Migration in American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar 2015

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  I have been wanting to share with you a couple of quilts before the year ends.  The first quilt is Migration, and it is featured in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 2015 calendar.

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 image source: Meredith Corporation

Migration is a little different from my usual style.  It is a geometry-centric design that focuses on the use of flying geese units in different color gradients to achieve a captivating (I hope) visual effect.  I had the GREATEST fun making the quilt, and I felt I was rather hip after completing the project.

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Migration uses fabrics from Island Batik — check out Island Batik’s website here for similar fabric swatches that can be used to replicate the quilt.  Actually I would really love to hear what other color combinations you have in mind!  I am thinking a fiery yellow and orange and red combination would make a very stunning visual impact.

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The quilt design lends itself to much negative space for quilting.  The following picture partially shows the back where I had quilted circles randomly across the quilt, and then filled in with feathers.

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Here are a few close up pictures of the quilting on the quilt front.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I honestly don’t think I will enjoy the quilting process as much as I do if it weren’t for the Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads I am using.

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I included the following shot to show just how tiny and tight Aurifil’s Mako 50 Cotton thread allows me to quilt in the background fillers in the picture above.

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I wanted my quilt to lay flat and not stiff as cardboard after all the dense quilting.  So I opted to use Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting as the “meat” of my quilt.  I also made a hanging sleeve for this quilt because I know for sure I want to hang this quilt up somewhere.

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Want to make Migration?  American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar comes with a separate booklet with complete instructions for all 12 projects.  You may purchase the calendar here. The calendar and booklet would be great for anyone who wants to do a QOM (Quilt of the Month) regimen.

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I actually have two projects featured in the calendar.  I will be sharing about the other project next week.  So do come back! :)  It is that star quilt on the top right corner — and you know what I think of star quilts!

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Tell me what you think of Migration.  And this rounds out a very intense week for me!  I intend to work still, but will take things a bit more slowly.  Have a blessed weekend, Dear Friends!

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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

November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love by Benartex

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.

Log Cabin Leaves in FONS and PORTER’S EASY QUILTS (Fall 2012)

Hello Friends, I noticed the weather has gotten just a tad cooler and cozier at my end!   I have just the cozy project to share with you to usher in the cool weather — my Log Cabin Leaves Quilted Pillows, recently featured in Fons and Porter‘s Easy Quilts, Fall 2012.

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The Log Cabin blocks always convey the feeling of coziness to me.  So I decided to incorporate the Log Cabin concept in a cozy project for the autumn.

My thought in designing these pillows is that these pillows would make quick and easy gifts as well as seasonal accents for the fall.

The fabrics I used are from Thimbleberries’ Shades Apart collection, released by RJR.  This collection has lots and lots of fabrics that will delight quilters!  Nonetheless, as you know, all Log Cabin blocks are highly conducive in using up any scraps as well.

I went ahead and constructed the pillow tops as I would quilts, i.e., I pieced the pillow tops, and actually quilted them with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  Each pillow top was quilted differently.  The quilting scheme for the red pillow is shown in the magazine.


The pillow inserts I used are from Fairfield’s Poly-fil Home Elegance collection.  I am super happy with how they feel and make my pillows look.  You can click here to read more about these pillow inserts.

I hope you have enjoyed my attempt to interpret the Log Cabin blocks from a home decor point of view. Now curious mind wants to know if you are a Log Cabin fan.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous day!

Christmas in Ohio in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2010)

I received my complimentary copy of Fons & Porter‘s Easy Quilts (Winter 2010) yesterday.


And I was and still am SUPER happy with how my Christmas in Ohio quilt was photographed!  This quilt is peppered with the famous Ohio Star block, thus the name Christmas in Ohio.

[Picture from http://www.fonsandporter.com]

This lap-size quilt was made with Benartex‘s Winter Traditions fabrics!  I love the Currier & Ives look on the fabric prints – they just convey a sense of coziness that comes with the cold wintry season!  You can purchase a kit to replicate this quilt from Fons & Porter.

Check out the  information on converting this quilt into a twin and full size quilt in the magazine article.   Can you imagine this quilt draping a bed during the cold nights of winter?

Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread, and over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk Batting.  I have said it before, but this is my favorite combination of thread and batting for most of my projects!  Curious mind wants to know if you have tried out my favorite quilting combination yet…

I grew up in tropical Southeast Asia, and had never seen snow or experienced a cold season till I came to the States at the age of 19.  I never cease to wonder at the amazing changes from season to season.  So working on these “cold” fabrics was special to me, albeit this quilt was made during the peak of  summer this year. :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later!  For now, I need to go and keep all my plates spinning!