Category Archives: Island Batiks

New to Me & Different Technique!

An Island Batik Adventure

Try a TechniqueFor the month of March we ambassadors were asked to try a new technique – something we had never done before. The list we made amongst ourselves was endless:  binding techniques, different types of applique, specialty rulers, clothing construction, art quilts, and the list went on and on. There were so many more things to consider, many of which I have done at least once. Maybe not perfected, maybe not well, but I had done it. Hmmmm. Then I saw a pic of a fabric vase type of structure. Okay! Here I go!

After sketching and cutting out a shape from paper, I played with it in a standing up position. I then cut that shape out of a heavy stabilizer. Having chosen several bright batiks, I began to cut them into random rectangular shapes, join them and place the piece onto the stabilizer securing it with basting spray. I also added another bright batik as the backing. I chose several of my Aurifil threads and quilted all the sections and then trimmed around the outer edge. I finished the edge with satin stitching and yes, this part was tedious.

Vase base heartscreations.com

Now the vase needed some life, some dimension. I covered a thin piece of rope with fabric and zig zagged it onto the base. I cut out a front and back for two random shaped flowers from a bright pink batik and sandwiched them with a leftover piece of some Thermore batting pieces I had, giving them dimension. This is a wonderful light weight batting to work with. I machine quilted each flower and added some beads in the center of each and then went on to make three leaves using the same method. After arranging the flower and leaves onto the base, I stitched each piece onto the base.

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I then put the piece on end, made it into a cylinder and hot glued it together. And there it is! A glass vase hides inside nicely tucked away. It’s perfect having a yard full of daffodils this week – in the vase they went. So much color and the promise of Spring!

Vase w flowers heARTsCreations.com

Linking up with: NTT, One Monthly Goal

 

 

Mini-Love Table Topper

Mini LoveAn Island Batik Adventure

Mini quilts are fun to create and are usually a quick finish. A table topper seemed in order for me and I decided to stay with the same theme as my Galentine’s card. In the last two years I have gone from having no table runners or toppers to several including many which are seasonal. Now I have one for Valentine’s!

My table toppers are all square so I changed it up a bit and went round. I pulled pinks and purples out again to make it an obvious Valentine. All the fabrics used in this project were supplied to me by Island Batik.

Hubby has this really cool compass that I used to draw a large circle onto lightweight paper. Using the crazy quilt block method, I began with a five sided shape, then began piecing around it somewhat randomly.  Hearts were then appliqued all around.

Once it was as big as the circle pattern, I sandwiched the top with batting and a backing. All the seams were stitched with a decorative stitch. I trimmed it to the circle shape and did an overall loop-de-loop quilting. For the piecing and quilting I used Aurifil threads.

Mini love close up (Large)

Time for binding! Because it was a circle, I knew I’d need to cut the binding on the bias but didn’t really want to cut into that much fabric. I’d never used rick-rack as a binding before and thought it would look cute. Hubby even went out to buy the rick-rack for me – now that’s a good Valentine!

Mini love full (Large)

All done and I really like the way it looks on the dining table. One more holiday table topper in my collection!

 

 

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Galentine's DayAn Island Batik Adventure

Galentine’s is all about celebrating our girlfriends, with a dash of glitz and glamour.

Today, Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Galentine’s Day with a post card or rug mug for their “gal friends.” My choice was to do a card sized piece to attach to the front of a card. First, I chose a selection of pinks and purples. (The fabrics featured in the post were given to me by Island Batiks)

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Next, I cut a piece of stabilizer the size of the front of the card. Then the fun began! I cut some strips and shapes from the various pinks and reds and placed them on the stabilizer, securing them with an adhesive basting spray and then sewed over the seams with a decorative stitch. Having chosen two of the purples, I cut out two hearts with the centers cut out. I placed them so they would intertwine and did a zig zag stitch all around each one.

Galentine Card heARTsCreations.com (Large)

Instead of a traditional binding, I twisted two lengths of red yarn together and zig zagged it onto the edges of the card. I then glued the piece to the front of the card.  A quick, creative and one of a kind card! And there I have it – a Galentine card that went out to my very own special gal – my daughter!

Galentine Card complete heARTsCreations.com (Large)

Happy Galentine’s Day to all my “Gals” out there!!

 

Ten Hour Block

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As an Island Batik Ambassador, each year we reapply and this year we were required to submit a block of our choice. Yes, the block from you know where. Actually, it wasn’t the block – it was me! I chose a paper pieced block pattern from the book Grandma’s Best Quilt Blocks. I needed to enlarge it so I did so by drawing it on paper piecing paper and then copied it as needed. Having completed one full block (4 sections), I realized it was not to size – my copier had enlarged it by 1/4 inch. I know, I know – I should have checked before sewing.

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Hubby to the rescue. Rather than me having to hand draw the parts, he put it on EQ and printed copies exactly to size. Unfortunately, the stage was set!  One section, I realized, had two fabrics reversed. On another, one of the long skinny pieces did not go all the way to the end. I so needed to walk away so I cleared leaves for two hours and it really helped!

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It was a Saturday and I originally wanted to get it in the mail at 2:00 PM. Now my new goal was 10 PM that night! Including taking the paper backing off, I finished two hours earlier than that. Obviously, it is not an advanced block, nor a beginners block. On a normal day, under normal circumstances, I should have done everything within two hours. I won’t be getting this block back – good thing because it would never be made into a quilt – One and Done! (it is a pretty block, though)

January & Blog Hop Winner

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So many quilters have accomplished so much in January.  I, on the other hand, cannot boast many accomplishments!  We spent all of January near Pensacola, Florida – the coldest January there in ten years! I did have my sewing machine with me, but alas, it had issues so I packed it up the first week.  I had hand work and that’s all I have to show for January! It’s really okay, though – we made the most of things, took lots of hikes and bicycle rides and saw area attractions. I think the break from my sewing machine was healthy.

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I really like the redwork Snowmen. The pattern came with 12 blocks but I am done at two. (The Quilter’s Snowman by Primose Lane) I think they will make a lovely Christmas pillow (front and back.) I’ve also been diligently working on my first LollyPop Tree block (Lollypop Trees by Kim McLean). Not going to show it just yet. I plan on doing 7 more which means they won’t be done for a while – it’s a huge undertaking!

JANUARY LISTING

Blog Hop & Give-Away –

Thank you to all who visited the Island Batik Blog Hop. I so appreciated all the kind and supportive comments. I do read each and every one! For me it’s like a cyber retreat! A big shout out and thank you to all my followers – your support is very inspiring. And the winner is: Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats. Congrats Karen – I know you’ll love your rolls of batik fabric!

Linking up with:  Super Mom No Cape

A Different Kind of January

 

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The sand is so white and fine – just beautiful!

 

Tried something new this year – came to Florida for the month of January. How lucky that the first week was one of the coldest on record (major sarcasm here).  It was, however, much colder back home.  We knew it wouldn’t be warm beach weather here in Pensacola, but jackets, hats, and gloves for our beach walks?! That’s okay – I came prepared with sewing machine and a project.  Hah! First week and the machine is out of order.  Looks like the screw that holds the needle is broken and won’t hold the needle. Thank goodness for the handwork and books to read I brought!

Had a great visit to a well known fabric shop here – A & E.  It is loaded to the brim with the latest fabrics.  And there were five rows of Christmas fabrics! They have an interesting way of conducting their sale.  The fabric with the color of the month (and it can be just a teeny dot of that color) is 15 percent off, half yard minimum cut.  Color for January:  white! Boy did I luck out!

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Everyone there was so friendly and the cuts were quite generous.  So much so that I may have gone back a second time. (It’s been cold and somewhat rainy, remember?)

We’ve had some good weather days too.  Lots of bicycyling at the State Park and even sat on the beach for a couple of hours one morning. And lots and lots of walking. I haven’t slept this good in ages!

Downtown Pensacola is a lovely city with beautiful old buildings. They had their Mardi Gras kick-off one evening when they bless the floats for the February parade. It was such a fun and festive event. I always thought that Mardi Gras was just in the New Orleans area, but apparently it is regional and a pretty big deal around here too. Even with the weather and sewing machine glitches, it’s been a great vacation and maybe, just maybe, we’ll try again next year.

The Island Batik Blog Hop and Giveaways continue! (mine will be January 24)

January 15 – Densyende himmel  ~  Inspired Layers

January 16 – Yellow Cat Quilt Designs  ~  Quiltologist Treasures

January 17 – Quilt’n Party  ~  Desert Bloom Quilting

January 18 – Inchworm Fabrics ~ Kauffman Designs

I’ll post the remainder of the schedule next week – stay tuned!

 

My Island Batik Adventure

ISo thrilled to have been chosen an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018!!

It all started in February 2017 when I received a box full of amazing batik fabrics and threads from Island Batik. Each month the ambassadors were challenged with a new project that were all fun and creatively gratifying. Here’s a recap with the January 2018 project, blog hop and giveaway to be posted soon!

 

 

 

 

Thank you for coming on this fun and learning adventure with me! We’re not done yet, though – join the Island Batik Ambassadors on their Fall/Winter 2017 Collections Blog Hop. And there’s also a giveaway from Island Batik!

Here is week one:

Monday, January 8Blue Moon
Inquiring QuilterCheryl Lynch Quilts
Tuesday, January 9Mountain’s Majesty
Fun Thread Designs Little Bunny Quilts
Quilting Affection Designs
Wednesday, January 10Alpine Ice
Freemotion by the River  •Slice of Pi Quilts

Seams Like a Dream Kissed Quilts
Thursday, January 11 – Alpine Jungle
Purrfect Spots Designs  •Bejeweled Quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Table Topper

An Island Batik Adventure

Table Top


The Island Batik Ambassador project for December is a scrappy table topper. Oh good – I have been wanting to do a Christmas table runner – perfect opportunity! I wanted something festive yet peaceful. Not the usual red, whites and greens. I pulled out all the blue Island Batiks, mostly from the Blue Moon collection and was taken in with how pretty they all were! And doesn’t the touch of purple compliment it all so well?

This was going to be a project to be sewn at retreat, so it couldn’t be very complicated. A string quilt seemed the perfect answer. I chose to do four large rectangles and used muslin as a base. Then the fun began – First, I cut various size strips, half inch to one and one half inches. I sewed, and sewed and sewed! There are times I just love mindless sewing. I find it so relaxing!

blue Batik strips

After some simple quilting, choosing an applique design was next. Christmas trees, snowflakes, stars, snowmen or ornaments? Nothing seemed right. Snowmen would work, but I was going for peaceful, not cutesy. At Thanksgiving my daughter brainstormed with me, we auditioned fabrics for the applique, and with her help –  Ah ha! White Poinsettias! After fusing all the Poinsettia leaves, I stitched and quilted using silver threads.

Poinsettia Table Runner 2 heARTsCreaitons.com (Medium)

I loved the look. The centers of the poinsettias needed berries. I hunted through all my beads but nothing seemed quite right. After a lot of time at the bead shop, I found the silver disks and Swarovski crystals. Nothing like crystals to brighten up a piece!

Poinsettia Beads heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

 

Poinsettia Beads closeup heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

Poinsettia Beads heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

This table runner is now on my dining table and I absolutely love it – a wonderful representation of the Joy and Peace of Christmas.

Poinsettia Table Runner heARTsCreations (Medium)

Not much time left to finish up projects – am really pleased with the progress to date!

December Projects

Linking up with WIPS on Wednesdays

 

 

 

Paper Pieced Veggies

PP Carrot heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

Last year I was asked to do a quilt to be hung at a farm stand. It’s for a dear cousin, so I said “yes.” Having sketched out my design, I was all ready to go until I came across some paper pieced veggie patterns (Quiltmaker “Garden Patch). And yes, into it I jumped – finally!

PP Watermelson (Medium)PP Tomatoes heARTsCreations.com (Medium)PP Radishes heARTsCreations (Medium)

They were not difficult and I do like the way they look. Now for putting it all together. I have somewhat of a plan, but it hasn’t fully emerged. I need to also put the name of the farm on the quilt. Setting this aside for now waiting for a rainy or cold day which we are promised very soon.

PP Onion heARTsCreations.com (Medium)PP Corn heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

October is now at an end so I’ve updated my project listing.

Fall I & Fall II Quilt and Sew-ins are next week, so I’m hoping to accomplish a fair amount there. The biggest benefit of my retreats for me is the great creative souls I get to spend time with, laugh with and share in their always amazing talents.

Oct 2017 WIPs heARTsCreations.com

Linking up with WIPS on Wednesdays

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.)