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July 5, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 12 from Quilting Affection

We are moving forward and fast to the end of the Graceful Points QAL. I don't know about you, but I am amazed at how fast we have moved through the QAL.

Today, we are introducing block 12, which means we have only 3 blocks left.  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.

Block 12 - Blockbuster #20 - Stellar Collision is the block we will be ...

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July 1, 2019
Eye Contact: Creating a Connection  Every two years, Sacred... from Living Water Quilter

Eye Contact: Creating a Connection 

Every two years, Sacred Threads has a national quilt and fiber art exhibit. Barbara Hollinger, curator of Sacred Threads created a special installation, Eye Contact: creating a connection, for the 20th Sacred Threads.

I decided to combine the special installation parameters with the Island Batik ambassador Artsy Fartsy challenge.

NOTE: As an Island Batik ambassador I was given the fabric for this project and Aurifil provided the thread.


The challenge required ambassadors to use three provided spools of Aurifil thread. I received 12, 28 and 50 weight threads.

The heaviest thread, 12wt, emphasizes the silhouetted ...

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June 30, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador - Try it Challenge from Quilting Affection

The month of June's Challenge was called "Try it!"  I wasn't sure what project I was going to do until Spring Market. Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design announced the newest tool, "Wedge Star," and I was going to learn how to use it at the Certified Instruction annual training event in June.  Then I knew what I wanted to do right away for my challenge project.

So, I looked through my Island Batik collection of fabrics and found four different fabrics I needed to make for the Free pattern located on the back of the instructions of the ...

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June 28, 2019
Love with a Twist: Jolly Jumper from Clever Chameleon

Jolly Jumper balloon frog appliqué pattern by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

No more Frogs after this for a while, I promise

Jolly Jumper balloon frog appliqué pattern by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

But seriously, can you resist this face?! This adorably agile amphibian is the second option for Block 4 of our Love with a Twist appliqué series. Which puts him in direct competition with the Duck of Attitude from June 21.

Can you choose? Or do you have to make two throw quilts to fit them both in? Of course you can just opt to make the big twin size one and have them play together. </p>
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June 25, 2019
The Colour of Music: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Colour of music colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Today I finished my Island Batik Ambassador project for June </p>
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June 24, 2019
On-the-Go ToteThere are many uses for totes. For makers, each... from Living Water Quilter

On-the-Go Tote

There are many uses for totes. For makers, each tote is an opportunity to add fun accents, functional details and learn new sewing techniques.

For Island Batik Ambassadors, the June project inspiration is, Try It!   So….I decided I “needed” another tote bag.  This time, I wanted to add never tried accents, hardware and a zippered pocket.

NOTE: As an Island Batik Ambassador, the fabric to make the tote bag was given to me by Island Batik. Also, CT Publishing supplied the Kraft-tex.


This is the first time I’ve added a zippered pocket, a hook and D-ring ...

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June 21, 2019
Love with a Twist: Qwazy Quacker from Clever Chameleon

Qwazy Quacker Duck appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

“A duck walked up to the lemonade stand…..”

Last post, Denise commented that my balloon duck appliqué has attitude. </p>
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Graceful Points QAL Block 11 from Quilting Affection

Today I'm releasing another block in the Graceful Points QAL, block 11.  We have just 4 more blocks before we finish up the QAL.  I can't wait to see all your finished quilts when we are done.  

Block 11 is also called in the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #18, "A Popped V."  For this block, we will be using the BG, C1, C3, and C4 fabrics, so please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to download Block 11 and Blockbuster #18 "Salem Star" Instructions, both are required to make your ...

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June 17, 2019
Kraft-tex Sampler ProjectsI’m falling in love with kraft-tex! ... from Living Water Quilter

Kraft-tex Sampler Projects

I’m falling in love with kraft-tex!  The hand-dyed and prewashed sampler pack is a perfect introduction to this fun paper product that sews like fabric.

There is plenty of inspiration in kraft-tex Style. Complied by Roxane Cerda, the book has several “get-started” beginner projects.

NOTE: I am a CT Publishing kraft-tex ambassador and affiliate. They provided the kraft-tex paper fabric for the projects below.


With one 8.5 x 11 sheet I made Betsy La Honta’s free coin purse pattern and three bookmarks. I used Island Batik fabric accents on all.


I had fun designing ...

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June 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Block 3 from Quilting Affection

Welcome back to Block 3 of the Garden Enchantment Block of the Month. 

Block 1
Month 2

To recap Block 1, we used our V-Block, Square Squared, and Tucker Trimmer to make the following SideKick & High/Lows, Diamond in a Square, and Half Square Triangles units.  Block 2, we introduced the Wing Clipper tool to make Flying Geese units.  If you missed the first two blocks and would like to catch up, you can do so by clicking HERE and don't forget to purchase your pattern also.

Month 3

Month 3 

Month 3 is now available for purchase.  You ...

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Island Batik Try It! from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik and Aurifil.

This month our Island Batik challenge was to try something new. There are so many options in the quilting world to try a new technique or tool. I was inspired by my friend Gayle’s recent quilt project where she used Fabric Magic on her quilt top. Here's one of her textured flowers:


Fabric Magic is a polyester fabric that "shrinks up to 30% when steam-activated." The way it works is that it is stitched to the back of a single layer of fabric ...

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June 13, 2019
Technique, Technique, Technique from If These Threads Could Talk

Try It!

The Island Batik Ambassador’s June Challenge is “Try a New Technique”!  Have you tried Studio 180 Design’s new Wedge Star Tool?


The Wedge Star tool is designed to make a variety of different blocks based on 45 degree sub-units.

They range from Wedge Star Blocks, Wedge Blocks & Mixed Blocks.  There are 22 different size options ranging from 3″ to 24″ finished blocks!

Diamond units are constructed and trimmed down.

Units are stitched together in quarters and half’s, then joined into blocks with corners added to complete it.

The new Wedge Star tool is for “Intermediate Skilled” quilters ...

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June 7, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 10 from Quilting Affection

Time is passing by as we move into Block 10 of the Graceful Points QAL.  Before I start talking about the next block, I want to show you the blocks we have done so far in this fun QAL.

The above image shows all the blocks we have completed and where they will be placed in the QAL.  We have five more blocks and a few bonus blocks coming up.

Today release of Block 10 is called in the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #17 "Salem Star."  For this block, we will be using the BG, C1, C2, and C4 fabrics ...

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June 4, 2019
OMG June Goal from Goer

Well, I'm so out of OMG practice that when I met my goal last month, I totally forgot to linkup my finish. Oops. Onward...

This month's goal is a two-fer. My Island Batik project challenge is to try something new. I've chosen the product Fabric Magic by Pellon as my something new. A few weeks ago I looked at my "want to make" list and had significantly more on the list that time would allow in my life. I had to eliminate some fun "wants" like finishing the Trinket quilt top by the sew along deadline (you ...

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June 3, 2019
A Triple Crown from Sew Karen-ly Created...

June's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to try a technique that's totally new to us.  Island Batik, as well as industry sponsors Aurifil, Accuquilt, and Hobbs, supply us with amazing products to use in our projects.

For someone like me who's been quilting forever, it takes some deep thinking to come up with something I haven't yet tried.  Last year, I figured out how to do an interlocking herringbone, a technique I now like very much. Thinking cap firmly in place, I started jotting down ideas.  
About this time, my friend Nellie dropped in ...

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June 1, 2019
Island Batik Make It Modern with Hobbs from Goer

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

This month's Island Batik challenge is Make It Modern with Hobbs. Last month for the AccuQuilt challenge I used my cool color scraps with a neutral background. This month, I decided to use my warm colored scraps, and initially intended to use a tan neutral background. I toyed with the idea of using the same layout and the AccuQuilt again, but eventually decided that I would piece a scrappy slab. I didn’t have a final layout in mind and just started sewing ...

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May 28, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador - Hobbs Modern Challenge from Quilting Affection

May's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a Modern Quilt that was used Hobbs Batting.  

There are lots of different interpretations of a Modern Quilt.  The Modern Quilt Guild defines a Modern Quilt as the following, “We define modern quilts as quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics.”

Many of the Modern Quilts are pieced quilts,  I took my Modern a different direction, I did mine ...

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May 26, 2019
Designer Spotlight Speechless. Excited. Amazed. Thankful. These... from Living Water Quilter

Designer Spotlight

Speechless. Excited. Amazed. Thankful. These are some of the words to describe how it felt to open the July/August issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

It is thrilling to see my interview with Quiltmaker magazine in the July/August 2019 issue. The Designer Spotlight also includes some of my favorite quilts. Quiltmaker is available as a digital or print magazine.


This issue of Quiltmaker features my quilt design, Airship Propeller. The pattern, a coloring page and free motion quilting tips are included. The featured fabric is Dear William, an Island Batik collection.


I love to share my designing ...

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May 24, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 9 from Quilting Affection

Welcome back to the Graceful Points QAL it is amazing how time fly's by when we are having so much fun. Today we are releasing Block 9, which uses the Corner Beam® tool and introduces you to the Sliver Technique Sheet.

Block 9 is called in the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #12 "Double Trek."  For this block, we will be using the BG, C3, and C4 fabrics, so please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to download Block 9 and Blockbuster #12 "Double Trek" Instructions, both are required to make your ...

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May 21, 2019
Hop to be Square: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Croc colours

Eye’ve got a confession to make

I changed my mind (shock). Several times. (More shock….. you are shocked…… right?!). When I got out of bed on Sunday I was all set to use my sewing time to make a modern quilt for Island Batik and HOBBS. I was going to make a large colourful graphic improv block…. maybe a wonky log cabin or a star. And float it in a big black background ...

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