Stories of Christmas – Announcing The Christmas Caroling Row Along

Christmas Caroling Row AlongThey Say The Third Time Is The Charm… Ever since I started with EQ Seasons in 2015, and last year’s The Road Home Row Along, one of the biggest questions people write me about during the year is when is the next row along going to start. It is very difficult to keep my fingers from typing everything I know about the next one coming, but finally I can tell you, that we have a theme, we have bloggers who are coming back to join the event, and we have you, those of you who look forward to this fun and free event all year long.

Thank you for keeping me wanting to do this year after year, I personally love the row patterns and think they can be used for many projects… Whether you make a table runner, or a shawl, a lap quilt, a bed quilt, door hangers, or even a table cloth, there are some really fun ideas that are brewing for each of the rows coming.

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Sunbonnet Sue and Sam – Michigan Released

Sue and Sam - MichiganI know I’m a bit late, I am still battling some back issues, but I did manage to finish these for you today.

This week’s release is Sue and Sam In Michigan. Sue is the Free pattern this week, with Sam being the Flickr reward.

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My Newest Project and the First for Island Batik…

Kennel QuiltsAs a quilter, I feel fairly secure at just thinking about simple designs and being able to stitch them out without a pattern whatsoever. I don’t know if this comes from experience, or my mind just being able to put things together…

I think when it comes to working with simply projects we all can probably think in terms of a simple design and just wing it… That’s what I did with February’s project for Island Batik. The project was to be making a kennel quilt and then giving it to your local shelter or a shelter listed at TQPM magazine. I’m just going to take mine to the local shelter, but I’m hoping to make a few more before I get there.

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All The Flickr Rewards Are… and More News…

Aurifil GiveawayI Love Love Love Aurifil thread. Never have I experienced a thread that just sews so smoothly thru my machine, whether I’m quilting, piecing or even appliqueing. What I love the most about it, is that they offer it in different weights and so many colors that give such a wonderful contrast to whatever you’re working on.

When I asked them for a giveaway item for Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017, once again, they are there to help sponsor this event. They even let me choose which collection we get to offer for this event. Let me tell you, it was not an easy choice, I spent a good two hours looking over the collections, and narrowing down the field of different designer Continue reading

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Sunbonnet Sue & Sam – Arkansas Released…

Sue and Sam ArkansasIt’s a Monday again… my site has been very slow to load today, has anyone else perhaps noticed or is it my internet connection? I wonder these things when it seems to load slow, as I’ll go to another site and it will load quickly. I just don’t get it… 

Today I have for you, Sue and Sam In Arkansas. Sam is the Free pattern this week, with Sue being the Flickr reward. Mt. Ida is considered the crystal capital of the world, so it’s fitting that Arkansas represents this beautiful mineral.

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Twas The Night Before Christmas Block 02 Released!!

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Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…. is the theme of this block for the Twas the Night before Christmas BOTM.

I think most people remember this line as one of the most famous lines from the story, it is one of my favorites in the story and I always picture that little mouse peeking out of it’s cubby hole in the wall.

This block has a lot of embroidery in it, it is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to finish it. Block 3 which is suppose to be the February release should be ready in the next few days, these first two blocks had more embroidery in them than the future blocks do.

This block also features two fireplace options:

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I Love It When You…

Susan E 12 Days

12 Days by Susan E

One of the best things about designing patterns is when you send me a picture of your project. This doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, there isn’t a designer I know of that doesn’t want to show it off. It’s a true compliment when someone recreates one of your patterns.

Last week, Susan E sent me her wallhanging project of the 12 Days of Christmas that Janeen and I offered over the first few weeks in December.

Susan is planning to add the borders also to this project and I hope she will send her project again. I think it’s turned out just amazing and so today I’m sharing it with you so you to can enjoy what she’s done. Susan kindly gave me permission to feature it on my blog post today.

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Sue and Sam In Arizona and Quebec Released

Sue and Sam In Quebec

This week the free release is Sue In Arizona, with the Sam being the Flickr reward. This week also starts the Canadian BOTM – Sue in Quebec is the free release, and Sam is the Flickr Reward

I am late this week, for the simple reason that these patterns took me much longer to create than they have in the past. I have made the decision tho to extend this block of the week to the same timing as last years, where a release will be made every other Monday, twice a  month… so the first and third Mondays will be release days, starting with February. The USA block of the week will be a two-year event instead of the one year it currently is. If I don’t make this change, I don’t have time for anything else, and I do have other obligations this year besides just this block of the week event. The Canadian Block will remain as is, with one exception, the block will be released the 2nd Monday of every month.

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News, News, and More News…

I have been meaning to post all week with the Sue and Sam patterns, but have been slowed down this week due to the detail in the patterns, so first let me apologize, I should have them ready for you tomorrow morning and will post them at that time. Please note, I will be making some changes to this block of the week, so please read tomorrow’s post.

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Come Join Us For Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017It’s that time of the year again, when just around the corner is Worldwide Quilting Day. In celebration with it, I am doing Quilt Qwazy Queens again this year.

I hope you will join us for this blog hop. Last year, this hop hosted nearly 50 quilters who showed us their proudest achievements as a quilter.

This year, I’m asking quilters to do something a bit different.

 

 

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Coastal Mist Blog Hop Comes Here Today!!

Island Batik Coastal Blog HopThe journey to participate in this blog hop has been interesting to say the least… It’s been months since I was first asked by Tammy from Tamarini’s to participate in this event. I was to have my project ready for Fall Market in Houston and because I was in Italy the box took forever to arrive with the fabrics… It was sent via priority mail express, but still for some reason took 3 1/2 weeks to arrive which almost never happens with priority mail when going to US military bases.. It takes 2 weeks for normal priority mail, and 1 week for priority mail express. The only reason it would take longer is if for some reason customs might decide to hold on to it.

I really love the fabrics that Island Batik provided for this event. They are a new line that came out last Fall 2016 called Coastal Mist.

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Sunbonnet Sue and Sam In Montana Released

Sue and Sam In MontanaI’m a little late today, but I really did try to get these out for Monday.

Today’s release for Sunbonnet Sue and Sam is Montana.

I have loved your comments and am glad you are enjoying these blocks so far.

This week the free release is Sam In Montana, with Sue being the Flickr reward.

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Sunbonnet Sue and Sam In Hawaii Released

Hawaii-Sue and SamWell if I’d had a few more hours, it might have been Friday before I got this up, but everything has been fixed in what I wrote Monday and now I can release it. What I had done was make the shapes in the wrong size. It wasn’t until I was making the .svg files that I realized the shape sizes were incorrect.  So, without further ado, here is Sunbonnet Sue In Hawaii – she is the first release for the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam BOTM in the USA and Canada.

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