All over and back again!

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well!  Can you believe we are already in April?  It’s been a hectic year for me, but it’s been a productive one so far.

I was in CA late January and taught 5 classes on domestic machine and feather quilting at Road to CA quilt show.  I made really sweet friends -and want to thank everyone who took my classes.

I also did an Aurifilosophy presentation close to home to chat about all things-Aurifil!  Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to speak to your group about why Aurifil is my thread of choice.  The fact is, I have exclusively used Aurifil threads since 2006.  You may find out more information here.  Here is a picture of me an the other Aurifilosophers from Market at Houston last year.

Two weeks ago, I taught at Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Cumming, GA.  We had a great 2-days working on domestic machine quilting techniques!

We worked on this fun squirrel project solely with threads after we learned the basics of domestic machine quilting.

***I will be teaching again at Quilters Hall of Fame in July!  I hope I will see you there.  Click here for more information. 

***Feel free to contact me as well if you are interested to have me come teach at your shop/guild.

Other bits of fun news… you might have seen this sailboat quilt on the cover of Keepsake Quilting Spring 2019 catalog!

Many of you have written to ask if you could just purchase the pattern.  Unfortunately, the answer is no.  This is an exclusive collaborations I did with Windham Fabrics and Keepsake Quilting.  Exclusive collaborations are a big part of how I make my living.

And as I pull back from magazine work — that means you will see less of my work in magazines this year– I am working to bring my designs and patterns directly to you!  Here is a sneak peak of one of the patterns.

Meanwhile, Miss Baby turned 10, and she is keeping herself and me very busy!  This is her latest completed needle and thread project.  Follow me on Instagram (ivory_spring) for more scoop on Miss Baby’s fiber adventures.

Did I mention to you Miss Baby and I are co-authoring a mother/daughter quilting book?  Yes, we are!  She is VERY excited that she is going to be an author!

Also, some of you have been patiently waiting for my Song of Williamsburg thread collection to ship to stores.  The collection debuted at Fall Market last year in Houston.

This is a collection of Aurifil’s 80 wt that you CAN use to quilt on your domestic machine.  It is cotton, but the threads feel like they are silk.  I have curated the collection to include versatile colors for domestic machine quilting as well as hand applique!

This bird motif will be available as a FREE PATTERN soon — subscribe to Aurifil’s newsletter here for the announcement on the pattern.  This bird motif is inspired by an old bird bottle design excavated in Colonial Williamsburg.

You can now purchase this thread collection at 20% off for $39.99 HERE.

Speaking of hand applique, I have been doing a little of that as well!

That’s it from me this time, Dear Friends.  I am making a point to not be stranger on my own blog!  Do let me know what you’ve been up to!  Take care, till next time.

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Happy National (International) Quilting Day 2016

Happy National (International) Quilting Day!!!!  I hope you have a most lovely day, and that you might even squeeze in a bit of time to sew.

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Why do I quilt?

#1.  Quilting is fun, enough said!

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#2.  Quilting brings people together, just as the pieces of fabrics being brought together to make a quilt happen!

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#3.  Quilting is caring, the charity quilts, the fund raising etc!  I firmly believe quilters are some of the most loving people!

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#4.  Quilting is learning – it keeps the mind young!

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#5.  Quilting is history – I shall leave it at that because I can spend a day and a half non-stop to just talk about quilting and history!

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#6.  Quilting reflects my own life!  There is more about my life posted here to celebrate last year’s National Quilting Day.  But this year, one aspect of my life is the Work-in-Progress (WIP)-ness of my life.  My life is a work in progress, like quite a few of my quilts… I only pray that I will always be obedient and teachable under the loving guidance of my Lord and Savior.

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And so, why do you quilt?  Leave a comment below, and you will be entered in the giveaway of one of my brand new Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks class DVD.  You will learn 9 different ways to quilt Ohio Star Blocks if you are interested in quilting your pieced blocks beyond straight line quilting.  You may read more about the class here.  Winner will be announced on April 1.  Please note that the giveaway is for a class DVD.  Giveaway of the same class in online class format is forthcoming.

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Have a great day from your devoted quilting friend!  Quilty hugs and love to you all.

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