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September 15, 2019
Free Aurifil Designer of the Month September Sew Along Block from Pat Sloan's Blog

Our September Aurifil Designer of the Month is my wonderfully talented friend Lissa Alexander!

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This is my version of Lissa's super cute house block.

Remember to make and enter your block at the Aurifil site for a chance to win a box of thread! 

My Interview and block are At the Aurifil Website, read and come back!

The fabric I'm working with

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September 13, 2019
"How long did it take you to hand quilt that?" from Wendy's Quilts and More

Yes, I frequently get asked, "How long did it take you to hand quilt that?".

Well, this week. as I put the final stitches into my Shuttles quilt, I tried to quantify how long it had taken me to hand quilt it.


But before I came up with a number, I started to wonder if there is some magic number that people are looking for!

If I say two months, will that scare people off even trying hand quilting?

If I say two weeks will they still think that's too long when they could just send it out to ...

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September 9, 2019
~ Happy Little Things ~ Block 2 ~ GIVEAWAY ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hello Happy Quilters!  Today I'm sharing Block 2 of the Happy Little Things Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves.  There's still time to sign up for the FREE block of the month if you haven't already.  Just click the image below to be taken to the sign up page on Jacquelynne's blog.  Click here to go to Jacquelynne's Block 2 blog post for block inspiration and blog hop details.

For this years BOM I decided to work out of my color pallet comfort zone by working with 2 colors only.  Normally my quilts are ...

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September 5, 2019
Vivi”s Flowers from If These Threads Could Talk

The beautiful fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The Island Batik Ambassadors assignment for September is “Childs Play”, make a quilt inspired/designed for a child.

Included in Island Batik Ambassador’s Box 2, I was given a gorgeous fat quarter bundle from the Enchanted Forest line. These fabrics are so beautiful and the name “Enchanted Forest” reminds me of being a child at my grandparents house. My sister Mary and I would go through the backyard, past the little league field, playground and into the woods. For my sister and I, those woods ...

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September 1, 2019
Island Batik Star Light Star Bright Challenge from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

Star Light Star Bright was the August theme for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for those of us who didn't participate in this month's Beat the Heat Blog Hop.

My project features the Victoria and Albert collection by Island Batik and coordinates with my Starstruck Pillow from last year.

When I choose a thread color for quilting, I like to audition each three by unwinding a portion of the thread and laying each single strand of thread across various areas of the ...

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August 30, 2019
Some hand quilting (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I've been watching the US Open tennis on TV.  The timing works really well for me, because the 7pm evening session starts at 11am NZ time.  I do some work in the morning, and then I keep the afternoons free to watch tennis.  I've even moved my sewing table closer to the TV so I don't miss any sneaky shots down the line.  

I've been hand quilting my Shuttles quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book, Quilts in Morocco.  I love this quilt - it's going to be so bright and happy.

I'm using ...

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August 21, 2019
Aurifil Artisan Wholecloth Challenge from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Aurifil, and their industry partner Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

As an Aurifil Artisan, I have monthly challenges to participate in this year. The August challenge was to create a wholecloth quilt. (My first!) Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette solid fabric (from their 2019 colors of the year) and matching Aurifil thread was provided to each participating Artisan. I received Coral fabric (it's a very pink coral) with 12wt Bright Pink Aurifil (#2425).

My initial plan was to add a couple other pastels to have some color variety in my ...

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Aurifil's Whole Cloth challenge with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics from Wendy's Quilts and More

A few weeks ago Aurifil sent some of their Artisans a spool of thread and some fabric from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics Paintbox Palette.  The challenge was to use these two items to create a mini whole cloth quilt. About 20 of us took part in the challenge, and Aurifil will  blog about all of the results at the end of August.

Here's what I made:

It's a bright orange cushion / pillow that I hand quilted freehand.

The colour is actually "Goldenrod" which is one of Paintbrush Studio's Trend Palette colours for 2019. I have to admit that ...

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August 15, 2019
Free Aurifil Designer of the Month August Sew Along Block from Pat Sloan's Blog

Our July Aurifil Designer of the Month is the super talented Karen Miller of RedBird Quilt Co.

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This is my version of Karen's gorgeous block. Karen did hand applique and amazing Ruched flowers. I did fusible applique and below I'll show you how!

Remember to make and enter your block at the Aurifil site for a chance to win a box of thread! 

My Interview and block are At the Aurifil Website, read and come back!

The fabric I'm working with

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August 12, 2019
Beat The Heat from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Welcome to today's stop on Island Batik's "Beat the Heat" blog hop.  Although we can't actually help reduce the heat and humidity, we perhaps can offer some distraction by showing off the new Island Batik collections shipping to stores now.
We've had wicked heat and humidity this past month, so it was
nice to think back to January when the
first Island Batik Ambassador box arrived.

In that box were two parcels wrapped in paper marked "Surprise",
which we were to keep secret
until now.
Inside my parcels, was a collection called "Garden Party".  Designed by ...

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August 11, 2019
Portraits Quilts for Anna Maria Horner - Part 2 from Wendy's Quilts and More

This weekend I sewed the final seams on the Portraits Quilt designed by Anna Maria Horner.  Yay!!!!

I can guess what you're thinking - it's BIG! And yes, it is big.  Finished size will be 71" x 89", or 180cm x 226cm. 

The pattern for the stunning Portraits quilt is now available to purchase from shops that carry the Conservatory fabric line.  You can find a list of them here on the Free Spirit Fabrics website. This pattern combines fabrics from all three of the designers who contributed to Chapter 2 of Conservatory fabrics - Anna Maria Horner, Nathalie Lete ...

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July 26, 2019
THE BOX!! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 The much anticipated second Island Batik Ambassador has arrived, and the contents did NOT disappoint!  Twice a year, Island Batik and industry partners Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt, shower their Ambassadors with a treasure box of goodies. It's like Christmas in a box, filled with 23 pounds of wonderful surprises.
First out, were 3 fabulous battings from Hobbs' Tuscany line: wool, silk, and polyester.  I am very familiar with the wool and silk battings as they are pretty much all I use, but this polyester is new to me and I look forward to trying it out.
Accuquilt, who ...

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July 23, 2019
Hand quilting my Cartwheel quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's winter here in New Zealand and that means that it rains a lot.  Our country doesn't get to be so green without a lot of rain.  I need something bright and cheery to work on during winter, so I decided to start hand quilting my Kaffe Fassett cartwheel quilt.

I'm following the advice in the pattern and quilting along the black lines in the background Parasols fabric.  I'm using Aurifil 12wt in black to quilt down the centre of these lines.  I don't have to mark any quilting lines - I'm just following the ...

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July 15, 2019
Free Aurifil Designer of the Month July Sew Along from Pat Sloan's Blog

Our July Aurifil Designer of the Month is the super talented Carl Hentsh!  

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This is my version of Carl's block. With our theme of Traditions, Carl based his design on a place. I had a lot of fun with his paper pieced block. See my tips below. 

Remember to make and enter your block at the Aurifil site for a chance to win a box of thread! 

My Interview and block are At the Aurifil Website, read and come back!

The fabric I'm working with

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July 12, 2019
Artsy Fartsy from If These Threads Could Talk

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

The mission: Use any fabric art/non-traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights. In my infinite wisdom, I chose thread painting (sigh).

About 10 years ago I took a thread painting class from Nancy Prince. She is a wonderful quilt artist.

As usual I get organized with paper plates!

I started by creating my background of land and sky and pinning it to a light weight stabilizer. I traced mountains onto Steam A Seam II to add to the country scene.

I outlined the ...

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July 8, 2019
Colouring Inside The Lines from Sew Karen-ly Created...

This month's Ambassador Challenge for Island Batik is sponsored by one of our industry partners, Aurifil thread. 
We were sent a selection of weights and colours in our Ambassador box back in January, and an additional packet of thread arrived later this spring.  It included these 3 spools of 40, 28, and 12 weight to be used in our challenge. 
Our instructions said, "Fabric is your canvas and Aurifil thread your paint! Create a one of a kind art quilt or project with Aurifil thread."
This project took a great deal of thinking.  Normally, we design to showcase the ...

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July 1, 2019
Eye Contact: Creating a Connection  Every two years, Sacred... from Living Water Quilter

Eye Contact: Creating a Connection 

Every two years, Sacred Threads has a national quilt and fiber art exhibit. Barbara Hollinger, curator of Sacred Threads created a special installation, Eye Contact: creating a connection, for the 20th Sacred Threads.

I decided to combine the special installation parameters with the Island Batik ambassador Artsy Fartsy challenge.

NOTE: As an Island Batik ambassador I was given the fabric for this project and Aurifil provided the thread.


The challenge required ambassadors to use three provided spools of Aurifil thread. I received 12, 28 and 50 weight threads.

The heaviest thread, 12wt, emphasizes the silhouetted ...

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June 30, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador - Try it Challenge from Quilting Affection

The month of June's Challenge was called "Try it!"  I wasn't sure what project I was going to do until Spring Market. Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design announced the newest tool, "Wedge Star," and I was going to learn how to use it at the Certified Instruction annual training event in June.  Then I knew what I wanted to do right away for my challenge project.

So, I looked through my Island Batik collection of fabrics and found four different fabrics I needed to make for the Free pattern located on the back of the instructions of the ...

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June 27, 2019
Getting Caught Up June from In the Boondocks

Welcome to Getting Caught Up
Hello, I am Lisa and if you haven’t been here before welcome! I hope you decide to follow along on my sewing and quilting adventures! This maybe old news to some of you and I love you for it! Thank you for sticking with me throughout the years!

I post on Instagram 
But my blogging hasn’t 
covered a lot of the items 
I have made!

I am working on baby quilts
this week for
new babies!

I am trying like other bloggers 
to get back in the habit of 
blogging at ...

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June 22, 2019
Pincushion Tutorial from In the Boondocks

Hexagon Flower Pincushion 
Fabric - Heather Ross Trixie

Back of pincushion- Heather Ross Strawberries 

I keep them in a little tin!

Sue Daley Millners Needles 
Size 11

Walnut shells

Small scissors and a needle threader!

Aurifil 80 weight thread

A hexagon flower sewn by hand using Aurifil 80 weight thread a piece of backing fabric! 
(2) pieces of Pellon SF101 cut to size!

Iron the Pellon 
to each back of fabric!
It will strengthen 
the front side of each side!

Draw a circle on the backside 
of your flower!
I used a measuring cup, 
to draw a circle!

Put fabrics ...

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