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January 18, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik
Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik

Well, if you can’t getaway, go to the library for a good book! The Utica, NY Public Library opened in 1904. I love the inside of this Library.

Shaded Chic

The upper floors of the Utica Library are made of thick glass. I used to love coming here as a child.

In every box of fabric we Island Batik Ambassador’s receive, there is a secret bundle of the newly released batiks. I was lucky enough to be ...

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January 17, 2019
Getting a workout... from Pamela Quilts

Since the first of the year, my hubby and I have been working on getting back into our exercise routine.  It's been a bit hard since he has started working part time at a horse ranch (hard work, but he is loving being around the horses!), and I've been working an extra day at the quilt shop.  I've also been working on two projects that I don't want to show you quite yet, so there doesn't seem to be much I can blog about at the moment.  Of  course, there is the Island Batik Getaway ...

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January 16, 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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January 14, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop and Giveaway! from Goer

This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt ...

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Welcome to My Day on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop! from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi and welcome to my day on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. Each day during the hop, a different fabric collection is featured. Today, the collection is Fortune Teller.

Fortune Teller Flatlay.jpg

The fabrics in Fortune Teller are as bright and fun as a Mexican fiesta, and I used that idea as a launching point for my quilt design.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get my quilt finished. I actually was on track to finish at least the quilt top, but life intervened. For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that my sister was recently diagnosed with cancer ...

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January 11, 2019
Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver QuiltThe Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver Quilt

The Island Batik Ambassadors are so glad you have embarked on the month-long Island Batik Getaway.

Last July, as Ambassadors, we received a box filled with Island Batik fabric. It included a large gift wrapped bundle of “surprise” fabric.  My Island Batik “surprise” bundle is 20 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. (bottom right)


The Getaway challenge is to include as many of the “surprise” fabrics in one quilt as we can. Using Electric Quilt 8, I designed a quilt that includes 15 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. 


Have you used Creative ...

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January 9, 2019
2018 in Review from Sew Karen-ly Created...

It's that time when we turn the page to a new year, and take a sweeping look back on the one that's just passed.  It was a busy year for me professionally, and much was accomplished. 

As in previous years, I designed and made the Row By Row quilt for Mrs Pugsley's Emporium.  The theme was "Sew Musical" and the Musical Ride fit nicely with the Canada 2017 banner from the previous year, in terms of both colour and content.
It's not an easy thing to design a piece to fit in the bizarre 9" x ...

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January 8, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop Is Live!! from Busy Hands Quilts

The Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop begins this week and continues through February 1st.  The Blog Hop is hosted by Island Batik Ambassadors who will be sharing projects made with brand-new Island Batik fabric collections.  

Island Batik Boho is the fabric collection featured on my stop of the Getaway Blog Hop, and my date is January 24th.  Aren't those bright colors just beautiful!  I ♥♥♥ working with brights and am excited to share my quilt with you.  Here's a hint as to what I'm making ...

My Boho quilt will be a Queen size made in one of my ...

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Peacock Parade: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Peacock Parade colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

Colour Inspiration Tuesday is back! There are New Fabrics in town! And there are Prizes to win!

Welcome to back to our Colour & Inspiration Tuesday routine with my most favourite inspiration of all! New batik fabrics!

It’s that time of year when the newest fabrics fluff up their feathers and put on their most extravagant of courting performances, targeting your hearts and your wallets for a new nest to live in. Fair warning – there are a lot of new pretties out there, and their covet-factor is sky high. Allow these hard-to-cut-into fabrics to come to roost at your place ...

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Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop Schedule from Goer

Today kicks off the semi-annual Island Batik Ambassador blog hop. Welcome to the Getaway Blog Hop. We hope you will enjoy the trip across the blogosphere to view these projects, all created with the latest Island Batik fabrics. Bookmark this page so you can come back daily and view the new quilts that have been shared.

Here's a peak of the beautiful rainbow of Fortune Teller batiks that I'll be sewing up this week to share with you next Monday.


Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffe - Mary Mack’s Blog

Sandra Walker - mmm! quilts

Tuesday ...

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January 7, 2019
Time for a Getaway (Blog Hop, that is!) from Pamela Quilts

Are you all ready for a Getaway?  Seems like dreary cold and wet January is the time we all long for a tropical vacation.  While I can't fly you off to a nice beach vacation, I can invite you to join all of the Island Batik Ambassadors on a month long blog hop looking at the beautiful fabrics that are available now at your local quilt shops and online retailers!  Island Batik's tagline is "The Best from Bali" so these fabrics really are almost as nice as a visit to the tropics.

See the blog post and giveaway ...

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The Island Batik Getaway Blog HopYay, let the travel excursions begin!  The Island Batik Ambassador... from Living Water Quilter

The Island Batik Getaway Blog HopYay, let the travel excursions begin!  The Island Batik Ambassador...

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What's Up? The Getaway Blog Hop! from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi! I haven’t been online much as you know, but I wanted to post today to let you know about the month-long Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop!

But first, an update. I’m working still on my Island Batik December challenge quilt, Whimsical and Wonky. Here’s a sneak peak.

Wonky Stars cutting 1.jpg

I’m also working on my challenge quilt this month, which will will be a part of the Getaway Blog Hop, which starts today and runs all month long! My day is next Monday, January 14th. Until then, I'm supporting my fellow Ambassadors and encouraging you to visit ...

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January 6, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop Schedule from Sew Karen-ly Created...

It's been nothing short of a fabulous year for the Island Batik Ambassadors, and we wrap up 2018 with a month long blog hop which begins tomorrow.  Our projects will showcase the new fabric collections arriving in quilt shops now, and there will be opportunity to win some fabulous prizes.    My collection is "Blossom", and I thoroughly enjoyed working with these colours!

Below is a list of Ambassadors, and the date each of us will post.  Please visit each of the stops for a little winter quilty getaway.
Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball ...

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January 5, 2019
24 Projects in 2018 from If These Threads Could Talk

I saw a post on Facebook that asked the question “how many quilts did you make in 2018”.  So I went back and started counting.

February included GAlentines day Mug Rug  and Mini Love for Island Batik Ambassadors

March included my infamous attempt at a mini tuffet , Hunter Star – Tortola from Royal Treasures Book, Scrapodopolis using the first 6 BlockBuster patterns and Whirling Dervish.

April included Prism and Refraction

May was Pillow Possibilities and The Heron.

June included A Blast form the Past and Crossfire.

July was A Field of Popped V’s & Paris OBW # 64.

August included Split Personality ...

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January 2, 2019
Goals for 2019! from Quilting Affection

Happy New Years and Welcome to 2019! 

A lot of exciting things have happened to Quilting Affection Design business in the past year.  Starting off with completing one of my long-term goals of becoming a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor.  Which as brought me some great teaching opportunities and helped me with the pattern designing part of my business.  I was lucky enough to get Checker Distributor’s to carry my patterns as well. I continued as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador.  Looking back at my main goals of 2018, such as growing my Social Media, Blog, and Newsletters, Lecture ...

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January 1, 2019
Twilight Stars from If These Threads Could Talk

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

Next week, January 7th begins Island Batik’s “Get Away Blog Hop” I’m all ready for my reveal. My secret bundle for this blog hop is Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik which was introduced at this past fall market.

I participated in Studio 180 Design’s blog hop in November in which I made this version of “Evening Elegance” from the Twilight Chic line.

With fabric I had left I wanted to make a quilt to showcase the seven technique sheets created to ...

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Whimsical And Wonky Table Runner featuring "Check It Out" by Island Batik! from Pamela Quilts

I fell in love with the Check It Out yardage I received in my July Island Batik Ambassador Box - so fun, and absolutely perfect for the December Challenge!  Checkerboard fabric makes me think of Mary Engelbreit's designs which I think are perfectly whimsical (playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way).  And even though most of my quilt designs are more traditional, I love to incorporate a touch of whimsy in my choice of prints, or color combinations.  As far as wonky (crooked, off center or askew) goes, I have to admit that I don't ...

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December 31, 2018
Whimsical and Wonky Improv Tumbler: Finished Quilt from Goer

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

Our December Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make something Whimsical and Wonky. I knew just the project. Ever since I made the Improv Tumbler mini almost two years ago for the first MQG Swap I’ve wanted to make another.

I opted to make use my 10” stack of Bright Paisley Dot. I love the bright rainbow of color! I did all of my cutting with a rotary cutter and no ruler. I started by cutting the squares approximately in half, then ...

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December 30, 2018
Cutting Lots of Quilt Blocks Efficiently from Pamela Quilts

I don't mind cutting, but I definitely like sewing more, so I try to be as efficient as I can when cutting out my pieces.  Sub cutting units from strips is a great way to speed up the process, so I do that when I can.  I also use strip piecing when I can - a great example of this is making four patch units.  The fabrics I am using are from Island Batik for use in my December Challenge.

My current challenge project needs a total of 64 four patch blocks that are made using 2 /12 inch squares ...

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