Editorial Feature Overload #3: Cover Quilt and More in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2017)

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  I am excited to share with one of my quilts made cover again in the current quilting publications!!!  That quilt is mine, and it’s Pound of Sugar!  A seriously sweet name for a quilt made with sweet 30’s fabrics, no? :)

This quilt uses the Feedsack fabrics from Windham Fabrics.  And I absolutely absolutely love for it turned out!

I don’t have this quilt back with me because it is going to be displayed at Spring Market next month in St. Louis.  But I am glad the picture shows the quilting details well enough!

Yesterday,  you saw my County Fair quilt that is made of pinwheels.  Pound of Sugar is ALSO a pinwheel quilt, except the way the pinwheels are constructed give an on-point effect!

The next editorial feature I have in the same magazine issue is Cozy Castles – a baby quilt that is made with 30’s flannel fabrics from Windham’s Storybook Flannel fabric line.  Click here to view fabrics.

Incidentally, I designed a free-to-use sailboat quilt to support this fabric group.  Click here to download pattern.

Missouri Star is also carrying another baby quilt kit called Starburst, for which I designed using the same fabric line! Click here to purchase the quilt kit.

I always love working with 30’s fabrics.  I am actually hoarding 30’s fabrics to hopefully work on a quilt of my dreams…. when I retire from designing, hahaha!

Alrightie, Friends… I have to fly for now!  I hope you have a lovely weekend.


My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad


Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

Editorial Feature Overload #2 — County Fair in McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017)

Hello Friends — Happy Thursday to you!!!  I think I mentioned to you Village Square (cover quilt) isn’t the only quilt of mine that made it into the May/June 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. :)

County Fair made it in too!  Kits are available for purchase here.

I am not going to say too much about this quilt — because I am sharing about it on McCall’s Quilting’s blog today. Click here to read about the quilt, AND a chance to win a copy of my Creative New Quilts and Projects book!  


That’s all for now.  Tootles and take care!


My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad


Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)


Hello Friends,  Happy Monday to you!  I wish you a lovely week ahead.  Very quickly, I want to share with you another free-to-use pattern to start off our week: Flutter B’s designed with Benartex’s Butterfly Effect fabric line.


Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I freely admit to you I have a thing for pinwheel blocks.  I love the sense of movement the pinwheel blocks convey! How about you?  Do you or do you not care for pinwheel blocks?

Thanks for stopping by.  I have to get going with my day.  I shall catch up with you later!


[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)

Peggy’s Joseph’s Pinwheels

Happy Monday, dear Friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I am utterly exhausted from all the activities that have whirled around at my end.  But company leaves today, and things should return to a bit of normalcy.

Peggy made my Joseph’s Pinwheels quilt for a baby that is going to be born.  Peggy did a great job, didn’t she?!

Some wrote recently and asked where they can access the pattern of this quilt.  There are a couple of ways:

1.  Fons and Porter Love of Quilting June 2011 magazine (back issue).  Click here to purchase.

2.  Digital pattern.  Click here to purchase.

3.  Supplementary DVD that mentions technique for quilt top construction: Love of Quilting Series 1800.  Click here to purchase.

Back to Peggy’s quilt…. mother of soon-to-be born baby is ordered bed rest for the last three months of her pregnancy.  Would you please please please pray for this Mom-to-be that all will go well for her and her baby?  Thanks MUCH!  I am hoping Peggy will send a picture of the baby with the quilt once he/she makes his/her grand entrance. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a stupendous week ahead.

Fons & Porter Love of Quilting TV Shows Series 1800

Some of you might recall my sharing about Joseph’s Pinwheels being featured not only in Fons and Porter‘s Love of Quilting magazine, but also on their TV show.

Image source: Fons and Porter

I received my complimentary copy of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting 1800 Series DVD last week, and didn’t have time to watch it till about an hour ago.  While my little one was taking a nap, I spent about 30 minutes watching the “Joseph’s Pinwheels” episode.  It is rather surreal listening to Marianne Fons and daughter talk about my quilt.

Anyway, the DVD for all the Love of Quilting episodes aired this year is out.  You can order the 2-disc DVD set here if you wish to.

Since Joseph’s Pinwheels is a quilt of many colors, I thought I would also share with you a Color Studies packet offered by my friend Sandy.  Sandy is one of the first Americans who befriended me when I was fresh off the boat coming to America waaaay back in 1994.  I am generally not good at keeping in touch, but Sandy and I have managed to not go too long without re-establishing contact.  Sandy paints beautifully, and the last I check, she was working on her first quilt!!  Anyway, that’s my pubic announcement for the day.  Click here to view details.

I am still dealing with Thanksgiving aftermath at my end.  Today I am putting up my Fall dishes, and replace the cabinets with my Christmas dishes.  How are things looking at your end?

Later alligator!

Joseph’s Pinwheels in Fons & Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (May/June 2011)

Happy Monday! I am super happy to share with you another first in my quilting journey. My “Happy Quilt” Joseph’s Pinwheels is featured in the latest Fons & Porter‘s Love of Quilting issue – my first ever feature in that particular F&P magazine.

Incidentally, this quilt will also be featured on Fons & Porter’s TV show coming up in their latest season! This is the quilt I had alluded to months ago when I said I (or rather my quilt) will be on their show… If you are interested to view on your TV, the episode # is 1806, and the episode should be uploaded to all PBS stations by end of July.

The quilt has all these happy cheerful colored fabrics and more from RJR’s Crazy for Dots and Stripes and Cotton Supreme fabric collections! It’s probably obvious, the reason it’s called “Joseph’s Pinwheels” is because of the Biblical account of Joseph and his coat of many colors. I doubt he wore a coat pieced with pinwheel blocks though… ;)

The following pictures are the shots I took after I finished the quilt sample last year. I didn’t take more pictures because I was an air-head. At the time, I didn’t think that it would take me months to receive my quilt back after it’s being published, and thus didn’t take any additional shots to get ready for this post! I have learned my lesson though, and am getting better at taking pictures of my quilt ahead of time for my posts announcing official publish of my projects.

I think my favorite part of the quilt is the black and white sashing units in between the blocks. When I use many colors in a quilt, I like to pull the quilt blocks together as one unit by using either black and/or white.

Kits are available for purchase here if you want to replicate the same level of quilty happiness!

As always, I quilted my quilt free-motion with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.

That’s all for now. I hope you have a happy happy week!

Joseph’s Pinwheels: Sneak Peek #1

Remember these adorable polka dots I showed you last week?

I have managed to do something with them…. The name Joseph’s Pinwheels is  inspired by the verse Genesis 37:3 — “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours” (emphasis mine):

The back of my blocks will never look as good as Cathi‘s.  Seriously, the back of Cathi’s blocks look as good as the front… but I was delighted by the teensy pinwheel (1/2″) from the way I did my seam allowances.  Cute, isn’t it?

Thank you again for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day!

Pieceful Blue

blue monday

I know some of my “Blue Monday” friends haven’t seen my Pieceful Garden quilt, so I thought I would show the quilt for this week’s Blue Monday.  The quilt was featured in the November 2008 issue of “The Quilter” magazine.  I was told that it was a contender for the cover quilt.  You may click here to view more pictures of the quilt:

Peaceful Garden1

Peaceful Garden3

Peaceful Garden5

Peaceful Garden7

I was able to make the following pillows with the fabric scraps:

scrap pillow1


I wish you a pieceful week!  Happy Monday!!  Thanks for stopping by.  I will chat with you again tomorrow.

p.s.  I have at one time sold the quilt kit for the quilt top.  I am down to one kit should any of you be interested in purchasing the last kit.  You may do so in my Etsy shop.

“The Quilter” (November 2008)

Photo courtesy of The Quilter

I received my complimentary November issue of “The Quilter” in which my “Pieceful Garden” is featured!! I set the magazine with the pages open to my quilt on the dining table:

Right after the article on the “Pieceful Garden” is Benartex advertising the VERY same fabric collection (FAMILY TREE by Pam Lindquist) I had used for the quilt. Now, how cool is that?!

The picture in the magazine shows off very nicely the free-hand feather quilting I had done on the quilt with my Bernina 640E using the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I thought you might enjoy some close-up pictures of the quilting:

Here are some pictures of the back of the quilt:

The sample quilt is currently on display at Rogers Sewing Center, my “home-sweet sewing-home”. So, if you happen to find yourself in Northwest Arkansas, do hop on in and meet the sweet people there.

As a contributing quilter in the magazine, I was MORE than anxious to thumb through the magazine to see exactly how my quilt is being featured in the magazine. I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by Laurette Koserowski (the editor) and her staff for a job very very well done, not only in featuring my quilt in such an attractive way, but also the other quilt projects as well.

Another reason I like the “The Quilter” is because I feel like much thought is put into the presentation of each quilt project — the details and accents are simply amazing. To me, the magazine also serves as an excellent resource for quilters to get ideas on how to incorporate quilts in home decorating. My quilting friends, I hope you are planning to get your own copy — you will be inspired, I promise!


You may click here to order the kit to construct the quilt top (includes binding).

Don’t leave without clicking here to see what you can do with the kit scraps.

UPDATE (9/11/2008) — my European Sham Pillow, made with kit scraps, is now COMPLETE!!

UPDATE (9/14/2008) — my other pillow made with kit scraps is now also COMPLETE!!

UPDATE (9/16/2008) — click here to win a pillow made with the kit scraps to match your quilt!!