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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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Crazy Coral – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Crazy Coral colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Just crazy enough….

Like a good friend with whom you can let your hair down anytime, my new little quilt is going to be just crazy enough to be great company. </p>
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March 16, 2019
10 Carrot Gold! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The bunnies are back for more carrots! 
Last year, I made these adorable carrot treat bags using Island Batik fabrics and a tutorial on the Make It Love It site.
I purchased these ceramic  bunnies when our boys were little, and bring them out every spring.  They never looked cuter than when pictured with these vibrant (giant!) orange carrots. The treat bags were all given away as gifts, so clearly we needed some carrots which would stay here.
In this year's Island Batik Ambassador box, among the stack of blenders were some gorgeous orange and greens, as well as ...

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March 15, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 4 from Quilting Affection

How is everyone doing with their Graceful Point Blocks so far?  Please remember, there is plenty of time to catch up on the first three blocks if you haven't started.  You can read all about them here Block One - Ohio Star VariationsBlock 2 - Crowning GloryBlock 3 - Capital T Variation blog posts.  Remember the download are always available.

Today we are launching Block 4 - BlockBuster # 6 Rolling Stone.  The Rolling Stone block uses the Studio 180 Design Square Squared® 6" tool to make the corner units. We will be making four patches to make this block.  If you ...

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March 12, 2019
Sew Succulent: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Sew Succulent colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Sometimes you just have to get started. Then the ideas will finally come….

This week I have been working on my crazy diamond quilt idea from my previous post. I started this quilt with very little idea where I was headed…. A bit scary!……. But to put it off much longer would have been inviting worse disaster. Like, no quilt at all….

No captivating ideas had been forthcoming to me for the March Island Batik Ambassador challenge until now, and it certainly wasn’t for lack of pondering. All I had to show for about a month of ruminating was ...

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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.

Vintage Reimagined

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).



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

Once I ...

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Graceful Points QAL Block 3 from Quilting Affection

Today is block 3 release day.  How is everyone doing on their First two blocks?  There are several beautiful blocks in our Graceful Points QAL Facebook Group.  There is still plenty of time to catch up if you are interested in getting started. Read all about Block One - Ohio Star Variations and Block 2 - Crowning Glory blog posts.  Remember the download are always available.

Block 3, also known as Blockbuster #4 - Capital T Variations, is made up of a combination of Flying Geese, Combination and Quarter Square Triangle units. We will be using the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® 1 ...

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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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February 28, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador 2019 from Goer

I'm on board for another trip around the sun with Island Batik! Here's a peek of the two boxes of goodies that arrived for me last month! The video ends with a compilation of my 2018 Island Batik projects.

Thank you to Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs, and AccuQuilt!

The post Island Batik Ambassador 2019 appeared first on Sarah Goer Quilts.

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February 25, 2019
Morning Star, A Christmas patternIs it too early to start... from Living Water Quilter

Morning Star, A Christmas pattern

Is it too early to start planning your Christmas quilt? My newest pattern, Morning Star, is a featured quilt pattern for Island Batik’s Candy Cane lane.

Designed by Kathy Engle, Candy Cane Lane, is part of Island Batik’s Fall 2018 collection.  Candy Cane Lane is available at an Island Batik seller near you. Find Island Batik online at Missouri Star Quilt Co. 

Island Batik has provided the fabric for Morning Star and giveaway.


The pattern is available for order by quilt shops that sell Island Batik or contact me at dena@livingwaterquilter ...

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February 24, 2019
Love with a Twist Signature Block from Clever Chameleon

Love with a Twist signature appliqué block Lasting Love Balloon by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting

It’s only the 24th of February and I have completed this month’s planned Love with a Twist February blocks. And even better, the patterns too! Wonders never cease!

Today’s Love Balloon pattern is the second option for the large centre block of the Love with a Twist throw size quilts. You’ll also need it for the twin size quilt. It’s an easy block, I think the fastest so far. It only has two fabrics and no extra details to embroider.

Grab your pdf pattern download below, take a quick look at the assembly order and ...

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February 18, 2019
Heading Home  Social HopWow, I am so excited! Please, someone... from Living Water Quilter

Heading Home  Social Hop

Wow, I am so excited! Please, someone pinch me!  :D As an Island Batik Ambassador I had the opportunity to design a quilt for an Island Batik Fall and Winter 2018 fabric collection. Browse the fall catalog and see all the yummy fabrics and beautiful quilt patterns.

Heading Home Pattern Release

Heading Home features Blossom, a beautiful collection by Kathy Engle. The Blossom collection is available at an Island Batik seller near you. Also find Island Batik fabric online at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Please note, the Blossom fabric to make Heading Home and the ...

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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.


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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Graceful Points QAL Block 2 from Quilting Affection

Wow, two week goes by so quickly, how did Block 1 for your Graceful points QAL go for you?  I hope you had fun. If you miss Block 1, you can catch up by reading all about it through the Graceful Points QAL Kickoff Post.

Well let's get started with Block 2- BlockBuster #2 – Crowning Glory.  We will be making the following block sizes depending on your quilt size; 9" Finished (wall) and the 12" Finished (King).  

This block consist of making a 3-colored Quarter Square Triangles and Shaded Four Patches for the corners.  So you will need your ...

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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 11, 2019
Island Batik Magnificent Minis from Quilting Affection

The first project for the 2019 Island Batik Ambassador were challenged with was to make a Magnificent Mini that measured 24" x 24 or smaller.

For my project, I wanted to make a modern looking mini out of my Studio 180 Design tools and some of the fabrics from my Island Batik Ambassador leftover blender and basic fabrics from previous years. I also used four 5" x wof strips from my Stash builders bundles that I received in my Island Batik Ambassador Box.

My mini blocks were 3 1/2" unfinished,  I needed to make  1" finished units from my ...

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Amanda’s Fidget QuiltMaking a child-like activity quilt for my... from Living Water Quilter

Amanda’s Fidget Quilt

Making a child-like activity quilt for my 85-year-old mother, Amanda, was wonderful and emotionally difficult at the same time. Amanda, is a retired nurse, mother of five, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of four.

She has vascular dementia.


Cookie, my sister and Amanda’s full-time caregiver, requested I make our mother a fidget quilt to help ease dementia anxiety.


So, I began with Island Batik’s Crystal Ball 10-inch pre-cut  fabric stack. I’m thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, which provided the fabric as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.


I collected buttons ...

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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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