Monday, August 13, 2018

A Special Nappanee Quilt Garden

                              Connie's Bloomin' Stitches
                          Nappanee Indiana Quilt Garden

Isn't this a beautiful quilt garden!  The garden is 30' x 30'.  It has thrived thru the heat and rains with the loving care given by the 11 quilt garden committee members that weed, fertilize and water when needed.  It is a big commitment of time and energy.  A lot of creativity goes into each garden from choosing the block layout, the colors, flowers, mulch and how it is all displayed.  Planting, maintenance, and plant removal at the end are all part of the job.  This year the quilt design is the Spool pattern with a large wooden spool and needle and thread in the center.

I was on the Quilt Garden Committee for two years and since then have continued as a "friend of the garden", to help plant the gardens each year.  I also make a wall quilt each year to commemorate the garden.  These wall quilts belong to the Nappanee Center/Heritage Museum which is directly behind the garden and all ten of the garden quilts are displayed inside.  The Nappanee Center is a Visitor Center with a museum inside that is free to the public and very worth your while to stop in and look around.  There is also a quilt show displayed in the Museum this summer.

This is the garden quilt for this years garden.  (photo taken inside the Nappanee Center)

I always place the garden block design in the center of the quilt and add a border around it.  This year I added a variety of spools around the border.  Each spool is a different color with different colored striped fabric for threads.  Every quilter needs a variety of thread colors!

Because of the quilts I've made, the Quilt Garden Committee has honored me this year by naming the garden after me!  The garden is named Connie's Bloomin' Stitches.  What an honor!

Here I am with the garden that is near and dear to  my heart!

If you are near this area (Northern Indiana) yet this summer, I invite you to stop by take a look.  Also include the other 17 gardens in the Elkhart County Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail (18 gardens all together). This makes a wonderful one or two day trip to drive around and see the beautiful quilts in the area. All gardens are free to view and are on display until Oct 1

Friday, August 10, 2018

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop

                            The fall Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop has started!

The Great Outdoors was the inspiration for this hop’s theme. Throughout the month of August and first week of Sept. all of the Island Batik Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, which will be appearing on shop shelves very soon! I hope you join us everyday and see all the great fabrics and wonderful projects that have been created.

Here is the listing of all the daily blog posts.




Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby LischkoKaren Overton
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm FabricsBeaQuilter



Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot
heARTS CreationsSlice of Pi Quilts
Be sure can come back on August 16 and see what I created with the Wild Things Collection!

Look for and enter the daily drawings and Island Batiks three grand drawings on their blog.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ebook winner

The winner of Jo's Little Favorites III ebook was drawn by  The winner is:  GranChris.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway - August

Another great book of mini quilts by Martingale is Jo Morton's Jo's Little Favorites III.

Photos are courtesy of Martingale

This book has 15 projects and they are all photographed in Jo's own home!  There are lots of Jo's favorite quilt making techniques throughout the book.  One special technique she has is her "clipping trick" which helps to lessen the bulk when you are pressing seams.  I think this trick is worth the price of the book!

I love two of the quotes from Jo in the book:

"There is always room for another small quilt"  

"If you want to make it all, make it small"

Isn't that so true!

This little quilt gem is called Antiquity.  The finished hour glass block size is 2" x 2".

The next quilt is called Star Shine and the finished star blocks are 4" x 4".

This little doll quilt is called Point of View.  
The finished half square triangle squares are 1 3/4" x 1 3/4".  Pretty small aren't they!

Be sure and look for this book in your local quilt shop or you can purchase online at

I'm having a drawing for a free ebook of  Jo's Litle Favorites III.  Leave a comment telling me if you like to make miniature quilts to be entered in the drawing.  I'll announce the winner early next week.  Make sure that I can contact you if you are the winner.  Good luck and happy quilting!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Magazine winner

The winner of the McCall's Quick Quilts issue August/September 2018 is Teachpany. 
Winner was drawn with
Her magazine is on the way!

Monday, July 23, 2018

McCalls Quilting Aug/Sept

Designed and made by Connie Kauffman
35" x 35"
Photos courtesy of McCalls Quilting Magazine

I'm happy to have my quilt Archipelago published in the Aug/Sept McCalls Quilting magazine.  This design uses the City Culture 2 Collection by Island Batik.  The fabrics are a lovely blend of  muted blues, grays and brown.  The brown has a directional print which worked very nicely in the arrow part of the design.

Here is a full shot of the quilt.

McCalls was very generous and gave me an extra copy of the magazine for a giveaway.  Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing.

Monday, July 16, 2018

2nd Island Batik Box Reveal

This is my 5th year as an Island Batik Ambassador.  Each year we receive two boxes of fabric that we use to create a monthly challenge project to post on our blogs.  We receive a box in January and one in July.

The anticipation runs high when a new box is due to come!

Here is the 2nd box I received just last week - so dull on the outside- so beautiful inside!

Let me show you what all was in the box.
First of all two stack packs (10" squares).  One is Vintage Morris - lovely soft greens, tans and muted orange.  Also  Paisley Dot  Brights.  This is an eye popping assortment of bright dotted fabrics.  There was also a strip pack of the collection Lavender Sage.  It's a lovely green/purple/blue and soft yellow mix.  It came with coordinating yardage which is great for borders, backgrounds, and backing.  They really do supply us with about everything we could need!

Aurifil sent a tote celebrating their 10th year in the USA.  Inside was a sample pack of green threads in 8 different contents and weights.  Also a spool of a lovely soft yellow/tan and leaflets on thread info and color charts- so great to have on hand.

Island Batik sent a wonderful Foundation Bundle of 8 different Blenders and Basics fabric that they carry.  This is so wonderful to have when an extra fabric is needed to complete a design.  The colors included are: Large Netting- Pineneedles, Cherio-Iris-BE, Bubbles-Chartreuse-BE, Dandelion-Wisteria-BE, Iris, Kiwi, Geranium, Chameleon.  They also included their solids in Black, White and Gray.  I've used the black and white in projects before.  The black is a true black and I love the solid white.  I look forward to using the gray in the future.

Island Batik sent 3 samples of their Check It Out line.  This is a great collection of checkered fabrics.  If you watch some of the other Ambassadors box reveals on their blogs, you will see many more colors of this collection.  There is also a wonderful 5 yard bundle of a neutral basic. Since we Ambassadors use a lot of these neutrals- they decided to stock us up!  My yardage is called Custard and is a light creamy tan/yellow with a touch a green.  Lovely!

Last, but not least are the lovely battings in the bottom of the box.  Hobbs batting supplied us all with a queen size cotton batting, a throw size wool batting and a throw size wool blend batting!  I have used several of Hobbs battings, but never any of these, so this will be interesting.  What a great way to try something new!  

I forgot to take a photo of the surprise bundle in the box (it's the bright pink package you can see in the box photo above).  This bundle is a collection that won't be released to the public until Quilt Market, so we can't show them yet.  You will see them in January when all the Ambassadors will be involved in a Blog Hop showing off projects with the new fabrics.  

Stay tuned to see many of these fabrics, threads and battings in future posts. You can also look for them and/or request them in your local shops.

Many, many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting for this great box of inspiration!