Quilt Kits at 50% off…

… totally a steal!  Friends, Keepsake Quilting sent me an email today promoting 12 quilt kits at 50% off!  Did you receive the email?

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Well, out of the 12 quilts they featured for the special offer, 3 of the quilts are recent/new releases of mine.  And the kits are half off!!!  The email instructs entering promo code KQHALF at checkout.  Special prices are good only through October 27, 2016.  Click here to view the other quilts offered at 50% off.

1.  HOPE (61″ x 61″) – Click HERE to purchase kit.

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2.  Flowering Tree (62″ x 62″) – Click HERE to purchase kit.

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3.  Overland Trail (85″ x 85″) – Click HERE to purchase kit.  I absolutely LOVE this one — it has such an antique feel done in these fabrics.

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Have fun shopping, Friends! :)  I shall catch up with you later!

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 8

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Friends today is an exciting day on our hop, as we have two very talented quilters contributing to the featured hop project!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

TODAY!!!  Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River (Connie) and KISSed Quilts (Marlene).  These two ladies did a fantastic job with my Winter Blues quilt.  You have to check out their quilts, as well as their blogs – as there is a LOT of talent on those blogs.  Of course, enter the giveaway for a copy of the book that has instructions on how to make my Winter Blues quilt.

Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree SnippetsFirst of all, the original Winter Blues quilt that I made is a shout out to Island Batik as I had used their fabrics.  Over the years,  I have made friends with the wonderful people at Island Batik, and am always appreciative of their generosity with sponsoring fabrics for my projects!

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Secondly, this quilt is a nod to my past, my former life, my college life in Engineering school.  For some reason,  the images of I-beams in the pages of one of my college textbooks had been swirling in my mind when I was working on designs for my Creative New Quilts & Projects book.  That’s why some of the blocks have the look of I-beams.  I thought it was cute when Marlene of KISSed Quilts picked Winter Blues as the project she would re-make with Island Batik’s fabrics.  I guess once an engineer, always an engineer — even if those calculations are quite rusty right now (at least for me!).

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Bygone engineering days aside, this design is great in showcasing any novelty prints you might have in the bigger and the solid square blocks!  Take a look at your stash, and you might have just found your next project!

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Thirdly, this quilt also shows my love for blue and white!  2016 is my blue and white year!  If you have followed me on Instagram, you have probably seen this blue and white project I started.  I will share more about it on the blog.

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Here are couple of pictures showing the quilting.  I will have more pictures of the quilt to share in the near future!

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For now, please visit Connie and Marlene and see their Winter Blues quilts, would you?!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most lovely of days.  I will catch up with you again tomorrow.

FREE PATTERN: Charlotte

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by!  One huge reasons I have been rather scarce this year is that I have been quite a bit of designing, as in quite a bit.  And many of the designs are starting to become official!  Last week, I shared with you Chelsea.  This week, I am happy to share with you Charlotte…. a vision of blues!

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This is a lap sized quilt that I designed with beginners in mind.  Click here if you haven’t read my thoughts on designing with beginners in mind.

Click here to view the entire Charlotte collection.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

And you must know I simply adore blue!!!

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And you get the point… so, I am wondering how many kindred spirits are out there when it comes to blue.  Raise your hand if you like blue!  If you don’t, we still love you the same at Ivory Spring. :)

Thank you for stopping by!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

August: Chelsea (Quilting Treasures)

September: Charlotte (Quilting Treasures)

Cover Quilt Alert: All In Knots in FONS & PORTER’S EASY QUILTS (Summer 2015)

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I am still here — I have just been extremely busy.  But I am doing well.  I am happy to share with you my latest magazine cover quilt, All In Knots, featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts!

I loved making All In Knots because the design gives the illusion (and it’s really just that, illusion) of knots without the work of making the knots.  Piecing is straightforward, and the blocks are pretty quick to make.

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I used Pat Sloan‘s The Sweet Life fabrics to make All In Knots.  I really like the colors of this line. If you recall, The Sweet Life has this amazing word print fabric that has the word “cake”!   I am not into sweets, but I have to say cakes are definitely my “sweets” downfall!

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Here are a few more photos of All In Knots.  I like the airy feel of made by the knots – perfect for a quilt on an outdoor bench in the summer evenings.

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Or as a topper for an outdoor table setting…

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You may purchase a quilt kit to replicate the exact quilt here.

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I used Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread to construct and to quilt the quilt!  The batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.  My quilts always love this combination, and I didn’t hear any complaints from the fibers! :)

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Here you see a peek of the quilting – it is simple swirls that give a bit of nice texture to a sweet and simple pieced quilt.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you liked seeing All In Knots.  Have a lovely week!  I shall check in with you later when I can…. I shall disappear for a bit, but not being telling you I love you all! So, what is on your plate this week?

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)