Thursday, October 20, 2016

Island Batik Pumpkin Fest

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are having a Pumpkin Fest! First of all, who doesn't love pumpkins? Their size, their unique shapes, their colors are just too much fun!

I personally love pumpkins especially pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie (I think you get the idea). So I was delighted with this month's theme.


I used wonderful fabrics from Island Batik
that just scream pumpkin. Look at all these beautiful shades. 

I thought of a lot of different designs, but decided on this one! It is called
 "Gibbs in the Pumpkin Patch."

Here is a closer view.

And still another view. Don't you just love how all the pumpkins are not only unique in size, but in color as well?

There is one other thing that is unique about this picture and that is Gibbs, my cat. Do you see that his left ear is tipped?
This is Gibbs and he is a feral cat. His left ear has been tipped which told me that he had been fixed as  eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered and vaccinated community cat. He just appeared in my neighborhood one day. I have been working with him for a year. 

It has been very trying at times because he has been very slow to trust me, but he is slowly coming around. 

I thought he would be a "Purrfect" addition to my Pumpkin Fest design as it would be just like him to be in the Pumpkin Patch at night under the full moon.

I haven't quilted this yet as I really like it and I want to make sure I quilt it the right way. Getting ready for International Quilt Market in Houston next week hasn't given me much time and I don't want to rush. So I will share when I do get it quilted later this year.

I hope you will share your favorite pumpkin treats and also tell me any stories about your kitties.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful fall!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Piece for Shelter Pets

October is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and some quilt industry professionals are partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to create awareness of Shelter Dogs (and Cats) that need “ furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends.  

Armando from Missouri
These quilters are animal lovers and are helping shelter animals in ways that are new and unique.  

So join us in the October Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and see how we are helping and how you can help. 

We invite you to
 “Piece for Shelter Pets”

It all began with The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) who partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. TQPM helped animal shelters in New York and New Jersey affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals. Since then the program has continued to grow and over 8000 Kennel Quilts have been sent to shelters all over the US and Canada. There are over 900 members on the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team.  Join our Team here!


Our little “SpokesKitty”  Pretty Girl is an HSPPR (The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) adoptee photographed on her Kennel Quilt during the 2013 Colorado fires! Who could resist that sweet face?

There are so many stories about Kennel Quilts and I wish I could share them all but you would be reading forever. The Kennel Quilts bring joy not only to the furry friends, but to the shelter staff and the volunteers. They see warm comfy bright “spots” all around during traumatic times. It also lets the shelter staff know that they are not the forgotten victims as sometimes animals are. Making the Kennel Quilts brings joy to the quilters as they are joining a larger effort to help their animal friends in times of need by doing what they love. 

Toby from Colorado

They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are some that show Kennel Quilts and the happy recipients from shelters all over the United States. These are just a few of many.

Eunice from New York     
Onyx from Missouri

Socks from New York

Pug from Texas  

Ori and Ziggy from Louisiana

 Puppy from Pennsylvania


To help with this endeavor, Aurifil Theads became the first partner and offered a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit with Pretty Girl on the cover. The threads are all pet colors which are neutrals. 

 They will be introducing two more Thread Collections at the International Quilt Market in Houston this month. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.

Holly from Canada
Gary from Italy

Bernina of America  was the next partner and created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine featuring paw prints on the face plate. They have donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

Island Batik has joined  in the partnership and is introducing two new animal fabric lines at International Quilt Market. A portion of their sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

 Fifi and Fido Kennel Quilt



        Happy Hounds Kennel Quilt


Quilty Box  is  making up special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes and the Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.


Benartex  has jumped onboard and will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation. 

                                                         The Joey Collection

All these companies are sending the same message that Shelter Animals need our help and we can “Piece for Shelter Pets” to bring them some peace during a tough time in their life. 

There are so many shelter animals that want a home. This is a great time to check with your local shelter for your “furrever” friend or you can check out However if you can’t adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help as you can see by our blogs Please join us in this effort and Remember to Adopt –don’t shop!

We hope you will read all the stories from the different companies.

The schedule is below:

Blog Hop Schedule:
10/5 – The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots
10/7 – Aurifil 
10/12 – Island Batik
10/14 – Quilty Box (instagram)
10/19 – Benartex 

We are offering some great giveways, so don’t miss a single one. Thank you for stopping by and please support "Piece for Shelter Pets"!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Purrfect Spots: Presenting Island Batik Bountiful Table Toppers

Purrfect Spots: Presenting Island Batik Bountiful Table Toppers: Welcome to the Island Batik Bountiful Table Toppers Hop! This is the September Hop and since this is the last day of September, I am com...

Presenting Island Batik Bountiful Table Toppers

Welcome to the Island Batik Bountiful Table Toppers Hop! This is the September Hop and since this is the last day of September, I am coming in under the wire!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are sent an assortment of lovely fabrics  and then given a theme to follow each month. While we have had some lovely and wonderful projects all year long, the autumn season is my favorite. Do you see the bundle of fabric in the left corner with the orange?
I love all the wonderful colors that burst upon the scene from the leaves to the pumpkins to the chrysanthemums. It is harvest time and the season when crops are gathered from the fields. Many of those crops end up on our tables, so we need a table topper for that purpose. It is kind of like the finishing touch, the icing on the cake, etc.
 So with the bundle of fabric with the orange on the top, I designed my Bountiful Table Topper. Here is a closer look so you can see the gorgeous fabrics. I felt they were just "purrfect" for this project.
I designed a block leaf pattern several years ago so thought I would use that as these colors look like leaves to me. Don't you agree? I had thought about making place mats as they are table toppers, but then decided to go with the table runner.  
And here it is? What do you think? 

There is a tutorial available for the block and the link is below.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog. Many of the Island Batik Ambassadors have blogs as well so please be sure and check them out. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Welcome to the Island Batik Seaside Summer Blog Hop!

It is time once again for a fabulous blog hop from the Island Batik Ambassadors! There are so many great projects and you won't want to miss a single one!  But that is not all, as there will be giveaways of lovely Island Batik fabrics and patterns to some lucky winners.  I will be sharing all the details, so keep reading!

I have looked forward to this hop for several reasons as I leave near the seaside and I also live near Seaside on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida! So this is going to be a fun hop to share!

Now to get in the mood, we need some ocean waves. So click on the link below and listen while you look.  Just to let you know these sounds last more than an hour so enjoy!


For this Seaside Summer Blog Hop, Island Batik sent all the ambassadors different fabrics to use. I got the Sand Dune Collection which has my favorite colors.

Aren't they beautiful? I just love all the browns, greens, oranges, etc. 

Here is the box with lots of goodies! Note the fishnet fabric!

And more goodies!

But this was a real challenge for me as the Emerald Coast looks like this. I wasn't exactly sure how I could come up with a Seaside theme with these colors!                                                                                                                Granted, we have the grass on the dunes, but that isn't the real attraction here, is it?
After much thought, I finally realized that there are certain times of the year when we get Seaweed in our lovely gulf. It has all the various shades of browns, greens and even some rusts. That was it and so I introduce my Seaweed Swirl. 

Now I ran out of one of the light greens as I had used some in another quilt. But I found a green that was just "purrfect" to take its place from one other of their collections. That is one of the great things about Island Batik fabrics - they blend so well with each other!Here is another view on a Sand Dune! Very appropriate since it uses that collection!

Seaweed Swirl measures approximately
40" x 40".

Here it is against some driftwood on the beach. Don't you love our "sugar white" sand? It is a good backdrop for this quilt as it makes the white fabric in the quilt really pop.

I would like to thank Tyler K. Miles of TKM Designs for the photographs of the quilts on the beach.

I have to add that some of the fabrics in this design look like fishnet. (See the top fabric in the box near the beginning of this post.)  It is great for this quilt, but it is not great for marine life. It can get twisted in seaweed among other things and be a real hazard for our marine animal friends. Please be respectful and help protect our marine life, seas and sands. 
Leave only footprints behind. Thank you.


after some time on the beach, you are ready for something cool with some snacks! That ocean air really makes you hungry!

I suggest a tall glass of Ice Tea with some Tortilla Chips and Salsa. And we have a wonderful recipe for Salsa. This is our neighbor's recipe and it is the best! We call it "Jack's Salsa".

1 large can whole peeled tomatoes
2 medium sweet onions
4 large stalks of celery 
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro (optional) - we don't use it as I don't like cilantro
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno peppers with seeds (more or less to your taste)

Use food processsor.
1. Drain juice from tomatoes into a large mixing bowl.
2. Place tomatoes in food processor and chop (medium).
3. Pour chopped tomatoes into mixing bowl.
4. Peel onion, cut into quarters and chop (medium) in processor. Add to mixing bowl.
5. Cut celery into large pieces and chop (medium) in processor. Add to mixing bowl.
6. Remove stems for jalapeno peppers, cut in half and chop to relish size in processor. Add   
    to mixing bowl. 
7. Add salt, sugar, vinegar and cilantro (if you use it) to mixing bowl.
8. Stir mixture in bowl and make sure all ingredients are mixed together.
9. Let stand about 10 minutes and add more seasonings or peppers to taste.
10. Place salsa in glass jars with lid and store in refrigerator.
11. When chilled, serve with chips and Enjoy!

Now for those fun details:

Please leave a comment on my blog and be sure I have your email as I will be giving away 3 of my "Copper Clockworks" patterns using the Sand Dune Collection. This quilt was introduced at Spring Quilt Market.

I hope you enjoyed your trip to my ocean. Thank you for stopping by and Good Luck in winning some of the wonderful prizes. I wish only gentle sea breezes for you.
Below is a link where you can sign up for some lovely fabric bundles from Island Batik plus a list of all the Island Batik Ambassadors and the days they will be sharing their blogs.
Here is a complete line up of our blog hop.

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

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