GIVEAWAY!!! Flower Duet in AMERICAN PATCHWORK & QUILTING (June 2012, Issue 116)

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  We had a rather wet and cold weekend, and it doesn’t look like the rain is going to let up.  Miss Baby kept telling me on the way to church yesterday, “It sure is raining!”.  And of course, for a little girl, the highlight of raining is to be able to use an umbrella while walking in the rain, and keep bumping into fellow church goers at the church parking lot.  Enough of that… I am SUPER excited about my Flower Duet quilt being featured in the latest June 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

The only thing is that you won’t see it in the magazine itself because the quilt is featured in the magazine’s supplementary booklet section (I am not sure if that’s what it’s called) in the newsstand issues (you know, the ones that are bagged)!

The 8-page long booklet contains the pattern for Flower Duet, and my tips on quilting and fusible machine applique!  The cover says, “10 Top Tips – Make Applique Easier!  You Can Do It!”.  I say “Indeed and of course you can!”  If you have been hesitant to try out fusible machine applique, this pattern is great for you to get your feet wet (sewing machine feet that is, haha – lame joke)!

This pattern is a mix of pieced and applique “floral” blocks, made from Benartex‘s Perennials II fabrics by Eleanor Burns.

The appliqued setting triangles in Flower Duet give the quilt a bit of “something different”.  I had used Steam-A-Seam2 by Warm Company for the fusible web.  Do you like the checker plaid green leaves?

I think the borders in this quilt are my favorites!

Oh, did I have fun quilting this baby!!!  It was quilted with Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk Batt.  The quilt drapes really nicely with the silk batt!

I am not sure if you are able to see that I had used light green and cream threads to quilt the quilt.


American Patchwork & Quilting graciously supplied extra copies for me to give as giveaway prizes!  If you would like a copy of the magazine + the supplementary Flower Duet booklet, please leave a comment between now and April 30.  I will pick two winners.  Answer any of the following questions:

1.  What is the last magazine featured quilt you made – name of pattern and magazine?

2.  Soft colored or bold colored quilts for you?

3.  What would you like to see on Ivory Spring blog?

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear what you think of the booklet if you have a chance to peruse it!  Meanwhile, stay well, and have a great week!

Winter Bouquet in THE QUILTER (December 2011/January 2012)

The editorial staff at The Quilter did a marvelous job with photographing my Winter Bouquet quilt for their December 2011/January 2012 issue.

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While playing outside with Miss Baby, I sneaked in some time to do a photo shoot of the quilt in a more rustic setting… just because I was afraid I might not get another free moment as the day progressed.

This is a pieced and applique quilt using Blank Quilting’s Plum Rose collectiongloriously beauuuuuutiful fabrics!

I had a “now you see her, now you don’t” moment when I was snapping the pictures:

Quilting is a mix of pebbles and feathers using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.

Applique was fusible machine applique. I used Warm Company‘s Steam-A-Seam2 for my fusible.

I can’t say enough how much I like the new “What’s on the Back” feature introduced in this latest issue of The Quilter – you will get to see the backs of the featured quilts. To me, it’s like sneaking a peek into a celebrity’s private life.

This tabletopper quilt is 44 1/2″ x 44 1/2″ finished. Kits are available from

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed Winter Bouquet.

Spice Garden in THE QUILTER (August/September 2011)

My Spice Garden quilt is officially featured in the latest issue of The Quilter

This quilt combines pieced and applique blocks to make a secondary design of spinning stars. Can you spot them?

I designed this quilt with using only three fabrics – a mottled beige, a leaf print and the dominant floral print. The fabrics are from Blank Quilting‘s Mayu and Illusions collections. For the record, I absolutely love that print. Nonetheless, the fabrics used for this design are easily swappable depending on what you have in your stash that you need to use up.  Of course for quilters, we never really need to use up those fabrics in our stash.  They are for other projects. :)

For those who might be gravitated toward a sunnier colorway, I re-worked the quilt design using the bright floral fabric swatch from the same collection:

The floral print fabric was also used in the flower applique. Since I did not fuzzy cut the prints, each flower in the applique blocks took on its own personality.  I love that effect!

Quilting is an allover swirl design, quilted even on the applique motifs. I used my usual ingredients: Aurifil Mako 50 over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batt.  Kits to replicate this quilt are sold at

The quilt is now on its way to another editor’s desk.  If it is returned to me early enough, I will be using this quilt in my autumn decorations. The rich hues of  the fabric print remind me of a golden autumn afternoon.

Curious mind wants to know if you have any work-in-progress autumn-ish projects.  They don’t have to be quilty.  If so, please feel free to share.   Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day!

Around the Bend in THE QUILTER (June/July 2011)

Good day, my Friends! I hope you are doing well. I am happy to be able to finally reveal my “Around the Bend” quilt. It is officially published in the June/July issue of The Quilter!

The soft and sweet feel of this quilt is achieved by using Thimbleberries’ Moonflower fabrics by RJR! Check these fabric swatches out! Any Thimbleberries fan out there?

This quilt was set in an on-point setting. The twist I added to the design is the applique I added to the side setting triangles.

The simple floral applique shapes were then repeated in the cream border.

I purposely left the border rather plain in order to work in some fun quilting. The quilting was totally unmarked, unplanned, totally spontaneous, and free-motioned.

Threads used: Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton top and bottom, color 2310 to be exact. Batting used: Hobbs Tuscany Silk — if you have been visiting this blog for a while, you know I love that stuff!

Quilt kits are available from should you want to replicate the project sample.

And just “Around the Bend” from our front door, these azaleas are blooming this week:

Spring is finally here where we live – it will be picnic weather very soon for my little family. We are adding family picnics to Miss Baby’s repertoire of childhood experience.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic day!

Americana Florals: Sneak Peek #2

I thought these turned out looking pretty good…

… if I may say so myself! :)  It’s been another busy day for me.  I had more designing work to do these past couple of days.  So not much to show on fabrics.  But I am moving right along with Americana Florals — should have some quilting pictures for you soon!

In case you are wondering, these fabrics are from Benartex’s Americana collection.  Take a look at the fabrics in the red colorway – they are to die for!

Marabella in THE QUILTER (July 2010)

I decided to show my Marabella quilt for Amy’s Quilt Festival. It’s probably my favorite quilt among all the spring quilts I have made. I have made quite a few quilts since Marabella, but they are not back from the editors yet… so, Marabella it is.

Marabella is one of my latest featured quilts. Pattern for this quilt is found in the July 2010 issue of The Quilter.

The quilt is now displayed at Rogers Sewing Center.

This quilt turned out sooooo sweet! Red and purple make quite an eye-catching color combination, don’t they?

Here are some quilting close-ups for you. The quilting is done over Hobbs’ Tuscany Wool batt, and Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread (#2310 top and bottom) – one of my favorite “ingredient combination” when it comes to quilting on my home machine:

Fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ Marabella collection:

Thank you for stopping by. I am going to enjoy the rest of this spring season. I hope you are too!

Thanks for stopping by. Have fun admiring the other quilts featured in Amy’s Quilt Festival!

To A Garden Tea Party in Quilter’s World (June 2010)

Yippee! I get to show another quilt in its entirety I completed many Fridays ago!! To a Garden Party is featured in the “For Kids” section of the latest issue Quilter’s World! Can’t you just see this in a little girl’s room?

Picture from Quilter's World

The lighting was perfect one afternoon last week, and I simply had to take pictures of the quilt in order to show the quilting on the quilt. But you can see here I had an all to eager helper who kept wanting to get ON the quilt!

The fabrics are from Somerset Cottage by RJR – another winner by Robyn Pandolph. If you are into Shabby Chic, and all things flowery — Robyn Pandolph’s fabrics are definitely for you:

As usual, piecing and quilting was done using my favorite Aurifil Mako 50 (color 2310) thread. Batting used was Tuscany Silk by Hobbs‘. The quilting was mostly free-motion except for the straight lines using the walking foot:

I like using my curly Q quilting motif when I am doing sparse quilting for a nice texture:

So, here are the car keys – are you ready for a Garden Tea Party?

Thanks again for visiting – I hope you have a glorious weekend.

Peppermint Parcels: Final Sneak Peeks

The quilt formerly known as “Presents” is now formally known as “Peppermint Parcels”. I appreciate all your suggestions – my husband and I had a fun time discussing each name, and kind of took everyone’s suggestion and melded them into “Peppermint Parcels”.

I like the happy look of this fun Christmas quilt:

The fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ Hip Holidays. You might want to grab the fabrics as soon as they come out… I have a feeling this will be a popular one:

A few more sneak peeks for you. All the quilting was done with very minimal marking and on my home machine. As a general rule, I avoid marking my quilts for quilting because I am simply too anxious to get to the actual quilting:

The tags are embroidered with “Merry Christmas” in different languages. My handwriting is normally a little better than what is embroidered. I wanted to give a childish look to the “handwriting”. :) I didn’t do the hand stitchery before sandwiching the quilt because I wanted the stitching to add to the quilting effect – thus, the chicken scratch you see on the back of the quilt:

This one is for Gloria in Italy (she proofed my translation):

This one is for Ellen. I really wanted to include the Russian version because of her. Ellen graciously sent me the Russian way of writing “Merry Christmas”:

That’s all the sneak peeks for now. It is off to the editor until the December 2010 of Quilter’s World hits the market. Thanks for stopping by. It’s always a pleasure to have you visit.

Sweet Picket Fence in THE QUILTER (May 2010)

Good morning, dear Friends! I can almost feel the advent of spring in my neck of the woods!!! We have had warmer days. It was 6:30pm the other night when we were out driving, and it wasn’t even dark… spring is almost here. The anticipation is building up, especially when I look at my Sweet Picket Fence quilt!

This quilt is also featured in the current issue of The Quilter magazine, along with Twilight Trails. The fabrics used are from Henry Glass‘ Simply Sweet Collection. The farbics really ARE sweet:

Can you spot the picket fence fencing in the cute little flower plots? Kits to replicate the quilt are available from Heartbeat Quilts:

I opted for an allover feather and curly-Q background quilting for the quilt:

Quilting was done over the Tuscany Silk Batt by Hobbs using Aurifil Mako 50 100% Cotton Thread (Color 2024) for my top and bobbin threads:

The back of the quilt looks like this:

I really enjoyed working on this quilt. I especially love the polka dotted picket fence:

I hope your spring garden plots would be as sweet as these sweet fabrics these year that butterflies would be knocking down your picket fence to get in! ;)

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely and sweet day!

Cascade of Leaves Sneak Peek #2

Happy Monday, Everyone! How was your weekend? We actually had a sunny day last Saturday. I enjoyed being out… at the local library! ;) Libraries are one of my favorite places to go. I love the feeling of being “drowned” by aisles and aisles of books… I also got some more work done on Cascade of Leaves:

Working on these fall-themed leaves is making my sense of the seaons really messed up! I feel a bit off working on these leaves in the dead of winter.  But I do like the look of the quilt so far.

The quilt is due at the editor’s desk in about 10 days. So, I’d better get busy and back to work! Thanks for stopping by. Have a productive week!  My new week will consist of work, work, and more work (okay, and some designing on the computer…)

Marabella Sneak Peek #2

Good day, Everyone.  I have been busy quilting my Marabella quilt.  I am almost finished at the time this post is written.  This quilt is scheduled for the July issue of The Quilter, if all things go well.  I hope they do. Here are a couple of sneak peeks:

I basically wanted to give a textured effect to the quilt as the fabrics are already quite busy:

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a productive day!

Marabella Sneak Peek #1

Happy Monday, Everyone.  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was wet – but at least it was not freezing!  I had told you that Wawa is following the progress of my Marabella quilt with great interest:

I have been working under the watchful eyes of Wawa, and here is the quilt top partially put together:

These were happy blocks to put together, especially the applique blocks:

These fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ Marabella collection.  The quilt is scheduled for feature in The Quilter‘s July 2010 issue.  Come back later for more sneak peeks.

Meanwhile, I wish you a happy start to a new week.