Monday, February 13, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Another year as an Island Batik Ambassador

Purrfect Spots: Another year as an Island Batik Ambassador: I am so excited to announce that I have the privilege of being an Island Batik Ambassador for another year! Woo Hoo!   I received al...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Another year as an Island Batik Ambassador





I am so excited to announce that I have the privilege of being an Island Batik Ambassador for another year! Woo Hoo!
 
I received all my lovely Island Batik fabrics late Thursday night! What do you think? I am so excited. 
 
See the little pink bundle on the right side with the biege tie! That is my "Galentine Bundle". Please let me explain.


We have been given several projects for the month of February and I am just getting in under the wire on the first project.

It is called Happy Galentine's Day! You read it right. I didn't realize there was one, but it is celebrated on February 13th. It is a celebration of our best pals and lady friends. Why shouldn't we celebrate our fellow females who encourage and inspire us?












So I had Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on this and I thought I can get this done. However since Sunday was my 29th wedding anniversary, my dear sweet wonderful husband had other plans so my plans were changed! 


Because time was of the essence, I decided on Mug Rugs.  I was going to make patchwork hearts, but ran out of time. So I knew these had to be very simple. I just made two sizes of hearts and fused them together and then onto the Mug Rugs. I will do machine applique around the edges plus quilt them when I have more time. Here is my work in progress.

 




Here they are! I made two. They are not finished, but I think my friends will be very forgiving since this was a very special weekend for me and my husband!


When they are finished, I will share a picture, but I will be back with another project later this month and I am so very excited about that one! It is all about animals and you know what an animal lover I am.

Meanwhile I hope you have a Happy Galentine's Day with your good friends and a Happy Valentine's Day too.
Eat lots of chocolate!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure and stop by the other Island Batik Ambassadors sites. The list is below:


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
 

 Until next time,

                     Nan






 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Island Batik "New Beginnings"

Purrfect Spots: Island Batik "New Beginnings": Every time January rolls around, many of us think of  New Beginnings as it is the start of a New Year! Therefore Island Batik thought it ...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Island Batik "New Beginnings"

Every time January rolls around, many of us think of  New Beginnings as it is the start of a New Year! Therefore Island Batik thought it would be a great idea to have "New Beginnings" as their Blog Hop theme this month for the Island Batik Ambassadors

 I had so many ideas for "New Beginnings" that it was hard to settle on just one. However when I looked at the fabric collection I was to use, I knew that I was definitely going to have to go to Plan B and I wasn't sure what that was.

The collection is called Glowing Embers and it is absolutely beautiful. I thought of so many designs where it would be "purrfect" but none of them suggested "New Beginnings". Don't you just love all those bright vivid colors!





 
Here is my stack of fabrics. We were asked to use at least eight of the colors in our designs. What I thought would be easy turned out to be a real challenge.

Just for the record, I am not a purple person. It was my favorite color as a child only because it was fun to say. But since then I have given purple the slip!

Until this quilt.... 



 
For some reason the purple kept calling to me as well as the gold and green.  These are Mardi Gras colors and here on the Gulf Coast we have just started to celebrate. I knew exactly what I was going to do. I was going to make a "Mardi Gras" quilt as that is definitely a "New Beginning". Mardi Gras  is the beginning of  Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and ending on   Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday which is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. And Lent is a time of reflection, fasting and preparation which ends at Easter which is definitely a New Beginning!
 


 There is a King Cake which is usually eaten on Three Kings Day, January 6, but you can find the cakes throughout the Mardi Gras season.The King Cake historically marks the arrival of the three wise men/kings in Bethlehem who delivered gifts to the baby Jesus. King Cakes contain a small figurine in the shape of a baby which symbolizes the baby Jesus. This is a key part in the celebration of the holiday for which the King Cake is made. (This is a King Cake from our local bakery and it needs more yellow sprinkles in my opinion.) Nevertheless it was good! But check out the fabrics that I chose for my quilt! 




 And so I present to you my quilt which I have named "Crescent City King Cakes". 

New Orleans has many nicknames but Crescent City is one of my favorites as it was built around the crescent of the Mississippi River. 

The quilt measures 34" x 34" and I used YLI thread to stitch in the ditch for quilting. This pattern will be available later this spring. 







Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment about what New Beginning you like as I will be giving away two of my new Island Batik patterns which were introduced at Fall Market. They are using the new fabric collections which have been featured in this blog hop by other Island Batik Ambassadors.  Here you will find a list and I hope you will stop by each and every one as there are some great prizes available.

Thank you again and have a good week.

Until next time bye ya'll,

             Nan
 


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Purrfect Spots: Island Batik Tis' the Season For Giving

Purrfect Spots: Island Batik Tis' the Season For Giving: As this time of year is a Season of Giving, it is only natural that Island Batik chose this theme for the December Island Batik Ambassa...

Island Batik Tis' the Season For Giving

As this time of year is a Season of Giving, it is only natural that Island Batik chose this theme for the December Island Batik Ambassador project.

We were asked to choose a charity of our choice and make a quilt or quilts for them. Well, I knew immediately what I was going to do. As most of you have guessed, I am definitely an animal person and anytime I can help animals I do. 

Therefore I made Kennel Quilts for the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team. This was a group started by The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) who partnered with the Petfinder Foundation after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. TQPM asked their readers to make Kennel Quilts to help the animals shelters that were affected by disasters. These are wonderful little quilts measuring 12" x 18" that fit most carriers and kennels in animal shelters.


These Kennel Quilts were made with Island Batik fabrics about a year ago and sent to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, CO.
  








Well there have been many disasters since Hurricane Sandy including more hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, explosions, hoarding cases, etc. so Kennel Quilts continue to be made. There are over 1000 team members (all volunteer) and almost 10,000 Kennel Quilts have been made and given to shelters all over the US and Canada. To find out more about this great program, click here or go to www.kennelquilts.com.

Strips are great for making Kennel Quilts. So I found some lovely 2" strips in my Goodie Box that Island Batik sent me and separated them into four piles to make four Kennel Quilts. (See the strips at the top of the picture.)








 
Kennel Quilts are a great project for beginning quilters as the animals don't care if the colors don't go together or if the points don't match. They just love to have a soft and warm spot to nap. Penny is certainly enjoying her Kennel Quilt. Don't the lovely Island Batik fabrics make her look so pretty?
I am happy to announce that she was adopted right after this picture was taken!

    

TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team had just put out a call for a shelter in Tennessee that was helping animals affected by the fires. Therefore my Kennel Quilts were sent to the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville, TN. They had taken in all the animals from another shelter that had to evacuate plus they were caring for lost and displaced pets as well.







Because the Kennel Quilts have been so successful and helped so many shelter pets, other quilting industry professionals have partnered with The Quilt Pattern Magazine to support "Piece for Shelter Pets" by making Kennel Quilts

I am happy to announce that Island Batik is a partner in  the "Piece for Shelter Pets" initiative. Two of their new fabric collections will be arriving at your local quilt shop in January - the "Fifi and Fido" Collection and the "Happy Hounds" Collection. These are lovely animal batiks. A portion of the fabric sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation to help shelter pets. Isn't that great?

Other exciting things are getting ready to happen as well in the "Piece for Shelter Pets" initiative in the coming months so be sure and stay tuned!

Isn't it wonderful that the season of giving to help shelter animals will continue all year long?

Thanks for stopping by. 

Happy New Year.

Until next time,
Nan