More Giveaway (Destash) News — Happy Monday, and Hello — my name is…

… Wendy Sheppard, the rather accidental quilter!  I want to welcome my new followers following me in the last few months!  I hope you have enjoyed your visits to my blog.  Since there have been quite a few Ivory Spring friends of late, I thought I would take a moment to share a few things about myself.

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#1.  I didn’t start off thinking, wanting or imagining to be a quilter.  You can read about my quilting journey here, and why I quilt here.

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#2.  I am passionate about domestic machine quilting, but I have also learned this year to enjoy piecing!  More about that in an upcoming post!  I currently have 5 Annie’s different online /video machine quilting classes – check out the sidebar for more information on each of the machine quilting classes.

#3.  I am more a thread-aholic than I am a fabric-aholic!  I am definitely a dish-aholic!

My thread-aholism has landed me in a couple of “mug shots”…

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#4.  At any given day, I would rather rip out ALL the seams of a completed quilt top than clean and shine my glass top stove!

#5.  I like to design quilts that ONLY look complicated, but are really easy to put together. :)

#6.  And right now, I am in the process of doing a major de-stashing project.  I am in the process of giving away 80% of my fabric stash.  Come back later this week and I will show you pictures of the fabrics I did keep for myself.  I just sent out an email to those who made it to my Waiting List #2, and I will be sending out another email soon for those who made it to Waiting List #3.  I think my fabric stash is mysteriously multiplying!

#7.  My favorite cookies are oatmeal raisins!  I can’t be left alone with them.

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Meanwhile, the following photo shows copies of quilting publications that have published my work.

 

Duplicate copies of magazines have accumulated over the years.  I am giving away these duplicate magazine issues.  I can fit 3-4 (depending on the magazines) in a USPS Priority Envelope for $9. [If you have received my fabric boxes, you will know I don’t skim, hehe!]  I have enough to send to 20 of you if you are interested.  Please email me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net and write “Magazine De-Stash” in the subject line!  Please note that I can only guarantee you will have at least ONE magazine issue that will have my design in it.  

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And lastly, I am happy to announce Marty won the Adventures in Hexagons book giveaway!  Congrats, Marty.  I have emailed to ask for your mailing address.  Please respond, and I will pass on the info to get the book mailed out to you. :)  I ran out of time getting my hexagon project completed due to some very intense and unexpected workload.  So my part is forthcoming!  Meanwhile, I hope you will pick up at copy of my friend Emily’s book!

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Thanks for stopping by… and have a lovely rest of your week!

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Aurifil Thread Journey: Wrapping up – almost!

Happy Thursday, Friends!  To be honest, I am not ready for this week to end because I have quite a few things I would like to check off my list before the weekend is upon us… be that as it may, Aurifil’s blog (click here) is updated with another Thread Journey post!  You will see my notes on the following pictures…

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My daughter’s violin teacher always admonishes her to not play sloppy — and I have challenged myself to not quilt sloppy on my Thread Journey quilt.  I have learned much through making this quilt…. it’s been therapeutic in many ways!  Anyway, click here to read up on Thread Journey’s latest!  If you have followed along the journey, you know I have sunk A LOT of thread into it… :)

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Thank you for stopping by.  I will leave you with a Miss Baby quote when she was a little miffed from not getting any sympathy from me regarding a gnat that’s been flying around… (what I can say, I grew up in the tropics!).

Miss B:  When I have a husband and kids, I am going to have 14 fly swatters lying about!!!

Thread Journey Part 5 — We are still quilting!

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Hello Friends, we are still quilting!  I will again let the pictures tell the story today.  So far, I have logged 30 hours quilting this quilt… sounds crazy, doesn’t it? :)

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These colors from my Subtle Strings collection were used to quilt the Ohio Star border.  Click here to read more about Subtle Strings.

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Click here to find out how to quilt the motifs I have quilted on the Ohio Star border, as well as other options you could try to quilt your own Thread Journey Quilt!

That’s all for now – another busy day over here.  I’ve got to run for now!  Take care, and have a lovely rest of your day. Hugs to you all!

p.s.  By the way, did you know today is National Mail Order Catalog Day?!  Perfect time to order something from your favorite quilting catalog!!! :o)

Thread Talk From My Sewing Machine #69

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Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Things have been a little chaotic over here… probably an understatement, haha!  But we are doing well.   Despite the beautiful cherry blossoms we saw last week, we are waiting for the slightly warmer weather to keep getting warmer. :)

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Last week, I stitched out a Mandala design using my Subtle Strings threads.  This Mandala design was stitched out as part of QuiltShopGal’s Bee Creative Charity Project.  Click here to read more.  QuiltShopGal also showed my pencil sketch schematic of this stitched Mandala in her post. You are free to use it as an inspiration for your quilting.

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Sometimes, a little subtlety goes a long way, yes?  To illustrate how subtle the colors of my Subtle Strings thread spools are, I contrast them against a solid black background.  The flower center is stitched with Aurifil 40wt threads in the bright and loud shades in order to give contrast to the colors and the 50wt threads I had chosen for Subtle Strings.  All 12 Subtle Strings colors are stitched in the 12 outer petals.

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It’s interesting to me to see how the colors look SO different when wound on spools vs. when they are stitched out. In this case, when the thread is stitched out (without the effect of the collective rounds of wound thread), you might even say some of the threads are subtly similar in shades — thus the name, Subtle Strings. :)  Take a look at the corresponding colors to the stitched petals, and you will quickly see the effect of “collective vs loner”.  For example, that yellow thread doesn’t look so yellow after all.

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My two cents:

#1.  ALWAYS, always (!) audition the color of your threads but pulling a thread by itself and lay it against your fabrics to see if you like the thread color on your quilt, instead of laying the entire spool on the fabric for audition.  Of course that is the lazy way.  You can always actually stitch out the colors on actual fabrics if you are the very responsible kind, haha!  As for me, I tread the quickest path that gets me to the actual quilting part.

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#2.  Interchangeable shades — that means I have used the similar shades of colors TOGETHER in a quilt in the situation where I ran out of one color during the quilting process, and proceeded using the one with the similar shade.  The effect is almost unnoticeable (unless inspected up close), especially with those two blue shades.

#3. The top center cream shade is my favorite neutral shade (#2130) that I use to piece AND quilt most of the time.  BUT, I have also learned that the other shades (like the light pink, lavender, light blue, gray and taupe) are suitable for piecing as well – even for light fabrics.  So, if you have threads in subtle colors laying around, use them like you would a neutral thread in your sewing!

#4.  The softer colors accentuates the texture of quilting if you want the effect of your quilting not overpowering.

The following picture shows what I call “lemonade” quilting.  The thread is the light pink quilted against a yellow fabric:

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#5.  I also picked those shades for hand applique purposes because those shades blend well in securing the applique pieces onto background fabrics.  I read somewhere a long time ago to no pick loud shades for hand applique.  And I have always used subtle shades for hand applique.

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#6.  And of course all the Subtle Strings threads are in 50wt.  The reason being, for those starting out with domestic machine quilting, I always encourage them to use the finest thread they can find.  I started out using 100wt silk (you can read more about it and see more pictures here).  As I taught domestic machine quilting, I had found that the 50wt really gives the students the best results that eventually confidence in them to continue in domestic machine quilting.  [From my personal teaching experience, it has to be the Aurifil 50wt that gives the best result!  I would hand out 50 wt threads to student who are struggling in class to have them just try the thread – they are always amazed at the difference the thread makes!]  So, the 50wt is definitely a great weight to start!

#7.  When used for quilting, I find that the 50wt masks mistakes really well, and oftentimes that is what give beginners the initial confidence to keep on quilting on their domestic machines.

#8.  The 50wt is my favorite weight for piecing.  I think that the 50wt helps with achieving precision in piecing.  I found that subtle shades of pink, green, blue or yellow work just as well color-wise as the neutrals in piecing!

My Color Burst quilt comes to mind – that quilt was completed from start to finish (finish means bound and set to the magazine editor) in 5 days.  I have to say it wouldn’t have been possible for me to do had it not been the Aurifil 50wt threads that helped me so much in achieving the precision in piecing.  Keep in mind these HST finish at 1 1/2″ square.

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I think I finally ran out of my 2-cents on being subtle here. :)  I hope you will look and see what threads you might have to stitch them out, just to see how they would look on fabrics like I did with my Subtle Strings colors on a black. I will have more projects like that to show and share with you this year — and hope that you will make experimenting a point in your quilting journey this year!

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You may contact Donna at www.followthatthread.com to order your own Subtle Strings collection.  A big shout out to Quilters Newsletter for including the collection in the Staff Picks section of their latest issue (April/May 2016).  Have you see my Tartan Links quilt in that same issue?

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Alrightie — Friends, I am going to have a date with my Aurifil 50wt threads as I have to get a quilt top pieced and shipped out tomorrow.  I hope you have a most lovely weekend!  Quilty hugs to you – whether you are a quilter or not.

FREE PATTERN: Memento…. & etc!

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Thank you for stopping by again.  It’s been a really happening summer at my end. I am not complaining, and am doing well!  I am working on quite a few things that I can’t quite share in full.  Meanwhile, I haven’t quite been able to take pictures of my recently returned magazine quilts. We have gotten quite a bit of rain in our area — and it’s made taking my usual outdoor photo shoots of my quilts a bit more challenging!  I keep hoping the weather would line up with my schedule!!  So, here are a couple of quick pictures to show you what are now official!

My All In Knots quilt made cover of Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2015 Issue.

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My Cozy Town quilt is featured in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2015 Issue – on newsstands right now!

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More pictures and details of these quilts are forthcoming – I promise!!

Meanwhile, I feel Christmas in July is in the air!  How about a free-to-use pattern using Hoffman’s Memento Collection – in gold and silver colorways?  The Memento fabrics reflect the traditional and Victorian feel of Christmas — I love, love, love!

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Click here to view Hoffman’s Memento Fabrics.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

So tell me – what Christmas color scheme are you — traditional, fun, novelty, funky etc?

Thank you for stopping by, Friends!  I hope you are enjoying your week!  It is back to work for me…. HUGS to you all!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

Engineer vs. Artist: Sneak Peeks

Hello Friends, I meant to check in yesterday, but I had an Engineer vs. Artist moment (thus the name of the quilt for now), and the Artist won.  You see, when piecing is involved, I am all engineer because of the precision aspect of things.  Then, when it comes time to decide what to quilt, oftentimes the engineer within me takes over for the efficiency aspect of things, due to project deadlines, and I have to be efficient with what I quilt within the amount of time I have…. but yesterday, the Artist in me won!

I was already late because the piecing took longer – piecing ALWAYS takes longer for me because I am a snail-speed piecer. I knew I had a limited amount of time to quilt the quilt.  I could just quickly quilt an allover motif, and be efficient, or I could go all out and quilt fancy, and really add to the quilt.  The battle raged on fiercely (!), and finally, the Artist won!

I won’t tell you how much sleep I got last night, because I will get in trouble should my Mom check in and read the post. ;) But suffice it to say all those all-nighters I had in engineering school amply prepared for a stint like last night’s!

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I was glad the Artist in me won in the quilting department of this quilt.  I really like the result. But the icing on the cake was when Miss Baby came downstairs and saw the quilt this morning… she said, “WOW, Mom…. this quilt is so pretty now (that it’s quilted)!” I guess she wasn’t quite sure about it before, and was too nice to say anything negative.

This quilt is now on its way to the editor.  Whether they would let me officially name the quilt “Engineer vs. Artist” remains to be seen.

Thank you for stopping by!  I need to start on the next few things on my list.  I shall catch up with you later.

p.s.  Through today only, you can still get my book Recreating Antique Quilts at a discount at my publisher’s website. Click here to purchase the book.

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Quilty previews

Hello Friends, I have had the pleasure of focusing on the quilting part while working on some exciting projects.  Here are a couple of sneak peeks.  They have the feel of rich hot dark chocolate with a hint of raspberry and marshmallow…

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How is your Christmas shaping up?  We are slowly seeing more and more Christmas around the house.  And with Miss Baby, it’s almost like we are in all things crafty when it comes to Christmas.   I will have pictures to show you later on.

But I cannot leave today without sharing with you this very quilty Christmas ornament.  Being an aspiring artisan (sort of, and I can at least dream), I am always sourcing home grown artisan Christmas things for my collection.  I am always amazed at just how talented some people are out there.  You can purchase this star ornament here.  [I will have a few more noteworthy American made ornaments to share with you before the season is over.]

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Thanks to you all who have shared about your Advent Calendar here.  I enjoyed reading about your Advent Calendars.  Now, curious mind wants to know if you have a favorite ornament, and if so, what it is like.

Giveaway: Learn to Machine Quilt

A couple of days ago, I received a sweet, sweet comment.  Thank you, Ann-Marie, for making my day.

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I am happy to announce another giveaway today — a free copy of my online Learn to Machine Quilt class, produced by Annie’s.

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Click here to read more about the class.  Shown in the following are the topics covered in the class.  This class is designed to help beginning machine quilters to get used to moving their quilt sandwiches.  It remains my firm belief that being able to maneuver one’s quilt sandwich is the key to enjoyable quilting on a domestic machine.

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Here are a few images of the class sample.

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And here you see pictures of the class samples made by quilters who took the class.  Here is one by Joyce:

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And here is one by Jean:

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To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment below between now and August 6th, 2014 – and tell me one challenge you face when quilting your own quilts on your domestic machine.  Winner will be announced in August 7th, 2014.  Good luck! :)

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am still working on Iron Man II (or Insanity, as Mary calls it).  But I am almost done piecing the top, woo hoo!

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Virtual Trunk Show: Babies and Kids!

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We had a bit of reprieve from the heat, and are more than thankful about that!  The topic of babies and kids came up during our family’s visit this last weeks, inspiring today’s virtual trunk show’s theme of babies and kids!  In my humble opinion, there’s nothing more precious than the making and giving of a baby quilt to any new addition(s) to a family – thinking of the symbolism of covering a baby with LOVE and PRAYERS using a quilt made with heartfelt love makes me teary eye.

1.  Jungle Jim and Jane (Fons and Porter Baby Quilts, Fall 2010)

2.  Bunny Foo Foo (Fons and Porter Quilts for Kids, Summer 2011)

3.  Joseph’s Pinwheels (Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, June 2011)

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4.  Baby Steps (Quilter’s World, April 2010)

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5.  To a Garden Tea Party (Quilter’s World, June 2010)

6.  Blissful in the Clouds (Log Cabins Today by House of White Birches, 2010; Quilter’s World’s Inspiration for Precuts, Spring 2012)

7.  Ring of Flowers (The Quilter, April/May 2011)

8.  Tea with Me (Fall Quilt Market for RJR, 2010)

9.  Reaching for the Stars Growth Chart (Fall Quilt Market for RJR, 2010)

10.  Busytown A to Z (for Quilting Treasures/VIP Exclusives, 2011)

11.  Dino 1-2-3 (for Quilting Treasures/VIP Exclusives, 2012)

12.  Paddington’s Travels (for Quilting Treasures, Fall 2011)

So, do tell me – which is your favorite?

I will tell what my all-time favorite is when it comes to baby/kids quilts — and it is one NOT made by me.  It is Gwen’s Stars.  Click here to read about the quilt.

Before you leave, do read about Lorraine’s first ever quilt she made for her grandson if you haven’t already.

HAPPY MONDAY HUGS for you just for stopping by! :)

Mums the Word in THE QUILTER (October/November 2011)


Hello Friends! I hope my post finds you well. I received my Mums the Word quilt back from the Editor. The quilt is featured in the latest (October/November 2011) issue of The Quilter.

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The construction of this quilt is quite straight forward – only squares and rectangles, even though some of the squares are as little as 1/2″ finished. I wanted a panel look for the quilt to highlight the beautiful fabrics in the beautiful Northcott‘s Mums the Word collection.


The fabrics in this collection are accented by metallic gold specks . [My Canadian readers, you ought to be so proud of Northcott being a Canadian company!]


I quilted a mixture of feathers and stencil motifs on this quilt. Where the panel blocks are geometric and regular, I traced stencil motifs onto the blocks before quilting.


I then quilted feathers in the larger blocks and rectangular areas.  I used a modified mark without really marking method to quilt the feathers in the large  blocks to achieve a uniform look.   Except for marking rough placements of the spines of the remaining feather plumes, everything else was free-handed.


In fact you can see on the back better what I meant by my mixture of stenciled motifs and feathers. Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton (Color 2310) over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.


Mums the Word is the last of a series of fall-themed quilts I made/designed for publish. Should you be interested to see my other fall quilts this year, check out the following links:

1. Pumpkin Patch Runner

2. Thanksgiving Table Topper

3. Autumn Hues

4. Autumn Place Mats (with Pumpkin Silhouette Applique)

5. Tuscan Leaves

6. Spice Garden

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a glorious autumn day!
p.s.  I have more pictures to share — stay tuned

Autumn Place Mats in QUILTER’S WORLD (October 2011)


What do you think of my autumn place mats featured in the October 2011 issue of Quilter’s World?


If you like to use half-square triangles in your quilts, you would probably like the twist in lengthening two sides of the squares in making the pieced half-rectangle-triangle units used for this place mat project.  These units are constructed using the template method:


I think my favorite part is the pumpkin silhouette appliqued on the pieced half-rectangle-triangles.


About the quilting – motif is replica of the pumpkin leaves, placed strategically on the negative space of the place mat.  Simple applique shapes oftentimes make excellent quilting motif in case you are unsure about what to quilt onto your quilts.


The fabrics are a mixture of Katie, Modern Edge and Modern Mix from Benartex.  Quilting is done by Aurifil‘s Mako Cotton over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Bleached Cotton Batting.


Extending the idea of using a motif to define the theme of the place mats, I appliqued a fun red snowflake onto the placemats pieced with Christmas fabrics for a bit of Christmas whimsical fun!  Fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ Over the River collection:

More motif ideas to personalized the theme of your place mats using the same pieced half-rectangle-triangles:

1.  Cupcake for birthday

2.  Graduation cap for graduation

3.  Heart for Valentine’s Day

4.  Doves for wedding

5.  Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

6.  Bunny for Easter/Spring

7.  Lemon piece for Summer

8.  Leaves for Autumn

9.  Initials of your guests’ names for a special dinner

10.  Apple for a teacher

And the list goes on…

And, if have machine embroidery capability, you can always machine embroider the motifs instead of applique-ing them.

Possibilities, possibilities!  I hope my place mat magazine feature helps jump start your own holiday place mat projects!  And when you do make these placemats, I would love to see the pictures!  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and Happy Week!