More Thread Journey Sightings & (Another) FREE PATTERN using Windham’s Feedsack

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a great weekend, and your week has gotten off a great start!  We pretty much chilled after having the busy week that I had last week… with LOTS of ice cream.  Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, much welcomed by Miss Baby.  She had a total of 4 rounds of ice cream yesterday, starting from breakfast!

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Last week wrapped up the construction portion of Thread Journey Quilt-Along on Aurifil’s blog. If you haven’t joined in the fun, and would still like to… there is time!  We are having a one-month break for quilters to get caught up before diving into the quilting portion of the quilt.

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Click hereherehere for Parts 1-3 of the construction of the Quilt Top.  The quilt ends up finishing at approximately 54″ x 54″.  It is not too daunting a task to complete the quilt top.  Please send me pictures of your quilts so that I can share them with everyone!

Meanwhile, Miriam and Jody sent pictures of their quilt tops with the Ohio Star border.  Look at their beautiful versions – well done, Ladies!

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Meanwhile, here is another Sawtooth Star quilt pattern to share with you today… It’s my Sparkler design using Windham Fabrics’ new 30′ fabrics Feedsack.  I am beginning to think something is amiss with my designing mind and Sawtooth Stars. HA!

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

You can purchase the kit for a limited time here.

So — are you a 30’s fabrics person?!  I actually am, and have been hoarding quite a bit for myself to recreate an antique quilt.  I just need a bit of extra time to get started in drafting the quilt block.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a lovely rest of your week!  Hugs to you all.

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

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FREE PATTERN: Hoffman Fabrics’ Good Tidings / Christmas in July!!

Hello Friends, it’s July — and we are inching toward July ever so surely. :)  So, we’ve got to have a Christmas in July offering at Ivory Spring before July slips away.

Here is a free-to-use pattern I designed for Hoffman Fabrics to feature their new Christmas line this year, Good Tidings!  SHOCKER — another Sawtooth Star Quilt! HAHA!

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Good Tidings is a very pretty line – and if you like cardinals…. ’nuff said! :)

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download free to use pattern.

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs to you all, and have a lovely day!

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My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion: Little House on the Hill

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute

 

Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)

Benartex Fan Favorite 2016: Shimmering Constellation did win!

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again!  I received an anonymous comment on my post yesterdayand I thought I would quickly answer the question here:

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Me: Why, thank you!  No, I didn’t attend Paducah this year.  Actually, I never have.  Maybe one day…. when I think my work is display-worthy.  Right now, I think I have a long way to go on the display-worth road. :)  Quilting keeps me learning.

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A few weeks ago, I had alerted you about my Shimmering Constellation making the final round of Benartex Fan Favorite Contest this year.  Well, I am excited to share with you that Shimmering Constellation did win! :)

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You can still download the free to use pattern instructions here.

I haven’t played with Benartex fabrics much this year.  So, I am not sure if you will end up seeing my designs in next year’s Fan Favorite contest, but I have enjoyed being part of the past years’ contests.

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This year’s Benartex Fan Favorite is another win for Sawtooth Star blocks – my favorite star block! :)  And to that, I say YAY with a capital Y!

Thanks for stopping by.  I will catch up with you tomorrow.

On the Cover ALERT: Sherbet Stars in McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016)

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Hello Friends, I am still plugging along with catching up with overdue posts.  Thank you for bearing with me.  I hope you have been well, and your pre-Christmas week got off a stupendous start.  I still have a bit to do before I am ready for Christmas (including finish piecing a quilt top!).  We had traveled for Thanksgiving for a getaway this year.  So, I am making our Thanksgiving meal this weekend.  I just took the turkey out to thaw to get it ready for brining.  Before I go on, I just have to share with you one of the salt dough ornaments Miss Baby and I made over the weekend.  We are definitely sending you Christmas love from our hearts…

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Back to Sherbet Stars…. did you see the quilt on the cover – behind the chair?  This is my first time having a quilt on the cover of a McCall’s Quilting issue.  I am beyond excited. :)   Oh look – some of the quilting even shows!

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This is technically a 2016 feature in McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016) issue, but since the magazine is currently out on newsstands, I am going ahead and share about it in case you want to purchase the issue while it is still out.  Complete instructions are included in the magazine.  Even before I received my copy, Kathy B. had emailed me about spotting the quilt in the magazine. (Thanks, Kathy!!)

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Newsflash – sawtooth stars in my quilt – hehe!  I have shared with you various times I am kind of on an unofficial quest to see how many ways I can use the sawtooth star blocks in my designs.  Click here and here.  I think I am about ready to do a third installment of my sawtooth star quilts. :)

The sawtooth star blocks in Sherbet Stars are set on-point for a fun layout.  The quilt uses the Katherine Ann fabrics, designed by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.  I love the combination of brown, purple, lime green and pink together… and the stripes!

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You may purchase the quilt top kit here.

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Due to the relatively busy prints (even the ground fabric), I free-motion quilted swirls all over the quilt.   I used Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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I am hoping to be able to show you before the week is over the “fraternal twin” of Sherbet Stars – i.e., another magazine feature quilt using the same fabrics.  Perhaps you have already seen it? I tried to take the twin for a photo shoot last weekend because it was going to be warm. For some reason, the dock we went to was a bit wet and foggy. So, my photo shoot attempt was foiled and unsuccessful… so, we came home and made the aforementioned salt dough cookies.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing Sherbet Stars.  What do you think of Sherbet Stars? What do you like about it?  What don’t you like about it?

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My 2015 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 76): Needles and Pins

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Snowbirds

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Painted Snowball

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

Quilters Newsletter (October/November 2015): Sherry’s Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilter’s World (Winter 2015): Square Dance

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

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)

October: Ballet School using Tiny Dancers (Benartex)

November: Jenny Jane (Hoffman Fabrics)

November: Our Father (Quilting Treasures)

Twilight Trellis in McCALL’S QUILTING (September/October 2015)

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a blessed Thanksgiving weekend!  I took a few days off to spend with my little family, and we had a sweet time together.  I told you I would be doing photo shoots of my featured magazine quilts after my most recent trip, and I had been.  First up, we have Twilight Trellis that was featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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I love this quilt!  It is made with Chambray Rose fabrics from Windham.

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A big reason I love this quilt is because it is a simple-to-construct quilt, and the secondary design turns up a few Sawtooth Stars.  You know how I just adore Sawtooth Stars!  You may click here and here to check out my quest for ways of using Sawtooth Star blocks in my designs.

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You may purchase the exclusive quilt kit here.

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Another reason why I love this quilt is the use of stripes in the design.

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I was happy to have the help of sample maker Jennifer Green to piece the quilt top for me, and quilter Sheri Zalar to quilt the quilt.  As much as I try to make all my featured quilts, I am glad there are quilt angels out there to make my quilts happen when I am pressed for time.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing Twilight Trellis!  It’s been an absolute honor and pleasure to be able to share my designs with you!!  Here is a sneak peek of more magazine quilts I will be sharing with you… you did notice the quilt on the left has Sawtooth Stars, yes? :)

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For the first time, life is taking on a more normal routine since Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  I am cherishing the normals in my life at the moment.  I know I still owe you an announcement of the winner of a giveaway I hosted quite a few weeks ago.  I haven’t forgotten – I hope to get to it before the week ends.  And with that,  I bid you adios for now!  Till next time – Happy Monday and Happy Week to you all! p.s.  Can you believe there are still leaves on the trees?

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My 2015 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Snowbirds

Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly (December 2015): Painted Snowball

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

Quilters Newsletter (October/November 2015): Sherry’s Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilter’s World (Winter 2015): Square Dance

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

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)

October: Ballet School using Tiny Dancers (Benartex)

November: Jenny Jane (Hoffman Fabrics)

November: Our Father (Quilting Treasures)

Starry Dance in Annie’s FAT QUARTER SHUFFLE

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Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  I had shown you my Persian Rug runner (click here to view more pictures) that is featured in Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle book.

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I actually have another quilt featured in the same book.  Come meet Starry Dance!

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Starry Dance features sawtooth star blocks, constructed using exactly 6 fat quarters, with the help of a blending fabric (in this case, gray!).  The fabrics are all Riley Blake fabrics.

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From the quilt layout schematic, you will notice the palette I used for the quilt is a versatile one – the fabrics are easily substituted with fabrics of your choice.

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Here are a couple more shots of the quilt:

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And here is a block done with my favorite fabrics from the fat quarter stash:

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Due to the open layout of the quilt design, I decided to experiment with straight line quilting, with the lines criss-crossing randomly.  While a traditionalist at heart, I am nonetheless happy to dabble a little in the “modern” quilting style.  So, Starry Dance seems the perfect quilt for me to do a little experimenting with the basics before I attempt to add my own flavor to the modern quilting motif later on.IMG_4075

I do enjoy the uneven texture of the randomly criss-crossing straight lines.  The uneven texture reminds me of the fun spontaneity that peppers my stuffy, clock-work organized life from time to time.

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Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread, over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!  If you are new at my blog, check out what I have written about the thread and batting here, and here.

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I was told there are 37 shopping days till Christmas.  How are you holiday plans shaping up?  Are you doing anything this week that is Thanksgiving/Christmas related?

I hope you enjoyed my Starry Dance.  As always, I appreciate your visit.  Have a lovely week ahead, dear Friends!  Blessings to you all!

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Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:” (Amos 5:8)

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Did you miss any of my 2013 featured projects?

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Persian Rug

Australian Quilters Companion (November 2013, Cover Quilt): Farm Crossing

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Scrappy Jewel

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Winter 2013): Christmastide

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilt Trends (Fall 2013): Manhattan

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World (Winter 2013): Elephant Walk

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

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

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Midnight Flurry

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Winter Wonderland

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farmyard Crossing

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy

Benartex (November 2013): Movement in Squares using Op Art Reflections

Benartex (November 2013): Princess Aiko using Cherry Blossom Festival

Benartex (November 2013): A Midtown Story using City Construction

Benartex (November 2013): It’s Electrifying using Electric Feathers

Benartex (November 2013): Space Odyssey using I Want My Space

Benartex (November 2013): To Eternity and Beyond using I Want My Space

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Moonflower

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Tutu Cute

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (November 2013): Apple Jacks/Quilters Garden

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (November 2013): Towne Square/Quilters Garden

Rising Stars, COVER QUILT, in THE QUILTER (August/September 2013)

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Hi Friends, I am really excited to share about my Rising Stars quilt making the cover of The Quilter‘s August/September 2013 issue.  I do apologize ahead of time for the pictures being a little dark.  We have had many an overcast day of late for me to have a good photo shoot.

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I used the traditional Sawtooth Star block and its variations in the design.  It was fun playing with the placement of the blocks to come up with the final layout.

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And of course, you might recall the fabrics I used for Rising Stars are the muted and more romantic colorway of RJR‘s Claridge Manor collection.  I had asked you which colorway had grabbed your attention in this post.

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With all the white in the design, you could probably guess how I would quilt it… Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  I used a beige thread to quilt on the white area.

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Here you can see what the back of the quilt looks like.

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For those who are in love with the other colorway, I have got you covered, somehwat.  I am showing you the design in the other colorway.  The only thing I regret is that due to severe time constraint, I am not able to calculate the yardages for you.

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I hope you have enjoyed the second of my three quilts made with RJR’s Claridge Manor.  If you have missed the first one, you may click here for more information.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs to you all.

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Have you checked out my other 2013 featured projects?

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas

Mosaic Stars in QUILTER’S WORLD (October 2012)

Happy Friday, Friends!  I know I say this all the time, but I really can’t believe it’s Friday!  We are looking forward to an Artisan Fair that is happening in our area.   To me, visiting the outdoor fair booths this time of year is the perfect way to usher in the autumn season!  I want to share with you today my Mosaic Stars quilt that is featured in Quilter’s World‘s October 2012 issue.

[Image source: Quilter’s World]

Mosaic Stars is a two-block quilt with an appliqued swag border.

The palette of this quilt mixes blue with the usual autumn colors to give an updated look.  The rather unexpected use of blue also makes this quilt useable throughout the fall and winter season.  In fact, I will be working on a fall dress for Miss Baby that is blue and brown – that way I get more mileage out of the dress.  I don’t want her looking like a weirdo wearing an orange dress to church, say, in January.  But a blue and brown dress would still work well for a middle of winter dress.  Back to the quilt, the fabrics used for this quilt are from Quilting Treasures’ Autumn Bouquet collection.

Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk Batting.  If you haven’t read my articles on threads and silk batting – click here and here. I set out to quilt something that would look totally different on the back compared to what’s on the front.  If you look carefully at the following picture, you can see glimpses of the quilting scheme starting from the center of the quilt.

And here, you see it more clearly how the quilting scheme actually played out on the quilt back.  Except for those arches that were marked for me to know where the boundary was, everything else (feathering) was free-handed.  Now, you can’t quite tell from the quilting scheme how the front looks, eh?  Isn’t quilting fun — oh, how the possibilities make me swoon!

Here are a few close-ups of the front:

And here are a few close-ups of the back:

I shall stop annoying you with yet another photo showing yet more feathers.  Believe me, I took a lot more pictures of just the feathers on the back.  I hope you have enjoyed my Mosaic Stars, and I want to wish you a lovely weekend.  Till next Monday!