Frontier Charm – May Blog Hop Ultimate Home Decor Table Topper & Give-away

Frontier Charm – May Blog Hop Ultimate Home Decor Table Topper & Give-away

Decorating our homes with handmade projects adds a very personal touch. Some of us like a more modern style and some favor a more primitive traditional look. In my home I like the warm and welcoming feel of a more primitive traditional look. I would like to share with you a great way to show you how to use batiks and create a traditional primitive style table topper. Read more at carolmoellersdesigns.com

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Afternoon Delight – April Island Batik Borders and Bindings Challenge

Afternoon Delight – April Island Batik Borders and Bindings Challenge

Tea anyone? With the arrival of Spring comes the joy of gathering with friends during a virtual tea party due to the Corvid-19 social distancing requirements. We can still get together and enjoy a nice cup of tea for an afternoon chat and share the creative projects we are working on. Read more about “Afternoon Delight”.

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Corona Borealis – Finding the way through these uncertain seas – My Island Batik One Die AccuQuilt Wonder Challenge

Corona Borealis – Finding the way through these uncertain seas – My Island Batik One Die AccuQuilt Wonder Challenge

This month has been an ebb and flow of emotions. The Covid-19 virus has touched each and everyone of us around the world in some form. It is a turbulent sea out there at the moment. The events around the world are changing daily. I was given the new AccuQuilt BOB, Storm-At-Sea die and thought this months challenge was a perfect way to use this new die.

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Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop – Meet Pythagoras

Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop – Meet Pythagoras

February Island Batik Blog Hop Challenge using the new Spring/Summer 2020 Sunset Blooms collection by Kathy Engle. Pythagoras is a fun and easy triangle log cabin quilt to make. I know you all have heard of the Pythagorean Theorem, well I put the theorem to good use. There are so many possibilities for organizing them to make interesting log cabin quilts. Visit my blog and read more. Leave me a comment. I would love to hear what you think about this new Island Batik collection.

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Let’s Get Scrappy – Let’s play in the scrap box

Let’s Get Scrappy – Let’s play in the scrap box

As quilters we all have them, some more than others – lots and lots of fabric scraps. If we are new quilters we may not have as much, but don’t let that stop you from making a beautiful scrappy quilt. There are all kinds of way to build your scrap stash. So Let’s Get Scrappy and let me show you a great way to use up those beautiful scraps.

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Meet the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors

Meet the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors

The Island Batik Brand Ambassador Program is starting its 5th year! I am thrilled to be starting my 2nd year as an Island Batik Brand Ambassadors! This group of 25 talented creatives is wonderful.  I am so honored to be a member of this group. We will be bringing you inspiration, tutorials, and humor. It is a great community,  I would suggest you follow my fellow ambassadors on their blogs,  some of them offer Block of the Month programs, new patterns and service projects for you! We have received two boxes filled with everything they need to meet all of…

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Joyful Orbs – Island Batik Tool Time Challenge

Joyful Orbs –  Island Batik Tool Time Challenge

Another year is coming to an end and a new year is beginning. As I look back on 2019, there are so many things to be thankful for. One of which is having the opportunity to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador. I designed “Joyful Orbs” for my Tool Time Challenge to share with all of you the joy I have experienced this past year as being one of their ambassadors and designers.

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Twinkly – December Island Batik “3-D Challenge”

Twinkly – December Island Batik “3-D Challenge”

Meet “Twinkly”, my 3-D Island Batik December Challenge. Don’t you just love the colorful lights lighting up the driveways and houses this time of year. ‘Twinkly” was inspired by the wonderful lights hanging from the roof tops of brightly decorated house in our town.

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Houston Market – Here I come.

Houston Market – Here I come.

Tomorrow at Houston Market will be an exciting day. I have been bursting at the seams to share this news. I have 2 patterns that will premier at Island Batik’s Schoolhouse session tomorrow morning. The patterns were designed using Caludia’s Phiel’s new fabric collection “Cascadia” for Island Batik. The collection is fantastic to say the least. Make it a point to stop by and check out Claudia’s new fabric collection and the new patterns we will be offering. Below is a little sneak peak from the Island Batik Fall/Winter 2019 Catalog. Coral Gems and Seychelles Sunset will be available as…

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Harvest Rose – October “Top It Off” Island Batik Challenge

Harvest Rose – October “Top It Off” Island Batik Challenge

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The crisp, cool mornings with the golden glow of fall leaves filling the countryside. I thought I would bring the colors of Autumn from the outside into our home. Let me introduce you to “Harvest Rose”, a fast and easy table topper project using Island Batik fabrics, fusible webbing, and the Accuquilt GO! dies.

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Pawing Around with BOB – September Island Batik Challenge

Pawing Around with BOB – September Island Batik Challenge

As a child I have fond memories of playing around with blocks. It was so fun to take these simple shapes and create all kinds of structures and unique designs. This month’s Island Batik Challenge we were to let the child inside come out and play again. The Child’s Play Challenge brought back this wonderful memories. My challenge was to use the AccuQuilt Bear Paw BOB (Block on Board) and create a fun quilt for a child. I did some “pawing” around with the shapes on the AccuQuilt Bear Paw BOB and design a modern, graphic, design. Meet “Pawing Around”.

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Beating the Heat under “Fiesta Stars” – August Island Batik Blog Hop

Beating the Heat under “Fiesta Stars” – August Island Batik Blog Hop

Summer is a time for vacations, picnics, state fairs, car shows, concerts, and outdoor celebrations. Living in Iowa we beat the heat enjoying a number of summertime activities. It is always fun to attend a concert under the stars, a car show with vintage automobiles brought back to life, or a stroll through a beautiful garden. “Fiesta Stars” was inspired by the bright colors of carnival rides, the vibrant paint on classic cars, and the beautiful hues of a summertime garden in full bloom.

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Try It! – Cathedral Windows Table Topper by Machine

Try It! – Cathedral Windows Table Topper by Machine

Have you ever thought about making a Cathedral Window quilt but were afraid to. Well join the club. I had always admired these timeless quilts but was not crazy about the handwork involved in making one. Then I discovered a Cathedral Window can be made by machine. I wanted to try this new way of making one and share how I did it.

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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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