Quiltmaker – May/June ’18

The latest issue of Quiltmaker has some great designs and articles which I hope you’ll check out.  I’m certainly enjoying this issue that I picked up at a local quilt shop.

Included in this issue are 10+ projects, that are all beautiful.  Plus several excellent articles and inspirational insights.


Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) has a lovely pattern, in this issue, called “Home to Roost”.  Finishes 65″ x 73″ and includes sweet blocks 5″, 10″ and 10″x20″ showcased with the new Daisy  Chain fabric by Anabell Wrigley for Windham Fabrics.  Truly a cheerful quilt that would be great to make to decorate your home, or for a gift.

But I’ll confess I found heartwarming inspiration in an article by Wendy titled “Teaching ‘Miss Baby’ to Stitch”.  If you follow Wendy’s blog Ivory Spring, you would probably have seen periodic glimpses of her daughter growing up, learning to sew, as well as seeing her blossom into an intelligent little young lady.  I have to think this is not only due to Wendy and her husband’s parenting skills, but how Wendy has taught this charming little girl to sew at an early age.  To clarify, I think it is more than learning to sew, but the discipline of starting and finishing a project, learning a technique’, building on your skillset at an early age and continuing to expand on your artistic talents.  I think the results also firmly ground a child, calming them down, as most quilters will acknowledge that quilting does help calm us all.


In the article Wendy shares insights about how she not only taught her little girl hand stitching, but how she has passed on the joy of needle and thread.  I think the insights she shared could help many of us to not just teach hand stitching (or sewing, or quilting), but tips for how to approach it so that children also pick up the joy of being creative!


I have enjoyed watching Miss Baby learning the art of stitchery and becoming creative in her own right.  She has a good eye for design and color, as does her talented mother.


And, I was thrilled when Aurifil created the #AuriKids program, which also encourages and promote kids creativity for stitchery, sewing, quilting, etc.  Needless to say, I almost burst with excitement when I learned Miss Baby had created her own thread collection for this program called “Spool-en-dids”, which was released at Quilt Market last Fall and is now beginning to appear in quilt shops.  If you don’t see it, do let your quilt shop know that you’d like them to make it available.  It is such a new thread collection they may not yet be aware of it.


You may also want to check out the first  mother-daughter (adult/child) collaborative ornament project tutorial, to highlight Aurifil’s Aurikids initiative on Wendy’s blog: https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/a-simple-spool-en-dids-project-tutorial-1/

Again, I hope you can find a copy of the Quiltmaker May/June 2018 issue so you can also enjoy the beautiful patterns in this issue, as well as Wendy’s article for inspiration and insights on how she taught her daughter to not just do hand stitchery, but to learn the joy that can come along with such creativity (and discipline).

You can find Wendy at:

Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard

You can find Aurifil at:



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