Saturday, September 24, 2016

BRINGING IN THE FALL WITH "BOUNTIFUL TABLE TOPPERS" USING ISLAND BATIK FABRICS

                                    


                                     Bountiful Table Toppers Graphic

This month has been a continuation of last month which means getting even one project done is a success.

                                          We got our new box of fabrics from Island Batik


                                                    All I can say is YUMMY!!!!

                       For my Bountiful Table Topper I chose yellows, browns and greens.
                       From my Island Batik Bountiful Basket of fabrics!!


                                      This is what I came up with!  Which doesn't have a name.


Talking about racking one's brain....oh my gosh.  I have fretted, I have worried and even tried different things but nothing I did worked out or made my heart sing......until

                                      I certainly didn't want to waste any of my gorgeous fabics.

                     

As you can see, I finally came up with something that I felt was worthwhile and it is now sitting on the bar in my kitchen.  Just matches perfectly.  My husband just called from the kitchen and said how pretty he thought it was.... (singing heart).

This topper measures  18 1/2" x 28", just perfect for the bar.

I used my Accuquilt Go cutter with the FUN FLOWER DIE # 55334 and the
 ROUND FLOWER # 55007 (for the center of the flower).

Two 1/4 yards fabric for the circles and the flowers, and 3 - 2  1/2  strips from selvage for the binding.

The blanket stitch was used to edge the applique and wonderful Heat N Bond for my fabric adhesive.

Now I am ready for cooler weather, what about you?

I noticed that a few other ambassadors posted their runners today.....


here are a few others



There will be more.......but these are the ones I know of.

Friday, September 2, 2016

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY.........AND WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY

Would like to thank all of you who commented on my blog and for going by my craftsy site and taking the free "Gecko Invasion" pattern......  

It thrills me when people actually want one of my patterns.  I hope that if you did go by that you will enjoy it.   

There were more patterns taken than comments, therefore, I really appreciate those comments and the time it took to do both.  

The winner of my Island Batik "Tradewinds" fabric giveaway is Seacoast Quilter.!!!!  Congrats!!!


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WE thought we left all the rain behind when we left for Washington State but it seems it followed us....even tho I am aware that it rains quite regularly.  My son said it was beautiful before we can.

HUMMMMMMMMM

Visited some awesome quilt stores....but left my camera cord at home....pooey....

Have a fabulous week-end.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

NOT MUCH TIME.....




I am surprised at how many people who have taken it so far and glad that they feel it is worth taking.

I think these awesome Island Batik Fabrics is what catches the eye the most.  Did I tell you they hardly fray?  Great GREAT for applique.  They also iron up real pretty.

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Now I had mentioned that my sister lost everything in the Baton Rouge Flood.  Her house is now gutted.



She just found out that her insurance  will not pay for the contents of her home....long story but the story is not over yet.

The sad part is and this is where I am appealing to us quilters.  She spent her whole life gathering and accumulating material, threads, a wonderful quilting machine, commerical embroidery machine...the list goes on in hopes that when she retired (which she did in Jan) that she could do a home business with these items.  Not any more.....all gone.  My heart goes out to her.  I started a GOFUNDME account for her.  I know that actually this will be cheaper than gathering up tools and supplies to send to her because postage is expensive but if you would like to help....that would be super.  If not, just a prayer and warm thoughts would be great.

Thanks for listening to me and have a fabulous week-end.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

SEASIDE SUMMER BLOG HOP - Free Pattern, Charm Pack and Island Batik bundle Giveaway!!



Anytime I think of the beach, ocean, or sea, I think of Amerika Samoa and truly miss the wind, smell, and most of all friends.  So this Blog hop brings back a lot of fun memories and the fabrics I was given was right up my alley.



What a Splash of Fun!!

If you have been following this blog hop, then you will know that there are some extremely talented Island Batik Ambassadors.  Even better is the fabulous....FABULOUS FABRICS!!!

The fabric I am representing is:

                                                                     TRADEWINDS


        
Here are just a few of the fabulous fabrics that I have chosen to use for this:

I call this Gecko Invasion.


Here are some close ups.


Don't you just love this fabulous fabric?


Now you might just laugh or roll your eyes but as a young girl I loved this when going to the beach.  Maybe I was just so hungry from playing so hard but.....

Here is my peanut butter and jelly recipe.

Take Peanut butter of choice and jelly of choice

scoop both into a bowl and mix.

Place on the freshest bread you can find

and there you have it, a cheap delicious treat for the beach.

Even tho there is Burger King, McDonalds, Kentrucky Fried...don't give up on the PPJ.

If you had some cold milk it would be even better.

 I will be giving away a Charm Pack


If you win, you can experience the awesome fabrics that Island Batik makes.
Just leave a comment.  Most of these Fabrics are from the Tradewinds collection but I had to  add a few from another line.

Then Island Batik is giving away a Fabric Bundle, to enter just enter the rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


HERE’S THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BLOG HOP.

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts
Tuesday Aug 16 – Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine
Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2
Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting
Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds
Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts
Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Adele Mogavero
Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter
Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive
Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja
Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting
Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea
For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze
Thursday Sep 1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake

Friday, August 19, 2016

CANNING JARS QUILT

Several people have posted the canning jar quilt on my facebook so I decided to make me one.

Unfortunately, my internet was giving me fits so I was not able to see the quilts.

I think I am going to go and round off the bottom of the jars.  That being said.



I decided to put some things in my pantry quilt that would probably be there in mine for real even down to the mouse.

One more row is needed.

I have food fabric but I want different because if these jars were in my pantry they would be with like items.  Maybe I can just put the like items under the jars above.

The quilt that was shown to me on facebook had the jars closer together.  When I was trying to decided how far apart to put them I just took the plunge.  Then I thought I should take it all apart and make them closer but then I said to myself "Are you crazy or what?"....

So....it is what it is.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, ASK A BUSY PERSON TO DO IT"


Needless to say that I have had a lot of projects that needed to be done asap.

My son dropped his son (my adorable grandson) off for three days last week.

I just sighed and thought....oh well...back burner for a while on the asap items.
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Did I regret it....NO

Did I have fun....YES

Would I drop everything again....
in a stinking heart beat!!!!!

Then this week a little friend needed someone to watch her infant baby girl while she worked or she would have to call in......fun fun fun.....


In between all of that I made a few bags.



these bags are by ithinksew



I did a few things differently but overall enjoyed the pattern.

I actually got a free day today, a free day for me is.....there is nothing I am expected to do today.
So I finished my Island Batik Blog Hop project....

Here is a sneak peak.
                 The Island Batik Ambassador Blog hop Starts this coming Monday....whohoooo

HERE’S THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BLOG HOP.

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts
Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2
Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting
Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds
Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts
Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Adele Mogavero
Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter
Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive
Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja
Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting
Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea
For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze
Thursday Sep 1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake

Sunday, August 14, 2016

FLOODING IN BATON ROUGE HITS HOM

A lot of you that have been with me since the beginning of my blog know that I have a sister in Baton Rouge or maybe know her as the
                                                      Average Quilter

I do not have pictures, well I do but they are on my phone(don't know how to get from phone to computer) but her house is totally flooded.  Her and her husband had to be rescued by boat.  They lost both cars as well.

She had one of those very expensive quilting machines that is computerized and does the quilting for you.  She had a commercial embroidery machine, she had way more fabric than I do and if you have seen my stash then you know she has lost a lot....a lot lot lot.  She just retired and was going to start up her business using both machines.  

As quilters we all feel the loss if our machines or fabrics have been taken from us.  Does anyone know if the fabrics and her million quilts can be restored?  My husband says they can't because of the smell.  One can only hope.  The other things can be replaced but the quilts...

My heart goes out to all those who have suffered flooding in Baton Rouge and there abouts but this truly hits home for sure.

She and her husband are safe and we count our blessings for sure.