Friday, February 23, 2018

A shamrock for our door-Island Batik

Last year I started making mini quilts to hang on our front door, one for each season.  Well I didn't get some of the seasons done, so I will continue this year.  When I knew the second Island Batik Ambassador February project was to do something mini, I would get my shamrock one!  After finishing the piecing on a customer table runner yesterday I got right to work on the mini.

The first box that Island Batik gave me for this years projects had a bundle of Paisley Dots fat eighths.  I spied these gorgeous greens and the neutal background was from a previous box.  OK done deal these are perfect for my shamrock hanging.

The Block Lock half rectangle was used to create the spike borders.  Those along with using batiks made the process so easy!  My mini finishes at 10.5" x 15".  When making my door mini's they are not all the same size, just in the ball park;)   I layered and quilted it with Aurifil 3320 in a 50 weight.  I didn't realize this light green was variegated until I unwrapped it and was winding the bobbin that it became apparent.  It is so subtle of shades, perfect for this project.  This was also included in the box from Island Batik, Aurifil is a sponsor also.

Once again I quilted it before doing the applique.  Since this shamrock is also a batik and won't ravel, I just used Elmers Glue to adhere it and then satin stitched with Aurifil 2890 dk. green.


Don't you just love the dots!!

Since my door is steel, I hand sew little pockets to the back to slip a magnet in, this makes it so quick and easy to hang and leaves no marks.
Thanks Island batik for the wonderful fabrics and thank you Aurifil for the perfect thread for my project.  I have to admit before I was an Island Batik ambassador and received the Aurifil threads to go with our projects I never used Aurifil.  It's been wonderful getting acquainted with it!

Here is a list of all the Ambassadors so you can check out their inspirations for their Mini Love.

Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts

Sherry at Powered by Quilting  <— me!
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

Linking with Sarah Myra Amanda




Monday, February 19, 2018

Hippity Hop

Down the bunny trail I go...
I needed something in my Etsy shop for Easter. I got to looking in EQ8 for inspiration and there was this paper pieced bunny.  I enlarged it a bit and whipped him up.  He is as cute as a real bunny!  Maybe not quite as cuddly though, since he is for a table runner.

Thoughts of adding an applique funky flower in the middle had been there until I was all done with it.  I think most people have a centerpiece in the middle, so anything I put there would get covered up anyway.



















The outer border I quilted with an oval template to represent Easter eggs.  Simple allover meander in the center and some outline quilting for the bunny.  The whiskers were done while he was still on the longarm, easy peasy.

He hopped right out of my Etsy shop, along with his identical twin!   BUT...

















This cutie pie has replaced him.  I am so glad the fabric store is close to me as I am over there a lot!!














 This week I'll be making another color of this one, and much longer.  My customer wants it 65" long.  I made her a long shamrock one and when she got it she loved it so much she wants this Easter one.


 We had some leftover meat sauce from spaghetti last weekend so I cooked more pasta to go with it.    I used a small pan so I broke the pasta in half before cooking it.  When I took off the lid this is what it looked like.  A spaghetti donut!!

 Linking with MCM, Linky Tuesday, Wednesday Wait Loss,Midweek makers,Let's Bee Social

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Galentine's Day!

Yep there really is a Galentine's Day, it's today.  It is to celebrate your friendship with your gal pals.  I made this little Galentine mug rug to mail to a friend.  One of our Island Batik challenges this month was to make something small to give a friend.  These fabrics were sent to me by Island Batik in the new box I just received.


 I cut 1.25" strips from my pink and red fabrics to make a strip set.  Then I cut 1.25" strips from the strip set.  I wish I would have remembered to take pictures of the next step, but I got caught up in the creativity and forgot!!   The background strip was cut 2" and I sewed the first pieced strip to it.  The next pieced strip was laid on the other edge of the background at an angle and sewn with a 1/4" seam.  I repeated until I had 4 of the colored pieced strips, then add whatever size of background to get your desired size mug rug.

This was quilted on my domestic machine, using my walking foot, with a wavy random line.  The applique was done after the quilting and binding.

Happy Galentine's day to all my blog followers and friends.  I appreciate your visits and comments more than you know.  We are all here to encourage and learn from each other.  When I started my blog several years ago I had no idea the amount of wonderful people I would meet through it.  And all the inspiration-you are the best!!  

Linking with Connie for Linky Tuesday, Susan for Midweek Makers and Jennifer for Wednesday Wait Loss

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Petting and Fondling...

Fabric, yes I am petting and fondling my new Island Batiks that just arrived on Friday.  As an Ambassador for Island Batik they give me a box of gorgeous, delicious fabric twice a year.  I use these fabrics for a challenge project each month.  Aurifil and Hobbs batting partnered with them and sent along thread and batting for us to use in our projects.
 Friday I was camping out by my front door(inside the house!) waiting for this guy to appear with the 22 lb box of batiks!  Yes 22 lbs!   See how big this is:0 

OK here we go- Wow, Wow, Wow, is what I kept saying as I pulled bundle after bundle out of the box!


A fat eight bundle of Paisley Dots,  a strip pack and yardage of City Culture 2, a bundle of blender and foundations, 3 yards of purple(so pretty!!) and a twin size of Hobbs batting.  I use Hobbs 80/20 all the time and I love it.


 A queen size of Hobbs Thermore-I did use it once in a jacket, it's thin and warm so it worked out well.  Perhaps another jacket might be needed;)   There's neutral yardage, rayon yardage, a gorgeous rayon scarf, a stash builder pack, Galentines pack and look at all that wonderful Aurifil thread!  And little Island Batik pins.


Oh and a SURPRISE package-I peaked and I LOVE it, but I can't show you just yet.  It will be released at Spring Market so it's a secret until after that.

Did I say I just love the colors of the scarf-that's a favorite color for me to wear. 

I hope you will all come back and join me in the wonderful new year of Island Batik projects.  I look forward to sharing them with you.  This will be my third year and it just keeps getting better and better! 

I am an ambassador for Island Batik, the products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil threads, and Hobbs batting.

Linking with MCM and Monday Making



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

And the winner is...

My giveaway for the Island Batik Stash builder rolls has ended and the winner is

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Cynthia!!  She has been contacted and her prize will be in the mail soon.  Thank you to all who entered and left such sweet comments.

Put a Little Love in Your Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Put a Little Love in Your Quilt blog hop hosted by Carol.  Today I share my checkerboard heart runner with you.  I used a tutorial by Julie for the heart block, I used her large block.  It was so much fun to see this come together.

First I made this red and whited version.

Next came a red and pink version

And third came a black, pink, and red version. 

These were so much fun it was hard to stop making them.  After I put the blocks together I cut white 1.5" strips to border the set of 4.  The outer border is cut at 2.75".   Julie has a great tutorial for making the round lobes of the hearts, which makes it quick and easy to whip these up.  You still have time to make one for Valentines!

Valentines is not something I usually make since I only do fall craft shows, but, now that I have an Etsy shop I find it so much fun to make for lots of different seasons and holidays.   For anyone who is new to my blog you can see more heart projects I did recently HERE and HERE


This hop has been so much fun and full of great ideas, I do hope you will visit the other bloggers.  Here is a full list.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Come sail away

My Regatta is finished!!!!!!  Roseanne has been hosting a Regatta Sew A Long that began January 1st.  I love the pattern designed by Block M Quilts so I decided to jump in and sew it.  Especially since there was no deadline for it to be finished. 

I used a strip pack from Island Batik called Paisley Dot Brights and some yardage white from my stash.  This was some of the fabric Island Batik gave us in our Ambassador boxes this past year.  It has such fun springy colors.  And I am certainly longing for Spring!


I had planned all along to do some cool custom quilting.  But in the end my longarm decided I should do an allover freehand design-you notice I didn't argue with her:)  

 I  found the perfect wide backing at JoAnn's in one of my favorite colors.

I had leftover strips from the pack and made a pieced scrappy binding.  I love my Regatta!  Thanks Roseanne for alerting me to this pattern and for hosting the sew a long:)   As soon as I get bettter photos I will be listing it in my Etsy shop. 


Linking with Beth for MCM and Monday Making

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Shamrock time

I worked up this shamrock table runner in EQ8.  And I dug out my green scraps and cut 2" squares and strips for the 4 shamrock blocks.  Using the Fons and Porter HST ruler allowed me to cut the HST's from the 2" wide strips also.  I love being able to cut everthing the same width.

The borders are cut from stash yardage.


My DH thinks the shamrocks should be a brighter green.  So off to the store I went to get some regular St. Patty's fabric.
 In the meantime, I listed this in my Etsy shop and it sold the very next day, so I made another one today!

Here is the brighter green version with less piecing. Which one do you prefer-the darker or the brighter and lots of pieces or not so many?  

Linking with Oh Scrap


I hope you will stop back on February 7th for my day in the Put a Little Love in Your Quilt Bog Hop
Just Let Me Quilt

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop-Island Batik-Giveaways!

It's the last day of the Four Seasons Island Batik blog hop.  I hope you all have been hopping along and have been inspired by all my fellow Island Batik ambassadors.  If not you still have time to catch up, but do it quickly!!!  There is a full list of participating blogs on the Island Batik blog found HERE. There are lots of giveaways happening so be sure to read all the way to the bottom of my post!

This week we are representing Fall.  The bundle Island Batik sent me is Northern Woods.  I love fall, the beautiful colors, leaves gently falling, and pumpkin pie!  You can see the full line of Northern Woods HERE.  

I was in the mood to make flying geese, and make them I did!  I used many of the colors in the line making them into a new table runner for the coffee table in our living room.  


For the piecing and quilting I used Aurifil thread that was given to us along with the fabrics. 


But of course I wasn't going to stop with just that one little project.  Our couch needed a new pillow too.  I haven't made a pillow in a long time, it was fun to do something different. 



They look so good together!

Nope I still wasn't ready to be done with these gorgeous Batiks so I decided to make another runner-one can never have too many, right?



Ok now I am done with the runners, but I wanted to use these beautiful greens in the same bundle.  So a new purse was born-


This ends my second year of being an ambassador, thanks Island Batik for believing in me and for sending me all this delicious fabric!!  So excited to be starting the third year and anxiously awaiting the new box of fabric soon:)


Ok time for the giveaways!!  I am offering these 2 stash builder rolls which are 5" x WOF for one lucky winner to experience all the goodness Island Batik has to offer! Enter through the first Rafflecopter below for these.  Sorry but with the cost of postage I am only able to offer this to commenters from the USA.



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And Island Batik is giving away-

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Linking with Busy Hands, Whoop Whoop and Crazy Mom

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More Hearts

I am loving making a variety of Valentine table runners.  Last Thursday Connie reminded us of her tutorials for Heart table runners, you can see her post HERE.  That was all it took for me to finally decide what to make with this pink fabric I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics the week before.  Thanks Connie for the wonderful tutorial.  I pieced it Thursday afternoon, quilted and bound it Friday morning and had it in my ETSY shop before noon.


  A fun hook swirl to keep it whimsical, and a piano key border spaced every 1.5". 

Friday afternoon I got started on quilting my Island Batik projects for my day to post for the Four Season's blog hop on Thursday Feb 1st.  Well things didn't proceed as I had thought they would.  My finger met up close and personal with my longarm😬😝😬😢  OMG fellow quilters, don't let it happen to you.  Scared the stuffing right out of me.  It hurt like the dickens and it throbbed like crazy-but hardly any bleeding. Seriously I bleed more with a single pin prick!  That is what I thought was really weird.  The other weird was within 20 minutes it stopped hurting and throbbin.  Cleaned it up, wrapped it up and within an hour I went back to quilting.  So it went through my middle finger of my left hand and it was on the side of the finger, so not through the bone, thank goodness for that.  It wasn't even sore the next day unless I applied pressure there, so all is good again.  


 I finally put my Regatta quilt on the frame this afternoon!  

Linking with Linky Tuesday, Midweek Makers