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July 24, 2017
Christmas In July Blog Hop For Windham Fabrics from madebychrissied

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I'm delighted to be joining Windham Fabrics today on Day 1 of their Christmas in July 2017 Blog Hop, sharing their brand new Bread and Butter Joy holiday collection.
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July 22, 2017
Windham Fabrics Christmas in July Blog Hop & Giveaway: SPARKLE! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I am happy to be part of Windham Fabrics’ Christmas in July Blog Hop!  For this hop, I got to work with the Sparkle fabrics — it is a metallic group featuring gray(!), red and gold colorways!  Click here to view the individual fabric.


For some reason, I associate Christmas with all the different Christmas pillows.  So I have made quite a few Christmas pillows over the years, and would bring them all out during Christmas time.  It’s not a surprise therefore I made a another Christmas pillow with the Sparkler ...

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July 11, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Patriotic Pattern from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Finding time to sew during the summer can be a challenge, but several of us found some sewing time—whether at home or on a weekend trip. Read on to see what the staff of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker has been up to:

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday   Patriotic Pattern

Hello – once again it was a busy sewing weekend for me. I got the last of my magazine projects finished (the top anyway), and I’m actually going to work on cleaning up my sewing room. I find that when I’m in the middle of ...

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July 7, 2017
The Blues Deliver from Gray Barn Designs

In my December 16, 2016 post I showed you the fabric for my “floating 8” quilt.  Below is the final result after Ms. SJ finished the quilting.


I had some extra yardage so I made matching pillow shams.  Ms. SJ quilted them for me as well.


Below is a picture of the border and binding.  Simply divine!


This quilt and shams are a birthday gift for my good friend whose birthday is today.  She loves the color blue AND she just got a new mattress and box springs.  How timely…these blues will deliver birthday happiness!

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June 14, 2017
My McCall’s Quilting “Hat trick” issue & Giveaway & Just Catching Up! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, it’s been far too long!  I have missed visiting with you.  I hope you have had a great summer so far.  We always kick off our summer officially by going to historic Mount Vernon to celebrate Mrs. Washington’s birthday on June 2.  We wore purple in honor of Mrs. Washington because purple was purportedly her favorite color.  She even wore purple silk shoes to her wedding to Col. Washington!

If you have picked up the July/August 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you probably saw that I have THREE projects featured in that issue.  I ...

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June 6, 2017
Introducing the 2018 Bag Challenge Blog Hop from News From By Annie

We are super excited to be sponsoring the 2018 Bag Challenge at the Road to California Quilt Show. This challenge will feature new rules, new winning categories, new awards, and a fun new theme "On the Road."

To see a full introduction to the "On the Road Challenge", please read Road to California's announcement on their blog.

This year, the Road to California team has removed the requirement to use a specific fabric, giving you the option to use everything from quilting cottons to cork to ribbon and beyond! Our blog hop was inspired by this new freedom and ...

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May 26, 2017
Graffiti - A new English Paper Pieced Pattern from 3 Dog Design Co

Graffiti is a new pattern in cooperation with Paper Pieces. This is my first attempt and English Paper Piecing (EPP). I used Treasure Hunt by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics. Paper Pieces and the pattern and all the paper pieces to complete the top. Head to their website to get yours today.

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May 11, 2017
R2CA Blog Hop Theme and Judging from News From By Annie

Today begins a bi-monthly meander around the web visiting some amazing quilters and sewists in the handbag-makers world.  The trip is inspired by the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge and we’ve asked each to share some of their favorite tips for bag making and embellishment with us. We hope these tips expand your bag making skills and offer new creative insights.

At various stops along the way, you’ll have the chance to win some fun bag-making supplies, from stabilizers and fabrics to bag hardware and zippers. All you have to do is follow the instructions of each ...

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May 4, 2017
Today — Guest posting on McCall’s Quilting blog from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends,  I hope you have been well.  I do apologize for being super scarce of lately.  I have actually been half way around the globe to visit family in my home country – with stories to tell about being stranded at the airport – and now back Stateside.  I worked a lot to make sure things were turned in before I left town, and I continue to work a lot upon my return catching up on things, and more.  But all is well — so often, it’s just a matter of perspective when it comes to stressful and happening times in ...

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April 21, 2017
Spring and Tulips! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have been well.  A bit of spring trivia for you…. did you know that tulips were originally grown in the Ottoman Empire before being imported to Holland in the 16th century?  Tulips became so popular in the Golden Dutch Age that the bulbs were used as money in Holland until the market in them crashed.  And I suppose Holland solidified her reputation as the tulip capital of the world, and is often affectionately referred to as the flower shop of the world.

These pictures are from a few years back before Miss Baby ...

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April 20, 2017
Bookmark {a finished quilt and tutorial!} from Material Girl Quilts

Last fall I was lucky enough to help Heather Givans by designing a quilt for her latest fabric line called Literary

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April 19, 2017
Editorial Feature Overload #4: Highland Roses in Quiltmaker (May/June 2017) from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well!  I have been traveling lately, and am on my way home.   I hope you had a blessed Easter celebration, and may you continually experience blessings from above until the next Easter!


Today, I am happy to share with you a gray quilt that is featured in the current cycle of quilting publications,  the latest issue of Quiltmaker (May/June 2017).  You know how I love gray — and gray floral is the name of the game for my Highland Roses quilt!

This is a 80″ x 80″ bed quilt that is made of ...

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April 11, 2017
Fresh Fabrics For Spring from Pine Needle Quilt Shop

After a post-Puyallup Expo lull, new fabrics are arriving nearly daily!

Who's hungry for sushi? This fresh combo would make fun kitchen accessories like the French Flea Market Apron (which includes a kid size as well as an adult one), accents on towels, or maybe even some fun Pea Pod or other zip bags.

Maker Maker's graphically simple cats and dogs, and a collection of nubby linens from Lecien have a quiet, minimalist color palette perfect for totes and table runners.

Another lovely neutral collection is Destination Paris from Windham Fabrics. Are you dreaming of a European vacation ...

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April 7, 2017
Editorial Feature Overload #3: Cover Quilt and More in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2017) from IVORY SPRING

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  I am excited to share with one of my quilts made cover again in the current quilting publications!!!  That quilt is mine, and it’s Pound of Sugar!  A seriously sweet name for a quilt made with sweet 30’s fabrics, no? :)

This quilt uses the Feedsack fabrics from Windham Fabrics.  And I absolutely absolutely love for it turned out!

I don’t have this quilt back with me because it is going to be displayed at Spring Market next month in St. Louis.  But I am glad the ...

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April 5, 2017
FREE PATTERNS using Windham Fabrics’ VINE (by Henry Ford) from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, continuing the traditional theme of quilts from yesterday’s post, I am sharing with you today a really fun fabric group called Vine from Windham Fabrics.  Vine is a fabric group inspired by Susan McCord’s Vine Quilt. This is a picture of the original Vine Quilt, courtesy of

Windham Fabrics released a fabric line based on the meticulously applique vines from he original Vine quilt. Click here to view the fabric group!  You will not notice that the main print is actually printed with the applique vines.  So quilters get the benefit of the applique ...

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March 11, 2017
Winner of Windham’s Hamilton FQ Bundle Giveaway & Behind-the-scenes Snippets from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a great week.  I was prevented from posting earlier today because… (get this)… Miss Baby is home from school today, and she had to use my computer to work on something for a poster!  I feel like I am entering another stage in my journey of motherhood in that I am having to share things with her now.  Computer now… what’s next? Car?!


Thank you to all of you who played along in my Hamilton giveaway.  The winner is Gini (#100)!  Congrats!!  Gini, I have sent you an email asking ...

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March 2, 2017
FREE PATTERNS & GIVEAWAY featuring Windham Fabrics’ HAMILTON – and more! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great day!  The sun is out in northern Virginia today, and the sunshine means a lot to me today – it’s as if God opened up the heavens and extended comfort those who seek comfort.  The spring blooms are coming early this year in the Washington DC greater!  I hope to share with you some cherry blossoms pictures in a couple of weeks.

[I just had a thought:  I think the colors in the flowers would make a great palette for a new quilt.  Your thoughts on combining purple, light purple, orange ...

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February 19, 2017
Tutorial: How to Use Impressions Quilting Templates from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Have you gotten your hands on the awesome new Orange Peel Templates?! Today, we'll show you exactly how to use these fun templates! Check out this easy-to-follow video!

These four new patterns are so fun to make! You might have seen them in our favorite Bella Solids, but we've made them in some of our favorite new collections, too!

We used the fun and colorful prints of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman Fabrics! These prints are small and subtle enough that the fish shapes we love are still the star of the show! Purchase ...

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February 13, 2017
Character: explored beauty from Terificreations's Weblog

Melanie Testa is by far one of the most joyful, and thoughtful quilters I’ve ever met. A beautiful, creative soul. One of my most treasured memories is having lunch with her and Elizabeth, we were on the receiving end of some seriously disapproving looks from because we were laughing so much. This still brings a … Continue reading Character: explored beauty

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February 11, 2017
Are you smart, are you catty? Are you a Smarty Cat?! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  My week went by all too quickly.  A quilt editor and I were just lamenting earlier today how we can’t believe it’s already Friday, because it didn’t seem like we had gotten enough accomplished…. but be that as it may I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

I got to play with a fun fabric line last fall for Windham Fabrics, Smarty Cats.  You can check out the fabrics here.

Cat Tales  – you can purchase this bed-sized kit here.  Click here for free pattern download.


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