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The Island Batik Box Has Arrived!

As an Island Batik Ambassador the products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

My box from Island Batik has finally arrived.  I’m so excited to see and share the contents with you.

01 Tucker

My box is so special, I got a chihuahua !  No, that is my girl Tucker, she helps me with everything I’m doing whether I want help or not!

02 Surprise

First up is the wrapped bundle.  It is wrapped because it contains fabric from Island Batik’s new line to be launched at Spring Market.  I haven’t even opened it yet.

03 Batting

To help us create our projects Hobbs Batting has given us Premium Cotton Batting & Hobbs Thermore, it is a polyester batting that eliminates fiber migration.

04 Aurifil

Aurifil, my absolute favorite thread.  They are so pretty lined up like little soldiers waiting for their orders.   If you haven’t tried Aurifil thread you should.  This thread is thinner, stronger & produces less lint in the bobbin case.

05 Rayon

Island Batik’s product line also includes batik rayon for apparel use.  I was given 2 yards of Pomegranate Seeds Red and a rayon scarf in a beautiful blend of greens and purple!  Should look good with my white hair!

06 Neutral

3 yards of Switzerland, I mean Neutral.  You can never have too much neutral!

07 Batik Foundations Bundle

Batik Foundations 1/2 yard Bundle!  Wowza, those colors are yummy!

08 Alpine Jungle

Alpine Jungle Fat Eighth Bundle with 1.5 yards of coordinating fabric.  I love this bundle.  I can’t wait to make something out it.

09 5 inch strips

These little bundles of 5 inch strips will come in handy, I’m sure of it!

 

This fat quarter bundle was for Galentine’s day, which is today.  But I didn’t want to be late so I made mine from Island Batik’s Drizzle Collection.

11 City Culture 2

And last but not least, this is a layer cake from the City Culture 2 line & 1.5 yards of coordinating light and dark fabric.

So join Tuck & me on this year long adventure of discovering new fabrics and fun projects!

As I finish this post, Tucker is trying to put her scent all over my Island Batik’s!

#islandbatik #islandbatikambassador

29 Lemoyne Stars

My sister fell in love with a fabric line by Moda called The Potting Shed by Holly Taylor.  So I designed a quilt  using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool that makes it so easy to construct perfect Lemoyne stars with NO “Y” seams!

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Of course Tucker had to oversee the quilting process, after all she is the Quality Control Officer of Tuckerville.

I just finished sewing on the binding in time for her birthday tomorrow, phew!

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We just put it on her bed and it looks great.  29 twelve inch lemoyne stars and one panel.

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Mary loved the panel of the potting shed so I was sure to place it so it would be in the middle of the bed.

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My sister is a collector of vintage dolls.  She has a beautiful bedroom that displays only part of her collection.

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Happy Birthday Mary, your quilt was made with love!

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Northern Neighbors

Deb Tucker’s Northern Neighbors pattern features intricate maple leaves and flying geese.  The pattern makes two sizes: Twin (70″ x 95″) & King (104″ x 104″).  I bought the fabric for this quilt over a year ago and had the units cut and ready to sew together into blocks but I became overcome by events!  It was my goal to “get her done” before the year end and I did!

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Northern Neighbors Maple Leaf

This is my favorite leaf block.

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Deconstructed Maple Leaf

The leaf block is made using Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper 1 for flying geese, Corner Beam and Split Rects tools for great leaf point definition.

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One Block

I made the twin size, so I made 6 of these blocks.

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Northern Neighbors

It really is a beautiful quilt.

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Northern Neighbors Label

Can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Is Your Past Haunting You?

Mine is!  I have 7 quilt tops from 2014 that have not been quilted yet and “Northern Neighbors” pattern with only 1 block finished.

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Moving out of state put a real crimp in my quilting.  I am a compulsive finisher, so having a pile of unfinished quilts is driving me crazy.   I have a Nolting fun Quilter, it is a mid-arm with a 17″ throat.  I also have a larger studio now so I have room for a 12′ quilt frame.  One has been ordered and should be here by the end of January.  I’m hoping my new Nolting frame will help me be a better, more creative quilter.

Needless to say, my resolutions for 2015 are all about finishing my tops and getting back to healthy diet again.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

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Frankly My Dear…….

Frankly My Dear

I love old movies.  One of my favorites is “Gone with the Wind”.  2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the release of Gone with the wind”.  So, of course I made a hexagon quilt out of Scarlett.  This fabric came out 5 years ago, I was just letting age till it was ripe.  This quilt measures 68″ by 98″.  I’m not sure what I think of it yet.  Next I will have to make a “Yellow Brick Road with a Twist”  hexagon quilt as the Wizard of Oz also was released in 1939.

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Scarlett’s outfit for the BBQ.

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Cutting up people is the most fun!

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This fabric is a good example of “not much going on in the background”, but there is enough to make it an interesting hexagon quilt.

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