Monday, July 9, 2018


As most of you know, I am an Island Batik Ambassador and twice a year we get a package in the mail.

I think they keep getting better and better.

So here is a little peek.....

The first package is a surprise package, which we can not show til January.

Let me tell you that this little Surprise package is AWESOME!!!

                                Batik Foundation Bundle and the top one "Check it out" yardage....

Dear William....oh my my.....

Neutral fabrics!!

Island Stacks 

"All a Flutter"

and "Paisley Dots"

Batting.  I have to tell you that I have tried the Hobbs Batting and I really like it.

I recently used the Hobbs light and it truly does make a light quilt, great for a Spring Quilt.

Aurifil threads - love  Aurifil threads.  

I am getting quite the collection of Aurifil Threads, not only though Island Batik packages but also
by ordering them at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It is one thing to get something for nothing but to love it so much that I keep ordering them is another.

Thanks Island Batik for all the fabulous fabric, batting and threads.

Here is a little peek at what I did today.

Our second grandson is coming for a visit and thought he needed his own quilt.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


I truly had a fun fun day in my sewing room.

This morning as I was visiting my mother (she is in assisted living) she did not seem very happy at all.  

When I came home I had some free time (a miracle), so I decided to make a door hanging for her.  Everyone at this Assisted Living home has something on their doors.  I have taken it upon my self to keep my mother's door decorated with wall hangings.

This is what I came up with today.  Oh what fun I had, I don't think I have had this much fun in a long time.

I knew I wanted to do a flamingo, my mother loves flamingos.  I knew I wanted to use my Island Batik Fabric scraps.  The only thing that is not from Island Batik is the binding.

I went to the computer and typed in cartoon flamingos.  I searched until I found the one I wanted.

Once I had it printed out, I cut it in fourths and cut all the excess paper off.  Then I resized it to fit the full page.  Then I cut that one in fourths....I did this three times until I got what I wanted.

I decided to add a little humor to the wall hanging.

Here is hoping that it puts a smile on her face and all the other residents there.

Monday, July 2, 2018


If it wasn't for Island Batik Challenges, I don't think I would be posting but once every quarter. 

                                     Life Happens

I have to be honest here, I am doing some things that I can't show but in the same breath my house seems like a hotel.  I no sooner have one guest leave than another one comes.  Nope...not complaining but my door is revolving.  I guess that is one of the perks of having five sons, there is always one coming in the door but so glad they like coming home.  I have one son that gives me a list of food he wants me to maybe it is not me but my cooking????

That being said, as you see up above the Island Batik Challenge is pattern play, secondary pattern challenge.  Like a block in a block, or you get two different patterns from one.

Here is mine.

                                         DOUBLE DRESDEN DELIGHT
                                                           BY:  Happy Quilting

.                             You can find her wonderful tutorial here:  Double Dresden Delight

                                                                  Here is mine

                                                                   Just a tad different

Mine is a little bigger.  I added another half dresden and the circles in the middle.
I took a vote of six people asking them with the circle or without and only one said the withs won.!!!!!

I did not have any background fabric so I hit my Island Batik stash for neutrals and just pieced together the background. 

I used the Foundation Bundle that was sent in the last box with maybe a few extra fabrics.

We all know I am a woman of color and that foundation bundle just hit me right in the heart.

I quilted it on my domestic machine.  I had wanted to hand quilt it but was not able to find a needle that would do the job.  Any suggestions in that area would be appreciated.

I used Aurifil thread #2092, it is a light green, you can barely see it.  I was going to do it in red but I am not a huge fan of red but I am of green.

Below if a list of all of the awesome Island Batik Ambassadors, check out their blog for last months challenge, you will not be disappointed.

Monday, June 18, 2018

"THE QUILT" BY Willow Tree

For Mother's Day my daughter in law sent this to me.  I was so touched by this, it speaks volumes.  All of us quilters know what goes into a  quilt and to wrap our most prized possession in one just, well, there are no words.

Monday, June 11, 2018


This has been a fun project.   This little quilt has been done for some time and I am so glad because life happens.  My husband and I had been sick for weeks and then I went to visit a grandson for two weeks so no sewing has been done except for the curtains in my son's home.

The challenge was to do a modern quilt baby size or larger.  I used my 
Island Batik foundation bundle because I love color!!!
The pain splotches were taken off pinterest,  I just typed in paint splotches and chose the ones I wanted and resized them.

Then as I was putting the paint splotches on I thought of all those little hands through the years that have gotten into my projects and left the tail tail signs.  Even now my sweet grandsons have seized my heart and have left their hand prints there.

I tried to use my Aurifil threads to blanket stitch around the paint and hands.  Before I left to see my son and his family  I had ordered some aurifil threads from Missouri Star Quilt Co. , happiness to find them waiting for me when I came home.   I think I am addicted to these threads and for some reason can't get enough of them.

Yesterday I drove 20 hours by myself to get home, there truly is no place like home.  Even tho it was hard leaving my little grandson and his parents, it was so nice to be headed home.

My husband kept our other grandson overnight while I was gone and this little handprint was waiting for me when I got home on the bathroom door.  Don't ya just love it???

At the risk of repeating myself, these ladies below, Island Batik Ambassadors, are so amazing.  If you want inspiration, go visit their blogs.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


What an exciting month!  I have been looking forward to this Island Batik Ambassador theme for the month of May for quite a while now........and this is why!!!!!!!!!!!!


When I saw this on Gene Black's blog, my heart started pounding and my vision blurred....I  just fell in love with his stain glass (ok, that is a little bit dramatic but you can understand when you see something that totally inspires you).  Gene is one amazing person and I have even met him.  The minute I met him in person I thought, yep, he could pass for family.  He is such a warm, fun, creative person as you can see by his stain glass.  He is a wonderful painter, weaver, and quilter.  If you have time, go over to his blog and scout around.

So...............I immediately emailed Gene and told him that this would be a wonderful block.  We talked back and forth and so I asked him if I could make a block from his stain glass and that I would give him all the credit.  I actually think this would be a beautiful quilt.

The minute Gene gave me the go ahead to make his stain glass into a pattern I did.

I know it will make a beautiful quilt and those Island Batiks are just fabulous.

Well...I didn't stop there.

A few years ago for Christmas I had some scraps from my sister's husbands shirts (I had been making doggies for her grandchildren and various other projects out of his shirts).  As I was saying, I took the scraps and made this pillow below and most of the buttons from the shirts I put on the pillow.

This picture does not do the pillow justice but that is okay, you get the picture.

So I said to myself, day you are going to make yourself one of these pillows.

From looking at her pillow, I think I didn't get the right tree (if you saw all of  my personal designs you would understand why I might not have gotten the right tree)...but who cares right!!

Here is my pillow.

 This pillow is from Alpine Jingle line and I used Aurifil #2155 on the blanket stitching,  The stain glass pillow is made from awesome Island Batik Scraps.

Below are the Island Batik Ambassadors.  They will be posting through out the month their pillow projects.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018



When I saw this tutorial I just had to do this quilt.  I have the larger hex template but I thought I would use the smaller one to use up some of my Island Batik Scraps (joke is on me, they keep multiplying).

This is my little container after I cut my half hexies.

Here is my quilt.

I decided not to make it too large because I know my time constraints and I did not want another UFO.

The border Island Batik fabric I ordered at Missouri Star Quilt, I am not affiliated with them in any way just love their fast delivery and awesome prices.

I worked on it off and on all day yesterday in between dishes, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping etc.

I had a hard time figuring out how many hexies I needed for each row.  Since it was on a slant my mind was not able to see it.  To solve this problem I just drew a line down each side as I did a new row.  There is some waste and to be honest, I enjoyed making this quilt but doubt I will make another, too complicated when it came to adding rows and cutting, at least for my small brain.