Spring and Tulips!

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have been well.  A bit of spring trivia for you…. did you know that tulips were originally grown in the Ottoman Empire before being imported to Holland in the 16th century?  Tulips became so popular in the Golden Dutch Age that the bulbs were used as money in Holland until the market in them crashed.  And I suppose Holland solidified her reputation as the tulip capital of the world, and is often affectionately referred to as the flower shop of the world.

These pictures are from a few years back before Miss Baby was school-aged.  We did a lot more impromptu outings then, which I miss now…

And this is my fabric version of spring/tulips for this year…

This is an exclusive quilt kit for Craft of Quilting, designed with Windham Fabrics’ Sleeping Porch fabrics by Heather Ross.  This is a fun garden group.  Check out the fabrics here.  Purchase the exclusive quilt kit (71″ x 84″) HERE.

I am curious to know what your favorite spring flower is!  Mine are many:  tulips, daffodils, forsythia, cherry blossoms, and dogwood!

Speaking of cherry blossoms, my family didn’t make it to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC this because about half of the blossoms were damaged in a freeze following an unusually warm spell.  Here are some pictures from our past cherry blossom excursions in the nation’s capital.  No matter how many times we have gone to see the blossoms, the feeling of awe at the “blossom” beauty never fails to overtake us!

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That’s all for now, Friends.  I hope you have a lovely weekend.

p.s.  I have received many emails asking if only patterns of my quilt kits are available.  Generally, the answer is no unless you have seen the patterns featured in magazines.  Many of my quilt kits you see in catalogs are exclusive.  So the only way you can access the pattern is via the kit.  I have been toying with the idea of releasing my patterns in the future, but due to my various commitments, I have no plans to do so immediately.  I appreciate your understanding. :-)

 

Editorial Feature Overload #4: Highland Roses in Quiltmaker (May/June 2017)

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well!  I have been traveling lately, and am on my way home.   I hope you had a blessed Easter celebration, and may you continually experience blessings from above until the next Easter!

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Today, I am happy to share with you a gray quilt that is featured in the current cycle of quilting publications,  the latest issue of Quiltmaker (May/June 2017).  You know how I love gray — and gray floral is the name of the game for my Highland Roses quilt!

This is a 80″ x 80″ bed quilt that is made of simple blocks, set on-point for a deceivingly complex quilt. :)  I hardly ever design difficult to construct quilts. :)  In this shot below, you can see the florals much better.

Complete instructions are presented in the May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker.  You may pick up the issue on newsstands, or purchase the digital magazine here. Exclusive quilt kits are available for a limited time here.

Highland Roses uses fabrics from Primrose fabric group by Windham Fabrics — check out the fabrics here.  I have designed a couple of quilts using the same fabrics, including…

Flowering Tree – kits are available for $69.99 here.

Any of you are gray fans out there, please raise your hand? :-)  Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later.

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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

Quiltmaker (May/June 2017): Highland Roses

 

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)

April 2017: Monroe (Quilting Treasures)

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!  

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

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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)

Winner of Windham’s Hamilton FQ Bundle Giveaway & Behind-the-scenes Snippets

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a great week.  I was prevented from posting earlier today because… (get this)… Miss Baby is home from school today, and she had to use my computer to work on something for a poster!  I feel like I am entering another stage in my journey of motherhood in that I am having to share things with her now.  Computer now… what’s next? Car?!

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Thank you to all of you who played along in my Hamilton giveaway.  The winner is Gini (#100)!  Congrats!!  Gini, I have sent you an email asking for your shipping address.  Please respond asap, and I will have Windham send out the FQ Bundle to you!  And a great shout out to Windham for being so generous… trust me, more giveaways are in the works!!!

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If you recall, I had designed 2 free to used patterns to support this fabric line.  Quilt kits are also available for the designs.

#1.  Schuyler Sisters.  Free pattern here.  Kits available here.

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#2.  Eliza.  Free Pattern here.  Kits available here.

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Some of you have inquired about the names of the quilts.  So I asked my friends at Windham Fabrics.  The fabric line Hamilton is named after Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton.  You can read more about her here.  Mrs. Hamilton’s nickname was Eliza, thus the name of the pinwheel quilt.  The Windham team also wanted to give a nod to the close relationship Mrs. Hamilton had with her sisters, thus the star quilt Schuyler Sisters. I thought the back story was really neat, don’t you?

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Meanwhile, I spotted quite a few Windham fabric quilt kits on Keepsake Quilting that were designed by yours truly — As you can see, Windham Fabrics has kept me quite busy! :)  In case you would like to support Windham Fabrics….

Flowering Tree (52″ x 52″) on sale now for $69.99.  Click here to purchase.

Medallion Star (61″ x 76″) on sale now for $79.99.  Click here to purchase.

Compass Star (60″ x 80″).  Click here to purchase.

Northern Star (67″ x 92″).  Click here to purchase.

Color Coded (54″ x 54″). Click here to purchase.

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Cat Tales (80″ x 96″).  Click here to purchase.

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Garden Cottage (45″ x 54″).  Click here to purchase.

Well, that’s all for now, Friends!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

Stamp Pad in McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017) & More

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday, and a Blessed Week to you!  Today, I am sharing with you my latest magazine quilt that became official, Stamp Pad.   Stamp Pad is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017) issue.  The full instructions are included in the magazine issue.

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This is a design that majors in the basics — flying geese and rectangular patches — and yet, the result is quite eye-catching, no?  This design is perfect for telling a “fabric story” with any large or colorful prints.  But if you interested to use the fabrics I used, they are from RJR Fabrics‘ Garden Gate line by Robyn Pandolph.  Pandolph always has the most amazing florals!!

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I have also designed an exclusive runner project using the same fabrics for Keepsake Quilting.

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Purchase the kit here, or purchase the pattern here.

Be sure to check out my other offerings in Keepsake Quilting here.

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Meanwhile, I want to welcome those of you who have recently signed up to join the Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along.  I am so glad you are on board.  Click here if you would like to learn more about the Sew-Along.

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Again, like I have told many, I am running this Sew-Along with the pace of one who has way too many projects going on at the same time.  So, we will just be tackling small portions of the quilt each month.  The house/tree block took me 2 hours to complete… so, if you could just spare about 2 hours a month, I am certain you can keep up. :)Also, I found out this week Cinnamon’s Quilt Shop has the kits if you need to pick one up.  Click here to purchase the kits, and here to purchase the accompany Aurifil embroidery floss pack!

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I will be posting installment #2 of the sew-along on March 15th.  So, you definitely have time to catch up with part 1. :)  Click here if you haven’t seen installment #1.

Meanwhile, I have also been smocking.  Miss Baby still lets me dress her, mainly because she is not one who puts too much thought into what she wears.  It’s a win-win for us right now.  She is needed some new outfits.  So, here is my latest completed smocking project.

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And here, I completed the stitching for a small little project that I work on at the school parking lot when I wait to pick up Miss Baby.  The colors I use are from my Marmalade Meadows floss pack.

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And here is me and a homemade apple pie a couple of weeks ago.  I am not crazy about pictures taken of me, but I had to do it for one of the fabric companies, hahaha.  Miss Baby can handily consume an apple pie in half a day, if I let her… a pinch of nutmeg is my secret ingredient when I make apple pies! :) That pie looks a bit pale because I was scared to death the pie would look too brown for the picture, hahaha.  Truth be known, I popped that pie back into the oven after the picture was taken.  Things I do for work….

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But I am curious though — what is your favorite pie?

And that’s it for now!  I shall catch up with you again in a couple of days.  Hugs to you all!

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My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

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

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)

FREE PATTERN: View From The Bay using Windham’s Newport

Hello Friends,  I hope you week got off a great start!  Miss Baby attend an art camp last week, so that means this week is catching up week for Mom!  If you allow me to brag just a little…. this is Miss Baby’s “masterpiece” in her first attempt in painting with acrylic.

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For today, I am sharing with you a really pretty flannel group of fabrics called Newport, released by Windham Fabrics.  I love this group because of the beautiful florals, and they are flannel!!!

I designed View From The Bay to highlight these beautiful fabrics.  The quilt finishes at 56″ x 65″ — a sensibly sized throw quilt to be used in the living area in the colder months.

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Click here to view the fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

Click here to purchase kits for $69.99 for a limited time.

So, besides the Sawtooth Star, I think my next favorite design element would be the Flying Geese!  I love them in quilts!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.  MORE designs/patterns coming….

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

I am Wendy Sheppard, and…

… I endorse these fabrics,  because the I love the fabrics THAT much!!!  I just shipped out a quilt made with the Flower Pedals fabrics by Windham Fabrics.

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I love all the prints in this collection.  These fabrics are 100% organic as well.  I am always happy to find organic fabrics – they just feel so smooth and nice!  You have to check out the fabrics here.  They are current in quilt stores right now.  So get them while you can.

I had previously designed a Tulips Quilt using the same fabrics.  You might have seen it displayed at Fall Market last year at Windham Fabrics’ booth.   Check out the house and the bicycle prints used in the quilt!!!!  The pattern is a free-to-use pattern – details to download pattern are here.  Kits are also available here (even if they misspelled my last name on the website!)

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Alrightie, Friends.  I hope you keep enjoying your summer.  Meanwhile, if you happen to have an all-time favorite fabric line, I should dearly like to know which it is!  Till tomorrow.

Kit Information: Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito

Hello Friends,

Things are starting to look like they are back to normal at my end.  I have been working hard at catching up with stuff that was put off while I was away.  I do want to take a moment to thank you for your warm responses on Sweet Meadow from yesterday.  You are all very kind.  I am ever so slowly getting to your comments and emails.

I am happy to announce that Hancock’s of Paducah is selling the kits for my Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito quilt!  Click here to purchase the kit.  I have posted about my Sausalito quilt (free pattern) here, so I won’t say anymore on the quilt except that the fabrics are definitely eye-catching.

Meanwhile, I started working with these fabrics.  They are from Art Gallery’s Modernology.

Alrightie… that’s all for now.  I’ve got to run to Target with Miss Baby to get some ice cream!  Have a lovely rest of the day.  I will chat with you later!

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 www.heartbeatquilts.com 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!

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.

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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!

Pieceful Blue

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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:

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

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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.

In the door, out the door… and apple pie

Things remain to be hectic at my end.  But having things in and out the door makes me believe that I am making somewhat of a progress…

OUT THE DOOR — another quilt completed and being sent to “The Quilter“‘s editor, and shipment of “Pieceful Garden” quilt kits:


IN THE DOOR — new fabrics from Benartex‘s “An Apple A Day”.  These fabrics will be for a quilt appearing in “Quilter’s World” next year as well as for an original quilt pattern from me. These fabrics are just fabulous, aren’t they?

I mean, how can one not fall in love with this?

The fabric reminded me of an easy fresh apple pie recipe I tried a couple of weeks ago.  Since I am still a blogger in training (i.e., I still haven’t mastered the habit of strapping a camera to my hip 24-7, hahaha), I didn’t take a picture.  Sorry.  But I hope once you try the recipe, you would forgive me!

Ingredients:

2 9-inch pie shells

8 Granny Smith apples (you would have to tweak this according to the size of your apples)

2/3 cup sugar (for sweeter apples, you will be able to use less sugar)

1/3 cup flour

1 tbs ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon milk

1/4  cup sugar

1. Peel, core and slice apples, mix with the rest of the ingredients.

2. Pour mixture into pie dish lined with one 9″ pie shell.

3. Cover the pie dish with the other pie shell. Seal and crimp.  Cut vents on top pie shell.

4. Brush the top of pie shell with milk.

5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar (I actually only used about half of the amount).

6. Bake in oven at 400 F for 15 minutes.

7. Reduce heat to 350 F, and bake for another 20-25 minutes. I cover the pie edge with metal pie strips to prevent the edge from being burnt.

8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes at 375 F to lightly brown the top of the pie crust.