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April 22, 2019
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 19, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Month 1 Part 2 from Quilting Affection




Welcome back to Part two of the Month 1 block for the Garden Enchantment BOM.  If you missed Part One you can catch up HERE.  


Today, we are making the four Diamond in Square units for the center of our blocks.  


1. Gather your white squares and Green Strip.

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2. Position the Center Square Section of the Square Squared tool over the green strip.  Placing the Square Squared tool on the trimmed edge of the strip, lining up the corner of the strip with the center for the size of the unit.  Cut up the side ...

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April 17, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Part 3 from Quilting Affection


Today is the final tutorial on how to make the SideKick & High/Low Units of the Garden Enchantment BOM Block 1. If you missed the first couple of blog posts on how to assemble units in this block, you can catch up by clicking on these links:  Part One and Part Two.



For Block 1 we will be making 16 SideKick & High/Low units. If you are not familiar with this technique or want to get more information on this unit, I suggest you pick up the SideKick & Hight/Low Technique Sheet, which is now available on my website.

SideKick ...

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April 16, 2019
Pond Life – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Grumpy Frog colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Waaay more excited about my Pond Life baby quilt than this frog is!

Today I have been working on the Pond Life quilt that I introduced last Tuesday. Want to see how it’s going? And find out who is featured from last week’s link party? Well, read on, Macduff!

accuquilt challenge logo with Island Batik

What and Why is the Pond Life Quilt?

For April, the Island Batik Ambassadors have been set the challenge of using the Accuquilt Ready. Set. GO! system we received in January to make a baby quilt.

Ready Set GO cutter from accuquilt

The GO! Cutter is not a new-to-me toy. I bought one several years ...

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April 15, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Month 1 Part 1 from Quilting Affection


Welcome to the Garden Enchantment Block of the Month Kick off. I'm excited to bring you the first block in this 6-month block of the month series.

On the 15th of every month, I will release the next block in the series and a tutorial right here on my blog on how to make the units and assemble the blocks.  I will also provide you a link to where you can purchase the pattern.  You will have two options for buying the pattern, for U.S. Only customers, please use my website.  If you are an international customer, please ...

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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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Love with a Twist Bonny Butterfly from Clever Chameleon

Balloon Butterfly appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Small and Cute, that is our brief for April’s Love with a Twist

This month we have two smaller balloon animals to add to our Love with a Twist quilt along collection. But size isn’t everything and variation is key to keeping things interesting. Besides, our next two balloon critters are both super sweet, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. </p>
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April 12, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 6 from Quilting Affection


Graceful Points is back today with the release of Block #6 in this quilt along.  If you would like to join in on the fun of this quilt along, you can catch up by reading the kickoff blog post.  Please remember you can catch up at any time.




Block #6, which is Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #8 - 54-40 or Flight block is a fast, easy block to make.  This block uses the Studio 180 Design V Block® Trimmer and Four Patches to make up the unit.  I just recently used this block in last months Island Batik Ambassador, "Vintage Reimagined ...

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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 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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March 31, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador Vintage Reimagined from Quilting Affection



The month of March for the Island Batik Ambassador's challenge project was called Vintage Reimagined.  We are taking old vintage blocks and quilts and inspiring them into new creations.  The block I chose was the 54-40 or Fight Quilt Block.
  




A History lesson on the 54-50 or Fight Quilt Block goes back to the election campaign of James Polk in 1844, the slogan for his campaign was 54-40 or Fight.  Many women of the era would stitch their political views into blocks due to they weren't supposed to voice their opinion at that time. Polk wanted to expand ...

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March 29, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 5 from Quilting Affection

Hello Everyone!  Today we will be starting block 5 in our Graceful Points QAL.  But before we begin, I would like to recap the first four blocks we have completed.   






All these blocks are so much fun to make, and I just love the various fabric colors that people are using in our Graceful Points Quilt Along Facebook Group


Now let's get started with our next block!  Block #5, is Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #7 - Whimsy Turndash.  In this block, we ...

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March 26, 2019
Vintage Cat: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Cats

I don’t think it’s any secret that I am a cat person. Perhaps not as passionate about them as when I was a child, but I still love having a friendly cat around the house to admire my quilting and to test my quilts.

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This week though, cat art seemed to specifically catch my attention all over the place.

It started with a picture of a mummified cat I saw on Kathryn Kerr’s site for her ...

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March 25, 2019
Spring Tulip QuiltSpring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting... from Living Water Quilter



Spring Tulip Quilt

Spring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting May/June 2019 issue is right on time with Tulip Twinklers. The lap quilt is a quilt designed by me for McCall’s Quilting magazine with Island Batik fabrics.

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Island Batik generously provided Bazaar, a collection by Kathy Engle, for this project. 

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The quilt was layered with Hobbs wool batting. The fun quilting is a combination of free-motion and the Westalee Design Spin-e-Fex Feather.

Watch a demo video of Dots and Swirls.  Then pick up a copy of the latest issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop ...

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Spring Tulip QuiltSpring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting... from Living Water Quilter



Spring Tulip Quilt

Spring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting May/June 2019 issue is right on time with Tulip Twinklers. The lap quilt is a quilt designed by me for McCall’s Quilting magazine with Island Batik fabrics.

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Island Batik generously provided Bazaar, a collection by Kathy Engle, for this project. 

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The quilt was layered with Hobbs wool batting. The fun quilting is a combination of free-motion and the Westalee Design Spin-e-Fex Feather.

Watch a demo video of Dots and Swirls.  Then pick up a copy of the latest issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop ...

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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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First Make Your Project Bag from Midget Gem Quilts

"First make your project bag." This is the first rule of thumb for anybody starting a new knitting project. Knitting has been upgraded. I spend ages picking my yarn, often hand dyed, even on one occasion yarn from a half a dozen sheep on one farm in Oxfordshire. Much time is spent on Ravelry, looking at patterns and designer. Stalking other knitters' instagram accounts. Why then would you put your project in a supermarket plastic bag? Moi, no. Never.



Also, you can kid yourself you are getting underway with the knitting whilst it is "resting" in a knitting queue. Especially ...

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