Monday, November 20, 2017

Quick Gifts

 Everyone needs a quick gift once in awhile - especially around the holidays!  Several months ago I had some leftover Island Batik fabric and decided to make some little zippered pouches.  I tend to shy away from projects with zippers, so thought these would give me some extra practice.  I found most of the patterns for free on the internet.


These little pouches went together quickly and they turned out well.  I hope you can have fun with some small gift projects.  They are fun and a great way to use up some of those lovely leftover fabrics.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Borders & Bindings Challenge - 2nd try

I had issues today with my photos not appearing on my blog post.  Please go back and check it out- it should be working now (hopefully!)
http://kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com/2017/10/borders-and-binding-island-batik.html

Borders and Binding Island Batik Challenge



The October challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt with Creative Borders and Bindings.  I decided to use this great 10" package of Elementz fabrics by designer Tammy Silvers, as well as a dark orange from the Island Batik Blenders and a yard of Elementz fabric in a lighter orange.





Aren't the colors yummy!  I fell in love with these fabrics just from how they were wrapped in the package.  Here is another close up






I loved the little strips of color and how they looked on the diagonal just as they were folded in the package.

Some of the fabrics remind me a bit of the packages of a fruit gum from years ago...
Image result for old juicy fruit gum

Knowing I wanted to cut the fabrics on the diagonal/bias, I knew I wanted to make the blocks of my project with paper piecing.  With paper piecing you can manage working with fabrics on the bias.  Kind of crazy to do a whole quilt this way, but it had the look I wanted and it worked out great.  I actually cut the 10" squares in half on the diagonal and continued to cut strips as I needed them on the diagonal.  I didn't need any the other half of the squares.  Those 10" square packs actually have a bit of fabric.  You can do a lot with them!

Here is my quilt called  Tutti Fruitti II.  I love the bright colors.  It could be a wall quilt or one for a table.  I think the colors will brighten my home this winter.





This whole quilt is actually made with different borders around a central block.  I just added border after border.  I thought of also doing a scrappy binding with leftover strips, but decided the quilt looked busy enough without it.





This fabric line was lots of fun to work with.  You might enjoy making a bright quilt this winter.  Look for Elementz by Island Batik at your local stores.




Thursday, October 26, 2017

Printed Fabric Hot Pads

Island Batik sent a panel of Leah Day's new fabric called Heart Medallions in the last Ambassador box.  My panel was a purple batik with heart medallion figures printed on top.  There were four prints on my panel.  I'm sorry I forgot to take a photo of the fabric before I jumped in and cut it up.  The fabric is Island Batik and comes in several colors.

Leah Day organized the latest Quilty Box and each box contains a couple yards of her Heart Medallion fabric.  If you aren't familiar with what Quilty Box is all about, you might want to click the link on Quilty Box or Leah Day's Blog to find out more about it.

I've been working on a quilt I hope to post on Monday, so I didn't want to take on another large project.  I decided to cut the prints into four separate pieces and to make hot pads out of them.  The medallions were just the right size for hot pads.


I used Insul-Bright from The Warm Company and a layer of 80/20 Warm batting for the inside and matched up a lovely purple batik from a past line for the back.  Machine quilting was easy by just quilting along the medallion designs.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Blog Hop Winner

The winner from the Back To School Blog Hop on my blog is VickiH.  The fabrics from the Sour Apple Collection are on the way.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop - My Day

Today is my day for the Back to School Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop.  The fabric I'm using for my project is the Sour Apple Collection.  This collection is a nice selection of teal blues, yellows, and an assortment of browns.  The prints range from dots, to eggs, apples, lemons, and even a print with roosters!  These fabrics are in the stores now.

Here is a sample that has squares of each fabric in the collection.


I looked at the fabrics a long time to decide how I would interpret the theme of Back to School. These fabrics have a warm "summery" feel to me.  It made me think of picnics, sunny days and the last days of summer.   When school approaches each year it always makes you want to make the MOST of the last days of summer.  One last picnic, picking the last of the garden, those last days to sit, relax and soak up the sun.

The quilt I made is an original design I call Summer Daze.  I used the word Daze instead of Days because hurrying around and doing all those last activities can put you in sort of a daze until you are all tired out, and ready to settle into school schedules and other Fall activities.


I used all but 5 of the fabrics from the collection in the quilt.  Below is a photo of all the fabrics I used, plus a bright green basic that is on the left.


There is only one more day for the blog hop, so be sure and look over the list below and go back to any blog post that you might have missed

                                                WEEK 1
Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash Quilting • 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 • The Quilt Rambler

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore • Needle & Foot
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

WEEK 4

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

Island Batik is giving away 3 Fat quarter Bundles from the Captains Anchor, Batiks Go Retro and the Abalone Collections.  Be sure to fill out their raffle copter to enter.

My giveaway is five 1/4 yards of the five fabrics on the Sour Apple Collection that I did not include in the quilt.

These are also beautiful and you can now see the whole collection.  Be sure to leave a comment on what is one of the last things you try to do in the fall before school starts.  USA residents only please.  Winner will be notified after the blog hop ends on Sept 30.  Be sure that I can reach you if you win.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Back to School Island Batik Blog Hop


This month is the Back to School blog hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  With our blog hop each Ambassador has made a project using the newest  fabrics by Island Batiks.  These fabrics are in the stores now, so you can go right out and purchase them now.   I've posted the days each Ambassador will be sharing, and what new fabric line they will be highlighting.

Island Batik is featuring a giveaway of 3 Fat Quarter Bundles.  Go to their website and enter their raffle copter to enter.  Each Ambassador is also featuring a giveaway, so be sure to visit each site for beautiful fabrics, great new projects, and lots of giveaways!

This blog hop started on the 4th of Sept- so be sure and go back and see the past posts.  I post near the end on Sept 28 so be sure and visit my site then!

WEEK 1

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

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash Quilting • 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 • The Quilt Rambler

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore • Needle & Foot
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

WEEK 4

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