Saturday, January 28, 2023

Quiltmaker March/April 2023 Cotton Candy Shop Quilt

 My quilt Cotton Candy Shop is in the March/April 2023 Quiltmaker magazine and it's on the cover!

This scrappy quilt was fun to make in spring pastel fabric scraps.  It's so exciting to see it on the cover!

Look for the magazine soon in stores, or you can get a digital copy now from Digital Issue of Quiltmaker Mar/Apr 2023

Cotton Candy Shop
Designed and made by Connie Kauffman
44" x 46"
(photos courtesy of Quiltmaker Magazine)

#quiltmakermag #quiltingdaily #cottoncandyshopquilt

Friday, January 20, 2023

January 2023 Island Batik Unboxing

 The most exciting thing about the new year 2023 is the announcement that I'm an Island Batik Ambassador again this year, and the arrival of 2 huge boxes from Island Batik!

These great boxes contain materials to use for creative challenges for the Island Batik Ambassador program for the next 6 months.

Pretty amazing isn't it!  I can't wait to start designing.

Apologies for the video being sideways!  I have a new camera stand and didn't realize the direction it was taping.  It wasn't until later I found out I couldn't rotate a video, so it is what it is....

Below are still photos with a little more info.

The first big bundle is the Island Batik collection called Sunshine Garden designed by Kathy Engle for Terri Vanden Bosch, Lizard Creek Quilting.  This collection ships to store in February.  I'm using this collection for my challenge in Feb, so you will see it soon.  Island Batik sent two 2 yard cuts of  coordinating fabric with the collection.  The yellow  is a neutral called Butter and the darker blue is called Aruba.  The fabrics have lovely prints of apple, strawberries, peas, corn etc.  A very pretty garden of fabrics!

A great sampling came in the Foundations Bundle.  The Foundations are a variety of Basics, Blenders and Solids.  These colors coordinate beautifully with the Sunshine Garden collection above.  A great thing about Island Batik Foundations is that they are always available.

Island Batik generously sends a 6 yard of a Neutral fabric.  This time I received the color Ceramic.  These Neutrals are great for backgrounds or backings.  Solids in white, gray and black were also sent in 2 yard cuts.  It is really handy to have these on hand!

A 10" Stack pack of the collection Bits and Pieces is a Fall 2022 Precut.  This is a Signature Collection by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.  I'm in love with these smaller prints and rainbow of colors.  They also sent a coordinating 2 yard cut of the Neutral called Egg White and 2 yards of a blue Blender called Waterfall.

The 2 1/2" Strip precut pack I received was a Winter 2022 collection called Sunny Meadow by Kathy Engle.  It also came with 2 yard cuts of coordinating fabric- a Neutral called Bone and a lovely teal Foundation called Parakeet.

Island Batik has a selection of fabrics in gradations of 10 different colors.  They are playful names:  Bodacious Black, Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green, Breathtaking Brown, Tantalizing Teal, Opulent Orange, Naturally Neutral, Ravishing Red, Precious Pink and Playful Purple.  They come in 10" Stack packs, 2 1/2" Strip packs and also 5" Stamps.

In my box I received a 10" Stack pack of Glorious Green and a 2 1/2" Strip pack of Opulent Orange.  These are available all the time.

Island Batik also sent 3 Stash Builder Bundles.  These are 5" strips by width of fabric in a variety of colors.  Each roll has 4 different strips of fabric.  These are great stash builders, and also great for giveaways!  

The last bundle from Island Batik is a Surprise Bundle of fabric that is coming out in Winter 2022.  I can't show you the fabrics now as they aren't in stores yet.  I'll be making a project with these fabrics in a Blog Hop in May.  I peeked at these fabrics and they are great! You won't want to miss the hop in May.

There are several Company Sponsors of the Island Batik Ambassador Program that send products for us to use through out the year:

Schmetz Needles sends a nice selection of their needles to use in our projects.  I only use Schmetz needles.  The packages they sent are:  Vinyl Needles (which are Super Nonstick Needles which are also good for fusible applique), 10 Needle Costume Pack which includes  Universal, Stretch, Jeans, Microtex and Topstitch needles - this covers a variety of needs in one pack, and a package of Piecing & Quilting Needles.  

Aurifil Thread sent a package of their Color Builder Thread.  I received the yellow Bird of Paradise box of two yellows and a blender.  You will see how I use these threads in the April Island Batik Challenge.

Deb Tucker's Studio 180 sends each Ambassador a ruler to create with.  The ruler I received is called V Block.  I'll be creating something with this ruler for the Blog Hop in May.

Hobbs Batting generously sent 4 wonderful battings for us to use - 80/20 Black Cotton, 80/20 Bleached Cotton, Premium Cotton and Poly-Down Premium Polyester, all in Queen Size.

As I stated in the video, this is my 10th year as an Ambassador for Island Batik! 💖 I've been fortunate to be an Ambassador since the beginning of the program.  This has been an amazing experience for me.  I continue to be challenged and grow to love Island Batik fabrics more with each new collection. 

Many thanks to Island Batik and all the sponsors  for the donations of products for the Ambassador program.

I hope you follow along this year to see what  the other Ambassadors and I create with the supplies from these boxes!

Friday, January 6, 2023

2023 Island Batik Ambassador!

The year started great with the news I'm an Island Batik Ambassador again for 2023!  This is my 10th year as an Ambassador and I'm super excited about all the challenges that will be happening this year.  

See the listing of all the 2023 Ambassadors below.

From left to right-
Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilt Studio
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting For You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost (By Annie Bag Makers)
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris ~
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher's Boutique LLC
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~
Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle Quilting LLC
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ WebsterQuilt

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Jan. Doll House Block - Sewing Room

It's time for another block in Amy Bradley's Doll House quilt.  You can purchase a pattern and join in at any time. We are working on one room block each month.

The January Doll House Block is the Sewing Room.  Every house should have a sewing room right?

Here are my block pieces.

Here is the room with stitching finished and pocket attached.  Notice I sewed the buttons on the pocket, but not the background yet.

I love this block, but for some reason it was the hardest for me to decide the background colors.  I'm happy with what I finally decided on.

I'm still using all fabrics from my stash - that's a great feeling!  Amazing what you can create with what you have on hand.

The only top stitching you need to mark and sew is the steam from the iron and the sewing machine needle.

Here is a good time to show how my sewing room floor looked when I was deciding fabrics for doll house rooms.

It was really messy for awhile!

I decided to place the sewing room above the front door.

My sister Jody completed her Living Room.  I LOVE how she added Snoopy on her TV and the antennas!  Great ideas!

Remember that you can purchase the Doll House pattern at anytime from Amy Bradley Designs.

Next month will be the Nursery Room.

Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 Wrap Up

Here are my Island Batik projects for the year 2020/

This quilt was for an Island Batik Ambassador Row By Row Blog Hop in Jan/Feb. It's a pattern called Colleen's Garden by JoAnn Hoffman.  I don't care for Row by Row quilts, but fell in love with this pattern.  The Island Batik Collection I used was called Contempo and worked beautifully for the appliques on this quilt.  42" x65"

Here is a mini from the March Island Batik Ambassador Aurifil Challenge.  This is called Florence Italy. It's 13 1/2" x 14 1/2" and I used Aurifil's Brown Florence Color Builder threads.

In April the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge was Fun with Funky Friends  I. made Pete the Dog, also with Contempo fabrics.

The May Island Batik Ambassador Challenge was Triangle Tricks.  This is my quilt Four Cornered 35" x 35".  I used the Savannah Island Batik Collection.

The quilt Blue Moons 40" x 40" was made in June for the Island Batik Ambassador New York Beauty Blog Hop.

The fabrics were Island Batik Snowsicle - a lovely array of blues.

In July the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge was called Christmas In July.  We used the Accuquilt Go Tree of Life Die.  I used the Island Batik Bee Hive Buzz Collection and gave the quilt Honey Hunt (30 3/4" x 30 3/4") to my pastor who has bee hives.

The August Island Batik Ambassador's Challenge was Marvelous Minis.  This is my quilt Radiant (12" x 12") 

The September Island Batik Blog Hop was called Tool Time and we had to use a ruler from Studio 180 Designs.  My ruler was called Corner Pop 11 and I used the Island Batik Collection called Honeycomb.

In October the Island Batik Challenge was called It's in the Bag.  We used bag patterns from ByAnnie.  I made the Clam Up Bags.  The pattern had 5 sizes.  I used the Baroque Island Batik Collection.

The November Island Batik Ambassador Challenge was to make a Creative Christmas Stocking.

December wrapped up the year for the Island Batik Ambassadors with a Lone Star Challenge.  My quilt Nine Patch Lone Stars (75" x 75") was made with the Modern Opulence Collection from Island Batik.

Aurora (45" x 64") was actually the first Island Batik Ambassador Challenge of 2022.  The challenge was called Step by Step and used the new Foundation Gradations fabrics.  I received the Ravishing Red collection to use.

Some quilts that were published this year are:

Emerald Isle (37" x 37") in the March 2922 issue of American Quilter Magazine

Floating Flowers in May/June 2022 issue of McCalls Quilting

                                                (photo courtesy of McCalls Quilting)

Pixie Posies (24" x 24") was published in the May/June 2022 issue of Love of Quilting Magazine.

                                                    (Photo courtesy of Love of Quilting)

My quilt Pine Needles was published in the July/Aug 2022 issue of McCalls Quilting Magazine.  I used Island Batik Evergreen and Pine fabrics for this project.

                                            (photo courtesy of McCalls Quilting)

The Nappanee Quilt Garden this year was called Nature's Stained Glass.  Here is the quilt I made replicating the garden in the center block.

Linking with End of the Year Linky Party at Meadow Mist Designs

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Nine Patch Lone Star Quilt and drawing


                                                Nine Patch Lone Star   75" x 75"

Today is my day to post on the Island Batik Lone Star Blog Hop.  

Thanks to Island Batik for providing products to make this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador Program.

In the last Ambassador box I received a surprise bundle of fabric cuts.  This was a Island Batik Summer 2022 fabric line that wasn't released yet, and I couldn't show it until now.  The fabrics I received were from the Modern Opulence collection by Kathy Engle for Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. There was also yardage in a light and dark fabric from the collection.

The colors are rich browns and rust colors.  I used 18 of the 22 fabrics in the collection. and I decided to use the Island Batik Doughnut fabric for the background in the quilt.

Instead of making one large Lone Star, I decided to use two lone star blocks and make a variation of each of those two designs.  I ended up making nine blocks- each one with a different combination of fabrics.

In making my lone star blocks, I cut the fabrics into 2 1/2" strips and cut the smaller diamonds using the mini 45 degree diamond ruler from EZ quilting.

The four darkest colors where cut into larger diamonds for four of the stars.

I assembled the diamonds into sections so that there were no Y seams.  This made them much easier to sew.

I made four stars with the large dark diamonds and the rest all with smaller diamonds.  Each star has a different combination of fabrics.

Close ups of three blocks

I used Schmetz microtex needles, Hobbs batting and Aurifil thread for quilting - the colors matched perfectly!

I quilted using some of the Westalee quilting rulers.

The backing is a mix of leftover diamonds and fabrics

I took the finished quilt to Camp Alexander Mack in Milford IN to get some photos at the Chapel which looks out over the lake and on the porch of the John Kline Center

Many thanks to Island Batik, Schmetz Needles, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Prairie Spirit Alpacas  for donating supplies for this  project through the Island Batik Ambassador program.

Before I made the Nine Patch Lone Star quilt above, I made a mini Lone Star quilt that is 9" x 9" using the Contempo Island Batik fabrics that I used in the Row by Row Challenge.  This mini went together very easily using the paper piecing pattern from Little Lone Star Quilts by Lorraine Olsen.

I added a narrow flange and piping.  The quilt is 9" x 9".

Be sure and check out Sandra and Pamela's blog posts today to see what they created with the Modern Opulence Collection

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

My drawing for this blog hop is two stash builder rolls.  Leave me a comment  to enter.  Only USA entries due to postage costs.  The blog hop ends Dec 22, so be sure and enter now!  If you don't see a place to comment below- you may need to open the post in your browser and scroll to the comment section.

Only two days left in the Lone Star Blog Hop- be sure and check out each Ambassador post and enter the Island Batik drawing for 1 of the 2 fat quarter collections - either Modern Opulence or Naturescape.