Monday, February 18, 2019

Feb. Island Batik Mini Challenge

It's February and time for the first Island Batik Ambassador challenge for 2019.  This month the challenge is a mini quilt of some kind using Island Batik fabrics that we received as part of the Ambassador Program.

I LOVE minis and this is about my favorite challenge.  Usually I do something with paper piecing because you can do such accurate, small blocks, but this time I decided to go with raw edge applique.

I like the 6" wire stands from Ackfeld Wire and the adorable buttons from Dress It Up.  I made a 6" Nativity quilt that was published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine (online magazine) last Oct. using the stand and Nativity buttons.  I posted about it last Dec. You can see it here.  I thought it would be fun to make a series of mini quilts that I could change out perhaps monthly.

One quilt seemed so small, so I decided to make four!  The first quilt I made was from a pattern called Cool Cardinal published in American Quilter Nov 2017.  I love the artist Charley Harper, and this pattern is made from one of his cardinal designs.  His crisp, sleek designs could all make beautiful quilts.  I was happy to see this pattern available in the magazine.  Keri Duke is the pattern designer.  She is the only approved quilt and applique pattern maker for Charley Harper's Modernistic designs available from The Meredith Collection, exclusive needle arts licensee of the Charley Harper Art Studio.

This mini is 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".  I used scraps of  Island Batik fabrics and mini frosted snowflake buttons from Dress It Up.  Also a small red seed bead for the eye, and Hobbs Thermore Batting which is very thin. (Hobbs Batting was also provided to the Island Batik Ambassadors to use in our projects.)  When making the mini I used the pattern from the magazine just as it was.  The magazine called for enlarging the pattern 200%, but I kept it as it was printed to keep it small.

I love this mini and look forward to Keri publishing more quilt designs.

Remember I said I would make 4 mini quilts?  I did!  I created my own designs for the other three quilts using Island Batik fabrics and various Dress It Up Buttons, and Thermore Batting and they turned out very nice also.  These three quilts have already been accepted for publication in The Quilt Pattern Magazine so I can't show them to you now - you will have to wait until they are published!  I guess that leaves you with something to look forward too!

Mini quilts are so much fun.  They don't require much in materials and they are quick to make.  So take a break between other quilting projects and make a mini!

The winner from my last blog post contest for the March/April  issue of Quiltmaker is Anonymous.  Your issue is on the way!  Thanks for entering.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Quiltmaker March/April 2019

My quilt Compass Points is in the March/April 2019 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.

This quilt is made with Island Batik Fabrics called Dragonfly Dreams and white basic Island Batik.  The white fabric really lets the colors pop.  I like to use coordinating buttons which the magazine forgot to list in the material section, but you can easily see them in the quilt photos.

Quiltmaker gave me an extra issue to offer as a giveaway. Please comment below to be entered.  USA entries only due to shipping costs.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador 2019 - Unboxing

This year started off with the great news that I'm once again an Ambassador for Island Batik!  This will be my 6th year as an Ambassador and it's hard to express what a wonderful experience this has been and continues to be.  As a designer, working with these fabrics and supplies has opened up all kinds of experiences and new design possibilities.

The first year Island Batik had Ambassadors, there were about 12 of us involved.  This year there are 50 Ambassadors!  That's a lot of inspiration and I hope you follow along with us as we all create a new project every month with these beautiful fabrics and supplies.

The first excitement every year for the Ambassadors is getting a huge box with supplies to work with.
Here is my box from Island Batik that I received in January.

 This box was heavy and filled with quilting goodness!  This is what was inside-
Two packages of stash builder rolls- 5" strips of a variety of prints.  So wonderful to work with!

A large package of one of their neutrals- this one is Sprinkles- one of my favorites!  Also large cuts of their black, white and gray basics.  I've  used the black and white before and they are wonderful.  When I use them with other Island Batik prints, I think the prints really pop.  I haven't used the gray yet, but I look forward to trying it out.  That is one reason this Ambassadorship is so wonderful - we get to try out new things all the time!

There are two surprise bundles.  These fabrics will not be in shops until after Fall Quilt Market, so I can't show them yet. I will be showing them to you in a project during our August Blog Hop- so stay tuned!

Next is a bundle of half yard fabrics.  These are from Island Batik's  Foundations line.  These are just beautiful and the foundations fabrics are available all the time.  Check them all out on their website.
Also included were 5 spools of Aurifil thread.  Aurifil is also a supporting business partner with the Island Batik Ambassadors and has been sending us thread in different weights to try out.  In July the Ambassadors will be making projects highlighting Aurifil threads.

 There is a beautiful 10" Stack pack of Moroccan Bazaar that I can't wait to work with!  The colors just shine.  The pack also came with a light and dark coordinating fabric.  Island Batik has wonderful people in their workrooms that send these combinations to us- thank you Island Batik!

Another bonus they sent us was a bundle of rayon fabrics to use.  Rayon sews a bit differently than cotton fabrics, so this is a different challenge.  They also sent this beautiful red rayon scarf.  You can check out their scarves and rayon fabrics on their website

Hobbs Batting is another wonderful supporting partner with the Island Batik Ambassadors. This year they sent us a variety of 6 different batting to use.  Did you know they had so many different kinds of batting?  If you are a quilter like me, you tend to find one batting you like and use that all the time.  Trying out these different battings opens up a lot of exciting possibilities!

Here are all the wonderful products in the first Island Batik box.  Did I tell you that we receive two boxes a year as an Ambassador from Island Batik?  One comes in January and one for the second half of the year comes in July.  Isn't that just amazing!  

But wait- this year we recieved a surprise second box!  This year Accuquilt has joined as a supporting partner also!  What a surprise this was!

This box contained the Ready Set, Go! Fabric Cutter Starter Set.  These sets are wonderful and contain everything you need to get started.  You can check them out at their website

This kit contained an Accuquilt Go!  cutter, a 2 1/2" strip die and the Go! Qube Mix & Match 8" block set (shown open in the photo below) and the Quilt in a Day Go! Qube book by Eleanor Burns..  The Ambassadors will be making projects using these dies in April.  This block set is pretty great- you'll be hearing more about all of this during the year.

Here is the list of the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2019.  Be sure and follow their blogs to see lots of inspiration this year!

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

This is a long post, but I wanted to add two winners from past blog posts.  
Quilting Tangent is the winner of the Jan/Feb McCalls Quilting magazine, and
Deb B is the winner of the two half yard Island Batik fabrics from the Getaway Blog Hop.  Congratulations! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Getaway Blog Hop

I hope you have been traveling thru the stops on the Island Batik Ambassadors Getaway Blog Hop.  This is week 4 of the hop and my day to post.

The fabric collection that Island Batik sent me to use for this blog hop is called Midsummer's Night.
Here is a photo of the beautiful fabrics I received.  Aren't they beautiful!  I got the fabrics months ago and had to wait until now to show them to you.  They are available in shops now.

Our challenge with the collection was to make a quilted project using as many of the fabrics as we could.  Hmm....what to do?  To me these fabrics are in two color ways, making it hard to combine into one project.

One earlier thing we had to do was make a small project 12" x 18" to send to the Island Batik reps as a sample they could show customers of the whole collection I solved my color challenge by using one colorway on the front and one on the back. Beautiful fabrics!

The theme of the blog hop is Getaway.  How to incorporate the theme with the fabrics?  Many of the Ambassadors have thought about vacation travels.  I was thinking about a one day getaway event.  It wouldn't have to be to a far away location- it could be something near home.  Maybe an activity with a special meaning...

I have a good friend who has two sons, the younger son (a teenager) is autistic and the older son started a special race in honor of his brother to benefit Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks is a special organization that supports families with autistic children.  Wouldn't a Run be a fun thing to do on a Getaway day!  This spring (May 4th) will be the 5th year for  David's Run for Autism.  The Run ( a 3K and 5K Run/Walk)  includes a silent auction of donated items.  Every year I try to make something special for the auction, so I was wondering about making something with these fabrics.

I decided to keep the colors in two separate groupings, and make not one, but two quilts for donation!
The symbol for Autism Speaks uses a puzzle piece, so I designed the quilts with puzzle pieces.  The quilts are smaller lap size quilts 36" x 54".

Here is the purple puzzle quilt.

And here it is in greens and browns.

I like each one!  It was hard to get a good photo of both quilts together, but here you can see how the different colors highlight the puzzle pieces.

I quilted them very simply.  The green quilt was finished with straight lines and the purple one with wavy lines.

Aurifil Thread and Hobbs Batting also partner with Island Batik and sent the Ambassadors supplies we could us in our projects.

Aurifil sent me these beautiful threads that went so well with the fabrics.

Hobbs Batting sent 100% cotton batting that I used for both quilts.  Many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs for making these projects possible.

Island Batik is having a special drawing of not one but TWO 20 piece fat quarter bundles - so there will be two winners!  Go to their blog at Island Batik and fill out an entry.

I am having my own drawing for two half yard cuts of fabrics from Midsummer's Night that I didn't use in my quilts.  They are lovely and I hope you all leave a comment below to be entered.  There are only a few days left in the hop- so be sure to enter today!

 David's Run for Autism is May 4th in Nappanee, IN if anyone is interested in coming to run (and maybe even bid on my quilts!)

There are only a few days left in the blog hop, but you can still go back and look at the earlier posts.

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule


Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffe –Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

Tuesday, January 8 – Ditty

Stephanie Jacobson –Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts- Creative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie Kresin Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch –Ark Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea Lee –Bea Quilter
Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs

Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine Wilkins – Living Water Quilter
Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting


Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting
Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15 – Gypsy Rose

Jen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie OBrien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection


Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations
Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell

Tuesday, January 22 – Bazaar

Karen Overton- The Quilt Rambler
Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts
Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel

Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen Neary –Sew Karen-ly Created
Leanne Parsons –Devoted Quilter

Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts
Suzy Webster- Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki Schlimmer –Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Amy Warner –Sew Incredibly Crazy


Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela Boatright –PamelaQuilts
Joyce Mullis –Hearts Creations

Tuesday, January 29 – Midsummer Night

Kathleen McCormick –Kathleen McMusing
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs

Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen
Jeanette Jones –Inchworm Fabrics

Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry

Sally Mannke –Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Joan Kawano –Moosestash Quilting

Friday, February 1 – Candy Cane Lane and Icicle

Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings along Lizard Creek
Anne Wiens –Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Candy Cane Lane
Mania Hatziioannidi –Mania For Quilts
Barbara Gaddy –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb