Monday, March 20, 2017

QA Studio Tour: Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Quilting Affection Studio Tour on the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop. 

My studio is not fabulously decorated, but it is a really nice setup.  Before we get started be sure to check out the bottom for the list of bloggers on this blog hop and enter to win for fabulous prizes.

I have two rooms for my quilting studios in my house, since I don’t have one room large enough to be both my sewing and longarm studios.  So we will start with my sewing studio.  Most of my furniture in my studio is Ikea furniture. 

Follow Me! Let the Tour Begin

As you enter my sewing room from the Kitchen/Dining Room you will see my desk on the left, and my girls sleeping area on the right, and the patio doors to the backyard.

 Starting from the left side and work around the room.

This section here is my desk, where all my designs and writing come alive.  My husband just upgraded my computer from a laptop to this nice desktop and 27” monitor.  Above my desk is a couple of bulletin boards made from batting and insulation board.  The top bulletin board is to keep pictures of my in-progress designs and past designs.  Not all of them are up right now, since they will be soon to be released patterns (Secret).  The bottom board is where I keep all my important and reference papers. 

Next to my desk is where my favorite and main sewing machine sits.  My Bernina B580 is where I do my sewing most of the time. The quilt hanging is my newest Mini-Madness quilt for Island Batik Ambassadors.  You can visit my blog on the quilt HERE

 Next, is the Ikea Wardrobe Cabinet, I store all my fabric yardages, unfinished and need to quilted samples and unfinished projects (UFO’s).  The top shelf is packed full of UFO’s, I have a list of them all above my desk, I have already finished two so far, this year.  On top of the cabinet you will see two sewing machines, the one in front is my first sewing machine, a New Home, and the other is an Antique New Home Sewing Machine. 

This is my second machine, I bought in 2011.  My Janome 7700 is a great machine, I love doing binding and quilting on this machine. 

Next to my Janome is my Light table my wonderful husband made me couple years ago, I love it! The table is made of thin wood and LED lights from Lowes.

Above the light table I have my Bloc_Loc® Rulers hung up for easy convenience (I really love these rulers). My flying geese rulers are hanging on my ruler rack that my dad made me.  The ruler rack is used for all my rulers that I use on a day by day bases.

I have lots of storage space with Ikea Expedit shelving units.  My cutting table is made with Ikea 4-Expedit shelving units. The cubes are place on plywood and rollers. The table part is made from 2 Galant table tops. 

 I used Ikea Cubes and Rubbermaid containers for storing my fabric all around the table.  One end is used for all my reference books.  

For my huge and well used ironing board, I bought at a quilt show couple years ago, I placed it on top of another Expedit shelving unit, and used the Ikea rollers underneath so it is easy to move around when I want to get to my design wall, which is made just like my bulletin boards, but not cut down.

Finally, when you turn around you can see my TV(for viewing pleasure) and were my girls sleep (Two Snoodles) when I’m in the sewing room.

My Longarm Studio 

I have a APQS Millinium Longarm, in another room close by. and love her.   I share this space with my husband due to his desk is set up. When Millie is not in use I cover her up with sheets to protect her. 

Well that’s my studio tour, I hope you enjoyed it and gave you storage ideas.

What more Ideas?

Make sure you check out the out the other bloggers in this blog hop, and see what ideas they can give you for storage, projects, favorite sewing tips, etc.

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Special Offers!

The Electric Quilt Company is offering 30% off discount 
during the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog hop!

Promo code: EQHOP201 
 The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017

Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.


Note: Only good for March 20th, only!  Make sure you enter today. 
Winners will be announced daily on Seams To Be Sew

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Happy Quilting, Tina


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mini-Madness Project

March is here and the Island Batik Ambassadors are busy with the next challenge.  This month’s challenge is to make a foundation or English Paper Piecing project that measures 24” x 24” or smaller.  Foundation and English paper piecing are not my strong points in the quilting word.  I have only made two project before with foundation paper piecing. 

After doing a little research with a couple books and YouTube videos, brushing up on my paper piecing skill, I designed a little Star pattern in EQ7.  Which designing a paper piecing project in EQ7 was new to me also. I had played with it a little last April at EQ Academy, so I knew the basics, but I still needed help from my manual and a couple blogs.  So, you can say this was a great challenge project for me again this year.

After I picked out my fabrics and I prepared the paper sections.  I began sewing the first block just to get a handle of the whole project.  I had to remember with paper piecing you are basically sewing reverse (your project will face down all the time).  I completed the first block with no problems.

One thing, I notice that paper piecing can be time consuming with the sewing, trimming and pinning of the next blocks.  But I noticed you can speed up the process of the assembly by using chain piecing. What a great idea.  I had all the blocks sections done in no time. 

Once I had all the blocks made, I began assembling them together, to make the quilt top and added some borders to finish it off.  I used my Janome 7700 to do all the quilting on the quilt top.  This little quilt measured 19 ½” x 19 ½” finished.
It was a fun challenge this month.  I have learned a lot about paper piecing with this project.  I want to do more this year, I plan to take maybe a few Craftsy class on the subject if time allows.

Do you like paper piecing?  If so, comment below with your favorite tip.

Make sure you check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors projects throughout the coming weeks.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quilts for a Cause!

Besides the Galentine Project, this month's Island Batik Ambassadors primary challenge was in support of a wonderful cause.  We were challenged to create at least one Kennel quilt that we could donate to an animal shelter.  

A Little Background !

In 2016, Island Batiks joined forces along with The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Aurifil Thread, QuiltBox, Benartex, and Hancock's of Paducah to sponsor the Pieces for Shelter Pets (PFSP). The initiative was created by the Petfinder Foundation and supports the Petfinder Foundation, a “public charity that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America”. This is accomplished through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products. 

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team, is a volunteer organization sponsored by the The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM).  This team works with the Petfinder Foundation to find a shelter in need for assistance. The Quilt team makes small kennel quilts for animals in need.  The need comes very high especially after disaster strikes.  If you would like more information, you can learn more HERE.

My Project

I took up the challenge and dug into my left over scraps from the last Blog hop that used the Island Batik "Happy Hound" Collection. I decided to use the "Rail" pattern by Nan Baker.  I love this pattern, it is so easy to make and can be made for a cat or dog. You can find more patterns HERE.

In one day, I prepared 7 kennel quilts, along with batting and backings. These projects are great for using up your scraps of fabric and batting for a great cause.  

With Anna and Lucy seal of approval, I will be mailing these 7 kennel quilts off to Petfinder Louisiana SPCA, a New Orleans shelter that helps find homes for pets and has requested assistance due to recent tornado's. 

Now, to get back to designing, for March's challenge "Mini Madness" 

Happy Sewing,


#kennelquilts #tqpmkennelquilt #pieceforshelterpets #islandbatikfurever #islandbatik

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Galentine's Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day! 

No this is not a typo, and you are reading this correctly. So, now you are all wondering what the heck is “Galentine's Day”. Well, I hadn't even heard of before myself before this week.  After a little research, this is what I found out.

Galentine's Day, a holiday held on February 13th, a holiday for women to celebrate their female friendships. This holiday was created on the TV series “Park and Recreation” by the character Leslie Knope.  We celebrating the love that we have for our girlfriends. As Leslie explains in the episode, “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year”. 

The Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to take on the challenge to make a mug rug or post card. So I went to my box of gorgeous batiks, and pulled out a bundle of Valentines fabrics especially for this projects.  

Then I started designing my quick little mug projects that celebrates my best friends and my love for them.  This project was so fun and easy to make. This project measures 10 ½” x 6 ½”.  It was so easy I finished 2 mug rugs in one day.

Happy Galentine's Day!, to all of you ladies in my life.


  • #iheartislandbatik #islandbatik

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Island Batik Ambassadors 2017

I'm very excited to tell you that I will be returning for my 2nd year as an Island Batik Ambassador.  This year over 35 Ambassadors were selected, that is very exciting. For the last week, we have been having fun introducing ourselves and waiting in pure excitement for our first boxes.

On Thursday afternoon, my first shipment of Island Batik fabrics arrived by FedEx. I was so excited and so were the girls.  
Mom, the box is now safe to open!
Of course, the girls could not help me open the box, but they had to check it out to see if it was safe. 

Lucy says,"Look at those beautiful Batiks, Mom!".  I Love these beautiful colors! We even got some fabulous thread from Auriful and Superior Thread, Thank you so much!

Anna love posing with beautiful fabrics
I think I love this box,  It's like opening a Christmas present.  I think Anna agrees that the fabrics and thread are gorgeous.  

Here is a upclose look at all the fabrics and thread that where in my box. Looks, like they will be keeping us all busy this year. So I better get started!

 I love being an Island Batik Ambassador.  

Below is a list of the 2017 Island Batik Ambassadors, be sure to check out their blogs and facebook posts on this years projects and challenges. 

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Stay Tuned for more blogs this month, we have some exciting projects coming up!

Sneak Peek!