Around the Bend in THE QUILTER (June/July 2011)

Good day, my Friends! I hope you are doing well. I am happy to be able to finally reveal my “Around the Bend” quilt. It is officially published in the June/July issue of The Quilter!

The soft and sweet feel of this quilt is achieved by using Thimbleberries’ Moonflower fabrics by RJR! Check these fabric swatches out! Any Thimbleberries fan out there?

This quilt was set in an on-point setting. The twist I added to the design is the applique I added to the side setting triangles.

The simple floral applique shapes were then repeated in the cream border.

I purposely left the border rather plain in order to work in some fun quilting. The quilting was totally unmarked, unplanned, totally spontaneous, and free-motioned.

Threads used: Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton top and bottom, color 2310 to be exact. Batting used: Hobbs Tuscany Silk — if you have been visiting this blog for a while, you know I love that stuff!

Quilt kits are available from should you want to replicate the project sample.

And just “Around the Bend” from our front door, these azaleas are blooming this week:

Spring is finally here where we live – it will be picnic weather very soon for my little family. We are adding family picnics to Miss Baby’s repertoire of childhood experience.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic day!

Flowers Around the Bend: Final Sneak Peeks

Good morning, Friends! I am sorry for the silence on Monday. I received emails asking if I was alright… answer is yes. Thanks so much for asking – so sweet of you. The story is I have been without much sleep at all last week because of my Flowers Around the Bend quilt. I put in a couple of all nighters, and finally got it done. So, you can see that at least for me, the life of a published quilter is in no way glamorous, hehe.  In fact, my life as a work at home Mom is a lot like my life when I was in college!

I had planned to get up early (like 3am) on Monday morning to work on the paperwork stuff for Flowers Around the Bend, and squeeze in a new post for Monday before heading for a family outing. Alas, I overslept and accomplished none of the aforementioned goals. So…. that’s why you didn’t see a new post on Monday.

Sometimes, I keep a couple of prepared posts to account for situations I just described. But yours truly haven’t really gotten her life together lately… I am behind on so many things on which I desperately need to catch up. All I can say and apologize for is a woman’s work is never done! :)

Hope you enjoyed the quilted sneak peeks of my Flowers Around the Bend quilt. In case you want to get these fabrics, they are from RJR‘s Moonflower by Thimbleberries. If all things go well, you should see it in a quilt magazine in the near future. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day. I look forward to visiting with you on your blogs and catching up with you.

p.s. Previews alert!!! I just received a WHOLE bunch of quilts back…. will be showing those to you starting this week.

Flowers Around the Bend: Sneak Peek #2

As I was working on the applique part of my Flowers Around the Bend quilt, I had a revelatory thought.

I was struck by how important the supporting casts are in a quilt.  You will see what I mean.  Flowers without leaves in my applique block are horrifying to the visual sense.

But after the leaves were added, the block went through a major makeover!  Those green little nondescript pieces didn’t seem like much, but they made a huge difference.

This little exercise actually reminded me of an incident from years ago.  I was probably 14 at the time.  It was Chinese New Year, and Mom brought home from the market a huge bunch of fresh glorious flowers.  Before she left for work, she tasked me with arranging the flowers for the living room.  So, I happily worked away – clipping down the stems, and leaves unconsciously.  And in the process of clipping and clipping, I had left those flowers naked.  The floral arrangement turned out to be not so glorious (and that’s an understatement).  I will never forget my Mom’s horrified look when she got home from work that day!  Fortunately, since then, I have done slightly better….

Notice I left a lot of the leaves intact?

Back to the supporting casts… I have come to look at leaves I have to incorporate in my quilts with a renewed sense of respect after my little revelation!  I used to look at them as something I had to get through in order to complete the quilt.  But now, I see them as something essential to the final look of my quilt.  It is now a delight to work with leaves for my quilt.

When in life we take on the appearance of the supporting cast to those we love, just remember that our support to our loved ones is just as essential!  Have a nice day, dear Friends!


“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:12,27)