Quilting makes the Quilt

It’s always challenging for me to capture the actual quilting I do on quilts due to the limitations of my camera — the lighting has to be just right, the stars have to line up, the barometric pressure has to be exact…

I stumbled upon the moment this past weekend where everything was just right for me to take pictures of the quilting I had done on Roslynn:






I have done all the quilting on my quilts using my home machine so far — it is possible! I want to encourage all quilters out there who do not have a longarm to not ever give up the possibility of using your home machine to free-motion quilt!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

The Quilter 20th Anniversary Issue (March 2009)

My first quilt published in “The Quilter” was in their 19th Anniversary issue:


I feel honored to have another quilt featured in their 20th Anniversary issue (HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fabulous quilt magazine!). This time, it’s Roslynn. Remember this?


The quilt in its entirety used to decorate a tabletop:


Additional shots (I just love that burgundy fabric from Benartex’s Noble Familie):



We are experiencing a snow storm right now, won’t you join me for a hot cup of coffee and some petits four? I learned something new while making sure of the spelling — petit four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of a large buffet. The name is from the French petit four, meaning “small oven” (from Wikipedia):


Stay warm, everyone!

The cardinals elsewhere are caroling…

It’s always been exciting for me to see my work published, whether in technical journals in the past (when I worked as a chemical engineer in the world’s largest ultra-low velocity wind tunnel in the world – but that’s a story for another day!) or in quilt magazines in the present.

But what made me forsake all reservations and did a “Snoopy” dance this past week was hearing from Dawn who has started her own “Carol of the Cardinals” based on my published Christmas project in “The Quilter“‘s 2008 Christmas issue. Please click on the picture below to see her post on the project, and do leave her a note to tell her what a great job she is doing! :) I like her choice of fabrics, and how she had tilted the holly sprig:

You see, once my quilt design is published, I have no way of knowing exactly how many quilters actually attempt the project unless I am being told by the quilters themselves. So, I want to thank Dawn for taking the time to let me know.

HAPPY MONDAY, everyone!

Update – Click here to see Dawn’s completed project!  She is a fast worker! :)

THE QUILTER Christmas Issue — Carol of the Cardinals…

… reminds us that the time is still just right to start on any home-made Christmas gifts!!!!

There are a total of 19 fun and festive Christmas projects in “The Quilter“‘s Christmas Issue this year. I just got my complimentary copy yesterday in which my Christmas project is featured:

The project has instructions for a small wallhanging and matching placemats for your Christmas entertaining. The project was designed with “speedy completion” in mind without compromising the overall festive look. So you can definitely whip these out pretty quickly and still be proud to give as gifts.

The wallhanging:

The placemats:

Have a wonderful day, everyone. I hope “Carol of the Cardinals” inspire you to get into the Christmas mood! :)

p.s. I would love for you to hear from you if you attempt and complete this project. Do send me pictures too!

Another project featured!!!

Do you remember these fabrics from months ago?

And this sneak-peek I had also shown?

It was for a super-easy small wallhanging and placemat (great for gifts) project I did for The Quilter magazine. I just got them back yesterday from being photographed. The “Carol of the Cardinals” project will be featured in The Quilter‘s Christmas issue (YAY!) hitting the newsstands on October 15! I will show more pictures once I get my advanced copy of the magazine. Here I am showing you some of the quilting I had done on the project:

I hope you have had a good day!! Over at my end, the weather has been absolutely pleasant — I’ve enjoyed being outside. :) Till next time, everyone!