Monday, February 23, 2015

Fabric Giveaway

It's time for another fabric giveaway.  Pictured below are 8 fat quarters of Island Batiks new line called Rock Me on the Water.  Isn't it lovely!  I'll be drawing two winners.  Each winner will get four fat quarters.

Island Batik - Rock Me on the Water

Enter a comment below on what you might make with these fabrics.  
Winners will be chosen by on Monday March 2.  
Giveaway open to US and Canada only.  
Winners will have 3 days to provide a mailing address.  
If no address is received in 3 days, new winners will be chosen.
Good luck!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Butterfly treasures

Aren't these scrap batiks lovely!  As my first year of being an Island Batik Ambassador was ending- I was thinking of what I might do with some of the scraps of fabric from projects I worked on last year.  I wanted to make a sort of memory quilt using a piece of all the different fabric I'd used.  I thought a long time about what to make, whether to design my own block, etc.

I kept coming back to a sweet little butterfly mini applique block by Edyta Sitar.  I got her little plastic template and have been having a ball fusing and cutting out little butterflies!
The block is 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" unfinished.

The stencil arrived and was a typical quilting stencil with the centers still inside the shapes with  the small sections for marking.  I actually cut out the inside pieces so I could quickly trace the whole shape  in one motion onto the fusible web.  The mini block (she does have a larger butterfly pattern) doesn't take much fabric at all.  My challenge is just what fabrics to put together to make the prettiest butterfly!

Butterflies have me thinking of spring- as well as this flock of robins outside my window today.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Release day- Little Gems

Today is the release day for my new book Little Gems!  Look for it in your local stores, on Amazon or ShopMartingale.  I have a guest posting on Martingale's Blog Stitch This today.  Here's the link:

The Martingale Stitch This Blog is having a wonderful Giveaway of a free book, an Ackfeld Stand and a package of Papers for Foundation Piecing.  Just leave a comment on the blog to enter.

I hope many of you will be making some of these Little Gems in the future.  Keep me posted- I'd love to see your treasures!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Published Design - Rocking on the Water

Here's a new book by Annie's called Quick & Easy Baby Quilts/ Trendy or Traditional.

I have a baby quilt in this book called Rocking on the Water.  It has really cute fabric from Timeless Treasures with little whales.  I made a small pillow with a whale applique to match the quilt.  If you can see a close-up, there are whales quilted in the borders too.