmas project Yuletide Snowflakes.

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Many of us simply adore star blocks.  And this particular block reminds me of a snowflake, thus the name Yuletide Snowflakes for the name of my quilt.

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And I just had to use Lynette Anderson’s Starry Night fabrics to make a star quilt for the holiday season.  The Starry Night fabric line is current, and is released by RJR Fabrics.  I love adding a bit of blue in the traditional green/red mix because that way the quilt can be used throughout the winter season.

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Here are a couple more pictures of the quilt.  I always love that Lynette Anderson’s fabrics lend themselves to a scrappy look without much effort.

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I quilted allover swirl and Jester’s Hat to give a nice texture to the quilt.   The nice thing about quilting allover motifs is that once you are familiar with the stitching paths of individual motifs, you can easily customize you own quilting by combining motifs!  Quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!

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Before I leave, I thought I would give you a run down on projects I have done using the Starry Night fabrics besides Yuletide Snowflakes.  Click on project names for more information on individual projects.  I have two more Starry Night projects to share – so stay tuned.

1.  Stars Aligned in Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68)

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2.  Santa’s Sleigh

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I hope you have enjoyed Yuletide Snowflakes.  Speaking of snowflakes – we are expecting rain and sleet tonight and tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week, and HAPPY DECEMBER!!

Click here for information to purchase/subscribe to Popular Patchwork.

Click here for information on my online machine quilting class that covers free-motion quilting swirl and Jester’s Hat motifs.

Click here and here for my virtual trunk show on star quilts.

Click here and here for my virtual trunk show on Christmas projects.

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

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

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

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

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

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

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

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

I am starting something new…

… with these fabrics from RJR Fabrics’ Holiday Dreams fabric line.  Click here to view the full fabric range.

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It’s funny how I don’t really think of myself as a “black” person when it comes to Christmas colors… but the proof is in the pudding as I looked back at my past Christmas quilts.

Starry Pursuit (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2011, Cover Quilt)

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Christmas Cheer (Quilter’s World, December 2009)

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Christmas Hospitality (Quilter’s World’s A Quilted Christmas, Fall 2011)

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Holiday Spinners (The Quilter, Holiday 2011)

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Coxcombs and Berries (The Quilter, December 2011/January 2012) – the “black” actually has a midnight blue hue in this quilt

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How about you?  Do you use any black in your Christmas quilts?  What are your favorite colors for Christmas quilts?

Thanks for stopping by.  Blessings to you all.

Christmas Cards: Sneak Peek

Once again, Sherry saved my life by completing another quilt top for me.  I was able to quilt and complete Christmas Cards over the weekend.  Here is a sneak peek:

As I was working on the quilt, I thought about the quilts I had made for Christmases past — and I think I am detecting a theme. :)

Christmas Cheer (Quilter’s World, December 2009)

Christmas Hospitality (Quilter’s World’s A Quilted Christmas, Fall 2011)

Holiday Spinners (The Quilter, Holiday 2010)

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And my first EVER Christmas quilt, and second quilt I ever made.

Yup, I do love love love poinsettias for Christmas — that naturally transfers to my choice of fabrics when it comes to making Christmas quilts.

Now nosy mind wants to know if you have a favorite theme for your Holiday fabrics.   If so, what is it?

Virtual Trunk Show #3: Christmas!

Christmas is definitely shaping up at my end.  I have done Christmas crafts, and even a bit of Christmas baking with my little one!  We had a mini Christmas Tree trimming party with Miss Baby when we got her her own little 3 ft tall tree.  She was excited, let me tell you!  I also managed to bring out every Christmas quilt I have ever made — just how and where I am going to display or use the quilts, I have no idea.  It’s just nice to have them out.  I am thinking I need one of those quilt ladders.

1.  Christmas in Ohio (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2010)

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2.  Starry Pursuit (Cover Quilt, Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2011)

3.  Christmas Cheer (Quilter’s World, December 2009)

4.  Peppermint Packages (Quilter’s World, December 2010)

5.  Christmas placemats (Quilter’s World, October 2011)

6.  Christmas Hospitality Runner (Quilter’s World Special Interest Publication, Fall 2011)

7.  Carol of the Cardinals Wallhanging and Placemats (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2008)

8.  Forever Christmas (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2009)

9.  Holiday Spinners (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2010)

10.  Poinsettia Fiesta (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2010)

11.  Coxcombs and Berries (The Quilter, December 2011/January 2012)

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Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year!

“How great our joy!  Great our joy!  Joy, joy, joy!  Joy, joy, joy!  Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!  Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!”

(Traditional German carol)

Christmas Quilt Show 2010


Since Christmas is my favorite holiday, it’s always special when I am able to work on a Christmas quilt. I was able to pack in four Christmas quilts this year, which I shall share some snippets with you. Please feel free to click on the links provided for more pictures and details (including the names of fabric collections I used) on each individual quilt. Please note that all the quilts are quilted by yours truly on a Bernina domestic machine.

1. Holiday Spinners, featured in The Quilter‘s Quilting for Christmas 2010

This is my “prim and proper” Christmas quilt for the year. The traditional reds and greens are probably my favorite Christmas colors. I like the touches of black mixed in with the Christmas colors.


I quilted a holly/berries/swag motif allover the entire quilt.


2. Poinsettia Fiesta, featured in The Quilter‘s Quilting for Christmas 2010

This is my “Tex-Mex” Christmas quilt – the colors are traditional, but yet it has a funky brightness to them.

3. Christmas in Ohio, featured in Fons & Porter‘s Easy Quilts (Winter 2010)

This is my “warm and cozy” Christmas quilt. I like the Currier and Ives look on the fabrics. Allover swirls were quilted on the entire quilt to give the quilt a textured look.

4. Peppermint Parcel, featured in Quilter’s World December 2010

This is my “sweet and fun” Christmas quilt, using aqua and pink fabrics to achieve the fun part. The gift tags are embroidered with Christmas Greetings in different languages, giving the quilt an international feel!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my contributions to the Christmas Quilt Tour this year. Before you leave, would you tell me which is your favorite?

I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS season!