“La Bamba” – Hobbs Make It Modern Challenge

“La Bamba” – Hobbs Make It Modern Challenge

I am doing a little happy dance with this month’s Island Batik Challenge. One of the favorite things I like to do is take something traditional and shake up the colors and create something modern. Meet “La Bamba”. I have “shaken” up a traditional 54-40 or Fight block and created a more modern overall appearance using an unusual placement of fabric colors. What’s inside the quilt matters One of our Island Batik Ambassador sponsors, Hobbs Bonded Fibers provided us with the batting for this challenge. Selecting the right batting for our quilts is one of the most important decisions we…

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Oh Baby, Let’s GO! – April 2019 Island Batik Challenge –

Oh Baby, Let’s GO! – April 2019 Island Batik Challenge –

I want to share with you a wonderful tool, the AccuQuilt GO! cutting system. I used AccuQuilt GO! for my April Island Batik Baby Quilt Challenge. I cut all the fabrics need for this quilt in about 90 minutes. I did not have to fret about getting the angles in the Magic Triangle block perfect. The GO! cutting dies cut everything with accuracy and ease.

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Come join in Sew Sewcial with Custom Batiks Fabrics by Island Batik available in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Come join in Sew Sewcial with Custom Batiks Fabrics by Island Batik available in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

One of the fun things I get to do as an Island Batik Ambassador is tell you about fun events. Here is one you will not want to miss. It is called Sew Sewcial. Come join the Sewing Sewcial event at our very own Iowa store, Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the other 11 participating shops. Perfect custom Island Batik fabrics were created for this shop hop. These fabrics are exclusive and only available at the 12 participating shops and Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is one of the participating shops for this event. All…

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March 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Vintage Reimagined

March 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Vintage Reimagined

A step back in time to the 1700’s, that is when the pattern we know today as the mariner’s compass was first designed. This design was also referred to as Chips and Whetstones, Explosion, and sun related names like Sunburst and Rising Sun. It is a stunning pattern and complex in design. I am fascinated looking back at the tools available to be able to make this stunning design. In the 1700’s they did not have software to aid in designing a complex pattern like this, or the quality fabrics and threads we have today. They simply used their design…

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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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