Fabric Showcase: Windham’s Shirt & Tie & Giveaway

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a good weekend.  I actually logged a total of 10 hours of sleep last night.  Friday nights have turned into my “chat” night with Miss Baby.  We get in our PJ’s, and hop in bed at 8pm, and Miss Baby immediately launches into all the dramas that unfolded at school the past week.  And after the chat, we go to sleep! See how wild my Friday nights get?  And last night, I decided to turn off my alarm just because I thought I deserve a night of sleep without the alarm clock waking me up!

SO here I am… I am happy to showcase Windham’s Shirt & Tie collection today!  Click here to view all the fabrics, and to check if your favorite local quilt shops are carrying the fabrics.  This fabric lines come in amazing options: red, blue, aqua, green, olive, yellow, fuchsia and gray!


I see lots of possibilities with Shirt & Tie, interjecting the different colors in a quilt for a fun and striking look.  I personally love working with collections that look more like the “basic” lines carried by the fabric companies.  In fact, many of your favorites have been made/designed with these kind of basic line-liked/blender fabrics, like both the cover quilts of both of my books so far.

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Then, we have Star Struck (2015 Benartex Fan Favorite)

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Sherry’s Stars (Quilters Newsletter, October/November 2015)


Exclamation Point (Quilts and More, Spring 2015)


Color Burst  (QUILT, June/July 2013) — also known as my Iron Man quilt.


Petals & Matrix Log Cabin Quilt 5 in 1 — you will probably notice that the two quilts following this one are designed with the same fabrics — and you would bright.  I actually have a 4th quilt made and designed with the same fabrics.  I am just waiting for the green light to make it public.

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Plain & Fancy BOM (no longer offered)

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Calico Trail (featured in award-winning Recreating Antique Quilts)


So now you know why I see Shirt & Tie as fabrics for the possibilities!! :)  The moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to stock up on basic-looking fabrics, I guess!


It’s gray, dark and stormy outside — we are still getting the rain, and a bit of wind due to the hurricane!  So, I am giving away the gray colorway FQ of Shirt & Tie, plus a spool of Aurifil gray/cream variegated thread!  Incidentally, it’s the same thread I had used to quilt my Calico Trail quilt.


To enter, between now and October 9th, you will have to identify correctly which 18th century American historical figure (hero) is depicted by the artist (aka Miss Baby) in the picture below.  Note from artist:  The stick hand is NOT a hint.  It is merely the result of the artist not quite mastering how to draw human hands…. yet!

Addendum:  That is not a kite — it is a saber this hero is holding! :)


I personally like the squirrels and hedgehogs — the artist has a comment about them too.  I shall reveal the comment when I reveal the giveaway winner.


Thanks for joining in for a bit of fun.  Miss Baby will be delighted to count how many right guesses she receives.

Have a lovely rest of your weekend!  Hugs to you all!


Virtual Trunk Show #3: Christmas!

Christmas is definitely shaping up at my end.  I have done Christmas crafts, and even a bit of Christmas baking with my little one!  We had a mini Christmas Tree trimming party with Miss Baby when we got her her own little 3 ft tall tree.  She was excited, let me tell you!  I also managed to bring out every Christmas quilt I have ever made — just how and where I am going to display or use the quilts, I have no idea.  It’s just nice to have them out.  I am thinking I need one of those quilt ladders.

1.  Christmas in Ohio (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2010)

Image courtesy of Fons and Porter

2.  Starry Pursuit (Cover Quilt, Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2011)

3.  Christmas Cheer (Quilter’s World, December 2009)

4.  Peppermint Packages (Quilter’s World, December 2010)

5.  Christmas placemats (Quilter’s World, October 2011)

6.  Christmas Hospitality Runner (Quilter’s World Special Interest Publication, Fall 2011)

7.  Carol of the Cardinals Wallhanging and Placemats (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2008)

8.  Forever Christmas (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2009)

9.  Holiday Spinners (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2010)

10.  Poinsettia Fiesta (The Quilter, Christmas issue 2010)

11.  Coxcombs and Berries (The Quilter, December 2011/January 2012)


Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year!

“How great our joy!  Great our joy!  Joy, joy, joy!  Joy, joy, joy!  Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!  Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!”

(Traditional German carol)