Sentimentally Yours in THE QUILTER (November 2009)

Good day, everyone! I hope you have had a good start to your week. I will be playing catch up this week on top of my LONG list of things to accomplished. I am swamped!

Besides Cottage Garden, my “Sentimentally Yours” Quilt is also featured in the November 2009 issue of “The Quilter“.  Please go to www.heartbeatquilts.com for kits.

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The quilt was made with fabrics from RJR’s Park Lane:

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The big triangles are quilted with a bird/feather motif. It is available for free download here:

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Here is a shot of the back of the quilt:

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A couple more to show the quilting:

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I received a delightful email from Nancy of Ohio complimenting on my quilts she saw in this very issue of “The Quilter”. What an honor! I always love to hear from readers, and certainly appreciate them taking the time to write. So keep them coming Well, I’d better get going here! I will catch up with you later. Tootles!

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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.

Trying something new…

I have been trying out a new background quilting stitch on one of the quilts I am finishing up for “The Quilter” — it is in a much larger scale than what I am normally used to. I think it’s worked out so far except I am not quite sure what to call it — slippery eels, flaming tongues…?

I got a call this morning from “Quiltmaker” that the sweetheart swag feather motif that I had designed for my quilt which appeared in Quiltmaker’s “Quilting & Embroidery” (Summer 2009) Ivory Spring will be included in the Quiltmaker’s Quilting Motif Vol. 7 coming out in November this year. Woo hoo!!!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a splendid day! Till next time! :)

Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 3 (Final Part)

I finished the other scrap project over the weekend using the Pieceful Garden kit scraps. I made it into another pillow because I didn’t foresee myself having time to do the quilting if I had turned it into a table-runner or another small wallhanging.

I used this configuration, and added some borders:

I dis-engaged the nine-patches from the scraps from trimming the blocks at the corners of the original quilt and added to the corners of the pillowcase:

… and voila!!!

I truly appreciate all the kind comments everyone has left about my Pieceful Garden quilt – and that’s why, I will be putting up one of these two pillows for a giveaway in my post tomorrow! Don’t forget to check back for details!!!

Meanwhile, have a wonderful week ahead!!!

Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 2: My not so “scrappy” pillow

I underestimated the time I would need to complete my scrappy projects from the Pieceful Garden kit scraps. But I did get one of the scrap projects done last night. It turned to be a not-so-scrappy looking 24″ pillow:

The pride and joy of my pillow is the fabric yoyo! I have never made a yoyo before. But I was really inspired by what Arlette has done with her yoyo’s. So, I decided to give it a try. I thought it turned out pretty good and added a little something to the overall look:

Many of my whimsical friends wanted to get in the photo shoot for the pillow. They also wanted me to drag out some of the fineries in life as props. I think some of them just wanted to play with my breakables — you think French Loppie there got a bit carried away as he practically immersed himself in the teacup??!!!:

Click here for tutorial on how to make the center block with the Pieceful Garden kit scraps.

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Thank you for coming to my show-and-tell today. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend. I will be back on Monday! See you then!!

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Disclaimer – you will ONLY have the scraps left from Double-Nine-Patch blocks trimming the blocks for the scrap project. Anything extras you see in my scrap projects require extra fabric(s). You may choose to purchase more fabrics, or mix-and-match with other fabrics. The reason I used coordinating fabrics is because I had extra fabrics left from making the sample quilt for “The Quilter”.

“The Quilter” (November 2008)

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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!

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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!!

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Quilting news mixed in with a smidgen o’ dish-aholism!

Yesterday, I received complimentary copies of the “Quilting & Embroidery” Summer Issue presented by Quiltmaker.

You see, the quilt after which this blog is named is included in the magazine released this month!

So, I broke out my Russian Lomonosov “Guipure” Teacups and saucers and dessert plates and played tea with the quilt as a table topper. Guipure is a name applied to needlepoint and pillow laces made with gimp of fine wires whipped round with silk and cotton threads, in which the ground is made of ties or brides, rather a net. And Russia definitely has a long-standing lace-making history (since the 13th century):

I think the editorial team at Quiltmaker did a fabulous job in the layout for the article:

You would get to know a little more about me from the designer description:

A close-up shot of the center swag:

Another close-up shot with different lighting:

A few technical details – Ivory Spring was free-motion quilted with silk thread over wool batt! The tranpunto “effect” from using the wool batt is simply scrumptious! If you have never used wool batt for quilting, consider giving it a try.

Now, you didn’t think I would leave by not showing you the details of how the Guipure lace was interpreted in these Russian china pieces, did you? :)

Back to “Quilting & Embroidery”… I have thoroughly enjoyed this magazine (again, thanks to the Quiltmaker staff)! Do get a copy for yourself as a reference guide to many quilting and machine embroidery techniques. You will have loads of fun making some of the projects!