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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Enjoying Fall - A Quilter's Way to Relax and be Inspired!

I have a long list of things to do, but today I'm taking a break.

I'm planning on simply enjoying Fall.

And, I'm going to do it by finding a quiet spot where I can enjoy the beautiful Fall colors and fresh air, whilespending time relaxing and reading the October Issue of Quilter's World Magazine.
I do love Quilter's World magazine, and several others too.  But, I'll confess that I no longer subscribe to any printed quilting magazine.  I prefer to buy off the rack, based on the content of the issue.  And, I'll also share that when Wendy Sheppard is included in any magazine I definitely buy that issue!

To my delight the October issue of Quilter's World magazine is packed full of great Fall projects, inspirational tips and more. Plus, it has two (yes two) patterns by Wendy Sheppard.  

While I've enjoyed this issue, today I'm planning on some special "me time" where I will get to thoroughly read this magazine.  It will definitely be an inspirational quilting experience for me.  I could have fun reading this magazine while getting a manicure/pedicure, a much needed hair cut, soaking my feet in epsom salt, enjoying a glass of iced tea, but I think I'll most likely sit outside and enjoy the Fall weather while enjoying this issue, that has a wonderful Fall Theme. 

In this particular issue, Wendy shares a beautiful quilt design called "Mosaic Stars".  It is a wonderful design that certainly looks great in Fall colors, but I think this design would look great in a variety of color choices. 

This is a fun two block design that has spectacular applique' borders.  The fabrics used in this quilt are from Quilting Treasures’ Autumn Bouquet collection.

I also love how Wendy shares insights on how to quilt this quilt.  While this design could be quilted in a variety of ways, she is an FMQ Expert and I love her free-motion quilting, so greatly appreciate insights on how she'd quilt it.. Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk Batting

Be sure to visit Wendy's post where she shared insights on her "Mosaic Stars" design as I'm sure you'll be delighted seeing more photos of this beautiful quilt and spectacular free-motion quilting.

This issue also has an article by Wendy that shares her "A Tale as Tall as a Tree" pattern, which uses fun fabrics from RJR Fabrics‘ Silly Suggestions for Kids collection, including a panel!
Some quilters think you stitch a panel "as is", but Wendy's article and pattern shows you that you can take that panel and create an amazing quilt with it.  This just looks like such a fun whimsical quilt and cute panel/focal fabric too!

I do hope you have a chance to pick up this issue of Quilter's World, as well as visit Wendy's blog, as I'm confident you'll be inspired and enjoy following her delightful blog.  And, I hope you also have a wonderful day and are enjoying Fall.

You may also want to keep an eye out for the December issue of Quilter's World, as Wendy is also published in this issue too.

{above}Warm Blessings.  Image source: Quilter's World.

{above} Cottage Chic Christmas is now offered for a limited time as a featured pattern that is downloadable for free from QW's website.  Image source: Quilter's World.

You can find Quilter's World at:

And, you can find Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) at: 

Again, I do hope you have a wonderful day and are able to enjoy Fall, as well as find time to create!

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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Aren't Wendy's quilts amazing?? I've been following Wendy for a long time. She is such a talented quilter and very giving of her time and expertise. I too am letting all of my quilting magazine subs go. Some issues are just not worth the time. So many ads! Thanks for the heads up about Quilters World.

Joanna said...

I love Quilter's World magazine. I still subscribe to some quilting mags and change them when they don't seem to serve my interests. This year I'm finding that the November/December issues, which to me are the Christmas/Holiday issues, are including more spring designs and I get disappointed by that. But I do enjoy reading them. I'm going to keep my eye out for WendySheppard designs. Thank you for posting about her.

Carrie P. said...

I just picked up another magazine that has one of Wendy's quilt in it. She certainly is talented and the quilting diagram in the first magazine is amazing.

Teresa in Music City said...

I am a huge Wendy fan! Her taste, style and color sense are all impeccable, and when you add to that crazy gorgeous FMQ talent - well, she's just amazing! And of course, she is just the sweetest person!!!

She also has a new design out in the Special Holiday Issue of Quilting for Christmas. It is gorgeous red/white/black pillow design with cardinals and FMQ snowflakes - YUM!!!

suemac said...

I too follow Wendy and I am always amazed by her quilting. She is so busy all the time.

Kim Jamieson-Hirst said...

I just picked up several new magazines today too and spent some time going through them. Hard to believe that Dec/Jan issues are already on the new stands! I also buy issues based on content and currently only have one subscription to Quilting Arts - it was a good deal and I couldn't resist :)

Barb said...

Wendy is so creative, I love how her mind works! Hope you enjoyed your play time!

Cathy said...

I have been following Wendy for several years. She is like 6 people rolled into on...so much energy and so talented! Love that she shares her machine quilting knowledge and rush to buy any of the mags with her featured in them.
Quiltin Gram

sewmeow said...

I love browing through quilt magazines and this is one of the best ones...thanks.

Hope you aren't overdoing and enjoy your break from everything.