Monday, February 20, 2017

Kennel Quilts

Island Batik Ambassadors had another goal this month and that was to make a Kennel Quilt.

Here is the information that was sent to us about kennel quilts:
 " In 2016, Island Batik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Petfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative.  The initative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a "Public Charity" that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products.  PFSP sponsors include "The Quilt Magazine, Island Batik, Aurfifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancocks' of Paducah."

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by "The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action(or should we say "Stitches" into action?) when disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured.  Creating kennel quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love.  TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters across the United States.  Want to  

There is a list of requirements as to size, washing the fabrics, etc.  These little quilts only measure 12" x 18".   They are a fun and quick little project to make.

II designed a dog bone to go in the center of my quilts.  They only require two different fabrics and were quick to make.  I donated these to the Marshall County Humane Society.

If you are interested in supporting this cause by making some of these cuties- go to the link above to find out more specifics on how to make them and where they can be donated.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy "Gal"entine's day

Have you ever heard of Galentine's Day?  The challenge this week for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a Post Card or Mug Rug for Galentine's Day.  I'd never heard of this, so had to do some searching on the internet.  Turns out it is a day to celebrate all of your "Gal"  Friends!  Pretty nice idea.  The day is celebrated on Feb 13.  A time to celebrate all those special women in your life.  I liked this idea!

Okay, I know I used the word "celebrate" several times in the above paragraph, but that is what this is all about!

Island Batik sent each of the Ambassadors a lovely assortment of red and pink batiks to see what we might create with them.  I decided on making coasters with ric rac around the edge.  I'd seen something like this on the internet and wanted to try it.  I also had a "gal" friend that had given me some old ric rac that would work well-isn't that a coincidence!   I created a log cabin block for the base of the block which I paper pieced.

I made four coasters that were pretty quick and easy.  Adding the pretty ric rac was the most time consuming part of the project.  Each one is a little different- just like my friends!

I've already given these coasters to four special ladies to say thanks for being a special part of my life!

Maybe you want to do something special for the "gal" friends in your life today!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador Year 4

I'm so happy to announce that I've been accepted as an Island Batik Ambassador for another year! This will be my fourth year and I couldn't be more excited!  This means you'll be seeing special projects each month and lots of special things like blog hops and give a ways again this year.

Today started my adventure with the arrival of a special box from Island Batik.

Not real exciting from the outside....

But treasure inside!  Lovely, lovely fabric and spools of thread donated from Aurifil and Superior Threads!
Here's a pictures of the whole stash - I can hardly wait to get started!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fabric Winner

I loved all the comments on what New Beginnings means to all of you.  The winner of the Island Batik fabrics from my blog was selected by  The winner is KathyE.  She has been notified and the fabrics are on the way.  Congratulations Kathy!

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Beginnings Blog Hop

New Beginnings - a great title for the New Year.  This blog hop's theme is New Beginnings and we (the Island Batik Ambassadors) were all given a wonderful bundle of fabrics to create something with this theme in mind.

As I thought about the theme - I thought of butterflies, new plants popping up from the ground, spring flowers, birds and bees, etc.  And guess what - my fabrics were all Christmas fabrics!  So much for the spring/new growth ideas!  

I pondered long and hard about what kind of project to make for this theme.  I thought maybe I should go with something about new beginnings for the New Year -new goals, new things to try, etc.
Actually I love the new year - it's after Christmas with all the hustle and bustle and (hopefully) all the Christmas projects made and finished.  Kind of a clean slate.  I like to clear things off and get better organized, dream about new projects and jump right in!

So I looked at the fabrics again.  I received the fabrics for Jolly Holly by Island Batik.  You can check out each of the fabrics at their website, but here is a peek at my lovely bundle.  

I thought about what I could make with these fabrics, what pattern, what kind of project, what size, etc.  I decided I wanted to use a big variety of fabrics, but make something rather simple.  I was working on this in late Dec, so quick and easy was a good thing!.  I decided on a one piece triangle pattern with a single border.  I used all the fabrics in the two bottom rows in the photo above.  This quilt is 39" x 39".  It's a good size for a table, or a small lap quilt.  

This would be a great quilt for using up scraps.  You could make it in Christmas colors, or any combination of colors.  You could also use your Accuquilt Go Triangle Die to speed things up!

I did straight line quilting 1/4" from each seam line and on into the borders which made a lovely double X in the borders.  Warm Blend batting from The Warm Company was used, which quilts up very nicely.  I think this looks masculine and like winter in a forest.  I may put it away for a gift for next Christmas.  This could be a new tradition- making gifts EARLY instead of last minute!

This stop is at the tale end of this blog hop.  Only two more days.  I hope you've visited the other blog posts, but if you haven't they are listed below.
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
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda 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

Be sure and enter the Island Batik Raffle copter for their great prize drawings of two fabric bundles.
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I'm also having a drawing for  6 quarter yards of the fabrics shown below.

Leave me a comment on what you think of when you think of New Beginnings to enter.  You must make sure I have your email to contact you if you win.  USA residents only.

                          I wish all of you new and exciting things this year!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A New Little Gem

I thought I'd send this photo from Brenda of a quilt she made from my book Little Gems.  This is
the pattern called Forest Fire and her use of the reproduction prints gives it a totally new look.  I love her buttons and the addition of the machine fancy stitching.

And here's another Little Gem from Elaine W. This is the pattern Spinner, done if fall colors.  Isn't it cute!

Thanks for the photos - I love to see what people are making.

*the new winner of The Big Book of Table Toppers is GranChris.  Her ebook is on the way.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book winner

The winner of the ebook The Big Book of Table Toppers was chosen by  The winner is Anna Hutchins.  Please contact me with your email so the book can be sent to you.  If I don't receive your email by Sunday another winner will be chosen.

If you weren't a winner- check out the book at your local quilt shop.