Happy Day, Happy Baby, Happy Quilt


The weather in the mornings has been glorious where I live, albeit just a teensybit nippy.  I decided to take my Happy Quilt (officially known as Joseph’s Pinwheels) out for an outdoor photo shoot while Miss Baby is playing outside earlier today.


For new readers visiting from Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, my “Joseph’s Pinwheels” is featured in the current (June) issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.  I used polka dot fabrics of various colors to construct the pinwheel blocks, with solids as supporting cast.  I am super excited that this quilt is going to be featured in one of the upcoming Fons & Porter TV episodes.

Working on this quilt is the first time I incorporated a significant amount of black on a quilt top.  I found that the black really pulled all the colors together very nicely.


While I was snapping the pictures away, Miss Baby happily chased after robins that came to the playground.  Happiness for me at that moment was definitely being able to watch my precious little one happily playing away.  It’s a feeling of sweet contentment.


Miss Baby did take a moment to park herself on the quilt.  I am not quite sure why her hair looks a bit weird in that picture…


Quilting was kept to a minimum on this quilt because I wanted the dots to shine uninterrupted in their glory!


After playing for a while, Miss Baby was ready to go back  inside… a happy time was had by all, including those robins (I hope!).


I am so glad you stopped by.  To those who are regulars at Ivory Spring, you know  I do love you!  Your friendships have been invaluable to me!  To those who are new, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Should you have a few more moments and want to look at more quilts, 99% of my quilts are documented here.

Have a happy weekend.  I will see you again on Monday!

Pat’s Ladybugs in Polka Dotville

I am always excited to receive pictures of quilts made from my designs.  Pat of Colorado is a special lady.  She makes quilts to give to children from background of troubled homes.  When she came across my Ladybug Quilt-Along, she wrote and told me she’s making not one but two quilts to bless two children in need.


And she knows how to pamper her ladybugs by adding the flowers on their “playground”:


The flowers made such special touches to the quilt tops.  VERY well done, Pat!  Pat does not have a blog.  I hope you would leave comments here for Pat and let her know you appreciate her kindness in reaching out to those in need.

p.s.  Kits for this quilt-along are available from Fat Quarter Shop.

Autumn Panels: Sneak Peeks


I spent the last few days working with these fabrics…. many are from RJR’s new 30’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink collection. Take a look at the fabrics here:


I added to the fabrics a few scraps from my own stash, and came up with this quilt:


It is the first of a few special projects I am doing for a publishing company. More details about these projects when the time gets closer.


Can you see the quilting motif I did on the blocks? The quilting motif was an applique motif I used for my Roslynn quilt from way back when… the moral of the story is, when you are scratching your heard trying to come up with a quilt motif, you might try looking through some applique motifs for some ideas. :)


Thanks for stopping by. Off to my next quilt – all I can say is it is a girly sweet one! Meanwhile, have a lovely autumny day!


Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 4

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NEWS FLASH, my friends!  Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

I hope you have had a good week, and also a good time quilting along this Quilt-Along!  I have loved seeing all the colors coming together.  Black is a great color to use when you are trying to bring all the colors together, as you will see in this installment of the Quilt-Along.

Part 4: We are using black to “frame” in the colored squares you pieced together last week.

You will need for the multicolor colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, four 1-1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Cut sections off two of the strips into two 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 32 1/2″. So, now you have two 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ and two 1-1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center.  Again, I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top.

Step 4:

Sew the pieces together.  Repeat for the other short end of the quilt center.

Open up the strips, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Sew one 1 1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strip to each side of long sides of the quilt center.  Open up the strips, finger press and press with a hot iron.

And you are finished for this week!  We will have a big week next week getting the next pieced border onto the quilt top, and then, we will be on the home stretch!  Wherever you are in your progress, I hope you take a moment to share it with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

This is how mine is looking so far… how does yours look?  Notice how the black on both sides of the pieced colored squares sort of “pen in” the squares so that your eyes are drawn to look at the colored squares.

Here is a fun fact on ladybugs for you:  their average life span is 1-2 years.  I didn’t know they live that long, to be quite honest.

Before I leave, curious mind wants to know what projects you have going on besides the ladybugs.  Mine includes: magazine projects, Miss Baby’s fall dresses, Civil War Bride Quilt, and a few heirloom needlework projects.

Happy Quilting, everyone!  I shall see you again next week.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 3

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  It’s time for part 3 of our Quilt-along.  So without further ado… but before proceeding further, your quilt center now should look something like this:

Part 3:  We will be adding the colorful squares around the black sashing from part 2.  COLORS will start popping up all over the place now.

You will need for the multi-color colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:  For green, red, yellow, orange and navy polka dot fabrics, cut widthwise from each fabric one 2 1/2″ x 42″ strip.

Recut from green strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from red strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from yellow strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from orange strip, 1o 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from navy strip, 9 2-1/2″ squares


Step 2: Piece the squares together into two  separate “chains” according to the diagram below.

Sew each chain to the two opposite short sides of the quilt center.

Step 3:  Now piece the rest of the squares into another two separate “chains” as shown in the diagram below.

Sew the chains to the remaining two opposite sides.

And I pronounce you DONE for part 3! :)

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Other related happenings:

1.  Here is a picture of how mine is looking so far…


2.  I just received word from Pat of Colorado that she just received her fabrics.  Pat said, “I’ll likely end up making more then one of these because there are just too many kids out there who need a bright spot in their day, and this would really fill the bill! ”  The kids she is talking about are those in Kids in Crisis.  I think Pat is an absolute gem!

3.  Christine has some cool fabrics picked out for her project.  Check them out here.

I don’t have a fun fact for you this time, but do have a cool shopping site
where you can shop for all things ladybugs!


How is your progress coming along?  If you have progress pictures to show, do send them along to me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net or send me a link to your blog.  I would love to share with others how you are doing. :)  Meanwhile, HAPPY LADYBUG-GING!  Till next time.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 2

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Hello, my dear Quilt-along-ers! I hope my post finds you well. I have heard from several they are still waiting on fabrics. So, I thought I would just do a mini Part 2 for the latest instructions so that everyone gets a chance to catch up.

Part 2: We are adding the white on black polka dots sashing strips around the what we made in Part 1.

You will need for the multi-color colorway:

You will need for the pink/purple colorway:

Or fabric of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, three 1 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Recut one of the strips into two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″. So, now you have two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ and two 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center. I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top. Sometimes seam allowances get flipped and would end up in the wrong directions if they are placed on the bottom. I have heard that fork pins help eliminate that problem, but I haven’t tried using them yet.

This is how I pin. I find it easier to feed my fabric pieces if they are pinned this way. This is a trick my friend Wanda (a fellow Quilt-along-er) had shown me a couple of years ago, and I have loved it. My favorite pins when piecing are these and these:

Step 4:

Stitch. I like to use my piecing stitch on my Bernina (#326 on my Artista 640E) to piece instead of the default straight stitch. The stitch length for the piecing stitch I use is 2. If you don’t have a patchwork piecing stitch already set for you on your machine. You can easily reduce the stitch length on your regular straight stitch slightly shorter than the default stitching length.

Open up the strip, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Add the other 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip to the other short side.

Add the 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips to the remaining sides of the quilt center. Finger and iron press after adding each strip.

That was pretty fun, wasn’t it?  Please remember to share your pictures with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

Now, how about a ladybug fact?

“During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. The farmers called these bugs, “Beetles of Our Lady” and they eventually became known as “ladybugs”.” – from http://ladybugsite.homestead.com/

That’s it for now, my friends!  Have a lovely weekend.