FREE PATTERN: Pleasures and Pastimes

Hi Friends, how are you doing?  I hope you have had a good week so far.  Remember these scrumptious fabrics?

They are from Benartex’s new line Nesting Place.  From Benartex’s website: “Nesting Place is a soft-rich collection that is a great nod to the beautiful things in life–sweet music, birds chirping, and the warmth of family, friends, laughter and love. Blooming flowers, scrolling vines, antique bird cages and a gorgeous damask round out the group. Also included is a damask stripe that lends itself perfectly for borders, in soft creams, pinks, and green. Nesting Place is perfrect for baby quilts, nursery decorations and even bed quilts, totes, dresses, curtains and other home dec projects.” Benartex is offering a free pattern using the fabrics, designed by yours truly.  I am pleased to show you Pleasures and Pastimes, the silhouette version:

And the sans silhouette version:

Pattern instructions are downloadable as pdf here.  Enjoy! :)  I can’t wait to make my own quilt using this pattern!  I am going to do the silhouette version.

Summertime: Sneak Peeks

I packed in a lot of sleep over my Thanksgiving weekend.  That meant I had to pay for it this week.  I stayed up late (really late) last night finishing up this Summertime Table Topper for Fons & Porter.   Pattern instructions are done, quilt is out the door.   I am a happy quilter.

My favorite thing about this quilt is the polka dot blue binding.  I think the soft sky blue really brings out the summer-ish feeling for summertime.

Now that summer time is over in the Northern Hemisphere, tell me what you miss the most about the warm weather… or if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, I would like to know what you look forward to about the warm weather.

Sunshine in my soul in THE QUILTER (September 2010)

Good day, my Friends! I hope you are having a sunshiny day… even if you aren’t, I hope there is sunshine within you! My “Sunshine in my soul” quilt is officially featured in the September issue of The Quilter magazine!

I love how it is photographed in the magazine – it makes me want to just sit outside and have tea with a dear friend!

Picture from The Quilter's website

These fabrics from RJR‘s Summer Solstice are simply sunshiny – they bring a smile to my face!

Here are some close-ups on the quilting. The quilt is quilted with YLI Silk 100 (Color 239), and over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk Batt:

Here, how about a tea refill?

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my blues and sunshiny quilt! :) Have a great week ahead. I look forward to visiting many of you.

Spring Blooms in THE QUILTER (March 2010)

I received my copies of the March 2010 issue of The Quilter yesterday. I was quite pleased with how my quilt was photographed:

This quilt is basically a log-cabin quilt, spiced up with appliqued twirly flowers:

The fabrics are from RJR‘s Sweet Pea Collection:

Quilting was done freehand on my home machine with Hobbs’ Tuscany Silk Batt. If you have been visiting me, you would know that The Tuscany Silk Batt has become my favorite batting to use in place of cotton. It quilts very nicely, and is light and very manageable – perfect for a home machine quilter. Can you see the pebbles I have quilted on the log cabin blocks?

In case you are wanting to make this quilt in a different color way, may I offer the following for your consideration?

1. A fresh and clean look

2. An rich look

3. How about a 30’s feedsack look?

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fun day! For those of us who have been living in icy cold, spring shouldn’t be too long from now! Blessings to you all!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to The Quilter, and always, kudos to the editorial staff at The Quilter.

The baby doll-ish kind of sweet!

Good day, everyone!  I received these fabrics today:

They are from the Marabella collection by Henry Glass.  Aren’t they just the sweetest fabrics?  In case you are wondering who gets to determine what fabrics I use to make my quilts… sometimes it is requested by a magazine editor, other times, it might be my idea or it can even be a request by a fabric manufacturer that wants to promote a certain line of fabrics.   So, it varies…. in this case, it is per the editor’s request.

This quilt is scheduled to be featured in the July 2010 issue of The Quilter.  It will have blocks to look like this:

These fabrics are so sweet – they remind me of a doll quilt or bedding on a doll bed.  I wonder if I would have enough scraps left after the quilt…. hmmmmm….

Bloom Wherever You Are in THE QUILTER (January 2010)

Good day, you all! I received my copy of “The Quilter” yesterday. My Bloom Wherever You Are quilt is in the January 2010 issue. Can you believe it? We are swiftly heading toward the year 2010!!!

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The fabrics used are from RJR‘s Always in Bloom collection. The fabric choices made the quilt look like it has a watercolor quilt effect:

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The blocks are double tulip blocks. Basically, they are just slightly improvised log cabins! The log cabin blocks are fun blocks to make because they have so many different possibilities depending on your choice of fabrics, placements, or any twist you add to the blocks:

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This quilt was quilted with the Tuscany Silk Batt from Hobbs Heirloom and YLI Silk 100 thread. That batt is a dream, I tell you!!!! It is more than easy to manage. I really enjoyed quilting the quilt as a result:

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Quilting as seen on the back:

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I wish you a good day, and hope that no matter in what circumstance you find yourself, you continue to bloom wherever you are! Blessings to you!

p.s. Should you want to super-size this quilt into a queen size quilt – just click here for more information!

Quilting Sneak Peek on “Bloom Wherever You Are”

My, my!!! I absolutely enjoyed quilting this little quilt with the Hobbs Heirloom’s Tuscany Silk batt. It has a soft and luxurious feel right out of the package. Right then, I knew it would be fun to quilt on it. It doesn’t have as airy of a loft as the Tuscany Wool batt, and it conforms to shaping very well. It does not tretch as much as the wool batt with dense quilting, so I hardly had to square up the quilt after I was finished. All I can say about the Tuscany Silk batt is, it ROCKS! Here are some sneak peeks on the quilting:

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day goes well for you.

Chugging along…

I am finished with piecing the quilt top using the Once Upon A Christmas fabrics by Benartex:


All I have left is the pieced borders to go around the quilt top.  I quite like the border myself:


Here is a sneak peek on how the quilt will look:


I am a little bit behind, but I am chugging along.   Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a grand day, will you?

Logged: 6 hours

Good day, everyone!  A quickie to show you the progress on my “Spanning Three Centuries” quilt.  So far, 6 hours have gone into the quilting:




I wish you all a wonderful weekend!  See you next week!

260 or so sleeps to Christmas, and…

… I have a Christmas quilt to make for “Quilter’s World“. These fabrics just came in. They are from “Once Upon A Christmas” by Benartex:


I love love love the Poinsettia fabric:


I will show more pictures once I have some progress with the fabrics. Meanwhile, I wish you a lovely Wednesday. Thanks again for stopping by!

Back to feather quilting

I am still waiting for fabrics to come in for my upcoming magazine quilts. That means, I have some time to work on my “Spanning Three Centuries” wholecloth quilt. One of these days, I will get it done…


Truth be known, this is a practice quilt. I want to eventually re-do the entire quilt in some kind of silky fabric.

Alrightie, my friends, back to my sewing machine. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you next week!

April Flowers – Quiltmaker (March/April 2009)

The weather is warming up in the Northern Hemisphere, and my thoughts are naturally drawn to flowers. Since I by no means have a green thumb, I resort to using other means to express my love for flowers. “April Flowers” is now published in the March/April 2009 issue of Quiltmaker:


It is a queen size bed quilt that I had completed in a week’s time! The fabrics are from April Cornell’s Portugal collection. There are more than 20 different fabrics in this quilt. Click here and here for previous posts:



The quilting motifs on the quilt are repeats of the applique flowers in various sizes:




Can you believe I did the quilting on this huge quite on my home machine? I say that to convince you that it is possible! : ) Speaking of possibility, having my quilts published in magazine would not have been possible had it not been for my quilting mentor Barbara who had encouraged me to try out quilting a few years ago. Every quilt that you see published is a tribute to her (Thanks, Barbara!)


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a great start to your week. I will chat with you again tomorrow.