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September 13, 2018
6 inch squares........... from Exuberant Color

One of the items we offered to the Colorwash 360 class participants is packs of 6" squares in both Kaffe Fassett fabric and in batik.  There are 2 different kits available in each.  The idea for these is that you can either fussy cut or random cut 2.5" squares from them
In this example I would be cutting an area with just red flowers.

On this one I would be fussy cutting the area with the purple flowers with one green twig.

This shows the random cut just straight across in both directions to give me four 2.5 ...

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September 12, 2018
Magazine and blocks............. from Exuberant Color

When I was in NC last month I was looking for a magazine to read on the airplane coming home.  I had seen this magazine on several blogs but it didn't interest me until I saw this issue about Louisiana.  There is a section about Anna Williams.  I first saw her quilt tops at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio around 1992.  Her friend Katherine Watts brought the tops and they hung them on the walls of the cafeteria.  If you don't know who Anna Williams - quilter is you might want to do a search and ...

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September 11, 2018
Favorite block so far........... from Exuberant Color

I thought I would just show you my favorite block so far in the 16 patches.  Actually there are 2 alike.  The brown batik is really old, back when batiks were first available in the 1990s.
On these two I just wanted to show how much variation there is in one print, the zebra stripe.  It goes from light brown to dark brown, and light gray to dark gray all in one fabric.

I counted the strips that are waiting to be sliced into parts for the 16 patches.  There will be 108 more blocks when I get them sliced ...

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September 10, 2018
Back to 16 patches.......... from Exuberant Color

I decided to scrap the project I showed yesterday and use the blocks for mug rugs.  I can't waste any more time on it.  So...I got back to sewing the neutral 16 patches and got 30 sewn last night.  I had 20 done previously so I'm at 50 total right now.  I think my plan was to make about 130 blocks but I don't know where my notes are right now.
I spent hours outside yesterday.  My son mowed the lawn and did all of the trimming around things.  I don't have a trimmer so ...

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September 8, 2018
Fabric play........... from Exuberant Color

My day started out with this luscious piece of red batik arriving in my mail box.  The flowers are about 3" and it is prettier than its photo.

Then I started looking for something....I had 3 places that I thought it could be in.....and 4 hours later I had gotten rid of lots of papers, sorted and organized a few things, and found what I was looking for.
I wandered down to the basement and one box of large pieces of Kaffe fabrics and my collection of light Kaffe prints was open and needing to be put away ...

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September 7, 2018
Cutting a lot............ from Exuberant Color

You might have wondered why I haven't been sewing much lately.  The last 5 days I worked a few hours a day cutting 80 yards of my batik colorwash fabrics into squares for stash kits for the Colorwash 360 class.  I have to finish assembling and packaging the kits now.
My go-to project isn't is another neutral batik 16 patch.  I needed to cut strips for a friend so I cut enough for a bed size quilt for me too.

This container has pieces already cut for another bunch of blocks and I have 2 piles ...

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August 31, 2018
African Commission #1 from Life Sew Crafty

Name: African Commission #1
Dimensions: About 60" x 60"
Pieces: Front - 115, Back - 4
Pattern: Unknown
Technique: Patchwork
Materials: Hand-dyed batiks from Africa, Kona White
Quilting: free-motion on my Juki

So this all started with an email from the guild passing along a request from a woman in Washington, DC who wanted some quilts made from the fabrics she'd brought back with her from her business trips to Africa and China. I sent an email to the address listed and let her know up front what I charge for this kind of work (supplies, plus $20/hour for ...

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August 22, 2018
A Block by Block from Sew........This Is My Blog

Our local quilt shop, Patches and Stitches, is celebrating their 40th Anniversary. One of their celebration activities is a Block by Block sew-along.  (Oh, yeah, and a 40% discount on a different item or category every week.  But we won't talk about that.)  The owner of the shop designed a quilt using forty different block designs.  Customers received block patterns two at a time as well as directions for the quilt layout.   The first forty customers to return to the shop with a completed quilt, having used all forty blocks in it, received a $40 gift certificate from Patches ...

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August 20, 2018
Pyramidal Crystals quilt from Pieced Brain

Let's call today Free pattern Monday, courtesy of Timeless Treasures. This is Pyramidal Crystals, the quilt pattern I designed for the beautiful batik collection Tonga Jewel Amethyst by Judy and Judel Niemeyer for Timeless Treasures. I am always glad when I can design quilts for batiks, especially when they are this gorgeous:

And these are just a few samples of the collection. Pyramidal Crystals measures 58-1/4" x 69-1/2" and the blocks finish at 10". Although it looks complex, the quilt comes together quickly as the pattern has detailed diagrams and instructions for your convenience. This pattern is ...

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August 17, 2018
Smocking Quilt from Pieced Brain

Happy Friday! Today I have a fun pattern for you to work on - it is called Smocking which can be downloaded from Annie's Craft Store. This quilt measures 53" x 73" and the blocks finish at 10". The blocks are easy to make and the project comes together very quickly.

Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting chose the perfect quilting motif for the fabrics I used: Michael Miller's Marine Batiks. They look fantastic against the white with all their colors, textures, and marine life:

Aren't they beautiful? As I did, you can feature your favorite prints in the ...

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July 29, 2018
Sunday Stash July 29, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

Another busy week all around and more changes to the numbers.
I had fabric out for the finish shown in the previous post.
I also had fabric in. Last summer my art quilt group entered a group piece in a local quilt show and took best of class, which came with $50 of prize money. We debated what to do with the money and decided to purchase enough of this fabric for everyone to get a half yard.
graduated batikIt’s a graduated batik. There is a group challenge to make something using this fabric. I won’t get to it ...

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July 1, 2018
Island Batik Modern Challenge from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I am squeezing under the deadline for
the Modern Batik Challenge.

As an

I was provided all the fabrics for the quilt 
that I designed for the challenge.

My inspiration for this quilt was
slow coming.
I was completely unsure on what
exactly I wanted to do, 
I don't usually do too much modern style quilting
This again was a huge challenge for me.
 I then searched through my beautiful box
of Island Batik fabrics and
came up with this.

I used a huge array from the Paisley Dot
collection.  Some of the colors included Bermuda Spot, 
Sky Speckles ...

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June 18, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Love batiks? They are such pretty, fun fabrics. I had a love affair with batiks for a while. 

paisley fabricBatik Fabric. Gorgeous colours.  I like the more subtle batiks, where it stays within the same color family.LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!  Bali Batik Fabric Palm Fronds by PearTreeRoad, via Flickr

Bali Batik Fabric Midnight Jungle | via PearTreeRoad blue aqua teal turquoise goldTeal batik    LOVE this one!!!very cool Batik from Lunn Designs. available in 2 colorways

traditional batik "look" , the dye moves through the cracks in the wax creating vein-like linesTotally Tropical Batik Fabric Seaweed - AloeBeautifully simple batik.  Love this ...would love to bees and hives.

sunflower quilt pink yellow | Batik Fabric- Sunflower Yellow on Pink | A Celebration QuiltBatiks for ChristmasHoffman batik Oak leaves

Batik quilts? Wow, there are so many! Here a few that I found in about six seconds! (Okay, maybe minutes.) Enjoy.

Exuberant Color: Colorwash quilts- 2.5 x 4.5 batik scraps

Batik Quilted Table Runner.  Well, Mom, this might have turned me on to batiks!

Oregon Batik Waterfall By Bear Creek Quilting Company Batik Quilt Pattern Books Batik Quilt Patterns For Beginners Free Batik Strip Quilt Patterns

Baby Girl Modern Batik Quilt, Baby Girl Quilt Blanket, Variety of Colours Baby Quilt, Pink Yellow Orange Nursery Bedding, Toddler Lap Quilt

Love the floating border with matching bindingGorgeous lap and throw quilt pattern. Here & Square Quilt Pattern QCD-032 by The Quilting Cupboard - Ann Kisro. Check out more of our quilt patterns. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on new patterns and sales!

Batik Quilt & SHAM PDF Pattern/Tutorial drunkard path block.

Free Batik Quilt Patterns | Painter's Palette.Use my leftover H2O Row Quilts

Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements: • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric • An overlapping square...

Look for these and more on my "heart, quilts" Pinterest board. Have a great week! 

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June 4, 2018
Samba Quilt pattern from Pieced Brain

Free pattern alert! This is Samba, the pattern I designed for Timeless Treasures' amazing batik collection called "Tonga Rio". When I think of Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the first thing that comes to mind is Carnival: lots of dancing, fast music with meaningful lyrics, bright and colorful costumes... so I wanted to come up with a quilt that featured as many fabrics from the collection as possible - all the colors we see during the Carnival parade - and had a design with lots of movement to it.

The quilt measures 72.5" x 86.5" and the blocks finish at ...

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June 1, 2018
May Bee Island Batik Pillow from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here I am just making it under the 
wire for the Playful Pillows 
challenge for May.

But I did it in just the nick of 
time and I am so excited to 
show it off to you. 

It is made with a variety of different 
Island Batik fabrics.  
I used several different colors from the 

The pattern is from my 
I added a Flying Geese
around the edge to make it 18 1/2" square. 

I used Aurifil Black thread to 
applique stitch around the flowers 
and the bee.
It was the first time ...

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May 18, 2018
Summer School Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Summer School Quilt

From rice-sized gobies to whale sharks as long as two school buses, the ocean is filled with an incredible variety of creatures.  Some travel in schools of up to 3 billion fish. Some “walk” on land. Some live for centuries.

Summer School Quilt

But of all the fish in the sea, my very favorites are created with needle and thread. In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates how to whip up a sea full of pretty fishes in every color of the rainbow. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Summer School Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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May 3, 2018
Tropical Blooms quilt from Pieced Brain

How would you like another free pattern for a fun quilt? This is Tropical Blooms, my newest design for the just-released released Tonga Orchid fabric collection by Timeless Treasures. The quilt measures 70-1/8" x 82-1/4" and the blocks finish at 12". The colors on this line are rich, warm, gorgeous... Check out some of the fabrics I used:

Blogger is giving me a hard time today, but I think you can see the beauty of this collection. The textures are amazing and this design is perfect to show them off.

The blocks look intricate but they are really ...

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April 28, 2018
Split Rail Quilts from the Renters from Quilted Joy

Split rails are a type of quilt that involves a set of strips cut into a square to form a block. The arrangement and orientation of those blocks then forms the design of the quilt. As simple as this may sound and as easy as they are to create, the designs and the options you have are many and quite beautiful. The following quilts are different ideas on ways you can vary and make a split rail to reflect your own creativity.

Margie's take on the modern split rail quilt.

Margie took her split rail blocks and surrounded them with sashing. She also alternated their orientation horizontally and ...

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April 27, 2018
Sometimes Market prep is all encompassing from Wolf Creek Quilting

Sometimes Market prep is all encompassing

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Today’s work - I love our Quadrant Court made in beautiful... from Wolf Creek Quilting

Today’s work - I love our Quadrant Court made in beautiful batiks! #anthologybatikfabrics @anthologybatikfabrics @windhamfabrics @sassafraslane #sassafraslane #anthologyfabrics #quadrantcourt #longarmquilting #customquilting #laq #batiks #marketprep (at Kirkland, Washington)

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