Santa’s Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

Hello Quilting Friends,

McCalls Pic1 298x300 Santas Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy SheppardIt’s wonderful to be back on the McCall’s Quilting blog to chat quilting with you again! Before I forget, I want to thank you for the kind and warm responses you have sent me about my quilts in the last issue (Village Square and County Fair). I am starting to see your versions of Village Square on social media, and I hope you are enjoying the Village Square series quilt. At this past Spring Market in St. Louis, I got to meet up with the sample makers who made the quilt top of Village Square. The person missing in the picture is my dear quilter, Darlene Szabo, who is the only other person (besides myself) who quilts my quilts.

Besides part 2 of Village Square, I am really happy to see two more of my projects being featured in the latest issue of McCall’s Quilting! I will be sharing some fun snippets on these two quilts. Click here if you missed the blog post when I shared about Village Square.

Santa’s Tree Farm

McCalls Pic2 236x300 Santas Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy SheppardAll I can say is, this is a really fun quilt to make. I think there’s just something about making Christmas Tree Quilts! I added 3″ finished Ohio Star units to the top of the trees because… when my daughter was about 3 years old, she told me no uncertain terms a Christmas Tree isn’t a Christmas Tree unless it has a star! That year, we didn’t have a star on our Christmas Tree. I never had a star on my Christmas Tree before she came along and started expressing her opinions on things. I remember she would tell everyone who asked about her Christmas Tree that it didn’t have a star. I wasn’t going to risk another lecture on star-less Christmas Tree now that she is 8, even if I had to make 3″ finished stars!

To be honest, the 3″ stars weren’t that hard to make. I used Aurifil 50wt for piecing, and that helped with the accuracy. I also pressed the seams open to reduce the bulk. When something is that small, sometimes, pressing the seams to one side can build up bulk pretty quickly, and that would in turn affect the alignment of the units when sewing everything together.

stantastreefarm fabric 297x300 Santas Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy SheppardI loved making this quilt with Moda’s Snowfall fabrics by Minick and Simpson. The prints are so pretty and soft and dainty. I love adding touches of aqua just to give the overall traditional look a more updated and lighthearted feel. I also staggered the block placement in the quilt layout so that it has the feel of a “tree farm”.
I can see this quilt made in a mix of the non-traditional Christmas colors like pink, lime green, lavender and blue for a fun colorway!

We now have a change of gear, and onto something more contemporary…

Summer in Quebec

If you have read any of my blog posts on the McCall’s Quilting blog, you will know that most of my quilts only look complicated and are constructed with simple block elements. Summer in Quebec is definitely the case! Summer in Quebec consists of leaf blocks that are made with square and HST units with accompanying flying geese units throughout the quilt.

One often sees leaf blocks colored for autumn colors. Using yellow and gray on a familiar block gives a sunny and summery feel! I like to play by coloring quilt blocks in unusual colors to see what effect I get. In the case of Summer in Quebec, I really like the light and airy feel when placing the gray and yellow leaf blocks on white! I then peppered flying geese units all over the quilt to pull all the colors together.
For the quilting, I quilted slightly wavy lines all over the quilt for a blending texture. I didn’t want the quilting to dominate the quilt by doing fancy motifs. The lines blended nicely, and kept the airy and contemporary look of the quilt! I used Aurifil 50wt to quilt on the quilt. You might not be able to see if from the picture, but I actually used a light beige color to quilt on the white. I almost never match the color threads because I like the look of my quilting taking on a color that is subtly different from the background fabric. You will also notice that my lines aren’t equally spaced – I meant it that way for a slightly free-spirit look!

McCall Pic3 300x298 Santas Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy SheppardI can actually see this quilt being made with bright solids of different colors against a black ground for an unexpected and bold look!I hope you have enjoyed going behind the scenes into my brain for a bit of designing snippets. Someone recently asked me how I design – do I sit down at a desk and start drawing? Answer is no, most of the time, my designs happen in my head. I mull over the colors etc also in my head before I sit down in front of the computer and make the design happen digitally before I submit to the magazine editors!

Interview Picture10 threadbox1 300x198 Santas Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard Interview Picture10 threadbox2 300x185 Santas Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

Thanks so much, Wendy! Leave a comment below before midnight June 15, 2017, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a set of 12 small spools of threads from Wendy’s Subtle Strings collection (see them used in Wendy’s FREE quilt pattern, Thread Journey,  at Aurifil’s blog). The winner will be notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

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138 Responses to Santa’s Tree Farm and Summer in Quebec: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

  1. Judy S says:

    I love the creativity of Wendy Shepard and learn a lot about quilting from her. Auriful threads are simply the best!

  2. Ruth says:

    Beautiful, fun ideas! Wish there was time to make every one of them!

  3. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love the stars on the Christmas trees! And I love Wendy’s blog; reading about her life and her designs is so much fun!

  4. Judy Renfrow says:

    Lovely quilts and my favorite thread! What could be better!!

  5. Susan Spiers says:

    Congrats again Wendy on your Village Square series! Santa’sTree Farm is so sweet & yes, I can see Summer in Quebec in darker colors! Thank you, Susan

  6. Kathleen Jones says:

    I love Santa’s tree farm.

  7. Wendy says:

    I seem to be addicted to house quilts lately and the trees are very cute. Wendy, you are blessed with an amazing talent, love all you do! Thanks for inspiration!

  8. Carol C says:

    Both patterns are great and I’ll look for the magazine when I go grocery shopping. I generally hate getting groceries (and putting them away) so I’ll need a reward.

  9. Lori M. says:

    Love seeing Wendy’s quilts they are always so well written for those of us who would love to make one of her patterns…Yea for her Hat Trick……Thank you for the lovely giveaway….

  10. Colleen McLaughlin says:

    Since I am from Quebec, I love this quilt title. Your thread colors are scrumptious!

  11. Estie says:

    Love Wendy’s quilts and would love to have those spools of thread!

  12. Patricia Bandura says:

    Love Wendy’s quilts and love aurafil thread

  13. Lisa Marie says:

    Wow, what a bunch of lovely quilts Wendy has designed. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

  14. Syd Goss says:

    Love these. So cute

  15. Barb K. says:

    The Christmas tree quilt is especially nice–the other designs are great too!
    Would be exciting t0 win the thread!!
    bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot)(com)

  16. Janie M says:

    She makes beautiful quilts. I follow her on Instagram her embroidery is just as beautiful.

  17. Michele T says:

    Beautiful quilts❤️ Wendy is so talented!!!

  18. Lori Morton says:

    Your Quilts are Gorgeous! & love the Patterns too…the Christmas Tree one with plaids is soooo cool!!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

  19. Wendy writes wonderful patterns, so clear and easy to follow. I love this little Tree Farm, with the sweet stars on each Christmas tree! I can see doing it in white and blues, like a snow-covered winter scene.

  20. Linda in Kona says:

    Thank you!

  21. Maryellen says:

    Great post, Wendy. Thanks for the info, and the extra inspiration for designs. Love your work.

  22. Miriam says:

    I always enjoy Wendy’s patterns. Her instructions are easy to follow. Wendy is responsible for my using Aurifil threads almost exclusively. I would love to win her thread collection.

  23. Sheryl Kaplan says:

    Your patterns are awesome! I love your color choices too!

  24. Christi says:

    I love the quilt. Always something fun from Wendy

  25. Ellee says:

    The colors in your thread collection are yummy.

  26. Carol W says:

    I always particularly enjoy Wendy’s quilting.

  27. Beverly says:

    Wonderful Wendy! My family visited Montreal, Quebec in May this year. Your quilt looks great among the “grey cobblestones and colorful flowers of Spring” of Canada and the Quebec Province! Montreal is 350 years old this year and Canada is 150 years old…thank you for this quilt setting to look forward to making soon!

  28. Lynn D in NC says:

    The thread colors are gorgeous and I love Wendy’s patterns.

  29. Susan Friskics says:

    I would love a chance to have this Aurifil thread prize! The colors are gorgeous!

  30. Kathie L says:

    Wendy always has patterns that beg to be made. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Laura says:

    Wendy’s patterns have so much variety. Her mind must be going a mile a minute. Thanks for sharing her designs and for the giveaway.

  32. Karen D Martin says:

    I’m always amazed at how Wendy can showcase a fabric line so wonderfully! I don’t know how she does it!

  33. Vicki D. says:

    Wendy’s work is always so inspirational. Her patterns really make the fabrics sing. Thanks for the chance to win a thread package.

  34. Donna says:

    They’re all beautiful patterns but I am partial to anything Christmas.

  35. Judy W. says:

    I love the quilts that Wendy designs – she’s a very talented and giving person! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of her thread sets!

  36. Rosemary Bolton says:

    I love McCalls and Wendy’s patterns. Two traditional winners making beautiful things

  37. Quilting Tangent says:

    Pretty quilting!

  38. Roseanne C Atkinson says:

    I love these patterns! Wendy does such an awesome job!!

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