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April 22, 2019
Island Batik Ready. Set, Go! Baby Quilt with Accuquilt from Quilted Delights

I love bright colors, small pieces, and easy cutting and this baby quilt has all of that thanks to Island Batik and Accuquilt.  
   

The main challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors this month was to use the Accuquilt Go system to cut out our project.





 Accuquilt graciously sent the 8 inch block bundle of the Ready. Set. Go! to the Island Batik Ambassadors this year.


The Ready. Set. Go! bundle comes with a book by Eleanor Burns that has instructions for making 46 different blocks using the dies that come in the bundle.



My quilt is made up from two ...

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Ready. Set. Go! Baby QuiltIsland Batik industry partner,... from Living Water Quilter



Ready. Set. Go! Baby Quilt

Island Batik industry partner, AccuQuilt, surprised each 2019 Island Batik ambassador, with a Ready. Set. Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System!  I was thrilled and anxious to try the Qube.

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Ambassador challenge - Design a baby quilt with Island Batik provided fabric using Qube 8 dies included in the Ready. Set. Go! cutting system.

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I used the Qube 8-inch Mix & Match set to cut fabrics for 10-inch finished blocks.  Yep, I went off road!  LOL :-D The Bazaar collection looks amazing against basic grey.

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The pattern, Square Dance, is made with two blocks. Square Dance was design ...

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April 16, 2019
AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt - Chunky Twists from Creatin' in the Sticks

The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Baby Quilt.
Today is my day to show
Chunky Twists


As Island Batik Ambassadors,
this month is our first industry partner spotlight challenge.
The challenge is to use AccuQuilt dies to create a 40" - 48" baby quilt
using any pattern.


AccuQuilt generously provided the Island Batik Ambassodors with an


I chose a mixture of Island Batik stash builder fabrics and yardage.


The stash builder strips are 5" wide and perfect for the AccuQuilt dies.
I chose to use the ...

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April 14, 2019
Gender Neutral Color Palooza from If These Threads Could Talk

Baby Quilt

I’m so lucky to be an Island Batik Ambassador!  Especially this year.  This year Island Batik has partnered with Accuquilt!  We were given an Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies.  I received the Mix & Match 8″ Block set of dies (Go Cube!).  We were tasked with creating a Baby Quilt.

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This set includes 8 dies & 13 block patterns.  With these dies you can make 72 different block designs! Wowza!

I chose my blocks and started designing in EQ8 to see what it would look like.

Gender Neutral Color Palooza

When I was satisfied with the fabrics and balance I started cutting.

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I pulled my ...

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April 9, 2019
The Top 10 Things I Love About Batiks from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The Top 10 Things I Love About Batiks

10. The fabric doesn't fray.  This means there will be no stray, annoying threads trapped between the layers of your quilt.
9. Batiks obey the command "stay". When you press your seams, the fabric lays perfectly flat.  You can pretty much finger press your seams as you sew them.
8. Batiks have a high thread count, signifying they are a very good quality cotton, and will last well.
7. Batiks come in rich, vibrant colours. 
6. There is very little lint on the fabric, and no shedding in your sewing machine ...

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April 8, 2019
Vintage Reimagined Quilt ChallengeHappy Dance is a new quilt... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Reimagined Quilt Challenge

Happy Dance is a new quilt design with a modern interpretation of the vintage block, Drunkard’s Path. It features Island Batik’s Check it Out fabric by Kathy Engle.

NOTE: Island Batik provided fabric for this project as part of the ambassador program.

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Reinterpreting the very popular Drunkard’s Path quilt block for the Island Batik ambassador challenge was opportunity to practice curve piecing. I used Accuquilt’s Drunkard Path die. Precisely cut shapes with notches helps achieve better piecing results. In the end, I still had to trim each block. I’ll do better ...

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Vintage Reimagined Quilt ChallengeHappy Dance is a new quilt... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Reimagined Quilt Challenge

Happy Dance is a new quilt design with a modern interpretation of the vintage block, Drunkard’s Path. It features Island Batik’s Check it Out fabric by Kathy Engle.

NOTE: Island Batik provided fabric for this project as part of the ambassador program.

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Reinterpreting the very popular Drunkard’s Path quilt block for the Island Batik ambassador challenge was opportunity to practice curve piecing. I used Accuquilt’s Drunkard Path die. Precisely cut shapes with notches helps achieve better piecing results. In the end, I still had to trim each block. I’ll do better ...

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April 4, 2019
Video - My First Attempt - Accuquilt from Creatin' in the Sticks

Last weekend was a fun one
with all the preparation for April projects.


I have a quilt or two for 
and 



I have a diamond quilt to finish for


I am starting preparations for a trip to Quilt Market.
(My first time to go)
and
creating a few things for Blend Fabric's booth at Quilt Market.

I can't show a picture, sorry, it's top secret...

But I can show you my first attempt at a video for
the Facebook page.

I show how fast I can cut out my rectangles for ...

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April 3, 2019
Into The Blue from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for April is to make a square baby quilt, using our Accuquilt Go Cutters.  
As you may recall, Accuquilt surprised the Ambassadors this year by sending along an entire cutting system, including the 8" QUBE set, to each participant. What an amazing machine this is - fast, accurate, and fun to use.  My favourite thing is that you don't plug this in - it is powered by a simple hand crank that takes no effort to turn.  This is especially important for me, as Polly has to be in the middle of everything I do and ...

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April 1, 2019
Island Batik Vintage Reimagined from Goer

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

This month we were asked to use a vintage quilt block as inspiration for our Island Batik Ambassador projects. I considered this challenge an opportunity to use Modern Traditionalism in my design, using a traditional block with some twist to modernize the look of it.

I chose the Antique Tile quilt block to work from. I shared my design process in a previous post, but these digital images show the block I started with and the mockup for the quilt that I made.

 

My fabrics ...

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My March Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I face a monthly challenge to design and make a new quilt. In March, the challenge was to create a new design inspired by a vintage quilt.

My inspiration was an old double wedding ring quilt I’ve had for decades. The quilt was made by the Amish and is hand quilted.

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I have always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt, but I’m not a big fan of curved piecing. There are other methods for making a double wedding ring, but I’ve always longed for a simple, pieced version. So with ...

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Island Batik Vintage Reimagined - Jewel Box from Quilted Delights

For the March Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Vintage Re-imagined, I wanted to work with a vintage block that I could create using one of the Island Batik precuts I had and I also wanted a block that could showcase all the fabrics in the pack. 



I decided on the Jewel Box pattern.  I had a stack of 10 inch squares of Island Batik's Moroccan Bazaar I purchased last fall that was perfect for the "jewels". The other fabrics were provided to me by Island Batik for being an Island Batik Ambassador.  I used a full three yards of the ...

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March 29, 2019
Vintage Reimagined - Concrete Window from Creatin' in the Sticks

The March challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is Vintage Reimagined.

Today is my day to show

Concrete Window.


It's been a long journey to meet the challenge, but I am so happy to share the finish.

The challenge was to be inspired by anything vintage whether it's a quilt, a vintage find, antiques, vintage furniture or architecture. Basically, anything vintage could be the inspiration.
The only rule was the quilt must be over 36". Any technique or color could be used.


I searched books, magazines, and the internet for inspiration
and
my first idea came from a ...

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March 21, 2019
The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook Blog Hop and Giveaway from Goer

I've been admiring Sylvia Schaefer's work for a couple years, so when she invited me to participate in this blog hop to help launch her new book, The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook, I was excited for the opportunity.

 

Sylvia's book is a wealth of information. It contains eight full patterns which illustrate the different design techniques in each of her eight chapters. These are vibrant, modern quilts in bold colors. They utilize negative space in different, interesting ways. Below are a couple of my favorites from the book. In addition to these patterns, Sylvia walks you ...

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March 20, 2019
Wild Strings Quilt Tutorial from Sew Karen-ly Created...

As an Island Batik Ambassador, all products in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil thread and Hobbs Batting.
The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for March is "Vintage Re-imagined."
We are free to interpret the topic any way we choose, and it's always so interesting to see how different 50 Ambassador imaginations work. Our guidelines this month were

  • Vintage quilts inspiring new creations
  • 36” x 36” or larger
  • Any technique
When I think of vintage quilts, simple scrap patterns come to mind so of course it didn't take me long to consider doing one of ...

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March 19, 2019
Project QUILTING 10.6: Craving Chocolate from Goer

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

Sunday morning, as I left the Purim celebration at our synagogue, I took a peek at the new Project QUILTING challenge that had been announced that morning. Craving Chocolate. I immediately had a plan. I would make a quilted hamentaschen.

Purim is one of the lesser Jewish holidays, a spring festival in which Jews read from the Book of Esther. The holiday officially starts tomorrow evening. One of the ways we celebrate the holiday is with tasty cookies called hamentaschen. They are a butter ...

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What's Up - March Progress on My Island Batik Challenges from The Inquiring Quilter

Unfortunately, I fell behind on my January Island Batik challenge after my sister fell ill and never finished it in time for the blog hop. The last time you saw that project, it looked like this.

I’d sewn together the background, created all the parrots, and made templates for the leaves I was using to create a jungle effect.

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The quilt uses fabrics from the Fortune Teller collection by Island Batik and I was inspired by them to create a nighttime jungle scene with brightly colored parrots.

Since you last saw the quilt, I have started fusing and edge-stitching ...

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March 5, 2019
Welcome Aboard! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

As many locals now know, Mrs Pugsley's Emporium recently began stocking Island Batik fabrics. For me personally, that's a big WOO HOO to be able to get these gorgeous fabrics locally!  Included in the first load of fabric the shop received, was a white and blue anchor print which took my fancy. Paired up with blue, red and yellow, these bright primaries are perfect for a baby quilt.
But what should the design be?  Clearly, with the anchors as background, it needed to be something nautical.  Hmmm..cute+ nautical = whale, to me!  My other consideration is that the ...

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March 1, 2019
Bear Paws – Vintage Reimagined from If These Threads Could Talk

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

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Island Batik Ambassador assignment for March is “Vintage Reimagined”.  Hmmmm, I had several ideas, some just didn’t work out.  I started to look through my quilt book library.  I picked up Harriet Hargraves’ Heirloom Machine Quilting book.  I was intrigued by a small quilt, 35″ x 35″ called Bountiful Vineyard by Joanie Poole.  Turns out Joanie Poole teaches heirloom quilting.  This is ironic (more on this later).

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I chose to use the Snow Berry collection, simple gorgeous.  I went to my EQ8 and started drawing.

Once I ...

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Island Batik Magnificent Mini from Goer

Yesterday I shared that I'll be continuing as an Island Batik Ambassador through 2019! :-) Our first project of the year is Magnificent Minis! When I opened my box last month one of the fabrics that caught my eye was a lovely aqua and purple dot print in one of my 5-inch strip packs. I used that as my inspiration for the mini and chose other prints from the 5-inch strip packs to coordinate.

I opted for a medallion style mini featuring a piece of the lovely birds as the center.

Then I featured my lovely dot print in the ...

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