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February 4, 2020
triangles from Making A Lather

I have been digging through scraps to find triangles for wonky stars and shoofly. I found this bag of triangles, and, decided to sort through it, and, decide if they were worth keeping. Silly thought, I think every piece of fabric is worth keeping, that is why my sewing room is always a mess. These triangles were left overs from quilt wild and goosey.


I discovered that most of the triangles are at least 4 1/2 inches with some 3 1/3 inch, and a few 2 1/2 inch. I don't recognize the fabric from anything I ...

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February 2, 2020
Two More Off The List, Superbowl Prep, and the 2020 Pet Peeve from caledonia quilter

Every year I make a list of projects that I want to complete.  I call it my DO-IT CHALLENGE.  The first week of January my new list for 2020 included "complete 3 UFO's".  Well, by golly, here it is just past the first month end and I've knocked that one out of the park already.   

APPLE CORE  The pieces were cut using JAWS, and I used a pattern from the Accuquilt web site.  I increased the size of the quilt by quite a bit - it's plenty big enough for DH to take a nap under.

This is ...

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January 23, 2020
2020 Island Batik Ambassador from Creatin' in the Sticks

I'm so excited to announce that I am an
 Island Batik Ambassador again for 2020.


My first task as an ambassador is to make an unboxing video.
I’ll be sharing projects, quilts, or tutorials each month using the items
from this video.

Not my comfort zone, by the way, but here it is.

I went for the shortest unboxing video.
 Hey, they wanted us to get creative... (insert smiling face here!!!)
It's all in fun, right?
I want to thank Island Batik AurifilHobbs Batting, Accuquilt, and Schmetz Needles for sending me all of these goodies.

You ...

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Island Batik Ambassador for the 3rd year and unboxing / 3η χρονιά Πρέσβειρα και άνοιγμα κουτιού from Mania for quilts

Two years ago started everything. I could not believe in the email I received then. I felt the same happiness this year too, that the number of the group got smaller but I remained in it. I adore Island batik fabrics! I adore the monthly challenges. Ok, to tell you the truth, some times deadlines torture me. Some other times I do not like the challenge. However, I keep going and learning and becoming better. I am learning by the challenges, by my fellow-Ambassadors, by the whole process. And here I am, Ambassador for the 3rd time for my favorite ...

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Island Batik Ambassador for the 3rd year and unboxing / 3η χρονιά Πρέσβειρα και άνοιγμα κουτιού from Mania for Quilts

Two years ago started everything. I could not believe in the email I received then. I felt the same happiness this year too, that the number of the group got smaller but I remained in it. I adore Island batik fabrics! I adore the monthly challenges. Ok, to tell you the truth, some times deadlines torture me. Some other times I do not like the challenge. However, I keep going and learning and becoming better. I am learning by the challenges, by my fellow-Ambassadors, by the whole process. And here I am, Ambassador for the 3rd time for my favorite ...

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January 16, 2020
white basket scraps from Making A Lather

I sorted through a scrap basket, and it is empty. I can't believe it. It has been a bottomless pit for several months.



I had a small stack of scraps that looked like the right size for some 2 1/2 in HSTS. I had a great time cutting them into a useable size. I don't have any plans for them, but they are in drawers with their friends.


There were many shirt yokes that needed cut into useable sizes too. I don't have the hand strength to cut the yokes, so, I save them for the ...

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January 3, 2020
Petals BOM: An AccuQuilt Block of the Month from Blossom Heart Quilts

Another year, and another AccuQuilt block of the month! This is my third BOM quilt that I’ve designed for AccuQuilt Australia using the AccuQuilt Qubes, and don’t tell Patisserie or Stellar, but this one’s my most favourite so far.

Petals is different from the previous two BOM quilts I designed. Why? Previously, I’ve used the Qubes as-is, that is, the blocks I designed finished at the stated size on the box. This year, we’re going big – the blocks are designed at 150% the Qube size. This means that if you have a 6″ Qube, your ...

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December 31, 2019
Looking Back On 2019, And Ahead To 2020. from Sew Karen-ly Created...

From https://www.facebook.com/ReScapedotcom
Another over-busy, super-productive year is drawing to a close, and with it ends my 2 year tenure as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I have enjoyed my experience with Island Batik *SO* much, and am very thankful for this amazing experience, but it was time for a change.  Polly will miss receiving the bulging boxes of goodies, filled with products from sponsors Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt. We remain ever grateful for the support of these very generous companies.
All of the projects shown below were stitched with product supplied by the above ...

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December 26, 2019
scrap bag 2 from Making A Lather

Last week, I worked on cutting a bag of scraps that I had found, I planned to make a crown of thorns - wedding ring quilt. I chose this pattern because it took a large quantity of matching pieces. When I work with scraps, most of the pieces are too small for matching. I have them all cut in groups of 4 squares and 12 hsts. I haven't cut the neutrals, yet.


The best part, was discovering there was enough of the piece to cut the smaller 2 inch hsts too. I didn't plan to use them in this ...

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December 23, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador Final Post! from Quilting Affection

Today, Is my very last Island Batik Ambassador post. It's hard to say goodbye to a good thing, now that it is time for me to step aside and let others have a chance to enjoy the pleasures I had over the last couple of years. 

When I started out as an Island Batik Brand Ambassador in 2016, I was just trying to figure out the pattern design business and get my name out there. Over the last several years, the hard and fulfilling work I put into being an Island Batik Ambassador has paid off. Oh, don't ...

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December 22, 2019
Christmas Quilts from caledonia quilter

Most years I show you my same three Christmas quilts - one for the King bed, one for the Queen bed, and one for the living room.  THIS year I'm showing you some customer quilts.

This is a gorgeous selection of Cardinal fabrics.  It's not exactly a Christmas quilt, but the birds always evoke winter.

This one's really cute - just squares of Christmas fabrics stitched into a throw.

There's a ton of work in this one - Round the Twist or Garden Trellis quilt.  This version used a lot of half-square triangles.

And a very Canadian hockey quilt ...

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December 17, 2019
accuquilt from Making A Lather

An exciting day - my accuquilt order has arrived. Accuquilt had a 60 % off sale for the black Friday shopping days. I have all the main dies I want, and, I use them all the time. And it did seem that they marked everything up 20% to start. But, I spent a little while shopping, putting dies in my cart, and, then, taking them out of the cart. To be honest, I think I confused myself , LOL. I waited a day to think about it, and then ordered these goodies.


It was a big, heavy box. The top die will cut ...

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December 12, 2019
scrap bag from Making A Lather

Sometimes, after cataract surgery, the eye will still make a film at the back of the new lens. I am one of those. I had the first cataract surgery last fall, and another in January. By now, my eyes had healed well enough, that, I could have a lazer treatment of the membrane behind the lens. I did one last week and one yesterday. There is nothing to it except the fear of the unknown. It was quick and painless, but the eye is dilated for most of the day and that is funky.

One of my favorite purchases at ...

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Desiderata from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Posting this final project of 2019 as an Island Batik Ambassador is bittersweet, as it is in fact my last project as an Ambassador...at least for now.
The theme for this month could not be more perfect for me:
Explore the world of 3D using your creative talents for this month’s challenge. Bring your inner artist out by using optical illusions, textures, trapunto or whatever else will make your quilt pop into life!
Over the years I have explored many facets of 3D and illusion, and taught workshops on isometric perspective using 60 degree angles.  If interested, you ...

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December 4, 2019
Retreat Stitching Success from From the Strawberry Patch...

After my fabulous weekend away at the Quiltville Inn Retreat*, even with all the distraction of the beautiful and incredibly accommodating setting, there's more; believe it or not I actually finished quilt tops and have show and tell of my own! This little beauty (quilt measures 45" square) is the 2012 Summer Sampler Sew-along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog. I had half of the 4" blocks

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Retreat Stitching Success from From the Strawberry Patch...

After my fabulous weekend away at the Quiltville Inn Retreat*, even with all the distraction of the beautiful and incredibly accommodating setting, there's more; believe it or not I actually finished quilt tops and have show and tell of my own! This little beauty (quilt measures 45" square) is the 2012 Summer Sampler Sew-along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog. I had half of the 4" blocks

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November 22, 2019
Faceted Churn Dash {Finished Wall Hanging} from Little Bunny Quilts

If you are in our Honey, Bunny, and Doll FB group, you've seen all of the progress on this wall hanging!



I hosted a "casual QAL" for our Faceted pattern collection on FB this fall -- it was a lot of fun to do something from an already written pattern rather than a brand new pattern and it's something I will do again!

Returning back to the beginning, I cut the majority of the scraps used in this project using my Accuquilt cutter. 


A lot of half-square triangles later, I incrementally made the pieces and parts for this quilt ...

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November 17, 2019
Tobermory Retreat Recap & Technology Mixed With Idiots & Scammers from caledonia quilter

I abandoned hubby for six days - he and the dog were feeding each other kibbles and bits for a week.  Although, a friend took pity on him and had him over for a roast beef dinner mid-week so he didn't starve.

I played THREAD CHICKEN and won.

The railing with completed projects.  This is always such a satisfying pic!  Debbie definitely took the prize this year - completing all those wee monthly quilts.  So cute.

Of course, cocktails.

I work on my Double Wedding Ring for one day every year.  The Tobermory cottage is a great space for it.  This ...

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October 26, 2019
Sweet Dreams, Little One... from Sew Karen-ly Created...

While most folks involved in the quilting industry are currently enjoying Quilt Market in Houston this weekend, some of us remain home...sewing! However, one of my quilts is on display there, so I am feeling anything but left out.  This is the third Quilt Market in a row that I have designed a quilt to show off a new fabric collection for Island Batik.  It's a real honour to have a design accepted by this premier fabric company.
"Sweet Dreams" photographed in an antique cradle owned by Beth Munroe, Amherst, N.S.
The collection I chose to work ...

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October 15, 2019
Cleopatra’s Wild Child from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik. It’s Island Batik Ambassador Challenge time Again! October is “Top it Off” month.

I was charged with making a table topper any size, any holiday, but must include “applique techniques”. Last month I made a child inspired quilt, I was supposed to use my “BOB” (Block on Board) die from AccuQuilt. My BOB was Cleopatra’s Fan. Somehow I messed up and did not use my Cleopatra’s fan die in my design. So, I decided to combine it with my October challenge in an effort ...

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