My quilt Cotton Candy Shop is in the March/April 2023 Quiltmaker magazine and it's on the cover!
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Quiltmaker March/April 2023 Cotton Candy Shop Quilt
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.
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.
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.
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.