Hi Everyone, I have a fun new project for you today featuring the X-Blocks ruler. When I saw all of the most irresistible patterns that you can make with these rulers I jumped at the chance to participate in this blog hop. I know I’ve said in the past that I dislike specialty rulers, but sometimes a specialty ruler can do more than just one pattern type and I’m always happy to have the options available to me in that respect. With these rulers, I definitely see the potential possibilities with even taking old blocks you may have made that let’s say didn’t piece correctly or are warped to the point you didn’t wish to use them in your project. X-Blocks blows that out of the water and lets you use the rulers to allow you to create something new and fun with those types of blocks.
My project today uses the Continue reading
Today I’ve chosen to make a small project for this hop. It is a machine embroidery in the hoop design using Island Batiks and fleece.
The design is created entirely in the hoop except for the small buttons and bows you use to attach the add-ons. I didn’t make the addons because I intend to create my own which I just haven’t had the time to do as yet, but the project is done and ready for them to be done, so when I have some time I’ll get them done.
I’ve also created a little tutorial today for you on working with batiks when you applique. This doesn’t apply just to machine embroidery, it applies also to normal applique techniques. I hope you will enjoy it.
When you are working with batik fabric, there are some cool features of the fabric that you don’t get with normal cotton. Continue reading
For the last few weeks, the 2017 Island Batik Ambassadors for 2017 have been doing a blog hop with the theme of the Four Seasons, featuring fabrics that are coming out in the quilt shops over the next few months.
Today I am doing a project with a Fall Theme in mind, the line I am showing is called the Pumpkin Patch collection. I love love love the fabrics in this collection.
These are the beautiful fabrics in the Pumpkin Patch Collection.
Last month, you may remember my post about Island Batik’s February project for our little Furry Friends with the Kennel Quilts.
What I’d forgotten to note in that post was that the free pattern I gave away has both the Catfish and the Dog Bone in the same pattern on Craftsy.
But in the last week or so, the really nice surprise came in my email with the patterns I created getting created by Lisa P.
She is new to quilting, but she is dropping the kennel quilts she made at her local kennel. How cool is that.. wanna see them… have a look…
As 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.
The 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.