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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.

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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 14, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Pig from Clever Chameleon

February’s first block for the Love with a Twist quilt along is “Happy Hog”, the prancing balloon pig. It seems only fitting to do the pig block next as the first block of the new Lunar year.

Happy New Year of the Pig

Happy Hog appliqué pattern by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Too cute and ready to play, today’s pig balloon appliqué is one of the centre block options for the throw size versions of Love with a Twist. Of course, you will also need to collect Happy Hog if you are making the full twin-size quilt. In the latter, she struts her stuff in the top ...

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February 12, 2019
Dancing a Jig to a little Ditty: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Ditty fabrics from Island Batik colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Introducing Ditty

Ditty is the name of one of Island Batik’s latest fabric releases. The colours are as cute as their name… Kind of a pastelly sunset. Actually, I don’t easily recognise them as pastels but I guess that is what they really are, since they are nowhere near colour-saturated. Is there such things as bright pastels? If there wasn’t, there is now.

I received 10″ precut squares of Ditty and two pieces of yardage from the collection in my Island Batik Ambassador allowance. I hope you have been following along and already know what I am ...

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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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. 

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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.

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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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January 31, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Dog from Clever Chameleon

Dippy Balloon Dog is the second of our appliqué blocks for the Love with a Twist quilt along. He is a loveable, friendly character with adorable big floppy ears. Awwwww.

Dippy dog, balloon dog appliqué designed by Dione Gardner-Stephen and available free at Clever Chameleon Quilting during 2019.

There are two downloads in this post – make sure you get them both

In this post you will find a downloadable pdf for the shapes and layout to make this charming balloon dog. And a short pictorial on how the parts go together too.

There is also a second downloadable for people wanting to make the dog for the twin size version of the Love with a Twist quilt. For ...

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January 29, 2019
Those Crazy Aussies: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Jacana colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, Oi, Oi!

This past weekend was our national holiday long weekend, with Australia Day on Saturday (the 26th and a Monday public holiday). So it only seems fitting to have a look at a few things uniquely Australian today.

Koala tangram appliqué at Clever Chameleon

The bird in our colour board today is a jacana. Like all Australian animals it is a little on the unique side, verging on eccentric. A bit like the critters on my Wild Things quilt. And it occurs to me, I never did get around to posting photoshoot pictures of my finished Wild Things Australian Tangram quilt ...

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January 28, 2019
Love with a Twist Twin Quilt Assembly Instructions from Clever Chameleon

Love with a Twist free Sew along at Clever Chameleon 2019

I know I said the Balloon Dog appliqué was going to be the next step in this sew along….

But if you’ve been quilting for any length of time, you’ll know that sometimes projects have their own agendas. And, so it is for this one. The floppy-eared dog appliqué pattern is actually very nearly finished (yay!). But it has been pipped at the post by finished instructions for the twin sized Love with a Twist quilt construction. So let’s roll with it – let’s get the last of the technical details for this sew along out of ...

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January 26, 2019
A Home for Fabric Scraps Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley... from Living Water Quilter



A Home for Fabric Scraps

Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley Dot fabric have a home. AccuQuilt heart, butterfly, star and flower die waste are now artful mug rugs.

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There was a good amount of fabric leftover after cutting these fun shapes. So, I had an idea to use my Olfa Rotary Cutter with pinking blade to echo trim the fused fabric.

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Next, to keep it simple, I selected contrasting 10-inch squares from the Paisley Dots pre-cut Stack. Even thought the slivers of fabric are fused to the fabric, I chose to quilt the mug rugs with numerous straight ...

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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.

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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 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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December 10, 2018
Fast and Easy Christmas Stocking Easy quilt projects for... from Living Water Quilter



Fast and Easy Christmas Stocking

Easy quilt projects for Christmas are on the top of “Christmas to do lists”.  June Tailor gave me a few Quilt-As-You-Go stocking so I could experiment and have fun.

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The batting is pre-printed with seam guides for 2.5-inch fabric strips. The package includes step-by-step cutting and piecing instructions. Visit June Tailor’s YouTube Channel to view videos of this fun technique.

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I used fabrics from Island Batik’s new Candy Cane Lane collection. Of course, I had to add some ruler quilting after the strips were quilted to the batting and backing. One pieced ...

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November 9, 2018
My Evening Elegance Revealed from If These Threads Could Talk

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Evening Elegance measures 60″ x 60″.  The blocks are finished at 12″.

This is one version of Deb Tucker’s Evening Elegance quilt.  Go to Deb Tucker’s blog  to see version 1 and to download both quilt settings.  It was designed using BlockBuster Patterns:   1 Ohio Star, 7 Whimsy Turndash, 9 Three in One, 16 Peaks & Valleys, 20 Stellar Collision, 21 Around the Block, 22 Square Dance, 26 Cactus Blossom and  34 Evening Shadow.

I really had fun making this quilt.  I love the “Circle of Nine” layout.

These beautiful fabrics from Island Batik are gorgeous.

#islandbatik #thebestfrombali  #debtucker ...

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November 7, 2018
Evening Elegance Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

This is day 3 of Studio 180 Design’s Evening Elegance Blog Hop.  Deb Tucker has launched her own fabulous signature fabric collection, Twilight Chic, with Island Batik and fabric designer Kathy Engle.

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Below are the links to everyone participating in the blog hop:

Monday November 5th – Karen Overton – The Quilt Rambler” https://thequiltrambler.com/blog/

Tuesday November 6th – Tammy Silvers – Tamarinis – http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com/

Wednesday November 7th – Jackie OBrien – If These Threads Could Talk – https://ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com/blog-posts/

Thursday November 8th – Tina Dillard – Quilting Affection Designs – http://quiltingaffection.blogspot.com/

Friday November 9th – Studio 180 Design – https ...

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November 1, 2018
Log Cabin Challenge from If These Threads Could Talk

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The Island Batik challenge for November is to incorporate a log cabin block or variation into my project.  I decided to use Studio 180 Design’s Geese on the Edge Technique Sheet.  This is a variation on the Log Cabin block and is a fun way to use your Square/Squared tool, Tucker Trimmer I & Wing Clipper I.

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My beautiful Island Batik fabrics from left to right:  Mr. T Blocks: Arc Pine Needle, Dash-Grasshopper, Seed Circle Custard, Arc Waves Grasshopper, & Sprinkles Playful Pachyderm, & Paisley Dot: Apricot, Candy Corn, Nasturtium, & Item number 121412189.

I have named my original design “Converging Geese ...

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October 9, 2018
Needle, Paper, Scissors from If These Threads Could Talk

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

October’s Island Batik Ambassador’s Challenge was to use any paper piecing technique.

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I love Gail Garber and her book Flying Colors.  Gail’s projects are awesome and inspiring. She encourages you to create your own design and gives you the tools to do it.  I created free form flying geese with this book, but this time I used Gail’s pattern for Tiny Trees.  The Tiny Trees block measures 12′ x 12″, with borders it project measures 19″ x 19″.

Tiny Trees Layout

All the components parts are ...

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