FREE PATTERN: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey

Hello Friends!  It’s so good to have you visit again.  In the midst of this cold spell, and right about now, I am more than ready for the vegetation to come up “rosey”!  For those who are in the cold spell (again!), are you keeping yourself warm and cozy?

Everything’s Coming Up Rosey is another design I did for Benartex using their English Rosey collection.  The rosey print fabrics in this collection take on a contemporary feel in that it is more “Monet-ish”, and not as Chintz-liked as a lot of the rose print fabrics you see in the market.  Everything’s Coming Up Rosey kind of keeps up with the contemporary feel of the fabric line, and it sort of has a feel of optical illusion to it.  But if you look at it closely, it is just due to the coloring of the blocks. :)  So, no tricks, no illusion… just plain fun and simple blocks!

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

It’s Tuesday — and you know what that normally means (i.e., I turn into the designated chauffeur for Miss Baby).  BUT today, I am meeting up with the ladies at Mt. Vernon Chapter of Quilters Unlimited!  I am excited!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a rosey sort of day.

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2014 free downloadable pattern lineup:

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

FREE PATTERN: Pumpkin Patch

Hello Friends, I seriously felt like this week has flown by.  I was shocked when my husband informed me it’s Friday today!!!  I got quite a bit done this week, but felt like I didn’t get enough done.  So, I probably would have an all-nighter or two in my near future just to get everything caught up.  But that’s alright.  I like getting things checked off my list. :)  I wonder how many of you out there are list-makers?

To end our week of chatting, I thought I would share with you another free pattern called “Pumpkin Patch.”  This pattern is design using Benartex‘s Autumn Fauna line, to be released very soon.  Watch for these fabrics – they are yummy!  I was working toward an autumn quilt that feels a little more contemporary.  The use of white in the quilt also gives an airy feel.

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I know autumn seems a long way for us in the northern Hemisphere, but I thought this design might delight my southern Hemisphere friends! :)  Click here to download the pattern.

With that, I shall say adios for now!  I will catch up with you later!  Hugs.

FREE PATTERN: Pleasures and Pastimes

Hi Friends, how are you doing?  I hope you have had a good week so far.  Remember these scrumptious fabrics?

They are from Benartex’s new line Nesting Place.  From Benartex’s website: “Nesting Place is a soft-rich collection that is a great nod to the beautiful things in life–sweet music, birds chirping, and the warmth of family, friends, laughter and love. Blooming flowers, scrolling vines, antique bird cages and a gorgeous damask round out the group. Also included is a damask stripe that lends itself perfectly for borders, in soft creams, pinks, and green. Nesting Place is perfrect for baby quilts, nursery decorations and even bed quilts, totes, dresses, curtains and other home dec projects.” Benartex is offering a free pattern using the fabrics, designed by yours truly.  I am pleased to show you Pleasures and Pastimes, the silhouette version:

And the sans silhouette version:

Pattern instructions are downloadable as pdf here.  Enjoy! :)  I can’t wait to make my own quilt using this pattern!  I am going to do the silhouette version.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 4

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NEWS FLASH, my friends!  Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

I hope you have had a good week, and also a good time quilting along this Quilt-Along!  I have loved seeing all the colors coming together.  Black is a great color to use when you are trying to bring all the colors together, as you will see in this installment of the Quilt-Along.

Part 4: We are using black to “frame” in the colored squares you pieced together last week.

You will need for the multicolor colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, four 1-1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Cut sections off two of the strips into two 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 32 1/2″. So, now you have two 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ and two 1-1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center.  Again, I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top.

Step 4:

Sew the pieces together.  Repeat for the other short end of the quilt center.

Open up the strips, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Sew one 1 1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strip to each side of long sides of the quilt center.  Open up the strips, finger press and press with a hot iron.

And you are finished for this week!  We will have a big week next week getting the next pieced border onto the quilt top, and then, we will be on the home stretch!  Wherever you are in your progress, I hope you take a moment to share it with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

This is how mine is looking so far… how does yours look?  Notice how the black on both sides of the pieced colored squares sort of “pen in” the squares so that your eyes are drawn to look at the colored squares.

Here is a fun fact on ladybugs for you:  their average life span is 1-2 years.  I didn’t know they live that long, to be quite honest.

Before I leave, curious mind wants to know what projects you have going on besides the ladybugs.  Mine includes: magazine projects, Miss Baby’s fall dresses, Civil War Bride Quilt, and a few heirloom needlework projects.

Happy Quilting, everyone!  I shall see you again next week.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 3

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  It’s time for part 3 of our Quilt-along.  So without further ado… but before proceeding further, your quilt center now should look something like this:

Part 3:  We will be adding the colorful squares around the black sashing from part 2.  COLORS will start popping up all over the place now.

You will need for the multi-color colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:  For green, red, yellow, orange and navy polka dot fabrics, cut widthwise from each fabric one 2 1/2″ x 42″ strip.

Recut from green strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from red strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from yellow strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from orange strip, 1o 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from navy strip, 9 2-1/2″ squares


Step 2: Piece the squares together into two  separate “chains” according to the diagram below.

Sew each chain to the two opposite short sides of the quilt center.

Step 3:  Now piece the rest of the squares into another two separate “chains” as shown in the diagram below.

Sew the chains to the remaining two opposite sides.

And I pronounce you DONE for part 3! :)

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Other related happenings:

1.  Here is a picture of how mine is looking so far…


2.  I just received word from Pat of Colorado that she just received her fabrics.  Pat said, “I’ll likely end up making more then one of these because there are just too many kids out there who need a bright spot in their day, and this would really fill the bill! ”  The kids she is talking about are those in Kids in Crisis.  I think Pat is an absolute gem!

3.  Christine has some cool fabrics picked out for her project.  Check them out here.

I don’t have a fun fact for you this time, but do have a cool shopping site
where you can shop for all things ladybugs!


How is your progress coming along?  If you have progress pictures to show, do send them along to me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net or send me a link to your blog.  I would love to share with others how you are doing. :)  Meanwhile, HAPPY LADYBUG-GING!  Till next time.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 2

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Hello, my dear Quilt-along-ers! I hope my post finds you well. I have heard from several they are still waiting on fabrics. So, I thought I would just do a mini Part 2 for the latest instructions so that everyone gets a chance to catch up.

Part 2: We are adding the white on black polka dots sashing strips around the what we made in Part 1.

You will need for the multi-color colorway:

You will need for the pink/purple colorway:

Or fabric of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, three 1 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Recut one of the strips into two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″. So, now you have two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ and two 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center. I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top. Sometimes seam allowances get flipped and would end up in the wrong directions if they are placed on the bottom. I have heard that fork pins help eliminate that problem, but I haven’t tried using them yet.

This is how I pin. I find it easier to feed my fabric pieces if they are pinned this way. This is a trick my friend Wanda (a fellow Quilt-along-er) had shown me a couple of years ago, and I have loved it. My favorite pins when piecing are these and these:

Step 4:

Stitch. I like to use my piecing stitch on my Bernina (#326 on my Artista 640E) to piece instead of the default straight stitch. The stitch length for the piecing stitch I use is 2. If you don’t have a patchwork piecing stitch already set for you on your machine. You can easily reduce the stitch length on your regular straight stitch slightly shorter than the default stitching length.

Open up the strip, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Add the other 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip to the other short side.

Add the 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips to the remaining sides of the quilt center. Finger and iron press after adding each strip.

That was pretty fun, wasn’t it?  Please remember to share your pictures with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

Now, how about a ladybug fact?

“During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. The farmers called these bugs, “Beetles of Our Lady” and they eventually became known as “ladybugs”.” – from http://ladybugsite.homestead.com/

That’s it for now, my friends!  Have a lovely weekend.

I did my Quilt-along homework & fabrics!

Hello Friends,

I completed part I of the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville Quilt-along! I am really liking the bright and cheerful look! Here is a “bird’s eye view”:

Here’s a close-up:

How is your progress coming along? I know that some of you are still waiting for your fabrics to arrive. Meanwhile, it’s not too late to join in the Quilt-Along Fun. Click here for more information:

Meanwhile, fabrics and more fabrics are trickling my way. These are from RJR‘s latest “Anything but the Kitchen Sink” and “Jinny Beyer’s Palette” for a tablerunner project featured in American Patchwork & Quilting next year.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day!!