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June 4, 2020
more cleaning from Making A Lather

To the left of my accuquilt, is a little dresser. And, when I cut for a project, I want to cut for the project, and not fold and put away. I have a bad habit of adding the leftover fabric and pieces that need to be dealt with on the table, until it becomes a mountain.


Big pieces make a big difference in cleaning the spot. I found shirt pieces and frolic mystery fabrics and a scrap basket for odds and ends. I found orphan blocks. The white scraps are from cutting triangles for unity mystery quilt. I end up ...

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May 23, 2020
row x row in green from Making A Lather

My favorite kind of green. The poppies came with the house 30 years ago, and they bring joy every year. We used to call the purple flower sweet william, but, we found out we were wrong, but, now, I can't remember the real name. They pop up wherever they want and smell so good.


The row x row quilt doesn't call for dark green, but, there are two rows of lime green. I did the first row in January. I decided to do the second row this month to move it along.


I like to sew it with ...

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April 30, 2020
UFO busting - Seeing Spots! from Sew Sunshine


I am not even sure when this little quilt was started. I know I had access to an Accuquilt machine at a local sewday. I cut out the circles and fusible circles too. I got home and started using some fancy stitches on my sewing machine to go around the edges.  I also remember taking them to a sew day at our county fair to sew on while being in the Quilts for Kids booth. The year? I am not sure. 


I am pretty sure this quilt did not want to be finished. I found the blocks when looking for ...

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March 31, 2020
One Die Wonder - Swept Away from Creatin' in the Sticks

The March Challenge for the
Island Batik Ambassadors is
One Die Wonder with Accuquilt
and

today I'm excited to share
Swept Away.


As Island Batik Ambassadors,
we were to create a quilt
that were included in the ambassador boxes.





The fabrics are
the Island Batik Cascadia collection strip set that was designed by Claudia Pfeil of Claudia Pfeil Designs and white fabric from the Island Batik solid collection.

The Accuquilt GO! cutting system makes quick work of cutting ...

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March 30, 2020
Hattie's Choice {Finished One Die Wonder Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

When last I posted about this quilt, I thought that I would be adding a border -- and then I started digging through my Island Batik stash only to realize that I only had one half yard of purple and no other pink or purple to use to finish this quilt! Oops! So instead, I decided to quilt this quilt as is -- a bitty baby quilt -- and use a neutral dot batik for the backing.

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, Accuquilt products, and Hobbs Batting to use ...

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March 19, 2020
One Die Wonder {Blocks on Blocks} from Little Bunny Quilts

When I posted about this project last week, I showed off by first block:


Since then, I have finished up all of the blocks and arranged them into the quilt top!

I randomly pulled block sets to work on and worked on one block at a time until all 20 blocks were complete!


I arranged my blocks in diagonal rows and sewed the top together.


My quilt is now 32" x 40" and I will see if I have anything to use as a border.

Happy Wednesday --- I hope you and yours are staying safe and well!

As a little ...

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Petals BOM: Block 3 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Bloom-pow! Pulled in a bit more blue for this month’s Petals block… I’m using Liberty fabric from Ava & Neve – from past Liberty Society bundles, and a few other bits and pieces from her store.

Sampler quilt block pattern

You can find the tutorial for the third block on the AccuQuilt Australia blog here.

We can’t wait to see your quilts! Feel free to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @blossomheartquilts and @accuquilt_australia, and using the hashtags #blossomheartquilts and #accuquiltBOM. Did you know that there’s an AccuQuilt Addicts group on Facebook? AccuQuilt Australia run it and are actively involved, it ...

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March 10, 2020
One Die Wonders with Accuquilt and Island Batik {Beginnings} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month, the project theme for us Island Batik Ambassadors is making one-block quilts using some of the new Block on Board dies from Accuquilt!


For my quilt, I picked the Hattie's Choice Die. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, Accuquilt products, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

I used pink and purple scraps as well as about a yard of a cream basic batik to do my cutting. I was able to squeeze out 20 blocks from my fabrics. To keep my ...

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February 21, 2020
Petals BOM: Block 2 from Blossom Heart Quilts

The fun continues as I explore this bright and bold colour palette I’ve chosen for the Petals BOM! I dipped more into the purple Liberty fabrics for this block. I’m using Liberty fabric from Ava & Neve – from past Liberty Society bundles, and a few other bits and pieces from her store.

AccuQuilt Qube sampler quilt BOM

You can find the tutorial for the second block on the AccuQuilt Australia blog here.

We can’t wait to see your quilts! Feel free to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @blossomheartquilts and @accuquilt_australia, and using the hashtags #blossomheartquilts and #accuquiltBOM. Did you know that ...

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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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