Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop and Give Away

Today is my day for the Island Batik blog hop.  I used the collection Vineyard.
I love purple and I love green but what I love even better is putting them together. They are so striking when paired together. I have a little confession to make. My project is a collaborative effort among three people. My two daughters and myself. The youngest daughter wanted to make a lone star with the vineyard collection and I liked it so much that I made a twin size quilt out of it. I was at my oldest daughters house for a week at a conference and in the evenings I worked on the quilt. She has a new quilting machine and I wanted to try it out. Well I got about half way done and ended up with a migraine so I was just going to take it off the frame and bring it home and finish it on my machine but she volunteered to finish it for me so that I wouldn't have to do that. So here is a picture of our quilt.
Leave a comment for a chance to win a package of 5--5 inch rolled strips similar to the package shown below. In the post before this one is a list of all the ambassadors and their websites and their day and the line they are featuring. Also, Island Batik is having a give away so be sure to check out their web site by clicking here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop

Island Batik Ambassadors are having a Back to School blog hop

You can go to their blog and enter their giveaway.  They are giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles.
Most ambassadors are have a giveaway as well...won't you join us?


Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan Kawano • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • Karen Overton


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter


Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Oh Baby, quilt and giveaway!!!!

This months Island Batik challenge is a baby quilt.

But first I would like to thank every one that entered the giveaway last month. The winner was Ida from "My sister made me do it". I enjoyed your comments on who your sewing companion was. I am like most of you, I sew by myself most of the time and I think I prefer it that way. I do talk to myself sometimes but hey it helps to talk a problem through even if there is no one there to answer.

I started the month out good, I had my project put together and just needed to quilt it and even had it loaded on the frame. Well all of you know how plans go....I was sick for a couple of weeks and didn't feel like doing anything and then I had company, my son and family from Oklahoma. So I finished the binding tonight and I am done. Now on to a wedding quilt and a couple of birthday quilts.


 I used a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company on half hexies and a layer cake called Sweet Nectar from Island Batik to make this cute little baby quilt. I had enough squares left over that my daughter was going to put them together with some teal squares to make a full size quilt. It was a super easy quilt.

I am going to give away a package of Island Batik 6in wide rolls (colors may not be exact). There is 2.8 yards in the package. Just leave a comment and let me know what projects you have lined out for the summer. You know Christmas is just around the corner and it will be here all to soon.
Stay cool and enjoy the nice weather. It sure beats the snow we had last winter.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Curvalicious Quilts using Island Batiks

I went to Texas last month

Yes I know I told you last month but guess who lives in Texas? Barb of Bejeweled Quilts and she just so happens to be my sister. We got to spend a little time sewing and it was only a little. Well what to do, what to do with so little time. We thought and we thought and we thought. It had to be something fun, something cute and something we could do together.

This is what we came up with.
Little Miss Muffett sat on her Tuffet eating curds and whey. Along comes a quilter and sat down besider her and stole the Tuffet away.

You can find the pattern on the Crafttsy site. "Mini Tuffet Pinchsion" by Sew Colorful LLC, Sylvi Sealy It was so much fun to work together on these pin cushions. We made six (even with Barbs little grandson running around) which was all the supplies that we had bought at WalMart in the middle of the night. It wasn't exactly what was on the supply list but we made it work. For the larger tuffets we had to enlarge the pattern but it was fairly easy. It was an interesting pattern. It looked like a picket fence but when you sewed the points together it made it so it would fit around our round piece of foam. So simple and so cute. They were a lot of fun to make.


We decided that we would have a give away. Check out Barbs blog here Bejeweledquilts . I have a Red Tide charm pack from Island Batik and a spool of King Tut Variegated Quilting Thread #941. So leave a comment and let me know who your favorite sewing companion is.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Modern Batik Challenge

Modern Batik 
I have had a busy May. I think this weekend is the only one I have been home. I went to Austin Texas for work and while there I stopped in and visited my mother and two of my sisters. It had been awhile since I had been down there and it was nice to get to spend time with them. Barbara of Bejeweled Quilts is one of my sisters and we worked on our Island Batik June project together. We had a blast.

Also my other sister was so kind to embroider some towels for my grand-kids who got baptized. I was able to stop in SLC on my way home and enjoyed time watching two of my granddaughters compete in a national clogging competition at Lagoon. They both did really well, and the 13 year old got rookie of the year and made the all American team. Also, this same weekend my sons twins were baptized and I was able to spend time with him and his family. I just dont seem to get to spend as much time with family as I would like. Maybe when I retire.

For my May Island Batik project I decided to do a star with red cream and white in honor of Memorial day.  For my father and the many family members that have served this country and still serve this country.

I saw a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co that gave me the inspiration to design this star. I used up various scraps of my Island Batiks because I didn't have enough of the different lines to make the design that I wanted. I have lots of colors just not much cream or red.

Have a safe a memorable weekend.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Island Batik Adventurous Applique

Remember cutting paper dolls as a child well this pattern uses those skills.
I have wanted to make a 2 color applique art quilt for some time and decided this month would be a great opportunity to try it out. I used a pattern from Pacific Rim Quilt Company. They have some awesome patterns. I loved these dragonflies. Island Batik fabric is perfect for these designs. Here is mine. I did raw edge applique using a fusible to hold it in place.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Island Batik March Mini Madness Challenge

 This is a paper pieced pattern called Take Wing by Lilyella Stitchery. I just loved it when I saw it. I do have to admit it was a bit of a challenge. I ended up taking it out multiple times. It took about an hour to do each section not including the ripping time and resewing. I think the most tedious part of the process is tearing the paper off the back as you can see it had lots of little pieces of paper when I got done. The Island Batik fabrics made a striking butterfly. I was beginning to hate it but now that it is done I love it. 

 A couple of weeks ago the first picture was my walk to work. Now the second is my walk to work. What a difference from the beginning of the month. Probably one of the few sunshiny days we have had. It has been rainy so much I think we are going to float away down river.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Galentines Day....Valentines Day

Galentine's Day is a holiday Amy Poehler's Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine's Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show: "Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.
 Are these fabrics pretty or what? They are Island Batiks Valentines fabrics. I decided to celebrate by making a mug rug or cute mini quilt, what ever you want to call it. I am sending it to the favorite gal in my life, my mom. She has been there from the beginning for me, she taught me how to sew and so many things it would take to long to list. She is now in assisted living and doesn't sew much any more or for that matter get out much either. I live across country from her and haven't seen her in a year. So this is for you MOM. Love you lots.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Island Batik Ambassodor Box of Lovely's

It is that time of year when it is cold and dreary outside. I really needed something to lift my spirits and lookie at what arrived in the mail this last week. (I am jumping up and down.) My Island Batiks fabrics for my ambassador projects for the next 6 months. Oh how beautiful and it is amazing what a little fabric therapy can do to lift my spirits. (The links for the other ambassadors is on the side and they have equally wonderful boxes and will have awesome projects and giveaways all year long)

Look at this wonderful thread that Aurfil and Superior threads donated for us to use. Amazing colors and so nice to use. I love variegated thread to quilt with. I buy it in the large spools for my mid arm quilter.  Then look at the wonderful red and pink fabrics for my Galentines Day project. I have started it already and should have it ready to post latter today. Please check back often; I will be giving away some of those yummy fabrics from Island Batiks through out the year.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Giveaway winners

I have 2 winners for the New Beginnings Bog Hop

Thank you for being so patient with me. I was out of data for the month of January. It has been a frustration since I have moved here 2 years ago. We finally upped our plan so hopefully I wont be in such a data pinch at the end of every month.

Congrats to Nancy (SewGirl) and Beth who have won my blog hop giveaway and will receive a kit for the Oklahoma Twister Wall Hanging that I made last month. Here is the white version. By the way those aren't my feet. If you would like a kit I am selling them at Inchworm Fabrics.com.

 I am so ready for winter to be over with. I am tired of the 35  mile commute in the snow and the 10 minute walk after I get there. Here is a picture of my early morning walk from the parking lot to the building that I work in. It may be pretty but it is cold and icy.

Last weekend the weather cooperated and wasn't to bad so we went and helped the youngest daughter and family move (Clarkston area). Yes, in the middle of winter, 4 truck loads and 2 days. This weekend we had a little sunshine, so we drove a couple of hours to see a grandson get baptized. Made it back home and it is raining on the snow. What a crazy winter it has been. Be safe and stay warm.

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!!!!