Monday, October 2, 2017

Island Batik "Bonsai" Collection!

Over the next couple weeks, Island Batik is Introducing there Spring/Summer 2017 Fabric Collection through their blog posts.  I'm so happy these have asked me to join in the fun of writing blogs for my newest patterns that are featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 Catalog. 

This week's featured collection is called "Bonsai."    

"Octagon Gems"

Introducing my newest pattern "Octagon Gems" this quilt will add glamour to any room in your house.  This quilt measures 56" x 56" when finished.

The quilt uses 5 fabrics from the "Bonsai" Collection. Plus adds Island Batiks Basic "White" batik to the quilt. Which you probably didn't know that there was just a Basic "White" Batik.  This is lovely white batik to add to your collection.

"Octagon Gems" is an intermediate pieced pattern that uses a combination of flying geese, half square triangles, and half rectangles triangles to make up the two-block combinations.  The only difference between the blocks are the color combinations.

The pattern was written and designed for the following Bloc_LocⓇ Rulers. 
- Half Square Triangle Rulers 2 1/2"
- Flying Geese Ruler 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
- Half Rectangle Triangle ruler 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

Note: the ruler's list above is only suggestion for this quilt but not required to complete the quilt top. To purchase these rulers see your local quilt store or visit Bloc_LocⓇ website, HERE.


The "Bonsai" Collection is a beautiful collection available now at your local quilt store.  The fabric in this collection is also available in Precuts.

If you love this collection be sure to contact your local quilt store and ask them to carry this gorgeous collection for you and your quilty friends.

If you are interested in purchasing "Octagon Gems" pattern, please visit my website, HERE.  While you are visiting my site be sure to get my newsletter, signup of my blog and check out my other patterns.

Also for you store owners, I also sell my patterns wholesale or contact your Island Batik Sales Rep.   


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Island Batik Blog Hop Winners

Today, is the day for the big announcement of the Lucky Winners are of the Two - 5 "Beaujolais Fabric Bundles from the Island Batik Back to School Blog HopEach bundle contains 44 - 5" strips of various fabrics from the "Beaujolais" Collection.

Congratulations to....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be emailing the both you shortly to get your information. Please remember you have 5 days to claim your prize.  

Thank You to all of you that entered!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

REI Outessa what a great experience!

This past weekend was a powerful weekend for me, and over 250 participates in the last REI Outessa of the year in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. 

Let me tell you all about it.  

Before I start, I would like to let you a few things about me.  First, last year was a big transformation year for me, I lost over 50lbs, gaining my self-confidence, my love of the great outdoors back, and so much more.  Secondly, you need to know that I'm not a highly sociable person, takes me a long time to get my nerve to up to talk to people.  

So last Wednesday, I started a two-day driving trek to New Hampshire.  I arrived on Thursday afternoon at my destination the Waterville Valley Resort located in the White Mountain National Forest.  The area was just gorgeous with the Fall foliage starting to come out in the Mountains.  When I arrived I a solo traveler and absolutely knew no one who was attending.  I arrived a little early, so I had a short time before registration began.  So as I was walking in, I overheard two ladies talking at a table outside one of them introduced them self from the Washington DC area.  So, I had to go over and introduce myself and let them know I was from the same area.  So, I was introduced to Ambreen (Maryland), and Mary Ellen (Long Island).  So we just started talking and walks up Sarah (Pennsylvania), and she was introduced by Mary Allen to all of us.  This is how our little tribe was formed.  

Once Registration was opened, received out camp bracelets, information about DIY camping and given a nice swag bag of goodies.  Sarah and I were the last ones to finish our registration.  So we decided to camp together, so we walked over to the DIY camping area, and started to pick out campsite.  We noticed that Mary Ellen and Ambreen where already starting to set up, so we decided to camp next to them.  So we got our packs and began to set up camp for the next three nights in the DIY Camp City.  The first night after registration we had a happy hour and campfire with Smores.

The next day, I was awake at 6am.  So I got up prepared for the day of hikes and classes.  Mary Ellen was awake also when I crawled out of my tent.  So we walked over for coffee from the Allegro Coffee Bus and breakfast started by the time we arrived over to the building.  The breakfasts for all the days were just excellent.  Sara and Ambreen joined us shortly after.  We then all split up for the day, due to we all had different events and classes on our schedules, but we would meet up for lunch and dinner.

My first event of the day was the Mountain Steam Hike at Cascade Falls Trail. We had to guides and one particular person on our trip.  Diana Van Deren, an Ultrarunner, sponsored by North Face who has won various races over the years and overall lovely lady to talk to.  Anyway, she made the 5-mile hike memorable with tips and socialization did with all of us.  The hike had great views and beautiful waterfall to take pictures of.

We got back for lunch which was make yourself sandwiches or salads, plus brownies for dessert.  Then it was off to afternoon classes that included Map and Compass Basics, and Outdoor Tool Maven with Leatherman.  

After the class, I went back to camp and repacked my backpack with jackets for the evening.  I tell you that the meals at this whole event were excellent and nutritious. Made of organic and whole foods.  Dinner the first night was Sirloin Beef sliced for you, salads, and vegetables.  The dessert was a pumpkin mousse that was yummy.  

Saturday, I woke up early on a cold morning to rise and shine yoga, then off to eat a quick breakfast and was off to get ready for my day.  My day started out with another hike this time I was doing Mount Tecumseh Scenic Hike a beautiful 3-mile hike.  We were supposed to summit but the groups the day before finding out it was too much for the morning session, so they cut it in half.  I was thrilled with myself; I was able to keep up with the leader the whole way through.  I wouldn't even able than a year ago; I was so happy with myself. We came back in time for lunch, and then off to our afternoon classes.  The temperatures were already in the 80's.  Drinking a lot of water and trying to stay cool the whole time.  My class in the afternoon was Wilderness Survival.  After my class, I decided to go ahead a get ready for dinner with a nice shower.  They provided us with portable showers for us to use.  I felt so much better and refreshed.  

Dinner was a surprise for all of us that night.  We were told to be in Outessa Village by 6 pm due to we go to dinner together.  We walked around the pond to our dinner location.  Were we found bowls of Clam Chowder waiting for us.  We were having a New England Clambake.  I was so excited, but also little bummed due to I know it was the last meal for us all.  But we made the most of the evening, eating the great food and enjoying the social time with everyone at tables.  The night ended back to the village with music and dancing.  What a night and will never forget it.

The next day, I was up for the rest of the ladies, so I thought, Mary Ellen was at a table eating breakfast the time I got there.  My day started with Kayaking.  I loved being on the water in my kayak.  After my kayaking, I was heading back to camp to break down my camp before my next class. But I ran into Ambreen and Mary Ellen.  Ambreen was getting ready to head back to the real world.  So we said out goodbye so she could catch her flight.  So Mary Ellen and I walked over and broke down camp and walked around the Village before we split up for our next classes.  My class we Hydration 101 class with Osprey.  Great Class and useful information.  After lunch, I had my last class, First Aid in the Wilderness.  Sarah then said her goodbyes to both Mary Ellen and myself.  Shortly after that Mary Ellen and I said our goodbyes and off we were off.  

What a fabulous weekend and great friendships that were made, I the only thing I was thinking about on my long drive home yesterday.  I feel my transformation last year has made me a new person and this Outlessa weekend made me even stronger.  I will never forget my tribe (sisters) and this weekend. Love you, ladies, a lot all ready.  Sweaty, Dirty, and happy we all were.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Hampshire Here I Come!!!

All my bags are packed, and I'm ready for my trip.

Today, I'm leaving for a long road trip to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire for a once a lifetime experience.  What I'm I done on this road trip? Well let me tell you, and no it is not a quilting journey.

Well back in early March,  I found an ad for a Women's Outdoor Retreat on Facebook.  The retreat was from REI.  So I did a little research and reading on the last years retreat and fell in love.  So I discussed it with my youngest son (how is an avid outdoor person).  He was all for me to go, so I brought it up to my husband, and again he was for me to go also.  The retreat I'm going to be attending is called "REI Outessa."

This trip will be an all-women outdoors weekend. During this three-day retreat, I had hundreds of activities, from Hiking to Yoga.  All the gear for the activities, instructions, and chef-prepared meals are included.  I staying in DIY Camping sleeping in my tent in the great outdoors.

They have 3 retreats this year, the first two were located on the West Coast.  The only one close to me was at Waterville Valley Retreat in New Hampshire. The drive for me will be broke down into 2 days of driving to New Hampshire.  Today, I will be driving to Connecticut, and the next day, I will be arriving in New Hampshire by check-in Thursday evening.

I will be in New Hampshire until Sunday afternoon. Then I will be home on Monday night. I will post again on my return from my trip, can't wait to tell you all about it.

While I'm gone, I will have limited access to the internet and my websites.  You can still place pattern orders on my website and leave comments on my blog post.  I will get to answering all my emails and filling orders on Tuesday Morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017: Entry #2 Octagon Gems

This week September 18-25, 2017, is the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. My first entry, A-Mazed! has been already been posted this morning, so now I have finally decided on my second entry for the Festival, so here it is.

What to add glamour to any room in your house then check out my latest pattern "Octagon Gems," my second entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side

"Octagon Gems", 56" x 56"

This 56"x 56" quilt is featured in the Spring/Summer 2017, Island Batik Catalog.  The image above uses the Island Batik "Bonsai" Collection.

This intermediate pieced pattern uses a combination of half rectangle triangles, flying geese, and half square triangles to make up the two blocks in the quilt. 

Block 1

Block 2
I used the following Bloc_LocⓇ Rulers to make this quilt.  Half Square Triangle Rulers 2 1/2", Flying Geese Ruler 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", and the Half Rectangle Triangle ruler 4 1/2" x 8 1/2". 

Bloc_LocⓇ Ruler: Half Rectangle Triangle

Fun Fact: When I designed this quilt, I had never made a Half Rectangle Triangle in my life.  Yes, I did make one as a test before submitting the quilt design to Island Batiks.

The fabrics in this quilt make the quilt glamour. What color schemes would you use to make this quilt. I would love to hear, please comment below.

Be sure to check out the other great quilts and my first entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017 at Amy's Creative Side.


Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Octagon Gems, by Quilting Affection Designs
Size: 56" x 56"
Fabrics: Island Batik "Bonsai"
Quilted By: Tina Dillard, Quilting Affection Designs
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate