Windham’s Rhapsody in Blue Designs

Hello Friends, you know I am a blue and white type of gal… and I am also infatuated with history.  So, it was doubly thrilling for me to be assigned to work with Mary Koval’s new fabric line for Windham Fabrics, Rhapsody in Blue! Click here to view the collection!  If you like reproduction fabrics… you owe it to yourself to check these fabrics out.  I am totally in love with these fabrics!

#1.  Northern Star

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You may download the free-to-use pattern here.

You may purchase quilt kits here, and here.

#2.  Compass Star

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You may purchase quilt kits here and here.

#3. Blue Star (my personal favorite)

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You may purchase the kit here.

#4.  Wizards Spell

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You may purchase the kit here.

#5.  Passage of Time

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So, curious mind would like to know which is your favorite out of the 5 designs shown above?

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am still in pre-Market mode, and I leave in about a week.  So, I’d better get back to work.  I will be sharing Market peeks before I leave town.

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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 Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland 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 Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

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

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

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)

Constellation of Colors & Virtual Trunk Show #19: Sawtooth Star, Part 2

Happy Monday, Friends, I hope you have had a good weekend!  My quilting angels did it again… they were able to make yet another quilt happen for me.  I spent Friday night binding the quilt, and was able to ship off the following day Constellation of Colors!

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You know I have a Sawtooth Star Block fanatic!  Click here to see my other Sawtooth Star quilts.  Today I am sharing with you the second installment on my Virtual Trunk Show of my Sawtooth Star Quilts! Click on the quilt names for more information on individual quilts.

1.  FRESH OFF THE PRESS – All That Glitters (American Patchwork & Quilting, December 2015)

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“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

2.  Get Happy (American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar 2015 for the month of March)

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3.  Rising Stars (The Quilter, August/September 2015, Cover Quilt)

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4.  Tutu Cute Twin Quilt and Floor Pillow, a free to use pattern for Quilting Treasures

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5.  Star Struck, a free to use design for Benartex, Fan Favorite 2015

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6.  Shimmery Constellations, a free to use pattern for Benartex

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Thank you for stopping by.  I have exactly 10 days before I leave for Market.  It’s crunch time again… so, I shall run for now!

Yuletide Snowflakes in UK POPULAR PATCHWORK (December 2014)

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Hello Friends!  Happy Monday.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  My little family had a wonderful time with friends.  And I have to say it was good for me to unplug for a few days — that’s why my blog wasn’t updated for most of the week last week.  But now that we are in the leftover turkey mode, I am back to work mode!

I had shared with you about having another featured project besides my Christmas Wreath runner project that is featured in UK’s Popular Patchwork December 2014 issue.  Click here to read more about the runner.

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I am happy to share with you another Christmas project Yuletide Snowflakes.

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Many of us simply adore star blocks.  And this particular block reminds me of a snowflake, thus the name Yuletide Snowflakes for the name of my quilt.

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And I just had to use Lynette Anderson’s Starry Night fabrics to make a star quilt for the holiday season.  The Starry Night fabric line is current, and is released by RJR Fabrics.  I love adding a bit of blue in the traditional green/red mix because that way the quilt can be used throughout the winter season.

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Here are a couple more pictures of the quilt.  I always love that Lynette Anderson’s fabrics lend themselves to a scrappy look without much effort.

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I quilted allover swirl and Jester’s Hat to give a nice texture to the quilt.   The nice thing about quilting allover motifs is that once you are familiar with the stitching paths of individual motifs, you can easily customize you own quilting by combining motifs!  Quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!

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Before I leave, I thought I would give you a run down on projects I have done using the Starry Night fabrics besides Yuletide Snowflakes.  Click on project names for more information on individual projects.  I have two more Starry Night projects to share – so stay tuned.

1.  Stars Aligned in Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68)

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2.  Santa’s Sleigh

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I hope you have enjoyed Yuletide Snowflakes.  Speaking of snowflakes – we are expecting rain and sleet tonight and tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week, and HAPPY DECEMBER!!

Click here for information to purchase/subscribe to Popular Patchwork.

Click here for information on my online machine quilting class that covers free-motion quilting swirl and Jester’s Hat motifs.

Click here and here for my virtual trunk show on star quilts.

Click here and here for my virtual trunk show on Christmas projects.

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My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

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

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

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

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

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

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

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

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

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

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

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

Virtual Trunk Show #16: STARS #2

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STARS!  I am astounded by just how many quilts are made with star blocks, mine quilts and designs included.  I am happy to share with you a few more of my star quilts since my first installment of Virtual Trunk Show on Star Quilts (posted here).  Click on quilt names for additional information for each design.

1.  Urban Stars (Quilt Trends, Winter 2014)

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2.  Starry Repetitions (Quilter’s World, Summer 2014)

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3.  Urban Oasis (Quilter’s World, Spring 2014)

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4.  Forest Floor (A Free to Use Pattern for Lecien)

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5.  Country Stars (A Free to Use Pattern for Lecien)

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

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7.  Solar Star (Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts, May 2014)

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8.  Starry Dance (Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle, October 2013)

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9.  Towne Square (A Free to Use Pattern for RJR Fabrics)

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10.  To Eternity and Beyond (A Free to Use Pattern for Benartex)

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11.  Space Odssey (A Free to Use Pattern for Benartex)

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12.  Stardom (Annie’s Row Quilts: Longitude & Latitude)

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13.  Plain & Fancy (A Quilting Treasures BOM Quilt)

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I hope you have liked my starry quilts.  There is another reason why stars keep appearing in my quilts — you see, Miss Baby has been practicing her Twinkle Variations on her violin at least once a day, almost everyday, for the last 8 months, and is continuing to do so!  One can’t really blame me for seeing stars as I go about my daily life routines, eh? :)

So, what do you think of star blocks or star quilts?  Do you like making them as much as I do?

Thanks for stopping by.   I always appreciate your visits and comments.

p.s.  Click here in case you are wanting to know more about the stitched monogram piece.

Stardom in Annie’s ROW QUILTS, LONGITUDES & LATITUDES

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Hello Friends, it’s lovely to have you visit again!  This is another overdue post of an editorial feature that has been official for a couple of months… but I am glad I am finally getting to it, and it is the last one in my pile of overdue posts.  Meet Stardom that is featured in Annie’s book Row Quilts – Longitudes & Latitudes.   The book is available for purchase here.

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Stardom  is a music themed quilt that features different variations of the sawtooth star blocks.

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Isn’t the Sawtooth Star one of the most fun blocks, ever?

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Stardom uses fabrics from Benartex’s Concerto fabrics!  These fabrics are MUST HAVES for music lovers!  Click here to view what this fabric range has to offer.

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I used the “Composer’s Ombre Gold” swatch in the border — I love love love this swatch!

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I pieced and quilted the quilt with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads – no surprise there, right?!  Batting is Hobbs‘ Tuscany silk batt.  I have talked about my choices of thread and batting here, and here.

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My Miss Baby had another milestone over last weekend.  The little Miss had her first recital!

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I was thoroughly stressed out over it, but not Miss Baby.  She did fine.  It seems a bit silly now thinking about just how stressed I was.

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So, I would love to hear any recital stories you might have – and tips too if you care to share!    Also, I would love to hear if you have ever made a musical quilt.

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Thank you again for stopping by!  I hope you have liked Stardom.  I shall catch up with you later, after I catch up on a bit of rest!

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Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

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

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

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

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

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

Pam’s Star Quilts!

Hello Friends,  I want to thank you for all your encouraging comments regarding my UFO Fiasco.  I shall charge on and finish up the smocking.  I worked on it a little last night, and I don’t have much more to do before that part is done.

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A few weeks ago, I posted the following in my “Starry Host” preview:

“The reason I like making star blocks is because they draw my thoughts heavenward.  I cannot help but hear in my mind the words “I see the stars” from the great hymn “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg sung in Mandarin.  Whenever I hear that hymn, I am prompted to step away from my immediate concerns of life, and just focus on the bigger picture for a moment…

What are your feelings toward star blocks?  Are star blocks some of your favorite blocks to make?  Do star blocks invoke any special thoughts in you?”

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Pam in Oregon wrote to me, and shared a special star quilt she made in 2005.

“I, too, like star blocks.  They are versatile.  They can be whimsical or “serious.”  One of my favorite star block quilts was done for my grandson, Sam.  Sam’s daddy is an Air Force Navigator, and part of his training was to learn to “shoot cel” navigate by the stars and not just by GPS!  As his mom, I suggested –that he learn that skill very well because ‘ya never know when someone will shoot the satellites down.  Anyway, Sam’s quilt is star blocks and star fabrics with hand quilted stars in them.  I called it “Shootin’ Cel.”

I love to hear the story behind a quilt, and Pam’s is a touching one!  And little Sam is blessed to have Pam as his grandmother.

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Pam also sent pictures of a recently completed star quilt for her newest daughter-in-law.  I have a suspicion Pam’s daughter-in-law must be quite the star in her new family to receive such a beautiful quilt. ;)

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Pam ‘s quilts are no strangers to Ivory Spring readers, you may recall  seeing her quilts here.  Thank you, Pam, for sharing your work!  You must be just the star in your family, making treasured heirlooms for them!

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I love that you are such an interactive bunch — I love receiving pictures and emails from you all.  So keep them coming.  Meanwhile, I am down with a cold again and still trying to work.  Please pray for me. I am going to lay down for a bit, but not before telling you that you are all stars in my book!