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February 18, 2019
Heading Home  Social HopWow, I am so excited! Please, someone... from Living Water Quilter

Heading Home  Social Hop

Wow, I am so excited! Please, someone pinch me!  :D As an Island Batik Ambassador I had the opportunity to design a quilt for an Island Batik Fall and Winter 2018 fabric collection. Browse the fall catalog and see all the yummy fabrics and beautiful quilt patterns.

Heading Home Pattern Release

Heading Home features Blossom, a beautiful collection by Kathy Engle. The Blossom collection is available at an Island Batik seller near you. Also find Island Batik fabric online at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Please note, the Blossom fabric to make Heading Home was given ...

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Grow - Magnificent Minis with Island Batik from Creatin' in the Sticks

Becoming an 
Island Batik Ambassador
is a chance for me
to grow both as a quilter and a blogger.

Every month,
Island Batik Ambassadors have a challenge in which a project is made and shared
this month's challenge
Magnificent Minis.

The challenge for February is to make a mini quilt that is smaller than 24" x 24".

I used the challenge to make a wall hanging to remind myself to 
grow from these challenges.

(In case I forget why I'm doing
Actually, I picked out some of the fabrics I liked and I designed ...

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February 17, 2019
Love, Love, Love from The Inquiring Quilter

I celebrated Valentine’s Day this week with my husband, so it should surprise anyone that this week has been all about love, love, love. The day started with homemade french toast (and flowers!)…

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…and ended with a lovely meal at our favorite restaurant—a local Italian place.

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Quilting-wise, I’ve been working on this month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge, which is to make a Magnificent Mini. Here’s my fabric pull.

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Yep, it’s all about love! <grin>

I’ll be cutting and sewing this one next week.

Meanwhile, let me leave you with a collection of my ...

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February 15, 2019
Banner Over Me is LoveOver the years, I have watched my sister’s... from Living Water Quilter

Banner Over Me is Love

Over the years, I have watched my sister’s love for her children in action. She, like many mothers, offer their lives in time, energy, devotion and many untold sacrifices because of love.

For the February Island Batik Ambassador challenge, I designed a banner. Have your heard or read the words, “His banner over me was love”?  A love banner is a public declaration of love.


A heritage of love flows and continues with my sister’s first granddaughter, Ariah and her parents, Amanda and Darnell. Ariah, 7 months-old, had her first Christmas in 2018 ...

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February 11, 2019
Island Batik Magnificent Minis from Quilting Affection

The first project for the 2019 Island Batik Ambassador were challenged with was to make a Magnificent Mini that measured 24" x 24 or smaller.

For my project, I wanted to make a modern looking mini out of my Studio 180 Design tools and some of the fabrics from my Island Batik Ambassador leftover blender and basic fabrics from previous years. I also used four 5" x wof strips from my Stash builders bundles that I received in my Island Batik Ambassador Box.

My mini blocks were 3 1/2" unfinished,  I needed to make  1" finished units from my ...

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Amanda’s Fidget QuiltMaking a child-like activity quilt for my... from Living Water Quilter

Amanda’s Fidget Quilt

Making a child-like activity quilt for my 85-year-old mother, Amanda, was wonderful and emotionally difficult at the same time. Amanda, is a retired nurse, mother of five, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of four.

She has vascular dementia.


Cookie, my sister and Amanda’s full-time caregiver, requested I make our mother a fidget quilt to help ease dementia anxiety.


So, I began with Island Batik’s Crystal Ball 10-inch pre-cut  fabric stack. I’m thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, which provided the fabric as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.


I collected buttons ...

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February 10, 2019
Magnificent Mini’s from If These Threads Could Talk

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

Magnificent Minis

Our assignment for February was to create a “Magnificent Mini” using any technique we chose.  The only criteria was the size: 24″ x 24″ or smaller.  It seems I’m always collecting quilt blocks for hearts and Christmas Trees. The first thing I do is fire up my EQ8 and start drawing.

Last year I made a heart mug rug.  The drawing above consists of mirror image split rects and two squares that have had the corners popped using Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Pop tools ...

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February 9, 2019
Marvellous Minis with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Year of the Pig appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

Happy New Year of the Pig 2019

February is Mini Quilt Month in the Island Batik Ambassador calendar: “Create a mini quilt 24″ x 24″ or smaller, any technique” is the challenge we’ve been given. Minis are a great way to try a new technique, or explore resource/time intensive projects on a doable scale. Or to commemorate an occasion or holiday. Like the Lunar New Year. For my first 2019 Ambassador challenge I decided to make something to mark Chinese New Year. Happy New Year of the Pig!

Year of the Pig mini quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

2019 Lunar New Year was on the 5th of February ...

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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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2019 Island Batik AmbassadorI am thrilled and honored to be an... from Living Water Quilter

2019 Island Batik Ambassador

I am thrilled and honored to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019!  The Ambassador program begins February 2019 and runs through January 2020.


Twice during the program, Ambassadors receive a BIG  box of fabrics and quilting supplies from industry partners. A few weeks ago, a box from Island Batik arrived first.  Then, we had a BIG surprise and received a box from AccuQuilt.


Each Island Batik box contains “Surprise” fabric. Surprise fabric is new NEVER seen fabric collections that will be revealed in blog hops twice a year.


We each received Island batik pre-cuts.  Plus ...

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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!

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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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Finally! My December Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

Regular readers know that December and January were bleak months for me and that I did not post my December Island Batik challenge quilt on time. Slowly things are starting to come back to normal, or at least the new normal for me.

If you can forgive me for my lateness, I’d like to show you my December Island Batik Ambassador challenge quilt.

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The December challenge was called Whimsical and Wonky, which we could interpret however we wanted. I had several ideas but in the end I decided to make a wonky star table runner.

Some people find wonky ...

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Twilight Chic Week from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Studio 180 Design.

Welcome to Studio 180 Design’s “Twilight Chic Blog Hop”.  I have been lucky enough to make 4 quilts from Twilight Chic line of batiks by Island Batik for Deb Tucker.


For this challenge I chose to make a hunter star quilt from Deb Tucker’s book “Hidden Treasures” using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool.  Hidden Treasures offers you 29 different lap size quilt patterns and 7 bed runner patterns for the hunter star.

The same pieces can make very different ...

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Announcement, Announcement, Announcement... from Pamela Quilts

I wanted to get this post up earlier, but had some distractions going on here today.  So better late than never, I wanted to make the official announcement that I am one of the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors!

I was so excited to hear the news earlier this month, and even more excited to see not one, but two shipping notices for packages headed my way!  I made an unboxing video, and I have to apologize for the really weird lighting.  It was a super rainy day so I had to use my dining room and the lighting was definitely ...

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February 4, 2019
My 2019 Island Batik Ambassador Boxes! from The Inquiring Quilter

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First, let me make my official announcement! I’m going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador! Congratulations to my fellow 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors—-what an inspiring group of quilters I get to work with!

I’m so excited to share another year of beautiful batiks with you. There are many cool Ambassador challenges this year and lots of surprises so fasten your seat belts and hop on board!

If you like batiks as much as I do, be sure to follow me so you don’t miss the eye candy. Even if batiks are not your thing, you ...

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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 2019 - BOXES!! from Creatin' in the Sticks

Imagine my surprise when 
these HUGE boxes arrived here in the Sticks.

Did I miss an email?
Yes, the day before I had received an email
to announce that I had made the cut and I am an
 Island Batik Ambassador for 2019.

I'm so excited and I have to show
what is in these boxes.

These items were provided to me by Island Batik:

Lots of Batik fabrics, rayon fabric, 
 Aurifil threads, Hobbs batting galore,
 a gorgeous rayon scarf, Island Batik pins, a surprise package
 an Accuquilt - Ready, Set, Go! Ultimate fabric cutting system!

But let ...

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February 3, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador Box Opening 2019 from If These Threads Could Talk

It’s that time again, a new year of challenges from Island Batik.  I’m blown away by the generosity of Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting and Accuquilt Go Cutter!  We have some great projects to share with you this year.  I’m almost done with February and March’s challenges and can’t wait to share.  Here is a video of all the products given to me as an Island Batik Ambassador:

Thank you Island Batik!

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2018 Island Batik Ambassador  ReviewI am (almost) speechless. ... from Living Water Quilter

2018 Island Batik Ambassador  Review

I am (almost) speechless.  My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador has been, no kidding, life changing.  Island Batik gave each ambassadors two large boxes filled with fabrics and goodies from industry partners. 


The combined generous supply of Island Batik fabrics and products from industry partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting, gave me the resources  to try new quilting challenges and make quilts, totes, pillow, postcards and more.


Let’s review the Island Batik Ambassador year in pictures. It includes monthly challenges, some just because projects and pattern releases.

February & March - Straight to the Heart ...

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February 2, 2019
Friday Fun... from Pamela Quilts

Today I took a day to relax, since tomorrow I work all day at the quilt shop and I've been working hard all week!  I had so much fun making Jen's Color challenge block for January that I decided to get ahead of the game and get the block done for February right away.  Some lovely pinks from my Island Batik stash!

Then I made a pink ribbon block to mail to a friend  (more Island Batik fabric):

I also added the pieced side borders to the Brothers and Sisters quilt I am working on.  Those borders are ...

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