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February 18, 2019
2019 Free Motion QAL: Show and Tell - Some Progress Pics from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Happy President's Day All!

On our "off" week I thought it would be
fun to share a few
Work In Progress pictures
received via Email, Facebook and Instagram

I get all excited when I receive progress pictures.

Honestly !

It makes my day...

I love that each person makes the project their own.

using any machine they have available...
with or without a stitch regulator

Some folks are just getting started...
and some folks had a baby shower deadline so they are DONE !!
(I'll show you more of this one later ;) 
Some folks are working on a longarm...
 Others ...

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Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 5 from IVORY SPRING

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
***Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
March 25: Outside (wider) Border
April 1: Binding & Hanging

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Hello Friends, here we are again on our Quilt-Along Monday!  There’s not a new installment because Karen and I know the hustles and bustles of life all too well, and sometimes we just can’t get to quilting like we would ...

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February 11, 2019
2019 Free Motion QAL: Check In & Tips from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hey Hey Fellow Quilters...

Have you joined our
2019 Free Motion Quilt Along
featuring Lewe the Ewe fabric panel by
World of Susybee?

It's a Mystery!

To date Wendy and I have shared the following Quilt Along (QAL) posts...


Jan 7:  Announcement Post  ✅
   Jan 21:  Setup, Planning, Basting  
Feb 4:  Inside Center Panel  

Also -- I've also created a YouTube Playlist referencing all the videos I've shared.
Click the image below to get started:

If you're just tuning in, there's ample time to catch up.

We're taking Monday ...

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Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 4 from IVORY SPRING

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
***Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
March 25: Outside (wider) Border
April 1: Binding & Hanging

***

Hello Friends, here we are again on our Quilt-Along Monday!  There’s not a new installment because Karen and I know the hustles and bustles of life all too well, and sometimes we just can’t get to quilting like we would ...

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2019 Free Motion QAL: Part 3 - Loops - Reflection - Stars - Pebbles from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings!
Welcome to Part 3 of the 2019 Free Motion Quilt Along featuring Lewe the Ewe fabric panel by World of Susybee!

 Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring and I are thrilled that you've joined us!

This week we're finally ready to free motion quilt.

If you're just tuning in to the QAL it's not too late to get caught up -- we have 2 weeks set aside to stitch the center of the panel!  Grab your fabric, book, and some thread and get ready to have some fun!!

2019 FMQAL Schedule:    

Jan 7:  Announcement Post  ✅
   Jan 21 ...

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February 6, 2019
House Warming Present {IB Amabassador Goodies 2019} from Little Bunny Quilts

As you may know, my husband and I recently bought a house and have spent the majority of January packing, moving, sorting, and unpacking. However, you might appreciate that the first package that arrived at the house wasn't anything for the house -- it was my first Island Batik Ambassador box for 2019!

Because we had so much to do, it sat in the living room for about 5 days before I had the time and space to open up the box!

Here are all of the fabric goodies I received:


From approximately left to right:
-half yard cuts of ...

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February 5, 2019
X and O: My Magnificent Mini from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The first challenge for the Island Batik 2019 Ambassadors is to make a miniature quilt and post sometime during February.  The guidelines were pretty broad:

  • Must be 24” x 24” or smaller
  • Any fabrics except “surprise” fabrics
  • Any technique
February is always a red-and-white month for my sewing, so I cast my thoughts to something Valentine-heart-love related. I hit upon one of my previous designs, "X and O", and decided to remake it on a smaller scale. This is the original, which uses an 8" New York Beauty block in a diagonal setting.
The pattern is in my book, Quilting ...

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Geo Diamond block from Charm About You


Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics by Charm About You

As I was going through my stash to make this block inspiration struck. Isn't it funny how memories and things can suddenly come to mind and influence you. This wasn't my original direction but I am so pleased with how this came together!

Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics

The block is called Geo Diamond and designer Naomi Clarke has just launched the Geo Diamond English Paper Piecing Sewalong! Click the link to get all the details, parcels start shipping in March and there are lots of options available.

It's a 12" block, so a great size! There are loads of layout possibilities ...

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New Lunar Year, New Ambassador Year, New Fabrics, New Colours! from Clever Chameleon

Fabric colours for 2019 at Clever Chameleon Quilting blog

Happy Chinese New Year 2019

Today, Tuesday February 5th, is Chinese New Year and also my 1st Island Batik Ambassiverary. 2019 is Year of the Pig and in the next few weeks we will have several cute piggy appliqués on the blog to celebrate. But first, we get to herald in the New Lunar Year with Colour & Inspiration Tuesday. The Chameleon thinks this is a very good sign for 2019!

pig sculpture
The bronze pig sculptures in our Adelaide CBD. This little piggy is my favourite.

And today is not just any Colour & Inspiration Tuesday either. It is none other than the ...

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February 4, 2019
Unboxing Island Batik 2019 from Sew Karen-ly Created...

With the conclusion of the Getaway Blog Hop, a new year as an Island Batik Ambassador begins.  I am nothing short of thrilled to be included on this incredibly creative, and very diverse, team of designers, artists, and makers from around the world.  Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil thread pack up a generous bounty of goodies for us to use in our work, and it's SO much fun when the box arrives.  This year, there was a bonus surprise box from Accuquilt...which knocked most of us for a loop!

Even though the boxes had been inspected by ...

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Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 3 from IVORY SPRING

 

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
***Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
March 25: Outside (wider) Border
April 1: Binding & Hanging

***

Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I hope your week got off a great start, and that those of you who lived in last week’s extreme cold have thawed out nicely, and are ready to do some quilting on your machine.

Now, some ...

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Blog Hop Winner from Sew Karen-ly Created...

We have a winner!
Thank you for all the wonderful comments left on the Island Batik  Getaway Blog Hop post, showcasing Grandmother's Blossoms.  We did the drawing old school (because it's fun :)). I copied and printed all the names from the comments list.
 Then I asked hubby to reach in and select one.

It appears that a copy of Grandmother's Blossoms pattern as well as two mini-charm packs of Island Batik's "Paisley Park" collection will be headed off to Missouri! Kathy, please watch your inbox for an email, as I need your mailing address.  Thank you ...

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Island Batik Ambassador and the magic box/Tα αγαπημένα Island Batik και το μαγικό κουτί from Mania for quilts

Last year just at the same days, I was very happy to learn that I was among the Ambassadors of the Island Batik. You may read my relative detailed post here, where you can also read all about batik fabrics in general and the company.

Πέρσι τέτοιον καιρό είχα πάρει μεγάλη χαρά γιατί τα Island Batik με συμπεριέλαβαν μεταξύ των Πρεσβευτών τους. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες για όλα αυτά μπορείτε να διαβάσετε στην περσινή μου σχετική ανάρτηση που περιγράφει όλα όσα θέλετε να ξέρετε για το είδος των υφασμάτων αυτών.

This year, among the news about my health, arrived the anounement of ...

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Island Batik Ambassador and the magic box/Tα αγαπημένα Island Batik και το μαγικό κουτί from Mania for Quilts

Last year just at the same days, I was very happy to learn that I was among the Ambassadors of the Island Batik. You may read my relative detailed post here, where you can also read all about batik fabrics in general and the company.

Πέρσι τέτοιον καιρό είχα πάρει μεγάλη χαρά γιατί τα Island Batik με συμπεριέλαβαν μεταξύ των Πρεσβευτών τους. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες για όλα αυτά μπορείτε να διαβάσετε στην περσινή μου σχετική ανάρτηση που περιγράφει όλα όσα θέλετε να ξέρετε για το είδος των υφασμάτων αυτών.

This year, among the news about my health, arrived the anounement of ...

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February 3, 2019
It's Giveaway Time! from Wendy's Quilts and More

This giveaway has closed now.  

Great news! It's five years since I started blogging, so I've decided to run a giveaway to celebrate.



First a bit of history.  
I started my blog a way to record my finishes, and share them with friends and family.  I never expected to make so many friends through blogging, or to eventually meet so many of them in real life!

My first blog header back in 2014

The main purpose of my blog is still to record my finishes, and that's why I keep my writing simple and let the photos ...

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February 1, 2019
"Felicity" in Paisley Park from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I hope that you have been following along with the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop - it's great fun to see the quilts, and the prizes are pretty fabulous, too!
My day to post is not until the 23rd of this month, but I had opportunity last fall to sew today's featured fabric collection, "Paisley Park" and this seemed an appropriate time to share the details.
I chose to work with these colours as I felt they would shine in this design. Aren't they gorgeous?
It's always fun to pull out my Aurifil threads to match and ...

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Peacock Party - and the winners from Wendy's Quilts and More

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway.  It was lovely to hear from so many of you, and surprising to hear about your favourite fabric designers.

I haven't counted up the responses, but if I did, I suspect that Alison Glass might be the most popular fabric designer!  I'm slightly surprised by that, but can understand why people who love her fabrics might be reading my blog.  Alison designs with bright colours and I do use a lot of bright colours myself.

a table runner I made with Alison Glass's fabrics


On to the winners:

1 ...

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January 30, 2019
My Wonderwall from Charm About You


Wonderwall curved quilt by Charm About You featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting

It should come as no surprise that I get very excited about fabric. I've been sharing what I buy, stitch and make here for over seven years. The colours, prints, the way it handles, the endless combinations... fabric brings me joy. 

The opportunity to get to chose and work with fabric is truly something special. I SQUEALED a lot when these beauties I picked arrived from Freespirit. Vibrant, rich, bright, happy colours of Designer Essentials Solids:

Freespirit Designer Essential Solids fabric

top row: Cosmo, Melon, Pomegranate, Gold, Tropical
bottom row: Serpent, Clearwater, Julep, Citrine

And I kept on SQUEALING because this was also in ...

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Quilters beware. from Quilting with Kimberly

Quality matters.

As quilters we strive to use the best materials, tools and products so our quilts will be beautiful and stand the test of time. Sometimes though, a product which might appear to be high-quality might not be at all. Recently, I found this out the hard way.

I’ve been working on a new sampler quilt comprised of various blocks constructed using different techniques and stitching methods. I had planned to do fusible machine applique on some of the blocks. But since I don’t store fusible web for any length of time (because it has a short ...

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January 28, 2019
what’s new our quilting neighborhood + a Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I had a fun fireside chat over the weekend and I want to be sure you had a chance to watch. That got me to thinking, I need a 'Just for Fun' giveaway too!  

Pat sloan olfa ruby

There are so many things that get shared online in my quilting neighborhood, I'm always afraid you'll miss something good! Here is a run down of what I don't want you to miss out on.

Pat Sloan oh my stars in little sweetheart sm

I love all your Oh My Stars quilts ...

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