Coxcombs and Berries in THE QUILTER (December 2011/January 2012)

The traditional Coxcomb patterns date back to the 1860’s.  I was able to locate online one made in 1853 by Elizabeth E. Stark of Kansas.  You will notice that Mrs. Stark’s quilt is made in the red/green, not uncommon from that period in history.

I used fabrics from Henry Glass‘ Love-Joy-Peace-Noel collection to make  a playful Christmas version of this traditional pattern.  Navy is introduced into the traditional red/green mix.  The quilt is featured in The Quilter‘s December 2011/Jauary 2012 issue.


Some dense quilting (feathers, McTavishing) is thrown into the mix too!  Quilting is done unmarked and free-handed, using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batt.


This is how the back looks.  The editorial staff at THE QUILTER kindly included a full shot of the quilt back in the magazine spread.


Applique was done using the machine fusible method.  I used Steam-A-Seam2 by Warm Company.


Buttons and a yoyo contributed to the playful elements of this quilt:


I was very happy at how this quilt turned out.  It is one of my all-time favorites.  You will understand why I will be using it only for display and not at the table, won’t you? :)  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Christmas cheer to all of you!

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Winter Bouquet in THE QUILTER (December 2011/January 2012)


The editorial staff at The Quilter did a marvelous job with photographing my Winter Bouquet quilt for their December 2011/January 2012 issue.

[photo from http://www.thequiltermag.com]

While playing outside with Miss Baby, I sneaked in some time to do a photo shoot of the quilt in a more rustic setting… just because I was afraid I might not get another free moment as the day progressed.


This is a pieced and applique quilt using Blank Quilting’s Plum Rose collectiongloriously beauuuuuutiful fabrics!


I had a “now you see her, now you don’t” moment when I was snapping the pictures:


Quilting is a mix of pebbles and feathers using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.


Applique was fusible machine applique. I used Warm Company‘s Steam-A-Seam2 for my fusible.

I can’t say enough how much I like the new “What’s on the Back” feature introduced in this latest issue of The Quilter – you will get to see the backs of the featured quilts. To me, it’s like sneaking a peek into a celebrity’s private life.


This tabletopper quilt is 44 1/2″ x 44 1/2″ finished. Kits are available from www.heartbeatquilts.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed Winter Bouquet.

Thread Talk feature in THE QUILTER (December 2011/January 2012)

Be on a lookout for the upcoming issue of The Quilter (December2011/January 2012). The magazine will be on sale November 8th, but I suspect some of you who subscribe have already received your copies in the mail:


One of my Thread Talk posts “Swirly Tails” was picked up by the editor for publish. I am so excited!


In the issue, you will also find my quilt projects – a playful version of Coxcombs and Berries,


and Winter Bouquets:

[After you have a chance to look at my Thread Talk feature in the magazine, should you have any suggestions or thoughts for the editor (whether good or bad), you may email them to me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net. I will compile your thoughts and send them along.]

p.s. #1 I am waiting for the aforementioned quilts to return to me from the editor for more picture-taking before I share about them on the blog.

p.s. #2 I have resumed working – sneak peeks within the next couple of days.

p.s. #3 A Thread Talk post about feather quilting is coming in the very near future!