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February 3, 2019
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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October 29, 2018
New Feathered Leaf TemplateLeonie West, has done it again!  Have... from Living Water Quilter



New Feathered Leaf Template

Leonie West, has done it again!  Have you seen the new Westalee Design Feathered Leaf Template set? The set includes a finial with four sizes and four sizes of the feathered leaf templates.

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Mixing different size templates offers results like above.  I definitely want more playtime with the new set. To see the template in action watch Leonie’s video.

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Here is Feathered Leaf sampler. It showcases three sizes and another block design using the template for medallion designs.

Next up is using the templates in a quilt. Stay connected.

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July 30, 2018
Abundance - Secondary Pattern ChallengeAbundance was designed in... from Living Water Quilter







Abundance - Secondary Pattern Challenge

Abundance was designed in early June for the Island Batik Ambassador July challenge, Secondary Pattern . I am thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, who supplied the fabric that helped moved Abundance from digital design to quilt.

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Truth be told, I am hooked on designing now that I have dived into the deep end of the design pool. I still have a lot to learn. I am learning new skills with each pattern. One lesson is learning how to design with fabric selection and prominence the goal and free-motion quilting in a supporting role. 

In addition ...

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April 20, 2018
Free-Motion Framework - Contributing QuilterI am excited and... from Living Water Quilter



Free-Motion Framework - Contributing Quilter

I am excited and thrilled for Jen of JeannaLily Designs. Her new book, Free-Motion Framework is now available to preview and  pre-order.


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It was fun to work through Jen’s designs to create two whole cloth quilts with my quilting style. 

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In the coming months there will be a blog hop and more to celebrate the completion of her free motion quilting skill building book.

Stay tuned!

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April 14, 2018
Windings Ways - Modern Vintage Part 2There are several phases to... from Living Water Quilter



Windings Ways - Modern Vintage Part 2

There are several phases to making a quilt. Each phase has many steps. The phases are fabric selection, the quilt top pattern design and finally, the surface quilting design. Each of these can be simultaneously challenging and fun. 

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Selecting  Southern Blooms and Neutral Vanilla  was indeed fun!  As an Island Batik Ambassador, several gorgeous fabrics we given to me for the April challenge - Looking Back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations.

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Selecting the thread for free-motion quilting is also fun and challenging. Should the thread blend or contrast with the fabric? I choose Aurifil 50wt ...

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April 9, 2018
Line Drawing with Thread - Third in a SeriesThe Butterfly is... from Living Water Quilter



Line Drawing with Thread - Third in a Series

The Butterfly is third in a series of Line Drawing with Thread mini quilts.  Have you seen the tree, Abide and The Ladybug? Have you noticed they are all on a Log Cabin block? While it’s a series of stories on the garden it is also a study on Log Cabin blocks and different free motion quilting techniques.

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The Butterfly is stitched on a Log Cabin where the center fabric is BIG surrounded on three sides with narrow strips. The traditional Log Cabin has a small center square that is historically ...

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