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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Monday, July 25, 2016

Island Batik Christmas in July

Welcome to the Island Batik Ambassadors' Christmas in July Blog Hop! I posted a Contemporary Christmas quilt earlier this month (and I will get it quilted this week) but I have been working on a more traditional Christmas project  that I wish to share.

Ok just so you know I love Christmas music and I listen to it year round, so to get you in the mood for my blog I am sharing this video. There is a clue here.


O Tannenbaum or O Christmas Tree. I don't know about you, but I love Christmas trees so I decided to make one with a quilt. Last fall at Quilt Market, I took a class from Jodi Barrows.
She is the one who created the unique method of Square in a Square quilting. She has written many books and has several rulers just for her technique. She showed the cutest Christmas Tree that she made and it is a free download from her website. It is called "All Spruced Up". I fell in love with it and knew that I had to make it. Well fortunately for me, Island Batik gave me this wonderful opportunity with Christmas in July to do just that.

I started with this gorgeous collection called Holiday Happenings! You can see all the fabrics here. Aren't they fun?

I auditioned the different colors to see what would look best for my Christmas tree. I had to have the green, the red and the gold. But what about decorations?

This piece of fabric was just "purrfect" for the decorations and there is even a star for the top. Do you see it near the bottom?

Per the directions from Jodi's video and the Square in a Square Reference book, I started on my Christmas tree journey.

My pile of little squares kept piling up and they looked so pretty. 
I was so excited and couldn't wait to sew them together.  And I was not disappointed when I did.

What do you think? Now Jodi has presents under her tree, but I have even started Christmas shopping yet, so my tree is bare right now.

This will be a lovely wall hanging and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up in a care package to a special young lady who will be going to Florida State University in the fall. This will be a little Christmas from home, made and sent with love. 

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas in July as much as I did. Thank you for stopping by. Be sure and check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors Blogs as there are some great Christmas projects!
Until next time,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Modern Christmas - June/July Island Batik Challenge

The June Challenge to Island Batik Ambassadors was to design a Modern Quilt. However during the month of June I was busy making Island Batik Quilts for Fall Market and I ran out of time. 

My Island Batik fabrics were chosen. They are from the Sand Dune Collection.
This collection has some of my favorite colors and I love the name of the collection as well as there are sand dunes very close to my house and they are beautiful. But I ran out of time! And now it is JULY.
However, the July Challenge for the Ambassadors is a Christmas project and as hot as it is, what a wonderful idea!
We always need a little Christmas no matter what time of the year.  

So with that in mind, I combined June and July. I made a Contemporary Christmas Quilt!
I did add one splash of red for traditional Christmas Colors! This is a very small quilt and is more like a wall hanging as it measures 23" x 22". It is not quilted as I want to try some new techniques and I don't want to rush. I will have it quilted by the end of July and will share it then.
Also I will be making another Christmas project so look for that sometime this month too.
Be sure and check out the other Island Batik Ambassors blogs for their Christmas projects. There are some great ones. What a host of talented friends I have!

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Playful Paper Piecing with Island Batik Fabrics

Welcome and join me and the Island Batik Ambassadors for Playful Paper Piecing this month! Our project was to design something fun and playful using Paper Piecing or English Paper Piecing with lovely Island Batik fabrics.

I decided to go with English Paper Piecing as it is a lot of fun to do plus I wanted to make a project from a class that I took years ago at a quilt retreat. The teacher was Dr. Doretha Jones and she taught a great class. However, I never finished the project so this was the time to try it again! The pattern uses hexagons with a few pentagons placed here and there for a delightful outcome.

I looked at all my fabrics and decided to go with a charm pack from the Jersey Shore Collection. The 5 inch squares were just right for this project as they are small and compact and easy to manipulate. And what I was going to make was for the shore!


I chose colors that seemed to go with the ones found in my big backyard along the Emerald Coast! Lovely blues and greens with an occasional splash of sunrise or sunset.

Here is what I stitched! A little beach bag that is just "purrfect" for carrying your car keys, cell phone and suntan lotion!

I used the plastic top of a lemonade mix in the bottom to make it sturdy and then added lining. Nothing fancy - just whip stitched it around the top. I was going to add some gold rings inside about 1/2 inch from the top for the cord to make it close. No gold rings but found some thin silver washers in my husband's tool box that did the trick.
The base of a large plastic jar of peanut butter also works for the bottom, but it wasn't empty. Maybe I can get my husband to make some of his famous peanut butter cookies!

Here is the recipe should you need to get rid of some peanut butter. (Good snacks for the beach).

Mr. B's Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (Peter Pan is his favorite to use)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg well beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and peanut butter. Add sugar and then the egg. Then add the rest of the dry ingredients. Roll in little balls and press down with fork on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool and enjoy!

Now before we leave the beach, the Emergency Management side of me is taking over.  With Memorial Day right around the corner, I know many of you will be visiting beaches whether here in Florida or in other areas of the country or the world. 

Please pay attention to the information and notices at the beach as it is so very important. Water and rip currents can be very unforgiving even for strong swimmers. I want you to have a happy and a safe holiday! And remember leave only footprints behind!

Be sure and check out the Island Batik Ambassadors  as many have been sharing or will be sharing some wonderful paper piecing projects this month. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful summer!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April Showers for Island Batik

I just love being an Island Batik Ambassador as there is always a challenge for creativity. Every month this year, we are given a theme for a quilt or project and we are to run with it.
It has been so nice as I feel I am being pushed (in a good way) to try new things. I am learning so much finding that "old dogs can learn new tricks". For those that don't know, I am very much an animal lover so this is a compliment.

When I received my new fabrics at the beginning of the year, I had no idea what they would turn out to be, but when I got this theme for April, there was no question of what I had to do. 

Do you see those wonderful blue fabrics? They are from the Tinsel Collection. Do you see the way the fabrics are featured? 
It looked like rain and it gave me a great idea!

 The colors were just "purrfect" for this quilt.

Now there are some snowflakes in this collection, but I think it is very fitting as this April has had a lot of snow for many here in the USA. I also used some fabrics from some of their other collections as well.

I started with 1 1/2" strips and started sewing them together and I didn't match the strips as I wanted to give the illusion of falling rain. This is on my fabric wall. Please pardon all my threads on the bare space.

So I kept going and I ended up with my quilt which I am calling "Getting out of Harm's Way".
What do you think?

Here is Mama Duck with three little ducklings.  The one right behind her is a little girl with a pink umbrella. 


A little boy is next and he looks like he has been splashing in mud puddles. He is made with the Sea Salt Sandy Collection as is the grass.  He is being followed by his brother. Can you see the snowflakes in some of the fabrics behind the ducks?
The reason I named my quilt "Getting out of Harm's Way" is because it is important to be prepared in case you have to evacuate from your house. And when you prepare, you need to also make provisions for your pets as well. As a former member of the Disaster Animal Response Team for The Humane Society of the United States, I know how important this preparation can be. I have written a plan called The CASEY Plan (Caring for Animals Safely in Emergencies during the Year). Please feel free to download it and share with your friends who have pets and even those who don't. Hurricane season is right around the corner starting June 1 so it is good to make arrangements now and have a plan in place. 

So I am hoping these little ducks with their mom will encourage you to make a plan. Thank you for stopping by. And may all your April Showers bring May Flowers!

All of the Island Batik Ambassadors are posting April Showers projects on their blogs. You don't want to miss any of the projects. The list of the Island Batik Ambassadors and their blogs are below. 

April Showers Ambassador Posts

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Another Mini Madness project for March

Welcome to my second Mini Madness for March with the Island Batik Ambassadors
I am so glad to be able to share another project. The guidelines for Mini Madness are no quilts bigger than 24" x 24".

Well, when I think of small quilts, I immediately think of Kennel Quilts. So this would be a "purrfect" project for that. But wait. I already did that with the Island Batik Blog Hop Sock Hop last year.

So I decided on something a little different, but definitely animal related. If you are a pet owner and you have to evacuate, you need to take your pets with you. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pets. You can find helpful information regarding evacuating with your pets from The CASEY Plan.

One important tip for evacuation with your pets is to have all their medicines and medical records plus a current photo for ID.

Therefore I decided to make a fabric folder that will carry those things and be able to be tied to the pet carrier.

It starts out very much like a Kennel Quilt. I sewed three 5" Island Batik Fabric Strips together  for the outside and used one piece of fabric from the Lavish Collection for the inside. I choose my fabrics from this group of lovely Island Batik fabrics. I used one of the 5" strip rolls in the lower left hand corner and the red fabrics in the right corner.

After sewing the strips together and making my quilt (and I apologize for no pictures of that, but my camera did not cooperate), I attached a ribbon along the middle of one of the panels. The quilt measures 13" x 18" when finished.

I sewed both sides of the ribbon to the quilt top.

I then turned the quilt over, and flipped the bottom gray strip inside and stitched in to either side as well as 6" inches in from either side.

I then folded the ribbon back on one side and stitched it down again so the folder can close.

Now you can carry your medications, medical records and your contact information, etc.
I did add a plastic vinyl pouch on the front (I did this before I flipped the gray strip to the inside.)

Now I have a place to put my cat's picture.


You will also notice that my name is on the carrier. I also have my contact information   plus my veterinarian's contact info as well. Magic markers are great for this.

And now my carrier is already to go with the Fabric Folder and a Kennel Quilt!  I just need to get the cat!
I hope you have enjoyed this Mini Madness project. The Island Batik Ambassadors have enjoyed sharing these with you during the month of March.  I have a list below if you missed any of the projects. Please be sure and check them out as there are some wonderful projects. 

And next month - April Showers will be coming your way, so grab your umbrella for all the fun!

See you then! Thank you again for stopping by!