Monday, January 15, 2018


I am calling this week "HEART ATTACK WEEK"

All week long I am gong to be showing patterns that can be made before February and Valentines day.

A lot of you have seen this pattern.

This pattern you can make in an afternoon.

It is 30" in diameter.    Once you have the circle down, and the hearts cut out, it is easy from here on out.

In this topper I have blanket stitched through all layers (top, batting, and backing).  Then all that is left is to quilt the empty spaces.

Be sure to check your printer.  My printer I have to have at 125% when I am copying patterns.

or wait until tomorrow to see if you have won this pattern.  Just leave a comment, one of you will be the lucky winner of this pattern.

The wonderful thing about this pattern is if you cut your larger hearts out really carefully, you can make a smaller topper at about 22" in diameter.

Then using those scraps you can make a candle mat.

Come back tomorrow for another easy simple project.

Don't forget the Island Batik FOUR SEASONS BLOG HOP

here is the line up for this week


Thursday, January 11, 2018


If you have been following along this week you already know that the Four Season's Blog hop for the Island Batik ambassadors is going on.

Lots of wonderful giveaways from the bloggers themselves, tips, tutorials, and free patterns.  Best of all Island Batik is giving away 4 precuts from the collections you will see throughout this fantastic blog hop, please visit their site to enter.

I have the delightful fabrics "Alpine Jingle"

OH BOY!!!!

So I decided to make a tree farm.  I used all but two of the fabrics from the Alpine Jingle collection.

We had a slight breeze when I took this picture....brrrrrr

Yes, it has been cold in Texas!

                       I got out my trusty Accuquilt Go cutter, using the Holiday Medley die.

                       Remembering I had some of Marjorie Busby's embroidery designs for the Accuquilt tree die, as you see above.  I just used the outline because the awesome fabrics can handle their own in design.

Decided to hand quilt. 

Here is my thimble collection.

You are probably wondering why I have Elmer's Spray Adhesive on here.
With all of these thimbles, not one of them would stay on my finger so I got the idea to spray some of this spray adhesive inside my smallest thimble.  What a difference that made.  I will have to admit the first time you put your finger in after spraying it in, it is a little tight getting it out but after that a breeze.   Well worth it.

This runner you have seen before but I wanted to show you again.  These hearts are what I cut out from the scraps of the trees.  Don't like wasting the fabric or the fabric adhesive.

My Giveaway

Here is 24 pieces of the "Alpine Jingle" fabric.  The pieces range from 5" to 6" wide by 10" to 13" long with a snap bag to hold them.

All you have to do is leave a comment.

Please hop over to Purrfect Spots  she is also posting today using her "Alpine Jingle" fabrics.

Here is the line up for the hop:





January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
KISSed Quilts • Beaquilter

Monday, January 8, 2018



Here is the line up!!




January 22 – Paisley Dot
Pamela Quilts


January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
KISSed Quilts • Beaquilter gets even better, the Ambassadors are giving away stuff too, just visit their sites and comment on their post.  Doesn't get more fun or easier than that!

Friday, December 15, 2017


As most of you know this months theme for Island Batik Ambassadors is Table Scraps.  My original post is just below this one. preparing for my January theme project for Island Batik Ambassadors using Alpine Jingle fabric, I had some left over scraps from the fabric I had cut and used fabric adhesive on.  I hate wasting those little scraps if I can't help it.  So I had cut out all of these hearts with my Accuquilt Go cutter.

Then what to do with them???

I love this little runner measuring 31 1/2" x 16 1/2"

Here is a close up.   I wanted the stitching to show up.  What I did was put the table runner together before I stitched down the hearts with my machine.

I divided the runner up in  3" squares, took embroidery floss and just went to town.

I used my machine to go around the red sashing and outside of the runner.

I even put the binding on before I did the hearts.

I did the hearts in stolen moments between running around or cleaning.

Well....I love it so much that I thought I would hand stitch my January quilt for Island Batik.


Just started stitching on it last night.  I am going to make a run for it.

It is just that I have an idea in my head, even now the idea is not panning out.  I want the stitches to show like in the heart runner but I am taking too small of stitches.....  So...may go back to square one?

Here are some of the project the Island Batik Ambassadors have done so far:





Tuesday, December 5, 2017


When I think of table scraps I think of the food that is left over that goes to the dog or chickens.  Better yet, if there is enough food left over for a meal I will freeze it and pull it out later when I don't want to cook and my husband is hungry.

As you can tell, we are not talking about table scraps in the literal form but in the form of using our Island Batik Scraps to make a table topper, runner, etc.

Personally, I love to dress up my tables. bureaus, dressers, end tables.  This is where my color comes in because I am basically a neutral person (I know, I make some pretty loud items). 
I tend to gravitate towards the louder side of life.

That being said....  Here is my Table Scrap

Made from my Island Batik Scraps.

                                                              I decided to make a dish mat

I know you are thinking  "Barb that is not a table topper".  You can use it as one but when I think of table scraps I think of doing the dishes.  Why not have something fun on your counter as you do so.

In fact, I had made a little dish mat for a friend and when I was visiting, she had a few forks and baby bottles on hers and I thought, wow, that actually looks nice.

I took a 17" x 15" piece of fabric for the backing, rounded the corners after all the fabric was sewn on.
Then added 2 layers of batting.

As you can see I started from the middle with one piece of fabric and did the quilt as you go method by putting another piece of fabric right side down on top of the middle fabric and sewed down one side. .

I just continued doing this all the way down one side of the mat and then from the middle out on the other side.

                                                                   Here it is finished

                                                                    with the binding on.

                                         Added a little Aloha with my Accuquilt Go flower die.

                                             Now if my little dish mat doesn't fit the bill.......

Here is a round topper, you can't see the metallic threads but this topper just glitters away.

This  topper is made with my Christmas Tree die and my Accuquilt Go cutter.

The Tree fabric is scraps from the "Alpine Jingle" line .  I have been working on my Island Batik project for January and just borrowed some scraps from it.

Here is a little candle mat, I call kissing reindeer using my Accuquilt Go cutter and reindeer die.

Both the Tree and the reindeer took a 13" square of gorgeous Island Batik fabric and yes, I did raid my scrap bin for the reindeer.

It is amazing what one can do with a few scraps.

I personally can't wait to see what the other Island Batik Ambassadors make and will try to post some of their things as time permits.

Friday, December 1, 2017


                                                There is no tree up at my house yet!!

                                               But I did drag out some of my creations

                                                                    I totally love.

This one above is sitting on my island in the kitchen.  It was made using the Accuquilt Go.

This is sitting on my dining room table and the fabric here is Henry Glass.

                              This tree is sitting on my end table in the living room

                     Now this one above is one of my most favorite.  It is a Thimbleberry design.
                                   Sitting on the other end table.

This is on my coffee table.

               I think I am going to swap this one above with the one on the kitchen island...

This is another favorite and usually sits out way past Christmas.

This is what is hanging in my sewing room.

I just love pulling out all of my Christmas decorations.  I am getting way too many....might have to start giving some away.


I am really excited about this months Island Batik Project.   It is called Table Scraps.....

How fun is this going to be!!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Lady luck is on my side today.

My husband will be away for most of the day.

I say..... let the sewing commence.

I will not stop til I am done.

I really like how this is turning out. This is a secret gift for my man!!

As some of you know, I am using my Island Batik Scraps  for the chickens (fat cat patterns) but the sashing and borders will be from the Island Batik fabric line "Blue Moon".

I was worried that this would be to loud for my husband.  He is more of a neutral person but I think the "Blue Moon" fabric is toning it down some (ya think?)

Off I go....will let you know if I meet my goal of getting this done before he gets home.


Done with an hour to spare!!!!

I think I love it!!!  Now the story behind the quilt.  Many moons ago, I made my husband a chicken quilt.

sorry that is good as this picture gets.

Well....he didn't have it long.  I sold it in my etsy store.  One day I was talking about my etsy store and needing more quilts in it and he said, can sell my chicken quilt.  So I did, it was in the store maybe 2 weeks tops and it was gone.

We both laugh about it, the selling of his chicken quilt is a running joke in our house.

I wanted to have this done for his birthday but didn't make it, now it is his Christmas present.