Fabric Preview: Pocketful of Daisies

Hello Friends,  I want to do a quick post to let you know I am alive and well.  I have been working the last few days on a few exciting things coming up.  So, do stay tuned for details!  I hope you are all well.

I am able to share with you some fabrics I will be using into for a really sweet project.  Here you see the fat quarters from Lynette Anderson’s upcoming line, Pocketful of Daisies.  Click here to view the entire fabric range – the fabrics are really cute!

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[image source: RJR Fabrics website]

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I will be sharing with you in the near future (hopefully!) more information about a quilt Lynette and I designed with the Pocketful of Daisies fabrics. Following is a sneak peek.

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I hope you have had a great summer week so far.  Our summer has turned out to be busier than I had expected.  But I have nothing to complain about.  What do you have going on this week?  Are you doing anything special for Independence celebration later this week?

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

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p.s.  Remember I asked for your advice on my inability to comment on some blogpost blogs a few weeks ago?  Karen told me that I am able to leave comments on her blog after she switched her comment setting from “embed” to “full page”.  I am also able to leave comments on Michele‘s blog after she did the same change on her settings.   So, just sayin’…

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FREE PATTERN: Santa’s Sleigh

“… You know, Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls…” ~Lucy van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had lovely week.

And today, I am happy to share with you another free to use pattern called Santa’s Sleigh.  You have probably seen the quilt in the following ad, featured in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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Santa’s Sleigh is designed with Lynette Anderson‘s Christmas line Starry Night, released by RJR Fabrics.

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Santa’s Sleigh is a teamwork effort – I had designed the pieced portion, while Lynette Anderson designed the applique and stitchery portion.  And for the record, I always love working with the amazing Lynette!

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And here are a few pictures of the quilt (hanging at RJR’s booth) I managed to snap at Spring Market in Pittsburgh last month.  This sample you see was made by Kay Harmon, who is a great designer herself!  The beautiful quilting is done by Sew Graceful Quilting.

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Click here to download the pattern instructions.

I hope you will enjoy making Santa’s Sleigh!

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I am running behind this week because I keep finding myself oversleeping! :(  I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all, and God bless!

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My 2014 free to use designs:

[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

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

Starry Repetitions in QUILTER’S WORLD (Summer 2014)

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are well.  I did return home safely after my whirlwind Spring Quilt Market adventure!  I shall share a bit about that in a different post. For now, I am excited to share with you one of my newly featured magazine quilt, Starry Repetitions.

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Starry Repetitions is being featured in Quilter’s World summer 2014 issue.

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Starry Repetitions uses easily constructed stars in fresh fabrics to give the quilt a slightly contemporary feel to the overall appearance.

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The fabrics I used are from Lynette Anderson‘s Quilters Garden collection, released this spring by RJR Fabrics.  These fabrics aren’t foreign to this blog.  If you recall, I had shared with you two free-to-used patterns (shown in the following) I had designed with the very same fabrics (click here and here). [The instructions for Towne Square are revised — please make sure you have the updated version.]

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You will love these very sweet fabrics – be sure you check them out!

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I think my favorite part about this quilt is the quilting!  I quilted my “Blueberry Pie” motif — it is just a fancy application of pebbles — on the quilt.  Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

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I hope you have a lovely start to your week!  I will be working on a couple of new projects this week in addition to finishing up a few things I started but didn’t complete before I left for Market.

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I shall catch up with you later!

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My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

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

Free to use designs:

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

2013 Recap Series: RJR Fabrics

Hello Friends, thank you for visiting again.  I hope you know that you are always welcomed at Ivory Spring.   Before we get on with anything else, I would like to know how your Christmas preparations are shaping up.  Ours are coming along… surely.  I just have to make sure I have all the ingredients for our must-have Spinach Artichoke dip.

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If you have been visiting here a while, you will know RJR fabrics are popular on this blog!  Without delay, here is my 2013 RJR lineup:

1.  Christmastide (Fons & Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2013)

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2.  Color Burst (QUILT, June/July 2013)

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3.  Enchanted Forest (QUILT, August/September 2013)

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4.  Christmas Cheer (Quilter’s World, Autumn 2013)

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5.  In the Meadow (The Quilter, April/May 2013)

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6.  Rising Stars (The Quilter, August/September 2013, Cover Quilt)

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7.  Midnight Flurry (The Quilter, Holiday 2013)

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8.  Free Pattern: Nature’s Harmony (Silent Harmony, RJR)

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9.  Tied with a Bow (A Gingerbread Christmas, RJR)

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10.  Towne Square (Quilters Garden, RJR)

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11.  Apple Jacks (Quilters Garden, RJR)

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Thank you again for stopping by, Friends!  I hope you have enjoyed another of my “down the 2013 memory lane” post.  We will continue with our reminiscing next week.  Meanwhile, have a most blessed weekend.

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My 2013 Recap series so far…

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Cottage Chic Christmas: Sneak Peeks

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a lovely day.  I finished quilting Cottage Chic Christmas last week.  Due to my tight schedule this month, for the first time, I had someone else piece my quilt top.  My Cottage Chic Christmas quilt top was pieced by Sherry McConnell (vice-president of Quilter’s Hall of Fame).  I quilted it with free-handed floral motif to add to the fabrics that just scream Cottage Chic!

The quilt is made with RJR‘s Lansdowne Road fabrics, another winning collection by Robyn Pandolph.  So, tell me…. Robyn Pandolph, or no Robyn Pandolph for you?

Apple of My Eye in House of White Birches’ LOG CABINS TODAY


I was asked to submit designs of log cabin quilts with an “updated” twist for Log Cabins Today, published by House of White Birches.  Little did I know when I hit the send button, four of my designs would be selected.  Thus, a marathon involving getting those four quilts completed ensued sometime in October last year.  However, the trials and tribulations during the marathon are all forgotten now that the projects are reality in the newly published book.  I will be showing  my quilts featured in the book over the next few days… first up, “Apple of My Eye”!


The “apple” in the quilt is a modified log cabin block — see it, see it?


Then I used the Courthouse Steps (probably the best known variation of the Log Cabin block) to line an inner pieced border in alternating orientations for an interesting visual effect!


Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  Fabrics are a mixture from collections Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Crazy for Dots and Stripes, Jinny Beyer Palette, and Pindot — all by RJR.


“Log Cabins Today”  has a total of 32 projects, and is available from Clotilde in print and electronic versions.  I had fun browsing through the other projects in the book.  I found a star quilt that I would like to make for myself… when I get some spare time (hahaha!)


Thanks for stopping by.   Come back tomorrow for another of my Log Cabins Today’s quilts!

Tea with me: Sneak Peek #1

RJR will be releasing Tasha Tudor’s A for Anabelle fabric collection later this year.

I absolutely adore Tasha Tudor, and I am tickled pink for getting to work with these sweet sweet fabrics. You can guess what is the destiny of this quilt, can’t you? ;) More sneak peeks later. This teacup and saucer set is part of an heirloom teaset I had bought years ago for my intended child, now knowns as Miss Baby.


And thus, the teacup applique on one of the blocks.  I added some hand stitchery to perk up the teacup.  I love to do machine embroidery when I can afford the time, but sometimes, I feel like nothing can compare with the effect from doing something by hand.

This is the sample for a kit project to be released later in three different colorways – pink, green and blue.  More details on that when I get them.   For now, all I can say is this sweet little quilt is going to be displayed at Quilt Market in Houston later this month!!!   Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by. I am going to disappear in Anabelle’s world for a bit. Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for these fabrics to appear at your local quilt shops!

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!


Quilting Sneak Peek on “Bloom Wherever You Are”

My, my!!! I absolutely enjoyed quilting this little quilt with the Hobbs Heirloom’s Tuscany Silk batt. It has a soft and luxurious feel right out of the package. Right then, I knew it would be fun to quilt on it. It doesn’t have as airy of a loft as the Tuscany Wool batt, and it conforms to shaping very well. It does not tretch as much as the wool batt with dense quilting, so I hardly had to square up the quilt after I was finished. All I can say about the Tuscany Silk batt is, it ROCKS! Here are some sneak peeks on the quilting:

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day goes well for you.

Bloom Wherever You Are – “Sneak Peek”

I had the greatest time making the double tulip blocks using the “Always in Bloom” fabrics by RJR:

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I was a little bit surprised, but not in a bad way, at the “abstract” look contributed by the green as well as the white/multi-color confetti fabrics. I think the green confetti fabric really adds interest to the tulip “leaves”:

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I actually get to use a silk batting (YES, SILK!!) for this quilt. I will let you know how I like it. I have never quilted with a silk batt before, so I am looking forward to using it.  As always, the quilt will be shown in its entirety when it is officially featured in The Quilter‘s January issue.  The magazine is hitting the newsstands in November this year.

Thank you again for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your little visit.

Bloom wherever you are

Hello again!  I hope all is well with you.  I received more sample yardages for another upcoming quilt that is to be featured in the January 2010 issue of “The Quilter“.

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These flowery fabrics are just delightful to the eyes.  They are from RJR’s “Always in Bloom” collection:

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I will have more pictures to show you later.  Meanwhile, I hope you bloom wherever you are!  Tootles.

A surprise from an unorthodox practice

It was 3am in the morning. The last thing I wanted to do was to trim away the salvages of the fabric before piecing the quilt backing. So, I just pieced the quilt backing, with the salvage uncut. At this point, I was thinking that my quilting teacher Barbara is probably going to think I have totally lost it. But it was 3am, and I was on a deadline, and I really wanted to get some sleep before the challenges at daybreak descend upon me…

After the quilt was done, I gingerly turned the quilt over as I covered my eyes with my hand, and peeked through my fingers in an attempt to inspect my work as a result of compromise in a moment of fleshly weakness. Oh, just the sound of that word makes me cringe as I often regard myself a principled quilter!

But wait… it actually looks quite cool, albeit unorthodox. Keeping the salvage actually documents the details on the fabric collection for me! I am sure this is not the conventional practice for any show quilts, but I have to say my compromise did bring me a rather pleasant surprise!

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Here, you can see Sue one last time before she heads out the door to Maine for a few months before returning to me. If all things go well, she will be featured in Quilter’s World in Feb 2010:

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Oh, another trick when you are on a pinch if you are one who finishes the binding on by hand! I use my #7 darner needle instead of the in betweens to sew down the binding by hand if I am in a hurry. The darner needle is at least 2.5 times longer #11 in-between needle I normally use. It is more substantial, and you can get more bite out of it even though the effect doesn’t look as fine. But, if you are in a hurry…. and the quilt is not a show quilt…. it is worth the speed! And really, I am a principled quilter — and you go, yeah right!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a special weekend. I will finally be able to get to all your emails and comments. My next quilt will be a commemorative quilt — easy but cute, stay tuned!