Monday, February 19, 2018

Mini Love Island Batik Challenge


I am an Island Batik Ambassador.  The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including products from Aurifil Threads and Hobbs Batting.

As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are given a challenge to create a new project each month.  This month the challenge was to make a mini quilt.  I love to make mini quilts and thought a lot about what I would make.

In this post I'll show you a little how my mind works...

This idea all came from a plate.

This is a photo of the plates we selected when we got married.  It is Noritake Stoneware.  I love the design in the middle and we've used them every since we got married.  When we lived in PA about 25 years ago, I drew out a design similar to the plate and made a stencil out of it.  I stenciled the design using blue paints to match above the cupboards and sink in my kitchen.  It looked very nice.  I wish I had a photo to show you how it looked.

Just recently I was going thru old files and came upon the plastic stencil I used.  I didn't think I'd use it again, so I threw it away, but I couldn't seem to part with the design I'd drawn out.


It happened to be laying out when I was thinking about a mini quilt for this month of Feb,  I was thinking about some kind of quilt with a heart.  As I looked at this design, I thought if I reversed part of the image it would look like a heart!  I also added a small flower on the side.

How would this look in reds instead of blues?


Island Batik sent a box of fabric to each Ambassador with materials to use in our projects this year.  I decided to use two of the lovely pink fabrics and a neutral Island Batik from my stash.  I think it is called Rice.

I added pearl beads to the flower centers.


Once again I made my favorite size 12" x 12".  I used some of the Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting and Aurifil 50 wt white thread that were included in our Island Batik box.  They worked wonderfully in this little project.

Here it is on the great Ackfeld Wire Stands- a perfect way to display your minis!


It never hurts to go back and look over past designs and update them with new fabrics or change the size and try something new with them.  Have fun!



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Galentine's Day


Happy Feb 13 or what some people now call Galentine's Day.  It's become a day to celebrate all our "Gal-friends".  Island Batik sent every Ambassador a small fat quarter bundle of 4 beautiful pink and white batiks to make something small like a mug rug for Galentine's Day.  This is the pretty bundle they sent to the Ambassadors this year.  Aren't they just like candy!  And not fattening either!

*I am an Ambassador for Island Batik.  The batik fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.


I was wondering what to make this year and decided instead of me making a mug rug or two- how about I let a group of my "gal friends" have the fun of making their own!  My local quilt guild in Nappanee Indiana met last Thursday night which was perfect to do before the 13th.  Unfortunately I hadn't received my new box of Island Batik fabrics with the fabric above, but we were told we could use fabric that we had leftover from last year.  I had some lovely fabric from last year's Galentine's project, so we were good to go.

Being a cold Feb night- just hours before a big snow storm was to arrive, we had 8 brave ladies that showed up.


I gave everyone a small kit with  backing, batting, mini quilt top, fusible web, some heart templates and a selection of pink and red Island batiks.  They each decorated their mug rug in their own way.  I think they had fun and they turned out cute.






Here is the cupcake mug rug after she went home and finished it!



This lady took her's home and added a clear acrylic sleeve so she  could add her granddaughter's photo!



Everyone got the top put together and they took them home with a piece of binding to finish any applique and quilting they wanted to add.  Hopefully they will have a lovely mug rug finished to celebrate Galentine's Day.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Feb Island Batik Box Reveal


The BOX!  Every Island Batik Ambassador is on high alert when the box from Island Batik is about to arrive.  Twice a year Island Batik sends the Ambassadors a box filled with wonderful fabrics that we use throughout the year.  Each month we have a challenge on what to create and we share that with you on our blogs and with a couple blog hops during the year.

My box arrived yesterday amid a big snow storm.  My husband and I shoveled several times to keep our driveway clear for the Fed Ex man to deliver.  Here is the first peek when I opened the box.


Hobbs batting and Aurifil Threads are partnering with Island Batik this year, so they sent several things to be included in the box.  Doesn't this look exciting!

This is a fat quarter bundle to use in making a Galentine's Day project.  Be sure and check out my blog again on Feb 13 to see what is made.


This is a lovely 10" Stack pack of Pumpkin Patch fabrics with a light and dark selection of Pumpkin Patch with yardage.  I can hardly wait to work with this...


Here is a large cut of a neutral batik called Mini Dot Buttercup and a selection of various foundation fabrics.  Island Batik is great to give us so many various fabrics for our stash so we have lots to draw from in our projects.


Did you know Island Batik also has batik rayons?  They sent yardage in this lovely orange and also a lovely scarf to wear!  Does this feel like Christmas or what!


Here is a fun bundle of fat eighths of the Sunflower Serenade Collection.  I already have a project in mind for April using these lovelies.


Hobbs batting sent this roll of 80/20 Cotton batting and a package of Thermore batting.  I've used these in the past and they are very appreciated.  They also sent a brochure about all their products which is handy to have.


This is the second year that Aurifil has partnered with Island Batik.  I love their threads.  They sent a super big cone of white and a variety of colors in 40 and 50 weights.  They will be used for sure!


The box just keeps offering more items!  Here are brochures about Aurifil threads and a package of stash builder rolls- each roll has four 5" strips of different fabrics.  These are a great way to expand your batik color stash.


Last but not least- a surprise bundle!  This is fabric that is not released yet.  I'll be doing a blog hop post with a project using these fabrics in August so be sure and check back then to see what they are!
(I got to open this, but can't show you yet.  But believe me- they are great!)

Wow!  That is a lot of inspiration in a box isn't it!  I have to admit, I've unpacked it all and have it sitting on the floor in front of me and I've just been admiring it and thinking of what all I might create. It looks like an exciting year for all the Island Batik Ambassadors.  I hope you can follow along and get inspired too.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Blog Hop Winner

The winner from my blog for the Four Seasons Island Batik Blog Hop was Anita Jackson.  Her name was drawn using Random.org.

Thanks to all who entered, and thanks to Island Batik for the beautiful fabrics.  I hope you all enjoyed the hop!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pincushion book


Do you love pincushions?  I have two projects in this new book from Annie's Publishing.  The book is called Pincushions & More.  It has patterns for 14 pincushions and 3 needlebooks.  You can take a look at the patterns and order here

My pincushion is called Tropical Blooms

I used some of my favorite scraps of Island Batik fabric to make this one sparkle.

I also had a very simple needlebook project called Doggie's House Needlebook.

This actually shows you how easy it is to make a simple needlebook and use some of those cute little buttons you may have in your stash.  Have fun!

This may have been the first time I had a project pictured on both the cover and the back of a book- take a peek!

Be sure and follow along on the last days of the Four Seasons Island Batik Blog Hop.  Here are the last days, but you can go back and see any that you might have missed.

I'll announce my winner after the hop is over.

FALL

January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
KISSed Quilts • Beaquilter




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Four Seasons Island Batik Blog Hop




Welcome to the Four Seasons Island Batik Blog Hop.  Today is my day to share a project made with the Island Batik Seasons Shades Collection.  You can go to Island Batik and see the full range of fabrics in this collection.  This collection will ship in April, so look for them in stores soon!


I had fun playing around with all the fabrics and trying to decide what I could make with them.  Which ones went well together- which ones looked like a "Spring" to me?

I decided most of the lighter fabrics made me think of Spring.  Below are the 11 fabrics I selected to work with in my project, along with a neutral Island Batik in a light white color.  (the purple color is actually lighter than this photo)


I decided to make a star block and  to use the white for background and the dark purple for the outside border.  The peach was used as center squares in the middle of the quilt. 
The quilt is 40" x  48" .


This quilt could be made with paper piecing, regular sewing with templates or by cutting half square triangles.  I decided to make the quilt using triangle templates, just so I could play around with the placement of the colored stars.

The stars have a flower quilted in the center which made me decide on "Stars in the Garden" for the name for this quilt.

 Just another photo of this lap quilt.  Does it look like spring to you?


This is the third week for our Four Seasons Blog Hop.  I hope you've been following along with the other Island Batik Ambassadors on their blogs.  Below is a list of current and past blogs.  Be sure and follow along and join all the fun drawings.

WINTER

SPRING

SUMMER

January 22 – Paisley Dot
Pamela Quilts

FALL

January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
KISSed Quilts • Beaquilter


Island Batik is having a raffle drawing for four precuts of some of the collections featured in the Blog Hop.  Be sure and enter on their Island Batik Blog.

I have a drawing for four fat quarters pictured below.  I'll announce the winner at the end of the blog
hop.  These are lovely fabrics in blue/green and violet colors also from the Seasons Shades Collection.  Leave me a comment on what your favorite season is and why.  Please make sure I can reach you if you are the winner.  Drawing for USA shipping only.




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 Island Batik Ambassador

2018

I'm happy to announce that I'm an Island Batik Ambassador once again for Island Batiks this year!
This is my fourth year and I'm so happy to be working with and promoting these great fabrics for another year!

Below are some of the projects I made with Island Batik fabrics in 2017.