Monday, January 9, 2017

New Beginnings Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to the New Beginnings Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors! This group of quilters has put together gorgeous projects to showcase the newest fabrics (released at Fall Market in Houston, TX) for your viewing pleasure! 

New Beginnings Blog Hop
The fabric collection that I used was Dotalicious by Island Batik and the pattern is Oklahoma Twister wall hanging that I designed. I used the Oklahoma twister pattern because once a twister hits you have to start all over again, thus the New Beginning. This wall hanging turned out to be 36X36.

 I will give you a quick run down of how I made the block. I cut 16 five inch squares of the Dotalicious and 16 five inch squares of the black. I put them right sides together and sewed all the way around the 4 sides of the square and then cut diagonally through the squares from corner to corner both diagonals. Now there are 4 half square triangles from each square. These are now 3 1/4 inch squares. (I didn't square them up and wish I had. If I had they would have been 3 inch squares) Cut 20 black squares the size of the half square triangle 3 1/4 or 3 inch for each block or a total of 80. Lay it out as above, sew the squares together, and then the rows together. Then sew the four blocks together. Put a 2 inch border on and quilt it. If you look close you can see I quilted circles. I love the movement that it gave to the block.

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the HOP!!!!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas Giveaway winner

Cheryl of South Caroline won the Riley Blake 5 yard bundle of Christmas Fabrics.
Congratulations Cheryl. "Oh, I am so excited, thank you so so much!!!  I would love the cream, thank you!" Cheryl

I bought this quilt at a garage sale some time ago. It needed one more row and borders. I was able to get the row on but I was helping my daughter with her project this last weekend. She is making a memory quilt out of her husbands uncles shirts. You should have seen (I forgot to take pictures) the pile of shirts cuffs, pockets blocks that was all over my sewing room. It was crazy for a few days. I need to buy material for the borders. I don't have anything to match the cheddar color or the navy blue.

I am sitting at home waiting for the snow plow to come open the road. The neighbor has already been stuck in the snow this morning, so I decided I would wait and see. I don't particularly like getting stuck in the cold. Actually I worked from home yesterday so maybe I might have to again today.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

This the Season for Giving

The is the time of year for showing gratitude for the blessings in our life.

I am grateful for my children, all seven of them and their spouses.
I am grateful for the 23 grandkids they have given me.
I am grateful that my husband is my best friend.
I am grateful for the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that brings to so many people.
I am grateful for the bounty of this earth that I get to enjoy.
I am grateful for my many friends.
I am grateful to be employed.
I am grateful for challenges and growth opportunities.
I am grateful for my mother and glad that she is being well taken care of.
I am grateful for my siblings who are taking care of our mother.

I have many more things I am grateful for but I am only going to list the 10. Take a few moments and think about what you have and show gratitude by giving of your time and talents. This is the time of  year to help others, to give back for all that we have, and to enjoy the season.
I hope that all of you have a happy and peaceful Christmas Season.

PS. I am going to giveaway a Christmas 1 yard bundle (of your choice) from Riley Blake. Just leave me a comment of what do you do to give back at this time of year. What service do you perform for others? If you haven't done a service think about something you could do with with 5 yards of Christmas fabric for someone else and let me know? I will choose a winner next weekend December the 11th. Happy Saturday to you. Here is a link to a list of giveaways sponsored by sew mama sew.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

Island Batik Winter Wonderland!!!!

The holidays are here are you ready?

I have things I need to be doing to get ready for Christmas but I need to get through Thanksgiving first.

My latest Island Batik project is a table topper made out of reindeer fabric. It is so cute with reindeer all over and the colors are great for any Christmas project. I made up the pattern Starry Night from Riley Blake and I think it turned out rather pretty. It is a quick paper pieced project that you can make in an evening or two after work to relieve stress and make you feel better about your day. There is nothing better than finishing a project.

I have some cute Christmas precuts coming tomorrow from Riley Blake. You should check back and see if there is something that would make up one of your projects. My prices are rock bottom and I would love to see them go to a good home;)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pumpkin Fest with Island Batik

 I found this pattern on Pinterest it is by Andy Knowlton at I made the top one and my daughter made the bottom one. I just love this pumpkin design and my spider web in the middle.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September is Half over.

It was a very simple pattern that I designed as I went. Take 27 five inch squares and sew them together into 3 nine patches and then cut them though the middle both ways (disappearing nine patch, there are tutorials on you tube). Arrange them into two rows with a black strip through the middle. Iron fusible onto enough 5 inch squares to cut out leaves. I used my GO cutter. Iron them onto the runner. Then I did the easy technique for putting the backing on where it ends up on the front for the outside border (self binding baby blanket, Missouri Star quilt co has a tutorial). I love this technique and use it for small projects when I don't want to have to fool with a binding. 

Batiks make for wonderful projects and I love accenting them with black because it makes them pop.

 Fall is a busy time if you are into canning and gardening beside all the other day to day to day stuff like work, school, kids, grand-kids and so on. But on the brighter side it will all wind down and there will be a small window of time that sewing can be done without feeling guilty and then.... the holidays hit and life gets hectic. I think maybe I need to start on my Christmas presents now. I have good intentions but  you know what they say the path to ...... is paved with good intentions. 

Happy Sabbath.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Seaside Blog Hop

 When I was in Alaska last spring I bought a pattern Alaska Arcadia, it was made up with batiks. Pattern designed by Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations. I thought it would be perfect for Island Batik fabrics. I love how this turned out. So my creation is Seaside Arcadia. I will give this pattern to one lucky winner just leave a comment on why you like Batiks.
It is a great pattern for a focus fabric, 8 1/2 inch squares surrounded by 2 1/2 in squares with strips of black in between.
I have memories of the going to the beach and Coney Island
when I was a child and  we lived in New Jersey. My favorite treat was a coney island dog. A hot dog on a bun with chili and cheese on top. I still love eating them even now. If you have never had one you should try it.

Don't forget to check out Moose Stash today, she also had the same fabric. Island Batik has a giveaway for this blog hop that you should check out also.