Another chance to win Marmalade Meadows Floss Box

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you are all well and warm!  Right about now, I am an icicle contemplating a one-way ticket to Florida! :)

Last fall, Aurifil introduced my Marmalade Meadows Floss Collectionat Fall Market.  A few days before Christmas last year, Aurifil featured my new Embroidery Floss collection, Marmalade Meadows, on their blog Auribuzz. Click here to read more if you hadn’t had a chance to do so.

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The purchase of the floss collection comes with my pattern instructions (including embroidery) for Marmalade’s Merriment.  If you remember, the embroidery design is based on Miss Baby’s artwork that I had adapted for embroidery.  I do have a funny story associated with that.  I had texted from Fall Market last year a picture of the floss box to Miss Baby at home.  When I checked in with home that night…

Miss Baby:  Urm, Mom, didn’t you tell them I drew the original picture?

Me: Yes?

Miss Baby: Why isn’t my name on the box?

Me:  Well, you see…

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Over the next year, I will be releasing more Marmalade the pot belly bunny embroidery designs, as well as different projects you can make using the free download Marmalade’s Merriment embroidery design!  It will be fun.  So, get your floss ready to stitch… You can ask your local quilt shop owners to order the floss collection for you!

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Aurifil is hosting another giveaway of Marmalade Meadows on their Instagram feed!  Be sure to check out the details there — just search for “aurifilthread”.

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That’s all for now, Friends!  Happy Monday and Happy Week!  I will be back this Wed to catch up with you!  Hugs!!!

GIVEAWAY: My Annie’s Domestic Machine Quilting Class of your choice

Hello Friends, I am tired and groggy, but I went to Houston and got back safely.  It was a whirlwind of a trip.  I will share more about that later.  One of the major reasons I went to Houston is to present my upcoming book Stitching Pathways – a compilation of my Thread Talk posts in a book format and more.   The following pictures show snippets of the book projects that I have been working on to include in the Stitching Pathways book.

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SO, to celebrate domestic machine quilting, Annie’s has generously sponsored a giveaway of any one of my 5 online machine quilting classes of your choice!

#1. Learn to Machine Quilt – click here for more information.

#2.  Machine Quilting Level 2 – click here for more information.

#3.  Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks – click here for more information.

#4.  Learn to Machine Quilt With Stencils & Templates – click here for more information.

#5.  Learn Modern Straight Line Machine Quilting – click here for more information.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY – Between now and coming Sunday (November 6th), leave in the comment section which class you would like, and I will pick a winner to announce on Monday (November 7th).

Happy Monday, and Happy Week!

2015 National Quilting Day & Giveaway!

Hello Friends — Happy Saturday and Happy National Quilting Day!  Read about National Quilting Day here.

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Once upon a time, there was girl who lived in the tropics, in the comfort of home, church, and many relatives.  All her life, she dreamed upon going to England for college… ever since she was five years of age.

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She worked hard at school… because of the consuming dream of going to England for college.

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The day came, she left home to go to college…. not to England, but to the United States.  She was disappointed at the time, but she accepted that it was the path chosen for her.

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She finished college with a graduate degree.  She married.  She had a little girl.

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Somewhere in her years in the US, she met a most generous and loving lady — who taught this girl how to quilt.

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And the rest is history.  Because someone else stepped in, and encouraged, and took the time to teach this girl (who hadn’t really even touched a sewing machine in her life), this girl’s life was changed!

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She made many sweet quilting and non-quilting friends along her quilting journey.  She was able to do things not dreamed off in all her dreams of going to England for college…

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And she continues to accepts the path chosen for her, by her loving God.

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On this National Quilting Day, this is a roundabout way of telling the story of an Asian girl who discovered the joy of quilting, because a loving lady who answered the call to make a difference in the lives of others!  Thank you, Barbara!

And Happy National Quilting Day again, Everyone!!

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Annie’s has generously sponsored a giveaway of my online class Learn to Machine Quilt class.  Leave a comment between now and March 27, 2015 to enter giveaway.  Winner will be announce on March 30, 2015.

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Speaking of machine quilting, stay tuned for some exciting news!

Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello Friends, thanks for stopping by on this fine Sunday!  I hope you have enjoyed your weekend so far.  I want to extend a special welcome to those who are visiting for the first time.  I hope you enjoy your visit.

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EVENT:  Marie Bostwick’s Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop, hosted by Michele of Quilting Gallery.

PARTICIPANTS:

Monday, April 29 – Marie’s intro post and her block – http://quiltinggallery.com/
Tuesday, April 30 – Michele – Quilting Gallery – http://quiltinggallery.com/
Wednesday, May 1 – Bonnie Hunter – Quiltville – http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
*Thursday, May 2 – Pat – Pat Sloan – http://patsloan.typepad.com/
*Thursday, May 2 – Kim – Persimon Dreams – http://www.persimondreams.com/
Friday, May 3 – Melissa – Happy Quilting – http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/
Saturday, May 4 – Jo – Jo’s Country Junction – http://www.joscountryjunction.com/
Sunday, May 5 – Wendy – Ivory Spring – https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Monday, May 6 – Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc. – http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 7 – Vicki – Quilting Lodge Blog – http://www.quiltinglodgeblog.com/
Wednesday, May 8 – Melissa/Jake – Generation Q Magazine – http://generationqmagazine.com/
Thursday, May 9 – Jennifer – Sew Hooked – http://sewhooked.com/
Friday, May 10 – Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works – http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/

ABOUT MARIE: http://www.mariebostwick.com/

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ABOUT Between Heaven and Texas:

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there…

Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.

While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted–a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable…

Making my 12″ Orange Eyed Susan Star Block:

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Step 1.  Cutting.  Cut from solids or mottled fabrics – one (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) orange square, one (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) light pink square, one (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) dark pink square.

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Step 2.  Cutting.  Cut from floral print fabric – two (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles, two (1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles, four (4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) squares, two (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) squares.

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Step 3.  Constructing HST units.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) floral print square.  Lay square, right sides together, on the dark pink (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) square.

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Sew 1/4″ away from the drawn line on both sides of the line.

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Cut along the drawn line.  Open and press to yield two half-square-triangle units.  Repeat the process with the remaining (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) floral print square and the (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) pink square.

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Step 4.  Constructing QST units.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one pink/floral HST unit.  Place unit, right sides together, on one dark pink/floral HST – making sure the floral triangles are opposite from each other in the HST units.

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Sew 1/4″ away from the drawn line, on both sides of the line.  Cut along the drawn line.  Open and press to reveal two Quarter-Square-Triangle Units.  Repeat with the remaining HST units to make a total of four QST units.

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Step 5.  Constructing block center.  Sew two (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) floral rectangles to the opposite sides of the (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) orange square.  Add two (1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) floral rectangles to the remaining opposite sides.

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Step 6:  Block Assembly.  Sew together the units together as shown to complete the star block.  Please note that the diagrams do not depict the 1/4 seams allowance around edge of block.

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My block sewn out:

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Click here: Blog Hop Block to download pattern instructions.

GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite book.  Entries are accepted between now and Friday (5/10/2013).

GOING ONE STEP FURTHER:

Be a part of the Linus Project.  Quoting from Quilting Gallery:

“Want to help out a great cause while enjoying the great free patterns from Marie’s Blog Tour? Make an extra star block and donate it the The Linus Connection. Jennifer from Sewhooked has been an active volunteer for The Linus Connection for over 10 years. She’s made and donated approximately 300 quilts to The Linus Connection since 2002, many of them made from orphan blocks donated by quilters from around the world.

The Linus Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Austin, Texas whose mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in the Central Texas area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.

Contact Jennifer for mailing information at sewhooked@gmail.com or visit The Linus Connection blog to find out other ways you can help.”

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Thank you for stopping by.  Have a blessed day!!

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Another 1,000,000 giveaway!

You know I love love love to piece, sew, and quilt with Aurifil threads!  The following are pictures of quilts I have quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads.

Quilt Front Pictures:

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Quilt Back Pictures:

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The people at the super awesome Aurifil thread company that makes my favorite threads have graciously offered a large 12-spool Aurifil thread kit as a prize to celebrate Ivory Spring’s 1,000,000 milestone.  These colors are just perfect to nudge in spring, don’t you think?

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Click here to follow Aurifil’s very happening Facebook page.

To be entered in the giveaway:  Please share if you use Aurifil for your quilting needs.  If not, what threads you use for piecing, sewing and quilting – or just crafting in general. [Comments are accepted between now and 4/8/2013]

Thank you again for stopping, and with that, I wish a very Happy Monday, and Happy Week!

p.s.  This wonderful giveaway prize is NOT an April Fool’s joke – it is for REAL! For my nerdier follows, you can check out speculations on the origin of April Fool’s Day here — now, they must be ALL true if they are on Wikipedia. ;)

A bit of sappiness on 1,000,000 views!

Dear Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  This week has been an exciting week at Ivory Spring in that we passed the 1,000,000 mark in page views on this blog!  I want to thank you all for your visits and comments, and more importantly, your encouragement over the years!

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I have enjoyed meeting all of you, and having you as friends!  So many of you have become fixtures in my life.  I start worrying about you if I don’t hear from you for a few days.

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Many of you write me in the middle of the night just to share a word of encouragement – words cannot express how much I appreciate those middle of the night emails when I am up alone working away.  Many of you write to share prayer requests – I feel honored that you entrust me with your prayer requests.  Many of you just write and share with me your life story – I love reading your stories!  Many of you send pictures of your work – you know I just absolutely love to see what you are working on.

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So many things have happened since I started my blog.  I became a mother, and on top of that, I became a full-fledged quilt designer.  Many of you have been so dear and sweet toward me almost from the very beginning, and have seen my life morph into a chaotically busy mess.   My “bloggy” inner circle continues to expand as I got to know more and more of you.  I want to thank all of you for being a part of my life!  I count you as God’s blessings in my life!  Again, THANK YOU!

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#1 To celebrate Ivory Spring’s 1,000,000,  Annie’s agreed to offer a free class for my Learn to Machine Quilt class as a giveaway prize!  So, if you haven’t signed up for my class, and are still thinking about it — here is your chance to maybe win a free class.  If you are not familiar with the class, click here and here to find out more.  Comments are accepted between now and 4/5/2013.

To be entered in the giveaway:  Please share about what online quilting classes you would like Annie’s to offer in the future.

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#2.  Now, if you have already signed up for my class, you have a chance to win a Throw Size (60″ x 60″) Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting!  If you have followed me for a while, you know I almost exclusively quilt with Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting for all my magazine projects.  Comments are accepted between now and 4/5/2013.

To be entered in the giveaway:  Please share about what you think of my online Learn to Machine Quilt class.

Thank you, Dear Friends!  I wish you a lovely weekend.  I will come by on Monday with another 1,000,000 giveaway.  Stay tuned.

Marie’s Blog Hop Tour & Giveaway: Ties that Bind

Good morning, Friends!  I am part of Marie Bostwick‘s Ties that Bind book Blog Hop Tour today.

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.

It’s a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…

FUN QUESTIONS, MY ANSWERS:

1. What drew you into the book?

I rarely read fiction.  When I was contacted to be a part of the blog hop, and saw that the book was quilting-related, I jumped at the opportunity!

2. Which character did you identify with? Give one reason as to why. 

Not one single character per se, but rather the whole community.  Though I am personally a little uncomfortable with the idea of a woman pastor, I am delighted to read about the genuine friendships that were woven into the story.  I treasure deep friendships in my own life, so the genuine friendships among the characters in the book tugged a cord in me.

3. If this is the first book of the series that you have read – will you be reading the rest now?

Yes, and yes as time permits.

4. In 5 words or less state why someone NEEDS to read this novel.

Wholesome, down-to-earth.

5. Did you take a beginner quilting class when you first started out? What was it like and did it inspire you to continue quilting?

Well, not a formal class.  My quilting teacher/mentor and friend patiently helped me navigate through the basic and a few not-so-basic quilting techniques in completing my first quilt that really wasn’t meant for one who has “next to none” sewing experience.  The experience was fun, and boy, did it inspire me!!  I don’t want to bore you with details, click here to read if you are interested.

6. Phillipa signs up to make a baby quilt as her first quilt. Have you made a baby or toddler quilt?

Yes, in fact my first quilt is a baby quilt made for our nephew.  I love it when I go over to their house and see the quilt draped over a special quilt stand!  Read about the story of my first quilt story here.

Here are a few baby quilts I made since that first quilt (click on the names of the quilts for more pictures):

1. Jungle Jim and Jane

2.  Bunny Foo Foo

3.  Baby Steps

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A CHANCE TO WIN THIS BOOK:

Answer any of the following questions in the comment section between now and May 2 for a chance to win the book.  A winner will be selected on May 3, and announcement of winner will be made shortly after.

1.  How long have you been quilting?

2.  What was your first quilt?

3.  Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you?

4.  Do you read any craft-related fiction?

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A FREE DOWNLOADABLE HIDE AND SEEK BABY QUILT PATTERN AND OTHER FREE PATTERNS:

Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Designs (http://www.studio180design.net/) created this adorable Hide and Seek Baby Quilt to go with the book. The pattern is available as a free download to those who are registered reading friends at http://www.mariebostwick.com/.

Here are a few other free baby patterns for you to browse:

1.  Reaching for the Stars Growth Chart

2.  Dino 1-2-3

3.  Busytown A to Z

4.  Paddington’s Travels

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OTHER BLOG HOP PARICIPANTS

Visit them all to be inspired by even more quilty pretties, and read about what they think of Ties that Bind!

Tuesday, April 24
Michele – Quilting Gallery – http://quiltinggallery.com/
Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works – http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Wendy – Ivory Spring – https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, April 25
Jennifer – SewHooked – http://sewhooked.com/
Erin – One Piece at a Time – http://erinrussek.typepad.com/

Thursday, April 26
Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc. – http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches – http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 27
Michele – With Heart and Hands – http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/
Melissa – Lilac Lane –  http://www.blog.melissastramel.com/

Saturday, April 28
Melissa – Sew Bitter Sweet Designs – http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/
Kim – Crafty Apple – http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely day!

Giveaway: Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting – please scroll down for the latest posts!

You know I have loved quilting my quilts using the Tuscany Silk Batting by Hobbs Bonded Fibers. Now, I want you to have a chance to try it if you haven’t used this batting before. I am giving away a throw size (60″ square) Tuscany Silk Batting!!!!


The information given on Hobbs’ website about their Tuscany Silk Batting is as follows:

Tuscany Silk bonded batting is made from imported silk filaments with the addition of 10% polyester. It is then carded and resin bonded to help retard bearding (fiber migration) and allowing the batting to be handled like a blanket. It can be quilted up to 4″ apart and hand washed in tepid water and lay out to dry flat. It will likely shrink approximately 5%. Because of silk’s natural ability to breath, it is an excellent choice for airy, light weight quilts and coverlets. The Tuscany Silk batting quilts magnificently by hand or machine and is a superb filling material for embroidery.

You can read more about what I think of Tuscany Silk Batting here. I thought I would show you a few Christmas quilts quilted with the Tuscany silk batting. Click on individual quilt names for more pictures of the featured quilts:

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


2. Poinsettia Fiesta (The Quilter Quilting for Christmas 2010)


3. Holiday Spinners (The Quilter Quilting for Christmas 2010)


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


To enter into the giveaway: please leave a comment telling me what kind of batting you have used or like to use, and if you have any interesting tips on batting.

Thanks for playing along! I will announce the winner on the 23rd of December. You have to check back on that day to see if you win and email me your shipping address.

p.s. Are you one of the winners in this giveaway? I haven’t heard from all the winners claiming their prizes.

Giveaway: Aurifil Mako 40 Threads – Please scroll down for latest posts!

Hello, my Friends! It’s great to have you visit again. I have been moving a little slowly (too slowly for my taste) at my end. I have been under the weather this week. Being sick + deadlines + Miss Baby = not a good combination! You can imagine the craziness that’s been going on at my end… but that’s not the point of my post.

The point of my post is I am giving away five spools of Aurifil Mako 40 threads to five of you out there! I have three spools of 2310, one spool of 2260, and 1 spool of 4657 (that’s the variagated one – YUMMY!).

In order to be entered into the giveaway, between now and November 30th, you have to:

1. (if you are already a Facebook user) become a Friend of Aurifil on Facebook

2. leave a thread-related comment on this post with a valid email address for me to contact you. What I mean by “thread-related” can be anything: your favorite thread, your dream thread, tips on using various threads, anything!

Miss Baby would help pick out the winners on December 1st, and the winners will be announced!

Thanks for playing along.

Giveaway: Quilter’s World (August 2010) – Please scroll down for latest posts!

Guess what? Ivory Spring (my little plot in blogland) is mentioned in the latest issue of Quilter’s World’s Editor’s web connection section:

I am walking in clouds!! Indeed, working with Elisa Albury of Quilter’s World has definitely made me a better quilter. In reality, I enjoy wonderful relationships with all the editors with whom I work, and for that, I am extremely thankful!

If you are a new visitor, and have come to visit me at Elisa’s recommendation, A WARM WELCOME TO YOU! I hope you enjoy your visit, and will come back again. If you are a regular here, please know that I always enjoy your visits and comments – you are always WELCOME at Ivory Spring. When I started my little blog a while back, I had not imagined I would make so many friends that have come to mean a lot to me.

This is the project Elisa talked about that’s on p.50 – I will post about the quilt once it is returned to me, hopefully very soon! :) I need a few more photos for the post.

I am giving away three copies of the latest issue of Quilter’s World (courtesy of Quilter’s World) – great issue with many great articles! To enter in the giveaway, just leave in the comment section between now and 7pm of July 8th about (1) why you quilt if you are a quilter, or (2) what you like about quilts if you aren’t a quilter. No right or wrong answers here — I am just curious! :) The lucky duckies will be announced on July 9th! Please make sure you leave your email address so that I know how to get in touch with you.

Meanwhile, I wish you a meaningful Independence weekend! Till next week.

“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.”

~George Washington (First President and Father of Country), 1790

Appreciating my Bloggy Friends — GIVEAWAY! Please SCROLL DOWN for new posts updated daily!!

My bloggy friends,

I have truly appreciated your sweet and kind comments on my Pieceful Garden projects. And as a token of my appreciation, I am giving this pillow away to go with the quilt some of you are making with the kit, or as an accent piece in your home decorating:

Here are a few simple rules:

1. All are welcome to enter the drawing (that means anyone who reads or stumbles upon this blog!).

2. All you need to do is to leave a comment about any of the following between now and Sept 30:

– your favorite post on this blog

– your favorite holiday tradition

– what you think of “The Quilter” (Nov 2008) if you’ve already gotten a copy

– or, just any comment!

3. Only one comment per person (please make sure I will have a way to contact you).

4. Please note that if you are living outside of the US, only the pillow case will be mailed to you.

5. The winner will be announced on Oct 1, 2008.

Have a great day, everyone. I look forward to hearing from you! :)