Hello Friends! I hope you are doing well. Many of you have seen my Nestlings wall banner that was featured in The Quilter magazine a few years ago.
I am SO excited now my friends in the UK will be able to access the pattern in the September 2014 issue of UK’s Popular Patchwork magazine! My US friends may find out more on how to subscribe to Popular Patchwork by clicking here.
A Mother’s Love is a remake of Nestlings in very soothing colors, using Lynette Anderson’s newly released A Pocketful of Daisies fabrics, released by RJR Fabrics.
Here are a couple more shots of A Mother’s Love.
I normally don’t remember to take the “before quilting” shot, but I did for A Mother’s Love. It is my firm belief that quilting adds the third dimension to a two-dimensional unquilted quilt top.
The transformation is amazing, isn’t it? Here are a few quilting close-up pictures to share with you. I used Aurifil Mako 50 threads for the applique, piecing as well as quilting. Batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Wool. Talking about adding dimensional effects, Hobbs wool batting does the job perfectly… and beyond!
A Mother’s Love is my little tribute to celebrate motherhood. I know Miss Baby won’t always stay in my little nest, but I do treasure the special moments I have with her — like when she told me when she grows up, she is going to just be a woman and live with me for the rest of her life. And that she and I will make quilts to earn our living.
I leave you with the poem The Mother’s Hymn, by William Cullen Bryant. My heart’s cry is aptly expressed in the last stanza:
Lord, who ordainest for mankind
Benignant toils and tender cares!
We thank Thee for the ties that bind
The mother to the child she bears.
We thank Thee for the hopes that rise,
Within her heart, as, day by day,
The dawning soul, from those young eyes,
Looks, with a clearer, steadier ray.
And grateful for the blessing given
With that dear infant on her knee,
She trains the eye to look to heaven,
The voice to lisp a prayer to Thee.
Such thanks the blessed Mary gave,
When, from her lap, the Holy Child,
Sent from on high to seek and save
The lost of earth, looked up and smiled.
All-Gracious! grant, to those that bear
A mother’s charge, the strength and light
To lead the steps that own their care
In ways of Love, and Truth, and Right.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely week!
Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.
My 2014 lineup to date —
Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom
Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star
Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned
Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home
Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall
McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend
McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared
McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching
Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences
Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars
Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis
Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day
The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up
The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail
The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View
The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise
Free to use designs / PDF download:
January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex
January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex
January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex
February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures
February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures
March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures
March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex
March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex
March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex
April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures
April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures
May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex
May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex
May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex
June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures
June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics
June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures
August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex
August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures
August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex
August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex