Monday, February 22, 2021

More Place Mats and Prize Winner

 In January the Island Batik Ambassadors posted about place mats and it reminded me I wanted to show you the ones my sister Jody Warner made using some beautiful blue Island Batik fabrics

I love what she did with a variety of colors and scraps!  The colors look great in her house.

The winner of my drawing from the Create for a Cause is Quilting Tangent.  She has been contacted and the fabrics are on their way!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Create for a Cause Blog Hop Week 3


Colors of Camp
Designed and made by Connie Kauffman
50" x  60"

Today is the day for me to post my project for the Create for a Cause Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  For my creation I used the Painted Blossoms Fabric Collection from Island Batik designed by Kathy Engle for Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

Aren't these lovely fabrics?  I was able to use the whole collection in the quilt.

It is always a challenge to design something with so many fabrics.  In many ways it's like designing a scrap quilt.  For this quilt I first saw a photo of a quilt on Pinterest that was a scrappy quilt- but all in red and white fabrics.  Very pretty!  But that pattern used selections of light and dark reds- half the block in dark red and half in light red.  I wouldn't be able to do that with this collection.

So I took the design and made each of the blocks one color and the center blocks all one color and the pinwheels one color.  That was nice and scrappy and I could use all the fabrics.  

Then I thought, why don't I cut the center block on the diagonal and use two colors for the center?  I could use more colors this way.  Wow, I love what that did!  Now I had a nice secondary design of squares on the diagonal.  It is always fun to take a block and play around with it and see what you come up with.  It may surprise and delight you!

The second part of our challenge was to decide on a non-profit that we would like to give our quilt to.  I chose Camp Alexander Mack in Milford Indiana.  

This is our church camp that has a wonderful facility and provides many  programs for children thru adults during the year.  Unfortunately with COVID, almost all programing was shut down this year.  Every year there is a festival and auction in October to support the Camp and I usually donate a quilt or two.  This past year they weren't able to have the Festival, but did have an online auction.  I am donating this quilt and hope we can have the Festival in person this Oct.

On the back of the quilt I spelled out CAMP MACK in bold letters.

Here's a funny story that wasn't so funny at the time.  I prewashed the fabrics for this quilt as I know it will be washed often in it's life.  I washed the fabrics, dried and ironed them and got busy cutting and sewing the blocks.  What a surprise I had the next time I went to do laundry and found one of the fabrics flattened against the wall of the washer!  All  my blocks were already sewn!  Well, I hadn't done the lettering on the back yet, so I decided to add the pretty teal fabric to both sides of the words. I think it looks great and can now say I did use all the fabrics in the quilt!

I used Island Batik Painted Blossoms CollectionHobbs Premium Cotton Batting and Schmetz Microtex Chrome Professional Grade Needles and Aurifil Thread in making the quilt.

Disclaimer:  all the fabrics, thread, batting and needles for this project were supplied to me thru the Island Batik Ambassador program

Island Batik is having another great drawing. This time there are two drawings- for 2 1/2" strip packs of either Painted Blossoms or Starry Night. Be sure and go to their website and enter.

I am having a drawing of a selection of 44 half square triangles (4 1/5" F) and 4 light colored blocks 9" x 10" of the Painted Blossom Collection.  Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing.  Drawing is for USA only due to shipping.  Winner will be drawn thru at the end of the Blog Hop.  Please make sure that I can contact you if you are a winner.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Week 3 Create for a Cause blog posts

 Here are the blog posts for this coming week of the Create for a Cause Blog Hop with Island Batik Ambassadors.  My post is set for tomorrow!

February 15:

February 16:

February 17:

February 18:

February 19:

End of Blog Hop and Round-Up

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Create for a Cause Blog Hop Week 2


This is week 2 of the Create for a Cause Island Batik Ambassadors Blog Hop.

Below are the Ambassadors posting this week

February 8:

February 9:

February 10:

February 11:

February 12:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

Be sure and check out all the great projects.

Island Batik also has a fantastic fabric drawing this week - Mystery bundles!

Go to the Island Batik Blog to enter

Monday, February 1, 2021

Create for a Cause Blog Hop


Join the Island Batik Ambassadors for the next three weeks in our Create for a Cause Blog Hop.  The 24 Island Batik Ambassadors will be sharing their projects made with the new Island Batik Collections and products from other sponsors that came in their first Island Batik Ambassador box for 2021.  All projects will be donated to various organizations of their choice.

The fabrics, featured in this Blog Hop, are from the stunning Fall 2020 Collections, that will start appearing in your fabric stores in February. To find your local Island Batik shop, visit the Store Locator on the Island Batik website, plug in your zip code, and your local shop will appear on the map! Super easy and helpful!

To celebrate the launch of the Blog Hop, this week Island Batik is giving away two Fat Quarter packs of the complete Island Batik Citrus Sun collection by Kathy Engle - visit Island Batik to sign up!

Every Friday of the three week Hop Island Batik will post round-ups of the projects and give away other bundles of fabric that were featured during the week.  Don't forget to sign up each week.  Many Ambassadors will also be having their own give-a-ways.

Here is a list of the stops along the blog hop this week- be sure and stop in!

February 1:

February 2:

February 3:

February 4:

February 5:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

My day on the hop is the 15th- don't miss it!