My Designs, YOUR QUILTS!!!

Hello Friends, I think there’s nothing more exciting for a designer to see her design being made into REAL quilts by quilters!  And I have a few to share with you today…

#1.  Here is another Movement in Squares quilt.  Pat made this as a graduation gift!!!!

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#2.  Pam has used my Curious Cat design multiple times!!!  My original design used cat prints in the quilt, but Pam has used the design to cover different themes: Japanese Kawaii, Christmas, Cars and Underwater!  I love it whenever Pam emails me pictures of the quilts she makes with my designs!

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#3.  The same Pam brought my First Thanksgiving wallhanging to sea!!!  Haha!!!

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#4.  Miriam made a fabulous version of my Care For A Cuppa? wallhanging.  The pattern is found in my book Creative Quilts & Projects Using Precuts or Stash.  Incidentally, you can get the book at a sale price right now here.

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#5.  And Deborah from Canada made a Christmas version of my Flight of Colors Pillow (also in my Creative Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash book).  Deborah does beautiful work, and you can follow her work on Instagram.

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Thank you, dear quilting friends, for sharing your quilts with me!!!  Keep them coming.  Have a great day!!!!!

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Virtual Trunk Show #1: STARS

Cathi mentioned to me about doing a virtual trunk show for my quilts.  I thought it was an excellent idea.  Thanks, Cathi!

I picked the subject of STARS to kick off my virtual trunk show because star blocks (in any variation) are my favorites among all pieced blocks.  I am showing only one picture for each quilt.  Feel free to click on the links provided to view more pictures of the individual quilts.

1.  Christmas Splendor


2.  Christmas in Ohio (Fons & Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2010)


3.  Forever Christmas (The Quilter, Holiday 2009)


4.  Holiday Spinners (The Quilter, Holiday 2010)


5.  Christmas Hospitality (Quilter’s World “A Quilted Christmas”, Fall 2011)


6.  Reach for the Stars Growth Chart (RJR Fall Market 2010 booth, free pattern here)


7.  Winter Fun (Commissioned design for Quilting Treasures, free pattern here)


8.  Road to California


9.  Sunshine in my Soul (The Quilter, August/September 2010)


10.  Dream Garden (Commissioned design for RJR, Spring 2011, free pattern here)


11. Spice Garden (The Quilter, August/September 2011)


12.  Ohio Stars in Quilting Around the Block Technique Article (Quilter’s World, February 2011)


13.  Simple  Pleasures (The Quilter, May 2009)


14.  Autumn Stars (publish pending)


15.  Starry Pursuit (publish pending)


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I think many quilters naturally gravitate toward stars block because stars in themselves fascinate and intrigue, and even more than that, stars direct our thoughts heavenward.

“I see the stars…. Thy power throughout the universe displayed.  Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; How Great Thou art!  How Great Thou art!”

Text: Stuart K. Hine, Tune: Swedish Folk Melody

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I hope you have enjoyed my little virtual trunk show!  Now, which do you think is the star among the stars?

Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #2

Hello, welcome to another installment of Thread Talk!

When Diane Gaudynski talked about the Tuscany Wool Batt in her book, I immediately had my local Bernina dealer order some wool batt for me to try. And I was not disappointed! My “Pieceful Garden” is an example of a quilt quilted with the Tuscany Wool batt:

This is what the back looks like – my feathers were all free-handed:

When using batting for quilts, home machine quilters are looking for the batting to be light-weight, and ease of maneuverability under that little neck of our home machine. In my experience, Hobbs‘ Tuscany Wool batting (or wadding for the UK quilters) meets my requirements of those factors. All the pictures you see in this post are quilts quilted with Tuscany Wool batting.

A few points on the Tuscany 100% Wool batting:

1. One question I get asked a lot is whether the wool batt is washable. The answer is yes! Hobbs’ website state that the wool they use for this batting is made with the “very best super wash wool”.

2. Yes, it is breathe-able too!

3. Diane Gaudynski was the one who introduced me in her book to achieve a faux trapunto effect by using the batting. The batting has a good loft, and so, if it is quilted densely around a motif, the motif literally POPS!

[Pretty Pillow in Bernina’s Through the Needle magazine]

4. It is light and airy. So, getting it all under the machine is not un-manageable. And you won’t feel like you are dragging a load if you are working with a bigger project.

5. I love to use wool batt with applique because quilting around the applique pieces also makes my applique pieces pop.

[French Bouquet – a project to be published]

6. Because the batting is lofty, you would want to make sure you have the batting smoothed out very evenly when you are sandwiching your quilt layers or else you will have to deal with quilting down excess lumps here and there. I gently pull the edges when I am smoothing out the batt over my backing fabric.

[The “Swag Motif” in my Ivory Spring quilt is published in Quiltmaker‘s Quilting Motif Vol.7.]

7. If your entire quilt is densely quilted even in your borders, chances are after you are done, your quilt will look a little wonky, and wouldn’t lay flat in some places. What I do is I lay the quilt on the floor, spritz and wet the quilt to shape the quilt, while patting down the quilt to make it lay flat. I let my quilt dry over night, sometimes two days (provided my 17 month-old doesn’t bother it).

8. Whatever you do, do NOT handle the quilt when it is not totally dry. I did that once on a wholecloth I had spent hours and hours and hours quilting to put on the binding because I was running late — BAD IDEA with DISASTROUS result! Don’t ever do it.

[My original quilting motif as appeared in Sentimentally Yours – click here to download the motif for free!]

9. If you are working on a marked wholecloth, don’t spritz the quilt to see what it looks like without the markings while you are working on the quilt. Did that too… same conclusion — BAD BAD BAD IDEA with DISASTROUS result.

[This is actually the back of the quilt of my Song of Williamsburg Wallhanging remix. Click here to see the front. All feathers were free-handed except for the center motif.]

10. I love the fact that my quilt doesn’t turn into a cardboard after it is densely quilt with wool. It is soft, and has a very nice feel to it. So, if you are planning to do dense quilting, you might consider giving wool a try!

I hope you have found this post helpful! I want to thank you for stopping by. A BIG “Thank You” goes to Diane Gaudynksi for her continuing education on free motion quilting using the home machine – she is my heroine and inspiration! By the way, you have her books on order yet?

That’s it for now. Tune in next time when I will be sharing with about the other Tuscany battings! Ta-dah!

Poll: Viewer’s Choice for 2009 Quilts in THE QUILTER

Yesterday, I showed you the first issue of “The Quilter” in 2010. Looking back all the 2009 issues of The Quilter, I realized I have had an excellent year working with the editorial staff at The Quilter:

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Roslynn in the March 2009 Issue:

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Bluebird Ballad in the May 2009 Issue:

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Cozy Patch in the May 2009 Issue:

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Simple Pleasures in the May 2009 Issue:

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Cottage Garden in the November 2009 Issue:

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Sentimentally Yours in the November 2009 Issue:

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Forever Christmas in the Holiday 2009 Issue:

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My quilts will continue to appear in The Quilter at least through the July issue next year. Stay tuned for announcements and pictures!

Now before you conclude your visit, I would like you to vote for your viewer’s choice among my quilts featured in “The Quilter” in 2009 — just for fun. I am going to alert the editor which one of those quilts wins the Viewer’s Choice.

p.s. Back issues of The Quilter Magazine are available by clicking here.

Old World and Patriotic

In honor of America’s upcoming celebration of her independence, I thought this quilt is apt because of its colors. The center block has machine-embroidered motif with free-motion quilted background quilting:

I used a fabric that has the flavor of the “Old World patriotic look.” The sawtooth border was decided upon learning its popularity in 18-19th century pieced quilts. Perfect marriage of the two!!

Then I decided to try for the first time some free-handed feathers. I thought even if I messed up, the busy fabric would cover any unsightly quilting. But I was very pleased with the effect, and have since loved to free-hand my feathers for background quilting:

*** Happy Monday, Everyone! ***