February 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Magnificent Minis

This is my first challenge post as a new Island Batik Ambassador.  The February Challenge was Magnificent Minis.  I choose to make my mini using the “Stash Builders”. “Stash Builders” are wonderful to use for a scrappy project like this mini.  They contain lots of variety in an array of Island Batik fabrics.  The strips are pre-cut to 5″ wide and one package contains almost 3 yards of fabric. This is my Magnificent Mini – Aomidori, which means Blue/Green in Japanese.  Let me share with you how I made this cute 24″ x 24″ little quilt. I selected 2 packages…

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Island Batik Local Quilt Shop Day

Island Batik Local Quilt Shop Day

My first event as a new Island Batik Ambassador, was participating in Local Quilt Shop Day.  The weather was not cooperating so I only was able to visit the 2 shops in my town of Greene, Iowa.  I was hoping I would be able to go to Stitches in Charles City and Prairie Rose in Clarksville, but the roads were just to snow-covered and slick.   Stitches also has a Facebook page.  I hope you click on the links and take a visit.  Before I started my adventure, I had a little bit of snow removal to do. My first stop…

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Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

I am getting to know my fellow Island Batik ambassadors.  The 2018 Ambassadors are ending their year with a fun Getaway Blog Hop.  As new IBA I am learning about all the great things Island Batik Ambassadors get to do.  Jackie O’Brien from “If the Threads Could Talk” is a past Ambassador and will be a returning 2019 Ambassador.  I wanted to share with you Jackie’s blog on her Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop Challenge project for January.   Jackie is a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor and created her beautiful Getaway challenge with some of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 rulers. Check…

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Whooo Hoooo!!!! I am an Island Batik Ambassador

Hold on to your rotary cutters. It is going to be an exciting 2019 and I am bursting at the seams to share the news. I received notification I have been selected as a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador. I am thrilled and so excited!!! As an Ambassador I will be sharing the new Island Batik products with you in new quilty projects I will be designing. It will be a year full of creativity and fun beginning in February!!!! Creative projects from all the 50 – 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors will be showcased in our blogs, on Instagram, Facebook, and…

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DMAQG January 22-24, 2019

Forget about those mid-winter blues, the fun will be happening with the DMAQG in January in Des Moines, Iowa. I am so very excited to be the guest speaker January 22nd for the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. I will be presenting my trunk show, Have Fun, Make Quilts, Share.  There will be two lectures, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.   I am so looking forward to sharing my quilting journey.  The location and additional information can be found by clicking on this link – Have Fun, Make Quilts, Share. Then on January 23rd and January…

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Update – 2018 Houston Market and Festival

What a wonderful week!!!!  I have returned home for a fabulous week at Houston Fall Market and Festival.  My creative spirit came alive spending time with wonderful friends, amazing special exhibits, and quilts on display. I was thrilled when I found out an owner of a creative arts retreat center purchased my little charity auction quilt “Come Alive” at the International Quilt Association’s Celebrity Mini Quilt Silent Auction.  Thank you so much for purchasing my little art quilt.  I am so happy that it will be going to a new home where it will hang on display for many to enjoy.…

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BOHO Happy May Day!!!

I am bringing in May with fleur-de-lis and beautiful paisley prints.  My studio is bursting with the lovely colors of turquoise, apple green, and orange as the flowers are starting to bloom outside.  Spring has finally arrived.  You can see, feel and smell the arrival of Spring.  It is a beautiful and welcome sight. Today is the day of the official launch of my newest pattern, BOHO Dreamcatcher using BOHO Happy fabrics by Patrick Lose Fabrics.             The collection is beautifully designed and I was so thrilled when Patrick Lose selected one of my designs…

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Poppies In Bloom FQ Bundle Winner

Drum Roll……………..     And the winner of the wonderful “Poppies in Bloom” FQ bundle by Patrick Lose is Linda Velliquette Rowberry. Congratulations Linda!!!!   Linda, private message me with your address and it will be in the mail and on the way to you .  Enjoy!!!! Thank you all for leaving all the wonderful comments. I will be having another drawing in March.  It is a new quilt I designed with a new line of flannels called “Welcome Home” by Maywood Studios.  The pattern will be coming out in the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting.  My new pattern is…

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The Poppies are Blooming

The Poppies are Blooming

This is my newest pattern Meadow Blossoms.  A bright and cheery quilt to cuddle up under.  To celebrate,  leave a comment.  Your comment will enter you in the GIVEAWAY drawing for a chance to receive a wonderful fat quarter bundle of Patrick Lose Fabric.  See details below. The pattern can be found in the 2017 September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting. The pattern can also be downloaded in PDF format using this link to Meadow Blossoms It is made using the new Poppies in Bloom collection from Patrick Lose. I hope you enjoy the pattern and making this quilt. I am so…

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