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,


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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.


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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!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

And the Winner is!

The New Beginnings Blog Hop has ended, so now is time to announce the winner of the Free "Welcome Home Pooch Digital Pattern. 

Congratulations to Allison C.  you are the lucky winner!
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For those of you who would love to purchase this pattern,  It is now available as a Printed pattern and E-Pattern on my website. While you are there, check out the other great patterns I have available.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Island Batik New Beginning Blog Hop

Welcome to my day on the “New Beginnings” blog hop the last blog hop for the 2016 Island Batik Ambassadors.  We have been asked to interpret our fabrics into the theme of "New Beginnings". The fabrics that were selected for me was from one of Island Batik new collections "Happy Hounds" by Kathy Engle. This Fabric collection is so cute; it has varies types of dogs and paw prints throughout the fabric collection, get it for the dog lover in your family. 

I have to admit I had a hard time interpreting the "New Beginnings" theme and the fabric together. But with a little work using EQ7, my favorite designing tool.  New Beginnings can even welcome a dog or puppy to your family, so I designed my newest pattern "Welcome Home Pooch!" to welcome them into the family.

The quilt measures 32" x 40", which makes a great lap or wallhanging.  Your dog will also love it to keep them warm on those cold, snowy days.  This pattern uses raw edge applique and piecing techniques to complete I used 11 different fabrics from the Happy Hounds collection all under 1/2 yards. The pattern will start shipping on February 1st,but you can pre-order now for the paper version. The downloadable pattern will be available starting February 1st.  

You can win a free downloadable version copy of this Pattern, by entering and commenting below. The drawing for this one will be on February 2nd the day after the Blog hop ends.

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Also, Island batik is giving away TWO bundles of batik fabric! Make sure enter for that also, who can pass up these great fabrics. 
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Make sure you check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors participants in the “New Beginnings” Blog Hop. They will have a lot of inspirations for you and some may have giveaways on their blogs.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection (You are Here)

Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing

Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs

Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl

Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs

Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Enjoy the Blog Hop and Have a great Sewing Day!