Category Archives: Island Batiks

Creative Borders – Fall Table Topper

An Island Batik Adventure

Creative Borders and Binding Graphic

October’s assignmentBorders and bindings. There was no specific IB group required, so I pulled out my bins of Island Batiks and chose a few fall colors.  Just having finished a Round Robin, and loving it, I decided to do my very own little Round Robin!  I started with a very simple center.

Pumpkin TT center (Medium)

Then one by one, the borders got added.

Full TT Pumpkin heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

No, I did not sketch this out or put it on EQ – sometimes I just like to move ahead as I’m led. I did need to stop and do math, however (ich). After seven (7) borders, some wide open spaces were needed, so I added the large yellow triangles. Yes, I took the “border” assignment quite seriously! The appliqued pumpkins are perfect for a fall table topper! Aren’t they just so cute?!

Pumpkin applique (Medium)

Two more borders then quilting. I’m working on my machine quilting skills and am really happy with how it turned out on this project. Admittedly, a small table topper is SO much easier to manage than a full quilt! A plain binding and – Done! It looks great on my dining table, although I still find it hard to believe that it is fall already. And yes, Christmas will be upon us before we know it.

Pumpkin TT Full heARTsCreaitons.com (Medium)

There have been some great October projects by the other Island Batik Ambassadors. You can find their links here – check it out for some great eye candy! [Note: There will not be an official November Island Batik Ambassador project.)

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Winner! & September Wrap-Up

Grand Canyon 2017

September has not been a heavy sewing month for me. We went out west for a nine day vacation (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Lake Powell, Zion Park and Boulder City.) Much time was spent planning and then packing. We had a GREAT time but, of course, came back exhausted. I am just getting back into the studio and trying to get a rhythm going again.

I have done several blocks for a batik quilt using a block of the month from Craftsy I downloaded a couple of years ago. The fabric is the batik version of “Bobbins and Bits” – see the sewing motifs? I love how bright it is. I’ve never put together such large blocks! This won’t be done for a while, but I am enjoying it.

B&B Star (Medium)B&B Pinwheel (Medium)B&B stick pnwhl (Medium)

A good bit of my time has been spent prepping for the two fall retreats – Quilt & Sew-in Fall I and Fall II. One of our guest bedrooms is filling up with all the goodies and I’m really looking forward to once again being with all the wonderful ladies who will be attending and I get to meet a few new ones this year too!

And now for the winner of my Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop – Linda W. from the Shenandoah Valley!  She wins a pack of 60-five inch squares of the Solstice collection. Congrats and enjoy!I have contacted you by email for your address. Start planning your project for these batik beauties!

Island Batik blog giveaway

 

Back to School & Giveaway!

Back to School Blog Hop GraphicBack to School time has been a bittersweet time for me. The weather starts to cool which is a good thing, but reminds me that our yard will soon be thickly carpeted with leaves and acorns (we live in the woods) that take many, many hours to clear. Also, when my children were school age, I was never one of those parents who celebrated going back to school. I loved having them home! As the temps get increasingly colder, however, I spend more time in my studio – a great thing!

Island Batik Solstice

This month as part of the Island Batik Blog Hop,  I had the joy of working with the Island Batik Solstice. The colors are so rich and I love the geometrics. I knew immediately the quilt I would make with this line. I’ve made this quilt several times before and knew I needed one for myself! I first made this quilt at a workshop and unfortunately, after contacting the workshop leader, she informed me that she has chosen not to publish the pattern, but there is a similar pattern available on the net, “Bento Box.”

Solstice I heARTsCreations.com

This would make a perfect quilt for a college dorm room. No, I don’t have any college student in mind – this one’s for me!

Solstice heARTsCreations.com

To celebrate this fabulous collection, I am giving away a stack of 60 – 5″ squares and coordinating Superior Master Piece thread.

Two chances to win – (1) leave a comment telling me what you like about fall; (2) Follow this blog. Winner will be chosen randomly on Wednesday, October 4.Note: for this giveaway, comment must have name and email on comment form (won’t be published publicly) so that I may notify the winner! Open to continental USA only.)

Lots of Prepping

12687[1]Finishes – I’ve had a couple but they are “secret” for now. I am also spending much time prepping – prepping for the Fall retreats and what I’ll be sewing at those retreats.

First up is my December Island Batik project. Yes, I work ahead – it’s just my nature. I actually have September’s project done (to be posted on September 27 with a give-away), October’s project done and just need to quilt January’s project. We have the month of November free, with no project. I’m so thankful we are given our full list of projects in the beginning of the year. Without revealing too much, I’ll just say that I cut all these most gorgeous blue, purple and silver batiks into strips. It will be such fun, easy sewing at retreat!

blue Batik strips

Project Boxes (Medium)

Secondly, I am doing a scrappy quarter square log cabin. I was inspired by Stitched in Color. This is so truly scrappy – I went through each of my six scrap containers and cut, cut, cut. The sashings are with a turquoise grunge. I know I will love this quilt!

qtr log cabin heARTsCreations.com

Do you work ahead? Do you plan your projects or work purely by inspiration?

Blog Hop & Give-Aways!

Back to School Blog Hop Graphic

Back to School – that’s the theme for the Island Batik Ambassadors in September and we’re doing a month-long Blog Hop!

We’ll be introducing the newest fall lines and as a bonus, each ambassador will be doing a giveaway and…so will Island Batik!  The schedule for the blog hop is below. I’ll be back with my hop and give-away on September 27. I can’t wait for you to see these beautiful fabrics!

WEEK 1

Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan KawanoVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsKaren Overton

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter

WEEK 4

Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party

 

My New Bag – Quilt As You Go

QAYG Bag heartscreations.com (Medium)

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Intimidation! That’s what I experienced when I saw the August Ambassador assignment. I have never done a quilt as you go, and did not want to begin another quilt, table runner or pillow. After recently sorting through my handbags and tossing and donating a few, I decided it was time for a new one! I used a free pattern off the internet – The Phoebe Bag, and adapted the pattern to quilt as you go.

QAYG fabrics (Medium)

I pulled and pulled fabrics from my Island Batik bin. Purples won! Instead of batting or stiff interfacing, I used foam! In the fabric store it’s located with the interfacings and you can get it plain, fusible on one side or fusible on both sides. I chose the fusible on one side. Much to my delight it was a dream to sew!

QAYG 1st block (Medium)

I placed a rectangle in the center of the main part of the bag, and then placed another on top. I then sewed the two fabrics together, directly on the foam. I pressed open and quilted on top. I repeated that around and around until the bag piece was covered, then trimmed. I repeated for the back. For the straps and closure flap I used interfacing.

QAYG bag back, heartscreations.com (Medium)

Following the pattern, I added a pocket to the lining, and then a second pocket sized for my cell phone. I have a feeling this will be a favorite for a while. No doubt I will be using this method for another bag soon.

QAYG Bag 2 heartscreations.com (Medium)

Quilt As You Go

This August be sure to check out what the other Island Batik Ambassadors are creating for their Quilt as You Go projects.

Linking up with: Em’s Scrapbag.

A Box Full of Treasure!

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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Being an Island Batik Ambassador has been such a fun adventure and a valuable learning experience. Late yesterday afternoon it got even better! The second shipment of glorious fabrics arrived! Many of the other ambassadors had already received their boxes (we post on a private FB page). I was SO sure I’d have to wait until Monday, but this treasure was on my front porch when we got home!

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I’m not one to wait and look at an unopened gift or box. Tearing into this box certainly did not disappoint.

Here is an always useful neutral and a bonus pack. In my opinion the whole box is a bonus! There is also yardage of a polka dot rayon (ha, ha, more polka dots!) I haven’t garment sewn in forever, but this will definitely be a must do.

The next 3 batches, which includes a pack of 10 inch squares, can only be peeked at as these fabrics have not been released yet. Of course I have been through all of them just marveling at the beautiful designs and colors.

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And finally, and I think my favorite, are the packs of five inch strips. There is such a wonderful variety there and makes for such happy choices when designing a quilted piece.

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Now to put it all away. Problem is, my Island Batik bin is full. Such a problem, right? Ha – I’ll need to do some rearranging and empty another bin, aka happy work!