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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.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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”.

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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