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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New Free Patterns: Holiday Homecoming – Merry and Bright Patterns

Hi Everyone, June 1st has finally arrived and you know what that means.  The All Iowa Shop Hop has officially begun.  Whoooo Hoooo!!!   Purchase your AISH Directories at your local quilt shops and start shop hopping.  The participating stores and all the AISH information can be located on the All Iowa Shop Hop web site. To start off the fun I have two patterns available for download.  The free patterns are located under the Free Pattern tab.  One of the projects is a 8-pointed star table topper.  A fun option is to make this into a tree skirt for the…

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