Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A camping we will go

Last year while camping the light coming in the little door window was waking us up to early!  The next time we went camping I threw up a piece of denim just to block the light, this worked but was so ugly.  Now ugly just won't do for this quilter!   

This month for our Island Batik ambassador challenge we are to make a mini.  It has to be 24" x 24" or less.  So I set about playing in the new box of fabric that Island Batik had given us for the first 6 months of this year.  I chose to work with some blue and green blenders for the sky and grass. Next was to pick out something that would work for the camper, gotta love me some spots for that.  A dark brown blender worked great for the door, and a light tan for the windows. 

I had drawn up a plan in EQ8 for this mini, and then when it was time to make it I didn't have access to a printer for the pattern.  Well how hard can it be to draw it by hand.  Super easy, the camper started out as a rectangle. Some rounding to the corners and a slant cut off for the front. Round wheels were easily obtained by drawing around a spool of thread. The windows are rectangles with rounded corners.  After all the pieces were cut I used my new Janome Skyline 7 to do the applique, piecing and quilting.  That's right I did not quilt it on my longarm.  This is a very rare thing indeed.  But I wanted to try out the walking foot.  

Ahem...a word of warning, read your manual before trying a new machine!!!!!!!!   I was being a bit of a smarty pants I guess, I thought it would be straightforward to use the walking foot.  I mean I have used one a few times on my other Janomes.  So I struggled quilting this little piece without having everything all set on the walking foot.   Then I had a free evening and I read the manual and learned I didn't really have the walking foot engaged even though it was on the machine!!!  Things are just a bit different on this machine.  I tried it on a different piece the next day, what a difference, (hanging my head in shame), LOL

My piece is 17" x 26" to completely cover the window.  The pinwheels on the top and bottom are decorative of course, but were needed to make it the length I needed.  I know, with all the snow and frigid temps that Minnesota has been getting, it seems weird to be making something for the camper.  But this way I'll be all ready for the summer camping season. 

My magificent mini is made using fabrics Island Batik provided, Hobbs cotton/wool blend provided by Hobbs, and pieced with Aurifil thread supplied by Aurifil

Here is a list of the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors:
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ http://studiobilllocke.com/blog/
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting  
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~

I have been having a bit of trouble responding to each and every one who leaves a comment. So I apologize for that if you have not heard from me.  I really truly love hearing from you and think things will return to normal in the near future.  So thank you in advance!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

2019 Island Batik Ambassador

I have some good news, I've been chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019.  This will be my fourth year. Wow how time flies when you are having fun.  This year is the most we have ever had with 50 of us talented, creative people picked.  I say people as we have two gentlemen joining in the fun this year.

The application for being an ambassador was sent out in Dec. and we started received our goodies in January.  And let me tell you they are GOODIES!  Yes I just shouted, because it deserves shouting about.

There are the 5" strips of stash builders, lots of  the solid grey, black and white-yes they make solid batiks!  A 10" stack of rainbow batiks with yardage of two coordinating prints.  A blender stack, a gorgeous rayon scarf, 2 yards of a rayon for a shirt perhaps.  And a nice yardage amount of sprinkles!!  My favorite background fabric;)  Also there are Island Batik pins! 

In the picture below you see two wrapped packages, those are our secret bundles that we will use later this summer to showcase newly released fabrics from Spring Market.  So be sure to follow along so you get to view them during the big blog hop that is either in August or September.

In addition to Island Batik providing us with wonderful fabrics, they partner with Hobbs Batting and Aurifil Thread.  What a fantastic variety of battings. I use Hobbs 80/20 all the time and love it. But it will be so fun to experiment with their other battings.  You see the bag of Aurifil thread in the pic above. There are some different weights in there, it will be fun to use them in a monthly challenge.

 And get this...this year Accuquilt is on board as a partner with Island Batik.  What does all that mean you ask?  It means each of these companies provide us with supplies to complete our monthly challenges.  Isn't that just wonderful!!!  Each year just gets better and better.

I had been looking at accuquilt machines but I just couldn't commit and when we discovered we were receiving a machine, dies, 8"cube etc. I just couldn't believe it!!    There might have been a little shouting and happy dancing going on that day.

Thank you Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil and Accuquilt for your generosity.  It is much appreciated and will be so fun to continue to rise to the challenge each month.  You can meet all of the Island Batik Ambassadors right HERE.

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I hope you all are having a great week, I know I am!!!!

Linking with Midweek Makers and Wednesday Wait Loss

Thursday, January 31, 2019

New machine and Island Batik Visit

This past week I had a great time visiting the Road to California quilt show!  Yes indeed, something crossed off my bucket list:)  It was something I have wanted to do for a few years now and the time was finally right for me to be able to attend.  I walked a lot, looked a lot, and might have bought a lot! Why is it that I always tend to buy things I don't need?  This followed me home from the show...

I went to the show on Thursday and Friday. It was fun to see new vendors, and of course, there were quite a few I was familiar with already.  The machine purchase was pretty much an impulse buy.  I decided to check out the Janome Skyline 7 because of the high recommendation of my blog friend Wendy;)  I was just looking, seriously I was just going to look.  The more the demonstrator showed me, the more I thought I'd like to have that as a secondary machine for mainly applique and just leave it set up.  It has a couple great features that would make my applique life easier, and it seems I have been doing a lot of applique in the last 2-3 years.  One of them is the button to push that lifts your pressure foot up when you stop the machine, easy to pivot without manually lifting the foot.  And the other is when coming to a corner, when you push the button for cornering it will corner with your stitches looking right. Sorry I don't know enough yet about the machine to tell you more details. 

After the quilt show I zipped down to Carlsbad CA to visit Island Batik headquarters.  You already know how much I love their fabrics and love being an ambassador for them.  I couldn't be that close and not visit, kinda a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.  The owner, Caleb gave me a great tour with all the luscious fabric staring back at me. It was pretty hard not to drool, LOL.  Here are a couple pix for you to enjoy.


All of the fabrics has a place and everything in it's place.  The fabrics are all made in Indonesia, and then all the fabrics that will be sold to shops in the US are shipped to Carlsbad, any sold to other countries are shipped from Indonesia.  I hear there is a video being made to show the process involved in making the fabrics.  As soon as I hear it is ready I will post a link to it.  Each collection has it's own area. Blenders, neutrals, and precuts have their own space too. 

The owner of Island Batik, Caleb Willis, and I in the Island Batik Headquarters. It was such an honor to be able to meet him and see where all of the luscious fabrics are just waiting to ship out to a shop near you.  If your shop doesn't carry Island Batiks, be sure to ask them to!

Okay peeps I need some serious sewing time now!!!!!!!!!!!  

Friday, January 25, 2019

My quilt is 'getting away' with Island Batik!

Hooray today is my day on the Get Away Island Batik blog hop!  Welcome old and new friends, grab a cup off coffee and feel free to look around my blog.  The blog hop started January 7th and goes through February 2nd.  The collections we are using were released at Fall Market. You still have time to visit them all:)

Being an Island Batik Ambassador is just the most awesome job ever...oh wait it is not a job because I love it so much;)  Working with these wonderful fabrics, OMG the colors, the feel of the fabric, it's just all fantastic.

This collection is called Brookview. Doesn't it remind you of water in a stream and wildflowers growing all around? You should be able to find this collection in your stores now, if not ask for it!

 I used most of the 20 different fabrics, I wanted lots of color is this quilt so I stayed away from the 2-3 light colors.  It was so much fun arranging all the colors.

My 7 year old Grandson helped with the arranging and cutting my blocks apart after I chain pieced them. 

Here I am pressing my blocks using my wool mat from Precision Quilting.

 I used a Villa Rosa pattern called Tuscan Sun for piecing this lap quilt. I met the designer yesterday and shared a picture of my quilt, she is such a sweetie!  My quilt is 56" x 70". 

I had fun taking some photo's while my quilt was on it's Getaway!

Thank you to Island Batik for providing the fabric for this project. Also provided for us was Hobbs batting and Aurifil thread.  I quilted a freehand allover design of paisley swirl that Jasmine taught me.

Be sure to visit all the other Island Batik Ambassadors to get loads of wonderful inspiration. There are giveaways involved.  Be sure to check out the Island Batik blog and sign up for their fabulous give away of 20 fat quarters also.

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Linking with  Sarah and Myra