Thursday, December 3, 2020

Christmas Cookie

My mom just bought the Storm at Sea Block on Board Accuquilt Die.  I of course had to play with it and try it out.  What better than to make a simple and cute Christmas block that will make a wonderful gift this holiday season?! I of course used my favorite Island Batik fabrics.

I always love Just Let Me Quilt's Virtual Cookie Exchange.  This year I went online searching for a new and different cookie to make with my sons.  I found it...

Monday, November 30, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 90

If you look at this one upside down the pink fabric looks like antlers.  Or high heels?  I dunno.  But I like it!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Inspired by Nature Blog Hop

I am so excited to share my quilt made with Island Batik's new Tiki Punch collection. It is designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran of Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs. This collection reminds me of being on a tropical island. It made me smile the whole time I was working with it. I received a bundle of half-yards of this collection and I decided to make a quilt for my bed for the first time ever as an Ambassador. It was a personal challenge to try to use up as much of the fabric from the collection as possible and I'm happy to say that I did in this 90 inch square quilt.

I had a blast sewing with these gorgeous tropical fabrics and my favorite Aurifil thread!  I quickly got to work cutting pieces mostly with my Accuquilt Go.

When I realized how BIG this quilt was going to be I enlisted the help of my mother Kathy who has a long arm business.  I am so glad I did.  She had fun quilting butterflies and feathers all over my quilt using Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting of course.

My neighbors just put in this new light post....I may be borrowing it a lot for picture taking!

Island Batik is giving away two bundles of gorgeous fabric this week!  Click below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other new collections shipping in December from Island Batik!

Week 1:November 9
Jennifer Fulton – Bliss
Carla Henton – Bliss
November 10:
Denise Jackson Looney – Coco Cabana
Carolina Asmussen – Coco Cabana
November 11:
Alison Vermilya – Heart to Heart
Janet Lael Pedersen Yamamoto – Heart to Heart
November 12:
Megan Stanionis Best – Just My Type
Jennifer Strauser – Just My Type

Week 2:
November 16:
Joanne Hart – Love & Kisses
Maryellen McAuliffe – Love & Kisses
Jennifer Schifano Thomas – Love & Kisses
November 17:
Gail Sheppard – Ohana
Mania Hatziioannidi – Ohana
November 18:
Sharon Riley – Sweet Hearts
Sandra Walker – Sweet Hearts
November 19:
Carol Moellers – Tickled Pink
Emily Leachman – Tickled Pink

Week 3:
November 23:
Connie Kauffman – Tiki Punch
Suzy Webster – Tiki Punch
November 24:
Pamela Boatright – Tread Brightly
Michelle Roberts – Tread Brightly
November 25:
Vasudha Govindan – Tropicana Twist
Leah Malasky – Tropicana Twist
November 26:
Sally Manke – Venetian Marble
Gail Renna – Venetian Marble

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 86

This one is definitely a mirror image....mountains maybe?  Pink mountain's majesty?  

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 85

Yes, they are flamingoes and I suppose they're not modern but when you end up cutting the flamingo shape you just have to go for it!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, October 30, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Thread Painting with Aurifil Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to do some Thread Painting with Aurifil!  What fun!

I received the gorgeous Buttercup collection to play with.  But what to do?  I decided I wanted to make some flowers and I found some gorgeous blue and yellow pansies.  For the thread painting I wanted to make them look fuzzy as that's how pansies feel.

These are the beautiful Aurifil threads that were provided to me.  I love Aufiril.

I then went into my thread stash and found more colors to add even more texture...can you tell I love Aurifil?

For my batting I chose Hobbs Tuscany Supreme 100% Unbleached cotton.  It's a thicker batt and I wanted to see how the texture played with it.

I then had a lot of fun playing with adding my texture.


On the basket I outlined all the blue dragonflies in yellow thread.

A little bit of pansies in the snow as we got a freak October snowstorm.  It makes for a pretty picture!  I had fun quilting feathers and pebbles in the background.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Be sure to check out my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors projects this month!

Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts 

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog 

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs 

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail 

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting 

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart Blog Hop

I'm excited to share my project today!  I love making projects for Carol of Just Let Me Quilt's Blog Hops.

I wanted to make mug rugs that felt like a hug.  I decided on a heart.  They turned out a little Valentine's feeling, but it's the idea that counts. (Hint....go with a different color than pink!) Oh well, I'm sure my recipients will still like them.

I started with a simple heart in a gorgeous Island Batik fabric.

Then I had a lot of fun quilting the heart and background area.

I love it when they're all squared up:

Then I did fusible binding.  I applied fusible to a large square of fabric.  I use steam a seam 2 lite so it sticks and stays.  It's much easier than other products for fusible binding.

I align it on the front side.

Then I cut it to length and flip it over to the back.  Then I iron it in place.

Be sure to make the front pieces straight and about the same width.  That's why I do this on top of my cutting matt.

Align the strips on the other two sides and trim the sides at and angle like the orange pencil.

Then fold these bits around the edge.  Then fold the binding to the back.

Ta da!

Also be sure to go back and stitch down your fused binding.  I use various stitches.  For this one I used a straight stitch.

On this one I did a wavy line to stitch down the binding.

These were really fun and quick to make.  I thought about making ones with pencils appliqued in the middle for my teacher friends.  Or you could dog bones for a dog lover, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing participants in the hop!

October 26

Creatin' in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel


Selina Quilts

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Quilting Gail


Ridge Top Quilt

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

 October 27


Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen's Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia's Mum

 October 28

Just Let Me Quilt



Seams To Be Sew

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Bumbleberry Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

Quilted Delights

Den Syende Himmel

Life in the Scrapatch

Storied Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Food for Thought