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August 16, 2019
Graceful Points Block 15 from Quilting Affection


Are you ready? It's time to release the next block and final block in the Graceful Points Quilt Along.  Today we are releasing block 15, Blockbuster #26 "Cactus Bloom." 




For this block, we will be making Popped Corner Beam, Corner Beams and Flying Geese units with the Studio 180 Design, Corner Beam®, Corner Pop®, and Wing Clipper® tools

Make sure you download both of the Block 15 and Blockbuster #26- "Cactus Bloom" Instructions, which are required to make your blocks.  


Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 12" block for the Wallhanging.  Be sure ...

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August 15, 2019
Braided Tote RemixFat Quarter Shop is hosting a Jolly Braid Tote... from Living Water Quilter



Braided Tote Remix

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Jolly Braid Tote Remix  It’s an opportunity to get acquainted or see the Jolly Braid tote in a new light.

With the Fat Quarter Shop provided Jolly Braid Tote pattern and Triangles on a Roll Fat Jelly Braid and Island Batik provided Stash Builder 5-inch fabric rolls I made a tote bag and a matching zippered pouch.

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Stitching up the tote with paper guided braid pattern is quick and easy. Watch Fat Quarter Shop’s video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

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Instead of a multi-color tote bag like the first Jolly ...

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August 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment Block 5 from Quilting Affection


Today is the release day for the Garden Enchantment BOM Block 5.  You can now download Block 5 hereOnly 1 more month left in this Block of the Month Program, time just goes by fast.  Can't wait to see everyone's' finished quilts.



Block 5 consists of making 4 blocks that use the following units: Half Square Triangles, Flying Geese, and Diamond in a Square.  



Since we have made all these units in the past months, today's tutorial will be a quick overview.


Half Square Triangles


For this block, we will be making two different colorways, white ...

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August 12, 2019
Beat The Heat from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Welcome to today's stop on Island Batik's "Beat the Heat" blog hop.  Although we can't actually help reduce the heat and humidity, we perhaps can offer some distraction by showing off the new Island Batik collections shipping to stores now.
We've had wicked heat and humidity this past month, so it was
nice to think back to January when the
first Island Batik Ambassador box arrived.


In that box were two parcels wrapped in paper marked "Surprise",
which we were to keep secret
until now.
Inside my parcels, was a collection called "Garden Party".  Designed by ...

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August 11, 2019
Get Ready To Beat The Heat! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

We're about to start on the second week of Island Batik's "Beat The Heat" blog hop. Each week, Island Batik is giving away pre-cuts of one of the featured collections, and this week it's "Garden Party" by Colourwerx.  This collection just happens to be the one I worked with, so please drop back here tomorrow to see my quilt.  In the meantime, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveawa from Island Batik.
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Good luck!

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August 3, 2019
Island Batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop Schedule from Goer

The latest Island Batik Ambassador blog hop has kicked off! Welcome to the Beat the Heat Blog Hop. We hope you will grab a cool drink*, kick back, and enjoy 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.

*Or something warm for those of you in the southern hemisphere. ;-)

 

Friday August 2 - Blog Hop Kick off and first Giveaway! (go now)

Monday, August 5 - Blueberry Patch

Leanne Parsons
Sherry Shish

Tuesday, August 6 - Clockworks

Bill Locke
Lisa Nielsen

Wednesday, August ...

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August 2, 2019
Graceful Points Block 14 from Quilting Affection


It's another Friday, and it's time to release another block in the Graceful Points Quilt Along.  Today we are releasing block 14, Blockbuster #25 "Winged Four Patch."  This block is so easy using the Four Patch Square up© tool, by Studio 180 Designs.



For this block, we will be making Two Colored Flying Geese with the Studio 180 Design, Wing Clipper® tool, and Four-Patch units using the Four Patch Square Up© Tool Squared and square units to complete this block.   

Make sure you download both of the Block 14 and Blockbuster #25- "Winged Four Patch" Instructions, which are ...

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Christmas Collection Blog Hop - Finale from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning

On our last day on the blog hop, we're featuring the Christmas Friends Throw. This quilt uses the 'friendship star' block as it's primary focus.



Thermore batting and some custom quilting on this little 'mini' quilt which is just one block from Nancy's design.



 
Had to show you the back too!


All Island Batik fabrics. #islandbatik


Note: if you want to make the whole quilt, the last two cutting instructions aren't both 'white'; one set should be green. The result was this simple mug rug using all Island Batik fabrics that will be a
perfect gift ...

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August 1, 2019
Star Light, Star Bright from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik. This quilt was pieced with my favorite thread by Aurifil and completed with Hobbs 100% cotton Batting

The August Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to create a quilt featuring Stars. I chose a design I created in EQ8. I love the way the Lemoyne quarters combines with shaded four patch units creates a shooting star effect.

Shooting Stars (60″ x 60″) was designed as a companion quilt project using Studio 180 Design Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, Tucker Trimmer III, Tucker Trimmer I, Corner Beam tools ...

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July 30, 2019
A stack o’ Christmas Ideas: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Merry Christmas colour board at Clever Chameleon

Done, done and done! Lots of small finishes in this Round-Up of a Tuesday

I have been knocking off lots of little half-done sewing projects lately. A clearing of the queue, both physically and mentally.

Most of these finishes haven’t made it to the blog, although if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some flash past you in your feed. So now it’s time to clear the decks. I get a stack of things of my chest, outta my head and into my journal-blog record. You get a post full of small projects that you ...

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Island Batik Ambassador Box 2July is a special time for Island... from Living Water Quilter



Island Batik Ambassador Box 2

July is a special time for Island Batik Ambassadors. It when we receive our second box of fabric. The box has yards of beautiful Island Batik fabrics and quilting tools and notions for monthly challenges.

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NOTE: Island Batik, Auriful Thread and Hobbs Batting each provided their products for the IB Ambassador program.

Let’s see what’s inside the box.

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First, is an awesome fat quarter bundle of Sand Bar and yards of neutrals.

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Look at the gorgeous pre-cuts, Blueberry Patch 10-inch stack and Mermaid Cove strips . Both have matching yardage to complete the package ...

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July 26, 2019
THE BOX!! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 The much anticipated second Island Batik Ambassador has arrived, and the contents did NOT disappoint!  Twice a year, Island Batik and industry partners Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt, shower their Ambassadors with a treasure box of goodies. It's like Christmas in a box, filled with 23 pounds of wonderful surprises.
First out, were 3 fabulous battings from Hobbs' Tuscany line: wool, silk, and polyester.  I am very familiar with the wool and silk battings as they are pretty much all I use, but this polyester is new to me and I look forward to trying it out.
Accuquilt, who ...

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July 25, 2019
July Box from Island Batik - Island Batik Ambassador from Quilted Delights

It's Christmas in July for Island Batik Ambassadors! 
We all received our second boxes full of goodies to complete the rest of the Island Batik Ambassador challenges for the year and I am super excited to get started on these next projects!

Check out what came in my box.  




Here is a close up of the neutral fabric that was sent, it was hard to see the small dots in the video.  I am excited to work with this one.


This next set is the Kaleidoscope 10 inch stacker and the coordinating fabric.  Look at those spots on that ...

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July 24, 2019
Artsy Fartsy Island Batik Ambassador Challenge from Quilted Delights


The July challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is titled Artsy Fartsy and we were challenged to use three different weights of Aurifil thread to create a fabric work of art.


This was a fun challenge that focused on the threads first instead of the fabric.  It is like buying a cool pair of shoes and then searching for the perfect outfit to go with them.


I was sent some dark purple and peach Aurifil thread in my first Ambassador box and then I received a light purple and an orange a little later.  I must say it was a struggle ...

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July 23, 2019
Graphic Gems: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Graphic Gems color scheme at Clever Chameleon

I’ve got a new box full of gems! Bright fabric graphic gems!

Do you like these colours? I hope you like these colours, because I love these colours. These are the colours of one of Island Batik’s freshest fabric lines, Graphic Gems – a collection I will happily be working with in the coming months. What’s more, it’s just a taste of what I found in my most recent Island Batik Ambassador delivery.

Island Batik Ambassador shipment

All the Island Batik Ambassadors have been in a frenzy the last week or so, as new supplies have travelled the globe and landed ...

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July 19, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 13 from Quilting Affection


Today, we are introducing Block 13 - Blockbuster #22 - Square Dance in the Graceful Points QAL, which means we have only 2 blocks left before we finish.   



The above image shows all the blocks we have completed so far.  Which means that we have most of the blocks around the center done. We just have a couple of fill blocks to complete before we tackle the last block.



For this block we will be making Flying Geese (Wing Clipper), Square Squared and square units to complete this block.  We will be using the BG, C2, and C4 fabrics, so please ...

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July 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Block 4 from Quilting Affection


It's that time of the month in the Garden Enchantment BOM.  Block 4 is now available to download and make.  Only 2 more months left in this Block of the Month Program, time just goes by fast.



Block 4 is very similar to Block 1 in a lot of ways, except for the coloring.  For this block, you will need your Tucker Trimmer® 1, V-Block® and Square Squared® tools. We will be making 4 blocks that have the following units: Half Square Triangles, SideKick & High/Low and Diamond in a Square unit.

Half Square Triangles

Let's start with ...

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July 12, 2019
Artsy Fartsy from If These Threads Could Talk

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

The mission: Use any fabric art/non-traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights. In my infinite wisdom, I chose thread painting (sigh).

About 10 years ago I took a thread painting class from Nancy Prince. She is a wonderful quilt artist.

As usual I get organized with paper plates!

I started by creating my background of land and sky and pinning it to a light weight stabilizer. I traced mountains onto Steam A Seam II to add to the country scene.

I outlined the ...

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July 8, 2019
Colouring Inside The Lines from Sew Karen-ly Created...

This month's Ambassador Challenge for Island Batik is sponsored by one of our industry partners, Aurifil thread. 
We were sent a selection of weights and colours in our Ambassador box back in January, and an additional packet of thread arrived later this spring.  It included these 3 spools of 40, 28, and 12 weight to be used in our challenge. 
Our instructions said, "Fabric is your canvas and Aurifil thread your paint! Create a one of a kind art quilt or project with Aurifil thread."
This project took a great deal of thinking.  Normally, we design to showcase the ...

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Midyear Progress Review  I have been a busy bee!  This may be a... from Living Water Quilter



Midyear Progress Review  

I have been a busy bee!  This may be a record year at the current pace.  

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Finished projects are big and small, personal and workshop samples and experiments with new-to-me products like Kraft-tex.

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There were a few first time projects, like the fidget quilt made for my mother.

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There were a few baskets! Ok, I made several.  I love making rope baskets. 

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Then there are pattern releases featuring Island Batik and quilt designs published in print and digital magazines.

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Whew!  Are you tired yet?  LOL  I am  thankful to do what I love full-time and for the ...

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