Kits and Such

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again.  I have been having so much fun reading what shade you are in my RJR What Shade Are you Giveaway post here.  Keep those comments coming!

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Every so often, I get emails asking for kits of my designs. I am happy to share with you a few that are currently out there…

#1.  Springtime Butterflies in Craft of Quilitng catalog – click here to view and purchase.

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#2.  Constellation of Colors (Keepsake Quilting) – click here to view and purchase

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#3.  At the Aquarium (Keepsake Quilting) – click here to view and purchase

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#4.  Gears (Keepsake Quilting Exclusive) – click here to view and purchase

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#5.  Butterfly Garden (Keepsake Quilting Exclusive) – click here to view and purchase

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#6.  Postage Stamp Runner (Keepsake Quilting Exclusive) – click here to view and purchase

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#7.  Snowbirds – click here to view and purchase

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#8.  Painted Snowballs (Keepsake Quilting) – click here to view and purchase

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Meanwhile, if you are wondering what you can do with the empty Aurifil thread spools… at our house, we are using them as stands of paper finger puppets. :o)  See, Aurifil isn’t just for threads… :o)

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What Shade Are You FQ Bundle Giveaway

Hello Friends, I am excited to share the news that RJR Fabrics is generously sponsoring a giveaway of a FQ Bundle of fabrics used to my Blueberry Pie House!

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Leave a comment between now and this Friday, and tell me what shade you are, in order to win this FQ bundle! Winner will be announced next Monday.

Little House on the Hill in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 79)

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Hello Friends, and Happy Monday (what’s left of it at my end!).  I came through a mostly working weekend, and was able to ship out a quilt top this morning!  Today’s post is a celebration of friendship across the deep vast ocean — I am happy to share with you a collaborative project between myself and Lynette Anderson, featured in the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion — Little House on the Hill!

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This sweet little wallhanging is made with Lynette’s new fabric line Highland, released by RJR Fabrics.  I was particularly excited about this line with Lynette’s artwork being presented in richer colors!  Little house on the Hill is the first of three editorial features I have using these fabrics!

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Though small, this project covers applique, straightforward and template piecing – perfect for a teaching project!

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So the applique is done by machine fusible method.  The buttonhole stitches are done with Aurifil 50 wt cotton.

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The quilting is also done with the Aurifil 50 wt cotton over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.  I used a variegated thread.

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The full instructions with templates for the piecing and applique (& stitchery) come with the magazine issue.  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.  I highly recommend this magazine!  I am bringing it with me to sneak in some reading while I am taking notes during Miss Baby’s music lesson! :o)

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a most lovely week!  Hugs to you all.

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 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)

RJR Fabrics What Shade Are You? Blog Hop!

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Well, you could probably guess… :)

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Being a part of this blog hop has been one of the ways I chased off the blues from missing Spring Quilt Market at Salt Lake City. TOTALLY lame pun!  :o)  Come meet my Blueberry Pie House wallhanging!

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Working on Blueberry Pie House has been a personal challenge to me to see if I could design a quilt from one main color group of solids.  It was really fun, and I have really liked the effect of the blues mixed in with the grays.

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See the grapevine wreath quilted on the door?  I have to say that wreath is probably my favorite thing on the entire quilt. :)

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You see why with all the blues, I named my little wallhanging Blueberry Pie House….

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And I even quilted “blueberries”…. they are basically just swirls that stand out from being quilted in a tighter fashion! You can read about my basic swirls here, and once you master the curves, you can have a lot of fun modifying the motifs for various purposes/looks.

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If you take a good look, and I hope you can see it…. these blueberries and background quilting are quilted with a light light blue thread.  I like the subtle blue quilting that shows on the white solid.  You can also read about my thoughts on subtle contrast in quilting here and, and the eventual curating of a thread collection for Aurifil here.

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One other thing I was really thrilled about was how the solids highlighted the quilting so well.  I don’t often work with just solids.  So, I think working on Blueberry Pie House just opened up a whole new world to me!

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The other thing I wanted to point out is that I think I am getting more adventurous in my old age.  I used to only quilt with Aurifil’s 50 wt cotton.  For Blueberry Pie House, I actually used the 40wt, except for the blueberry/background quilting where I still used the 50wt (only because I didn’t have a light light blue in the 40wt). I hope you can see the difference in thread weight makes between the background quilting (50wt), and the pebble quilting done on the house (40wt).  You can read about my review on the Aurifil 40wt here.

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Well, would you like to make this little wallhanging?  It is not large – only 24″ x 26″.  Head on over to Quilt With Love for information on pattern download.  Meanwhile, my thought wanders to a nice break with a piece of blueberry pie and a cup of coffee! :)

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Have a great weekend, Friends.  I shall catch up with you later!

A matter of perspective & My Design-Your Quilt

You see the head shot of me – taken by the photographer when I was filming for one of my online classes last year; and then, you see me – drawn by my portraitist-in-residence.  I think I might have to lay off the rouge a bit…

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Meanwhile, I was most thrilled to receive a picture of another version of my Movement in Squares last week.  Susan H. made Movement in Squares in blues as a wedding.  SO BEAUTIFUL!  And I cannot be more thrilled Susan chose one of my designs. :)

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You may still download the pattern instructions here.

Click here if you would like to see more readers’ projects.

Thank you for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you tomorrow!  Hugs to you.

FREE PATTERN: Baby Sprinkles

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you all had a good Mother’s Day weekend!  I actually took things easy over the weekend!  Being outdoors did me good.

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I am happy to share with you a baby/crib quilt design today, using Quilting Treasures’ newly released Baby Sprinkles fabrics.  If you like traditional baby things with a fresh take, do check out the Baby Sprinkles fabrics here. I like that the fabric line comes in baby girl and baby boy colorways.

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

I hope you have liked seeing these sweet crib quilts. :)  They make me miss Miss Baby’s baby days — but then, they also make me not miss those early days, ha!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely 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

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

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

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.

FREE PATTERNS for Windham’s Storybook Christmas

Urm, anyone has any idea how many days there are left before Christmas?  I said that in jest — because in my mind, I just got through Christmas 2014!  However, keep your eyes peeled for Windham’s Storybook Christmas fabrics popping up at your local quilt shops in May.  These fabrics are simply the cutest!!!!  Click here to view the fabrics.

NOW – if you aren’t able to locate these fabrics at your local quilt shops, try contacting The Patchwork Co (www.thepatchworkco.com).

I actually designed four quilts with this line.  Two of them were display at Fall Quilt Market in Houston last year.

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So, first up, we have Holiday Forest.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And then, we have Gift Boxes.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And, we have Star Bright.  Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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And A Storybook Christmas – I like this one because the quilt uses the panel print to “tell” a Christmas story! Click here to download the free to use pattern instructions.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the cute Christmas projects you can make for Christmas this year! :)

So – tell me, are you a last minute Christmas shopper, or are you one of those who gather gifts for your loved ones over the course of the year?

Thank you for visiting.  I shall catch up with you again!

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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

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

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

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

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)

February: Dream Boat (Quilting Treasures)

March: Garden Maze using Emilie (Windham Fabrics)

March: Lattice using Emilie (Windham Fabrics)

April: Holiday Forest using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: Gift Boxes using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: Star Bright using Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

April: A Storybook Christmas (Windham Fabrics)

Tuesday Tidbits & Editorial Features

Hello Friends, I have been out of the country… and now I am back.

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While I was gone, I have had a couple of editorial features.

#1.  Quilts and More (Summer 2016) – Tutu Cute using Benartex‘s Little Dancers.

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You may recalled I had a free-to-use pattern using the same fabric line.  Click here to find out more.

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#2.  Quiltmaker (May/June 2016) – Lavender Love using Northcott‘s Lavender Market 2.

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#3.  Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2016) – Estelle baby quilt using Windham‘s Stella.

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Now that I am back, I am working on a few projects… here are a few sneak peeks.

#1.  Smokey and Friends — ask your local quilt shops to contact Windham Fabrics about this pattern.

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#2.  New quilt using Windham’s Holiday Traditions.

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#3.  Aurifil’s Designer of the Month Block #4 – click here to check out this month’s block!  I will show you my version very soon!

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So, I got myself all ready to play with my newest “sewing machine”…. and found out that my Aurifil thread spool won’t fit on it.  What is a girl to do?  #SewingHumor

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So – tell me what you’ve been up to while I was gone.  Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs to you all.

All That Glitters & Shimmering Constellations & Giveaway Winner!

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  It seems like months ago I was asked to design with Benartex’s Gold Standard/Simply Sterling collection!

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And the results were:

#1.  Shimmering Constellation

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Shimmering Constellation made it to the final round of 2016’s Benartex Fan Favorite design!!!  As you know, my designs won the 2014 and 2015 fan favorites, shown in the following:

SO it is fun to see another of my designs made it to the final round this year. I am hoping you would go vote your Benartex’s FAN FAVORITE design for this year.  I would be so honored to have you vote for my Shimmering Constellation.  But I do want you to vote your consicence. :o)  Click HERE to go vote!  Voting closes at 5pm EST on April 4, 2016.

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I actually had an editorial feature using the Gold Standard/Simply Sterling fabrics in the December 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  This is a bed-size quilt, and it is another “Sawtooth Star” design!

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Last year the quilt was displayed at American Patchwork & Quilting’s booth during Fall Market last year.

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There was this really cool app at the booth where designers could customize the cover of a particular magazine issue in which their quilt is featured.  Since I was the “loser designer” who didn’t get her quilt on the cover, it was really fun to “live” the moment (a very fleeting moment, I might add) as if I was the cover girl!  HAHAHA.  So, this is what the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine issue should look if I had had the power to dictate… I had way too much fun with this app!

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And before I forget, the winner of my Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks DVD giveaway is mumbird3.  An email has been sent to you – please email me your shipping address, and I will get the DVD sent out to you!   Meanwhile, I will have another giveaway for the online version of the class in the very near future.  Stay tuned. :)  Thank you all for playing along!  Meanwhile, you may click here to check out the class if you haven’t already. :o)

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Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week ahead.  We will have quite a bit to cover this week at Ivory Spring. Check back often for happenings!  Hugs to you all.

Happy National (International) Quilting Day 2016

Happy National (International) Quilting Day!!!!  I hope you have a most lovely day, and that you might even squeeze in a bit of time to sew.

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Why do I quilt?

#1.  Quilting is fun, enough said!

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#2.  Quilting brings people together, just as the pieces of fabrics being brought together to make a quilt happen!

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#3.  Quilting is caring, the charity quilts, the fund raising etc!  I firmly believe quilters are some of the most loving people!

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#4.  Quilting is learning – it keeps the mind young!

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#5.  Quilting is history – I shall leave it at that because I can spend a day and a half non-stop to just talk about quilting and history!

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#6.  Quilting reflects my own life!  There is more about my life posted here to celebrate last year’s National Quilting Day.  But this year, one aspect of my life is the Work-in-Progress (WIP)-ness of my life.  My life is a work in progress, like quite a few of my quilts… I only pray that I will always be obedient and teachable under the loving guidance of my Lord and Savior.

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And so, why do you quilt?  Leave a comment below, and you will be entered in the giveaway of one of my brand new Learn to Machine Quilt Pieced Blocks class DVD.  You will learn 9 different ways to quilt Ohio Star Blocks if you are interested in quilting your pieced blocks beyond straight line quilting.  You may read more about the class here.  Winner will be announced on April 1.  Please note that the giveaway is for a class DVD.  Giveaway of the same class in online class format is forthcoming.

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Have a great day from your devoted quilting friend!  Quilty hugs and love to you all.

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QuiltShopGal Feature: EQ 25th anniversary celebration!

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Hello Friends, please head on over to Quilt Shop Gal’s today for the feature she is doing on little ol’ me!  Click here to check out her post.  Be sure to scroll down to see a few free to use patterns that I haven’t shared on my blog!  Just to give you a tease – there is a fun crayon quilt design!!!

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And of course, QuiltShopGal always has amazing giveaways you would want to enter!  I consider QuiltShopGal a dear friend of mine.  She looks out for me, sends me links, reminds me to rest, and she loves Miss Baby.  What more could I ask in a friend?