Monday, July 8, 2024

July 2024 Island Batik Unboxing

 July is an exciting time for the Island Batik Ambassadors.  This is when we receive two large boxes of fabric and supplies to use for the next 6 months with our Island Batik Ambassador Challenges.  I have a video below that shows what was in my two boxes.

Here are some still photos so you can see things a bit closer.  First is the beautiful bundle of Island Batik's Daisy May collection designed by Kathy Engle.  They also included a two yard cut of a dark green from the collection and a 2 yard cut of Glaze from their Foundation collection. I love daises so these will be fun to work with.  I will be making a project with these fabrics in September.

Aurifil Thread is one of our sponsors and they sent 5 small spools of thread that coordinate with the Daisy May fabrics beautifully!

Another sponsor is By Annie.  I always look forward to making one of her patterns.  This year I picked our the pattern Hang In There.  This is a bedside/sofa pocket organizer.  By Annie sends the pattern and all the things needed to make the project and Island Batik sends the fabric we picked out. You can't see the fabric well in the photo, but rest assured it's lovely!  You can look for this  project in October.

Island Batik is always super generous in sending us 4 yard cuts of their white, black and gray solids.  This time we received the dark gray.  They also have a light gray solid.  They also send a generous 6 yard cut of a light foundation called Egg White.  It has a slight yellow tint with lightly colored dots in brown and green.

The pretty green bundle is a SURPRISE!  This fabric doesn't hit the stores until Dec.  You'll see the project I make using these fabrics in November when we have a great blog hop.

There were two Island Batik precuts in my box.  These are Gradation Collections.  The 10 Stack Pack is called Playful Purples and the 2 1/2" Strip package is called Bodacious Black.  These great precuts as well as yardage are available all the time.

There was another Island Batik 2 1/2" strip pack with yardage from the collection called Bubbles, Curves and Corners.  I don't know who names all these fabrics, but I bet they have fun!  This collection also came with two yard cuts of a dark and light coordinating yardage.  The dark fabric is called Pomegranate and the light fabric is called Tea Rose.

My favorite  precut is the 2 1/2" strip packs, so I look forward to working with these.

More and more fabrics!  Below you can see the two bundles of the Island Batik Stash Builders.  These are so great to increase the variety in your fabric stash.  Island Batik also sent a great bundle of half yard cuts from their Solids, Blenders and Basics Foundations.  These are beautiful fabrics that are always available.  I received three solids called Lime Green, Turquoise and Pink. The other fabrics are called Swirl Sun-Cherry, Peacock, Taxi (isn't that a fun name!), Paisley Dot-Orange, Foulard - Waterfall, Navy and Cerulean.

All of this was crammed in one box!  It's like Christmas in July!

The second box was stuffed full of batting from Hobbs.

Hobbs is another one of the sponsors for the Island Batik Ambassador program.  They generously sent five battings.  My very favorite batting is their Heirloom Fusible.  I was so happy to see this one in my box!  They also sent their Heirloom Black poly/cotton, a large package of Thermore, a Tuscany Collection Silk Blend and the Tuscany Supreme 100% Unbleached Cotton.

Many, many thanks to Island Batik and sponsors Hobbs, By Annie and Aurifil for sending products to use for projects the next six months of the Island Batik Ambassador program.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Missouri Star Quilt Company


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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Prisms Blog Hop with Claudia Porter

Claudia has a  new signature fabric collection from Island Batik called Prisms. designed by Kathy Engle. This is a beautiful collection with bright, happy colors.

Claudia asked me to join her blog hop and I readily agreed as I love this collection.

I selected 6 fabrics to work with and decided to make a pattern from ByAnnie  called Clam Up Bags for my project.

The pattern for these bags has 5 graduated sizes so they can all fit inside each other.  I decided to make three graduated bags using a different color for each bag inside and out.  A variety of colored  Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles were also used.

I love how these bags fit inside each other.

Clam Up bags make great gifts.  You can give one, or a set!

Visit each site on the blog hop to see what they made and be sure and visit Claudia's site to enter her drawing for a fat quarter bundle!

Thanks to Island Batik,  ByAnnie, Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread for supplying products for this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.

Don't forget that I am an affiliate for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  If you use my link 
you can get 20% off any order of $50 or more!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Create for a Cause - June Challenge


ZigZag  48" x 60" by Connie Kauffman

The June Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is called Create for a Cause.  Each Ambassador was sent a ruler from Deb Tucker's Studio 180.  The challenge was to make a quilt using our ruler and Island Batik fabric that we could donate to a worthy cause.

Deb Tucker highlighted the organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace for us to donate quilts. This organization makes beds for children so that NO child sleeps on the floor!  The organization  Quilts Across America  relies on the generosity of quilters to provide a quilt for each bed that is delivered.  Their goal is to get kids off the floor, into a bed and under a quilt.  That's fantastic!  

The ruler I received was called Split Recs.

Each ruler comes with a very clearly written direction sheet.

I tape this sheet to the back of the ruler when I'm finished so I don't lose it.  These rulers are great, but you do need to read the instructions and review how to use them each time.  Deb also has great video's about the rulers that are very helpful also.

As you can see on the direction sheet, this ruler makes a rectangular block that is divided on the diagonal.  It tells how to cut the fabric to make blocks like this -

The ruler makes 8 different size blocks, from 1" x 1 1/2" to  4 1/2" x 8 1/2" In the past with other Studio 180 rulers I've tried making some of the small sized blocks.  This time as the challenge was to make a larger quilt, I made blocks that measured 4" x 8".  

Since the quilt was probably going to children or youth, they recommended bright colors.  So I decided to use many of the beautiful, bright solid foundation fabrics that Island Batik always has in stock.  I used eight colors with gray on one half of each block.  I made four blocks with each color and gray and alternated them with a block done in gray and black.  The colors I used were yellow, lime green, red, turquoise, cobalt blue, orange, fuchsia, pink, gray and black. You can see all the Island Batik solid fabrics here

One caution when using the solid fabrics - I do prewash to get rid of excess dye.  I don't usually prewash my fabrics, but I always prewash the solids.

This quilt actually came together pretty quickly once I decided on the layout and colors.  The block size made by the ruler my quilt came out  2" shy of the suggested size of 50" x 60".  Mine is 48" x 60", but I think they will still accept it!

I pieced the blocks with Aurifil thread and pressed with my Oliso iron which heats up nice and hot.  I used Hobbs Black Cotton batting that works so well with darker fabrics.  I used a variegated thread for all the quilting and I thought it looked nice.  I used the variegated for the top and also the bottom.  The back of the quilt is the solid gray so the colored thread there was nice also.

I sewed the binding on by machine as suggested.  They say it is a sturdier binding for children and for quilts that will be washed more often.  I've only sewn a binding on by machine once before so it was a bit of a challenge.  I usually cut my bindings 1 1/4" and do a single fold binding.  Not thinking about sewing on the binding, I cut it 1 1/4" not realizing I would have to fold the binding in half and sew it on the back and fold it to the front and sew again.  It was a real squeeze to do it with my already cut binding, but I managed!

My neighbor kindly let me take photos at the side of his house.  I thought the red backdrop was very nice.

Many thanks to Island Batik, Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, Oliso Irons and Deb Tucker's Studio 180 for donating supplies to make this project.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Independence Day Star Table Mat


This is my Independence Day Star Table Mat.  It is published in the June 2024 issue of the online magazine called We Like Quilting.  You can find out more about We Like Quilting and how to purchase issues here

The table mat is paper pieced with the red stars raw edge appliqued.  It has a 21" diameter.  This makes a lovely addition to your summer table.  The red, white and blue and apple pie are a sure way to celebrate the 4th of July!

*the winner of the fabrics in my May blog hop is Janet.  Her fabrics are on the way!

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Paper Pieced Celebrations Blog Hop and Giveaway

Designed and made by Connie Kauffman
28" x 22 1/2"

 The May Island Batik Challenge is called Paper Pieced Celebrations.

I received a Surprise Bundle of fabrics from Island Batik for this challenge.  The fabrics were a Winter 2023 collection designed by Claudia Pfeil called Lavandin.  Island Batik sends a terrific half yard bundle of the collection along with a coordinating dark and light fabric we can use with it if we choose for this challenge.

This collection has some nice purples, a touch of teal and many green/ivory mixes.  This challenge comes in the spring and I immediately thought of Iris's when I saw the fabrics. The challenge was to make a project using paper piecing and to make something with a theme of celebration.  April 22 was Earth Day and my iris flowers were already growing so I decided to celebrate Earth Day even though I wouldn't be able to post until a later date.

Lavandin is a collection of 21 different fabrics.  I ended up using 13 of them and I also used Doughnut for the background.  Doughnut is from the Foundation/Basics collections.

Here I'm playing around with the colors.  I think the purples look like the colors in some Iris.

I ended up not using the fabric on the bottom right as it had a lighter teal/green and yellow.  You can see how it sort of stands out.

I designed two paper pieced Iris patterns.  These were unusual for me as they were much larger than I usually work with.   They also had some Y seams that I almost NEVER allow, but they ended up piecing okay.

Here is a look from the back of some of the pieces in one block in progress.  The back is always reverse of the front in paper piecing.

Here is a partially finished block from the front.

I designed a simple paper pieced block to use in the borders that used a variety of the fabrics.  I find that using Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread work well even with sewing thru paper.  And of course it is good to keep an iron close at hand to press all those seams flat.  Oliso provided irons to all the Ambassadors this year and that is a real help.

And then I kept changing my mind on what to do for the borders.  Here are a couple ideas I played around with.

I finally decided I was over thinking things and I went with my original design.

I used Hobbs Cotton batting, Aurifil thread, Schmetz needles and pressed pieces with the new Oliso iron.

Here is the binding going on - it's almost finished!  I always do a single fold binding.

Here are a couple photos of Iris taken outside on Earth Day.  This one is behind the iris in my flower bed.  The real ones aren't blooming yet!

Here is one on the fence in my side yard.  The colors showed up better outside today.

Island Batik is having a great giveaway this week.  Be sure to enter here for a chance to win one of two fat quarter bundles!

Be sure and follow all the Ambassadors during the hop.  You can see the listings here.
Megan Best and  Leah Malasky are also posting today using the Lavandin collection so be sure and see what they created.  

I'm having a giveaway of three half yard pieces from the Lavandin collection.  These three pieces had  yellow in them and didn't fit with my design colors.  I hope you enjoy them!  Leave a comment on how you like to celebrate spring to enter.  USA entries only due to postage issues.  I will select a winner by at the end of the blog hop.

Many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, Oliso Irons, Schmetz needles for supplying products to use in making this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.

Don't forget that I am an affiliate for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  If you use my link 
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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Winter Reflections Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Winter Reflections Blog Hop by Jennifer Fulton of the Inquiring Quilter.

Jennifer has a lovely new signature collection of Island Batik fabrics called Winter Reflections designed by Kathy Engle.  Today is my day to post what I made with this great collection of fabrics and I have a lovely mini quilt to share with you.

I selected 17  for my project from the 20 fabrics in the collection to use in my project. I love the blues, purples and greens in the collection.

I received the 17 fabrics from Jennifer, but I decided not to use the fabric that is third from the bottom on the right hand side- the one that is sort of yellow with green swirls.  It was the only one that had yellow in it and I didn't want to introduce that color in my quilt with only one fabric.  I used the rest of the 16 fabrics above.

Mini quilts are my favorites to make.  I decided to make the pattern Snow on the Mountain from my book Little Gems.

This pattern has two paper piecing patterns that form the Corn and Beans center block for the quilt.  There are also two paper pieced patterns for the border.

For this quilt I used one color for each block and used the Island Batik foundation fabric called Ice for the background.  Ice has a slightly blue/gray color.

After making the 16 center blocks I sewed them into rows and sewed the rows together.  The border was made using a mix of all the fabrics.  One of the darker prints was used for the binding.

I was happy how it turned out.  The quilt measures 14 1/2" x 14 1/2".  I used Hobbs Natural Batting, Schmetz Needles, and an invisible thread for quilting.  I use an Ackfeld Wire 12" stand to display many of my minis like this one.  I love them!

Be sure and check in with everyone on the blog hop and enter to win some lovely Island Batik fabric!

Be sure and go to Jennifer's blog at the top to enter for a giveaway of a fat quarter collection of Reflections!

Don't forget that I am an affiliate for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  If you use my link 
you can get 20% off any order of $50 or more!