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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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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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October 16, 2018
Ripple,  A One Block Mini Quilt It was fun designing the October... from Living Water Quilter



Ripple,  A One Block Mini Quilt

It was fun designing the October Island Batik Ambassador project. Ripple, designed in Electric Quilt 8 is part of series of one block quilt designs.

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Since Ripple has exaggerated flying geese, piecing require templates or foundation paper-piecing. I choose to foundation paper-piece the blocks. I like and use newsprint. Amazon sells 500 sheet pack for only $9!  That’s a lot of paper-piecing. :D

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Check it Out, a new fabric collection from Island Batik is the perfect combination with basic black and white fabrics. Thank you Island Batik for a generous supply of this ...

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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 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 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 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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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 29, 2018
Thread Drawing - Line ThicknessWhat are we weighting for?  Did... from Living Water Quilter



Thread Drawing - Line Thickness

What are we weighting for?  Did you know that line weight or thickness can add shape and dimension to a drawing? 

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Above the ladybug is drawn with one stitched line. It’s recognizable, but something is missing.  She is just laying there and is flat and boring.

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To add dimension and shape we must consider line weight or thickness.  Below several layers of thread are added to increase the line weight.

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When the line weight increases a flat two dimensional object takes on a three-dimensional quality. What a difference it makes! 

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These are individual progressive and ...

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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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May 18, 2018
Pillow ChallengeA woven fabric pillow is my submission for the... from Living Water Quilter









Pillow Challenge

A woven fabric pillow is my submission for the May Island Batik Playful Pillow Challenge. Island Batik generously supplied the fabric for the challenge.

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An assorted roll of Island Batik 5-inch strips is perfect for a woven pillow. The strips were cut in half lengthwise for a 2.5-inch woven fabric strip pillow.

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Next, each strip is heat fused side-by-side to a lightweight double-sided fusible interfacing. Once fused, each strip is free-motion quilted. Then each strip is finished with a three-thread rolled hem. I used Superior Threads Poly Quilter, a 40 wt. 2-ply (Tex 30) variegated poly-wrapped poly ...

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May 5, 2018
Moonlit Flowers - Fourth in a SeriesA setting sun does not mean... from Living Water Quilter



Moonlit Flowers - Fourth in a Series

A setting sun does not mean it’s bedtime for all flowers. Did you know plants have nocturnal habits? There are 20 plants that showoff blooms or emit a sweet fragrance after dusk.

The process of creating Moonlit Flowers is what students will learn in my Line Drawing with Thread class at the Mid-Appalachian Quilter’s Retreat  July 13th. The one-day class will review the materials, techniques and free motion quilting designs used in the small art piece.

For instance, learn different image transferring techniques.

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As dusk turns into a starry night there is ...

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April 29, 2018
Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding Ways

Here is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements:

  • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric
  • An overlapping square layout of the winding ways blocks

These elements add a little tension to the curvy design of the traditional quilt block.  The fabrics, Southern Blooms and Neutral Vanilla, were provided by Island Batik.

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If you missed the first and second installment, they are worth a look. They have the details of piecing the block using the AccuQuilt die, as well as ...

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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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