Monday, February 19, 2018

I May Have a Stash Problem and Other Things

If you’re still here, I apologize for being absent. My “little engine that could” has felt more like a derailed train since my mother/best friend passed away in October.

In January I took a step back to re-evaluate my sewing and make some New Year’s resolutions.

1. Finish UFO quilt topsI seem to love making tops but not finishing quilts. I know you recognize some of those. Egads!

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2. De-stash scrap binsSome have exploded into two bins per colorway. Uggg.

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3. Make more charity quilts Repeat steps 1 & 2 as needed.

 

Luckily for me motivation is everywhere and it’s never to late to join in!!!

 

This year the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop over at Seams to Be Sew Blog has an UFO theme. Woot! That starts March 15th.

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2018

Hand2Help is right around the corner with sign up is March 11th. There are several wonderful charities to pick from including tops only which are needed in Canada.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Although one month late, I’m going to join Confessions of a Fabric Addict’s Scrap Attack 2018 Challenge.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

My 12 Goals for the Scrap Attach Challenge

1. Make a string project
2. Make a strip project
3. Use novelty scraps
4. Use  batik scraps – January completion - going to Bright Hopes Organization
5. Use red scraps
6. Use blue scraps
7. Use red, white, and green scraps together Ho,Ho,Ho
8. Use food fabrics
9. Use pink and brown scraps with the GO cupcake die
10. Use black and white scraps
11. Use a rainbow collection of scraps
12. Use scraps with the GO butterfly die

 

Wish me luck! I hope I can keep up the UFO and scrappy motivation!!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Island Batik Blog Hop, Free Tutorial, Give Away

 

Are you ready for a MONTH of new Island Batik fabric fun?

The Island Batik Ambassadors have been playing with the new Fall/Winter fabrics and have lots of inspiration for you.

Majestic Mountains Flat

My collection was the beautiful Mountain’s Majesty.

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…And if the fabrics alone don’t get you totally inspired here are some of the patterns that are available in the Island Batik catalog.

Shadow Box by Mountainpeek CreationsShadow Box

Zig Zag by Mountainpeek Creations
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Free Tutorial

Are you totally motivated? Want to jump right in with a fast project?

I decided to start my year off on the “right foot” with two charity quilts. I spotted this super fast design on Pinterest and fell in love.

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Here’s how I made mine…I started with a 10” square of each of my fabrics and the equal number of 10” white squares.

update: I started with 27 colored squares and 27 white squares for the quilt in the photo. Finished block size in the quilt is 9”.

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Next I cut a 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” rectangle (A) off the left side of my 10” square. Then I cut the remaining fabric into a 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” square (B) and a 6 1/2” x 3 1/2” rectangle (C). Repeat those steps for all your 10” squares.

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Now the fun begins. Swap the white 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” squares with the colored 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” squares. Chain Sew!!!! ZOOM ZOOM! Sew “B” to “C” then add “A”. I added my colored pieces randomly in a mix and match style.

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In just an hour I had enough squares finished to make two twin sized quilts.
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January Special at FunThreads Designs just for you!


Give Away

Click on the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a bundle of three stash building 5” strips. Open to US residents only.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Guidelines and Rules for FunThreads Designs give away.

  • No purchase necessary.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • While we hope you will leave a comment on the post of the day because we love comments, we want no reply bloggers to have a chance at winning also. Rafflecopter will collect your name, location, and email.
  • Three rolls of 5” stash building fabrics will be given away to one winner.
  • Winner picked at random via Rafflecopter at the end of the day on Jan. 12. Winner will receive notification via email. Winner will have approximately 5 days to claim their gift, if 5 days passes, the gift will be offered to another eligible entrant. Winner who will receive a shipped item will need to provide name, address, city, state. All prizes will be awarded.
  • Winner will be announced on this blog and in the Rafflecopter window here on this page.Winner agrees to allow their name, city, state to be publicized.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on total number of rafflecopter entries.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win where applicable.Some restrictions on gifts will apply based on shipping policies.This sweepstakes is void  where prohibited by law.


Visit all the other Island Batik Ambassadors for more INSPIRATION and fun

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WINTER COLLECTIONS

Jan 8th

Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Jan 9th

Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs

Jan 10th

Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
  

Jan 11th

Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Nan from
 Purrfect Spots Designs

SPRING COLLECTIONS

Jan 15th

Jan Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Linda from Inspired Layers

Jan 16th

Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner

Jan 17th

Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting

Jan 18th

Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs

SUMMER COLLECTIONS

Jan 22nd

Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Kate from Seams Like a Dream

Jan 23rd

Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Jan 24th

Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations

Jan 25th

Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marlene from 
Kissed Quilts

FALL COLLECTIONS

Jan 29th

Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Marian from Seams to be Sew

Marlene from Kissed Quilts

Jan 30th

Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Bea from Beaquilter

Jan 31st

Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Feb 1st

Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting





#islandbatikambassador #islandbatik #thebestfrombali #fourseasonsbloghop

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Quick Table Topper and Give Away

Need a quick gift idea? How about a colorful table topper!

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The Island Batik Ambassadors are sharing lots of fun table topper ideas this month.

Tabletop

My friend Sharon started with a 5” charm pack of lovely Island Batik fabrics. She pieced the blocks into rows shown below.

image 1Then she assembled those rows set on the diagonal.

image 2Now for the magical part. Just line up a ruler so it’s a 1/4” out from the block points and cut off the extra triangles with your rotary cutter.

Tada!!! No fussing with piecing triangles here!!

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You can bind or use the stitch and birth method to finish.

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A huge THANK YOU to my friend Sharon for jumping and helping me this month!!


Happy Holiday Bonus to everyone in my Etsy shop


Give Away

One Quilter’s 2018 planner and magazine to one winner. Open to USA residents only. Enter for a chance to win on the Rafflecopter below

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  See more information about the Quilter’s Planner HERE

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Guidelines and Rules for FunThreads Designs give away.

  • No purchase necessary.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • While we hope you will leave a comment on the post of the day because we love comments, we want no reply bloggers to have a chance at winning also. Rafflecopter will collect your name, location, and email.
  • One (1) copy of the 2018 Quilter’s Planner and pattern magazine will be given away to one winner.
  • Winner picked at random via Rafflecopter at the end of the day on Dec. 29th. Winner will receive notification via email. Winner will have approximately 5 days to claim their gift, if 5 days passes, the gift will be offered to another eligible entrant. Winner who will receive a shipped item will need to provide name, address, city, state. All prizes will be awarded.
  • Winner will be announced on this blog and in the Rafflecopter window here on this page.Winner agrees to allow their name, city, state to be publicized.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on total number of rafflecopter entries.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win where applicable.Some restrictions on gifts will apply based on shipping policies.This sweepstakes is void  where prohibited by law.


Visit all the other Island Batik Ambassadors
for more fun table topper ideas

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts  
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore