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July 30, 2019
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 19, 2019
Postage Stamp Star Block Fat Quarter Shop has another FREE... from Living Water Quilter



Postage Stamp Star Block

Fat Quarter Shop has another FREE Classic and Vintage quilt block pattern.

My block is made with lovely Island Batik Dragonfly Dreams and Egg White.

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Learn how to make the block with Fat Quarter Shop’s free video tutorial.

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Make the block or make a quilt. Isn’t the Fat Quarter shop quilt gorgeous? (above photo, used with permission) If you like the block you will love the quilt. A quilt pattern and fabric kit are available at Fat Quarter Shop.

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July 15, 2019
Getting to Know Kraft-texZippered pouches are a small investment... from Living Water Quilter



Getting to Know Kraft-tex

Zippered pouches are a small investment that pays big dividends when utilized for experimenting with new tools and techniques.

Kraft- tex project No. 3 is the FREE Wristlet project by Gailen Runge.

NOTE: CT Publishing provided kraft-tex for this project.

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Before cutting and stitching the project, I ran a sheet of kraft-tex Vintage. through my inkjet printer. 

Printing on kraft-tex, the paper fabric, with a printer opens a world of design possibilities.


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The wrist-let is the second kraft-tex accessory for my On-The-GO tote.

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Kraft-tex projects, 1 and 2 , the coin purse and bookmarks are also FREE ...

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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I had fun designing ...

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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.

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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.

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I love to share my designing ...

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May 20, 2019
Color Wave is a colorful two-block pattern.  It was designed... from Living Water Quilter



Color Wave is a colorful two-block pattern.  It was designed with Island Batik’s cheerful Mermaid Cove fabric collection.  Mermaid Cove’s color palette soothes like a cool breeze. View the entire collection in the Spring/Summer catalog.

Island Batik provided the fabric for Color Wave.  Look out for Color Wave as it travels in Island Batik trunk shows at quilt shops selling Island Batik.

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I use Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) to design and preview fabrics to achieve a pleasing color combination. With EQ8, users can printout the quilt on a home printer. I like to have a printout on ...

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May 9, 2019
Kraft-tex Ambassador from Living Water Quilter

I recently received an invitation from C & T Publishing  to be a Kraft-tex Ambassador!  I am...

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May 3, 2019
Rocket Star Quilt AlongHave you heard about the Rocket Star... from Living Water Quilter



Rocket Star Quilt Along

Have you heard about the Rocket Star Quilt block? It’s part of the Fat Quarter’s shop’s “Classic and Vintage” series. Today, learn about the Fat Quarter Shop Rocket Star quilt along.

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Use the Fat Quarter Shop 30 degree Starburst ruler  or the template included in the free block pattern to cut the shapes for the star points.

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The final block is 14.5 inches unfinished.

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After adding a small border, I quilted the center with echoes to enhance the center star.

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Would you like to make a Rocket Star block or quilt? Download ...

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May 1, 2019
Geese Gone Wild from Living Water Quilter

I have you heard?  The international Modern Quilt Guild has a new quarterly format for the monthly...

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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 15, 2019
Easy Chenille Baby QuiltChenille baby quilt formulaOne layer... from Living Water Quilter



Easy Chenille Baby Quilt

Chenille baby quilt formula

Sew a nine patch with nine 10″ squares. Use the Spiral Crosshair square to mark a spiral design in each square. 

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  • Use a glue stick to adhere strips of bias chenille tape along the spiral design.  Cut strips to desired length.
  • Sandwich the quilt top with batting and backing.
  • Stitch in the ditch to stabilize the quilt sandwich.
  • Stitch ...

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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 18, 2019
Domestic Machine Ruler QuiltingHave you tried ruler quilting?  I... from Living Water Quilter



Domestic Machine Ruler Quilting

Have you tried ruler quilting?  I love it. Some might say, I am obsessed  LOL :-D  I enjoy exploring the outer limits of designing with rulers.

It’s a fun challenge to see what can be designed with one ruler. The quilt above, featuring Island Batik Bazaar fabric by Kathy Engle is quilted with the Spin An Echo 6 and straight edge rulers.

NOTE: I am an Island Batik Ambassador. As such, they provide me with fabric for sewing and quilting projects.

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The Star Cross quilt, a pattern by Karen Pharr, is predominately quilted with the ...

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March 5, 2019
Feathered RainbowI am excited to share that my new class,... from Living Water Quilter



Feathered Rainbow

I am excited to share that my new class, Feathered Rainbow, is a two-day class offered at the next Mid-Appalachian Quilter’s Retreat. 

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The class will review three free-form feathers.

Also learn how to creatively place feathers in quilt projects. 

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Finally, stitch feathers in the mini quilt, Feathered Rainbow quilt.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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February 11, 2019
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.

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

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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.

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I collected buttons ...

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