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February 5, 2019
2019 Island Batik AmbassadorI am thrilled and honored to be an... from Living Water Quilter



2019 Island Batik Ambassador

I am thrilled and honored to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019!  The Ambassador program begins February 2019 and runs through January 2020.

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Twice during the program, Ambassadors receive a BIG  box of fabrics and quilting supplies from industry partners. A few weeks ago, a box from Island Batik arrived first.  Then, we had a BIG surprise and received a box from AccuQuilt.

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Each Island Batik box contains “Surprise” fabric. Surprise fabric is new NEVER seen fabric collections that will be revealed in blog hops twice a year.

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We each received Island batik pre-cuts.  Plus ...

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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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January 26, 2019
A Home for Fabric Scraps Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley... from Living Water Quilter



A Home for Fabric Scraps

Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley Dot fabric have a home. AccuQuilt heart, butterfly, star and flower die waste are now artful mug rugs.

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There was a good amount of fabric leftover after cutting these fun shapes. So, I had an idea to use my Olfa Rotary Cutter with pinking blade to echo trim the fused fabric.

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Next, to keep it simple, I selected contrasting 10-inch squares from the Paisley Dots pre-cut Stack. Even thought the slivers of fabric are fused to the fabric, I chose to quilt the mug rugs with numerous straight ...

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January 11, 2019
Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver QuiltThe Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter



Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver Quilt

The Island Batik Ambassadors are so glad you have embarked on the month-long Island Batik Getaway.

Last July, as Ambassadors, we received a box filled with Island Batik fabric. It included a large gift wrapped bundle of “surprise” fabric.  My Island Batik “surprise” bundle is 20 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. (bottom right)

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The Getaway challenge is to include as many of the “surprise” fabrics in one quilt as we can. Using Electric Quilt 8, I designed a quilt that includes 15 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. Thanks Island Batik for ...

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January 7, 2019
The Island Batik Getaway Blog HopYay, let the travel excursions begin!  The Island Batik Ambassador... from Living Water Quilter

The Island Batik Getaway Blog HopYay, let the travel excursions begin!  The Island Batik Ambassador...

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December 31, 2018
Shaded Star Debut from Living Water Quilter

Woohoo!  One of my quilts is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts! Shaded Star is a fast, easy and...

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December 24, 2018
Whimsical Winter Table Runner The theme for the Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter





Whimsical Winter Table Runner 

The theme for the Island Batik Ambassador December challenge is Whimsical and Wonky.  The  Island Batik supplied Alpine Ice 10-inch stack of pre-cuts is perfect for my Whimsical Winter table runner.

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Two traditional quilt blocks, the Churn Dash and Snowball, are constructed with wonky and random patches. The Churn Dash has Alpine Ice trees. The Snowball blocks feature Island Batik Blender, Ravine.

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Stars fill the center of the Churn Dash and  wonky snowflakes fill the Snowball blocks. The Westalee Design mini Crosshair Square, top left image, helps mark evenly spaced reference lines quickly and accurately.

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The ...

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December 10, 2018
Fast and Easy Christmas Stocking Easy quilt projects for... from Living Water Quilter



Fast and Easy Christmas Stocking

Easy quilt projects for Christmas are on the top of “Christmas to do lists”.  June Tailor gave me a few Quilt-As-You-Go stocking so I could experiment and have fun.

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The batting is pre-printed with seam guides for 2.5-inch fabric strips. The package includes step-by-step cutting and piecing instructions. Visit June Tailor’s YouTube Channel to view videos of this fun technique.

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I used fabrics from Island Batik’s new Candy Cane Lane collection. Of course, I had to add some ruler quilting after the strips were quilted to the batting and backing. One pieced ...

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November 26, 2018
Practical and Easy Project PouchWe always need something to... from Living Water Quilter



Practical and Easy Project Pouch

We always need something to carry our “stuff”.  Recently, a fellow Fredericksburg Modern Guild member posted a cute vinyl project pouch. She used the free pattern by Kristina Brinkerhoff.  Find the pattern here.

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I had fun making the pouch with some modifications in size and design. Instead of the 2-inch pieced fabric grid in her pattern, I choose to add ruler quilting to a 15-inches square piece of fabric.

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Several Spin an Echo templates were used to create the above designs. The designs are surrounded by free hand free-motion quilting.

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This was also an opportunity ...

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October 6, 2018
Power Lines - A Ruler Quilting WorkshopI am thrilled to share my... from Living Water Quilter



Power Lines - A Ruler Quilting Workshop

I am thrilled to share my new ruler workshop, Power Lines. The workshop features designs and techniques using ONE acrylic free-motion quilting ruler. Power Lines is a foundational ruler quilting workshop. We explore basic ruler quilting techniques, straight and curved line designs. Some of the designs learned are featured HERE.

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To make it a fun and easy one-day workshop, I’ve designed two pre-printed panels exclusively for the workshop. The 16-inch square panels are designed so you, the quilter, can apply techniques and designs learned in the workshop to a fun mini quilt that ...

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October 1, 2018
Janome Ruler Kit Have you seen the Janome Ruler Work Kit?  It’s... from Living Water Quilter



Janome Ruler Kit


Have you seen the Janome Ruler Work Kit?  It’s been available for several months now. As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, I received a kit from Sew Steady a couple of months ago.

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For less than $100, the kit includes six fun templates and a Crosshair square ruler. Plus, the kit includes pattern instructions for each ruler and a DVD tutorial for making and quilting a ruler carrying case.

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I used two templates in the kit to make my Family Love banner. The Hearts of Plenty and Pointed Oval templates can be used to make unique ...

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September 22, 2018
Seeing StarsIsland Batik Ambassador September challenge has me... from Living Water Quilter



Seeing Stars

Island Batik Ambassador September challenge has me star struck!  LOL

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The blues of Alpine Ice and yellows of Dear William collections(provided by Island Batik) are featured in the mini star quilt.

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Piecing perfect star was easy with Quilt In A Day’s Triangle in a Square .

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The mini star quilt is perfect for featuring my new ruler quilting design.  I like seeing a design in different setting. Above, the same design is on a wholecloth quilt and my new star panel, Starburst.

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Here are before and after photos of the design in the star mini quilt. The ...

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September 15, 2018
Quilt As You Go with June TailorHave you heard about June... from Living Water Quilter



Quilt As You Go with June Tailor

Have you heard about June Tailor’s Quilt As You Go batting projects? June Tailor gave me a few of the batting projects for some playtime in my studio. So, I decided to have some quilting fun and use fabrics from a new Island Batik Fall collection.

It is a great way to use your fabric scraps and precuts. I used fabric scraps from the Dear William collection to make the mug mat. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am given fabric by Island Batik.

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Score! From my fabric stash I fussy cut ...

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September 7, 2018
ABCs of Ruler Quilting, A Design WorkshopFinally!  It’s been a... from Living Water Quilter







ABCs of Ruler Quilting, A Design Workshop

Finally!  It’s been a year from conception to completion for my first pre-printed panel design. Starburst is a 16-inch by 16-inch panel designed with ruler quilting in mind.

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Starburst is the canvas for my new workshop, ABCs of Quilting, A Design Workshop. Quilters learn design techniques using the Westalee Design Crosshair square, 12″ Arc, Sampler Set 1, and Circles on Quilts templates.

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In the ABCs of Ruler Quilting, A Design Workshop learn how to combine templates for multi-layered designs.

Plus learn new ways of using rulers to make designs for quilt blocks ...

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August 29, 2018
Concept to Design - A Business Logo By now you have seen the new... from Living Water Quilter





Concept to Design - A Business Logo

By now you have seen the new Living Water Quilter logo and banners.  Designing a logo from concept to final design is a journey. The journey begins the moment we decide to start a business.

As Living Water Quilter developed and grew the need for an identifying logo increased. An early attempt postponed it’s development. However, it was not a setback, but an opportunity for a logo to represent what the business is today, not yesteryear.

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New business opportunities in 2018 increased the need for a defined and professional identity. Around the same ...

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August 22, 2018
The Great Outdoors Blog Hop Wow, have you seen some of the... from Living Water Quilter



The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

Wow, have you seen some of the beautiful quilts in the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop?  I hope so!  This is the third week Ambassadors share quilts and sewing projects made with Island Batik Spring/Summer fabric collections.

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Island Batik generously provided fabric for my quilt, Corn Maze, from the Dear William Collection. Below are the half yard cuts used to make a Rep sample on the right (below), the quilt and accessories.

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An original design, Corn Maze, celebrates summer picnics and fun walks through a corn field maze. 

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There was enough fabric to ...

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August 16, 2018
The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog HopYes, the... from Living Water Quilter



The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop

Yes, the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop has begun! The fun began August 6th and runs to Sept 4th. Each weekday new Island Batik fabric collections are featured in new quilt and sewing projects created by Ambassadors. PLUS enter for a chance to win fabric, patterns and more from Island Batik and each Ambassador.

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In January each ambassador received a “surprise” package of fabric from Island Batik. It contained all the fabrics of a new summer collection.

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I  received enough fabric  from the Dear William collection to make a quilt and  several ...

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July 20, 2018
Pre-Printed Mini Wholecloth - Skill Builder Free-motion quilting... from Living Water Quilter







Pre-Printed Mini Wholecloth - Skill Builder

Free-motion quilting is one of those skills that you can loose if you don’t use it.  So, I practice often. Mini pre-printed wholecloth quilts are a great way to maintain my skills and practice new designs, techniques and threads.

I purchase them at The Stencil Company. The pre-printed lines are guides that can be stitched, ignored or embellished. I choose to embellish the lines. Then Mctavishing, a fun filler design by quilter Karen McTavish is quilted around the tulips with Bottomline 60wt thread and the outside border with Glide 40wt thread.

Once finished, the ...

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July 9, 2018
Modern DecorWhen my niece, Amanda and her husband, Darnell,... from Living Water Quilter



 Modern Decor

When my niece, Amanda and her husband, Darnell, came for a visit a few months ago they requested I make a pillow.  The young couple have been diligently making their house a home.

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Before I made their pillows, (pictured above), I did a little experimenting with stitch patterns.  The fabric was the inspiration for the surface thread design so any added elements should be simple and elegant. 

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After I finished her pillows, I decided to experiment a little more and use the new Westalee Design Decorative Ruler Foot to stitch rattail cord. The black cord was used to ...

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June 16, 2018
Modern Quilt Challenge - Taffy CandyThis was a super fun project... from Living Water Quilter



Modern Quilt Challenge - Taffy Candy

This was a super fun project from beginning to end. I designed Taffy Candy for the June Island Batik Ambassador challenge. The fun pink, red and black fabrics were generously provided by Island Batik.

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The bold reds against the black fabric is striking. The black fabric is called Snowflake and the color name is called Gun Metal. It’s part of the Winter collection Alpine Ice.

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Using Hobbs Heirloom Black batting makes a difference. I also used black thread for piecing.

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Straight line quilting is perfect for a clean modern look. First, the quilt  sandwich ...

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