Monday, October 21, 2019


So as I stated in one of the post below, I wanted to do something that was quick and didn't want to really start anything new...

so join me in my scrap bin diving!

Fabrics left over from Candy Cane Lane

I had wanted to make this one a king size quilt for the blog hop in January but ran out of the yellow Island Batik Fabric and could not find any of it online at all, just my luck!

So I made a second quilt since I had made all of these curves from the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

So here comes the extra projects from my scrap bin diving

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I just finished this small quilt 49 1/2" x 49 1/2".  I had several checker board blocks, so I just added them together.  I had fussy cut the quilt bove to get the reindeer just right so I had some fussy cut strips left over so I just used them here.  Since they were left over scraps from the fussy cut the reindeer just don't quite line up which gives the illusion of a wonky quilt.

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What to do with all of the extra curved pieces?????    I decided to just blanket stitch them together, I guess I could have sewn them together and have gotten the same thing.  Added the reindeer and there you have it.  Love the curved ends.

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Here is a table runner with more curved blocks, trust me, this runner looks way better in person than here.

There projects were so fun and it certainly emptied my scrap bin of some unfinished blocks.  I still have curved blocks left, if you are reading them and want them, I would be happy to send them to you.  I think there are around 24 left.  That being said, I have just about used up all of the fabric line of Candy Cane Lane. 

Did it make a dent in my scraps?  NOOOOOOO but it was oh so fun!

I had almost purchased this book on Amazon but lucky for me my Sister Jeanette sent me this book for my birthday.  YEA ME!!

                                             Love this flower block!  Loved making it.

Love this Bee hive, someone on instagram said it looked like stairs but I didn't ask for her critique but I love this anyways.


                                                                       Crossstitch block


                                                                Pie and oven mitts

I just love this book, you have the option of 6" or 12 " blocks or both, also I love that you can make this quilt anyway you want.

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Instead of dumpster diving, I am diving into my Island Batik Scraps and retrieving orphan squares, flowers, quilts and seeing if I can get them out of my bin.

I was playing around with my Accuquilt Go Qube Set, and in them was the kite die.  That is how I got these flowers and these are the actual practice flowers I made.  I have since made two other project using this flower.  I do not claim to have come up with the idea but for me in my head, I discovered the potential...

                                    Here are the two other projects using this kite die.

We will see what I can save next!

 Something must be wrong with me, I have posted more in one week than I have in a whole month lately.  I am trying to do better.

Have a fantastic Saturday!

Friday, October 4, 2019


50" x 50"

When looking through my Island Batik Scraps and fabrics the other night for a fast easy project (see runner below this post).  I came across this plastic bag....well...there is more than one plastic bag in the tub full of extra blocks, secret fabrics, and this old project.

Last year I had an idea for Island Batik Winter 2018 catalog.
I got out my scraps and I am guessing that a lot of these squares are 10" squares that come in a pack of 40.

 My husband said it was ugly as he was passing through my sewing room.  Didn't he get the vision?  This was just a prototype? can guess what happened next, I rolled it all up and put it in the bag for another time.

Anyways, I was just going to throw it away, tired of sifting through all of these bags, moving them from one place to another to find the fabric I needed.

I just couldn't do it, all that lovely Island Batik fabric in the trash bin.

So I decided after I worked on the runner to give this quilt a go.
I had to seam rip out the fabric that was making it ugly, took me a while and then sew the rows together.

Then last night I couldn't sleep so I quilted it and put a binding on it.  I am quite proud of the binding, it was left over bindings from various projects.  EASY

I don't think it is so ugly now and so glad that I saved it from the trash bin.

Now I have a few other squares to form into something that will please the soul and gladden the heart.

Thursday, October 3, 2019


Last night I got a hankering to do a small project.

So I went to my Island Batik tub and started digging.

Fabric Line is Island Batik Candy Cane Lane

I had left over squares from this quilt.

12 1/2 " x 36"

Put them together and here you have it.

Now when I tell that this picture does not do the little runner justice you will just have to take my word on it.

I used the Quick Curved ruler to make the curved pieces.  You can go here for the original quilt

I got a call from my cousin who wanted 20 of these microwave bowls.

I made 30 so she could have an option am I crazy or what?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


My sister lives in Washington and she has already gotten snow this last week-end while I am here in Texas sweating it out.

This is my pattern "SNOWFLAKE"

The Island Batik Challenge this month is table runner or topper using applique.

I used the blanket stitch.

Here is a peek at the black Hobbs batting.  I just had a piece big enough.

I used Aurifil Thread #2720 to quilt this round topper.  I didn't have any navy Aurifil  for the blanket stitching but you can see the stitching in the background.

This pattern I made up for the "Desire to Inspire" Challenge that Henry Glass puts on.  

 I was inspired by a design on the fabric "Holiday Magic" by Jane Spade.

I love doing runners and especially round toppers.  I believe I have about 11 topper patterns which at one time were on crafty and etsy.  I keep thinking about reopening up my etsy account.  They closed me down because I wouldn't give them my bank account number.  Do any of you have a problem with that?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


This quilt pattern made it into the Island Batik Fall/Winter Catalog 2019

                                                              Free Space

The fabric line is "Whispering Feathers"

I just love these fabrics but I have yet to not like any of Island Batik Fabrics.


I used Hobbs batting (I just purchased a whole roll of Hobbs Batting) it!

I used Aurifil Threads  #2315 (light tan) and #2568 (burgundy for blanket stitching)

Notice all of the circles?  At one time I could have told you how many I used but I am too lazy to calculate or go and look it up (that is right lazy).  As you can see there are a lot.

I used the Accuquilt Go Cutter Circle Die #55012.  Sure made fast work of the circles.

I opted not to use any fabric adhesive.  For one, it would take a lot, and then you would need to cut and this gal is LAZY!!  Also, it would make the quilt stiff in places.

I used elmer's glue and a lot of starch, only putting the circles on when I wanted to sew them on.  Normally if you use fabric adhesive you will iron all of the pieces on and then applique.  I just did one at a time.....I glued the circles, ironed them and then glued them on, as I said one at a time.  Worked out great.

This was a lot of fun but for me stressful because I wanted it to turn out perfect.  Each year I say I am not going to do another pattern for the catalog because I get so stressed but this is my fourth pattern in one of Island Batik Catalogs.  Will I say never....NOPE

Friday, September 20, 2019


And this little piggy stayed home to play in the mud!!

I just love this little piggy, the drawing is by Elise Church.  She is an amazing artist. She also has a rescue rabbit foundation which she funds with her drawings.

I have to confess, I have had this wall hanging done for a little while and almost forgot about it.  I was waiting for the Island Batik Fall/Winter catalog to come out.

I have a quilt in that catalog which I will show to you later.

This quilt is made up of scraps but the  border fabric is Island Batik Primo by Ebony Love  

I used raw edge applique blanket stitching.

On a personal note

I have been locked out of my Hot mail account and my frustrating especially since for the last few months I have been fighting with Medicaid for my mother.  It has been an extremely stressful week with Medicaid and finally I was able to get a young man that was willing to help me and sent me to someone who could truly take care of me.  In the end and an hour and a half later things were settled for my mother but now the email problem is just too much right now. I will deal with it tomorrow.

Like Scarlet O'hara  "Tomorrow is another day"