Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop with Island Batik

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop featuring Island Batik's newest collections!
As an Island Batik Ambassador, I was sent lovely fabrics showcasing the latest collections that were introduced at Fall Market in Houston, TX. Each ambassador got a different collection and it was so much fun to see what was in the box when it arrived! I was so excited when I saw my collection. It is called Alpine Jingle. Look at these wonderful fabrics!

Aren't they happy and fun?

It just makes me smile looking at them. With all the little patterns of trees and diamonds and stars, I knew immediately what I had to do! Sweaters or cardigans as they are called in England!


A dear friend who just happens to be a former Island Batik Ambassador gave me more encouragement to make this design by knitting this cute little sweater and sending it to me. I just love it! Thank you, Maria!

One of the dogs from my dalmatian collection thought it was a "purrfect" fit! Doesn't he look sporty?

This a normal size coat hanger so you can see how tiny this little sweater is.

And so I introduce to you "Christmas Cards"! Isn't it fun?

Here is another view!

Here is the little sweater with my quilted sweaters! I used Aurifil Threads for all my applique and quilting!

I am having trouble picking out my favorite sweater!
Which one do you like? One of these or.......

or one of these or......................

Or maybe one of these! It is really hard to choose, isn't it!

I had so much fun making this pattern and it will be available early February. But before you go, there are lots of giveaways from the Four Seasons Blog Hop! I am going to give away several rolls of gorgeous Island Batik Fabric! (This is only good for those in the US.) All you have to do is let me know which is your favorite sweater in the comment box. Please leave your email address as well. I will pick a winner using

For those not in the US, I don't want to leave you out, so if you are the lucky winner,  I will send a pdf. file of one of my latest patterns with Island Batik introduced at Quilt Market. It is from my Signature Collection, Northern Woods by Kathy Engle. I call it Blueberry Cheesecake! 

But wait there is more. Island Batik is giving away four precuts from the collections you’ll see featured throughout this hop! You can enter here.

All the Island Batik Ambassadors are "hopping" this month with lots of beautiful quilts and great giveaways! Be sure and check out each and every one. Here is the list:

Jan 8th
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Jan 9th
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs

Jean-Sophie from 
Sophie Junction
Jan 10th
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Jan 11th
Jan 15th
Jan Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Linda from Inspired Layers
Jan 16th
Jan 17th
Stephanie from Quilt’n PartyJessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Jan 18th
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Jan 22nd
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jan 23rd
Jan 24th
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Jan 25th
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marlene from 
Kissed Quilts
Jan 29th
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Marian from Seams to be Sew

Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Jan 30th
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Bea from Beaquilter
Jan 31st
Feb 1st
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thank you so much for stopping by and Good luck!  Have a great year!

Until next time,

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Scrappy Table Toppers with Creative Borders

Purrfect Spots: Scrappy Table Toppers with Creative Borders: For the month of December the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do  a Scrappy Table Topper. As I had not finished the October chall...

Scrappy Table Toppers with Creative Borders

For the month of December the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do  a Scrappy Table Topper. As I had not finished the October challenge which was Creative Borders, I decided to combine the two challenges. (There was no challenge for November.) 

I had started on a quilt for the October project before I went to Quilt Market. I was not able to get back to it until December.  
Here is the quilt top I made in October with a mixture of fabrics from the Happy Hounds Collection and the Blue Moon Collection.

 I started adding borders and borders and borders and below is the final product.
I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. It is a great size for a card table!


 But I didn't stop there! For more scrappy table toppers, I made placemats! With my little silver tree, they are "purrfect".

And I am not finished yet. I just started a table topper yesterday with hexagons using a method from Mary M. Hogan - Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash.

I am having so much fun with this as I can sit and fold while watching all the Bowl games over the New Year's holiday. Yes, I do love football.

Here is one of the hexies that I have made. I am going to make a table runner. As you can tell I am trying to make up for lost time. I will share that picture when it is finished.

Thank you for stopping by and I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Back to School with Island Batik Blog Hop

Purrfect Spots: Back to School with Island Batik Blog Hop: As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are sent a box of yummy Island Batik fabrics and we have to create different projects each month. For...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Back to School with Island Batik Blog Hop

As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are sent a box of yummy Island Batik fabrics and we have to create different projects each month. For September we were given a  " Back to School" challenge for our blog hop! Usually we can choose the colors we want for our monthly project, but for September Island Batik wanted us to use a specific collection that was sent to us. My collection is hiding under all the lovely fabrics which I have used in other projects that I have shared.

And here is the collection called Captain's Anchor!  I live on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida and I love the nautical theme plus the rich navy, red, gold and white. This collection spoke to me  about the ocean. (Of course the anchors and the lobsters did have some influence.)

Here is a sample quilt that I made which uses all the fabrics. They are lovely, but didn't  speak "Back to school" to me.

But fortunately I had a light bulb moment and decided to make a nautical flag alphabet quilt. I am combining the best of both worlds. You learn your ABC's in school and if you join the Navy or the Coast Guard you are going to have to learn the flags, so Back to School it is.

Now my colors weren't exactly the primary colors like the flags, but they were definitely in the right colorway, so I knew exactly what I was going to do. 

But wait - I can't just do a bunch of flags, I have to spell something. I mean you can't go Back to School and not spell.

I decided what I would spell and started working on my nautical flags. Our project was to be bigger than 36" x 36".  So writing out my words, I came up with eleven 12" x 12" square blocks. What was I going to put in the 12th block?

Staying true to the nautical theme I decided on a Mariner's Compass which I paper pieced.

Now paper piecing can be a real challenge to me at times, but I persevered and was pleased with how it turned out. And I have to say it was just the "purrfect" touch for the quilt. 

I just did straight line quilting to give the illusion of the flags standing straight out on the windy sea. I used a lovely navy thread by Aurifil.

Of course I had to draw lines to follow for my stitching. And now for a little quilter's tip! 

How do you get the yellow chalk marks off?

It is so simple. See below.

Just use the air duster you use for your computer or sewing

As you can see, the marks are gone and my navy Aurifil thread is all you see. It is just like magic!


Here is my quilt! What do you think? Now in order for you to know what it says, you are going to have to use the nautical flag chart above because this is Back to School remember and it's Test Time!                  

Here are some pictures taken at my beach. It was very windy.


I walked down to the beach and took a picture there. You can see our sugar white sand has gotten on the quilt, but it absolutely goes with it and it shakes off easily.

OK now when you know what it says, please leave a comment saying "Got it". Don't spoil it for others! When the blog hop is over at the end of the month,  I will be choosing some lucky winner using to receive a charm pack from the Captain's Anchor Collection made from the colors that I had left over. But wait there is more. 

All month long, the Island Batik Ambassadors have been having the Back to School Blog Hop plus they are offering goodies and so is Island Batik  - get all the information for lots of goodies here!

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time Fair Winds and Following Seas,

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Quilt As You Go Challenge with Island Batik

The August challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was a "Quilt As You Go" project. I was very excited about that as I do a lot of QAYG. I don't have a long arm. All I have is a domestic machine. It is difficult to do a large quilt on a domestic machine. And for those of us who have occasional back and neck issues, it can be very difficult. 

I first had to choose my colors and a design. So I went to the "Magic Box" of Island Batik Fabrics!
See the pink fabrics in the lower right corner. I used some of those fabrics in February for our Galentine challenge, but I had some left over. 

Now I am not a pink person! It is my least favorite color, but there was a lot of fabric and I wanted to use it, so nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Now in all fairness, the Island Batik  pink fabrics are lovely and great for sewing. But pink is just not my favorite color.

I decided on a design (an original) and I chose the colors.  So much pink! 


 I started cutting.

 I started sewing - lots of pink chains!

 And then sewing the blocks together.


Here is my block on my design wall with so many threads that refuse to come off. It is like the Quilt History wall with threads from different projects. I think they have all become friends.

Batting and backing on the blocks and ready to go.


I chose a lovely Variagated Pink Thread by Aurifil and started quilting. 

I was going to try the QAYG method of sashing between each block,
but then realized it would
mess up my design. 

Uh Oh, switch to Plan B.

I checked many QAYG You Tubes and found a wonderful solution for my project. It was a You Tube by the Queen of Stitching!  I found it to be quite fun and easy! See below.

 So I started joining my blocks! I really liked the way this was shaping up. I would be done in no time!


Hurricane Harvey came and interrupted things!


I work with The Quilt Pattern Magazine -TQPM Kennel Quilt program. We make Kennel Quilts for shelters affected by disasters. As a former Disaster Responder for The Humane Society of the United States, I knew things were going to be bad with all the weather forecasts. 

I turned from my QAYG project to making Kennel Quilts. Then on Saturday, I started checking with my contacts and found shelters that needed help.I have spent many hours coordinating efforts to get Kennel Quilts to shelters. I am happy to say that within four days over 500 Kennel Quilts have been mailed to five different shelters helping with the displaced pets thanks to the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team and we are expecting more to be sent. 

But I digress. 

Today I was able to get back to my QAYG project and started stitching on the binding.

Tonight I have been hand sewing the binding. I haven't finished yet, but plan to this weekend (lots of football to watch - Go FSU)  so I will share it early next week.

This is one of my designs and it will be available later this year. The quilt measures 48" x 48". 

I am calling it "Pink Plunge".

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,