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May 22, 2019
Some Stash Busting from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have decided to focus on using up some of my older stash this summer.  
So I gathered up a bunch of Parsons Gray fabric and loaded my 6.5" Tumbler die into my AccuQuilt cutter and in no time had a stack of pieces ready to lay out.



I am not sure yet on the design - I had only a quarter yard of some pieces and more than a yard of others.  I will have to play with them to see what I come up with.



I also decided to cut up some old numbers fabric into 2.5 ...

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May 21, 2019
Hop to be Square: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Croc colours

Eye’ve got a confession to make

I changed my mind (shock). Several times. (More shock….. you are shocked…… right?!). When I got out of bed on Sunday I was all set to use my sewing time to make a modern quilt for Island Batik and HOBBS. I was going to make a large colourful graphic improv block…. maybe a wonky log cabin or a star. And float it in a big black background ...

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May 19, 2019
Stellar BOM – Block 8 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Is it a supernova? Or Saturn? I’m not 100% sure! Saturn was my original inspiration, but in bright, sunny yellow, I’m now thinking perhaps it’s more a supernova…

AccuQuilt Qube block tutorial

Download the free pattern for block 8 here

If you’re making this kind of block design for multiple blocks, it is so perfect for chain piecing – log-cabin style of sewing the same section on each block, around and around and around you go. And with the speed that comes from cutting the shapes with the AccuQuilt, it’s a quick piece!

We can’t wait to see your ...

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May 7, 2019
Something Fishy: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Something Fishy colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Does something smell fishy in your inbox?

Fish balloon

At the risk of sounding obsessed with all things aquatic, yes, we are still on the theme of quilted ponds and fishes and such things here. Partly out of coincidence though….. I have been drawing up the next few patterns for the Love with a Twist quilt along and one of May’s blocks just happens to be the fish balloon. So I still have fish on the brain. But I promise we will surface from our underwater explorations very soon. I think a sweet balloon bunny with his mummy appliqué would be ...

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April 30, 2019
Flowers, Frogs and Finishes from Clever Chameleon

Pond Life quilt at Clever Chameleon with pink tulips colour scheme

Tulips while I quilt

My hubby and daughter bought pink tulips with the groceries last week. I hope you’ll agree, they were a very fine decoration to enjoy while I was working on the final stages of my Pond Life quilt. I was particularly struck by the perfect match of the green of the tulip leaves with the greens of my chosen fabrics. So in honour of well-matched flowers and a finished quilt we have the pastel version of the Pond Life colours this week.

Yes, you read that right. Pond Life is finished, and on the correct side ...

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April 29, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador AccuQuilt Challenge Baby Quilt from Quilting Affection


April's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge project was called AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt.



We were to make a baby quilt using our new AccuQuilt Go products which we received at the beginning of the year from AccuQuilt one of the latest sponsors of the Island Batik Ambassadors this year.

For my project, I decided to use the Island Batik "ditty" collection. This collection has a variety of pastels throughout the strip pack and came with Pink and Cheddar yardage. I used some neutral fabric.



The block I choose to make out of my Quilt in the Day ...

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Pink Stars {Ready, Set, Go! Challenge Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

My black and white and pink all over baby quilt is now finished!


After the top was together, I decided at the last minute that I wanted to use some of the solid grey batik fabric as my backing instead of my normal flannel-for-baby-quilts MO. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread to use and share with you!

For the quilting, I use the same paisley floral motif that I recently used for my Bear Tracks baby quilt. I used white Aurifil thread and tried to keep ...

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April 23, 2019
Be a Diamond Frog Hop (Colour & Inspiration Tuesday) from Clever Chameleon

Pond Life quilt colour board from Clever Chameleon

Frog hop, Blog hop…..

This week is the Be A Diamond blog hop with Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. And today is my day to add to the sparkling quilt line-up. If you are new here… I am very hoppy to meet you. If you are back for your usual dose of colour, quilts and absurdity….. well, you are a true diamond. Happy hoppy Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, my friend!

Either way, come on in. Let’s talk diamond(ish) quilts today!

Be A Diamond blog hop with Just Let Me Quilt
Crazed Diamonds quilt flimsy by Clever Chameleon

When Carol of Just Let Me Quilt put out her invitation to the Be A Diamond blog hop ...

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April 22, 2019
Ready. Set. Go! Baby QuiltIsland Batik industry partner,... from Living Water Quilter



Ready. Set. Go! Baby Quilt

Island Batik industry partner, AccuQuilt, surprised each 2019 Island Batik ambassador, with a Ready. Set. Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System!  I was thrilled and anxious to try the Qube.

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Ambassador challenge - Design a baby quilt with Island Batik provided fabric using Qube 8 dies included in the Ready. Set. Go! cutting system.

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I used the Qube 8-inch Mix & Match set to cut fabrics for 10-inch finished blocks.  Yep, I went off road!  LOL :-D The Bazaar collection looks amazing against basic grey.

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The pattern, Square Dance, is made with two blocks. Square Dance was design ...

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April 19, 2019
Ready, Set, Go! {Last blocks and Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

I've managed to finish up all 25 blocks for my Island Batik Ambassador challenge for this month!

For the last blocks, I needed to mix in a few more black fabrics, but I ended up using only two different pink fabrics for my blocks.

Here are the last of the blocks:


In the process of making all of the blocks, I made sure to press my blocks such that it would be very, very easy to nest seams in the blocks as I put the quilt top together.

Now my quilt is a lovely 40 inches square (as specified ...

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April 16, 2019
Pond Life – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Grumpy Frog colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Waaay more excited about my Pond Life baby quilt than this frog is!

Today I have been working on the Pond Life quilt that I introduced last Tuesday. Want to see how it’s going? And find out who is featured from last week’s link party? Well, read on, Macduff!

accuquilt challenge logo with Island Batik

What and Why is the Pond Life Quilt?

For April, the Island Batik Ambassadors have been set the challenge of using the Accuquilt Ready. Set. GO! system we received in January to make a baby quilt.

Ready Set GO cutter from accuquilt

The GO! Cutter is not a new-to-me toy. I bought one several years ...

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AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt - Chunky Twists from Creatin' in the Sticks

The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Baby Quilt.
Today is my day to show
Chunky Twists


As Island Batik Ambassadors,
this month is our first industry partner spotlight challenge.
The challenge is to use AccuQuilt dies to create a 40" - 48" baby quilt
using any pattern.


AccuQuilt generously provided the Island Batik Ambassodors with an


I chose a mixture of Island Batik stash builder fabrics and yardage.


The stash builder strips are 5" wide and perfect for the AccuQuilt dies.
I chose to use the ...

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April 14, 2019
Gender Neutral Color Palooza from If These Threads Could Talk

Baby Quilt

The products and fabrics used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

I’m so lucky to be an Island Batik Ambassador!  Especially this year.  This year Island Batik has partnered with Accuquilt!  We were given an Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies.  I received the Mix & Match 8″ Block set of dies (Go Cube!).  We were tasked with creating a Baby Quilt.

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This set includes 8 dies & 13 block patterns.  With these dies you can make 72 different block designs! Wowza!

I chose my blocks and started designing in EQ8 to see what it would look like ...

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April 9, 2019
Lily Pond Leap: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Lily Pad Glow colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

What do Lily Pads and QUBEs have in common?

A recycled colour scheme from way back in June 2017.

Whaaaaat? LOL, no I’m not a “frog short of a lily pond”. It’ll all make sense in a moment, but it starts with this Lily Pad Glow colour board re-run. As we all know, life goes in circles and today’s little colour board has resurfaced for a red hot go at inspiring a quilt design. Even more shockingly….. a quilt that is actually being made.

This pretty pastel colour scheme was only the fourth colour scheme I ever ...

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April 8, 2019
Vintage Reimagined Quilt ChallengeHappy Dance is a new quilt... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Reimagined Quilt Challenge

Happy Dance is a new quilt design with a modern interpretation of the vintage block, Drunkard’s Path. It features Island Batik’s Check it Out fabric by Kathy Engle.

NOTE: Island Batik provided fabric for this project as part of the ambassador program.

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Reinterpreting the very popular Drunkard’s Path quilt block for the Island Batik ambassador challenge was opportunity to practice curve piecing. I used Accuquilt’s Drunkard Path die. Precisely cut shapes with notches helps achieve better piecing results. In the end, I still had to trim each block. I’ll do better ...

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Vintage Reimagined Quilt ChallengeHappy Dance is a new quilt... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Reimagined Quilt Challenge

Happy Dance is a new quilt design with a modern interpretation of the vintage block, Drunkard’s Path. It features Island Batik’s Check it Out fabric by Kathy Engle.

NOTE: Island Batik provided fabric for this project as part of the ambassador program.

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Reinterpreting the very popular Drunkard’s Path quilt block for the Island Batik ambassador challenge was opportunity to practice curve piecing. I used Accuquilt’s Drunkard Path die. Precisely cut shapes with notches helps achieve better piecing results. In the end, I still had to trim each block. I’ll do better ...

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April 7, 2019
Green Hearts 4 Christchurch – Finished Flimsy from Clever Chameleon

Green Hearts 4 Christchurch quilt. Green nine-patch quilt with pieced appliqué hearts at Clever Chameleon.

Green Hearts for the Healing Hearts for Christchurch Project

A quick post to mark a quick flimsy finish. My Green Hearts 4 Christchurch quilt top is finished. I like it – it was a great way to use up some fabric scraps. Admittedly it’s no show quilt – it was made in a mild hurry by two people of very different sewing styles on two very different machines. But it is filled with caring, and it is very calming in colour and form. It has already performed some significant soothing during its construction – hopefully it will continue to weave its magic ...

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April 5, 2019
Ready, Set, Go! Challenge with Accuquilt and Island Batik {Baby Quilt Beginnings} from Little Bunny Quilts

Being an Island Batik Ambassador for the last three years has been an amazing experience with some pretty nice perks (Fabric! Thread! Batting! Connections with new quilters!) and this year Accuquilt has graciously given us a Go! Fabric cutter starter kit (not an affiliate link). So this month, our challenge is to use our cutters and dies to make a baby quilt! 

One of my fellow Ambassadors, Connie, already posted her finished quilt, but her post has a great photo line up of all that came in our starter kits from Accuquilt.


Asking me to make a baby quilt is ...

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April 4, 2019
Video - My First Attempt - Accuquilt from Creatin' in the Sticks

Last weekend was a fun one
with all the preparation for April projects.


I have a quilt or two for 
and 



I have a diamond quilt to finish for


I am starting preparations for a trip to Quilt Market.
(My first time to go)
and
creating a few things for Blend Fabric's booth at Quilt Market.

I can't show a picture, sorry, it's top secret...

But I can show you my first attempt at a video for
the Facebook page.

I show how fast I can cut out my rectangles for ...

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April 3, 2019
Into The Blue from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for April is to make a square baby quilt, using our Accuquilt Go Cutters.  
As you may recall, Accuquilt surprised the Ambassadors this year by sending along an entire cutting system, including the 8" QUBE set, to each participant. What an amazing machine this is - fast, accurate, and fun to use.  My favourite thing is that you don't plug this in - it is powered by a simple hand crank that takes no effort to turn.  This is especially important for me, as Polly has to be in the middle of everything I do and ...

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