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!!!!