A Little Bit Retro


Know what this is?! For a little more than 40 years I have had an outdoor clothesline. All our laundry is no longer hung outside on a regular basis due to allergies from pollen, but I do manage to hang some things out, especially in the winter. Recently, when I grabbed the clothespin bag I’ve had since day one, I couldn’t help but notice how shabby and threadbare it was. How the clothespins were staying inside was amazing.

So…off to the home dec fabric bin to pic out something light and spring like. The home dec fabric is a heavier weight than quilting fabric and was the most practical choice.



I simply copied the original bag making just a couple of tweaks. The original bag had a paper cord that I replaced with a cable from my hubby’s electrical supply stash. I used button holes instead of grommets and used the original sturdy hanging frame.

And Ta Daa!! A new clothespin bag sure to hold up for the next 40 years!


Cause for Paws

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure


February included two Island Batik Ambassador Events. The first was the Galentines, and the second is Kennel Quilts. Last year Island Batik joined forces with the Piece for Shelter Pets which supports the Petfinder Foundation. This charity works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting shelters and rescue groups.  When disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while separated from their humans is made possible by the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team. This month IBAs (Island Batik Ambassadors) have been challenged to make one or more kennel quilts to be donated to animal shelters either locally or send to one in immediate need.

One of the pretty 6″ strip rolls of Island Batik caught my eye and became the fabric of choice along with the dark blue Aurifil thread for my 2 kennel quilts.

I cut each of the blue strips into 2 1/2″ strips, 18 1/2″ long and sewed 2 sets of 6 strips together, alternating fabrics. The yellow fabric was cut into 1 1/2″ strips. I then slashed through one of the strips sets at a 45 degree angle and joined the pieces together with the yellow strip. I then bordered with the yellow on one side. The second quilt was done the same except that the strip was not at an angle. A paw applique (not fused) gave some more life to the quilt and added a touch of whimsey. Batting and a backing were added and sewed together and turned envelope style as it was recommended to NOT use binding. Both were quilted and there you have it – two Kennel Quilts!

Both of these quilts are being sent to the Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My hope is that they add some comfort to two fur pals in need.


Belated Galentine’s Day

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure



Happy Galentine’s Day a couple of days late! The day before Valentine’s Day is the day that was created for women to celebrate their best gal pals and lady friends. A great day to celebrate our fellow females who encourage and inspire us! The mission for this special day was to create a post card or mug rug celebrating Galentine’s Day. My thoughts went to my quilt retreats when in the evenings we gather to unwind, share, laugh and enjoy a glass of wine. And then there are the special moments with a dear friend and a glass or two. What more celebratory than some bubbly?!

The fabric of choice was this yummy group of reds and pinks and decided to go with a rug mug size.   I covered the background with pink on one side and red on the other using a spray fixative and quilted using a wavy stitch.

I traced my designs onto fusible web, then fused those onto the fabrics of choice. This design required cutting many very small parts – tiny really. What a mess of little scraps!


The placing of the pieces then began. Using tweezers was such a great help. Not until I was satisfied with the total placement did I begin to fuse. More quilting and a binding and VOILA! My very first Galentine’s greeting. Here’s to you my best Gal Pals and very dear quilting friends – Happy Galentine’s Day!!


Today I’m linking up with:  WIPS on Wednesdays, Let’s Bee Social, My Quilt Infatuation and Em’s Scrapbag




The Adventure has Begun!!


As an Island Batik Ambassador. Finally – my box arrived. Just look at the size of this treasure! I managed to not rip into it the second it came, wanting to savor the moment. Okay, enough – open the box already!


And there it all was – beautiful Batiks in so many colors. There is yardage and precuts. There is even fabric that I can’t show because it hasn’t been released yet!

And thread too! There’s Aurifil, Superior Masterpiece and Superior Fantastico – WOW!!


The 6 inch rolls are going to be so much fun to unroll. And see the stack of reds and pink? I’m working with those now for my first “assignment” that I’ll be showing you in a couple of days. I decided that all this treasured goodness needed a place of it’s own, away from my other fabrics, so I emptied a bin, filled out the label and see – it’s perfect!

I hope you’ll continue on this fun and creative journey with me as an Island Batik Ambassador. It will definitely be a fun learning experience for me that I’m so looking forward to sharing.

Why a Blank Design Wall?


For the past week nothing has gone up on my design wall. Why? It was so time to reorganize the closet with fabric yardage one more time. I emptied the closet and Hubby added a much needed shelf for me. This was not a task for the faint of heart! The fabrics are now stacked either by group or color. Visiting long forgotten collections was fun and inspiring. Of course, while sorting and folding I had a parade of pattern and design ideas marching through my head. “Be strong Joyce, be strong!” Oh how I wanted to take one of the collections and begin cutting.


The shelves extend back to the dark corners and are too filled with fabric!


I stuck to my guns and the shelves are looking very good. I even managed to eliminate one storage container! The storage containers at the bottom of the closet contain home dec , fabrics earmarked for backings, and more quilting fabric. There is still more to do, like reorganize the pieces of batting on the top shelf. I’ll save that task for another day.


For all my hard work I decided to treat myself to something for my studio – a new cutting board! It’s 47 x 35 inches. Prior to this I had two large boards but when butted against each other I could not cut across. This new board is wonderful! An added bonus is that it is green with markings on one side and black with markings on the other. It’s so nice to treat myself to something that really enhances my beloved hobby. Now…time to get something up on the design wall!


A New Adventure!


Come sail with me this year on a new adventure! I have been chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador!! A couple of month’s ago a former ambassador posted to my quilt guild’s Facebook page about this opportunity. I completed the application right away and then pretty much forgot about it. Oh the wonderful surprise when I was notified that I was chosen!


What does all this mean to me and to my readers? First, I am not very patiently awaiting a box packed with yummy goodies – beautiful Island Batik fabrics. And I just happen to be a batik fanatic! Each month I will share with you a project complete with pattern and instructions and the Island Batiks I have chosen for that project. Lucky me – I get to design, sew and use beautiful fabrics!


February – the first project, will be a Kennel Quilt that will be donated to Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge, LA. It has been so educational to read about this volunteer organization. I love pets. We no longer have a dog; she sadly passed on several years ago, but we do have Taz, a “rescue” cat from a shelter. Yup, he’s our special boy! And here he on his perch on the porch resting on the quilt pad, much like a kennel quilt, I made for him.


And who is Island Batik? “Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.” Most importantly, their fabrics are amazing and I can’t wait to play with them, pet them, and share them with you! Hope you’ll sail with me on this great adventure!!




Oops! Forgot One!


As I was looking through one pile of my quilts, I realized I missed posting about one of my finishes – and it’s one I really like! I’ve made more than one quilt from this fabric collection and after having done a charity quilt, thought I had finished it all up. Then…I rearranged some fabric in my main closet and there it was – a bunch more!


I cut it all up into triangles, mixed them up and began piecing. For the sashing I chose a gray and white polka dot rather than plain white. It brings out the colors in the prints rather than a stark contrast. Admittedly, polka dots are one of my favorite blenders.


This past year I have been challenging myself with pieced borders to help bring out the main design. It’s a little more time consuming, but well worth it. Cindy B, my long-arm quilter, used a really fun quilt pattern giving the quilt a lot of movement.  I really do like this collection – fun and bright – a good choice for leading us into Spring!!


Today I’m linking up with Oh Scrap!

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