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!

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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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Exclamation Point (Quilts and More, Spring 2015)

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

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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)

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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!

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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.

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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! :)

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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.

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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!

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FREE PATTERN: Devon & DEALS!

Hello Friends, Happy October to you!!!  We have had rain over here for the past few days, and are expecting rain for the rest of the week as well as the weekend.  The chilly weather with the rain makes me want to just stay at home in my PJ’s, and do nothing!  But of course, I am not brave enough to do my school runs in my PJ’s…. yet!  Ha!

I am happy to share with you about Devon, another newly released line by Quilting Treasures.  I had designed the following free-to-use pattern to highlight the Devon fabrics.

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So what do you think of the green/purple color combination?  And the paisleys?  You know how I adore paisleys!!

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

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Before I go, I have to share with you a couple of deals…

#1.  So… I saw the following photo on dear friend Lynette Anderson’s Facebook page.  You remember my Making Valentines quilt that was featured in McCall’s Quilting’s March/April 2015 issue? You may click here for more pictures of quilt details.  So back to the following photo — I have gifted the quilt to Lynette earlier this year, and she now has it displayed in her house in Australia.  I am so touched. You may still purchase the exclusive kits, now on sale here.

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#2.  My book Recreating Antique Quilts is available from Landauer at 50% off right now.  Click here to purchase the book.

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And that’s it for today.  I just started on another project that needs to go out early next week.  So I’d better get going for now.  I shall catch up with you later!

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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)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

August: Chelsea (Quilting Treasures)

September: Charlotte (Quilting Treasures)

September: Sassy (Quilting Treasures)

October: Devon (Quilting Treasures)

A little celebratory piece of news!

Hello Friends, this is going to be a super quick post…. the following image, captured from my publisher’s blog, is self-explanatory!! :)

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Thank you, Friends, for your never ending encouragement!  My heart is full!  The recognitions are yours too… and my sincere gratitude to my God and my little family.

Click here to read about the book if you are new to Ivory Spring.

So, what are your thoughts on the place of antique quilts in today’s world of quilting?  I am curious.

Thank you for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later!

Amongst the florals…

Chills, joint and muscle aches, sneezes…. who needs those during the summer?!  I am being a humbug about this summer “bug” that I caught from a certain little person in my family.  But let’s direct our attention to more cheerful things.

I most certainly cannot take credit for these beautiful blossoms.  These photos were taken at a professionally tended garden while I was out and about, pre-summer cold.

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Here are two of my floral quilts from Recreating Antique Quilts: Priscilla’s Garden Party (L) and Lattice Garden (R).  They are what I call “sister” quilts in that one is a simpler version of the other.  Dear friend Karen actually taught a class using her version of Lattice Garden here.

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These two quilts are densely quilted with feathers and swirls.  I will have to share about the quilting with you in a separate post.  Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.

So, curious mind wants to know if you often use floral fabrics or incorporate florals designs in your quilts… do tell!

Happy Monday, and have a stupendous week!

Light and Quilting!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  My Calico Trail quilt (read about the quilt here) tagged along when I took a few other quilts for a photo shoot session recently.  I shall let the pictures do the most of the talking… about how the 7am sunlight reflected the quilting on Calico Trail.

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The entire quilt is constructed and quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread.  Batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.  Fabrics are from Quilting Treasures‘s Petals and Matrix collections.

Light is amazing, is it not?

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  It’s been a happening week, and I am trying to keep my head above the water! Tootles for now.

My book 40% off at Landauer’s Spring Sale!!!

Hello Friends, where would I be without many of you being my “eyes” out there?  QuiltShopGal just wrote and informed me that my book Recreating Antique Quilts is on sale at Landauer’s website!!  Click here to purchase the book at $14.97!  Would you help spread the word? 00 RAQCover By the way, if you haven’t stopped by QuiltShopGal’s website, you simply have to.  I count QuiltShopGal an essential voice looking for quilters!  Click here to visit her.  And have fun shopping at Landauer! :)

Book News: Recreating Antique Quilts

Happy Friday, Friends!  I am happy you stopped by.   I received some totally unexpected news earlier this week from Landauer Publishing.  Urm… you see, my book Recreating Antique Quilts made one of the three finalists for the 2015 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award, craft & hobby category.  The winner will be announced next month.

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WOW!  Little ol’ me?!   I am very excited about the news, but I am also feeling a bit self-conscious announcing it to the world.  But my sister might whack me in the head if I didn’t mention anything… I have to save the story of being whacked in the head by my sister (a younger sister at that!) for another day.

Credit goes to the amazing team at Landauer Publishing, with whom I love to work!  And I am grateful to my God and Savior, without whom I am nothing!

I will have more to share about Recreating Antique Quilts.  Meanwhile, you may read about the book here. Also, Landauer is having sale on my book.  Click here to purchase the book!!!!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely National Quilting Day Weekend!  Come back tomorrow for a little giveaway I have for you to commemorate the day.  Hugs to you all.

Recap: Recreating Antique Quilts blog hop #2

Happy Thursday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  Thank you again for visiting.  I hope you have had a chance to visit the blogs participating in the second hop for Recreating Antique Quilts.  Click here if you would like to see the projects made in the first hop for Recreating Antique Quilts.

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A huge thank you to a few special friends to participated in the hop.  Again, you will see the concept of versatility playing out in that a couple of the projects were made using totally different techniques.  Let’s take a look at the projects, shall we?

1.  Kay gave my Patches & Crosses runner a very warm and sweet up-do!  Click here to see more pictures of Kay’s runner.

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2.  Doreen gave my Ivory Baltimore a wholecloth makeover!  If you are into machine quilting, you will enjoy seeing Doreen’s rendition.

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3.  Lisa is a a cool quilter.  You simply have to see the coolness element she added to her project based on my Stars and Snowflakes table topper project.

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4.  The very amazing Karen added a wooly touch to my Ivory Baltimore banner.  Her wooly flowers look amazing.

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I am heartened, encouraged and inspired to see such talents within my little quilting circle! If you haven’t stopped by these ladies’ blogs to take a look at their work, I hope you will do that soon!  I think there’s still time to enter your name in giveaways of a copy of my book on the respective blogs.

Thank you again, all of you, for your encouragement and support!  I count myself blessed.  Have a lovely rest of your day. :)

BLOG HOP Round #2: Recreating Antique Quilts

Hello Friends, it is good to have you visit again.  I am MOST excited to announce a BLOG HOP going on today for my book Recreating Antique Quilts.  You may recall we have had a blog hop for the book a while back here.  It’s time for Blog Hop Round #2.

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Today, four special friends are giving you their review and a giveaway of the book, as well as showing you how they have used one of the patterns in the book.  I am not going to spoil it for you by giving away any sneak peeks.  You just have to visit their blogs to find out.

The participants are selected to be part of the hop because I feel each of them brings something different to the table, and I want to highlight their work through the projects of Recreating Antique Quilts.

Lisa: http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/

Lisa’s style is quite different from mine, but one thing I love about her quilts is that her work is vibrantly full of life and colors.  Lisa and I share similar life experiences because a huge part of our lives is dealing with kiddos. So, she and I often work late into the night!  She has a cool rendition for one of my book projects.  I have seen the preview – you have to trust me on this one!!

Kay: http://kayharmon.blogspot.com/

Kay is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met!  Funny thing is we knew each other from when I lived in Arkansas. But we never had the time to really connect with each other until Spring Market at Pittsburgh last year!  Kay is an absolutely prolific applique-r!  I want to be like her when I grow up.  Kay’s has had her work published in Quilt Mania as well as Primitive Quilts – very impressive!

Doreen: http://treadlemusic.wordpress.com/

Doreen loves machine quilting as much as I do, maybe even more!  She is well loved by many in the blogging community.  Doreen brings with her an extensive sewing background.  It’s a joy to have Doreen participate in this second round of Recreating Antique Quilts Blog Hop.  I have also seen a preview of Doreen’s project.  All I can say is… beautiful.

Karen: http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/

Karen is not a stranger in the online quilting community either.  She designs projects for Moda using their precuts. Karen participated in the first hop, and asked to be included for a second time because she has innovative ideas on how to interpret one of my projects!   If you haven’t seen Karen’s work, you simply have to because her designs are just darling!

Well, I just have to let you go, and visit these lovely ladies!  I hope you will have a fun hop, and more importantly, you will make firm friends with these ladies!  Have a great day!

Projects At-A-Glance

Projects At-A-Glance

Recreating Antique Quilts Project Highlight #1: Re-interpreting a DAR Baltimore Quilt

Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  I have been working hard to resist the temptation to just dig a hole in the ground and hibernate until the weather gets a little warmer.  It’s been bitterly cold where I am.  I think I am just a wimp when it comes to weather.

One of my Recreating Antique Quilts projects that has been warmly received is Ivory Baltimore.

My quilty inspirations of this little 17″ x 21″ banner consist traditional French red/white monochromatic needlework sampler and the Quaker medallion sampler.  You would often see stitchery of red on cream or white in French monochromatic samplers, such as the one I had stitched years ago.

So in the case of Ivory Baltimore, I reversed the colors, and have my cream applique shapes stitched onto a red and coral background.  The applique is adapted from a DAR Baltimore Album quilt. A picture of the original quilt is included in the book.

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Drawing from antique Quaker samplers, where sometimes only the “half” motifs were stitched on the outside perimeter of the samplers, I took one of the blocks in the original DAR and only appliqued half of the block on the left side of the banner.  (I so need to get this sampler completed!)

Thus the “half” Baltimore album block in Ivory Baltimore.

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I used Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread for everything – piecing, buttonhole stitching around the applique shapes, and quilting (of course!).  I cannot stress enough how much I love using Aurifil threads – my machine loves it, I love it, and my finished projects love it!  The batting I used is Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting because I really wanted my feathers to show around the applique shapes.  Of course, I quilt 99.99% of my quilts with batting made by Hobbs because much is considered before they bring something to the market.

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Of course, I will be working with some ladies in making Ivory Baltimore in Rogers, Arkansas. Click here for contact information to see if spots are still available for the class.  One thing I can tell you is that Dan and Rhonda and I are working hard to get things all ready for a really fun time in April with the participants!  Click here if you haven’t read about how Dan bailed me out from trouble two weeks ago.  Anyway, since my public appearances are very limited due to my family obligations, I do hope to see some of you at the event!

Ivory Baltimore is a versatile project.  I would love to see you recreate antique quilts your way!

1.  You can easily just take the urn block and repeat it for 9 blocks for a nice sized wall hanging. How about alternative the color scheme for the blocks – cream applique on red background fabric, and red applique on cream background fabric.

2.  You can just as easily mirror image the half block to make it a whole block and use just that for another banner.

3.  How about using other colors… cream on gray background, orange on a black background, cream on mocha background!

4.  How about repeat the urn block three or four times horizontally for a table runner project?

5.  Now, the templates in the book are printed at 100% to reflect the final size of the book project. But you can easily enlarge the urn block and use that to make pillow shams to dress up your bed!

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Thank you for stopping by!  Tell me what your thoughts are regarding Ivory Baltimore. Meanwhile, you can read all about the book here.  It’s time for me to crawl back in bed go back to work. Tootles for now.

Book Premise #2: Always Learning / How to use the book

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In many ways, my book Recreating Antique Quilts reflects my quilting journey.  I have tried to incorporate some guiding principles that I have clung onto in my years of learning and enjoying quilting, with the hope that my quilting friends will also benefit from those guiding principles as I have.  I had shared with you the premise of “That” first quilt that shaped my book.  You can read more about it here.

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Today, I am sharing with you premise #2 that shaped the book: Always Learning!  I purposed from the very beginning when I made my first quilts, I would always try to learn something new in my quilts.  And I can say I have greatly benefited from the habit of always learning something new when I quilt.

With that in mind, I designed one of the applique projects in the book Floral Fancy for quilters who have yet to try out applique.  From time to time, I hear from quilters they are afraid to do applique projects.  Instead of reproducing the entire DAR applique album quilt (picture of original quilt in the book), I selected just one block to make into the focus of Floral Fancy.

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When you look more closely at the block, you will notice that aside from the leaves, there aren’t that many pieces to complete the applique block.  Trust me, even the leaves hold no mystery. :)

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You can refer to my machine applique tips on page 83 in the book to stitch the pieces in place. Tips on various techniques are sprinkled throughout the book to help jumpstart the learning of new techniques.

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The color coded applique templates (always at 100%) and placement diagrams are probably my absolute favorite aspect of the book!  To say that I am pleased with how they turn out in the book is an understatement.  Kudos to Landauer’s capable team!

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Here are a few more pictures of Floral Fancy.  Of course Floral Fancy isn’t just for beginning appliquers.  I can see the quilt center being used as the starting point of a fancy medallion quilt for the advanced quilters who also custom design their own quilts.  How about using the applique block as a start for a Round Robin quilt in your quilting group?

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There are a few other projects in the book that are conducive for “trying out something new”.  For example: Gingkos on Prince Street pillow uses my “mark without marking” freezer paper quilting method; Priscilla’s Garden Party uses template piecing method; Feathery Formation deals with piecing with small pieces and quilting asymmetrical feather wreaths; Patches & Crosses teaches on-point setting, and more!

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Speaking of learning opportunities, I will be teaching my painless, seamless, almost effortless fusible machine applique method at Rogers Sewing Center in April 2015!  We will be making Ivory Baltimore wallhanging from the book.

I will also be having two separate classes to make Ginkgos on Prince Street pillow, as well as a lecture/show and tell.  Click here for more details.  I love to interact with quilters in a class setting, but because of I am a Mom and wife first, at this time of my life, I teach very minimally. But even when I teach, I always end up learning something from the attendees.  Isn’t that just so with the quilting community – always giving, always learning, always teaching?

If you are in the Northwest Arkansas area and plan on coming, would you drop me a line?  That way I can be sure to be on a lookout for you and give you a REAL hug, instead of just a bloggy virtual one.

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall catch up with you later.

In Case You Missed Market Schoolhouse #1: Recreating Antique Quilts

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I feel like this week has zoomed by all too quickly.  I am not out of the woods with my sewing saga…. but I hope to be able to share some snippets about the saga with you before too long.

At my 2014 Fall Quilt Market Schoolhouse presentation about my book Recreating Antique Quilts, I shared about the premises of the book, as well as how the book can be used by quilters in group or individual settings.  I thought I would share my thoughts here as well.  At least I have more than 30 minutes to cover thoroughly the various aspects of the book.

My main purpose in Recreating Antique Quilts is to connect present quilters to the quilting treasures of the past – the quilters as well as the quilts!

In many aspects, the book is a reflection of my own quilting journey ever since I started quilting back in 2005.  You can read about my very humble start to quilting here.  The following is a picture of my first quilt – with no prior sewing experience.

I credit my dear friend and mentor Barbara for getting me started in quilting.  You see, she did not insist on me making her “standard” beginner’s quilt.  And I will forever be grateful to her for being gracious and patient enough with me when I showed her the quilt I wanted to make for my first quilt.  Keep in mind — at that point in time, I didn’t know how to sew.  YET, Barbara took me under her wings and showed me everything!

After that first quilt, I kept on quilting because of  how much I had enjoyed THAT first quilt!

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BOOK PREMISE #1:  Many quilt because of that first quilt, and many do not quilt because of that first quilt.

In my designing career, I have always striven to come up with easy to construct designs with the illusion of “difficult” – because I think making a really nice looking but easy to make quilt as a beginning quilter will encourage the beginner to keep quilting.  At least that’s my personal experience.

So naturally, I included such projects in Recreating Antique Quilts. Calico Trail, Ginkgos on Prince Street,  and Garden Lattice make the “That First Quilt” list!

1.  CALICO TRAIL

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Calico Trail is made with just one block colored by a variety of fabrics in two colorways, and different block orientations give the overall quilt design a very polished look.

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In a teaching setting:

A quilting teacher can easily use Calico Trail, spread out over 4-6 weeks, to teach essential quilting techniques: accurate cutting, HST construction, color values – dark and light, block orientation etc. There are quite a few blocks to construct to be sure for Calico Trail, but a beginner doing repetitive piecing will soon find improvements in her piecing skill, and start coming up with tips and tricks of her own. I remember that’s how I learned, through many repetitions. But, I think one thing going for Calico Trail is that the quilter will not find the repetition boring because it is a design that uses more than just 2 or 3 fabrics.

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Taking it further:

A teacher (or a self-taught quilter) can also use Calico Trail to explore the effectiveness of the various techniques used to construct HST units – Thangles, Rulers, Chain Piecing etc.  There are many HST units to make, why not spice things up a bit by constructing the HST units using different techniques and see which one makes the most beautiful HST units.

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2.  GINKGOS ON PRINCE STREET

I also included an easy pillow project that uses fewer blocks (constructed the same way), but with a asymmetrical twist to the setting and layout for a totally different look – my Ginkgos on Prince Street pillow.

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Ginkgos on Prince Street can easily be a meet-and-greet project.  For a social and “work” quilting get-together, quilters can easily chat and sew up this pillow in no time.

For the individual setting, Ginkgos makes a quick home decor or gift project.

I included the directions on how to quilt the Ginkgo motifs (easily adapted for other motifs) in the book. Traceable Ginkgo motifs are also printed in the book.

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3.  GARDEN LATTICE

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Garden Lattice is a throw-sized project that is great for stash busting! I imagine many of us have fabrics we have saved but never used.  Karen certainly did with her version of Garden Lattice!

Teaching Setting:

This project is a great primer to quilting with sewing only strips, and not having to deal with a lot of cutting and small fabric patches in individual block construction.  A beginner learning how to quilt will have fun with this quick and easy to complete project, and most of all,  I imagine she will have loads of fun choosing the fabrics to go into her quilt!

Individual Setting:

This project makes a great project for a gift, or a to-be-used quilt. Sorting through your stash to find just the right perfect fabrics to go into the quilt would be so fun!  You have some stripe fabrics that are just laying around – they will be great for Garden Lattice.

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I would like to take this opportunity to pay my tribute to all of you who have helped someone else catch the quilting bug.  Please know that you have done something very meaningful when you connect someone else with the rich quilting legacy we have!  It is my hope Recreating Antique Quilts will play a small part in inspiring quilters to be proud of their contribution to the continuing of this very rich quilting heritage we enjoy.

This concludes our first In Case You Missed Market Schoolhouse post. I hope you have some great ideas on how to use the projects I have shared with you in today’s post.  I will have more to share with you. Stay tuned.

Now, I would love to hear your “first quilt” quilting stories – whether as a teacher or student.

Have a great weekend!  I simply must get back to work.  I will catch up with you next week.

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All the posts to date about Recreating Antique Quilts may be found here. 

Book copies may be purchased here and here.