Friday, August 12, 2022

Island Batik Chickadee & Aurifil Thread


Another great package from Island Batik arrived last week.  This is a 2 1/2" strip pack of Chickadee - a Summer 2022 precut  that arrived to late to be in the July Ambassador box.  Island Batik sent a light and dark coordinating fabric to go with it and Aurifil sent 4 lovely spools of coordinating thread.  I really love this bright and cheerful collection!

Monday, August 1, 2022

Block of the Month - Dollhouse Quilt by Amy Bradley

Have you ever had a pattern that you haven't done, but you keep going back to?  I'm that way with the Dollhouse Quilt by Amy Bradley.  I love all the designs that Amy Bradley Designs has made and I've done a few in the past.  They are so cute and whimsical.  I love the Dollhouse pattern and have considered it several times in the past.

This quilt is a Dollhouse with either 10 or 13 rooms.  Each room/block is made with a pocket that a small doll or "critter" can fit in the pocket.  Dolls can be about 6" tall.  The pieces are fusible applique.  Doesn't this look like it would be hours of fun for a child!

I've never done the quilt mainly because I don't have any grandchildren, or young children in the family to enjoy it. sister Jody was just recently blessed with not one, but TWO beautiful little granddaughters!   So now I have two little grandnieces that might enjoy this quilt in the future!  Jody and I discussed how fun this might be if we each made this quilt together.   We thought it would be fun to take our time and just do one block a month - the girls are still babies and it will be awhile before they can enjoy the quilts anyway.  

The more I thought about it, I thought it would be fun to post it on my blog so anyone that is interested can join in the fun!  Here is the plan.  If you are interested in joining in the fun you will need to purchase the pattern from Amy Bradley Designs.  There is a paper pattern available now, and in the next couple of weeks there will be a downloadable pattern for purchase.  The pattern comes with full size patterns, placement sheets, photos and instructions for both size quilts.

I will not be giving any instructions or patterns, so you must purchase a pattern to work along with me. I will be posting each month on what my sister and I've been doing, maybe some hints or suggestions, and photos of works in progress.  I'm hoping that you will let me know if you are working on the quilt and also post pictures of your work in the comments.  It should be fun!

This month it would be great to purchase your pattern although you can buy the pattern any time and join in the fun any time along the way.  In September I will be doing an overview of the pattern and give an outline of what blocks we will do each month.

The full size pattern with 13 rooms is 48 1/2" x 70 1/2".  The house with 10 rooms is 48 1/2" x 59 1/2".

I don't have any little dolls or critters this size, but Jody has already found some cute ones at garage sales.  It will be fun to be on the look out for some of these this year!

I hope many of you will join in the fun!

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Christmas in July

Honey Hunt
30 3/4" x 30 3/4"

Accuquilt Go!  is the sponsor for the July Island Batik Ambassador Challenge.  The theme of the challenge is "Christmas in July".  There were several requirements to this challenge.  The first was to use the new Tree of Life Accuquilt Go!  Block on Board die that was sent to each Ambassador.  This is a 14" die where you can cut all the pieces for the block in one pass thru the fabric cutter.  We could be creative and use this die anyway we wanted.

Another requirement was to make a project and gift it to someone to bring a little Christmas in July joy.

With these requirements in mind, I looked at the fabrics I received in the July box to see what I might use.  I immediately picked up the Beehive Buzz fabrics and knew who I would be giving the quilt to.  You'll understand my selection when you see who I give the quilt to.

Beehive Buzz is designed by Kathy Engle.  This is a Spring collection that will be in your shops in September.  Precuts are available now.

Here are some of my favorite fabrics from the collection.  Don't you just love those little bees, flowers, bee hives and honeycombs!  I did add some white and Slate Foundation fabric that were included in the July box for the project.

The Tree of Life block on board die is large and heavy!  I designed a variation of their tree and used parts of the die for different colors.  It did make the cutting quick and easy.

Those half square triangle sew together easily.  I used a variety of colored fabrics from the collection in both the trees and the border.  The new pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas made pressing a breeze.

 I used yellow Aurifil for all the quilting and white for the piecing, Hobbs Natural Cotton Batting and Schemetz Microtex needles.  

I just had to add some quilted bees in the yellow centers.  

I named the quilt Honey Hunt as it seems like all those little bees are searching through the trees hunting for honey.

The person I gave the Christmas in July gift to was my Pastor Frank Ramirez.  Pastor Frank is also a bee keeper and has two hives that he attends.  I knew this quilt Honey Hunt with the Beehive Buzz fabric was meant for him!

Thanks to Island Batik, Accuquilt Go!, Hobbs Batting, Prairie Spirit Alpacas, Aurifil Thread, and Scmetz Needles for providing the materials for this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador Program.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Video correction

The July Island Batik unboxing video might not have come thru for many of you yesterday.  If you'd like to see the video, click on the link below.

Monday, July 18, 2022

July 2022 Unboxing

All the Island Batik Ambassadors look forward to the second shipment of supplies for the year that comes in July.  These wonderful products came in two very large boxes.  I was impressed when my UPS man carried them BOTH to the door at the same time!

It really feels like Christmas in July!  Here is a short video of the goodies in the boxes.

Below are some still photos.

First is a sneak peak when the boxes are opened.

Hobbs Batting sent 5 different battings to use.
Natural Cotton

Black and a roll of fusible batting strips

Cotton Wool Blend


A new sponsor this year is Prairie Spirit Alpacas.  They sent a pressing mat that is 50% Alpaca and 50% Wool.  They are a company in Canada.  The pressing mat is 12" x 18".  This is a new thing for me.  I've never used a pressing mat.

By Annie sent a pattern and all the supplies to make it.  Island Batik supplied the fabrics.  I'll be making the pattern called Clam Up.

Island Batik yardage of white, black and gray solids

Two Stash Buster Bundles and yardage of a neutral called Almond

A half yard bundle of Foundations- Solids, Blenders and Basics

A beautiful half yard bundle of the Island Batik Collection called Honeycomb and a light and dark Foundation to match.

Deb Tucker's Studio 180 sent each Ambassador a special Ruler to use with the above fabrics in our Sept challenge.  My ruler is Corner Pop II

This bundle is a Surprise!  The fabrics are not in the stores yet, so I can't show them.  You will see what I make with them in November

A 10" Stack of the Island Batik Collection called Beehive Buzz with  light and dark coordinating yardage.

Accuquilt Go!  sent each Ambassador the new Tree of Life Block on Board die.  We will all be making something using this die in July.

It looks like the next 6 months will be very exciting!  Many thanks to Island Batik and sponsors Hobbs Batting, Prairie Spirit Alpacas, Deb Tucker's Studio 180, By Annie, and Accuquilt Go! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

2022 Quilt Garden and Garden Quilt

Nappanee IN is once again part of the 2022 Quilt Gardens & Murals Along the Heritage Trail Tour.  This is a free driving tour thru 6 neighboring towns in Elkhart County. There are 17 quilt inspired gardens, 14 murals and other sites along the way.  This is a great trip - especially when you stop to snack and eat at great places during the day!  This year there are also 23 life size statues by Seward Johnson at many of the locations.  These are so life like that you often think real  people are standing there!

Here is a photo of the Nappanee quilt garden.  This is called Natures Stained Glass.

You can see the Grandmother's Flower Garden mural in the background.  
Here is a photo of the Seward Johnson statue at our garden.

Every year I make a quilt that hangs in the visitor center just behind the garden.  The quilt always has the garden block in the center and I add a border around it.

Here's another photo of a quilt garden.  This garden is also in Nappanee.  I love how the  garden is planted on the ramp up to the barn.  The garden is called Rail Fence Flag and has another one of the Seward Johnson statures beside it.  These make interesting combinations and adds to a fun tour!  If anyone is near Norther Indiana I hope you take a day or two and travel the Garden tour.  The gardens are in full bloom now and look beautiful!

Here is a photo to prove that I helped plant the garden again.   I'm watering plants at the top right.  It takes many hands and is a long day or two- but so worth the effort!

I hope everyone enjoyed the New York Beauty Island Batik Blog Hop last month. The winner from my blog is Dale.  The fabrics are on the way!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Week 4 New York Beauty Blog Hop

 Here is the schedule for week 4 - actually the last day of the Island Batik Ambassador's New York Beauty Blog Hop.  There is only one Ambassador posting this week.  I hope you've been enjoying the hop.  If you've missed any days- be sure and go back and check them out and enter all the drawings.

June 27:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

June 28:

End of Blog Hop and Final Round-Up and last drawing from Island Batik for two beautiful fabric bundles