Island Batik Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Well, for the first time since I became an Island Batik ambassador nearly three years ago, I didn't finish this month's quilt in time. BUT! When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade! So, I'm sharing my *finished* quilt top with you!

Octopus quilt made with circles

This month, many of the ambassadors are sharing the newest Island Batik fabrics with you in the "A Piece of... Blog Hop." Today is my day to share the Blue Sea collection with you!

Giveaway Party - November

Friday, November 1, 2019

It's a new month, so it's time for a new Giveaway Party!

The Giveaway Party for quilting and sewing giveaways

Have you been checking in regularly to see all the giveaways that are added to the Giveaway Party?? There were 123 giveaways linked up in October!! That's an average of four new giveaways every single day!!

Bookmark the Giveaway Party page so you can visit often! You can't win a giveaway if you don't enter!

Start to finish in TWO hours!! + TGIFF

Thursday, October 31, 2019

I have a friend that is a foster mom. One day last week, she got a days old baby boy. I was knee deep in making deadline quilts, but I could not stop thinking about making a quilt for the baby! I continued sewing the quilt with a deadline, and tried convincing myself that I just didn't have time to make one. But then, as I was sewing the binding onto a deadline quilt, I remembered the "3 hour quilts" that I had made before (here, here, here, and here). Surely I could come up with an extra 3 hours!

Quick and easy quilt as you go baby quilt

So just as soon as my needle took the final stitch on the deadline quilt, I threw it in a heap and ran to my fabric stash to pull fabric for a baby quilt! The race was on!

Sew the Rainbow!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to make something using 5 or more colors of thread. After thinking for a bit overthinking it, I finally realized I had the perfect thing in my WIP pile! I needed to quilt this NICU size version of my Bundle of Joy pattern! AND October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, so it was the perfect time!

Bundle of Joy rainbow NICU baby quilt

I wrote the Bundle of Joy pattern after having my own rainbow baby (who just celebrated his 1st birthday!). The pattern includes the directions for making a 36" baby quilt and an 18" NICU sized quilt. This NICU sized one just needed quilting and binding!

High Tide at Kiamesha Lake

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Crystal Manning is a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics. She makes beautifully designed fabric! When she asked if I would make my High Tide quilt in her new Kiamesha fabrics, I immediately said YES!!

High Tide quilt with Kiamesha fabric for Moda

Kiamesha is a collection of prints inspired by the 1960s vibe at Kiamesha Lake. The prints feature sailboats, sunshine, fish, and pineapples! The full collection includes both blues and corals, but I used just the blue fabrics for my High Tide quilt.

I want my mummy!!

Monday, October 21, 2019

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was a fun one! The requirements were to make a seasonal table runner using applique - and Island Batik fabrics, of course! I had this idea many months ago, and it was so fun to bring it to life this month!

Scrappy Mummy - a raw edge applique and quilt as you go table runner

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 14, 2019

This quilt has been two years in the making!! I am so excited to be able to cross it off my WIP list and use the quilt!

HST Halloween quilt made with Cats, Bats, & Jacks fabric by Riley Blake Designs