Thread Journey: My Quilting Heart and Soul & Behind the Scenes!

You might empathize with this sentiment…. sometimes you just sink your entire heart and soul into a project, not necessarily quilting.  My Thread Journey is my most recent heart-and-soul (quilty) project!  It was made as a companion piece for my Subtle Strings Thread collectionYou may remember it hanging at Aurifil‘s booth at Fall Houston Market last year.  You have seen pictures of the quilt quite often on this blog post-Market…

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Thread Journey is my heart-and-soul project because I sought to encompass all that I have learned about quilting (particularly domestic machine quilting) since I took up quilting in 2005, from not ever touching a sewing machine to the present.  It is a quilt of my own original design, and I stayed up many a night just thinking about the design, and colors!  The quilt also has little details from my previous quilts to tie in the “journey” part.

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Thread Journey is being shown in Alex Veronelli’s (of Aurifil) lectures this year.  A great honor.  I actually have a “behind the scene” story to share about Thread Journey.  I would like the story to be more dramatic, but it isn’t really.

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September through November last year were probably the most stressful months I remember experiencing the entire year last year.  I had three trips to make within the span of 3 1/2 weeks that included Market, teaching at Annie’s Craft Festival, and filming three new online classes back to back.  And of course, with each trip, I had to carve out a large chunk of time to make sure things are in order at home (i.e., laying out Miss Baby’s clothes, getting her schedule written out etc) before I could leave in good conscience.  And then, there’s packing props and things which always make me feel uncertain because I was scared to death I would forget something!!!

And of course, a huge (not size, but of importance) prop that I was bringing with me to Fall Market last year was my Thread Journey quilt… because it was going to hang at Aurifil‘s booth!  I took it with me in my carry-on, for fear of losing it if packed in my checked baggage.

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I had fallen sick right up till Market… so, that hampered the progress of my work quite a bit.  I managed to finish quilting the quilt the night before I was to catch my flight to Houston.  I remembered having lunch with Miss Baby on the day I left because I knew I won’t be picking her up as I usually do.  Then off to the airport I went, sharing a van ride with a couple of very cool veterans, one of whom is now an accomplished artist!  As much as I enjoyed the navy officer-turned-artist story, I was thinking about… how unfinished my Thread Journey was:  the binding was not done, the yoyo’s weren’t made, the hand embroidery not yet completed…

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Now, you are SO un-impressed by the way I roll…. yeah, I can understand why!  Last year was an exceptionally busy year for me!   Long story short, I slept little night after I checked into the hotel, and managed to finish up the quilt exactly at 9:45am the following morning when I was supposed to bring by the finished quilt, my heart-and-soul quilt!  That sense of relief — it is unexplainable!!!!  Hearing quilters’ kind words on the quilt at Market meant the world to me.

I was able to have Thread Journey back with me for a few days last month.  For the first time after I completed the quilt, I relived the moments of making the quilting up to the finishing point…. I realized it truly has been a journey!!! I took quite a few more pictures before I sent it on its way again… the following is one of them:

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AND – the journey is continuing, so to speak.  I am re-making this quilt, and will be offering this design as a free pattern in the near future so that we can share a quilting journey/adventure together.  Check back on this blog, and stay tuned for details!

p.s.  If you are new to this blog, Thread Journey’s Fall Market adventure is documented here.

FREE PATTERNS: Aquarium & Glass Bottom Boat with Windham’s Aquatic

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Things remain happening at my end with way too many errands to run!   I am preparing a little Valentines Day homework for those of you who do free-motion quilting.  Please bear with me while I get that ready for you in a few days. :) Meanwhile, I have a couple of free patterns to share.

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What do you think of a couple of aquatic-themed designs, both designed with Windham’s Aquatic fabric line?

Today, we have:

#1.  Aquarium

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#2. Glass Bottom Boat

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Click here to find out more the the Aquatic fabrics.  Do check out their focal print!!!

Click here to download Aquarium pattern instructions.

Click here to download Glass Bottom Boat pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have liked seeing my Aquatic designs!  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

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

 

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)

February: Aquarium using Aquatic (Windham Fabric)

February: Glass Bottom Boat using Aquatic (Windham Fabrics)

Tulips Quilt with Windham’s Flower Pedals

Happy Friday and Weekend, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.   To close out this week, how about another free-to-use pattern that I had designed using Windham’s Flower Pedals fabric line?  This quilt was SO fun to design. It is also easy and quick to put together – perfect for a little girl’s bed!

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The Tulips Quilt sample was displayed at Quilt Market in Houston last fall.  The fabrics are truly amazing!  You need to check with your local quilt shops to see if they are carrying the fabrics or the quilt kits!

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Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download free-to-use pattern.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a most wonderful weekend — it will soon be “tulip” weather, even if I am still seeing snowbanks wherever I go!  HA!

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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

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

 

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)

Free Pattern: Farfalle with Windham’s Whisper

Hello Friends, it’s Friday again! :)  I hope you have had a good week.  It’s time for me to share another free-to-use pattern — Farfalle using Windham’s Whisper fabric group.  This is my fun and a bit modern take on the traditional basket blocks.

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Click here to view the fabric collection.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

Kudos to the Windham team for coming up with such a cute name for the design.  For the record, I am absolutely, woefully hopeless coming up with names!  So I generally leave the naming part to the companies, and they never disappoint…

Thanks for stopping by!  I want to hear from you if you are going to make Farfalle! :)  Have a great weekend, Dear Friends!

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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

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

 

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)

Snowbirds in FONS & PORTER’S QUILTING QUICKLY (November/December 2015) & Giveaway!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Where I am at, we are currently living like snowbirds in a giant ice chest… we got snow last night… we haven’t even had the “epic” snowstorm/blizzard predicted for us this weekend. All the snow stuff gives me the perfect excuse to share my Snowbirds quilt with you!   The quilt was featured in Fons and Porter’s Quilting Quickly (November/December 2015) issue.

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Snowbirds is totally precuts friendly, and a quick and easy to make and finish lap quit that will surely sweeten anyone’s life.  I love the mix of black, brown, green, orange, purple and pink together.  I had used a Katherine Ann Patty Cake, designed by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.

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Here are a couple more pictures… here you see the quilt with my favorite childhood books that are now also Miss Baby’s, and her “Kotik” (after the white seal in The Jungle Book).

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I quilted feathers in the style of “trip around the world” using Aurifil 50 wt thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  These are long feathers compared to the usual ones I quilt. It’s always more difficult to quilt large on a domestic machine.  If you do, make sure you know your stitching path well.

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GIVEAWAY:  RJR Fabrics is generously sponsoring the giveaway of a Kathrine Ann Fat Quarter bundle. THANKS, RJR Fabrics!

TO ENTER:  Between now and next Thursday (1/28/2015)leave a comment and tell me what your favorite theme(s) for fabric lines is – kids, florals, novelty, etc.  Winner will be announce the following Monday.

MEANWHILE, you may watch a video tutorial hereand purchase the quilt kit here.

I am still running late — and haven’t had a chance to catch up on your emails and blog comments.  Hope to get to them soon.  However, I did find this gem of advice from a Dove chocolate wrapper my husband left on my work desk a couple of days ago… NOW, I know why I am always running behind on things – I am not staying up until the sun rises!!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  You all take care, and enjoy the rest of your day!

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p.s.  You might think you had seen the fabrics featured on this blog.  You did!!!  I had another editorial feature with the same fabrics — Sherbet Stars in McCall’s Quilting (Jan/Feb 2016).  Click here to view more pictures.

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Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

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

 

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)

FREE PATTERN: Wish You Were Here

Hello Friends,  I am excited to share with you a free-to-use pattern today!  Wish You Were Here was a line that debuted at Houston Fall Market last year.  The picture shows the sample quilt being hung at Hoffman Fabrics’ booth at Houston last year.

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The fabric line features the Paris and Rome versions – where scenes of Paris and Rome are printed on the fabrics. The idea behind the quilt design was to cut up the prints and incorporate them into “stamps” — thus the stamp liked blocks sprinkle all over the quilt designs.

Here is the Rome version:

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Here is the Paris version:

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Click here to view the fabric line.

Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

I hope you have liked my touristy Wish You Were Here quilt design.  NOW, I am curious to know if you have a place you should dearly like to visit but haven’t.

Thanks for stopping by!  Back to work I go…. Have a most blessed 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

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

 

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)

Monday Miscellaneous

Happy Monday, FRIENDS!  Here’s to a great week for all of us!!  I have a few things to cover here…

First off, I just finished proofing the upcoming online/video quilting classes.  Annie’s is adding a few more domestic machine quilting classes in the near future, in addition to the two I did for them: Learn to Machine Quilt, and Machine Quilting Level 2.  I have to say having to watch and listen to myself is the most painful and un-enjoyable part for me in the entire process of getting an online class to happen!  Alas, in viewing these “almost final” cuts, I am having to face the fact that I speak with a Southern Twang, haha… when I really would like to speak crisp English like Queen Elizabeth II!

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Behind the scenes – these online class projects start with a phone call/email, and then, writing a proposal, making the sample(s), scripting the video shoot, revisions, prepping to leave town, the actual shoot, sitting in the plane and sighing sighs of relief on the way back, and a few weeks later, proofing the almost final cut of the video class.  You may click here and here to read more about my current two classes.

Speaking of my online machine quilting classes, I am happy to announce the winner of my Machine Quilting Level 2 class from last week’s giveaway: Donna W!  Congrats!  An email have been sent to you, Donna… and someone from Annie’s will get you set up!

Do stay tuned for more giveaways…. there will be another one this week.  “Fabrics” is the word for our next giveaway here. :)

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I had mentioned to you the exciting news of being included in the Aurifil Designer Team for 2016.

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I am even more thrilled to share with you the news that Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft has shared her block for the month of January! I hope you (or even your quilt group) are joining in making this mystery quilt?  Click here to get to know Heather, admire and download her block pattern for free, AND make the block for yourself.  It is a fun block. I am sewing along — and hope to share my block with you later this week… because I am waiting for fabrics! :) Imagine that… haha!

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Meanwhile, due to popular demand for Miss Baby’s artwork (seriously, what am I… chopped liver? haha!), I thought I would share one she drew recently of Miss Clara Clavel and the girls from the beloved Madeline series.

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Miss Baby also had a stitching finish!!!  She finished her Angels ornament by Country Cottage Needleworks. The following is the designer’s original version.

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Image source: Country Cottage Needleworks

Miss Baby wanted a more “diversified” representation — thus the different hair colors.

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Now that she has finished this ornament, she has a VERY ambitious project coming up.  I am not that certain about it because it is going to be HUGE . But who am I to dissuade her?  I am a firm believer of gaining confidence in doing things out of one’s comfort stitching zone.  So, I think we should just go along, and see where it takes Miss Baby… shall we?  I will have updates once I get the threads, fabrics and chart ready for her for the big reveal.

Meanwhile, I am preparing these fabrics from Windham FabricsBasic Lines for a fun and exciting project using my Aurifil Subtle Strings thread box. More details to follow…. and hopefully you will want to be a part of the excitement. :)

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That’s it for now, Friends!  The pattern instructions aren’t going to write themselves… so, I have to get back to work, as much as I would love to just sit and chat with you.  Have a lovely day, and Happy Week to all of you!

FREE PATTERN: Star Dust

Happy Friday, Friends.  I hope you have had a great week.  Mine went by too fast without enough things checked off my list.  So I will be working this weekend.  But enough about my trials and tribulations…

I am happy to share with you a free-to-use pattern, Star Dust, that I had designed to support Benartex‘s Brittany fabric group.  Brittany has a very Provencal look, which many of us love!

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Click here to view the entire Brittany fabric line.

Click here to download Star Dust free-to-use pattern instructions.

So what do you think of Star Dust?

I will catch up with you again next week!  I hope you have a most blessed weekend.

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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

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

 

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)

 

FREE PATTERN: Big Love with Windham’s Go Big or Go Home

Happy Friday, Friends!  I am making baby-step progress with what I have to get done this week!  But overall it’s been a great week for my little family.  We are back to our normal routine with school, music practice etc!

I think I had mentioned to you I have been doing some design work for Windham Fabrics.  I am happy to be able to start sharing with you some of the designs that highlight the current, new and upcoming Windham lines.  First off for today, I have Big Love using Windham’s Go Big or Go Home fabric line.

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This is a fun and colorful contemporary line.  I had the most fun working with the fabrics because they got me out of my usual stuffy and reserved self.  I also have an additional project done with these fabrics that I will share with you later!

Click here to view the fabrics.

Click here to download the free-to-use pattern instructions.

Click here to view my other designs I had done for Windham.

Thanks so much for stopping by — I hope you have a lovely weekend!  I will catch up with you next week!

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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

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

 

Free-to-use Designs:

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

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

Creative New Quilts & Projects Project Highlight #3: Crossings (Cover Quilt)

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a wonderful time wrapping your last year end and stellar start to your new year!  I have appreciated all the New Year wishes you have sent my way!  You all are sweet.  Let’s start off our new year at Ivory Spring with something colorful, shall we?

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There was not much doubt in our minds (mine and my publisher’s) that this quilt would probably be the book cover quilt as soon as it was completed.  The quilt very effectively captured my love for colors.  I think I have mentioned to you I am not classically trained in art, and so, I actually do not use a color wheel to pick colors for my designs.  I have a rather haphazard approach when it comes to incorporating colors in my quilt – I just throw them all in to see what I get.  BUT, I do make sure I use a ground color or two to balance out all the colors.  In my Crossings quilt, I used a really light gray that is almost white.

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This quilt is made with fat quarters from Quilting Treasures’ basic lines – Lola Textures and Quilting Temptations.  I actually really like designing with basic fabric lines.  You can see the actual fabrics I use better in the picture below. You will also be able to see the really light gray polka dot fabric I used as the ground fabric.  It is the soft gray mini dot fabric from Quilting Treasures’ Sorbet collection.  Do check with your local fabric stores to see if they carry these very versatile fabrics.  Nonetheless, I imagine you can easily come up with substitutes to make your own colorful Crossings quilt!  I want to talk to you if you are going to use batiks!

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I am not sure if you remembered my “Engineer vs. Artist” post from last year.  Well, my Crossings quilt was the battleground where the battle between the Engineer and Artist took place within in.  You can read more about it here.  In the end, I am really glad the Artist won in quilting this quilt.  The entire quilt is free-motion quilted with my Roundabout Feathers, only placed randomly all over the quilt.  The stitching path and schematic of the basic Roundabout Feathers are included in the book.

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Here are a few pictures of the quilt front.

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I used Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads to quilt over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.  The slight poof from the feather quilting over the silk batting complemented the quilt top colors nicely.

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I thought I would also point out to you the yellow thread I used to quilt the quilt instead of the tone-on-tone light gray or white.   Nowadays, I have pretty much used slightly contrasting threads against the quilt fabrics for added visual interest in the final quilt.  So, don’t be afraid to buy color threads when you out shopping. :)  The thread color below looks almost taupe-ish, but it is yellow!

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Speaking of slightly contrasting quilting, have you checked out my Subtle Strings collection that has all my favorite quilting colors?  These shades work equally well for hand applique.  I am working on a hand applique project in my spare spare time… I will share pictures once I get enough done, and guess what thread I am using for the hand applique?  :)

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Click here to read more about my book Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash.  Do also send me pictures of your quilts made from patterns in the book.  I always love to see your projects.

Before I sign off for today, I thought I would share another picture from my artist-in-residence. :)

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Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and Happy Week!  Blessings to you all.

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)

Needles and Pins in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 76)

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are well.  I have SO enjoyed the comments you left on yesterday’s post.  Your Christmas traditions and memories are precious!  I am planning to have a couple more posts where we all can share about our Christmas sentiments before Christmas is actually here.

Today, I am sharing with you my Needles and Pins quilt that is featured in the latest issue (No. 76) of Australian Quilters Companion.  I am in love with the following styled shot of the quilt that is shown in the magazine spread.

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photo credit: Australian Quilters Companion

This quilt is for all the nine-patch-ers out there! :) I used the double patch blocks to frame a framed modified nine-patch block.  So, if you like chain-piecing or making nine-patch blocks, I think you will have fun with this project.

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This quilt was made with fabrics from RJR’s Needle and Pins line, designed by my friend Lynette Anderson.

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For my US friends, you may purchase or subscribe to the magazine in digital format by clicking here.  I have heard from some of you who subscribe digitally that you have been really happy with your subscription.  THANK YOU for sending me your feedback.

Lynette’s fabrics are always filled with fun little details.  So, in order to fit as many fabrics as I could in the quilt, I finished off the design with a pieced outer border.

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I quilted an allover swirly vine in the quilt center, and finished off with an informal feather in the outer border.  It might be hard to see, but I actually used a really nice soft blue Aurifil Mako 50 thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.

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I hope you have enjoyed Needles and Pins.  This was a relaxing quilt to make.  I had made it right before Spring Quilt Market earlier this year, after I turned in all the projects for my book Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash.  It’s always thrilling to me to have something featured in Australian Quilters Companion.  I am excited to have a couple more projects scheduled for feature next year in the same publication. [Click here in case you are interested in the other quilt in the following picture.]

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Thank you for stopping by!  You ladies are so dear to me.  Hugs to you all.

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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)